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Hello Everyone, As you are aware, at our Board Meeting last week we discussed the possibility of reopening our schools next month. Fortunately, the COVID-19 Test Positivity Rates in our area continue to decline. We will continue to carefully monitor and analyze the Positivity Rates before making a final decision on our reopening date. We will be holding a Special Board Meeting on November 5, 2020 to continue our discussion and finalize our School Reopening Plan.
We are proud of our Magnolia School District preschool students, who are engaged in fun and educational learning at home with their families! Last week, students were given a Friday challenge of “Who could build the tallest structure?” The students and their families created structures using household materials. Once constructed, they measured and submitted the height of their structures to the classroom teacher. The winner with the tallest structure received the honor of selecting the Fun Friday songs to be played in their weekly class Zoom meeting. Check out these awesome structures that the students and their families constructed!
Magnolia School District continues its partnership with Giving Children Hope, an organization that delivers weekly backpacks to some of our District families. Normally, these backpacks are filled with food and put together by members of their organization and then distributed to Magnolia School District families. During these unprecedented times, Giving Children Hope is able to deliver the food to our District, but is not able to fill the backpacks. We are very proud of our teachers, who step in and volunteer their time to fill these backpacks for our families each week. The District is so thankful to have such amazing and dedicated employees. The teachers response to the call for help was so overwhelming some of the volunteers had to be turned away. Teachers help assemble the food bags and distribute them to our families.
Lord Baden-Powell Elementary School students continue to inspire kindness around their community. This year student council members, with the leadership of Mrs. Katrina Barkley and Mrs. Stacy Bugaren, made lasting connections with some of the residents of Brookdale Senior Living in Anaheim. Mrs. Barkley worked as our liaison to Brookdale, arranging visits and coordinating students and staff. Mrs. Bugaren managed the Student Council students to support visits to BP and arranged special projects that were delivered to Brookdale. Their collaborative work is the backbone of this partnership.
Three Magnolia School District artists were honored at Buena Park’s 44th Annual Elementary Art Show on Friday, January 31. From Juliette Low School of the Arts, Itzayana Benitez received Third Place in the Third Grade Division and Jade Nguyen received Honorable Mention in the Fifth Grade Division. From Dr. Albert Schweitzer School, Jhenalyn Arrazola received Third Place in the Sixth Grade Division.
Our District Superintendent, Dr. Frank Donavan wrote a great article on why test scores matter in our District. Check out the link below to read the full story.