May 8, 2019
#GGUSDPRIDE E-newsletter
The #GGUSDPride E-newsletter features many of the great things happening in GGUSD.   
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GGUSD Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with Video Spotlights
We love our teachers and are grateful for their unwavering dedication to students! Part of what makes our district special is that our teachers and staff treat students as if they were their own children – that’s the Garden Grove Way!

In honor of national Teacher Appreciation Week, we created special teacher spotlight videos about our three nominees for the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year recognition program!
GGUSD - Among Nation's Best
All seven of GGUSD's comprehensive high schools earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report's elite rankings of America's Best High Schools in 2019. 

GGUSD’s highest ranked high school, La Quinta High School ranked #54 in California, and #415 out of more than 17,000 public high schools in national rankings. All GGUSD high schools scored higher than 75% of the high schools ranked both statewide and across the nation.  

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Monroe Hosts International Festival to Honor Variety of Cultures
Monroe Elementary Language Academy held its third annual International Festival last week. There were special performances by Monroe's Ballet Folklorico dance group, a cultural fashion show, a Boys and Girl's Club performance, a dragon dance from Bolsa Grande students, a Polynesian dance from Los Amigos students, and a performance by the Rancho Alamitos mariachi group. Monroe's school community enjoyed delicious food, great performances, and booths put together by each classroom highlighting a specific country - its people, culture, and history.
College-Bound Santiago Student Featured on Spectrum News
Santiago High School sent a group of 50 students to UCLA's College Signing Day event where the keynote speaker was Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Spectrum News covered the event including a spotlight of Santiago High School's Leyna Nguyen who is headed to UCLA in the fall! 
GGUSD STEAM Fest Sparks Innovation
Last week, 16 teams of GGUSD intermediate school students competed at the district's STEAM Fest. Students were challenged to be as innovative as possible to create products that solve a problem or address a need in the world. Winners were Bell Intermediate for their solution to provide energy to third world countries, Irvine Intermediate for the vex vacuum cleaner, and Walton Intermediate for their product to correct kyphosis and scoliosis. The event was sponsored by Endologix, and the winning three teams will present their projects at Endologix in Irvine to receive college scholarships, trophies, and medallions.
GGHS Students Featured for Mental Health Awareness Initiative
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and students across GGUSD are helping to shine a light on this important issue. Watch this Spectrum News piece to see a spotlight story about Garden Grove High School students' initiatives to raise awareness! 
Spectrum News Covers Murdy's Gratitude Project
Last week on the 44th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, Murdy Elementary School held its annual "Gratitude Project" event. The one-hour ceremony was hosted by sixth grade students who welcomed and honored true military heroes who they spent the year studying. This powerful event was a culmination of their year-long study of gratitude during which sixth grade students interviewed war heroes, and created art and writings about what they learned. Many students uncovered details of their family legacy for the first time and gained a deeper understanding of freedom, racism, hardship, bravery, and love of country. 
Thank You School Nurses
School Nurses Day is May 8 and GGUSD extends its sincere appreciation to all of our school nurses, (including Ms. Patty Johnson and Mrs. Megan Wray pictured here from Eisenhower Elementary) for all they do to keep our students healthy and to care for their mental and physical well-being. Our nurses go out of their way to provide a nurturing environment for all students, staff, and families.
Paine Carnival Draws a Crowd

At the Paine Elementary Panther Palooza celebration last week, students and their families enjoyed games, prizes, and great food. The event was a community affair, with McGarvin and La Quinta students volunteering their time to ensure that parents could enjoy the event with their children. School Board Member Bob Harden also joined in on the fun.

As always, the highlight was Principal Martinez hovering precariously over a tank of water. Sporting a stylish pink shower cap and full suit, he was overconfident that he would stay dry; egging students on to hit the target. It didn’t take long, though, for him to feel the cold water as he took the plunge! 
Cougars and Cows
Crosby Cougars had a special visitor last week from Agnes the cow of the Mobile Dairy Assembly of California. Students learned about how a cow makes milk and the agricultural technology used at a dairy. Then they got to pet a very sweet bull calf named Big Red.
Rancho Students Shine on Stage
Rancho Alamitos students shined on stage during the school's production of The Girl in the Mirror. Students used their theatrical skills to shed light on the important topic of teen suicide.
Hands-On Learning at Fitz
The Discovery Cube Science Foundation visited Fitz Intermediate last month to provide hands-on learning about biology and medicine. Students studied how diet and exercise affect calcium storage and bone strength, learned about the heart and lung connection, and participated in a guided dissection of a pig heart to gain a better understanding of heart structure and function.
Registration is Open for Preschool
Registration is now open for Garden Grove Unified School District’s high quality preschool programs. Enroll today for the 2019-2020 school year for one of the following preschool programs:

  • Brand new affordable full-day preschool at the Skylark Campus (offered at 11250 Mac Murray St., Garden Grove)
The new Skylark fee-based Preschool will have highly-trained credentialed teachers who provide students with a warm and caring preschool experience. The preschool will offer enrichment activities in dual language, technology, science, engineering, arts, math, and more. The full-day, fee-based program will provide the same exceptional educational curriculum offered in our half-day state preschool program, with opportunities for before and after school care. 
Children born between 12/3/2014 and 12/1/2016 are age eligible for our program. Space is limited for our 3-year-old classes for students born between 12/3/2015 and 09/1/2016.
Visit for the registration packets or call 714-663-6298 for more information.