January 30, 2020
#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.
GGUSD Celebrates the Lunar New Year in Annual Tet Parade
Hundreds of GGUSD elementary, intermediate, and high school students, as well as Board of Education members, Superintendent Gabriela Mafi, and district administrators and staff participated in the annual Tet Parade in Westminster on Saturday, January 25. GGUSD students always enjoy celebrating the Lunar New Year with our community. Santiago JROTC, the marching bands from McGarvin Intermediate, and Bolsa Grande and Los Amigos high schools delivered excellent performances to add to the festivities!  #GGUSDPRIDE
Los Amigos High School Is Launching a New Early College Academy
Los Amigos High School is launching an Early College Academy providing students with an opportunity to earn college credit at Golden West College for free while still in high school. Students in the program will save money on tuition and books and get a head start on their college education. All parents (in and out of GGUSD) who are interested should attend the upcoming informational meeting on February 11!  #GGUSDPride
Zeyen Recognizes Student Authors
Five times each year, Zeyen Elementary School showcases nine student authors who are selected for communicating their ideas clearly and effectively. At an Author's Tea event, students read their piece aloud to an audience of special guests. The audience provided each of the authors feedback that was encouraging and positive. All of these authentic pieces are published and made available to our school community upon request.
GGUSD Holds Health Fair for Staff
Great job to GGUSD's Insurance Department in the Office of Personnel Services for planning a successful Health Fair for all GGUSD employees and their family members. The fair featured healthy food trucks, health screenings, 5 minute chair massages, and more!  #GGUSDPride
GGUSD Schools Host Lunar New Year Celebrations
Schools across the district host annual Lunar New Year celebrations to recognize the wonderful culture of our students and families. The Bolsa Grande High School Vietnamese Student Association performs cultural dances at several school sites as well as for employees at the district office. Students love dressing in traditional ao dai and engaging with the lion dancers. #GGUSDPride
Garden Park Students Learn About Amazing Careers
Garden Park Elementary School makes career exploration fun! Recently, the school hosted a Career Day showcasing a variety of industries. Guest speakers included an engineer, firefighter, police officer, nurse, optometrist, graphic designer, court reporter, and hand therapist. Students had fun imagining their futures and dressing up as the career of their choice.  #GGUSDPride

Fitz Intermediate Hosts Its First Computer Science Showcase
Fitz Intermediate School is the district's second Computer Science Academy powered by Code to the Future, and Fitz boasts the district's very first intermediate school mariachi band. Recently, the school hosted a showcase event to highlight student success with these exciting new programs!
GGUSD is Proud of its Parent Leadership Academy
GGUSD is fortunate to have an amazing group of parents who serve on our district Parent Leadership Academy and work with us to support our schools and students. Recently, we met with parents from trustee area four to discuss parent leadership, school communication, marketing, and more.  We are grateful for strong parent engagement in GGUSD schools. 

Gilbert Parents Host Fun Events to Keep Students Active
Recently, Gilbert Elementary School's Parents in Action, Healthy Kids parent volunteers led a student friendly boot camp with hurdles, tunnel crawls, step ups, ladders, push-ups, and more. Gilbert Elementary School is grateful to have engaged parents committing to keeping kids active, healthy, and having fun. 
La Quinta Honors 1980 CIF-Champions
La Quinta recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the school's first and only CIF Championship in Boy's Basketball. Ten members of the team and their coach, along with cheerleaders from the era and family attended the celebration, which included hours of time together in the schools' brand new cafeteria and an introduction of each member to the crowd of 800 prior to tip-off of the game.

Included in the group was Johnny Rogers, who is now a member of the Washington Wizards front office, and Dick Katz, the coach of the team and one of the all-time winningest coaches in Orange County History when combining boy's and girl's basketball.
Enders Students Show Off Their Science Skills
Enders Elementary School recently hosted its first Science Fair inviting students from all grades to participate. Approximately 35 students volunteered for the challenge, creating and testing their hypothesis, and then sharing the procedure and results of their experiments. The Science Fair was organized by the school’s PTA! Parent volunteers and Board of Education Vice President Teri Rocco judged the work of the young scientists and one winner from each grade level received a gift certificate to purchase from Scientifics , a company that sells the latest and greatest in science kits, science toys, and activities. We are so proud to see the scientific skills of our students at work.