November 14, 2018
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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GGUSD High Schools Host College Planning Events
All GGUSD high schools offer amazing support to help students with college and career planning. Last week, Los Amigos and Santiago high schools held College Application Days where students received personalized help with their college applications from guidance counselors and college representatives. 
Honoring the Heroes Among Us
GGUSD schools hosted a variety of events and activities to learn about and recognize our nation's heroes in honor of Veterans Day. At Murdy Elementary, Mr. Robinson visited the kindergarten class to talk about his service in the army as a combat engineer in Iraq.
Huge Savings for ACT/SAT Prep
GGUSD is offering ACT and SAT Prep Courses to help eleventh grade students prepare for the ACT and SAT exams which are administered in the spring. GGUSD partners with the Princeton Review to offer these courses, which typically cost parents $600-$800, at a significant discount with GGUSD paying the majority of the cost per student and parents paying only $50. This is one of the best prices for intensive college test preparation in the state.

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Tomorrow: State Assessments and Accountability Parent Info Night
All GGUSD parents are invited to a Parent Information Night for State Assessments and Accountability tomorrow, November 15, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peters K-3 Elementary School, 13162 Newhope Street, Garden Grove. Parents will learn how California state assessments are implemented, gaining useful tips on how to support their children at home. Childcare is available for children ages 2 through 10, and interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. For more, contact the Department of Parent and Community Outreach at (714) 663-6084.
Cook Earns National Award
The California Department of Education announced that Cook Elementary School was named a 2018 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished School. Cook Elementary is one of only two schools in the State of California and 100 nationwide to receive this prestigious recognition.

This is the second national honor Cook Elementary School has received in the last two years. The school was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Since then, Cook has continued with its school-wide approach to promoting growth mindset, scholarly habits, perseverance, and other skills that lead to academic success. Cook also offers a Scholar Support Group and other interventions to help students set goals and celebrate growth. 
Spirit of Giving
La Quinta High School's Parent Association and Boys' League joined together to organize a Canned Food Drive to help families in need during the holiday season. The donations will benefit families helped through American Family Housing!  #GGUSDPride
Thanksgiving Holiday Reminder
The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education would like to express its best wishes to all district families on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. As a reminder, there is no school for students from Monday, November 19, through Monday, November 26. Classes for all district students resume on Tuesday, November 27.
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Warm Welcome on Hill Campus
Hill Elementary School launched its Ambassador Team of student leaders this year who begin the day by welcoming students to school! Ambassadors are students who demonstrate a willingness to help others, have a desire to develop their leadership skills, promote a positive school spirit, demonstrate scholarly attributes, and have appropriate behavior in the classroom and other areas of our school. We're proud that across GGUSD, students step up into leadership roles to create wonderful school communities!
Lobos Capture Water Polo Wins
The Los Amigos JV and Varsity Water Polo teams both captured league titles this season! It was the 23rd overall league championship for the Lobo varsity team and it qualified them for the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs. After a well earned bye in round one, the Lobos defeated the Downey Vikings 13-7 to advance to the quarter finals where they unfortunately lost to Culver City High School. It was still an amazing success for the Lobo water polo program as they once again ruled the pool!  #GGUSDPride
Argos Advance in Semi-Finals
The Garden Grove High School football team is back in the semi-finals for the seventh time since 2009 after a 28-14 comeback victory against the Wolverines of Aliso Niguel High School. Running back Mike Carrillo, the Orange County rushing leader, ran for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. The Argos will travel to San Bernardino on Friday to take on San Gorgonio High School at 7:30 p.m. WAY TO GO ARGOS!! 
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Stanley Gets New Playground
Recently, Stanley Elementary School's Student Council helped with the grand opening of the school's new playground, made possible in part by parent fundraising efforts. A beautiful place to play makes a big difference during recess!