The Magnolia School District Board of Trustees recognized these wonderful GRIP team members for their outstanding services the Magnolia community.
The GRIP program was initiated in 2008 by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Aimed at fostering a collaborative, community-based approach to gang reduction, the program is unique from all other anti-gang efforts in the county. The GRIP Program provides mentoring services to students at Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy and Esther L. Walter Schools.
Pictured from left to right: Gary Shields, MSD School Board President; Dawn Breese, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy Principal; Edith Lucero, Orange County Sherif Deputy; Tom Finley, DA Investigator; Katie Brown, Esther L. Walter former Principal; Susan Eckermann, Senior Deputy District Attorney; Cliff Page, Deputy District Attorney.
Three sixth grade student artists from Juliette Low School of the Arts will be recognized by Senator Josh Newman of Senate District 29 at a special upcoming reception.
The theme of the first student art competition sponsored by Senate District 29 was “Beauty of Culture.” In the elementary school category, Ambar Thanki won first place for her oil painting entitled, “Cherry Blossoms.” Alexis Figueroa’s oil painting entitled, “When Cultures Collide,” took second place in this category. Yolanda Quezada’s graphic art entitled “Culture Explosion,” took second place in the middle school category. The students’ teachers, Mrs. Jodi Cummings and Mrs. Gina Pavlov, consulted with students on their work.
The artists and their families; teachers; and site and district administrators will attend a special reception honoring the artists on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Senator Newman’s office. The awesome art of Ambar, Alexis, and Yolanda will be displayed in Senator Newman’s office for one year, along with the art of the other winners.
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.