As we near the end of our 120th year in providing quality educational programs and services here in the Magnolia School District, we should all be very proud of our accomplishments. Seven of our schools received the prestigious California Department of Education’s Gold Ribbon and Title I Achieving Awards, and one school also received the Exemplary Arts Award.
Many of our teachers and staff members received awards and recognitions for their outstanding work.
We were one of only ten school districts in the State that was selected to participate in the Appreciating Classified Employees program. All of our administrators had the opportunity to “walk a mile” in a classified employee’s shoes.
On June 2nd we recognized our retirees and employees for their years of service. The combined years of service for the 124 employees who were recognized totaled a remarkable 2,174 years!
Even though we just recently finished our State Testing, we are beginning to receive our scores and it looks as though we will once again be above the State average.
We have converted Robert M. Pyles School to Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy and we are excited to move in the direction of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Pyles. We will also continue to increase our focus on STEM in all of our other schools.
We continue to provide incredible programs for our students that go far above and beyond academics. Our Arts, Physical Education, Music, and extra-curricular activities such as Chess, Robotics, and Coding continue to provide students with challenging educational opportunities.
This summer we will serve more than 900 students in our quality programs. We will once again offer Extended School Year and Summer Academy for students that qualify. We have added Summer STEM Academy for all incoming 3rd grade students, which will offer rich academic programs and our Swim Program. We have also added a Hockey Program at Maxwell that will serve approximately 65 students.
As we get ready to move into our 121st year in providing quality educational programs and services, I would like to remind all of us why the Magnolia School District is truly a great place to make a difference. Some of us can still remember when Disneyland provided different levels of tickets that determined what ride you could go on. The coveted “E-Ticket” was the ticket that could get you onto any ride and we would savor them and use them wisely as we made our way through Disneyland Park. In thinking of a theme for the legendary service that we all provide, I would like to use a phrase coined by Jeffrey Barnes, author of “The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth.” In his book, Mr. Barnes talks about creating “E-Ticket” (exceptional) experiences. So as we move into our 121st year, let’s create and celebrate those E-Ticket experiences.
Our exemplary programs and services are the result of a truly collaborative effort of us working together in a very effective and efficient manner to improve student outcomes. Thanks to our supportive Board of Trustees and all of you, we are truly making a difference. It really does “take a village.”
I would like to thank all of you for creating daily E-Ticket experiences and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
Juliette Low’s very own 5th grade student, Sharon Pacheco, is a contestant on “La Voz Kids” on Telemundo. This Latin voice competition is similar to the English version of “The Voice”. Sharon is featured here during the first phase of the competition known as The Blind Auditions. Watch as all three coaches turn their chairs in awe to view this talented young 10 year old sing a complex folk song entitled “Cuando Sale La Luna” or “When the Moon Rises”. The Battle Rounds begin in June with intense coaching by professional artists, followed by the Final Phase, and take place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Magnolia School District is proud to support Sharon by watching this televised show on Telemundo and calling in to vote for this talented singer.
- District Teacher of the Year - Jodi Casella, Kindergarten Teacher at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
- District Classified Employee of the Year – Robert Lopez, Behavior Interventionist at Dr. Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
- District Administrator of the Year – Lynda Wambaugh, Executive Director Special Education Student Services
Each school in the Magnolia School District also honored one Teacher and one Classified Employee of the year:
||Teacher of the Year
||Classified Employee of the Year
|Lord Baden Powell
|Juliette Low Elementary
||Mary Gina Pavlov
||Todd Van Winkle
|Dr. Peter Marshall
|Mattie Lou Maxwell
|Robert M. Pyles
|Dr. Jonas Salk
|Dr. Albert Schweitzer
|Esther L. Walter
|Maintenance, Operations, Transportation, and Facilities