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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

Gabrielino High School Speech and Debate Program to Host First Varsity Invitational

Gabrielino High School’s speech and debate program will kick off its 2017-18 season by hosting a varsity speech invitational for the first time in the school’s 24-year history. On Saturday, October 21, more than 120 Gabrielino students will exhibit their linguistic skills on their home turf against students from Alhambra High School, Arroyo High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Until now, Gabrielino High has only hosted novice or qualifier events staffed by the program’s varsity team members. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Celebrate Peruvian Music, Dance

Follow-up Story: Coolidge Elementary students enjoyed a lively performance from INCA, The Peruvian Ensemble, part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ educational programming. The Oct. 5 assembly offered a colorful array of music and dances from Peru and the Andean region featuring woodwind, strings and percussion performances. The assembly was sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified to Host STEM Symposium for Local Educators

San Gabriel Unified’s McKinley Elementary will host its first-ever STEM symposium for San Gabriel Valley teachers and administrators from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The free symposium will provide hands-on workshops highlighting STEM, coding and robotics instruction for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Lunch will be provided. McKinley Elementary is at 1425 Manley Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More

San Gabriel Unified to Host Digital Literacy Workshop for Parents

San Gabriel Unified will host a “Digital Citizenship: Parent Awareness in a Digital Age” workshop from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at McKinley Elementary, 1425 Manley Drive, San Gabriel. The workshop, free to San Gabriel Unified families, will address internet safety, monitoring online activities and encouraging parent-child communication. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified Students Receive Jazz, Music History Education

Follow-up Story: Students at San Gabriel Unified’s Washington Elementary enjoyed a music history and interactive arts performance titled “Jazz It Up with Dr. Bobby Rodriguez,” part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ educational programming. The Oct. 3 assembly delighted Washington students with four types of jazz, lessons in its music history, and opportunities to dance and play percussion. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Explore Korean Music, Culture

Follow-up Story: Roosevelt Elementary students enjoyed a cultural arts performance featuring the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company. The Sept. 26 assembly, sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation, treated Roosevelt’s music immersion students to the visual and aural delights of Korean folk dances and instrumental music. Students will further explore the musical and artistic culture presented by the company in their daily music classes. Photos are available Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified Teacher Receives National Faculty Status

Jefferson Middle School teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron has been granted National Faculty status from the Buck Institute of Education in recognition of her encouragement of academic excellence through project-based learning (PBL). PBL is a form of instruction that develops attitudes and lateral thinking in students by teaching them how to thoughtfully respond to engaging and complex challenges with hands-on work. The Buck Institute is one of the nation’s leading PBL research and training organizations. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Middle School Pledges to Read 10,000 Books, Boost Literacy

Jefferson Middle School is celebrating the importance of literacy through its yearlong 10K Reads Challenge, which encourages staff, students, and families to read 10,000 books by May 2018. Participants are challenged to read books in various languages and genres and take part in #jms10kreads, a social media campaign of “shelfies,” or photos with their current reading material. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

Gabrielino High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five seniors from San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School were named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program, which honors top academic performance and potential for college success. Jannelle Dang, Ya Chi Liang, Christopher H. Lung, Hugo M. So and Benjamin Vuong are among 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.6 million students who apply by taking the PSAT each year. Nearly 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, who are announced in February. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified to Host Special Education Workshop Series

San Gabriel Unified will host a family workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 on how to enhance at-home learning experiences for special education students while practicing cyber safety. The first in a series, the workshop will be at the District office, 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese translation is available upon advance request. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)