November 6, 2019
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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GGUSD Honors November Employees of the Month
At its November 5 meeting, the Board of Education honored GGUSD's November Employees of the Month! Our Classified Employee of the Month is Tammy Starr, Purchasing Supervisor in the Business Department. Tammy has worked for the district for more than 20 years, and is known for her outstanding work ethic and going out of her way to create a positive environment, showing kindness and compassion to everyone she meets. Our Certificated Employee of the Month is Theresa Miguel, teacher at Marshall Elementary School. She is also known for creating a caring and welcoming classroom for all students!
Garden Grove High School Students Spearhead Initiatives to Build Positive Culture
Last month Garden Grove High School student leaders organized and ran an all-school assembly called Words Hurt to address important topics like eliminating racist and derogatory language, standing up against hate, and promoting a positive and empathetic school culture and climate.

The assembly is part of the school’s commitment to be a “No Place for Hate School” and featured a panel of student leaders with representatives from Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Bridges, Sisterhood Happening Effortlessly (SHE), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), ArgoLog Media, and the varsity football team. The assembly began with a  video  created by student Brandon Nguyen which highlighted the powerful impact words have on all people. The panel was moderated by English teacher Shelby Laura who asked students tough questions about the impact of racial language used in literature and songs, as well as how to be an upstander to hate when someone is using language to tear others down.

Following the assembly, the panelists encouraged all students to sign school-wide pledges making several commitments including being more mindful about the things they say, being more tolerant of other people’s identities, speaking up for others when hurtful words are used, and standing up against offensive language.

To watch the Words Hurt video created by Garden Grove High School student Brandon Nguyen, visit: .
Market Day at Marshall
Recently, Marshall Elementary sixth grade students have been learning about fundamental economics through their Language Arts Curriculum. Scholars have developed an understanding as to how supply and demand affects any type of market. Students discussed key components of starting a business including having a business plan, advertising strategies, and pricing. As a culminating activity, sixth grade students hosted a Market Day! Scholars became entrepreneurs as they were presented with the challenge of creating a good or service to sell to the fifth graders (using Marshall Money). Students analyzed which goods/services were most popular and in high demand as well as those services that made more of a profit and were in higher demand than others. A fun time was had by all and students developed important 21st century college and career readiness skills.
2019-2020 Annual Report
Garden Grove Unified School District recently published its 2019-2020 Annual Report which is mailed to families in the community and showcases the district’s success in equipping all students with the academic and personal skills needed for lifelong success.
Bucket Filling at Gilbert
During the month of October, Gilbert students participated in a variety of activities to promote kindness! Students signed pledges to stand against bullying, read stories about bullying, and had meaningful conversations in class. Student leaders performed morning announcements, which included real life scenarios with an important message to recognize and take a stand against bullying, and how to be kind to one another. All students also read “Have You Filled a Bucket Today,” and participated in a kindness activity to fill someone’s bucket.
Irvine Collects Socks to Help Families in Need
Irvine Intermediate School AVID and AVID Excel hosted Socktober, collecting new pairs of socks to benefit Share Our Selves, an organization that helps low-income and homeless individuals throughout Orange County. Soaring above their goal of 200 socks, Irvine Intermediate Hawks collected 1,174 pairs of socks. The History Department did a great job connecting the event to their civic virtue standards to encourage donations.
GGUSD to Offer Free and Discounted ACT/SAT Prep Workshops
GGUSD high schools are offering free and discounted ACT and SAT Prep Courses to all eleventh grade students beginning in January. Registration for the prep courses begins in November.

To offer the ACT and SAT Prep Courses, GGUSD partnered with Revolution Prep, a leading education company with trusted strategies to help students improve their scores on high-stakes exams and achieve greater academic success. Typically, these courses cost parents a minimum of $700, but GGUSD will cover the majority of cost per student, and parents will pay only $50! Additionally, free and reduced rates are available for income-eligible students based on their free and reduced meal status.  The ACT and SAT exams are administered in the spring.
Ralston Students Develop Strategies to Promote Wellness
Superintendent Dr. Gabriela Mafi visited Ralston Intermediate recently and met with student leaders in the school's "50 Ways to Take a Break" club. Students meet at lunch to plan and discuss ways to improve mindfulness, take a break, and foster a positive culture for students and staff. We love seeing our students take the lead on promoting wellness!
GGUSD Students and Staff Bring the Halloween Spirit
Students and staff across GGUSD celebrated Halloween with creative costumes. Schools hosted costume parades, Trunk or Treats, and a variety of other fun activities. Above includes students from Murdy Elementary (top left), Crosby Elementary (top right), principals from Heritage Computer Science Academy (bottom left), principals and staff from Jordan Intermediate (bottom right).
Cook Elementary Students Benefit from Generous Partners
Cook Elementary students benefited from wonderful donations provided by awesome community partners! Eagle Community Credit Union donated 50 new backpacks and a $250 teacher gift card, and 3M Corporation donated $6,000 in school supplies. Both companies are employers of Cook Elementary parents and share a commitment to education.
Celebrating Our Teachers of the Year

On Friday, three of our spectacular teachers were honored at the OCDE Teacher of the Year banquet at the Disneyland Resort. Congratulations to GGUSD's Teachers of the Year including Riverdale Elementary teacher Summer Fox, former Jordan Intermediate teacher/now TOSA Phuong Lam, and Rancho Alamitos High School teacher Kelli Colombo who was honored as a county semi-finalist! Our Board of Education members (President Lan Nguyen, Vice President Teri Rocco and Trustee Walter Muneton), Superintendent Gabriela Mafi, and school and district staff attended to celebrate our wonderful teachers! Visit our Facebook page for more photos.
GGUSD Launches ParentSquare to Expand Parent Communication
GGUSD has launched ParentSquare, an easy-to-use communication platform to reach and engage every parent, ensuring all parents have the opportunity to actively participate in their children’s education and stay up-to-date on district and school news. 

ParentSquare features:
  • district and school-wide mass notifications through voice, email, text, and new mobile application
  • district, school-wide, and classroom posts received as emails or texts by parents with two-way communication features
  • principal and teacher direct messaging with instant language translation using Google Translate
  • automated attendance notifications on student absences and tardies
  • school calendars and event rsvp’s
  • teacher to student communication for seventh through twelfth grade students

ParentSquare allows parents to choose how to receive school and classroom communication via email, text, or mobile application. Parents can also select when to receive messages either instantly or in digest format at the end of each day. Urgent school-wide messages can be sent through voicemail as well.  Parents will receive emails, texts, or voicemail messages to the email address or phone number on file with the school as part of the student enrollment process. 

Parents can download the GGUSD mobile application now on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 
GGUSD’s partnership with ParentSquare will enable a stronger dialogue between school and home, and will help empower everyone within the school community to stay connected and informed.