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Principal's Message

Dear Sea Lion Families,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend McGaugh’s Back to School night on Thursday. What an amazing turnout. The campus was buzzing with parents reaching out to connect with new community members as well old ones. The classrooms were filled with pictures, student work, and the McGaugh teachers were shining. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s educational career.

The McGaugh School Site Council (SSC) has THREE parent vacancies which we are looking to fill.

The SSC collaborates to develop and implement McGaugh’s Academic Plan. This plan highlights the specific goals and objectives in the following areas: school safety, parent involvement, instructional practice, student equity, and academic achievement.
The SSC consists of six parent members and six school staff members. In general, three to four meetings are held during the school year at 2:45pm on Wednesdays. Our first meeting is October 19, 2022.

Parents who are elected to the SSC serve a two-year term. This year's incoming representatives will serve on the SSC for the 2022-2023 and 2023-24 school years. An electronic ballot will be sent out to all McGaugh families on Monday, September 12th to elect our newest members.

If you are a McGaugh parent interested in having an active voice in the planning of school goals and objectives, please complete the Google form below by Thursday, September 8th at 9:00am.
Thank you for your interest and consideration.
Thank you for your patience as we address the before school playground time. We are currently working as a staff to reopen the playground, before school, in a way that students start their day calm, happy, with smaller numbers on the play structures, and safe for all Sea Lions. During this interim, the before school playground will stay closed TEMPORARILY through next week and will open back up on Monday, September 12th. Thank you again and please know your child’s safety and well-being is our top priority which leads to the whole child’s success; academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. 

  • 9/5 No school in honor of Labor Day
  • 9/7 College Day
  • 9/9 PTA Room Parent Meeting – 8:00am Kids Korner
  • 9/13 Project SEEK meeting – 8:00am Kids Korner
  • 9/15 International Culture Club meeting p 8:00am
  • 9/18 Family Fun Day at Angels Stadium/PTA fundraiser 1:07pm

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

(562) 799-4560 


Music Academy


Join us for our first meeting as we discuss the year ahead, ways to be involved in ICC, and all the great things we have planned.  We have an in-person meeting planned, or if you cannot attend in person there is a Zoom scheduled for evening time. 
Look forward to seeing you all! 
HERE  for the ZOOM link 

LAEF Enrichment Classes

Sign up for our new after-school and virtual language classes at!
Classes begin September 12th! This is an experience your children will not want to miss. There are opportunities every day of the week to get some physical activity in and to possibly try something new/exhilarating. The TK-K only classes will be 55 minute classes (Welcome to LAEF, TK-K families!) and the 1st -5th classes as well as Wednesday classes will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. The classes available at McGaugh are Basketball, Breakdance, Broadway Bootcamp, Chess, Fitness and Agility, Full STEAM Ahead, Jiu Jitsu, LEGO Academy, Masters of the Field, Mindfulness and Mediation, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Origami, Soccer, Volleyball and the World Underwater. The class fee is $175. Strategic Kids and Chess classes have a $24 materials fee. Class fee increases after September 6th.
FREE virtual world language classes for 1st - 5th graders begin September 19th!
Multi-class discounts available – 10% off the 2nd class and 15% off any class thereafter. All registration information including class descriptions and instructor bios are presented at Call (562) 799-4700 x80424 or email

The class fee is $175 until September 6 and $190 starting September 7
Register now at:
Multi-class discounts available: 10% off the 2nd class and 15% off any class thereafter
Class Fee Scholarships available to those who qualify - limited availability - visit
All TK-K classes are from 1:20-2:15 (except Wednesdays)
Classes for Grades 1-5 are from 2:25-3:40 (except Wednesdays)
All Wednesday classes are from 1:25-2:40

*Strategic Kids & Academic Chess: $24 Materials fee

Day: Grade Levels: Class: Teacher:
Monday TK-K Jiu Jitsu Jerry Wetzel
Monday TK-K Soccer Marco Marquez
Monday TK-K Full STEAM Ahead! Tiffany Salter
Monday 1st-5th Jiu Jitsu Jerry Wetzel
Monday 1st-3rd Soccer Marco Marquez
Monday 2nd-5th Full STEAM Ahead! Tiffany Salter
Tuesday TK-K LEGO Academy Play-Well TEKnologies
Tuesday TK-K Fitness and Agility Fitness for All
Tuesday 1st-5th LEGO Academy Play-Well TEKnologies
Tuesday 1st-5th Fitness and Agility Fitness for All
Tuesday 2nd-5th Volleyball Arthur Garcia
Wednesday TK-4th Muay Thai Kickboxing Centerline Gym
Wednesday 1st-5th *Chess Academic Chess O.C.
Wednesday 3rd-5th *Origami Strategic Kids
Thursday TK-K The World Underwater Johanna Hultberg
Thursday TK-K Mindfulness & Meditation Derrik Bankemper
Thursday TK-K Basketball Sami Chedester
Thursday 1st-4th The World Underwater Johanna Hultberg
Thursday 1st-5th Mindfulness & Meditation Derrik Bankemper
Thursday 1st-5th Basketball Sami Chedester
Friday TK-K Broadway Bootcamp Free To Be Me
Friday TK-K Breakdance WeBreak Dance Co.
Friday 1st-5th Broadway Bootcamp Free To Be Me
Friday 1st-5th Breakdance WeBreak Dance Co.
Friday 1st-4th *Masters of the Field Strategic Kids

562.799.4700 Ext. 80424 
For class descriptions, instructor bios and policies and procedures, please visit

Angels vs. Mariners - McGaugh Fundraiser

Join Mcgaugh Elementary for a PTA Fundraiser at Angel Stadium on Sunday, September 18th at 1:07 PM, as the Angels take on the Mariners! Tickets are discounted and $6 from each ticket goes directly back to the school!
HERE to buy


After enjoying free coffee and doughnuts, more than 40 people attended the first PTA meeting of the year on Sept. 1 inside the McGaugh Auditorium.

In case you missed it, here's a recap of what happened.
  • SHADE STRUCTURES: Principal Wendy Wood shared that, with PTA support, Assistant Principal Rick Larson is leading an effort to get short-term shade structures built over the lunch tables that are currently not covered. The shade structures should be installed in the coming weeks. 
  • SCHOOL SAFETY: Seal Beach Police Dept. Lt. Julia Clasby shared some important information about the department's commitment to keeping our campus safe. Did you know there are more than 30 cameras on campus that SBPD has access to 24/7 to see live what's happening at McGaugh? 
  • PTA PROGRAMS AND EVENTS: PTA President Jennifer Katz went over PTA's biggest Programs and Events   including the upcoming Carnival & Silent Auction, happening Oct. 22, a Movie Night with a bounce house, which will also be a 5th Grade Activities Fundraiser, and P.E.A.C.E. Week happening Sept. 19-23 featuring another visit from former Paralympian Brent Poppen. Jennifer also shared that last year PTA gifted the school 40 new violins for a first-in-the-district program being led by our music teacher Ms. Basich. Also coming soon, get ready for our new Gaga Ball Pit being installed shortly!
  • We have so many ways you can support PTA this year! Being part of PTA doesn't commit you to anything, but it goes a long way to support our school. Join HERE.
  • If you would like to be involved in any of our upcoming events, or have suggestions please email
  • For the latest news and information, visit the PTA Website often, follow PTA on Instagram and join the McGaugh Facebook page
  • The next general PTA meeting is Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. in the McGaugh Auditorium. See you there! 



Join Fund Photos and Heather DeCamp for a mini fall photo session at Gum Grove Park! Photo sessions will be on October 8th and 9th. Each family gets a 15-minute portrait session and 2 digital images for $50. Additional images and options are available. Photos will be available in plenty of time for your holiday cards! 

Sign up for your time slot 
Learn about FUND PHOTOS and how they make the process so easy, with beautiful. great quality photos  HERE

Join the PTA


The PTA encourages you to join during our Membership Drive. Now through September 23rd, every member signed up will be counted toward rewards for the winning class at our MOVIE NIGHT ON OCTOBER 7th! The class with the highest percentage of members will receive the following: Free snack, Glow prize, Early Access to the Bounce House.

Anyone can join – Parents, kids, extended family, and even friends of the community!

Click HERE to join! 


You’re Invited to Project SEEK’s First Meeting of the Year on September 13th!

Join us at the first Project SEEK meeting of the year! Learn more about Project SEEK while meeting new friends and fellow parents at McGaugh.

When: Tuesday, September 13th at 8:05 am

Where: Courtyard outside the McGaugh Auditorium

Please email to Claudia Vecchio Wille at for more details! We hope to see you there!

Project SEEK

How many drops of water fit on a penny? I bet your first grader knows. Ask them. You can also ask you student about mixing colors, who the artist focus for the year is. These are all things students have exploring already in our STEM and art labs. Mrs. Samari and Miss Anya bring the magic from day one.

And it’s because of generous donations and support from families like you to contribute to McGaugh’s non-profit, Project SEEK!  Project SEEK fully funds the art and STEM lab, as well as the media center.

One of the easiest ways to support Project SEEK is by becoming a Sea Lion Sponsor and donating to our Fall Donation Drive  Grandparents and family members are always welcome to donate and get involved, as well. 

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!

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
McGaugh Website
Project SEEK
Los Al School District
Los Al Ed Foundation
ST Math (JiJi)
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