October 17, 2018
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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Congratulations to GGUSD's October 2018 Employees of the Month
Last night, the Board of Education recognized our October Employees of the Month. Congrats to Eloisa Magdaluyo, one of our amazing Speech and Language Pathologist Assistants and Anabel Martinez, the fabulous choir director and Life After High School teacher from Los Amigos High School.
Parents as Partners!
Last night, the Board of Education thanked GGUSD Council of PTA President Andrea Perez and the council's board as well as DELAC (District English Learner Advisory Committee) President Sung Woo Chang and the DELAC board for their outstanding leadership and many contributions towards the success of our schools and for the time invested to support the district’s mission of equipping all students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success. Because of these dedicated volunteers, we have a strong network of parent leaders who support programs at our schools and increase opportunities for our students! Love the GGUSD family!  #GGUSDPride
GGUSD Announces Air-Conditioning Schedule Set for 2020 Completion
Garden Grove Unified School District’s Board of Education recently announced the district's schedule to complete air conditioning (a/c) in all schools by 2020. Currently 56 campuses have school-wide air conditioning with the remaining 12 schools set to receive a/c during the summer of 2019 and 2020.

The schedule of completion includes Crosby, Evans, Excelsior, Morningside, Murdy, Peters K-3, and Riverdale elementary schools which are set to receive a/c during the summer of 2019, and Brookhurst, Cook, Lawrence, Marshall, and Mitchell elementary schools to receive a/c during the summer of 2020. 

Just five years ago, only 15 of the district’s schools had a/c. Most GGUSD schools were built prior to a/c becoming a standard element of school design and construction. In 2010, GGUSD voters approved Measure A, the district’s first bond measure which paved the way for a/c by upgrading infrastructure and electrical systems. The Board of Education made a commitment to bring a/c to all schools beginning with an allocation of district facility funds to get started. The successful passage of the district’s second bond measure, Measure P, in 2016, will provide for the completion of district-wide air conditioning. 
Leauge Champions
Congratulations to the La Quinta Girls Volleyball team who won the Garden Grove League Championship last week. They finished the season off strong, winning their final five matches, and ended with an 8-2 league record. They face a very familiar foe in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 7 Playoffs this Thursday – Garden Grove, who finished third in the Golden West League. 
Standing Up Against Bullying
Students at Gilbert Elementary School are taking a stand against bullying! Recently, the school's Peer Assistance Leadership students (PALS) hosted an anti-bulling assembly where they showed a video they produced about the powerful impact of bullying and the importance of inclusion, respect, and kindness.
Simmons Students Participate in National Walk to School Day
Simmons Elementary School students, parents, and teachers walked to school together on October 10 in celebration of National Walk to School Day. This event was organized by the Simmons' Parents In Action program and focused on community and student safety when walking to school. Garden Grove Police Department officers joined in to show their support, direct traffic, and build relationships with students and parents.
Administrator Appreciation
October 8-14 marked the Week of the School Administrator in California and GGUSD has the most dedicated administrators around. Their servant leadership and commitment to students has led to GGUSD's many accomplishments, including being the first and only Exemplary District in Orange County. Most importantly, their work translates to opportunities for students to thrive! We are grateful for our awesome administrators! 
Family Science Night at Excelsior
Recently Excelsior Elementary School had a great turnout for Family Science Night! Families came for a night of fun science through hands-on STEAM experiments and activities for the whole family! Students learned about electricity, non-Newtonian fluids (oobleck), chromatography, and so much more! Most of all, students and families had a fun time learning and working together! We know that engaged parents leads to greater student success!
Mitchell Elementary Promotes a Bully-Free School
To help keep Mitchell Elementary School a bully-free zone, all students in first through sixth grades participated in the "Power of One" assembly. In this interactive assembly, students learned how to handle bullying by being an "upstander". At the end, they all took an oath committing to not be a bully nor a bystander to bullying. Students will sign an oath card that will be prominently displayed at school as a reminder for everyone that we all take a part in keeping bullying behavior out of our school. The assembly was a great education piece that aligned well with the PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) practices already in place.