San Gabriel Unified School District

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

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.

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.

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.

San Gabriel Unified Parent Seminar to Highlight AP Program

Gabrielino High School will host a parent seminar on the school’s Advanced Placement courses from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Goodson Theater, 1327 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. Parents will learn about the rigors of the college-prep program, discover the advantages of AP classes and explore course offerings.

Gabrielino High School Speech and Debate Program Boasts Eight Academic All-Americans

Follow-up Story: Four Gabrielino High School speech and debate students – Annabelle Cook, Jannelle Dang, Angelina Liang, Jason Tran, Leon Tran, Meng Vong, and co-captains Josh Raymundo and Richelle Chow – were named Academic All-Americans by the National Speech and Debate Association. The award goes to fewer than 500 of the 141,000 association’s student members each year. Students must earn a 3.7 GPA and superior distinction at speech competitions.

San Gabriel Unified to Host Special Education Workshop for Parents

San Gabriel Unified’s special education department will host a family-focused workshop titled “Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Behavior” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the board room of the District office, 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel. Family members, teachers and staff who support special needs students will learn strategies for managing behavioral challenges and applying positive reinforcement.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Partner with City Fire Department for Spark of Love Toy Drive

San Gabriel Fire Department will visit McKinley Elementary School on Wednesday, Dec. 20 with Santa Claus in tow to collect donations for the annual Spark of Love toy drive, which has collected millions of toys for children in need across Southern California over the last 25 years. McKinley students and staff have been collecting unwrapped toys since Dec. 4 to donate to underserved families.

San Gabriel Unified Parents Explore Computer Science, Robotics during Hour of Code Workshop

Follow-up Story: Washington Elementary parents put newly learned coding skills to work as they programmed robots to move and make animal sounds during the school’s Hour of Code Parent Education Night on Dec. 11. Parents received hands-on demonstrations of the lessons students learned during Hour of Code, a weeklong series of introductory computer science and programming lessons held Dec. 11-15.