December 5, 2018
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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Monroe Elementary Earns State Recognition!
Monroe Elementary Language Academy was honored for its outstanding Spanish dual language immersion program during the 2018 Golden Bell Awards ceremony at the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Conference in San Francisco last week. Monroe was one of only two dual language schools out of 400 across the state to receive this prestigious award.
Celebrating our Employees
GGUSD honored 527 employees for their years of service at the 31st Annual Employee Recognition Program on December 4 at the Garden Grove Community Center. One GGUSD employees received a special recognition for dedicating an impressive 45 years to the district, and another six employees were honored for their 40 years of service.

The employee with 45 years of service is Anthony Mermer, a custodian at La Quinta High School. 

The six employees with 40 years include: Celia Cortez, secretary with Student Services; Elizabeth Flores, instructional aide at Rancho Alamitos High School; Yvonne Gullikson, lead food service worker at Mitchell Elementary ; Marguerite Hayden, instructional aide at Hazard Elementary ; Paul Portner, teacher at Carrillo Elementary ; and Ruth Pruitt, central office clerk with the Office of Personnel Services.

Other recognized employees received pins for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service.
Santiago Auto Tech Spotlight
Last week, Santiago High School's automotive pathway was highlighted at the OC Pathways Showcase among other CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs from across Orange County. We are very proud of the students and staff in this career pathway who have received multiple awards for their success in industry competitions and even won a brand new Kia Stinger for the program.  #GGUSDPride
Crosby Gives Helping Hand
The Crosby Elementary Student Council, under the direction of Advisors Jena Smith and Melissa Worthing, organized and implemented the school's annual Friends & Helpers Drive to support the non-profit organization which provides support and assistance for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and whom have fled to a shelter or group home for safety.

The entire student body at Crosby donated toiletries and basic hygiene necessities. Student Council collected the items, boxed them up, and delivered them to the Friends & Helpers event in Irvine on December 1. At this event, Student Council members helped fill Christmas stockings and snack bags and created cheerful holiday cards for the families. We are proud of the Crosby Student Council and their service and compassion for those in need. 
Huge Savings on ACT/SAT Prep Courses!
GGUSD juniors can take advantage of huge savings on ACT/SAT Prep Workshops which are proven to improve results on these rigorous college entrance exams. Classes are being offered at a steep discount and will only cost $50! Workshops are offered at all GGUSD high schools. Call your school guidance counselor to sign up today.
GGUSD On SpectrumTV!
In case you missed it, Spectrum Channel 1 featured a wonderful story, reported on by GGUSD alumna Vicky Nguyen, highlighting the success of GGUSD's Spanish and Vietnamese dual language programs at Monroe Elementary Language Academy, Murdy Elementary School, and Russell Elementary Language Academy.
Carrillo's Morning Show
Carrillo Elementary recently launched a monthly student production called the "Carrillo Morning Show." The show is viewed online and highlights all of the amazing events and activities occurring at the school. A team of students build the show using iPads and green screen applications. Humorous, heartfelt, and informative segments recently featured school beautification projects and a message from veterans who are part of the Carrillo family. The show highlights new students and features the rich cultural diversity that exists at Carrillo. These shows are available for viewing at .
Hare High School Celebrates Student Success
On November 28, Hare High School held its Quarter 1 Student Recognition ceremony. Students were invited to share in the event if they earned Quarter 1 Principal's Honor Roll (3.5 - 4.0 GPA) or were nominated for Quarter 1 Student of the Quarter. Families were invited to attend the event to celebrate students' academic accomplishments, learn more about student progress towards graduation, and enjoy a nice breakfast. 
On Friday, November 30, Hare High School celebrated students' personal growth during the school's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Fall Festival. The Fall Festival allows students and staff to celebrate being part of the Hare PACK, recognizing everyone's efforts in Perseverance, Attentiveness, Cooperation, and Kindness. Lawn games, turkey bowling, soccer challenges, football toss, and sack races were just a few of the many activities that took place during the Fall Festival. Both students and staff alike enjoyed having fun together as Hare Huskies.
Heritage Computer Science Academy is hosting Parent Information Meetings and Tours for parents interested in learning more about student enrollment opportunities at the school. The district's first-ever Computer Science Academy infuses cutting-edge technology into daily curriculum across all content areas. Students learn computer programming, coding, and robotics through innovative lessons powered by Code to the Future, the nation's leader in computer science schools. Parents will have an opportunity to tour classrooms and learn more about the benefits of computer science. Heritage students will have a competitive advantage in mastering the technology skills needed for success in high school, college, and 21st century careers that haven't even been created yet. Meetings will be offered in English on January 10 and January 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. They will also be offered in Spanish on January 10 and January 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese on January 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.