March 14, 2019
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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Our Very Own Orange County Classified Employee of the Year Finalist
Congratulations to Wakeham Elementary School Instructional Aide Maria Mejia who is an Orange County finalist in the 2019 California State Employee of the Year program. Maria is an exceptional worker who is loved and adored by parents, students, and staff. She truly exemplifies what it means to do things the Garden Grove Way and always goes above and beyond. She is a dedicated employee who donates much of her free time to helping out the Wakeham community. We are extremely proud to have Maria on Team GGUSD and wish her luck at the state level!
Students and Parents Attend Roadmap to Success Event
GGUSD's Roadmap to Success was recently held at Rancho Alamitos High School. The event provided students and their parents with valuable information about the road to college. They learned about the A-G requirements, financial-aid and scholarship opportunities, and about strategies that can be used while filling out college applications. Breakout sessions also featured experts who spoke to students and parents. There were also a number of vocational schools, community colleges, and agencies who shared information about their programs.  #ChooseGGUSD   #GGUSDpride
Peters 4-6 Fifth Graders Participate In Interactive Lesson Led By Boeing Engineers
Fifth graders at Peters 4-6 Elementary School lit up the MPR during a lesson taught to them by Boeing Engineers Luz Virgen and Martha Garcia. Luz was also a student of Jaime Escalante who is the subject of the movie "Stand and Deliver". 

This is the second year Boeing has partnered with Peters 4-6 to give an engaging hands-on lesson in engineering. This year, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing they collaborated in groups to build fuel level detector sensors, which lightt up if done correctly, that are used on rocket ships. They then tested their fuel detector sensors by dipping them in water to see if they had been constructed accurately. Students who did not see their fuel detector sensors light up used problem solving skills to determine where they went wrong to fix the issues.

This was an inspiring lesson that led many kids to say they were interested in STEM fields and their excitement showed throughout the activity. A special thank you goes out to the two wonderful Boeing employees for inspiring the Peters 4-6 students today!

Newhope Students Perform the Jungle Book
Newhope Elementary School kicked off GGUSD's Disney Musicals in Schools season a few weeks ago! This is Newhope's first year participating in the program and they put on an amazing production of The Jungle Book! "YEAH MAN!"  #ChooseGGUSD
GGUSD Student-Athlete Spotlight
The GGUSD Student-Athlete Spotlight series highlights athlete who either excel on the field, in the classroom, or around campus.

Meet George Hernandez, a star quarterback and all around gentlemen who keeps busy on and off the field.
Barker Students Show Off Their Many Talents
Barker Elementary School's talent show featured a great variety of amazing performances and acts. There was dancing, some impressions, singing, some creative work with lights, and much more! Kudos to everyone who got up on stage and showed off their awesome talent!
Hazard Students Celebrate Read Across America Twin Style
Hazard Elementary School celebrated Read Across America week with "Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dress like a twin day!".  #GGUSDPride
Student Leaders Come Together for Monthly Meeting
The GGUSD student Board Representative Council recently met for its monthly meeting and participated in a thrilling team building game of hot potato! The representative from Los Amigos was victorious and took home some St. Patrick's Day themed prizes!

The winners of our recent social media contest were also presented with their prizes. Congratulations to Bolsa Grande High School for coming in first place, and to Santiago and Garden Grove high schools for placing in second and third place respectively.  #ChooseGGUSD
Pre-Enrollment for Transitional Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Is Now Open!

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 and contact their child’s home school for further assistance. Additional information about the enrollment process is available at (link). 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. 
Run for a Great Cause
Paine Elementary School teacher Terry Shepard is putting together her 12th Annual Team Running with Todd, which runs in honor of her son Todd who passed away at the age of 18 of Ewings Sarcoma. The team will participate in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation: Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17, 2019.