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There are changes to traffic patterns on the roads along the South Valley Middle School campus beginning Tuesday, November 12.  The Gilroy Unified School District and City of Gilroy continue to work closely together to ensure the safety of students and to provide improvements for drivers in our community. 

New signage has been installed limiting turns into and out of the parking lots of the South Valley Middle School campus to help the traffic flow and promote the safety of our staff and students.  Please pay attention to the new signage, which will be unveiled on Friday, November 8, and abide by all traffic laws.  The Gilroy Police Department will begin traffic enforcement on November 12.

View new traffic maps here

Solorsano Special Day Classes selling "Eagle Munchie" Dog Treats
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The Ascencion Solorsano Middle School Special Education program for the SDC classrooms are starting a new mini business venture.  Students are making gourmet dog treats called “Eagle Munchies.  

The doggy treats are made, packaged and sold by the very special and unique students of Creative Minds Club.  Packaging design is also the collective creation of these students.  This mini-business exercise and activities directly relate to very basic job skills students at all levels need to acquire. Instruction emphasizes assuming responsibility, developing efficiency and increasing independence.

“Eagle Munchies” will be sold on campus throughout the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Support our special need students by purchasing Eagle Munchies for your family pet or as gifts to give to your friend’s pets.  Treats come in a package of eight and cost $2.00. To purchase, please contact Ramona Trevino ( Checks payable to: Creative Minds

Bow-Wow what a deal!

More Information about Eagle Munchies

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Christopher High School is currently without power but after completing a walk-through of the site, we have determined that the campus is able to accommodate students and staff members tomorrow.

School will operate normally on Monday, October 28, 2019. There is adequate light and water/ sewer to operate and the Gilroy Unified School District will have food delivered from another site to feed students. We anticipate cool temperatures tomorrow morning and the buildings will be without heat, so please dress appropriately.

As a reminder, tomorrow is an early release day for high school students (CHS, GHS and MMHS) and CHS students will be released at 12:35.

District Announcement
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The Gilroy Unified School District has been notified that the city of Gilroy may experience possible public safety power shut-offs this weekend.  

At this time, there is little information available to share with you, but we will be monitoring this situation throughout the weekend and will update our families as necessary.  As of October 25, 2019, the Gilroy Unified School District will operate schools the week of October 28 - October 31 as scheduled even if there is a shut-off. 

Should that decision change, we will notify you immediately.

Please check the GUSD website and/ or social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates as they become available.  Click here for more information on what to do during and after a Public Safety Power Shutoff.  

As a reminder, Friday, November 1 is a staff development day and there is no school for students. 

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On October 29, 2019, the City of Gilroy will begin the Downtown Monterey Road Rehabilitation Project, weather permitting.  For your reference:

  • 9:00 am, Tuesday, October 29- 3:00 am, Wednesday, October 30: both northbound lanes of Monterey Road will be closed
  • 7:00 am, Wednesday, October 30-1:00 am, Thursday, October 31: both southbound lanes of Monterey Road will be closed
  • 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 31- 9:00 am, Friday, November 1: FULL MONTEREY ROAD CLOSURE

Of note for families during drop-off or pick-up times:

  • During pick-up from school on Tuesday, October 29, drivers will not be able to access IOOF Avenue from Monterey Road, and IOOF will be closed at Gilroy Prep School.  Drivers will only be able to exit from GPS and South Valley MIddle School driving eastbound on IOOF
  • During drop-off and pick-up from school on Wednesday, October 30, drivers will not be able to access IOOF driving southbound on Monterey Road.  Monterey will be open in the northbound direction and drivers will be able to turn right onto IOOF heading northbound.  Drivers will also be able to turn right on Monterey Road driving west on IOOF.
  • Road closures beginning the evening of Thursday, October 31, and continuing through Friday, November 1, will not impact drop-off for South Valley Middle School students because November 1 is a professional development day for our staff and students will not be in school, but for GPS families, Monterey Road will be closed between 1st and 4th Streets in both directions and there will be no access to IOOF from either direction on Monterey.  Cars will be detoured to Church Street.  This closure will affect GUSD Maintenance and Operations, and GPS families and staff.

Please drive carefully and allow for extra travel time throughout next week.

For more information on road closures, please visit: or call the Project Hotline at: (408) 467-9119 (Spanish translation available).


Melanie Corona

The Gilroy Unified School District invites you to provide input on the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Budget. Click below to take a quick survey that will help the District prioritize its spending for the upcoming school years. All responses are anonymous and the survey should take you no more than five minutes.

The survey opens Monday, October 14, 2019 and closes Friday, November 22, 2019.

Survey results will presented to the Board of Education on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Questions?  Please contact the Educational Services Department: 669-205-4029.

Take the Parent/ Community Member Survey

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Congratulations to Gilroy High School Girls Water Polo Coach Doug Pickford for being selected as the 2019 Fall Sports Honor Coach by the Central Coast Section (CCS). 

Coach Doug Pickford has accomplished much during his stellar career as a Water Polo player and coach. The former UC Santa Barbara All-American, has guided the Gilroy High School Girls Water Polo team to league titles and post season play. Coach Pickford has created a challenging and competitive atmosphere in the Mustang boys and girls programs while fostering collegiality and high standards among the student-athletes. Under his leadership, the Girls Water Polo program has grown and the student-athletes are among the highest achieving in the classroom. Coach Doug Pickford also volunteers at the Garlic Festival the last several years and is highly regarded and respected in the community.

The Central Coast Section Honor Coach Award is presented to those coaches whose colleagues believe have made outstanding contributions to that sport at their school, within their league, in the community, and to the CCS. At the time of nomination, they must be actively coaching and have been coaching their respective sport for a minimum of five years at the varsity level. Attributes considered are: maintenance of professional standards of conduct, general service to the respective sport, outstanding coaching accomplishments, additional contributions to school and community, and being a role model and inspiration to athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators, parents and the public. Doug Pickford was nominated by Gilroy High School as embodiments of those qualities. Coach Pickford will be honored at the CCS Water Polo Championships that will be played at Independence High School in San Jose on Saturday, November 16th.

For media requests regarding the Gilroy Unified School District, school sites, staff and/ or students, please contact Melanie Corona, Public Information Officer, 669.205.4095 or