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Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Families, 
It is with great honor that I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year!!!!  After 30+ years in Los Alamitos Unified, you have no idea how much pleasure it gives me to serve as McGaugh’s principal. I am overjoyed to continue working with the dedicated McGaugh staff, their passion for teaching, their love for our Sea Lions, and their high expectations for all students. Also, I could not be more excited to continue to work with our Sea Lion families, volunteers in PTA, as well as Project SEEK. Finally, I am excited to continue to build connections with our Seal Beach community, Seal Beach Police Department, Chief Philip Glonshak, and the Naval Weapons Station; as I know that the Seal Beach Police Department and our military neighbors are committed to not only providing support for a safe campus and community but also being a strong and visible presence for our staff and students.  
The staff, Mr. Larson, and I are excited about starting the new school year together and we are confident that we will have another terrific year filled with exciting learning opportunities for our Sea Lions. I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school at the “school by the sea” where all Sea Lions have endless possibilities.  
Below are some important calendar items, updates, and reminders for the upcoming school year. 

Back to School Reminders 

Complete Online Data Confirmation 

This must be completed before school on Monday.                 
First Day of School - Monday, August 15th  
  • Start Time 
    • Gates will open at 7:35 AM 
    • Warning bell rings at 7:50 AM 
    • Tardy bell rings at 7:55 AM 
  • Dismissal   
    • 11:00 AM for UTK/Kinder   
    • 2:20 PM for students in grades 1-5 
  • Open Gates 
    • Pool parking lot - drive through drop-off and pick-up 
    • Front office drive through drop-off and pick-up 
    • Corner of Marlin and Riviera   
    • Seal Beach Blvd near the kindergarten classrooms 
Updated Bell Schedule 
Breakfast and Lunch
Calendar of Important Dates/Information 
  • Back to School Night for UTK/Kindergarten is Monday, August 15th, at 5:30pm, in the McGaugh Auditorium.  
  • Back to School Night for 1st - 5th grade is Thursday, September 1st. 
    • 1st and 2nd grade/5:30-6:10 PM 
    • ALL GRADES - Short presentation in the McGaugh auditorium 6:15-6:30 PM 
    • 3rd - 5th grade/6:35-7:15 PM 
      Bring your Own Device (BYOD) 
  • We invite students in grades 1st - 5th to be a part of the McGaugh BYOD program. Devices will NOT be available for check-out. However, a small amount of devices are available to borrow in the classroom, during the school day. Students are encouraged to bring their devices on the first day of school. 
Rules of the Road 
  • Classroom teachers will be reviewing the Rules of the Road with all Sea Lions within the first week of school. This agreement ensures ALL our Sea Lions internet safety. A copy will come home for students and parents to sign.  
Stay Connected   
McGaugh Connects - McGaugh’s parent newsletter is delivered, via email, on Sunday evenings and contains excellent information regarding current and upcoming events. Be sure to sign up to receive McGaugh’s weekly newsletter. Click here to subscribe
Social Media - If you use social media, I encourage you to stay up-to-date on school news and information by following our Instagram and Twitter page as well as liking us on Facebook.  
PTA & Project Seek - We encourage you to join McGaugh’s PTA and attend PTA General Meetings. Our PTA President is Jennifer Katz. We also encourage you to support Project Seek. This year's president is Claudia Vecchio Wille. Both Jennifer and Claudia are excited to meet you and spearhead supporting McGaugh’s programs this year. 
      Join PTAclick here for the membership toolkit
      Support Project SEEK, click here to learn more.   
  Student Handbook  


Ms. Wendy Wood, M.Ed. ​
McGaugh Elementary School Principal
(562) 799-4560 

 McGaugh PTA 

Our PTA is so excited to welcome all of our McGaugh families for the 2022-2023 school year.  As a PTA, we are committed to continuing to provide programs, events, and opportunities that enrich the school experience of all McGaugh Sea Lions and their families. We want the year to truly be about COMMUNITY, CONNECTIONS, AND COMMUNICATION. 

We have many great events and activities coming up this year, several for the first time, and we would love your support! You can show your support for our McGaugh community by joining the PTA, attending the meetings, and volunteering at our events. There are many ways to volunteer, with as little or as much time as you can. Even volunteering for just one activity or event can make a big difference. 

Click below to see some of the opportunities that we have that will need help throughout the year. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Follow us for all the latest updates, information, events and activities on our social media pages.



We are looking forward to a fantastic year!! 

Jennifer Katz
PTA President 


 Introducing the McGaugh 2022-2023 T-Shirt Design


Sea Lion students, parents and staff - order your t-shirts now and show your McGaugh spirit!

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Visit us at one of our on-campus sales or place an order online at Spirit Store. When your order is ready, we'll deliver it to your child's classroom. (Make sure information is updated on Membership Toolkit in order to ensure fastest delivery.)

Any questions? Contact Pam Herold or Stacia Walker at

School is back after a fun summer and that means it's time to join the PTA! Your membership helps support the many programs and activities that we offer through the year. It's quick and easy to sign up at through our website at

ANYONE can join! Parents, grandparents, students, teachers, alumni, and friends can all become a PTA member, and the students and class who bring in the most memberships each month will be given a special RAH reward. 

Your membership requires no commitment, but becoming a member is also one of the best ways to be part of the McGaugh community. Whether it's voting at a PTA meeting or selling tickets at Carnival, it's always fun to be involved.

Click HERE to join today!

 Project SEEK


Welcome back from Project SEEK!  

On behalf of Project SEEK, welcome to the new school year! We are excited to connect again with our amazing school community, back on campus. Each year, Project SEEK fully funds the credentialed teachers in the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Sea Lion Lab. Without amazing volunteers and the generous support of you and our community, these programs would not be possible!

Project SEEK is proud to have a dedicated group of volunteer parents and a generous, supportive community who have a passion for kids at McGaugh. We would love for you to join us at our next meeting!

Save the date, Tuesday, September 13th, for the first meeting of the year.

Meet new friends and learn more about how you can help keep these programs alive at McGaugh.



Thank you for your generous support of Project SEEK!

Last year, Project SEEK raised over $140,000 for the Art and Technology Programs at McGaugh. Your generous support will fun two teachers and an aide for the Art lab, Innovation Lab and Media Center for the 2022-2023 school year.

Let’s do it again this year to ensure these programs are a part of children’s education for years to come!

You can help support Project SEEK by becoming a Sea Lion Sponsor and donating to our Fall Donation Drive,  We hope you can join us in our efforts to keep these amazing programs running. We are so grateful for your continued support of art and technology at McGaugh!

Wishing all of you a wonderful school year.

Claudia Vecchio Wille

Project SEEK President 2022-2023

Attendance Hotline
Please make every effort to report your child's absence by calling the Attendance Hotline at (562) 799-4571 prior to 9:00 am on the day of the absence. If the absence is reported after 9:00 am, it may take up to 24 hours to clear and you may receive an automated call in error. Any questions, contact the school office at (562) 799-4560.
Project SEEK President
Quick Links
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Project SEEK
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Los Al Ed Foundation
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