April 25, 2019
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
Send your photos to pio_department@ggusd.us to highlight your school or students in the e-newsletter.
Heritage Students Showcase Next Generation Technology Skills
Students at Heritage Computer Science Academy impressed parents and administrators with their exceptional computer coding skills. The school is experiencing great success in its first year as an elite Code to the Future Computer Science Academy.
Modeling Success with AVID
Recently Doig Intermediate and Santiago High School, two of our district's three National AVID Demonstration Schools, welcomed more than 50 guests from other districts who were visiting to see AVID in action. Administrators, district leaders, and teachers observed rigorous instruction, a strong college-going culture, and an outstanding school-wide system of support for students. We are proud to share our best practices with other districts! Alamitos Intermediate School was also recently named a National AVID Demonstration School! We continue to replicate our success to ensure every student is prepared for college success!
Hands-On Learning at Fitz
Fitz Intermediate students tackled a hands-on lesson about the respiratory system made possible with support from Discovery Cube and OC United Way. We love all of the interactive lessons in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) happening in our classrooms.
Disability Awareness at Enders
Bolsa Grande's ASB organized an interactive assembly at Enders Elementary School to teach students about a variety of disabilities. Students completed obstacle courses wearing blindfolds, played basketball on crutches, and buttoned shirts without the full use of their fingers. This interactive assembly (organized with help from our Adapted P.E. Department) helped ignite a deeper understanding and sense of compassion for people with disabilities.
Celebrating Our Bus Drivers
In honor of California's School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day on April 23, we say thank you to our amazing bus drivers and transportation employees who dedicate each and every day to ensuring our students have a safe ride to and from school!! We have the best bus drivers around who consistently win awards for their safe driving skills. 
Pacifica Honors its Future College Athletes
Pacifica High School's Athletic Department held a special celebration for its high school seniors who have committed to play at the next level. 
Fun with Physics
McGarvin Intermediate School students participated in Physics Fun Day competitions hosted at Knotts Berry Farm. Students took first and third place in the paper tower building competition and second place in the rubber band car race. We are so proud of McGarvin students for using their knowledge of physics and critical thinking skills to shine! 
Morningside Students Welcome Visitor from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Morningside students are buzzing about a special inter-galatic visitor! Mike Senna, a droid building expert, shared his creative and engineering process, with kindergarten-sixth graders in a special Star Wars -themed STEM presentation. Students were introduced to mechanical engineering, electrical wiring, computer coding, and most importantly perseverance! The visit also included a special appearance from a truly famous celebrity to show the students how it all worked out....R2-D2, the best droid in all the galaxy, rolled out from behind the curtain to the sound of cheers probably heard in outer space! Students left the assembly inspired to try their own hand at droid creation. 
GGUSD Recognizes its Most Superb Spellers
Jessica from Peters 4-6 won the district's Elementary School Spelling Bee, and was celebrated by the Board of Education at its April 16 meeting!
Brandon from Bell Intermediate received special recognition from his principals for winning the Intermediate School Spelling Bee since he was unavailable to attend the Board of Education meeting.
Pre-Enrollment for Transitional Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten
Pre-enrollment for Fall 2019/20 full-day transitional kindergarten and full-day kindergarten classes in the Garden Grove Unified School District is now open! Parents should pre-enroll online as early as possible at  https://enroll.ggusd.us and contact their child’s home school for further assistance. Please note that all GGUSD elementary school offices will be closed for the summer and will resume enrollment when the offices reopen for the school year.