News and Announcements

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. RegisterToVote.ca.gov
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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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Sending ACT/SAT Scores to Universities

Seniors who have applied to four year universities must send SAT and/or ACT scores directly from collegeboard.org or act.org. Bolsa Grande can not send SAT/ACT scores to universities. Results can be sent to colleges for free if students make their request between the time of registration and one week after they take the test. After that time, a charge of $11 per score destination may apply. If a student sends SAT scores to CSU mentor (code #3594) all CSU schools will receive SAT scores. If a student sends their ACT score to at least one CSU campus they can use ACT Score Manager (www.csumentor.edu) to release their scores to additional campuses for free. Both SAT and ACT scores may be sent to any one of the UC schools and scores will automatically go to all UC schools.
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Non-Discrimination Statement

Garden Grove Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Garden Grove Unified School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Contact Information:
Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and equity should be directed to the Executive Director of K-12 Educational Services at (714) 663-6143. Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services at (714) 663-6464. Complaints may be mailed to 10331 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840.
Updated 3-21-17
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