On Saturday, February 20th, Magnolia School District held its 22nd annual Dental Clinic and Health Fair. The dental clinic, which is offered through a partnership with AYUDA International, a non-profit organization which helps provide dental services to needy children and families was founded and is chaired by Dr. Harris Done who is a dentist here in Anaheim. Dr. Done is also an instructor at the University of Southern California (USC) and he brings students from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry to provide the dental services. Many families attended the event and over 75 Magnolia School District students were provided with free dental services. 
Students received a variety of services including cleanings, fillings, crowns, and extractions. In addition to providing dental services for our students, more than 35 local agencies participated in the Health and Wellness Fair and provided families with access to a number of resources available in the community.
A big thank you to all who volunteered their time and efforts including Dr. Harris Done, AYUDA International. dental students from USC, Magnolia staff and community members, and to all of the families who participated in the event.

Parenting OC Magazine has named Joan Cowan, first grade teacher at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School, Top Teacher of OC 2016. Joan Cowan has been a teacher for 28 years and is known throughout the Magnolia School District for her leadership, involvement, superb teaching skills, student achievement results, and classroom environment. She creates a classroom where students are held to high academic standards while at the same time they receiving academic and emotional support. Joan Cowan’s classroom serves a model classroom for veteran and student teachers alike. Joan is well deserving of this recognition and will be further recognized by the Magnolia School District Board of Education at an upcoming Board Meeting.

In addition, Walt Disney Elementary School Sixth Grade Teacher, Katherine Smith-Brooks, has been named one of the Top 25 Teacher of OC 2016. Katherine Smith-Brooks has been teaching for 17 years in the Magnolia School District. She was recognized for her use of instructional strategies that have helped ensure her student’s academic success such as: GATE icons and technology like the SmartBoard, online discussions, and Google Classroom. The Magnolia School District Board of Education will also be recognizing Katherine Smith-Jones at an upcoming Board Meeting.

As we pass the halfway point of our 120th year in educating students here in the Magnolia School District, we have so much to be proud of!

The Magnolia School District continues to be at the leading edge in truly educating the “whole child” with our comprehensive focus on academics, music, arts, physical education, and technology. More and more of our students are participating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, both in and out of the classroom. Our Coding Clubs and Lego Robotics programs are preparing our students not only for the future, but also for college majors and jobs that do not currently exist. We are in an era of rapid change and new innovative products are being developed just as quickly as other products are becoming extinct. Our extensive use of Chromebooks, tablets, and SMARTBoards are giving our students the education they need to be successful in our global economy.

Read more: Mid-Year Update from Dr. Frank Donavan, Superintendent