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futurechefs
GUSD Communications

Fourth and fifth grade students from GUSD elementary schools participated in the GUSD Future Chefs competition on March 6 at Gilroy High School.  The event was sponsored by Sodexo.  This year's competition featured Fit Fiesta dishes.  Students were invited to present their best dishes to a panel of three judges: Chef Carlos Pineda, Sam Bozzo and Gene Sakahara, as well as a number of attendees including parents and District staff.  In the end, El Roble fifth grader, Julia Finucane, took home the top prize with her Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos, with an avocado crema sauce.  She now advances to the regional cook-off against more than 270 student chef district winners in Northern Calif. later this month for a chance to qualify for the nationals. 

Rod Kelley fifth grader Rayen Garcia and his Quina Enchiladas took home second place and he also was crowned the Organic Food Waste Champion for having the least amount of food waste while preparing his dish.  Eliot Elementary School fourth grader, Kevin Carrillo, placed third with his Sincronizada dish.  Other competitors included:  Glen View Elementary School fifth grader Sandra Martinez Aguilar, who prepared “Fish Tacos”; El Roble Elementary School fourth grader Myra Moniz who prepared “Myra’s Tasty Cheese Tostadas”; Luigi Aprea Elementary School fifth grader Michael Sarment who prepared “Shrimp Tacos”, and Luigi Aprea fifth grader Jack Zukowski who prepared “Jardin De Peces”.

CA Distinguished School Banner
GUSD Communications

The Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy (GECA) has been named one of 162 California Distinguished Schools by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Sponsored by the California Department of Education, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.

“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.”

Schools that invited to apply were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and graduation rates. 

Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.  Six Gilroy Unified School District Schools have been named California Distinguished Schools since 1994.  In addition to GECA's designation, Gilroy High School (1993 and 2009), Glen View Elementary School (1997), Las Animas Elementary School (2008), Ascencion Solorsano MIddle School (2013), and Rod Kelley Elementary School (2018) have all received this designation as well.  GECA also was named a California Distinguished School in 2013.

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Kindergarten Registration opens March 6
GUSD Communications

Kindergarten registration opens on March 6 at your neighborhood school! Visit our new enrollment page for information on locating your neighborhood school, download a registration packet, and learn about what makes being a GUSD family so great! We are looking forward to welcoming you to our District!

** Please note: although registration opens on March 6 we are accepting new students on a continuous basis. **

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Weather Update
Melanie Corona

Attention GUSD families: due to this weekend's storm, Silva's Crossing at Christmas Hill Park is closed. Students attending Gilroy High School, GECA, Solorsano Middle School and Las Animas Elementary School must consider alternate routes to and from school on February 4, 2019.

GUSD Run for Fitness, March 16, 2019
GUSD Communications

The Gilroy Unified School District annual Run for Fitness returns to the track at Gilroy High School on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  Students in Gilroy from grades TK-12 are invited to participate in this fun and free event promoting health through movement.  Presented by Gilroy Unified School District, in partnership with the Mt. Madonna YMCA and Sodexo.  

Students can submit a completed registration form to their teacher by March 1, 2019 in order to receive a free t-shirt on the day of the event.  Each grade level has a scheduled time to check-in and run.  ** The run is for students only, but all participants must be supervised by a parent or guardian. **

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Read Across America: March 1, 2019
GUSD Communications

The Gilroy Unified School District invites readers in our community to join us for our annual Read Across America celebration on March 1, 2019.  

We're looking for volunteers to come read aloud (in English or Spanish) in our elementary school classrooms (Transitional Kindergarten- 5th grade) for one to two hours as GUSD participates in Read Across America Day.

You may choose your preferred grade level range if you would like. If you don't have a preference, just sign up in our general section and we will let you know where you are needed the most. If you would like to request a specific school, please indicate it in the comment section. 

We will email you the Tuesday before the event and let you know which school and classroom you will be reading at as well as the exact time. 

Schools will provide books for classes, however, if you have a grade level appropriate favorite book, feel free to read that to the class instead. Readers may be asked to read to more than one classroom, depending on need.

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Weather Update
GUSD Communications

Attention GUSD families: due to continued heavy rainfall, Silva's Crossing at Christmas Hill Park remains closed. Students attending Gilroy High School, GECA, Solorsano Middle School and Las Animas Elementary School must consider alternate routes to and from school on February 5, 2019.