San Gabriel Unified School District

  • San Gabriel Unified Elementary Promotes Kindness During ‘Friendship Week’

    Coolidge Elementary School kicked off National Bullying Prevention Month on Oct. 1 with its first-ever Friendship Week, a series of campus-wide activities that promoted kindness. Students painted “friendship rocks” with positive messages, took part in a drum circle and learned about the school’s new friendship bench, intended to help them bond with their peers.

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  • Gabrielino High Promotes Mental Health Awareness, Social Connectedness

    Students from San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School danced and sang along to a playlist of upbeat songs on Sept. 26 as they built and hung paper chains with links featuring the names of students and something they had in common – a shared class, favorite food, or type of music. The chain-building activity culminated Gabrielino High School’s inaugural Mental Health Awareness Day, which brought students together to promote social connectedness and highlight issues like isolation.

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  • San Gabriel Unified Elementary Students Receive Free Backpacks, School Supplies

    Students from San Gabriel Unified’s Roosevelt Elementary ended their first week of school with a surprise gift of 60 backpacks full of school supplies and extra classroom supplies from Copper Moose Fitness in Pasadena. On Aug. 24, Copper Moose employees and San Gabriel Police officers helped students sift through backpacks emblazoned with superheroes, Disney characters, unicorns, emojis and lively patterns to find the perfect one.

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San Gabriel Unified to Expand Transitional Kindergarten Program

San Gabriel Unified will add transitional kindergarten (TK) classes at one new site in 2018-19, continuing a multi-year early learning program rollout. McKinley Elementary, which hosts a Spanish dual-language immersion program and STEM instruction with coding, robotics and augmented reality, will join Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools in offering transitional kindergarten in 2018-19.

Gabrielino High School to Expand Mandarin Instruction in 2018-19

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School will expand its Mandarin course offerings with new instruction for both beginners and native speakers in 2018-19, furthering a districtwide effort to promote multilingualism and multiculturalism. “Mandarin for Heritage Learners,” which will be offered as part of the Mandarin 4 class, aims to enhance the overall education of Chinese heritage students who are native speakers by boosting Chinese literacy, intercultural knowledge and social development. The school is also considering an introductory Mandarin course, which will help students learn about Chinese culture, acquire Chinese conversational skills and have the opportunity to interact with people in Chinese-speaking communities.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Music Program Adds New Electives

Roosevelt Elementary’s Music Immersion Experience (MIE) program is offering a new folklorico dance class and songwriting/improv class in 2018-19, expanding the program’s elective offerings to more than a dozen courses. The folklorico dance elective will complement Roosevelt’s Mariachi band class, which was introduced in fall 2017. Songwriting/improv will challenge students to create their own musical performances.

Gabrielino High Earns Excellence Award at National Speech Tourney

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School earned its 11th consecutive School of Excellence Award at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament on June 22. The honor is given to the top 20 schools at the national tournament. Photos are available.

Gabrielino High School to Add Mandarin Courses

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School will add two new semester-long Mandarin classes to its course offerings. The introductory Mandarin course will help students learn about Chinese culture, acquire Chinese conversational skills and have the opportunity to interact with people in Chinese-speaking communities. The second course aims to help enhance the overall education of Chinese heritage students who are native speakers, and will focus on boosting Chinese literacy, intercultural knowledge and social development.

Gabrielino High Honors 11 Speech and Debate Academic All Americans

San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School on May 24 recognized 11 seniors who were named Academic All-Americans by the National Speech and Debate Association. The award is given to fewer than 500 of the 141,000 association’s student members each year; to be eligible, students must attain at least a 3.7 GPA and have earned superior distinction (750 points) at speech competitions. Photos are available.

San Gabriel Unified High School Graduate Named 2018 National Merit Scholar

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.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Principal to Retire After 21 Years

Wilson Elementary Principal Jeannine McGuigan will retire in June after leading the San Gabriel Unified school for 21 years. Under her guidance, Wilson Elementary has built a strong community of volunteers, embraced design-based learning instruction and launched a robotics team.