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Mrs. Santana accompanied Paine's Spelling Bee Champion at the District Spelling Bee

Paine's Spelling Bee Champion, Arielle Vo, went for a full hour and finished in the top 10 at the District's grade 4-6 Spelling Bee! Way to go, Arielle! We are so proud of you!
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TK/K Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year

TK/Kindergarten Online Enrollment begins February 7th. To Pre-Enroll for the 2024-2025 school year, please visit the district website home page HERE After pre-enrolling online, bring the following documents to the Paine office. Please call 714.663.…
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National Blue Ribbon Award Acceptance in Washington DC

Mrs. Santana and Mrs. Moretti go to Washington DC to accept Paine's National Blue Ribbon Award!
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Paine Awarded National Blue Ribbon School 2023

Thomas Paine was awarded a National Blue Ribbon School for 2023! We are so proud of our students, staff, and community here at Paine. What a great honor to receive this recognition. We look forward to celebrating this award with our Paine families on…
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Red Ribbon Week is October 23-27

Paine Panthers are reminded that a DRUG FREE life is the way to be! This year's national theme is "Be Kind to Your Mind -Live Drug Free." Students were able to participate in a poster contest and are enjoying "Spirit Days" all week long.
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Pure Games - Award winners

Each month, our Pure Games team awards 2 students who have shown excellent sportsmanship, friendship, and participation with a brand new soccer ball! Way to go, Panthers!

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

A Message from the Principal… Mrs. Charise Santana

Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope the Paine families had a wonderful summer and the opportunity to spend family time together.  We are very excited for the return of our Paine Panthers along with our new students.

As mentioned last year, we will continue to focus on implementing practices that align to our District's Strategic Plan: Academic Skills + Personal Skills = Lifelong Success! There will be more information communicated to students and families throughout the school year. I'm thrilled to share that our preliminary SBAC scores for students in 3rd-6th are strong. Results were mailed home to parents by the district office on 7/28. This year we will continue to provide instruction that is rigorous, engaging, and aligned to state standards as part of our Academic Skills Goal 1. In the area of Goal 2, Personal Skills, we will continue to operate under the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) framework , partner with Special Olympics of Southern California to focus on and support inclusive practices, and also continue with activities throughout the school year that align with being a No Place for Hate school ambassador. For Goal 3, Lifelong Success, we will support students with developing scholarly habits and establishing a college or career mindset. 

Last year we welcomed a new mental health team, ASPIRE, to support the social emotional well-being of our students and families. I am happy to say they will continue to be a support for our community. As a recap, please refer to the attached flyer to see the positive impact of these services for students.

This year, we will be partnering with other local schools; La Quinta, Irvine, McGarvin, Post, and Murdy for parent education opportunities on the topics of Parenting in the Digital World, Vaping, & Student Mental Health. Keep an eye out for the flyers throughout the year.

Lastly, I would like to welcome the following new staff members:
  • Jennifer Epp, Assistant Principal
  • Karen Doyle, 2nd Teacher
  • Caroline Leyba, 3rd Teacher
  • Trevor Sailors, 5th Teacher
We are looking forward to seeing students and families for another great school year.


Our School

Paine Elementary was named 2018 California Distinguished School for being a model school with successful practices that other school leaders hope to replicate. Here at Paine, we are proud to provide a positive and supportive culture for our approximately 500 scholars. 

Paine's extracurricular programs provides many exciting opportunities for students, including: 

  • Our robust choral and instrumental program brings out the inner musician in each student. Students learn to read music as they execute a plethora of heartfelt performances throughout the year.
  • Boys & Girls Club boosts student achievement and involvement each day after school until 6 P.M. Enrolled scholars build social skills as they form unforgettable friendships through exciting activities. Staff members also ensure that students fulfill the Power Hour, known as a time dedicated to completing homework. 
  • Intervention in the fall and spring is a two-week long course that reviews in-class material in unique ways. Educators review materials through games, activities, exercises, and traditional teaching. Scholars with the need to review material are accommodated, placing them on a path of academic success.

Teachers use cutting-edge instructional strategies and integrate 21st century technology into daily instruction. Our school also has a 1:1 computer to student ratio and students engage with innovative technology tools as part of the common curriculum.

Our highly involved PTO coordinates yearly events and quality assemblies. Paine offers many opportunities for parents to engage in their child’s education through online resources to help with homework support as well as family technology nights, PTO, and parent education classes. Parents may come and get involved by visiting our office or joining us at our fun events.

We are excited to bring in a new school year of academic accomplishments and emotional well-being. For questions or comments, feel free to visit us at our office.