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San Gabriel Unified School District

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  • 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 • 626-451-5400
  • Located in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel Unified School District educates more than 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at five elementary schools, one middle school, one traditional high school, and one continuation high school.

  • Superintendent: Dr. John W. Pappalardo
  • Board of Trustees: Andrew L. Ammon, president; Cristina Alvarado, vice president; Ken K. Tcheng, member; Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 6,430

San Gabriel Unified Celebrates Black History Month through Storytelling

Follow-up Story: Del Mar High School students on Feb. 13 enjoyed Diane Ferlatte’s and Erik Pearson’s storytelling performance “We Were There: Not Black History but Blacks in American History,” as part of the Music Center’s educational programming. The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation sponsored the performance. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified to Highlight Music Immersion Program

San Gabriel Unified’s Roosevelt Elementary will highlight its award-winning Music Immersion Experience (MIE) program at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the seventh annual California All-State Music Education Conference in San Jose. MIE Coordinator Samantha Theisen and District teacher on special assignment Jennifer Trujillo will present data on how the music education program has boosted enrollment and student engagement. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

San Gabriel Unified to Hold TK-5 Elementary Parent Information Night

San Gabriel Unified School District will host a TK-5 Parent Information Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Jefferson Middle School, 1327 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. Families can learn about the District’s robust early learning opportunities, including kindergarten and transitional kindergarten, music and Spanish dual-language immersion, STEM curriculum and design-based learning. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

San Gabriel’s Roosevelt Elementary to Hold Lunar New Year Celebration

Roosevelt Elementary School’s Music Immersion Experience students will hold a Lunar New Year celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Choir, violin and dance students will perform Chinese folk songs and the ribbon dance, while other students present reports about Chinese culture. Students also will enjoy a musical performance by a Chinese ensemble from the California Institute of the Arts. The school is at 401 S. Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel’s Roosevelt Elementary to Host Junior Speech Tournament

Roosevelt Elementary will host the Southern California Junior Forensic League’s second elementary school tournament of the year from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Roosevelt’s third- through fifth-grade students will compete against other Southern California elementary schools in categories like storytelling, duo interpretation, poetry and informative speech. Roosevelt Elementary is at 401 S. Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified’s Coolidge Elementary to Hold Annual Spelling Bee

Coolidge Elementary will host its 11th annual Spelling Bee from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the school cafetorium. Coolidge fourth- and fifth-graders will face off in friendly competition for the opportunity to advance to the Los Angeles County Elementary Spelling Bee in March. Coolidge Elementary is at 421 N. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Explore Opera Music

Follow-up Story: McKinley Elementary School students enjoyed the vocal stylings of Suzanna Guzmán in her “Don't Be Afraid: It's Just Opera!” performance, part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ educational programming. The Jan. 19 assembly taught students about the foundation of an opera experience and highlighted the supporting talent involved in putting on a performance. The assembly was sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation. Photos are available Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Gabrielino High Student Builds Garden Beds for Elementary School

Follow-up Story: Gabrielino High School student Nicholas Correnti completed his Eagle Scout project on Jan. 20 by helping Roosevelt Elementary complete its school garden, which provides students with hands-on nutrition and wellness learning opportunities. Correnti worked with Roosevelt volunteers to build, stain and fill nine new garden beds, giving each of the school’s classrooms its own bed. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified High School Removes Barriers for EL Students

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School is celebrating reducing English learner non-graduate numbers to 63 percent in 2015-16, down from 76 percent the previous year, following a four-year effort to develop and refine its English Language Development (ELD) program. As part of the changes, the ELD team removed barriers to classes that fulfill college requirement credit. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Gabrielino High Speech and Debate Team Named to Elite Eight Society

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High speech and debate team has been named to the National Speech and Debate Association’s Elite Eight Society, which honors teams that earn at least 800 tournament points over the course of the year. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)