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San Gabriel Unified School District

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.

San Gabriel Middle School Students Named to Honor Choirs

Follow-up Story: Seven Jefferson Middle School students have been accepted into the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) regional or state Honor Choirs, prestigious ensembles that offer student musicians the opportunity to work with world-class conductors and perform challenging choral pieces. Six students joined the Western Division Treble Choir and Junior High Choirs, and one student earned a spot in the exclusive Junior High/9th Grade All-State Honor Choir.

San Gabriel Middle School Students Explore Paths to Success during College Day

Follow-up Story: Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Emma Sieh received a boost of confidence and strengthened her resolve to attend UC Santa Barbara after speaking to one of the college’s representatives during her school’s College Day event. “The UC Santa Barbara speaker showed us what the campus looked like and everything about the school sounds amazing,” Sieh said. “I think UC Santa Barbara would be a great school to attend, especially since I want to get a degree in psychology to help people and they’re known for their psychological and brain sciences department.”

Three Gabrielino High Students Named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Follow-up Story: Three Gabrielino High School seniors were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for their performance on the PSAT, placing them among the top 2.5 percent of Hispanic and Latino students in their region. Alina Zarate, Andreas Bouffard and Felipe Acosta are among the 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students to be named NHRP Scholars and were selected from a pool of 250,000 students who took the PSAT in 2016.

San Gabriel Unified to Host Special Education Workshop for Parents

San Gabriel Unified’s special education department will host a family-focused workshop titled “Homework Strategies 101,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 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 helping students manage and complete their homework.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Fosters Student Creativity

Follow-up Story: Wilson Elementary second-graders searched through recycled egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and empty tissue boxes to find the right materials for their latest design challenge – designing and constructing a location to sell goods or a service – assigned by teacher Daphne Chase. Chase, now in her 14th year of teaching at Wilson Elementary, instructs using what is known as Design-based Learning (DBL) as a way to help students acquire, retain and synthesize classroom lessons through kinesthetic problem-solving.

San Gabriel Unified Honored for Water Conservation Efforts

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified School District was honored by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water District on Oct. 14 for achieving significant water usage reductions. San Gabriel Unified is among five school districts honored with the Water Smart Award for conservation efforts and participation in the Upper District’s large landscape survey and retrofit program.