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2020 Teacher of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Melissa Brennan for being selected as one of the 2020 Orange County Teachers of the Year! Mrs. Brennan was surprised in her classroom by Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Al Mijares who presented her with the prestigious award.

Melissa has been teaching in Magnolia School District for the last 16 years, spending the last 5 years as a Transitional Kindergarten through First grade Special Day Class teacher at Mattie Lou Maxwell School.
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Magnolia Students Attend Baseball Game

On Wednesday, May 1, the OC GRIP Program partnered with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to take 75 students from Pyles, Salk and Walter Schools, “out to the ballgame.” Fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students from these three schools were challenged to meet goals related to the three Big As: Attitude, Academics, and Attendance. Congratulations to all of the successful students! Let’s go, Angels!!!
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Parents Participate in Science Workshops

Dr. Albert Schweitzer School held a Science Experience Parent Workshop led by Mr. Esau Perez, School Readiness Community Liaison. The focus of the workshop was learning science through fun interactive activities so parents can assist the students at home. Due to the high parent turnout please be on the lookout for more workshops in the upcoming school year!
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Poets from Juliette Low School of the Arts Read at Earth Day Event

“Some say that global warming is a lie,
Yet, in front of our eyes, the animals die.
An earth filled with trash, an earth so dead,
No plants, no animals, no roses so red.”


This is an excerpt from a poem entitled “Only an Earth,” which was read by sixth grade student, Maanya Arora, at the Earth Day poetry reading on Monday, April 22, at the Anaheim Central Library. Anaheim students were invited by our Poet Laureate of Anaheim, Mr. Grant Hier, to read their original poems inspired by Earth Day. Dr. Von Sprecken, Principal, and Mrs. Todorovic, first grade teacher, attended this exciting event.
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Dr. Albert Schweitzer Six Graders Raise Money for Anaheim Police Dogs

The 6th graders at Dr. Albert Schweitzer School have successfully raised $2800 as part of their community service project to purchase K9 bulletproof vests for the Anaheim Police Department Dogs. On Friday, April 5th, the Chief of the Anaheim Police Department and several officers came to Dr. Albert Schweitzer School to accept the vests for their K9 dogs.
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Pennies for Patients Drive Sets Records at Dr. Peter Marshall

Students at Dr. Peter Marshall Elementary School raised $8,274.31 for the Pennies for Patients and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The mission of Pennies for Patients is to find a cure for blood cancers! The fundraiser was led by Dr. Peter Marshall’s Student Council, composed of fourth through sixth-grade students. Student Council Advisor Mr. Hector Loya, a fourth-grade Dual Immersion teacher, led this fantastic event.
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Walt Disney Elementary Girls Collaborate in STEM Program

Fifty fifth-grade girls from Walt Disney Elementary School were invited to participate in the “Snap the Gap” kickoff event at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel. This event was made possible through a partnership between the Magnolia School District and the Disney Resort. Snap the Gap’s mission is to instill every girl (aged 10-12) in the United States with the confidence and skills needed to pursue STEM in college and careers. Currently, there are many more men than women in STEM careers. Snap the Gap aims to close this gender gap.
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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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