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student has different learning needs, and every child designs an action plan on how they will achieve their goals. Having a positive attitude and a caring learning environment sets the stage for success. Special points of interest: · Fast ForWord Program · Visual and Performing Arts with painting and drumming · Gifted and Talented Education · English Language Learners Support · Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math · MIT Classrooms enhancing technology · Special Education Programs · Pre-school classes: Headstart and State Preschool · Parent EL classes and Distance learning classes

We Welcome Volunteers! Come and join in the fun of educating students for a better world today and for a brighter future for all involved. Join our PTA and help make a difference in our students’ lives.

Gardenhill Elementary School 14607 Gardenhill Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638 (562)-944-6128 Principal – Eileen Burkholder

Gardenhill Students Rock API 902! Our school is such a special place to learn and grow, and it is because of the hard work and nurturing souls of our students, teachers and parents! We are a team that works hard together to improve the lives of children. Thank you all for your dedication. I look forward to another year of being your principal. We are still awaiting API results for 2011 - 2012. Fundraising Dollars at Work This summer we were able to purchase several school-wide computer programs (Study Island, Education City, V-Math and more!) and are excited for our students to be able to use them for the upcoming year. We also added fundraising money to School Funds for a parttime Intervention/English Language Learner Aide. Other purchases or supports: • Character Building Materials for students • Character Building Materials for teachers • Safety Strip Covers for Extension Cords • $800.00 toward Gifted and Talented These dollars differ from PTA fundraisers. Gardenhill PTA is in the process of saving money for a new electronic marquee for the front of the school. They also graciously contributed to two reading computer programs for our school. Thank you PTA! As you can see, your support has been vital in helping Gardenhill move forward with cutting edge technology, staff development, and much more! Thank you so much for keeping our school “in the game.” Biola Partnership – Gardenhill is a Clinical Model School We are honored to partner with Biola University Education Department. This year, Professor Gwen Botka will be teaching her “Introductory to Teaching” course on the Gardenhill campus. Students from Biola will use our classrooms to learn first-hand about the teaching profession. Our students and teachers benefit from having extra

Best Wishes for a Successful School Year! From the Cerritos City Council

Jim Edwards Mayor

Bruce Barrows Mayor Pro Tem

adults in the classrooms to assist with small group instruction, oneon-one conferencing with students, grading papers, and many more important duties. Gardenhill Vision Statement The Gardenhill Elementary School Community is committed to helping its stakeholders achieve their maximum potential by: • Valuing and developing the whole person: social, emotional and cognitive • Providing opportunities to explore and develop potential strengths • Developing character • Promoting the ability to think critically • Advancing skills needed in a technological world Although we highly value student achievement, we also value getting to know our students and families. We look forward to embarking on another successful year together.

Carol Chen Councilmember

Joseph Cho, Ph.D. Councilmember

Laura Lee Councilmember

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