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Board Recognitions

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.

2018-19 GUSD Board Recognitions

March 21, 2019 GUSD Board Recognitions

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.

March 7, 2019 Board Recognitions

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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.

December 13, 2018 GUSD Board Recogntions

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.

November 15, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

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!

November 1, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

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.

October 18, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

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.

 

 

October 4, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

October 4, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

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!

September 20, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

September 20, 2018 GUSD Board Recognition

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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.

August 23, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

August 23, 2018 GUSD Board Recognitions

Eliot PBIS

Eliot Principal Patricia Pelino receives a PBIS award from Superintendent Flores

Luigi Aprea PBIS

The Luigi Aprea PBIS team receives an award from Superintendent Flores

Brownell PBIS

Brownell Assistant Principal Mike Nebesnick receives the PBIS plaque from Superintendent Flores.

Antonio Del Buono PBIS

Antonio Del Buono Principal Velia Codiga receives a PBIS plaque from Superintendent Flores

Mt. Madonna PBIS

Mt. Madonna High School Principal Dianne Padilla receives the PBIS plaque from Superintendent Flores.

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.