Arts advocates and supporters from across Orange County were honored at the annual Orange County Music and Arts Administrators (OCMAA) Awards at the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 10, 2017.  We are pleased to announce that four Magnolia School District educators received awards for their outstanding service to our students and community:  

  • Esther H. Wallace, Magnolia School District Board Member - OC Arts Education Advocate
  • Dr. Debra Von Sprecken, Principal, Juliette Low School of the Arts - Exemplary Arts Administrator
  • Krista Ratnaweera, Teacher, Mattie Lou Maxwell School - Exemplary Elementary Dance Educator
  • Jennifer Atchue District Music Teacher - Exemplary Elementary Vocal Music Educator

We are proud of these superb educators, and their commitment to providing outstanding arts instruction to Magnolia School District students!


The SaRang Community Church in Anaheim provided fifty three students a two day enrichment camp during Thanksgiving week and a festive banquet for themselves and their family members.  During the full day camp, students were provided small group social experiences, time to make crafts and an outing in the community.  The theme for this year’s camp was “My future begins with hope.”  Volunteers of the church also provided a hearty home cooked breakfast, a bag lunch and snacks throughout the day.  Eight former Magnolia School District students provided leadership during the camp.  These eight students participated in the camps when they were in elementary school.  Now they are high school students using their leadership skills and giving back to the community. The banquet held Wednesday night before Thanksgiving included entertainment and a traditional turkey dinner.  Nearly 300 students, family members and friends attended the banquet and each family was given a gift bag as they left.  During the banquet, special recognition was given to Leslie Ruiz, a Magnolia High School senior, who participated in the first SaRang camp program seven years ago, has attended every camp since, and has been become a leader in the program.   Over 100 church members volunteered to make this camp and banquet possible.  SaRang Community Church has been in partnership with Magnolia School District for seven years, providing Summer and Thanksgiving camp experiences for Magnolia students.  The camp is no charge to the students and is provided through church support and private donations.  Mr. Bailey, Executive Director Student Services, was able to attend the banquet and present Pastor Roh, senior pastor of SaRang Community Church, a plaque of appreciation for all the SaRang community has done and continues to provide the students of Magnolia School District.

On Monday, October 10, 2016 students were not in school, but Magnolia School District employees were on duty and learning!  During this annual staff development day, 700 Magnolia School District employees participated in specialized professional development in order to improve their skills and better meet the needs of students. Teachers and instructional staff participated in our fourth annual “Classroom Connections Conference.”  They received training on reading and language arts, small group instruction, and meeting the needs of the diverse learners in the Magnolia School District.  Classified support staff participated in job specific training related to student health and safety, food handling and nutrition, and working with elementary-aged students.

This great day of teambuilding and learning culminated the entire Magnolia School District team coming together for closing remarks from Dr. Frank Donavan, the Magnolia School District’s Superintendent.  Dr. Donavan thanked all of the Magnolia School District staff for their tireless efforts on behalf of the District’s students.  He highlighted superior instruction and high-quality programs in the District, such as the arts, physical education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Donavan shared results from the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which showed that Magnolia School District students outperformed students in surrounding similar districts and exceeded the State average in almost all tested areas.  There is much to be proud of in Magnolia School District!

Every school year, the Magnolia School District hosts a series of Town Hall Meetings at various school sites to highlight the outstanding services and programs provided to students and families.  The first Town Hall Meeting of 2016-17 school year took place on Tuesday, October 12, 2016 at Walter Elementary School.  Over 80 parents, community members, and District staff attended the meeting. 

Topics covered at the Town Hall meeting included updates on the Magnolia School District Overview documents, which summarize District demographic, achievement, and budget data, information on upcoming parent events at every District school, and an overview of the new District website and online resources for parents and students.  District Superintendent Dr. Frank Donavan also provided a presentation, including a video of summer programs, and an overview of State assessment results, which showed excellent growth by District students in both English language arts and mathematics. 

Parents participated in a hands-on computer activity using computers that the students have access to in their classrooms daily.  The activity highlighted how teachers can quickly gather responses from every student in order to ensure understanding of lesson concepts, and how engaging and fun learning can be when technology tools are used. 

Please join us at the next Town Hall meeting on December 6, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Disney School 2323 West Orange Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804.

The Rotary Club of Anaheim donated over 75 new backpacks loaded with school supplies for students in the Magnolia School District who did not have these items.

The new backpacks and school supplies were delivered by members of the Rotary Club of Anaheim to Dr. Jonas Salk School in the Magnolia School District and then distributed to students in need.  The students received the fully stocked backpacks when they most needed them to keep up with their school work.

The Solari Corporation donated an additional 14 backpacks with vouchers for new Sketchers shoes to former students of the Magnolia School District who are now junior high or high school students.  These students were selected to receive the donated backpacks and shoes based upon their commitment to giving back through volunteering for the Magnolia School District schools and community. 

Magnolia School District Superintendent, Dr. Frank Donavan, commented, “The Rotary Club of Anaheim has generously donated these valuable school supplies to 75 students in the Magnolia School District.  We know that these students will greatly benefit because they will be able to complete their class work and homework with these new school supplies.”

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