As we begin our 122nd year in providing a quality education to the students here in the Magnolia School District, we have much to be proud of and much to look forward to.
This past summer we had over 900 students enrolled in our Summer Programs including all of our incoming 3rd grade students who participated in our Summer STEM Academy. We continued with our Summer Academy for our Long-Term English Learners and our Extended School Year program. We also partnered with the Magnolia Baptist Church and Love Anaheim in providing a Summer Basketball Camp and Summer Art Camp. Several former professional basketball players taught students in these programs. We continued our longstanding partnership with the Sarang Church and they provided a summer camp for many of our students. We also continued our partnership with GOALS Academy in offering a Hockey Camp.
Our teachers at Juliette Low School of the Arts completed a comprehensive arts training over the summer, and our teachers at Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy are beginning their second year with a continued focus on Computer Science.
We are proud to announce that we have replaced almost all of our school buses with brand new models that are safe, clean and efficient, and we are currently waiting for our two new electric buses that we will be receiving through a competitive grant that we were fortunate enough to earn.
This summer our Maintenance Department has never been busier. We have had OpTerra installing over 300 air conditioning units and solar power at all of our school sites, district office, and warehouse. We will be transitioning over to solar power soon and we are proud to go green while also reducing our energy costs.
We continue to serve freshly made food at all of our school sites and we also continue to provide breakfast, lunch and “supper.” Our salad bars are freshly stocked each and every day.
Our Human Resources department has been very busy processing many newly hired employees, and our Business department has also been very busy with the implementation of our energy savings plan, several construction projects, and processing the detailed paperwork for payroll, health and benefits.
The Magnolia Educational Enrichment Foundation (MEEF) will be holding our Second Annual 5k run on October 7, 2017. This will be a wonderful time for all of us to get together for an outstanding cause and we encourage everyone to participate in this healthy activity.
All of our schools are certified Kindness Schools. Our students and staff continuously practice acts of kindness so we have developed a guiding principle for all of us and that principle is: the students, staff, parents, and community members of the Magnolia School District will all create and practice Infinite Acts of Kindness.
As we begin the 2017-18 school year we have a few themes that we would like to use to guide us through the year. We will continue with Carol Dweck’s book titled Mindset. Dr. Dweck explains how we either have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset. For example, a person with a Fixed Mindset says, “I cannot do this.” While a person with a Growth Mindset says, “I cannot do this yet.” We will also continue to create “E-Ticket Experiences” for our students, our staff members, our parents, and our community members. This year, we will be adding a theme based on Angela Duckworth’s book titled GRIT, which focuses on developing a “never-give-up attitude.” Lastly, we will continue to focus on the 5 Cs including Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Character
Most importantly, we want to support all of you in continuing our focus on improving outcomes for All Students.
Thank you all for the great work you do and I wish you all a successful and satisfying school year.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.