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Principal's Message

Hello Sea Lion Families,
We are so happy to announce that Mrs. McClellan has been chosen by the McGaugh teachers as our LAEF “Teacher of the Year”. She couldn’t be more deserving, and we couldn’t be more excited. She has a contagious excitement about learning, and she goes the extra mile to help students understand and grow. In her 34 years at McGaugh, she has been an advocate for kids and teachers, a mentor, and a leader. She has served as an LAEA representative and Union President. She brought new and innovative curriculum to the forefront for students and teachers. Teaching poetry, scientific inquiry, and writing are her gifts, among many others. Finally, she puts her all into kids! She loves them and meets them where they are both academically and socially. She is a deep thinker that is always there to collaborate and listen. Teachers say, “Lisa is our confidant, our champion, our heart.” Her parents say, “Mrs. MC, you are truly deserving of this honor, and we appreciate the work you do with our children day in and day out!” Mrs. McClellan loves with all her heart. Please join us in congratulating her in this honor!

Progress Reports Viewable in Illuminate
Parent conferences begin this week. Please log-in to Illuminate on Monday, October 17th at 8:00 AM to view your Sea Lion’s progress report.
Semester II Progress Reports are available to download by accessing the district’s Illuminate Home Connection portal. Parents/Guardians will need to log into the site using their student’s account information and sign in with the GOOGLE option.

To assist with downloading your student’s progress report, you can access a PDF GUIDE or a VIDEO TUTORIAL on the download process.  

If you need assistance locating your student’s account information, you can access a PDF GUIDE or a VIDEO TUTORIAL on how to find the information.

Should you encounter any issues with logging into the site or downloading the progress report, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (562) 799-4700, ext. 80445 or via email at
March 21st is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Partnered with PTA and Evelyn Garcia, the PTA Special Education Chair, McGaugh Sea Lions will come together to celebrate Down Syndrome, raise awareness, learn what Down syndrome is, and how individuals with Down Syndrome should be valued in our communities. 


  • 3/20 Progress Reports viewable to parents in Illuminate
  • 3/20 – 3/27 Parent Conferences (minimum day schedule-12:30 pm dismissal on 3/20, 3/21, 3/23, 3/24, & 3/27)
  • 3/21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day
  • 3/21 Parent Education Night – “Promoting a Growth Mindset”
  • 3/24 Project SEEK “Gala”
  • 3/27 Project SEEK Skate Night
  • 3/28 McGaugh Board Report Presentation of LosAlUSD Teacher of the Year and Hero of the Heart
  • 4/4 Fourth Grade Musical
  • 4/5 College Day
  • 4/6 PTA Meeting
  • 4/10-4/14 Spring Break
  • 4/17-4/21 Week of the Military Child
  • 4/24 SEL Parent Education Night
  • 4/27 Open House

Ms. Wendy Wood, M.Ed. ​
McGaugh Elementary School Principal

(562) 799-4560 

It's A Packaging Party!!!! 

Please join us for Project SEEK’s Event packaging party; this Tuesday, 3/21/23 at 8:00 am in the gym. 

We’ll be combining and packaging all the cool items up for auction at this year’s Event! Lots of laughs and productiveness will be had by all! And we need everyone’s help! So please consider volunteering your time.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday, 3/21/23 at 8:00 am.

Looking For Volunteers to Join the PTA Executive Board!

The McGaugh PTA plays an important volunteer role in the support of students and teachers by providing a wide-range of functions, fun activities and events, enrichment opportunities, support, and representation for our school community.

We welcome you to join our PTA Executive Board!  The following position we are currently looking to fill for the 2023-24 school year for McGaugh:

  • Treasurer

Positions are also available at the District Council level. Each position is supported by an amazing team of volunteers an administration staff. For questions or more information, please contact our PTA Parliamentarian, Valeria Dropkin (

Congratulations To Our Honorary Service Award Winners For 2022-2023!!

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the PTA Honorary Service Awards! We received over 40 nominations and had so many deserving nominees. We are excited to celebrate our 2022-2023 recipients!

Thank you for all you do to support our kids, our school, and our community. You all make a difference in what a great place McGaugh is to be.

Imagination Machine Story Winners!!

Congratulations to the students who had their stories turned into performances at our Imagination Machine assembly last week. 
What is The Imagination Machine? Students at McGaugh Elementary get the opportunity to be creative and write a short story, either on their own or in collaboration with other students. These stories are then sent in to The Imagination Machine, who reads ALL of these stories, and selects the stories to turn into performances. Our students get the opportunity to attend an assembly, thanks to PTA, and watch their classmates' stories turned into performances for all to enjoy! The students who have their stories selected are not aware until this very moment. It is such a fun assembly, and a long-standing tradition at McGaugh Elementary. 

This year's stories selected were written by

1st Grade:  Adeline Cheung
1st Grade: Harper McQuiston
2nd Grade: Lili Nomavuka
2nd Grade: Ellis Daughdrill
3rd Grade: Ben Hauser, Carter Son, and Jeremy McQuown
3rd Grade: Lyla Shuck
4th Grade: Dominic Helfand
5th Grade: Queen Hosmillo and Tali Sherman
5th Grade: Milo Schacht

Dining For McGaugh Tuesday, 3/21

Anything to get out of cooking one less dinner during a busy week, right? Dominos has you covered! From 10am-12am on Tuesday, 3/21, the Seal Beach location will return 25% of all sales to Project Seek to support art and technology programs at McGaugh. Make sure to mention Project Seek when ordering and fill out your child’s name and classroom to be entered into a drawing for free pizza! Help us support both a local business and our school! Look for a copy coming home in your child’s backpack.

Project SEEK's Gala Event 3/24  

Project SEEK’s annual gala fundraiser, The Event is happening Friday, March 24th, 2023. Limited tickets available at $170 per person. Excited to see you all there!!! 
Click here to buy tickets:

Opportunity Raffle!

Parents get to have most of the fun at Project SEEK’s The Event, but your kids can benefit, too! Not only does every penny we fundraise go to funding our art and STEM classes, but we have an opportunity raffle the week prior to The Event. Your child could win prizes that include a laser tag set, a front of the line pass for Pizza Fridays, air pods and other fun prizes. Raffle tickets will be on sale before and after school starting March 15th. The winners will be announced March 24th.

STEAM Fair - 4/27!

Angels Baseball Season is Here! 

How about enjoying a fun day out at the baseball field with your friends and family, while also supporting your school? This year we have multiple games to choose from! Please make sure to choose McGaugh Elementary when you check out! 

Click the link below to order your tickets

Run Seal Beach 3/25 


Skate Night, Monday 3/27 

Are you ready to ROCK AND ROLL?! Grab your fave band tshirt and meet us at Fountain Valley Skate Center for Project SEEK’s last Skate Night of the school year! Monday, March 27th we will be rocking out to your favorite tunes from 6:00-8:00 pm. Request a song, tie up those laces and bring all your bandmates for an amazing time while we raise money for our arts & technology programs at McGaugh! $8 pre-sale tickets for everyone in attendance/$10 at the door.

Kids Dance Clinic  


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.
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