Students from Magnolia School District’s Salk Elementary and Baden Powell Elementary performed Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the 41st Annual Very Special Arts Festival at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana. Mall goers were treated to lively dance performances that celebrated the artistic accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. Artwork by students at Baden Powell and Salk were displayed throughout the Mall. Artwork by Daisy Le, Salk first grader, was selected for special recognition. Her artwork has been chosen to travel throughout Orange County for the next year as part of OCDE’s Very Special Arts traveling showcase. We are proud of all of our artists who danced and/or created artwork for this year’s festival.
March 30th marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Walt Disney Elementary. To help dedicate the school, Mr. Walt Disney himself attended the event and shared some inspirational words with all in attendance. To commemorate this special event, Walt Disney Elementary held a special ceremony on Friday, March 31. Many Magnolia School District administrators and retired Disney teachers attended this celebration, along with current staff and Disney Dragons. Guest presenters who participated in the ceremony shared inspiring stories, coupled with wisdom and vast experiences. Participants included Dr. Frank Donovan, Magnolia School District Superintendent, Mr. Gary Shields, Magnolia School District President, Mr. James Vanderbilt, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Anaheim, Mrs. Cindy Bisagno, Disney School Alumna, Mr. Dave Mason, Historian and Disney School Alumnus, Katherine Smith-Brooks, Disney School Educator, and Rafael Juarez, Student Council President. Four current students wrote original poems about the inspirational aspects of Walt Disney and shared them with attendees. In addition, Disney’s own terrific kindergarten students performed a special tribute to Mr. Walt Disney. Disneyland Ambassadors, Mikey Trujillo and Alexa Garcia, presented Disney Elementary with a beautiful Walt Disney Rose, which will be prominently displayed in the teaching garden to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. In addition, the ambassadors introduced a very special guest to the students…none other than Mickey Mouse! In true Disney fashion, Mickey Mouse topped off the celebration by leading all attendees in singing Happy Birthday to the enjoyment of all.
Thursday, March 23 was a special night for the Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy community! Students, parents, staff, and community partners came together to celebrate the school’s intensive focus on computer science and the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction. Students, staff, families, and special guests waited with bated breath as the bright red ribbon encircling the new school marquee was ceremoniously cut by MSD Board of Trustees’ President, Mr. Gary Shields. At last, the marquee was revealed and everyone in attendance cheered for the Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy’s grand re-opening! All in attendance were then treated to a special STEM song performed by 2nd grade students under the instruction of music teacher, Jennifer Atchue. Additional activities for families and guests included slide shows of students actively engaged with computer coding and STEM experiences as well as classroom visits. School staff members provided guided tours for dignitaries including City of Stanton elected officials, community business owners, team members from the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP), MSD Board members, MSD Superintendent, cabinet administrators, and even a Senate representative. It was a wonderful evening of celebrating teaching and learning 21st Century Skills!
Sixty of Maxwell Elementary's third thru sixth-grade students recently performed "Disney's The Jungle Book Kids." As one of only four schools chosen in Orange County to be a part of the Disney Musicals in Schools program this year, their staff worked with two teaching artists from Segerstrom Center for the Arts to learn how to guide students from their first rehearsal to their first performance. For seventeen weeks, the students practiced two days a week to learn how to sing, dance act, and along the way they also increased their public speaking skills, self-confidence, and gained a deeper understanding of what it means to work as collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The entire school joined in on the fun by making animals to decorate the jungle sets. On March 13th, the cast and crew were invited to perform on stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts at their Student Share Celebration. During this once in a lifetime opportunity, students got to perform "The Bare Necessities" and "It Starts with a Dream." Many students are already looking forward to performing in a musical at Maxwell again next year.
On Friday, March 3, 2017, Walter School’s very own Danniella Plascencia was honored by Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention (GRIP).
Through a GRIP partnership, employees from Ford Motor Company met with students once a month, after school to discuss the importance of their academics and work ethic, in order to achieve their dreams. The students also had the opportunity to design a car.
Danniella’s entry was chosen from over 120 submissions from 50 different elementary schools. Her colorful design was applied as a wrap to the official GRIP vehicle, which was unveiled to the Walter community during the Spirit Assembly. The phrases “Education Empowerment”, “I am special”, and “Respect” are featured on the design of the car. It was definitely an e-ticket experience for Walter students and community!
Special guests in attendance were Magnolia School District Superintendent, Dr. Donavan; Board Members, Mrs. Quintana and Mr. Shields; District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas and many other GRIP members.