IUSD’s next two elementary schools are asking for you to help select their mascots


What mascots will represent IUSD’s next two elementary schools?

Now’s your chance to have a say.

Cypress Village Elementary School and Portola Springs Elementary School will both open their doors in the fall, and they already have principals and leadership teams in place.

What they don’t have are mascots, but each school has come up with a list of 10 potential options, and now they’re encouraging the community at large to vote. The top three choices at each site will be presented to incoming students and staff members for a final vote sometime in May.

Candidates for Cypress Village include the Bobcats, Cyclones, Racers and Rockets, and you can pick your favorite by clicking here. The Portola Springs ballot, which can be accessed by clicking here, includes the Mountain Lions, Pumas, Lions and Wildcats. That school is also asking for the public to weigh in on its color scheme.

“Because our schools so are reflective of the community around us, we wanted to ensure that we were reaching out to them as well,” said Heather Phillips, who was recently announced as the first principal of Portola Springs.

The deadline for community members to submit votes for both schools is April 11.

Cypress Village Elementary is under construction south of Jeffrey Road and east of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway. Portola Springs, serving its namesake village, will be located at an interim site for a year, with a new facility opening for the 2015-16 school year.