Members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Deborah A. Flores are proud of all of the accomplishments that occur throughout the school year.
Recognitions provide the opportunity to acknowledge students, staff, school sites, community members, and organizations for their amazing accomplishments and contributions.
- June 13, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions
- May 30, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions
- May 9, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions
- April 18, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions
- March 21, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions
- March 7, 2019 Board Recognitions
- December 13, 2018 GUSD Board Recogntions
- November 15, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
- November 1, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
- October 18, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
- October 4, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
- September 20, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
- August 23, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions
At the final GUSD Board Meeting of the 2018-19 school year the Board recognized Rod Kelley Elementary School for their award from Innovate Public Schools for closing the achievement gap for underserved students in our community. Then we celebrated some wonderful volunteers who work so hard to make the Las Animas Elementary School community great. Principal Silvia Reyes commended Kim DeWitt, Desiree Chung and Adriana Flores for all of their help throughout their years as parents at Las Animas Elementary. Lastly, the GUSD Board of Education had a visit from San Benito High School Special Education Chair, Paulette Cobb, as she presented Baler Strong awards to three Gilroy High School teachers: Jennifer Spinetti, Sam Sauer and Chris Leong, for all of their help in organizing and producing the annual Gifted Games. It was a wonderful way to close out an incredible school year. Congratulations to all of the honorees!
We celebrated some staff members and students who make GUSD great at the May 30, 2019 Board Meeting. Dr. Flores and the Board of Education thanked Gilroy High School Student Board Rep, Shereen Dosanjh, for her service and professionalism this year. We are excited to welcome her back as the GHS Student Board Rep next year too. Then the Board of Education formally recognized the 2019 ACSA Region VIII award winners: Business Services Administrator of the Year, Alvaro Meza; Secondary Principal of the Year, Sonia Flores, and the GUSD Superstar First Year Administrator of the Year, Eric Kuwada. Finally, the Board of Education recognized four outstanding student artists from Mr. Carrick's digital art class at Christopher High School. Maia Nantais, who was unable to attend, won the Santa Clara County Office of Education Student Art Contest and was the runner-up in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Art Contest. Her artwork is on display at SCCOE through next year. Three CHS students were recognized for winning the Ninth Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Calum Cain was the first place winner in the 17-18 year old category. Adrian Aguilar was the first place winner in the 15-16 year old category and Natalie Smith was the runner up in the same age group. These three students were part of 25 talented artists selected for awards from among nearly 4,000 global entries from 39 countries! We also want to give a special recognition to Mt. Madonna High School graduate, Ben Calderon, who stepped in to deliver the MMHS/ Brownell Middle School student report to the Board at the last moment! He did a great job!
A number of students and staff members were recognized for making GUSD great at the May 9, 2019 GUSD Board Meeting. The Board thanked CHS Student Board Rep, Sarah Starks, for her service to the Board for the last two years as she delivered her final report. Next, the Board recognized Samantha Melton as GECA's first-ever National Merit Scholar. The Board recognized 44 graduating seniors from all four high schools for being in the top 5% of community service hours completed for the 2018-19 school year. The class of 2019 completed 14, 296 hours of community service during their high school careers. 19 students from Christopher High, 17 from Gilroy High, three from GECA and five from Mt. Madonna were recognized before the Board, with hours of service ranging from 179 to 963. A perpetual plaque for each site was then presented to the principals with the names of the students with the highest amount of hours from each site included. We celebrated Norma Gonzalez Delgado from GHS who finished her high school career with 963 hours. CHS senior, Audra Rubio, finished with 867 hours. Christopher Mukai from GECA finished his career with 803.5 hours and Glendi Flores from Mt. Madonna finished her high school career with 237 hours. Then the Board celebrated GUSD Bus Driver Maria del Carmen Collins for being named the 2018 CHP Southern Region Bus Driver of the Year. Lastly, the Board appointed five new principals to the GUSD leadership team: Michael Kelly, Luigi Aprea Elementary; Maricela Rivera, Eliot Elementary; Guillermo Ramos, South Valley Middle School; Hilda Kelley, Ascencion Solorsano Middle School, and Martin Enriquez, Gilroy High School.
There was so much to celebrate at the April 18, 2019 GUSD Board Meeting. We began our recognitions by honoring those companies and individuals who show so much generosity to Eliot Elementary. Dr. Patricia Pelino, Eliot Principal, and four members of her Student Council team invited donors to the front of the room and presented them with a plaque of appreciation. Next, Dr. Flores and the Eliot staff recognized our 2019 Employee Recognition Program Management celebrant: Principal Patricia Pelino. Included in the presentation was a video from her students, kind remarks from Superintendent Flores and a number of proud Eliot community members, flowers and finally a thank you to the entire GUSD community from Dr. Pelino herself. Then, the GUSD Board of Education recognized the eight finalists in the annual Future Chefs contest. Dr. Flores presented a plaque to the staff and students of Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy for being named a 2018 California Distinguished School, and GECA GUSD Student Board Rep, Daisy Zarate-Osorio, was recognized for her contributions to the Board before delivering her final report. Finally certificates of appreciation were presented to the 2019 Run for Fitness Planning Committee for all of their hard work to bring such a special event to Gilroy Unified School District.
At the March 21, 2019 GUSD Board Meeting, we celebrated so many people who make Gilroy Unified School District great. Our first group of honorees to be recognized were the winners of the March 2019 Employee Recognition Program: Connie Mendoza, a third grade teacher at Rod Kelley Elementary School; Stuart Hults, a lead mechanic in the GUSD Transportation Department and Vania Alvarez, a special needs paraeducator at Solorsano Middle School. These three honorees were nominated by their colleagues for their "above and beyond" approach to making GUSD great and we are proud to call them part of our family. Next, we recognized Ken Christopher, with Christopher Ranch, for his contribution to pay off lunch debt at both Gilroy High School and Christopher High School. Lastly, we recognized our two honorees from the 2019 Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Spice of Life awards: teacher Emily Diaz, from Christopher High School, and senior Brandon Krueger from GECA.
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The March 7, 2019 GUSD Board Meeting was a special night, when the Board of Education recognized Gilroy's own Don and Karen Christopher whose generous philanthropy has touched the lives of many of our staff members and students over the years. The Christophers were presented with a plaque and a copy of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein that was signed by students and staff members from throughout the District. Following the presentation to Don and Karen Christopher, the Board of Education recognized and thanked Gilroy Elks Lodge Members Sam Bozzo and Frank Angelino. Sam and Frank donate a dictionary to every third grade student in Gilroy Unified School District every year before Winter Break, and personally visit each of our eight elementary schools to make the presentation. Lastly, the annual update from the Latino Family Fund was presented to the Board. LFF Chair Ernie Oliveras and three student speakers all shared highlights from 2018 for participating students and mentors.
At the December 13, 2018 GUSD Board Meeting, three new Trustees (Enrique Diaz, Anisha Munshi and Tuyen Fiack) were sworn into office. The Board of Education also recognized three outgoing Board Members who served over 32 years on the Board of Education! Jaime Rosso, Patricia Midtgaard and Heather Bass were all honored for their service with various proclamations from Senator Bill Monning, Assembly Member Robert Rivas, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Gilroy City Council and the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce for their dedication and commitment to the students and staff members of Gilroy Unified. They also received a plaque from the Board of Education and Superintendent Flores. Outgoing 2018 Board President, and returning-to-the-Board Member Linda Piceno was also honored for her service.
Middle School CAASPP Recognitions and 2018 SCCOE Teacher of the Year
At the November 15, 2018 GUSD Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District was pleased to recognize 69 students who received the highest score possible on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics. The 69 students who were recognized came to us from from all three of our middle schools, and included 14 students who had highest possible scores on both the ELA and Mathmetics section of the test!
We also recognized the 2018 SCCOE Teacher of the Year, Rachael Cornaggia, from South Valley Middle School. Rachael joined the District in 2006 and has taught at South Valley her entire career. She began teaching 6th grade Core and moved into the Math Department in 2015. Currently, she is the Math Department Chair. And... her mother won the same award from the Santa Clara County Office of Education as a teacher at South Valley!
Christopher High School CAASPP Recognitions/ National Merit Commended Scholar Recognition/ National Hispanic Recognition Scholars/ DELAC & Parent Conference Planning Committee
At the November 1, 2018 GUSD Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District was pleased to recognize 31 students who received the highest score possible on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics, including nine students who had highest possible scores on both the ELA and Mathmetics section of the test!
The Board of Education also recognized Niet Khay, a senior at Christopher High school who was named a National Merit Commended Scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students across the country who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 1.6 million juniors in the United States entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The nationwide pool of commended students represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
The Board of Education also recognized three students who were named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Every year, the College Board recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/ Latino juniors who take the PSAT/ NMSQT. These students represent the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino test takers in the nation. These students are Alan Castillo and Anthony Sainez from GECA and Matthew Ogden from Christopher High School.
The Board of Education also recognized the members of the DELAC committee (District English Learner Advisory Committee) who planned and executed the annual Parent Conference at South Valley Middle School in October. The group was involved with all the details- suggesting changes to improve the conference, recommending the keynote speaker, developing the program, helping with logistics, set-up, decorations, donations, and many other details. In particular, their outreach efforts were amazing! They went to schools, spoke to parents, principals and staff, and reached out to the community for support with donations and in getting the word spread. Because of them, the Parent Conference was a successful event. Thank you to Alma Sanchez, Maricela Mendez, Adriana Torres, Tina Lopez, Centeotl Merino and the rest of the DELAC Committee.
GECA and Gilroy High School CAASPP Recognitions/ National Merit Scholar Recognitions
At the October 18, 2018 GUSD Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District was pleased to recognize 40 students who received the highest score possible on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics, including nine students who had highest possible scores on both the ELA and Mathmetics section of the test!
The Board of Education also recognized six GECA students who were named Commended Students or Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students across the country who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 1.6 million juniors in the United States entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The nationwide pool of commended students and Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Two GECA students were named National Merit Commended Scholars by scoring in the top two-thirds of high scorers on the PSAT/ NMSQT: Luca Orth and Nolan Anderson.
Four GECA students were also named National Merit Semifinalists. These students are part of a group of 16,000 throughout the country who in the top one-third of scorers on the PSAT/ NMSQT exam. Of those 16,000 students, 15,000 will be named National Merit Scholarship Finalists in February and will be eligible to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Honorees included: Alan Apte, Andrew Dinh, Samantha Melton and Darice Wong.
Elementary School CAASPP Recognitions
At the October 4, 2018 GUSD Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District was pleased to recognize 28 students who received the highest score possible on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics. The 28 students that were recognized came to us from six of our eight elementary schools, including two students who had highest possible scores on both the ELA and Mathmetics section of the test!
Celebrating the Gilroy Garlic Festival
To date, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has raised more than $11.5 million dollars for local schools and non-profit groups—and has given the city of Gilroy a sense of true community pride as well as instant worldwide recognition. Many thanks to the Gilroy Garlic Festival for all of the support they have offered Gilroy Unified School District schools since 1979.
California PBIS Coalition Recognition
The GUSD Board of Education was pleased to honor six schools recognized by the California PBIS Coalition for their work in implementing evidence-based interventions to support all students both academically and behaviorally. The program is defined as a framework for enhancing the adoption and implementation of a continuum of evidence-based interventions to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students. The relationship between academic and social behavior student success is established and individual student success is emphasized. Each year, the California PBIS Coalition recognizes schools for the various levels of PBIS implementation ranging from Bronze to Platinum. Six of our schools applied for various levels of recognition with evidence of their practice in Spring 2018.
- Rucker received a Bronze distinction.
- Brownell, Eliot, Luigi Aprea all received a Silver level distinction.
- Antonio Del Buono was recognized by the Santa Clara County Office of Education as achieving Gold level implementation
- Mt. Madonna was recognized by SCCOE with the ultimate level: Platinum implementation.