At the City Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Dr. Frank Donavan, Superintendent of Magnolia Elementary School District, and Mrs. Dawn Breese, Principal of Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy, presented the City of Stanton with a certificate of appreciation for the traffic signal light being built on Dale Avenue and Chanticleer Road.
"On behalf of the Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy community, I'd like to express our immense appreciation for your generosity, support and commitment to the safety of our students and their families," Mrs. Breese said.
Friday, February 23rd, 2018 was a memorable day for Walter School’s 6th-grade student Jazmine Alvarado. Jazmine is this year’s winner of the “Design a Ford” contest. The contest is a partnership between OC GRIP and Ford Motor Company where students get to design the color scheme for the OC Grip Vehicle. Jazmine’s design was picked among over 140 entries across 14 Orange County Schools.
The GRIP team unveiled the new design during the Friday Spirit Assembly. District Attorney Investigator, Tom Finley drove the GRIP Vehicle onto the Campus with lights flashing and sirens blaring, Jazmine rode along with him and the rest of the GRIP team.
Deputy District Attorney Lisa Grossman spoke to the students about this great achievement. Various GRIP members passed out goodies to the all the students. Walter students made signs congratulating Jazmine. We are proud that a Magnolia School District student has won this contest for the second year in a row!
In January 2017, Magnolia Superintendent Dr. Frank Donavan and the Board of Trustees recommended moving the District in a renewable energy, greener direction. The District partnered with ENGIE, formerly known as OpTerra Energy Services. As a result of this partnership, a comprehensive energy plan was developed that will generate $14.1 million dollars in net savings for the District over the next 30 years.
Following months of construction, all nine school sites in Magnolia School District are now the proud owner of a photovoltaic (PV) system that converts the sun’s radiation into usable electricity. These new solar structures were purposefully installed on the playgrounds to also serve as shade structures for student benefit. Two other sites within Magnolia School District including the main Administration Building and the Maintenance Yard also benefited by new solar structures in their parking lots.
While generating clean renewable energy was one of the primary goals of the program, so was reducing the amount of energy that is consumed. To achieve this, the following components were also installed:
380 high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units that are remotely controlled to ensure efficient operation and monitor space comfort conditions.
Almost 6,000 interior and exterior light emitting diodes (LED) fixtures that improve visibility and site security.
20 high-efficiency transformers across various schools.
As part of this partnership, ENGIE also supported the purchase of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) kits for all nine schools to provide an education program that connects real-world conservation and sustainability applications.
The solar “switch” was officially flipped on, on December 5th, 2017 during the District Town Hall meeting that was attended by parents, teachers, and students. We are looking forward to enjoying all the benefits of this great program for years to come.
Eighteen outstanding scholars from all nine District schools participated in the annual Magnolia School District Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday, January 31. The two top spellers from each school participated in this exciting competition at the Juliette Low School of the Arts, coordinated by Principal Dr. Debra Von Sprecken.
The spelling skills of the student contestants were certainly impressive: during 18 rounds, students tackled words such as “gorgeous,” “ridiculous,” and “diagnosis.” Maegan Diente, sixth-grade student from Juliette Low, earned First Place; Anthony Chuong, fifth-grade student from Robert M. Pyles Stem Academy earned Second Place; and Simon Nguyen, sixth-grade student from Juliette Low earned Third Place. Since Maegan and Simon are the two top sixth grade students, they will represent the Magnolia School District at the upcoming Orange County Spelling Bee on February 26. Winners will also be honored at an upcoming School Board meeting.
On Tuesday, January 23, Juliette Low celebrated its grand reopening as Juliette Low School of the Arts! The ceremony featured student performances and recognition from the Anaheim City Council and the Office of Senator Josh Newman. Also in attendance were members of the Magnolia School Board of Trustees, representatives from the Anaheim Assistance League, Anaheim Family YMCA, Orange County School of the Arts and the Superintendent and Administrators from the Magnolia School District.
Following the program, guests were invited to tour the brand new 3C Lab, an inspirational space where students will create, communicate, and collaborate. The 3C Lab features a broadcast studio that a student crew uses to record and distribute weekly school-wide announcements and interviews.
The transition to becoming Juliette Low School of the Arts began in 2015, when the school was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School with Special Honors in Arts Education, celebrating its long history of rich arts education for its students. Juliette Low was renamed Juliette Low School of the Arts in May 2017 and is currently in its first year of a three-year transition plan that includes rich learning and enrichment opportunities for students across all four arts domains: Visual Arts, Theater, Music, and Dance. Dr. Debra Von Sprecken, school principal shared “Our vision is to provide a high-quality, technology-rich and arts-infused 21st Century academic community that empowers and inspires every student to be a confident global citizen and critical thinker.”