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MUSIC THEORY textbooks are available for examination (Flickr/Jesse Kruger)

New AP Music Theory textbooks recommended for adoption and purchase by the Garden Grove Unified School District will be on public display through Friday April 16 (preview will not be available during the week of Spring Break from March 29-April 2). These new materials are for High School AP Music Theory.

Textbooks may be previewed by appointment only weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the GGUSD Education Center located on 10331 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove.  To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of 7-12 Instructional Services at (714) 663-6454.

The Board of Education is scheduled to consider adoption of the recommended instructional materials at its April 20 board meeting for introduction beginning next school year.All materials on display are recommended for the Board of Education adoption after a parent review period and following extensive evaluation by teachers, GGUSD staff, and school district administrators.

Materials are evaluated based on accuracy, organization of content, and alignment with the state’s academic content standards.  Evaluators also examined the integration of technology and the presence of clear and definite strategies for working with diverse student populations.

Additional information is available by calling the Department of 7-12 Instructional Services at 714-663-6454.

The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

Pre-school signups have begun

Garden Grove Unified School District has begun the preschool registration process for the 2021-2022 school year for both its free state preschool program and its fee-based program. Both programs focus on early literacy coupled with interactive play in a caring environment that prepares students for kindergarten.

GGUSD’s free state preschool program is offered at Clinton Corner Family Campus and 10 elementary school campuses across the district and offers morning and afternoon sessions for income-qualifying families.

In the state preschool program, students enjoy three hours per day (morning or afternoon sessions) of engaged learning with highly-qualified teachers.  To begin the enrollment process or learn more, call (714) 663-6298 or visit

The district’s fee-based preschool program at Skylark is offered for all families who do not meet the state’s income eligibility requirements for free state preschool. Launched in 2019, the program took a one-year hiatus during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19 but is preparing to reopen for the 2021-2022 school year.

Using the same focus on academic instruction and interactive play, students benefit from music, Spanish, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) enrichments, and have the option to attend part-day morning or afternoon programs or a full day program. Enrollment option prices include: morning/full week for $450 monthly; afternoon full week for $400 monthly; a two-day program for $325 monthly and a 3-day program for $475 monthly. To begin the enrollment process or learn more, call 714-663-6336 or visit

Both programs serve children age 3 with birthdates between Dec. 3, 2017 and Dec. 1, 2018 and age 4 with birth dates between Jan. 23, 2016 and Dec. 2, 2017.

Fair Housing Workshop goes virtual

The City of Garden Grove, in collaboration with the Fair Housing Foundation, is offering a free Virtual Fair Housing Workshop in English and Spanish on Tuesday, March 9  from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom or by phone, to provide counseling and education services relating to fair housing laws.

Garden Grove tenants, landlords, managers, property owners, attorneys, realtors, and management companies are encouraged to attend. To register, visit or call (800) 446-3247.

Topics to be discussed include information on COVID-19; new statewide laws; federal and state fair housing laws; housing discrimination; modifications and accommodation; families with children; notices; eviction process; and more.

The free Virtual Fair Housing Workshop will also be offered in Korean and Vietnamese on Tuesday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit or call (800) 446-3247 to register.

The Fair Housing Foundation is dedicated to eliminating discrimination in housing and promoting equal access to housing choices for everyone.

For more information, visit or or contact Nate Robbins, Community and Economic Development Department, at (714) 741-5206.




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