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October 15, 2021

Virtual Learning Academy now enrolling students

Teachers say a growing program through the Gilroy Unified School District is reaching students who learn more effectively outside of the traditional classroom setting. Called the Virtual Learning Academy, the program, wrapping up its first year, offers online instruction through learning provider Edmentum. Students from kindergarten...

Attorney: Group demands schools reopen

An attorney representing a group of Gilroy parents threatened a lawsuit if the Gilroy Unified School District does not offer in-person learning for middle and high school students before the end of the school year on June 4. In a May 2 letter, which was...

Gilroy elementary students return to the classroom after more than a year

For some, it was their first time stepping onto a school campus. For others, it was a return to a sense of normalcy that had been lost more than a year ago. But every one of the students who walked into a classroom at Luigi...

Garlic for elephants: Ken Christopher pens book for elementary students

Ken Christopher sat in the library at Las Animas Elementary School, where he was being asked the tough questions. Why did the bear get the honey, and not the bees? Shouldn’t the elephant have a peanut instead of garlic? The executive vice president of Christopher Ranch...

Students collect underwear for homeless

Christopher and Gilroy high schools teamed up to collect 825 pairs of underwear for the homeless. The schools held the drive on March 19, and were later delivered to the Gilroy Compassion Center for distribution. At Christopher High School, the Community Service Committee organized...

What 3-foot social distance means for return to California schools

New state and federal Covid safety guidelines that reduce the recommended minimum distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet should make it easier for California schools to return students to classrooms full time, but most districts are not likely to make the...

Distance learning will remain for secondary students

Middle and high school students will remain in distance learning through the end of the school year after a majority of the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education rejected a variety of hybrid plans March 25. Students in grades 5 and under, meanwhile, will...

Gilroy teachers, school district reach tentative agreement

The Gilroy Unified School District reached a tentative agreement with the teachers’ union that will result in salary increases and other benefits for educators. Per the agreement with the Gilroy Teachers Association, which was unanimously approved by the GUSD Board of Education on March 18,...

Brownell Middle School modernization project is nearly complete

Once students are allowed to return to the classroom, middle schoolers will be envious of those who attend Brownell Middle School. Construction is nearly wrapped up on a three-year, $71 million renovation project that transformed the post-World War II era-constructed school into a technologically advanced...

Elementary students set to return to campus April 15

Students in grades 5 and under will soon return to campus for a few hours a day, after the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education approved a hybrid instructional plan on March 18. However, middle and high schoolers may have to wait a little...