The seven Magnolia Elementary Schools were selected for their rigorous academic standards, innovative programs, positive student learning environments, and successful classroom strategies that have all contributed to high student achievement.
“The recognition of seven Magnolia Schools demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our students, staff, parents and community ” said Dr. Frank Donavan, Magnolia School District’s Superintendent.The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award replaced the Distinguished Schools Program while the state develops new assessment systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools applied the Gold Ribbon Award and 758 were chosen for the honor.
Juliette Low, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Walt Disney, Robert M. Pyles, Dr. Peter Marshall, Lord Baden-Powell, and Esther L. Walter Elementary schools will be recognized next month at a regional ceremony in Anaheim.
Robert Lopez is the 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year. Robert works as a Behavioral Interventionist at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School. His colleagues nominated Robert Lopez and said, "He works to support our students with the utmost professionalism and compassion for all children."
Jodi Casella is the 2015-2016 Certificated Employee of the Year. She is a Kindergarten Teacher at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School. Jodi's colleagues said, "Jodi is an amazing teacher who knows exactly where her children should be by June and she supports the children to reach her expectations."
These employees serve as just two examples of the exemplary employees that serve the students of the Magnolia School District. The Board of Trustees will be honoring the Employees of the Year at the May 19, 2016 Board Meeting.
Marshall parents are currently attending the Parenting Partners Workshops. These workshops provide parents practical academic improvement skills to support the classroom teacher. In addition, parents learn family literacy activities and how to create a strong home learning environment. The workshop format is experience oriented and discussion driven so that parents feel respected and engaged. Courses taught include Positive Parenting, Creating Confident Kids, Communication, Creating a Structure for Achievement, and Discipline.
Another focus here at Dr. Peter Marshall is supporting our parents and community members through the English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. ESL courses are provided by the North Orange County Community College District. Classes run Monday through Thursday evening. Parent and community members remain engaged and attend daily due to the wonderful community connections and resources provided. Among those resources, ESL students are provided an array of community services as shared by differing community organizations on a monthly basis. These presentations have been invaluable and enjoyed by all, and it is something parents and community members look forward to every month.