Forty-two Magnolia School District 3rd- 6th graders participated in the SaRang Community Church 2017 Summer Camp. In it’s eighth year, the summer camp provides students opportunities they may never have had before. Students had a delicious home cooked breakfast each morning, a daily art or science hands-on activity, and a daily outing. This year students built a car throughout the week and raced the car on the final day of camp. Outings during this year’s camp included: John’s Incredible Pizza, a rock wall climbing adventure, a day of jumping at a trampoline park and a full day at Knott’s Berry Farm. The camp is fully supported through the donation of time and resources by members of the SaRang Community Church in Anaheim. Eight former participants of the program served this year as camp mentors.
More than 50 students enjoyed four days of comprehensive training in basketball and art thanks to a collaborative effort of multiple agencies. The Magnolia Baptist Church, Love Anaheim, the National Basketball Retired Players Association, the City of Anaheim, and the Magnolia School District partnered together to provide a wonderful summer camp for our students.
Magnolia students were taught the key components of basketball and sportsmanship by former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association players Duane Cooper, Mark Campanaro, Keith Erickson, Louie Nelson, Larry Spriggs, and Rick Darnell. Darnell is a product of Magnolia School District, having attended Maxwell Elementary School. The former players and other volunteers were truly inspirational. The Art Camp was also a huge success. Students had the opportunity to learn all about art and it was obvious that they enjoyed creating beautiful artwork.
We would like to thank Mr. Jeremy K. Bratcher and Mr. Nathan Zug of the Magnolia Baptist Church for providing our students with this incredible opportunity. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer the Summer Basketball and Art Camp again next year.
Juliette Low School has a new Teaching Garden, and it is extraordinary! On May 5, representatives from the American Heart Association, Love Anaheim, UCCE Master Gardeners, Low Garden Committee, and Disney VoluntEARS collaborated with students and teachers to create a garden that will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.
Marci Cox, Garden Champion, and Nora Stewart, representative of the American Heart Association, worked diligently to organize and facilitate a productive garden planting day. All preschool through sixth grade students collaborated with their peers to contribute to the creation of the garden. They built planting boxes; packed the boxes with soil; painted rocks, garden stakes, or trash cans to add flair to the garden; or planted a variety of fruits and vegetables. Preschool and kindergarten students enjoyed hearing stories about the importance of gardens, while first grade students got to hold squiggly worms and learn about composting.
Culminating this invigorating day was a closing ceremony, which was attended by many dignitaries, including Senator Josh Newman; Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva; Rachel Rollicky, representing the office of Congressman Lou Correa; Mayor Pro Tem Vanderbilt; Magnolia School Board of Trustees Members Barbara Quintana, Esther Wallace, and Nathan Zug; and Superintendent Frank Donavan. Sharon Pacheco, sixth grade student, sang “Como La Flor,” after which Principal Von Sprecken was presented with Certificates of Recognition from the United States Congress House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the California Legislature Assembly.
As a result of consistently caring for their garden, Juliette Low students will have the opportunity to grow and harvest vegetables and learn to cook delicious and nutritious meals with them. The Teaching Garden is also a wonderful addition to our School of Arts, as it will serve as a source of inspiration for continued creative endeavors.
Students from Magnolia School District’s Salk Elementary and Baden Powell Elementary performed Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the 41st Annual Very Special Arts Festival at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana. Mall goers were treated to lively dance performances that celebrated the artistic accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. Artwork by students at Baden Powell and Salk were displayed throughout the Mall. Artwork by Daisy Le, Salk first grader, was selected for special recognition. Her artwork has been chosen to travel throughout Orange County for the next year as part of OCDE’s Very Special Arts traveling showcase. We are proud of all of our artists who danced and/or created artwork for this year’s festival.
March 30th marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Walt Disney Elementary. To help dedicate the school, Mr. Walt Disney himself attended the event and shared some inspirational words with all in attendance. To commemorate this special event, Walt Disney Elementary held a special ceremony on Friday, March 31. Many Magnolia School District administrators and retired Disney teachers attended this celebration, along with current staff and Disney Dragons. Guest presenters who participated in the ceremony shared inspiring stories, coupled with wisdom and vast experiences. Participants included Dr. Frank Donovan, Magnolia School District Superintendent, Mr. Gary Shields, Magnolia School District President, Mr. James Vanderbilt, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Anaheim, Mrs. Cindy Bisagno, Disney School Alumna, Mr. Dave Mason, Historian and Disney School Alumnus, Katherine Smith-Brooks, Disney School Educator, and Rafael Juarez, Student Council President. Four current students wrote original poems about the inspirational aspects of Walt Disney and shared them with attendees. In addition, Disney’s own terrific kindergarten students performed a special tribute to Mr. Walt Disney. Disneyland Ambassadors, Mikey Trujillo and Alexa Garcia, presented Disney Elementary with a beautiful Walt Disney Rose, which will be prominently displayed in the teaching garden to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. In addition, the ambassadors introduced a very special guest to the students…none other than Mickey Mouse! In true Disney fashion, Mickey Mouse topped off the celebration by leading all attendees in singing Happy Birthday to the enjoyment of all.