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.
Roosevelt Elementary students delighted parents with improv performances, surf rock songs and dance routines during the culminating performance of the school’s first-ever Music Immersion Experience (MIE) Summer Camp on July 6. The four-week summer camp gave students a chance to enhance their general music education and explore MIE electives, including a new creative improv course that will be offered in 2018-19.
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.
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.
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.
San Gabriel Unified ‘Future Leaders’ Place Third at National Conference
Stanley Lee and Jason Tran, members of Gabrielino High’s Future Business Leaders of America program, took third place in the emerging business issues category at the National Leadership Conference on July 1.
17 Gabrielino High Speech and Debate Students to Compete in Nationals
San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School will send 17 of its speech and debate students to the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament from Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Last year, Gabrielino’s team earned the Bruno E. Jacob Trophy for its program’s history of achievement at national competitions.
San Gabriel Unified School District celebrated Gabrielino High School’s commencement on Wednesday, June 6 at Santa Anita Park. Del Mar High School’s commencement followed on June 7 at Gabrielino High School.
San Gabriel Unified Middle School Students Raise Money for Local Families
Four Jefferson Middle School students recently put their project-based learning to use and raised money for families in need. Emily Jacobo, Kimberly Lopez, Jason Veerachaylukana and Joshua Trujillo wrote letters to community businesses during their English class and received $250 in gift cards from Dollar Tree, which will be donated to local families. Photos are available.
San Gabriel Unified Music Program Receives National Recognition
Roosevelt Elementary School’s Music Immersion Experience Program received a 2018 SupportMusic Merit Award – awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation – for bolstering young learners’ education with comprehensive music instruction that complements core curriculum. Roosevelt Elementary, which also received the award in 2017, is just one of 135 schools in the country to be honored this year.
Roosevelt Elementary’s student Mariachi band will showcase its talent at the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center farmer’s market and Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 4 from noon to 12:30 p.m. Part of the school’s award-winning Music Immersion Experience (MIE) program, the Mariachi band consists of 22 fourth- and fifth-graders. This will be the band’s second public, off-campus performance since the elective class was introduced in August 2017.
Mary Ann Voltaggio, a San Gabriel native who has taught at Coolidge Elementary for 22 years, is known as a compassionate educator and patient mentor. Voltaggio is among 15 Los Angeles-area teachers to be recognized with a Leader In Me leadership award, given to pioneering educators who practice The Leader in Me – a program that teaches leadership and life skills and strives to create a culture of student empowerment. Photos are available.
Gabrielino High to Host Annual Speech and Debate Showcase
Gabrielino High School will host its annual Speech and Debate Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, highlighting the verbal talents of its state championship winners and national tournament qualifiers. The high school is at 1327 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel.