Gabrielino High School to Add Mandarin Courses
San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School will add two new semester-long Mandarin classes to its course offerings. The introductory Mandarin course will help students learn about Chinese culture, acquire Chinese conversational skills and have the opportunity to interact with people in Chinese-speaking communities. The second course aims to help enhance the overall education of Chinese heritage students who are native speakers, and will focus on boosting Chinese literacy, intercultural knowledge and social development.
San Gabriel Unified Celebrates Nearly 500 Class of 2018 Graduates
San Gabriel Unified School District celebrated the commencement of nearly 500 graduates from Gabrielino High School and Del Mar High School during emotionally charged ceremonies on June 6 and 7. Gabrielino valedictorian Bianca Lee and salutatorian Leon Tran will attend UC Berkeley and Stanford University, respectively. All of Del Mar High’s graduates have enrolled in either college, career tech training or the military.
Gabrielino High Honors 11 Speech and Debate Academic All Americans
San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School on May 24 recognized 11 seniors who were named Academic All-Americans by the National Speech and Debate Association. The award is given to fewer than 500 of the 141,000 association’s student members each year; to be eligible, students must attain at least a 3.7 GPA and have earned superior distinction (750 points) at speech competitions. Photos are available.
Gabrielino High School senior Hugo M. So will pursue his passion for engineering at Harvey Mudd College after being named a 2018 National Merit Scholar, a distinction earned by just 7,500 of 1.6 million students who apply by taking the PSAT. So, a varsity pole vaulter with a 4.84 GPA, will receive a $2,500 scholarship for scoring 1500 out of 1520 on the PSAT, achieving academically and participating in a variety of community service opportunities.
San Gabriel Unified Elementary Principal to Retire After 21 Years
Wilson Elementary Principal Jeannine McGuigan will retire in June after leading the San Gabriel Unified school for 21 years. Under her guidance, Wilson Elementary has built a strong community of volunteers, embraced design-based learning instruction and launched a robotics team.
Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Melanie Hsiang, a budding cellist, will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, June 23 as part of the Honors Junior Orchestra, which brings together exceptional young musicians from across the world to perform as an ensemble under a master conductor.
Wielding smart phones on selfie sticks, McKinley Elementary students jumped and screamed in delight on May 24 as they tracked 3D tornadoes and dinosaurs that appeared on-screen and in the classroom as part of a Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program. The program – an unreleased feature of the Google Expeditions app – uses Google’s AR technology to map the classroom and place 3D objects, which the students can walk around, examine closely to view details and step back for a fuller picture.
Gabrielino High School and Del Mar High School seniors donned their caps and gowns and joined Coolidge Elementary’s promoted fifth-graders for the school’s Senior Walk on June 6. The grads walked through the halls of Coolidge to thank their former teachers and inspire current students to excel.
Six San Gabriel Unified schools – Coolidge, McKinley, Washington and Wilson elementary schools, Jefferson Middle School and Gabrielino High School – were named to the 2017-18 California Honor Roll for narrowing the achievement gap and performing well on state standardized tests. All six schools were honored as Star Schools, a category for high-performing schools with substantial populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
6 Gabrielino High ‘Business Leaders’ Advance to National Competition
Six students from Gabrielino High School’s Future Business Leaders of America program will advance to the National Leadership Conference on Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28 in Baltimore after earning top honors in their respective competition categories at the state conference.