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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 to Host Annual Elementary Variety Show

San Gabriel Unified’s Coolidge Elementary School will host its annual variety show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 26. This year’s event, themed “We Will Rock You,” will showcase a variety of student performances, from vocal and instrumental music acts to dances and skits. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Coolidge Elementary is at 421 N. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Elementary Students to Stage American Revolution Musical

San Gabriel Unified’s Washington Elementary fifth-graders will stage a musical about the American Revolution from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Students will sing their way through the formation of the United States for parents, community members and representatives from the Assistance League of Arcadia, which funded a grant for the musical’s wardrobe. Washington Elementary School is at 300 N. San Marino Ave., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

Gabrielino High Earns State Exemplary Program Award for Arts Education

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School received the 2017 Exemplary Program Award for its outstanding visual and performing arts program, which offers 24 courses ranging from speech and debate to choral music and stop motion animation. The Exemplary Program Award was awarded to 23 of the 275 California Gold Ribbon schools honored in April. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified to Host Spring Concerts for Elementary Music Program

San Gabriel Unified’s Roosevelt Elementary School will stage a trio of spring concerts for its award-winning Music Immersion Experience program. Transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade will perform at 10 a.m. and second and third grades at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Fourth and fifth grades will perform at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. The concerts highlight progress in fundamental music lessons, such as violin, choir and percussion, as well as electives in chamber winds, Latin percussion and rock band. Roosevelt Elementary is at 401 S. Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)

San Gabriel Unified Shares Sports Fields, Facilities with Community Recreation Programs

San Gabriel Unified School District will allow community use of school facilities over the next five years to offset the city’s lack of public park space. A new agreement authorizes evening and weekend use of outdoor school facilities for community and recreational purposes, which includes basketball courts, tennis courts and fields. Indoor facilities are reserved for the city’s summer day camp and recreation program. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

Gabrielino High Senior to Defend Championship Title at State Speech and Debate Tournament

Follow-up Story: Gabrielino High School’s “Screamin’ Eagles” speech and debate team took second place out of nearly 300 schools in the California High School Speech Association State Tournament in late April. Senior and team co-captain Tim Chung earned first place in the international extemporary category, while senior Calvin Nguyen took second overall in humorous interpretation. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified High School Speech Showcase Celebrates Verbal Expression

Follow-up Story: Gabrielino High School hosted its annual Speech and Debate Showcase May 5 and 6, highlighting the verbal talents of its state championship winners and national tournament qualifiers. The program won its 20th consecutive Southern California Debate League Championship earlier this year. Students showcased a variety of speech styles and spoke about topics ranging from political issues to shoes and paranormal activity. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

5 San Gabriel Unified Schools Named to California Honor Roll

San Gabriel Unified’s Jefferson Middle School and Coolidge, McKinley, Washington and Wilson elementary schools were named to the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence 2016 Honor Roll for narrowing the achievement gap and for performing strongly on California standardized tests. Each school was honored as a Star School, a category for high-performing schools with substantial populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Media Contact: Media contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School Named California Gold Ribbon School

Gabrielino High School has been named a 2017 California Gold Ribbon School for its efforts to increase English learner graduation rates and improve college eligibility for Hispanic students. The Gold Ribbon, California’s highest academic designation, was created in as a substitute for the California Distinguished Schools Program while the state transitions to a new academic accountability tool. The designation is reserved for middle and high schools this year. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Violinists Perform at New York Festival

Follow-up Story: Wilson Elementary School kindergartener Kayce Lee and third-grader Jamie Lee performed at Carnegie Hall with the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra on April 11. The orchestra, featuring the Lee sisters on violin, competed against other top-notch music ensembles in the country at the New York International Music Festival. The Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, which took home a gold ranking at the festival, comprises students from the Pascale Music Institute in Pasadena. Jamie Lee also played with the more advanced Los Angeles Children’s Chamber Orchestra. Photos and video are available.