News and Announcements

WAC helps Beautify Bolsa!

In 2016, the State of California provided a grant to Garden Grove Unified School District for the benefit of installing stormwater management features on three high school campuses (Bolsa Grande, Los Amigos, and Santiago), including low impact development (LID) landscape areas to capture, treat, and infiltrate stormwater, and for developing and implementing an educational program that raises awareness of water resource sustainability. READ FULL STORY/ SEE PICTURES HERE----->
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BGHS ASB Takes 1st Place at OCL!

This past summer, Bolsa Grande High School’s ASB once again attended the annual Orange County Leadership (OCL) Camp held at UC Santa Barbara on August 7th-10th. With their skit inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Bolsa put their own modern twist by incorporating a public service announcement style PSA about how cell phones and technology negatively affect our daily lives. After weeks of hard work and dedication, Bolsa pulled together to execute an astounding skit. Out of the 48 schools in attendance, Bolsa performed in front of over 2,000 students and placed first overall at the Talent Show on August 9th. Congratulations Bolsa Grande ASB!
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BGHS STEM takes 2nd in the Nation!!

Congratulations yet again to the amazing BGHS Stem team who have won an astounding second place overall in the nation at the MESA National Engineering Design Challenge!
Led by Mr. Ryan Tonthat, club advisor, Bolsa Grande High School upcoming senior David Chuong and “just graduated” alumni Duy Pham and Danny Vo took home the award after spending the better part of the 2017-2018 school year designing, developing and building an electronic device created to solve authentic real-world problems. After winning preliminary competitions earlier in the year at UCI, the team went on to take 2nd overall this summer in Philadelphia. Way to go, STEM!
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Bolsa Student Represents

Earlier this summer, the Board of Education welcomed our new Student Board Representative for the 2018-19 school year: Silayan Camson from Bolsa Grande High School! Silayan has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and is very active on the campus at Bolsa. She has been a team member on varsity swim for the past three years, volunteered with the American Cancer Society and UNICEF Clubs, and served on Bolsa’s Yearbook Club and in leadership roles as a Sister City Student Ambassador, American Cancer Society Publicity Chair, ASB cabinet member and Youth Leadership of America associate. Silayan will also be the upcoming Editor-in-Chief for Bolsa’s school newspaper and hopes to help grow the school’s journalism program. Welcome Silayan!
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First Day of School is August 29, 2018

Watch the mail for your postcards the first week of August. If you have a bookstore fine, need to do Online Registration or need to update your address, stop by the Bolsa Office ASAP, because you will not get a postcard. New Students see attached requirements. Online Registration directions, see attached.

Book Pick Up/Locker Distribution/Picture Day Schedule has passed!
Make Up Day - August 24, 8am – 10am
If you didn't make it - come First Day of School!
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BGHS Senior awarded as an 2018 Orange County Athlete of the Year

On May 29th, Janel Nguyen, graduating senior, was honored for her athletic talents at the 2018 Orange County Athletes of the Year Dinner. Presented by the OC Athletic Directors Association and held at the Anaheim Convention Center, male and female Student-Athletes of the Year from leagues spanning Orange County gathered to accept their awards. Nguyen was in elite athletic company as she proudly represented Bolsa Grande High School and the Garden Grove League. Congratulations, Janel, on a job well done!
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Congratulations, Bolsa Grande! Recognized as a US News 2018 BEST HIGH SCHOOL!

U.S. News & World Report, widely acknowledged as an expert in education rankings, has announced the 2018 Best High Schools and BGHS is again among the elite schools that qualify for the “Best High Schools” Silver. Less than 30% of our nation's schools qualify to become a “Best High School,” and this recognition honors the very best in education. The U.S. News rankings showcase public schools at the state and national level that best serve the entire student body, including disadvantaged populations. Specifically, rankings focus on graduation rates and state proficiency tests, and it has been determined that students at the approximately 6,000 Best High Schools (out of more than 20,00 schools analyzed) graduate at an average 15 percent higher than students at schools nationwide that do not qualify READ FULL TEXT---->
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The Annual BGHS/Scott Ross Faculty Golf Tournament - Fun for a Good Cause

Last weekend, BGHS faculty held their annual BGHS/Scott Ross Faculty Golf Tournament for a little friendly competition and some fun and relaxation under the sun. Held at David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley, golfers played for pride and prizes. Proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to "create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children" in the name of former student Scott Ross.
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Congratulations, Long Ho! Class of 2018 Valedictorian!

Recently, we were extremely proud to celebrate Bolsa Grande High School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian at the GGUSD District School Board Meeting. Principal Louise Milner had these glowing words to say:

“Good evening President Harden, Members of the Board, Dr. Mafi, staff and community members. It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce Long Ho, Bolsa Grande High School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian. Long is an exceptional individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, academics and community service. READ FULL TEXT----->
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BG Students Saving the World - One DROP at a Time

Last month, the Wilderness Adventure Club, (WAC) paired with ASB and the CA State Water Resources Control Board to bring our student body an inspirational and powerful assembly. After watching compelling videos - both professional and student made (videos are attached below!) - the assembly encouraged our student body to take action to protect our earth for generations to come. READ FULL TEXT -->
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BGHS STEM is Heading to Nationals!!! Next stop - Philadelphia!

The Bolsa Grande STEM club continues to steamroll the competition, securing a 1ST Place win at UCI this weekend at the MESA Engineering California Championship. Next stop? Philadephia! Temple University College of Engineering hosts this high-level competition, showcasing the best of the MESA National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) teams. The BGHS team will be flown out to compete at this next level in June.

This semester, the BGHS STEM team designed and created an original “Document Organizing System” that was made to fit as part of the Human-Centered Design approach of engineering. READ FULL STORY -->
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BGHS Wins At UCI Performance Engineering Competition!

At the 2018 UCI Performance Engineering Project Competition, Bolsa Grande High School received a 2nd place award, outperforming twelve other schools including two colleges. Student attendees on April 28th included: Omar Alegria, Edgar Gurrola, Gregory Mateo and Michael Sieve. Students that were involved with the build were the following: Obed Garcia, Steve Luna, Justin Nguyen, Josue Ontiveros, Jonathan Perez, Vincent Perez, and Christian Shellum.
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Drum Line Places at the American Drum Line Association Championships!

Congratulations to Bolsa Grande Drum Line who competed in the American Drum Line Association Championships at Azusa Pacific University. We placed eighth out of forty-two schools in Southern California. The win marks a continuation of Drum line's storied excellence and history here at Bolsa. Over the past four years, Drum Line has qualified for multiple championships placing in the top 12% of Southern California. Congratulations again, Matadors!
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Janel Nguyen Awarded Garden Grove League "Female Athlete of the Year"

Janel Nguyen, a graduating Senior at Bolsa Grande High School, has been honored at the highest level for her exceptional athletic abilities. After receiving Bolsa Grande’s “Female Athlete of the Year,” the Orange County Athletic Directors Association (OCADA) awarded Nguyen the "Garden Grove League Female Athlete of the Year," establishing her as the most accomplished female athlete in the entire Garden Grove league READ FULL STORY ----->
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Matadors Celebrate Native American Dance

Recently, some of our very own Matadors helped bring Native American culture and tradition alive at the "21st Annual Rancho Days Fiesta" in Heritage Hill Historical Park. The powerful performance of authentic dance and dress was broadcast on the local KTLA Morning News and included, among others, Bolsa Grande students Ba’ac Garcia, Nanabah Kadenehii, and mother Lupe Lopez.

The eight-person troupe performs not only throughout our community but also at California Indian reservations and Native American reservations nationwide. SEE FULL STORY W PICS AND VIDEO---->
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VSA Receives 2nd Place in the Saigon Broadcasting Variety TV Show!

Earlier this week, the BGHS Vietnamese Student Association, led by VSA President Dustin Tran and show director Lena Pham, won second place in the SBTN annual Tiệng Viêt Mến Yêu variety TV show. The Saigon Broadcasting Television Network is headquartered in our very own Garden Grove and has been celebrating Vietnamese culture for over ten years. CLICK TO SEE MORE ----->​
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Bolsa Grande STEM Team Wins First Place - Sweeps at National Engineer Design Competition!

Congratulations to Bolsa Grande High School’s very own STEM Club, advised by Mr. Ryan Tonthat, who placed first at the National Engineer Design Competition this April. This annual, hands-on engineering competition is aligned with the California State Board of Education and Next Generation Science Standards and is facilitated by the national organization MESA  (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement). MESA, an organization that focuses on disadvantaged students, has helped thousands of youth to become engineers, scientists, and mathematicians in the STEM field. READ FULL ARTICLE -------------->
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Congratulations Winter Guard Champions! Winners of 4 medals in 4 years!

In April, Bolsa Grande’s Winter Guard kept up their four-year winning streak with a bronze medal win at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) Championship. Overseen by Mr. John Miller, Instrumental Music Director,  and coaches Tina Do and Kathy Trang, our BGHS Winterguard is an award-winning ensemble that performs and competes during the winter and spring season. READ FULL ARTICLE ------>
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Seniors Awarded at OCDE AVID Senior Scholarship Recognition Ceremony

On Tuesday, April 24th, the AVID Team went to the OCDE AVID Senior Scholarship Recognition Ceremony at UCI. According to Maryana Massoud, AVID Coordinator,
"It is always such an amazing night where we get to hear all the amazing and inspiring stories of high school students who persevere through crazy trials and achieve their dreams. They also get to be awarded with lots of free money!!"
Congratulations go out to Tiffany Guyot, Viet Pham, and Nadyah Shah!
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Matador JieQi Yan Wins at the GGUSD 40th Annual "First Impressions Student Art Exhibit"

Every year, the Garden Grove Unified School District honors our students’ visual arts achievements by showcasing exceptional student work at the GGUSD "First Impressions Student Art Exhibit". Earlier this week, after judging hundreds of outstanding pieces of artwork sent in from K-12 students, GGUSD awarded Bolsa Grande’s own JieQi Yan the “President of the School Board” award. Yan, who is enrolled in Mrs. Mindy Cherri's Ap 2-D Studio class, created the award-winning work "Children of Ethnic Minorities" in oil and gold leaf. It is a visually arresting piece in triptych format, which is traditionally three separate pieces of art designed to be displayed together. Yan's portfolio concentration is on children of multiple ethnicities, their beauty, and their challenges. READ FULL ARTICLE -------->
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Matadors Go High-Tech at the S.T.E.A.M. Expo - Imaginology 2018!

Bolsa Art Students recently spent the day at "Imaginology," a S.T.E.A.M. Expo [Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Mathematics] held a the Orange County Fair and Event Center. After viewing an informative tech presentation, Bolsa students participated in a wide range of fun and hands-on educational activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.
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Famous Musician Plays Music with Matadors

Jake Shimabukuro, famous ukulele musician, spent time at Bolsa Grande High School last week to share his talents with students with special needs. Shimabukuro, who is internationally famous for his musical ukulele talent and currently tours to sold out concert arenas throughout the country, created a foundation in 2015 that gives back to the community. Shimabukuro’s goal is to bring music to students, and make the dream of expanding music programs throughout public education a reality.
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Bolsa Grande Freshman Attend Law School at UC Irvine

Bolsa Grande freshmen recently completed a six-week law school experience through a unique partnership between the high school and the Saturday Academy of Law (SAL) program at the University of California, Irvine.
Bolsa Grande teacher Greg Shadid teaches the class with support from UCI undergraduate teaching assistants and UCI law students. SAL is providing ninth grade students with the opportunity to improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while learning more about the legal profession and higher education opportunities.
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BGHS Alum Showcased in CSUF "Daily Titan"

Faced with incredible challenges at a very early age, Joey is truly a success story.  

Josephine “Joey” Hernandez, was recently showcased in her college paper for her many accomplishments in the face of obstacle and challenge. Joey was a sophomore at Bolsa Grande High School when she experienced an unexpectedly severe decline in her vision which left her with severely impaired vision. SEE FULL STORY HERE-->
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Bolsa Baseball Catches $6000 Donation

Austin Hedges, catcher of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres surprised the baseball program at Bolsa Grande High School with a generous donation of Under Armour baseball equipment valued at six thousand dollars. Last week, Bolsa Grande administrators and baseball coaches surprised students with the Under Armour shipment, which included baseball helmets, shirts, shoes, socks, and more. The Bolsa Grande Matadors are currently practicing and gearing up for the season,  which is underway in March.
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Matador Alumni Give Back to the Community!

Recently, Matador alumni were able to give back to the community in a powerful way - former students of Bolsa Grande High School Visual -Impairment Program selected for Focus Group to help the community become more accessible to people with disabilities. When the city of Garden Grove reached out to GGUSD for assistance from visually-impaired volunteers for help with accessibility and ADA compliance, former Matadors were eager to help. Ms. Pam Rush, Teacher of the Visually Impaired here at BGHS, arranged for alum students Ngan Hua and Adrian Vazquez to participate in a focus group designed to reconstruct a city website that will far exceed ADA compliance and greatly strengthen services provided to the community.When the Garden Grove community needed help, our graduates were at the ready. At the February 13th meeting at Village Green Park, our alumni were able to provide constructive feedback and concrete solutions on how to improve accessibility for individuals with visual impairment. Technologies discussed included a talking “screen reader” program that a person with visual-impairment can use to access computers without a mouse, and the use of smartphones or mobile devices to provide accessibility to the Garden Grove City website. Our two former Bolsa Grande students will be continuing to meet and assist with the Garden Grove City focus group into the summer of 2018.
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Student Voter Registration

Anyone 16 years and older, that are U.S. Citizens, can now register to vote in the first election after turning 18 years old. You can use the link below to Pre-Register to vote. However, if you are 18, you can actually register to vote.
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Ms. Luna - October 2017 GGUSD Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month is a new district recognition designed to celebrate employees who: put others first; go above and beyond to make a difference in their role; carry out each day with a positive attitude and strong work ethic and demonstrate innovation, leadership, and passion for their job. Employees of the month are recognized at a Board of Education meeting and their photos are displayed in the district office lobby.
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Katie Beck - Finalist in 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

An Amazing Accolade
Bolsa Grande High School teacher Katie Beck was one of eight teachers from across the state to be named a finalist for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This prestigious award is the highest honor given in the nation for math and science teachers.

Click here to read more about what this honor means and the after-school STEM program Katie leads at Bolsa.
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SKYPE Is Invading Our Bolsa Animation Classes!

SKYPE is invading the classroom and Bolsa Animation nation of students are taking full advantage! Bolsa’s animation students are skype-ing with other student animators guided by teacher Nancy Miller at Liberty College and Career Academy (LCCA) in Walthourville, Georgia.
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