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Graduating Seniors Visit Magnolia School District

Magnolia School District students were really excited to welcome graduating seniors from Magnolia High School to a “Senior “Walk” at their schools on Monday, May 21. The seniors donned their caps and gowns for a brief “parade” through Maxwell, Salk, and Walter Schools, along with the accompaniment of the skilled musicians in the Magnolia High School drumline.
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Magnolia Honors Employees of the Year

On May 17th, Board of Trustees recognized the Magnolia School District’s 2018 Employees of the Year. Mrs. Sherrie Todorovic was selected as the Certificated winner, Mr. Miguel Beltran was selected as the Classified winner, Mr. Richard Schwartz and Mrs. Annette Cleveland were selected as the Administration winners.
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Magnolia School District Celebrates Employee’s Years of Service

On May 10, Magnolia School District celebrated our dedicated staff members at the annual “Years of Service” Recognition ceremony and reception. Employees who reached their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th year and 2018 retirees were honored. Together, these outstanding employees have contributed a total of 2,286 years of commitment and service to our District.
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Magnolia Staff Members Receive Arts Awards

We are proud to announce that Magnolia School District staff members were honored at the 2018 Orange County Music and Arts Administrator Awards! Highlights of the evening included Mrs. Barbara Quintana, Board Member, receiving the Orange County Arts Advocate Award, Dr. Frank Donavan, Superintendent, receiving the 2018 Arts on the Rise Award, Steve Pescetti, Principal receiving the Outstanding School Administrator Award, and Marta Mora-Ratkay, Teacher, receiving the OC Arts Award for Theater. These staff members were honored for their outstanding leadership and support of the Arts. The event took place on May 9th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the Samueli Theater.
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Students Participate in 42nd Annual Very Special Arts Festival

Students submitted their artwork and others performed as part of the VSA Opening Ceremonies. Students from Baden-Powell and Salk Elementary Schools were featured in the Opening Ceremony of the VSA Festival Saturday, April 21st. Two groups of students, supported by their teachers and other staff members, performed for the large crowd of parents, community partners and the general public at the Mall. Both dance numbers were a huge hit with the audience and students were excited to perform and receive the well-deserved attention.
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Magnolia Receives Generous Donation for Music Programs

Jake Chao, a senior at Oxford Academy, and a team of high school students from Orange County created a program entitled “Young Acoustics.” They created the program to bring free music classes to students in elementary school. Recently, Jake was awarded the Disney Dreamers and Doers Luminary Award and $3,000 to donate to a non-profit organization of his choosing. He chose Magnolia School District as the recipient to continue music instruction for students.
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Students, Parents, and Staff enjoy live performances and great food during the fifth annual Magnolia Education Enrichment Foundation (MEEF).

For the last five years, the month of May has signaled the time for the annual MEEF Food and Fun Festival. This year was the biggest festival to date! Gourmet food trucks had a fantastic food variety for sale, from Flying Hawaiian Sliders to Korean BBQ Beef Bowls.

Live performances included musical selections by members of the Advanced Magnolia School District Band, Patriotic songs by 2nd Graders from across the district, Juliette Low School of the Arts student’s reenacted parts of their yearly musical, Disney School Polynesian Dancers showed their skill, and Hula and Flamenco Dancers provided a splendid finale to the student performances.
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Wyland Mobile Lab Comes to Disney School

On April 24th Walt Disney School had the opportunity to participate in the Wyland Foundation Clean Water Mobile Center, a 1,000 sq. ft. Learning exhibition on wheels. The mobile center features a 40-person movie theater, computer model simulations, a running river, and models the effects of rain falling over a city landscape.
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