Principal's Message

March 2014 Principal’s Message:

Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”  These words ring true for Gabrielino as our students, teachers, staff and parents continue to demonstrate what it means to “Be Original”. 

Over the last two months, the Gabrielino community has been busy on many projects that have made a difference in the lives of our students and others.  Our basketball program hosted their annual Ovarian Cancer Night in January and earned close to $2000 for the USC Norris Cancer Research Center.  In February, our Girls soccer program held their annual cancer night and raised $1000 for the City of Hope.  In addition to the efforts of our students, the Gabrielino PTSA reached out to the community to ensure that families were informed of the insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act.  They organized and hosted two information and two enrollment days for the MediCal and Covered California programs.  Over 100 families and individuals were able to secure insurance on the two enrollment days.  For these families, and those that will be helped by the donations, the “…little details” made “big things happen”.

Little details and big happenings are also occurring in Gabrielino’s academic and athletic programs.  Academically, the GHS staff continues to work diligently on the transition to the Common Core standards and the implementation of Explicit Direct Instructional (EDI) strategies in the classroom. Through the school year each department has been learning EDI strategies such as: activating prior knowledge, checking for understanding, writing learning objectives, concept development, and guided practice.  Each department has selected one to two strategies to focus on for this school year.  It has been exciting for the administrative team to visit classrooms and see these strategies in action.

Athletically, our Winter sports teams had a stellar season.  The Varsity Girls Soccer Team is Mission Valley League Champions and is in the final rounds of CIF competition.  Varsity Boys’ Basketball won the Mission Valley League Championship and moved onto CIF competition, and both Girls’ Varsity Basketball and Wrestling earned 2nd place in league and moved onto CIF competition, with two of our wrestlers taking 5th place in their weight classes.   As move into the spring sports season, we are anticipating another successful showing by our athletes.

Gabrielino finished the month of February with our 4th annual Gab Week.  This year’s theme, “A Gab Attitude Means We Listen” focused on the importance of listening to one another in order to understand one another.  Through a variety of class lessons and campus wide activities, students learned the power of listening and its impact on how we relate to one another.  When I walk across campus, I still hear students reminding each other, “not to compete to speak, you need to listen”, or “that was not a good example of listening”.   The little details in the planning of our administrative team, teachers, Peer Helpers, ASB, Band, Drama, Speech and Debate, PE teachers ensured a very successful week!

There are many events planned for March.  Please be sure to check the school calendar for many upcoming events.  Important events for March include:  CAHSEE testing for sophomores, 8th Grade Parent Information Night for current 8th grade families, PTSA Parent to Parent Coffee on Listening, Parent Seminar Workshop on the Common Core State Standards, 2nd Annual Sound and Vision Expo, and our Annual Open House.

Thank you to all for making “big things” happen!   GO EAGLES!


Soaring Eagles

2013-14 School Theme

School Motto
School Mission
A Commitment To Constant And Never-Ending Improvement (CANI)

School Vision

Building on the strengths, talents, and passions of all students

The Bulletin Board (News and Information)

Congratulations to the Gabrielino FBLA Team!  This past weekend they placed 7th at the State Championships and are sending 7 students to the National Championship Competition. Irene Quach and Janet Tam are State FBLA Champions, and David Tseng, Josephine Wong, and Brenden Lam have qualified for the National Championships.  Michelle Vuong will be awarded the America Award at Nationals for leadership, business skills, and community service.  Congratulations to all the FBLA students who places at the State Championships! 

Congratulations to Deanna Bishara, Victoria Le, and Anh Le on the selection of their art work for display at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.  There work is part of the Emerging Artists: High School Show at the museum.  The show runs through June 1st.   Be sure to visit the museum and see your fellow Eagles artwork on display.

SEF SUMMER ACADEMY: All applications must be taken to the SEF offices at 408 Junipero Serra Drive.  Packets are available online and in the GHS Student Center.

SEF Summer Academy classes will be from June 16 to July 11, Monday through Friday, from 7:15 to 1:50 each day (off on July 4th).  More information can be found at by clicking the "Summer Academy" tab (not the drop down link). 

GHS has a WRITING CLINIC in Room B105 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 and on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00. The clinic is staffed by students hired by the school to assist anyone who wants help.  No appointments are necessary!  Walk ins are encouraged!

Do you want to help support the sports program at GHS? Make sure to join the Athletic Boosters and help give our students the help they need to succeed on and off the field. Download the membership form here. 

Come out to The Dog Haus in Alhambra every Tuesday night and help support Gabrielino!  Just mention you are from Gab and a portion of each purchase goes to the school!

Bullying Survey for Parents: The San Gabriel Unified School District is conducting an anonymous and voluntary parent survey on bullying at school this year. The results of this survey will help our district address bullying issues; educate students, staff and parents; and promote an environment of safety, respect and belonging for all students.

The survey will be available online April 14-20.  A paper copy of this survey is available in all school offices and at the district office if you would prefer not to take the survey online


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Check out some of our inspirational speeches and stories from a truly powerful week!

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 18
GHS Track & Field
Mt. SAC Relays (TBA)
Monday, April 21
GHS PTSA meeting
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Parent-to-Parent Coffee - "Teen Mental Health"
Tuesday, April 22
GHS Boys Golf
2:30 PM
vs Azusa (Alhambra GC)
GHS Boys Volleyball
3:30 PM
HERE vs. La Canada, Large Gym, Varsity at 3:30, JV at 5:00
Wednesday, April 23
Parent Seminar
6:00 PM
Goodson Theatre.  "College Admission Process and the College Freshmen Experience"

Every Day Counts!!

How important is attendance? Did you know that students are more likely to succeed in academics when they consistently attend school. Students who are frequently absent do not acquire the skills they need or make the academic progress necessary to succeed beyond school. Coming to school EVERY day ensures that a student gains the tools he or she needs to live a quality life.  Remember EVERY STUDENT COUNTS!


Today, 4/18/2014
High: 71 Low: 51
Mostly cloudy
10% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/19/2014
High: 75 Low: 49
Partly sunny
5% chance of precipitation.

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"Screaming Eagle" Daily Bulletin

School starts at 9:40am on Wednesday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 14th.
All students need to be on campus no later than 9:30.

Here is "the bird's eye view" of what's going on at Gabrielino!
April 18.pdf

Common Core Corner

What is Common Core?
     The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. (visit the Common Core website here.)

What is Smarter Balanced Assessments?
     The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative and interim assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing & technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. (visit the Smarter Balanced website here.)

What is GHS doing to get ready?
In preparation for the new standards and the new SMARTER Balanced Assessments anticipated in the spring of 2015, Gabrielino departments met at the opening of school to craft performance tasks according to the district-wide Single Plan goal:

“One common performance task for each course at each level that is assessed with a common rubric and collaboratively evaluated developed according to the assessment matrix.

Check out a short explanation of the difference between Common Core and the California State Standards:
ca standards versus common core.pdf

Lots of good resources provided by the State of California
A Look at the CCSS Five Big Ideas
A Look at the CCSS Five Big Ideas in Spanish
Highlights for ELA, Social Science and Science.
ELA Highlights in Chinese
ELA Highlights in Spanish
Highlights for Math
Math Highlights in Chinese
Math Highlights in Spanish

More Resources

Achieve the Core:  Introduce the Common Core to Parents and Community Members

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians

CDE Common Core Resources Web page

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians  (Multilingual Resources),8243-8255

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Tests

Smarter Balanced Resources for Engaging Parents and the Public