Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified School District honored nearly 500 graduates from Gabrielino and Del Mar high schools during commencement ceremonies on May 31 and June 1 that featured impassioned speeches from students who overcame personal and academic challenges. Nearly 94 percent of Gabrielino’s graduates will pursue a college education, and all of Del Mar’s graduates have taken steps to pursue post-secondary education.
Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Eric Wang was named to the California Choral Directors Association (CCDA) Junior High/Ninth Grade All-State Honor Choir for the second year in a row. Wang, who is among just 120 students selected for the exclusive choir, will perform on Saturday, March 16 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in San Jose as part of the CCDA 2019 State Conference.
Jefferson Middle School’s concert choir brought holiday cheer to cancer patients on Dec. 21 at City of Hope. Students sang carols in the Helford lobby before caroling through the halls of the children’s ward. That afternoon, the choir staged a concert from at Royal Vista Center in San Gabriel.
Roosevelt Elementary students improved their performance on California’s English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests in 2018, continuing a three-year upward trend attributed in part to the school’s Music Immersion Experience (MIE) program. Formed in 2015, the MIE program enhances student learning and achievement through music education. San Gabriel Unified launched the program after bring inspired by El Sistema programs throughout the country, as well as recent Northwestern University research that discovered a positive link between music education and lifelong academic success.