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Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 

Thank you for the kind words of appreciation; it was such an honor to present McGaugh's Board Report at last week's board meeting. Our Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, and Cabinet provide such amazing leadership. And the McGaugh community made it easy to curate content for the presentation. Our teachers create nurturing learning environments, encourage our talented students to think critically and express themselves, and our parents are committed to supporting rigorous learning and rich traditions. Congratulations again to Farnaz, for being named McGahugh's Hero of the Heart. It is an honor that's very well deserved.
The end of the year is on the horizon, and the state assessment season is upon us.   Each year students in grades 3, 4, and 5 complete statewide assessments to determine academic progress and achievement. However, due to the pandemic and the varying learning environments for students across California, we will not be administering the traditional CAASPP assessment.  
Instead, our teachers will be administering one of our District Benchmark assessments to monitor student progress in language arts and mathematics.  This assessment will take the place of the CAASPP assessment. These computer-based tests provide valuable data for staff.  Through data analysis, teachers will determine areas of strength and areas that need improvement.  This information drives our instruction for the upcoming school year.  These assessments also allow our students to demonstrate all they've learned and have pride in all they have achieved this year!
Tests will be administered sometime between May 11, 2021- May 20, 2021, and should only take two days!
As always, with any testing, please motivate your child to do his/her best work. Children who are well-rested, nourished, and encouraged from home, tend to score better than those that do not have that support. We so appreciate your support in making sure that your child is present on all of the days we are administering the assessment.  
Here are a few things to keep in mind this week: 
On the Horizon 

  • Tuesday (5/4) | Parent Education Night - Part 2
  • Monday - Friday (5/17 - 5/21) | OSS Alternative Activities 

That's all for now. 
Dr. Issaic Gates
J.H. McGaugh Elementary School
Rah, McGaugh!


It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of this unprecedented, wild, and all things considering, amazing year.  We have so much to share with you including electing a new Executive Board for 2021-22 school.  Please do your best to join our call on Thursday, May 6th at 9:00 AM via Zoom. See link below. We are excited to introduce the new team to you. We will also talk about the latest school updates, social emotional wellness webinars, Honorary Service Award winners (to be announced shortly), Imagination Machine, Staff Appreciation, and more.
Join the meeting, learn the latest, get involved, and have your voice heard!
Rah McGaugh,
Farnaz Pardasani
PTA President

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Order 2021-2022
School Supplies Now

Kits are customized by your teacher for each grade level and include the supplies your child needs for the next school year.
Each kit will be individually packaged with your child’s name and grade labeled right on the box!
Kits will be conveniently shipped to your home prior to the first day of school!
NEW! Disaster Kits will be available to purchase and will be sent directly to your child’s classroom!

Avoid the hassle of the stores this summer and support Project SEEK!
10-12% of proceeds go to Project SEEK to help 100% fund the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center at McGaugh!
Order Online Only. Deadline to order is July 1st

Looking for Volunteers to Join the PTA Exec Board!  

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

We welcome you to join our PTA Executive Board!  The following positions are OPEN for the 2021-22 school year:

  • President - Leads the McGaugh PTA
For questions or more information, please contact our PTA Parliamentarian, Joy Wadleigh ( 

McGaugh Needs a New Connect Coordinator!

The McGaugh PTA is looking for a volunteer to take over coordination of the Connect newsletter for the 2021-2022 school year. The coordinator of Connect consolidates articles for the weekly newsletter in partnership with the President's of the PTA and Project Seek along with Dr. Gates and Ms. Wood. The commitment requires ~2 hours a week but does NOT require technical skills!!

If interested please reach out to


Don't forget to visit the McGaugh PTA website regularly for the latest information on all things McGaugh! The home page is updated frequently with details on up-and-coming events. McGaugh PTA is working hard to give you all the information you need in one place. That includes details about PTA programs, a calendar, links to McGaugh Connect and more. And don't forget to sign up to become a member of PTA while you're there. If you want to see something on the PTA website, email

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Simmzy’s while supporting Project SEEK!

Simmzy’s has generously partnered with Project SEEK to support the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center Sea Lion Lab at McGaugh! Place your order online, anytime using the code JHM15 and 15% will go to Project SEEK.

Join the LAEF STEAM Contest! 

Visit for all the details.

  • STEAM gift certificate prizes for TK-2 and Grades 3-5:
    • 1st place = $300, 2nd place = $150, 3rd place = $75
  • Projects are due by May 10, 2021
    • Students can enter individually or in groups, but the prize will not be duplicated
    • Check out video lessons on (1) how to develop your project idea; (2) how to do research, collect data and draw conclusions; (3) presenting your project/how to submit
    • Science Experiments or Engineering Design projects will be accepted.
  • Grade level groupings for judging/prizes: TK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • The top 5 projects per group will present to a judges panel on the evening of Monday, May 24.
  • Winners will be announced on May 28.

LAEF Summer Enrichment! 

LAEF is offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for Los Al Kids this summer!  The 12th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) will take place over two sessions – June 28 to July 9 (no class on July 5) and from July 12-23 – with classes available between 8am and 4:40pm.  Kids entering grades TK-5 will be on campus at Rossmoor Elementary.
Register now at! Early bird pricing is available through June 9, but classes fill up quickly. 
Jumpstart classes will be available to sharpen skills in math and language arts, plus there are classes in STEM, the arts, world language, athletics and much more!  Class size is 7-15 kids and will be taught by credentialed teachers and highly-qualified instructors.  Find class descriptions, teacher bios and policies/procedures at
Multi-class SEI discounts apply to families and individual students across both sessions – the second class is 25% off, and 50% off any class thereafter!  Scholarships are available to families with financial needs.
Middle school and high school classes are also available.  Summer Camps with LAHS Coaches and Directors are also in the works, with information posted to once they become available.

In This Issue   
Principal's Message
PTA Meeting
School Supplies
PTA Volunteers
Connect Coordinator
PTA Website
Simmzy's for Project SEEK
LAEF Summer Enrichment

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.
Quick Links
McGaugh Website
Project SEEK
Los Al School District
Los Al Ed Foundation
ST Math (JiJi)
Farnaz Pardasani
PTA President

Julie McMahon
Project SEEK President


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