Glendora High Signing Day
Signing Day 2013: Five Glendora High students signed their letters of intent to be college athletes on Signing Day, February 6, 2013. Congratulations to each of them. Students are: Scott Burke (UCLA), Priscilla Santos (Rider Univeristy); Christian Schnieder (UC Davis); Kyleigh Morrison (University of the Pacific); Billy Sanford (APU).
As an updated to the award journey of Glendora Unified’s Teacher of the Year, Lynda Okerson, we are proud and pleased to announce that she was a finalist in the California Teacher of the Year program.
The California Teachers of the Year Program began in 1972 to acknowledge the growing complexity of challenges faced by the profession and the need to promote collaboration among teachers to address challenges. The program is also designed to encourage new teachers to enter the field. The competition is open to educators teaching prekindergarten through grade twelve.
As one of the Los Angeles County Office Teachers of the Year, Lynda moved on to the California Teacher of the Year competition where a state selection committee reviewed candidates' applications and conducted site visits to evaluate the teachers' rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria. The teachers were interviewed at the California Department of Education in Sacramento. The State Superintendent then selected five awardees. They are I'Asha Warfield Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County; Sebastien Paul De Clerck Ventura Unified School District, Ventura County; David Goldenberg Tustin Unified School District, Orange County; Veronica Marquez Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County; and Martin Reisert Poway Unified School District, San Diego County.
As a finalist, Lynda will be honored by Superintendent Torlakson along with the 2013 California Teachers of the Year, other finalists, and semi-finalists at a gala to be held February 11, 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Lynda Okerson, this is a huge accomplishment, an honor and recognition that is well deserved by such a wonderful teacher!
Glendora Day at the Fair
Glendora Day at the LA County Fair was a big success on September 12 with 2,762 students attending during the day. That afternoon and into the evening The Parade and “Hero’s” welcome was outstanding, and featured the GHS Marching Band! Thank you to all the parent volunteers for chaperoning the students as well as the community’s support with transportation to and from the Fair.
GUSD Featured In National Magazine
Click Link for article (Education Executive)
Fourth Grader's Essay on Autism Earns National Award
Daniel Roman, a Glendora USD fourth grade student penned an essay about growing up with autism and was selected for recognition among thousands of student entries across the nation in the PTA’s Reflections Program.
Daniel Roman, 9, of Margaret R. Sellers Elementary School was one of 188 students across the nation to be recognized in the program, which honors art entries from students in preschool through 12th grade in six categories; Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.
This year’s theme was “Diversity means…” Roman’s essay, "Being Different Is Cool!", the Glendora District winner for literature, was submitted at the state level, where he won and was selected to go on to the national level competition. Daniel’s essay earned the Award of Excellence in literature, one of 72 students across the nation to earn the award across the six categories. Another 116 students won Awards of Merit.
In his essay Roman writes:
“To me diversity means that it’s okay to be different. I think I knew what diversity meant long before I ever heard the word. You see I have autism. Having autism has always made me different from other children.”
A complete list of winners is available at www.PTA.org/ReflectionsWinners. The artwork will be showcased in a virtual gallery that will be live later this year.
Foundation For Glendora Schools Present Scholarships
Glendora Unified has many outstanding students, some of whom were recently honored at the GHS senior awards breakfast and graduation. At the June 25th Board of Education meeting Donna Smith and Mike Beckman, on behalf of the Foundation for Glendora Unified Schools presented $500 scholarships to five outstanding Glendora USD students. The Foundation scholarship winners were selected based on their initiative, volunteer service at school and/or in the community, and their academic achievements.
The Foundation started its scholarship program last year and decided at that time that scholarships would be awarded to students who were eligible for the senior awards breakfast, but the Foundation also wanted to recognize students who went above and beyond, but just didn’t quite meet the difficult GPA requirements for the senior awards.
Joey Chaoui and Gio Calderon are two of those students. Joey is a remarkable young man who was nominated by a Glendora High School staff member. Joey was Senior class Vice President, was very involved in organizing numerous activities, and just barely missed the requirements for the senior awards. Joey is full of personality and drive and has a bright future ahead of him. He will be attending Cal State Fullerton and will be majoring in International Business. After that, he hopes to attend Chapman University to earn his Masters in Economics.
Gio was selected by Mrs. Summers at Whitcomb High School. Gio was on the principal’s honor roll during his time at Whitcomb, and he was student of the month in February. Gio was a member of the Rubel Castle class, where he continually impressed members of the Historical Society with his love of history and community service. Gio also participated on all of Whitcomb’s athletic teams. Gio’s plans for the future include attending Mt. Sierra College where he will major in Graphic Design.
Kimberly Mak was selected by the GHS scholarship committee and attended the senior awards breakfast, based on her outstanding GPA, initiative and hard work. Kevin Omokura was selected based on his community service, including earning his Eagle Scout. Kevin is also very active in his church. Kevin’s plans for the future include attending the University of Hawaii in the Fall where he will major in Biology.
Lorely Acevedo is a very special girl who has worked so hard to get to where she is and I know that she will continue to do great things. Lorely earned this scholarship based on her volunteer activities, including Key Club, Leo Club, and National Honor Society. Lorely was also involved in the AVID program. She plans on attending Cal State Channel Islands and eventually transfer to St. Johns. Her area of study will be development of children with a minor in journalism.
The District is proud of all of these students; we congratulate them and wish them the best.
Southern California Edison and The Gas Company’s Living Wise Resource Action Plan®
Sixth Grade Science students at Goddard Middle School had the opportunity to take part in Southern California Edison and The Gas Company’s Living Wise Resource Action Plan®. Click here for more information.
On a beautiful, crisp fall morning the preschool students at the Williams Education Center participated in a flag raising ceremony as the new American flag was raised for the first time on the campus.
On November 2nd over 600 parents and students attended the K-12 College Information Night Fair. Keynote speak, Phillip Lew was highly praised for his presentation on how to pay for college without going broke. Parents were also able to attend sessions on A-G college requirements, testing and financial planning. Over 50 college and universities were present offering information to interested parents and students.
Red Ribbon Week
DEA officers arrived on the Sandburg Middle School campus in style on a visit to students as part of Red Ribbon Week activities. All district schools will be participating in Red Ribbon Week activities the week of October 24-28. The Red Ribbon Week celebration originated as the public’s response to the death of Drug enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985. What began as a commemoration of Agent Camarena’s death has developed into a year-round commitment to present a unified stand toward a drug-free nation.
Goddard Middle School Rededication
On September 30 GUSD and the community gathered for the Goddard Middle School Rededication in celebration of the recently completed modernization.
Goddard was originally built in 1964. Back in 1964:
- the average income was $6,000/year,
- gas was 30 cents/gallon, and
- the average cost of a new house was $13,000…
- and in 1964 the cost of the land Goddard school sits on was $260,000 and the buildings cost another $1,424,400, bringing the total cost to build this fine school to $1,684,400!!
Today, 47 years later, the cost to modernize Goddard was $15 million!
In 2005 district voters passed a second bond for $41.3 million. We have completed the modernization of Stanton, Cullen, Sutherland, Sellers, Sandburg Middle School and now Goddard Middle School with the funds from the second bond. With the completion of Goddard, the District’s funded modernization projects for the Measure G facilities plan is now completed. Thank you Glendora!
The Board of Education recognized Partners in Recovery for their service to the students of Glendora. Organized in 1988 for the purpose of assessment, education, treatment, and referrals for families affected by a loved one’s addiction; they have offered nurturing and caring therapeutic services for over 23 years. The Board of Education members expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Partners in Recovery because of their abundant pro-bono work with District families since 2009. Under the leadership of Judy McGehee, Partners in Recovery stepped into this void and has donated over 2,700 hours of free counseling services and parent education to District students and their families. Those recognized for their counseling services were Judy McGehee, Petar Sardelich, Melissa Lamoureux, Erika Gayoso, Michael Cardenas, Jeff Craig, Jessica Wilson, Elvia Cortex and Ted Aasland. They provide the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism with each family they service.
Mr. Richard C. Farrand was recognized by the Board of Education for his 30 years of services on the Personnel Commission. Mr. Farrand has served as the Joint Appointee to the Personnel Commission since 1981 and has been very devoted always keeping the best interest of classified employees at the forefront. He has represented the Commission and classified staff at the annual conferences of the California Personnel Commissioner Association where he has dedicated his time networking with other Commissioners and staff and attending the most up-to-date sessions regarding the Merit System and classified employment law. Mr. Farrand played an active role in the raising of his three children, all whom attended Glendora schools and he continues to serve as a Rotarian as he has done so for many years. He has lived in the Glendora community for more than 50 years. The Commission, the District, and classified staff are very appreciative of his 30 years of dedicated service as a Commissioner. Congratulations and thank you Mr. Farrand for your service to GUSD.
On Friday Aug. 26 Glendora High School held its annual Howdy Assembly welcoming new and old students back to school. (Scroll down to view photos)
Welcome back to a new school year that promises to continue building bright futures for all Glendora students. The 2011-2012 school year started for staff much earlier than for students; principals, teachers, and support staff have been very busy preparing for the arrival of students on August 23rd. At GHS, registration began for students on August 16th, where completed forms were collected, DTap vaccinations confirmed, PE clothes, ASB cards and yearbooks were purchased and pictures taken. Out on the field the football teams have been practicing in preparation for the fall season. At Sellers School, Mrs. Black’s classroom is ready to greet the students, one of the first discussions of the morning will be classroom and playground rules where everyone is encouraged to be a good citizen. At Stanton School students and parents check classroom lists looking for their new teacher and friends. Students and their parents visited as they anxiously awaited the bell to ring signaling the official start of the school year. At Sandburg Middle School the students eagerly scan the crowds for their friends hoping to share a class together. On Monday, August 22 District employees met for a welcome back event at the GHS Event Center where Mr. Stephen Clark, music teacher, was recognized for 30 years of service to the District. All in all it was a great start to the 2011-2012 school year and everyone is looking forward to a wonderful school year. (Scroll down to view photos)
250 Backpacks and School Supplies Donated
On August 15th Christ’s Church of the Valley donated 250 backpacks and school supplies to the students of the District. This charitable act provides assistance to those in need especially during these difficult times. The simple gesture of new school supplies can give a child confidence that far extends the school year and throughout their lives and for this the District is extremely grateful. Thank you to everyone involved with this kind outreach to the students of Glendora.
Ready, Set, Click!!!
The students of the 21st century are considered ‘technology natives’, meaning they have grown up with various forms of technology at their fingertips. Elementary teachers in GUSD have diligently worked to integrate technology in the classroom to reach the students at their level. In addition to the use of SMART boards and document cameras, some teachers are utilizing Student Response System (SRS) clickers. This is essentially a handheld device used by a student to input answers to questions in a variety of formats. These clickers offer a high level of student engagement and interaction. Perhaps the greatest value is the instant feedback and data provided to themselves and their teacher. LaFetra Elementary’s 5th grade teacher Katy Mendoes added, “The Student Response System allows my students to have immediate feedback on how well they have understood a concept that I taught. It allows me the opportunity to immediately know not only how many students didn’t understand the concept, but exactly who didn’t understand the concept. This technology provides me with the opportunity to re-teach the lesson immediately to those who didn’t grasp it the first time. This makes differentiation a true reality in my classroom.“ This has aligned itself perfectly with the elementary professional development for the 10-11 school year, targeting differentiated instruction and formative assessment to meet the needs of all students.
Congratulations to the Glendora High School Girls Swimming CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Champions!
At the championship meet in Long Beach on May 14th, the Tartans won the opening race, the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.69, breaking the meet record they set last year. After winning the 200 free relay in 1:38.64, the Tartans finished the day sweeping the relays, including the closing 400 relay. Glendora won the team title with 234 points and denied second-place Walnut (158) its back-to-back championship bid. This is the Tartans' first girls’ team title in school history. Congratulations to team members Kelly Corso, Courtney McCadden, Gretchen Jaques, Rosemary Garcia, Nicole Gautreau, Ellie Jaques, Brea Cook and Coach Janet Pollard. (Scroll Down To View Photos)
Third Annual Science Bowl Competition
Glendora Unified School District fifth-grade students participated in its third annual Science Bowl competition on April 20th at Sellers Elementary. In teams of three, students from all five elementary schools contended in a Jeopardy-style format where their knowledge of fourth and fifth grade content was put to the test in the areas of physical, earth, and life science. Our competition included Dr. Gomer, our Science Master, along with a panel of judges that included Dr. Rabitoy from Citrus College, Mr. Montgomery from Glendora High School, Mrs. Kemp from Goddard Middle School, and Mr. Taylor a professional chemist. With a generous donation from the Kiwannis organization, the students from LaFetra who won first place each received $100 savings bonds, the students from Sellers who won second place each received a $50 savings bond, and the students from Cullen who won third place each received a $10 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble. It was an exciting event for both contestants and spectators and an event that will be anxiously anticipated again next year. (Scroll Down To View Photos)