The California Department of Education has awarded seven Magnolia School District schools with both the Gold Ribbon Schools Award and the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award.  The schools awarded include:

  • Albert Schweitzer School
  • Lord Baden-Powell School
  • Dr. Peter Marshall
  • Esther L. Walter School
  • Juliette Low School
  • Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy
  • Walt Disney School

These schools were among 780 out of over 5,800 statewide that were recognized for model programs or practices that can be replicated by other schools and for making strong gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State of California.  Additionally, each of these schools was recognized with a Title I Academic Achievement Award for demonstrating success in significantly closing the performance achievement gap between students.

One school Juliette Low Elementary was also recognized with an Exemplary Arts Education Award for providing an exceptional arts program to the school’s diverse student population.

All seven schools were honored at a special ceremony in Anaheim by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

This summer, the Magnolia School District provided over 800 students with high quality, exciting summer programs including English Learner Summer Academy, 3rd Grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy, and Extended School Year.   In addition to these outstanding District programs, our dedicated community partners served many more students in summer programs provided by the YMCA, Anaheim GOALS, Project Hero, and the Sa-Rang Community Church.

Here is some more information on each the summer programs provided by Magnolia School District this summer:

English Learner Summer Academy: 200 4th through 6th grade students were provided an intensive four week period of targeted instruction which included comprehension of non-fiction text, responding to text with a written constructed response (paragraph), online research, and presentations.  The goal of the program was to improve students’ reading and writing skills and move them closer to “English Proficiency.” 

3rd Grade STEM Academy:  This two week program was open to all District students entering the 3rd grade, because the transition from 2nd grade to 3rd grade is often difficult for many students. Over 400 students participated in this "jump start" to third grade.  Prior to the start of the program, teachers received two days of professional development focused on STEM and inquiry based instruction and earned a Magnolia School District STEM certification.  For two weeks,incoming third grade students participated in reading, writing, and hands-on science and engineering activities accessed through one-to-one technology (Chromebooks).  In the afternoon, students were provided with their choice of exciting electives, including science projects, arts and crafts, dance, and chess.  Two weeks of additional STEM programming were provided to the students who had attended the 3rd Grade STEM Academy, which provided students with a variety of science enrichment activities.  Students were also provided with the opportunity to attend a YMCA water safety course, with transportation provided by Magnolia School District busses to local swimming pools.

Extended School Year (ESY): This summer over 160 students participated in Extended School Year (ESY).  If a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he/she may be eligible for a program of special education and/or services beyond the school year. Such services are commonly referred to as Extended School Year (ESY) services. During ESY students were provided with extended learning opportunities focused on each student’s individualized learning goals. For five weeks students participated in hands-on activities, community-based instruction, instruction in reading, writing, math and science.

Sa-Rang Community Church:  “My Future Begins with Hope!” was the theme of this year’s Summer Camp provided to forty-seven Magnolia 3rd-6th grade students at Sa-Rang Community Church. For four days (July 26-29), students were picked up by bus and driven to the Sa-Rang campus. They were fed a hearty breakfast and then participated in theme related art and group activities focused on emotional wellness and science. Each day they went on an outing, including locations such as: John’s Incredible Pizza, Discovery Cube, Knott’s Berry Farm and Sky Zone Trampoline Park. The program was run by dedicated church volunteers and fully funded by the Sa-Rang Church.

In addition, this year eight alumni of the summer program served as “mentors” during the camp. The alumni were participants in the summer camp at some time over the past seven years and now attend Dale Junior High or Magnolia High School. The Sa-Rang volunteers have maintained supportive relationships with these students, and have invited them back to serve in these leadership roles. We are grateful for this partnership with Sa-Rang Community Church and appreciate what they provide for our students.

Summer Meals Program:  The Magnolia School District Food Service Department participated in the Summer Feeding Program which provided free breakfast and/or lunch to any youth in the community between the ages of 2 and 18.  The program was offered at Mattie Lou Maxwell School, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy, Dr. Jonas Salk School, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer School for 19 days this summer.  In total 12,000 breakfast and lunches were served to the youth in the Magnolia Community!

The Summer Programs offered by the Magnolia School District were applauded by our students, parents, and staff.  More information about next year’s summer programs will be made available in the spring. 

Nine students, one from each of the elementary schools, were recognized by the Board of Trustees for outstanding reading achievement on the Accelerated Reading program at the June 2, 2016 Board Meeting.  The nine students were recognized for being the top reader in the Accelerated Reading program at their elementary school.  The students recognized were:

  • Debdeep Bandyopadhyay – Lord Baden-Powell School
  • Minh-Khoi Nguyen – Walt Disney School
  • Christine Nguyen - Juliette Low School
  • Skyler Wormac – Peter Marshall School
  • Wilma Gozun - Mattie Lou Maxwell School
  • Minhquan Pham – Robert M. Pyles School
  • Wendy Bui - Dr. Jonas Salk School
  • Marius Sobremisana – Dr. Albert Schweitzer
  • Miriam Pantoja – Esther L. Walter School

At the June 2, 2016 Board Meeting, held at Dr. Jonas Salk Elementary School, the Board of Trustees recognized employees for their years of service with the Magnolia School District.  The recognitions were provided for continued District employment in five year increments (5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, etc.)  Employees who were retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year were also recognized. Each employee was honored with a certificate and a crystal recognition award.  The theme of this year’s Employee Longevity and Retirement Recognition was “The Red Carpet.”  So as each employee’s name was called, he or she was able to have their own moment on “the red carpet.”  Following the recognition, a reception was held for all of the employees who were recognized.

At the May 19, 2016 Board Meeting the Magnolia School District Board of Trustees honored the 2015-2016 District’s Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year, and Administrator of the Year. In addition the Board of Trustees honored one Teacher of the Year and one Classified Employee of the Year from each of the elementary schools. Family friends and coworkers joined in the event to honor these deserving and dedicated Magnolia School District Employees. The District Employees of the Year honored were:

  • District Teacher of the Year - Jodi Casella, Kindergarten Teacher at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
  • District Classified Employee of the Year – Robert Lopez, Behavior Interventionist at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
  • District Administrator of the Year – Lynda Wambaugh, Executive Director Special Education Student Services
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