May 22, 2019
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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Watch Our GGUSD Classified Employees of the Year Videos
GGUSD has the very best employees! In honor of Classified School Employees Week , we created six spotlight videos to showcase our district’s nominees for the Orange County Department of Education Classified Employees of the Year program. We are so proud that Maria Mejia, paraeducator from Wakeham Elementary School, was selected as a county finalist and recognized as among the best in Orange County. Thank you to ALL of our classified employees for all you do to support the success of our students, staff, and schools!
Congratulations Class of 2019 Valedictorians
At its meeting this week, GGUSD's Board of Education honored an impressive bunch - our 2019 high school valedictorians. Among the group, they have taken hundreds of Advanced Placement courses, earned impressive scholarships, volunteered in their communities, and have been accepted into prestigious universities. They have their sights set on becoming a heart surgeon, neurologist, aerospace engineer, linguist, medical researcher, software start-up founder, congresswoman, among other exciting career fields, Their futures are bright. #GGUSDPride
Eisenhower's Exciting Send-Off
The entire Eisenhower community came out to cheer on their 18 sixth graders who boarded a bus last week to take the high school Advanced Placement Computer Science A test. They are the first sixth graders in GGUSD to take this rigorous exam. Thank you to Richard Woo and his organization, Cod.ED Education, for believing in the Eisenhower community and students. The entire GGUSD Family is proud of you. Go Eagles!
Gilbert Students Showcase Language Skills
Gilbert Elementary School students in the school's Heritage Language Program recently displayed some beautiful art, performed a Spanish language song, and showcased videos about themselves done entirely in Spanish. Great job by all scholars involved!
GGUSD Board Honors May Employees of the Month
Last night, GGUSD's Board of Education recognized our May Employees of the Month, including Classified Employee and Alamitos Intermediate Attendance Clerk Diana Macias and Certificated Employee and Barker Teacher Andrea Ivicevic.
Eighth Grade Scholarship Winners
Ten GGUSD intermediate students were recognized during the Orange County Department of Education’s AVID Eighth Grade Standout Ceremony held last week at Angel Stadium. Two of our students from Bell and Fitz were awarded $10,000 in college scholarships, a prestigious scholarship awarded to only seven students across all of Orange County. 
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GGUSD Supports Police Memorial
Last week, the Garden Grove Police Department hosted its annual Call to Duty Memorial and GGUSD was there in full support. Santiago's Virginia Gonzalez sang the National Anthem, Pacifica's JROTC assisted with a rendition of "Olde Glory" and the Bolsa Grande Concert Choir sang two songs. GGUSD administrators and Trustee Teri Rocco attended to show their support for the selfless service of our police officers!
GGUSD Recognized for Excellence in Arts
GGUSD Superintendent Gabriela Mafi received an Arts Leadership Award at the 2019 Orange County Music & Arts Educators Awards Ceremony hosted by the Orange County Department of Education at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 9. The award recognizes Dr. Mafi for exceptional leadership and support of art programs, which have flourished under her leadership.

GGUSD teacher Lori Adams from Post Elementary School was recognized among the county’s 2019 Outstanding Arts Educators, and was the only elementary teacher to receive a special award for excellence in Visual Arts instruction. Adams is one of the 24 GGUSD elementary teachers on the district’s Visual Arts Learning Team, a group of teachers learning about delivering high quality art instruction in the elementary classroom. A 23-year veteran teacher, Adams teaches fourth grade and interweaves visual art instruction into her classroom and teaches an after-school art class to provide more students with an opportunity to express their creativity.
Registration is Open for Preschool
Registration is now open for Garden Grove Unified School District’s high quality preschool programs. Enroll today for the 2019-2020 school year for one of the following preschool programs:

  • Brand new affordable full-day preschool at the Skylark Campus (offered at 11250 Mac Murray St., Garden Grove)
The new Skylark fee-based Preschool will have highly-trained credentialed teachers who provide students with a warm and caring preschool experience. The preschool will offer enrichment activities in dual language, technology, science, engineering, arts, math, and more. The full-day, fee-based program will provide the same exceptional educational curriculum offered in our half-day state preschool program, with opportunities for before and after school care. 
Children born between 12/3/2014 and 12/1/2016 are age eligible for our program. Space is limited for our 3-year-old classes for students born between 12/3/2015 and 09/1/2016.
Visit for the registration packets or call 714-663-6298 for more information.