CA School News Report

San Gabriel Unified School District

  • 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 Hold Info Night for Dual-language Program

McKinley Elementary School will host a Dual Immersion Family Evening to highlight its Spanish language immersion program from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The information session is open to parents and community members from San Gabriel and surrounding communities who want to know more about the rapidly expanding program. The event session will cover the purpose, practices and benefits of the program, as well as the enrollment process and requirements. Parents who cannot attend the evening can learn more at or by visiting McKinley Elementary, 1425 Manley Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Gabriel 4th-Grade Students to Take a ‘Walk Through California’ History

Coolidge Elementary School fourth-graders will help bring history to life during the school’s first “Walk Through California” presentation at 8 a.m. Friday, April 14. Students will dress as miners, pioneers, farmers, among others, and take part in a lively retelling of California’s history that includes drama, dance, games and music. Coolidge Elementary is at 421 N. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Gabriel Unified School Recognized Nationally for Music Program

Roosevelt Elementary School, home to San Gabriel Unified’s Music Immersion Experience program, has been awarded the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation’s 2017 SupportMusic Merit Award for its outstanding commitment to music education. The designation, which is part of the Best Communities for Music Education program, was awarded to 1 percent of U.S. schools in 2017. The free MIE program extends the school day to provide a fundamental music period to kindergarten through fifth-grade students and a longer elective period to second- through fifth-graders. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Students Celebrate Creativity at 8th Annual Elementary Art Festival

Follow-up Story: Washington Elementary School hosted its annual ArtFest April 21. The community event celebrated students’ artistic accomplishments in a variety of media. Each grade level put on its own performance, highlighting student progress in choral, dance and instrumental music studies. The event also featured activities for families of all ages, including chalk drawing, watercolor painting and baked goods for sale. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Students Promote Innovation at Middle School Invention Convention

Follow-up Story: Seventh-grader Vicki Lam was so fed up with constantly dropping her phone and having her arms go numb while watching videos that she invented the Amazing Phone Stand, a 3D-printed tool that does all the tedious work of holding a cell phone. Lam’s concept was one of more than 600 inventions that filled the Jefferson Middle School gymnasium during the school’s second annual Invention Convention, all aimed at accomplishing one objective: invent a solution to an everyday problem. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Students Head to State Speech Championship

Gabrielino High School sophomores Ze Hao Deng and Jia Liu – along with 38 classmates – will face the state’s best high school speakers at the California High School Speech Association State Championship, Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 at Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive, Arcadia. The duo, both native Mandarin speakers, made school history as the first two English learners to win a varsity speech tournament. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Netflix and FBI among Presenters at San Gabriel Unified’s Annual Middle School Career Day

Jefferson Middle School will host its annual Career Day this Friday, March 31, encouraging middle school students to visualize their future through a series of career-centered presentations. The event will connect middle school students with a wide array of professionals, including representatives from Netflix and the FBI, as well as engineers, lawyers, graphic designers, reporters, law enforcement officers, makeup artists, chefs, social workers and doctors. Dressed in their best professional attire, Jefferson students will attend four of 40 presentations offered and learn about career paths related to their interests. Students will engage in lively discussion with the speakers in each 40-minute presentation, and will end the day with a schoolwide discussion to recap what they learned. Jefferson Middle School is at 1372 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

6 Students to Represent San Gabriel Unified in State History Day Contest

Del Mar High School continuation students Christina Calderon, Michelle Vega, Sergio Landeros, Jio Blanco, Ciara Robledo and Kenneth French will represent San Gabriel Unified at National History Day-California on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The contest challenges students to examine history through extensive original research and creatively express their findings before a panel of historians and educators. Media Contact: Lauren Creiman, 909-833-9853 (office)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Hits the Right Notes with New Music Immersion Experience Program

Roosevelt Elementary School students are sharpening their focus and gaining confidence thanks to the school’s new Music Immersion Experience (MIE), which enhances student achievement through comprehensive music and performing arts lessons. The program, which launched schoolwide earlier this year, is provided for free to Roosevelt students by the San Gabriel Unified School District. MIE extends the school day to accommodate a fundamental music lesson period for all students and an extended music instruction period for second- through fifth-graders. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Gabriel Unified Opens Enrollment for Kindergarten and Transitional Kinder Programs

Parents may begin enrolling children in San Gabriel Unified’s kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) programs. The programs provide robust opportunities for early learning and preparation for the social and academic rigor of elementary school. Offerings include 1:1 technology resources, music immersion and dual-language immersion. Children must turn 5 by Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten. TK students must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Parents can enroll their children by visiting their local school or by visiting Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos