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Gilroy Unified School District, in partnership with the Seamless Summer Option program, will provide free meals at three school sites and at the Gilroy Library.  El Roble Elementary, Rod Kelley Elementary, Gilroy High School and the Gilroy Library is offering free breakfast and lunch to all children in enrolled in the District and within the community. ALL children 18 years and under are eligible for free meals.  No proof of age is required to receive meals. 

Between June 13 through July 26 (except July 4 and 5, 2019), breakfast will be served to students from 8:00 am-8:30 am, and served to the community from 8:30 am-9:00 am. Lunch will be served to students from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm and served to the community from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.  Text “FOOD” to 877-877 for more information.

For more information, please visit: text “FOOD” to 877-877.

Contact GUSD Child Nutrition Services: 669.205-4000 ext. 4044 with any questions.

El Roble Elementary: 930 Third Street, Gilroy, CA 95020

Rod Kelley Elementary: 8755 Kern Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020

Gilroy High School: 750 W. Tenth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020

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Students in Haviland Hage’s art classes at Christopher High School and Mt. Madonna Continuation High School have recently completed portraits of children living in Afghanistan as part of The Memory Project.  The Memory Project is a charitable, non-profit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Students create these portraits to help these children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to provide a special childhood memory in the future.

Art students from CHS and MMHS were assigned photos of children from Afghanistan. Few countries on Earth have experienced as much turmoil and tragedy as Afghanistan in recent decades, and that trend is continuing with the resurgence of the Taliban. This project is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children in Afghanistan to see themselves portrayed as works of art. 45 students from Mt. Madonna and Christopher High Schools have submitted portraits to the project, as has their teacher, Haviland Hage. “I hope that our participation in The Memory Project serves two purposes: that my students understand that they can impact our world using their artistic talents, and that the children who receive the portraits we have drawn show them that people across the world care about them and their well-being.  We are all a part of something bigger than we can imagine and it is our job, as global citizens, to take care of each other.”

Participating artists worldwide created almost 30,000 portraits in the 2018-19 school year.  More than 160,000 portraits of children in 47 countries have been distributed since the beginning of The Memory Project.

Information on The Memory Project


View finished portraits


Gilroy High School hosts the annual Gifted Games
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The annual Gifted Games took place at Gilroy High School on April 26, 2019.

Over 600 athletes representing 22 schools from Gilroy Unified, San Benito Unified and other entities (Chamberlain's Children Center, Social Vocational Services, Hope Services, Swanston Lane Preschool, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education) participated in opening ceremonies, a one mile run, various field events and a 50 yard dash before being awarded a medal of participation to close the day.

This event is produced by over 250 volunteers who donate over 1,500 volunteer hours. Many thanks to Sam Sauer, Chris Leong, Dr. Marco Sanchez, the staff and students of Gilroy High School, emcees Don and Bria DeLorenzo, and the families, students, teachers and support staff who make this event possible!

Participating GUSD schools included: Gilroy High School, Christopher High School, Solorsano Middle School, Brownell Middle School, South Valley Middle School, Antonio Del Buono Elementary, El Roble Elementary, Glen View Elementary, Las Animas Elementary, Luigi Aprea Elementary, and Rucker Elementary.

"Let me win, but if I can't win, let me be brave in the attempt."


Community Service Kick-Off logo
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The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Business Education Committee invites all incoming freshmen to a Community Service Orientation Day at Gilroy Gardens.  Incoming freshman are invited to get a "jump" on their community service requirement for high school graduation by registering for this free day of service, on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm.  Students will spend the morning at Gilroy Gardens completing a variety of community service projects with non-profit agencies in South County.  

Register by May 17 to receive a free t-shirt.  All participants will receive lunch on the day of and are invited to enjoy the park from 1:30-4 pm, after they've finished their projects.  Register is ongoing but is limited to the first 250 students who sign-up.  Register now!  Contact Victoria Wright  408.842.6437 with any questions.

All students must turn-in a hard copy waiver on the day of the event.


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GECA Griffin
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Samantha Melton

The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to announce that Samantha Melton, a senior at the Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy, has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholar winner.  She is the first-ever National Merit Scholarship finalist at GECA.  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). From the pool of students who entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000, or 1%, were named semifinalists.

Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

To advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Samantha became a finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.

Winners of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships awarded are being chosen from a group of 15,000 distinguished finalists.  Less than 0.5% of the high school juniors who take the qualifying examinations are named National Merit Scholarship winners

In addition to the designation, Samantha has also qualified for a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship to help with school expenses.    She will attend Princeton University in the fall of 2019.  Samantha was recognized by the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education at the May 9, 2019 Board meeting.  

Learn More about the National Merit Scholarship program

GECA Griffin
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KPIX reporter Len Ramirez asks students about their experiences at GECA.

It's been a newsworthy spring at Gilroy Unified School District's Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy (GECA). In early March, the school was named a 2019 California Distinguished School by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. In April, the Griffins were named the No. 3 high school in California by US News and World Report. Bay Area media outlets have taken notice of the news.

Check out GECA in local headlines: 

"Here’s what makes Gilroy’s upstart high school the Bay Area’s top ranked," from the Mercury News, May 13:

"One of the reasons the school earned a rating of 99.76 percent out of 100 percent in the U.S. News report is its perfect AP participation rate. That means a student can graduate from the high school with an AA degree and 60 transferable college units. Like Rosha, about 74 percent of the class of 2019 is expected to attain an AA degree at the same time as they earn their high school diploma."

"High School in Gilroy Recognized as Among Nation's Best," from KPIX, May 3:


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The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to welcome five new administrators to our leadership team.  The official announcement was made at the May 9, 2019 GUSD Board Meeting where each appointment was accepted by the Board.  The onboarding process for each of them has already begun and will continue throughout the summer.  Dr. Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Gilroy Unified School District remarked, “I am so excited for the latest additions to our administrative team.  Each of the new principals brings strong credentials and high praise to our District.  I am looking forward to seeing how they integrate into their new school sites and the opportunities they’ll present to our staff and students.”

Luigi Aprea Elementary School welcomes Principal Michael Kelly.  Michael comes to the District from Belleville, Illinois, with a rich diversity of experience, including a B.A. in Music Education from the State University of New York, advanced degrees in Education from George Mason University, professional experience as a musician in the U.S. Marine Corp, and experience in public education as a Special Education teacher, School Improvement Instructional Coach and as an administrator at his current site in Illinois. His educational philosophy can be summarized in three simple words: honor, courage, and commitment.  While simple, Michael states that these three words have molded his way of living, thinking and approaching education.  Michael, along with his wife Helena, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and 4-year old son Copland, will be relocating to the area shortly and are eager to join the Bulldog family.

Ascencion Solorsano Middle School welcomes Principal Hilda Keller.  Hilda Keller is a native of San Jose, and lifetime educator with over 23 years of experience in public education.  She has served 20 years in the Evergreen School District.  Hilda holds degrees from both National Hispanic University and San Jose State University.  Hilda’s career experience spans from early childhood education to middle school, serving at various levels as a teacher, instructional coach, project specialist and four years as a middle school assistant principal.   She comes to Gilroy Unified School District having served as the Assistant Principal of George V. LeyVa Middle School.  Hilda has extensive experience in Restorative Practices and describes her educational philosophy as one that fosters “closing the achievement gap, positive school climate, and equity.”  Hilda’s passion is to serve all students while leveraging her bilingualism and biculturalism.  Hilda lives in Morgan Hill with her husband and her college-age daughter and son as they work on degrees in Environmental Engineering and Business, respectively.

Gilroy High School welcomes Principal Martin Enriquez. Martin Enriquez is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and currently works as an assistant principal at North Monterey County High School.  Martin earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico State University, and began his career as a Math teacher there.  Martin has over 17 years of educational administration experience and has extensive experience in Career Technical Education, college and career guidance and counseling, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support programs and a variety of other experiences that help promote healthy and supportive high school learning environments.  Martin’s strengths include his professional, mature and friendly demeanor that is an asset in the development of relationships among all staff, and all communities, including Spanish-speaking communities who need native language support.  Martin will be relocating to the area with his wife Yvonne who is a regional manager for Kindred Home Care, and his three college-age sons: Martin Jr., Dre and Stevan, whose college endeavors include advanced studies in the medical field, International Business, and general studies, respectively.

Eliot Elementary welcomes Principal Maricela Rivera. Maricela is celebrating her 20th year in public education as she returns to Gilroy Unified after a year at Echo Valley Elementary in Salinas where she is currently an Assistant Principal.  Maricela is well-known in the district, having taught at multiple sites, including Solorsano Middle School and Glen View Elementary.  Maricela acted as GUSD’s Academic Coach for SEAL during its initial roll-out, supporting both Eliot Elementary School and Glen View Elementary School, as well as the District Office.  Maricela holds degrees from Santa Clara University, CSU Monterey Bay and National University.  Maricela’s strong experience in curriculum development, professional development, and connection to diverse communities as a bilingual and bicultural professional will be a wonderful asset for Eliot Elementary School.  Maricela enjoys her other role as a parent in our district, with a son at South Valley Middle School and adult children in college.

South Valley Middle School welcomes Principal Guillermo Ramos.  Guillermo comes to Gilroy Unified School District with over 22 years in public education having begun his teaching and administrative career in Watsonville.  He is the only college-graduate among 16 siblings and understands the importance of hard work and dedication to long-term goals. Guillermo earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Jose State University, and began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher for migrant students, and in Watsonville’s bilingual education program.  He is currently in his 16th year as an administrator, and is completing his 11th year as a principal at John J. Montgomery Elementary in San Jose, a K-6 school in the Evergreen School District.  Guillermo’s career highlights include significant academic gains for all levels of students fueled by a keen sense for establishing effective, collaborative teams.  Most recently, Guillermo was recognized for the Santa Clara County Office of Education Principal Arts Leadership Award for his dedication to arts education for all students.  Guillermo currently lives in Gilroy with his wife and two daughters, both of whom attend Gilroy schools.

Best Wishes to Our Outgoing Administrators

The Gilroy Unified School District wishes our five departing administrators best of luck on their next adventures.  

Gilroy High School Principal, Dr. Marco Sanchez, has taken a position as the Assistant Commissioner of the Central Coast Section (CCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation, serving over 74,000 high school student-athletes from San Francisco to King City.  Dr. Sanchez was the principal at Gilroy High School for ten years. 

Ascencion Solorsano Middle School Principal, Maria Walker, is looking forward to retirement.  She has been with Gilroy Unified School District, first as a teacher and then as an administrator for 30 years.  She’s looking most forward to traveling with her husband, Leonard, and spending time with her new granddaughter, Harlee and other grandchildren. 

South Valley Middle School Principal, Patricia Mondragon, has made the decision to pursue other opportunities and challenges in her profession.  She has served in Gilroy Unified for 12 years, and at South Valley Middle School for the last seven, first as a Teacher on Special Assignment and Dual Immersion teacher, then as the Assistant Principal, and finally as the Principal for the last three years.  

Eliot Elementary School Principal, Patricia Pelino, has taken a position as the Director of Special Education for the Redwood City School District, the District she served for twelve years prior to coming to Gilroy Unified School District.  Recently, Patricia was recognized by the Board of Education as the Management Celebrant for the Gilroy Unified School District Employee Recognition Program.  She was the principal at Eliot for six years. 

Luigi Aprea Elementary School Principal, Tami Espinosa, has decided to return to the classroom as a fourth grade teacher at Rucker Elementary.  Her children attend school there, as did Tami and her brother, Sidney.  Tami attended Gilroy Unified Schools: Rucker Elementary, South Valley Middle and Gilroy High School before college.  She was the principal at Luigi Aprea for three years. 

Gilroy Unified School District wishes all of these administrators well and supports their career advancement and personal growth opportunities.  Superintendent Deborah A. Flores shared, “While it is never easy to lose an administrator, let alone five stellar administrators, from our District, I am so happy for each of them.  They are all pursuing their passion, whether it be career or personal.  I am looking forward to hearing from each of them as they continue on their journeys.”

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