At the May 21st Board Meeting, the site level Certificated and Classified Employees of the Year were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Magnolia School District:
The overall Magnolia School District Teacher of the Year is Terra O’Rourke from Pyles School, Classified Employee of the year is Claudia Coronado from Walter School, and the Administrator of the Year is Steve Pescetti.
Also recognized during the Board Meeting were the winners of the Greater Anaheim Special Education Local Plan Area (GASELPA) Community Advisory Committee Award. Special recognition was given to Kathy Dwight, a teacher from Marshall School and Tracy Milbourn, a teacher from Pyles School.
Congratulations to all!
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6:00 Open House
7:00 Second Grade Musical
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On Friday, May 8, two of Magnolia School District's finest were honored at the annual School Employee Appreciation Night at Angel Stadium. Claudia Coronado, Classified Employee of the Year, and Terra O'Rourke, Certificated Employee of the Year, were recognized on the field and jumbotron for their exemplary service to our district and their respective school sites (Walter and Pyles). Congratulations, ladies...thank you for all you do!
Magnolia School District is proud to be awarded a grant from the Music Matters foundation to support the development of a Magnolia School District band program. The Buchanan Children’s Charities Encore for Education 2015 raised $200,000 at a private event at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Hanan Thornton, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Krista Ratnaweera, 6th grade teacher at Maxwell Elementary School, and Ingrid Bowers, Music/Arts TOSA were in attendance. Proceeds from the concert were awarded to Music Matters, a program created in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation to bring back the music programs in Orange County schools. The fundraiser featured a live auction and live performance by popular rock band, Third Eye Blind. A brief video was shared advocating the power of music and featured commentary from Dr. Ellen Curtin, Superintendent, Mrs. Ratnaweera, Mrs. Urquidez, and Mrs. Bowers. As a result of the money raised, Magnolia School District will receive a $50,000 grant to start a band program open to 5th and 6th grade MSD students. “Our mission is to empower our most valuable future resource, our children and young adults, and restore music education programs in schools, and to advance programs that are paramount for future real estate professionals,” said Robert Brunswick, CEO of Buchanan Street Partners, a real-estate investment management firm.
Maxwell’s community partnership with the Anaheim Ducks led to a fun, spirited event during the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. Wild Wing and two of the Power Players came from the Ducks to celebrate students at our awards assembly, congratulating them for AR achievements and behavior awards. Afterwards, to show our support for the Ducks, we all gathered in the hockey rink for our second annual Paint It Orange school photo. We were very lucky this year to have a skilled videographer (Sergio Alvarez from Encore Sessions) donate his time and expertise with a camera mounted on a drone. The students loved watching the camera flying high above, and the resulting video is exciting to watch. Maxwell students are lucky ducks to have so much community support!
On April 20, 2015, Baden-Powell School hosted a showcase of their Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Forty visitors, ranging from teachers to principals and superintendents, from various school districts in the region, gathered at Baden-Powell to hear an overview of the AVID Elementary program and how it has benefitted their students. They participated in a question-and-answer session with a panel and were also led through a tour of AVID classrooms by AVID student leaders.
Principal Bill Bailey reviewed the goals of AVID at Baden-Powell, which build from beginning organization in 3rd grade to full implementation and integration of skills in 6th grade. He shared successes of AVID and how it has built a college-going culture at his school, including students' identification with a college or university in each of their classrooms, college tours for every 3rd through 6th grade student, and family outreach programs.
During the panel activity, 6th grade student Safe Gergis skillfully explained how AVID strategies have helped him to become more organized and to work toward his goals, one of which is to be a video game designer/software engineer. Magdalena Lonzano, parent of a 4th and 6th grader at Baden-Powell, shared how AVID has fostered home-school communication and college/career readiness within her family. Stacy Bugaren, 5th grade AVID teacher, discussed how teachers at Baden-Powell have implemented Student Success Skills, Organizational Strategies, WICOR Lessons (Writing, Inquiry, Organization, Reading), and partnerships with the community. Debbie Varon, an AVID-trained Instructional Practices Coach, shared her experience of using AVID strategies and skills in collaborating and planning instruction with teachers. Christina Fink, AVID District Director, shared an overview of Magnolia School District's implementation, which has grown from four participating sites and 8 trained teachers in 2011 to seven implementing sites and 36 trained teachers.
Visitors were led through classrooms by AVID student volunteers, who showed them firsthand what an AVID Elementary school looks like in action. They witnessed students taking two- and three-column notes, organizing materials in three-ring binders, and inquiry-based activities. Visitors were not only impressed with the level of rigor that they saw in classrooms, but also the level of knowledge and scholarly language used by their student guides.
Congratulations to Baden-Powell School for being selected as an AVID Showcase Site and for being committed to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.