News & Announcements

Socktober Project is a Great Success

Lord Baden-Powell Student Council and 6th graders spearheaded the Socktober project at Baden-Powell School, a sock drive for the homeless. This is another great example of how Magnolia School District keeps performing “Infinite Acts of Kindness.”
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25th Annual Dental Clinic and Community Health Fair

Saturday, February 23, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the Magnolia School District Dental Clinic and Community Health Fair. Dr. Jonas Salk Elementary School MPR was transformed into a Dentist’s office and the courtyard was turned into a community health fair. Students and their families from all across the district were invited to attend.
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Keys of Inspiration Piano Lab is Officially Open

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Juliette Low School of the Art’s Keys of Inspiration (KOI) piano lab was held on Tuesday, February 5. Many special guests were in attendance, including Lukas Barwinski-Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF), who traveled from New York for the festivities. Also in attendance, from the Magnolia School District, were members of the Board of Trustees; Superintendent, Dr. Frank Donavan; and members of the Executive Cabinet.
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Students Participate in Annual Spelling Bee

The 2019 Magnolia School District Spelling Bee was a memorable one! The rain may have delayed the Bee, but it certainly did not stop it. The two top spellers from each of our 9 schools participated in the very intense competition. Students successfully spelled words such as extravaganza, gregarious, capricious and cauliflower.
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Students Attend Saturday School Session

On Saturday, December 8, almost 350 fourth through sixth grade students attended a four hour Saturday School session. Offered for the first time in Magnolia School District, this four hour session was designed to provide students with fun, engaging learning activities while making up some lost learning time from being absent.
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Robotics teams participate in Orange County Competition

Magnolia School District continues to thrive in the area of Technology. Recently teams from Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy, and Mattie Lou Maxwell Schools participated in the FIRST Lego League Robotics competition. Each team had to design a robot to perform various tasks on the competition board. The teams scored points based on how many tasks they completed as well as their individual robot design. In the robot game Maxwell School placed 7th, Schweitzer was only one point behind in 8th and Pyles’ first-year team had a good showing at 17th.
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Schweitzer Students Learn about Robots in Space

Dr. Albert Schweitzer students are taking an in-depth look at life in space. As part of this project, Schweitzer scholars engaged in a roundtable discussion with Food Services Director Brendan Shields and Food Services Manager Odezza Larida about preparing to travel into space and what food would be needed. The expert Food Services team answered students’ questions and provided valuable insights on how to plan a menu that met the nutrition requirements for space travel.
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Juliette Low School of the Arts Hosts Annual Harvest Carnival

On Friday, October 19, Juliette Low students, families and staff enjoyed the largest annual Harvest Carnival to date. The carnival featured a wide variety of game booths; a puppy petting zoo; cake walk; face painting; a cartoonist, who provided caricatures of participants; necklace engravers; and an obstacle course. Raffles took place throughout the afternoon for entertainment at a variety of venues, as well as items such as a foldable bicycle. Participants enjoyed feasting on taco dinners as well as the standard carnival foods, such as hotdogs, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, and shaved ice.
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Magnolia School District’s Dual Immersion Program Continues to Expand

In a few short years, Magnolia’s Spanish Dual Immersion program has grown from just 55 students to almost 380. The program began in 2012 with just two kindergarten classes and now it has expanded to all grade levels through 6th grade.

Magnolia has implemented the 90/10 model of instruction which means that in kindergarten the instruction is received 90% in Spanish and 10% in English. English instruction increases by 10% each year so by fourth grade, the instruction is presented 50% in each language.
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