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San Gabriel Unified School District

Gabrielino High School Speech and Debate Program to Host First Varsity Invitational

Gabrielino High School’s speech and debate program will kick off its 2017-18 season by hosting a varsity speech invitational for the first time in the school’s 24-year history. On Saturday, Oct. 21, more than 120 Gabrielino students will exhibit their linguistic skills on their home turf against students from Alhambra High School, Arroyo High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Until now, Gabrielino High has only hosted novice or qualifier events staffed by the program’s varsity team members.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Celebrate Peruvian Music, Dance

Follow-up Story: Coolidge Elementary students enjoyed a lively performance from INCA, The Peruvian Ensemble, part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ educational programming. The Oct. 5 assembly offered a colorful array of music and dances from Peru and the Andean region featuring woodwind, strings and percussion performances. The assembly was sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation.

San Gabriel Unified to Host Digital Literacy Workshop for Parents

San Gabriel Unified will host a “Digital Citizenship: Parent Awareness in a Digital Age” workshop from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at McKinley Elementary, 1425 Manley Drive, San Gabriel. The workshop, free to San Gabriel Unified families, will address internet safety, monitoring online activities and encouraging parent-child communication.

San Gabriel Unified Students Receive Jazz, Music History Education

Follow-up Story: Students at San Gabriel Unified’s Washington Elementary enjoyed a music history and interactive arts performance titled “Jazz It Up with Dr. Bobby Rodriguez,” part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ educational programming. The Oct. 3 assembly delighted Washington students with four types of jazz, lessons in its music history, and opportunities to dance and play percussion.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Explore Korean Music, Culture

Follow-up Story: Roosevelt Elementary students enjoyed a cultural arts performance featuring the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company. The Sept. 26 assembly, sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the San Gabriel Educational Foundation, treated Roosevelt’s music immersion students to the visual and aural delights of Korean folk dances and instrumental music. Students will further explore the musical and artistic culture presented by the company in their daily music classes. Photos are available

San Gabriel Unified Teacher Receives National Faculty Status

Jefferson Middle School teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron has been granted National Faculty status from the Buck Institute of Education in recognition of her encouragement of academic excellence through project-based learning (PBL). PBL is a form of instruction that develops attitudes and lateral thinking in students by teaching them how to thoughtfully respond to engaging and complex challenges with hands-on work. The Buck Institute is one of the nation’s leading PBL research and training organizations.

Gabrielino High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five seniors from San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School were named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program, which honors top academic performance and potential for college success. Jannelle Dang, Ya Chi Liang, Christopher H. Lung, Hugo M. So and Benjamin Vuong are among 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.6 million students who apply by taking the PSAT each year. Nearly 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, who are announced in February.