The fourth annual Stanton Citizens Academy program will be starting on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
It’s an eight-week community and leadership development program designed to heighten citizen awareness and create better-informed citizens.
Academy members will learn about the city’s history and the workings of government. Academy sessions will be held once a week on Wednesday’s starting at 6 p.m. All classes will be held at City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave.
Enrollment is limited to 25 people and applicants must be 18 or older. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Find the application at www.ci.stanton.xa.us, or pick one up at City Hall. For more information, call (714) 890-4277.
HEART TO HEART
Nathalie De Demichelis, R.N., the program manager of the cardiovascular program at UCI Medical Center, will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the American Association of Retired People Garden Grove Chapter #1639 at 12:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.
In her interactive talk, she will share her knowledge and expertise about the heart and heart disease and how the signs and symptoms of heart disease differ in men and women. Attendees will also learn practical tips on reducing their personal risk of heart-related problems and the role that diet and physical activity have on living healthy lives.
The meeting is open to the public.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Fall classes begin Thursday, Sept. 6, for all pupils in the Garden Grove Unified School District, a district serving more than 47,449 students from seven communities.
All district high schools are currently open for registration and will remain open throughout the summer. Intermediate school offices reopen for new student registration on a staggered schedule as early as Monday, Aug. 20. Please call or visit the intermediate schools for information on exact opening dates. District elementary school offices reopen on Monday, Aug. 27.
Information on school attendance areas is available from the school, by calling the Office of Student Services at (714) 663-6391, and online at www.ggusd.k12.ca.us/locator/school_search.asp. A district map with school addresses and telephone numbers also is available from the home page.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before November 2, 2012, for admission in fall classes for the 2012-13 school year. There are no exceptions to the minimum age requirement and verification is required prior to enrollment.
Revised state law changes the age cutoff date for kindergarten entrance in monthly increments over a three-year period beginning next school year, moving the final cutoff date to September 1 starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Children who will turn 5 years old between November 2 and December 2, 2012, are eligible for enrollment in the district’s new “Transitional Kindergarten” program, the first year of the two-year kindergarten program. Participation in the free Transitional Kindergarten program is voluntary. The district, however, encourages the enrollment of all eligible children because an additional year of learning will provide a stronger foundation for building academic success in school.
Parents interested in their children attending Transitional Kindergarten can receive information from the school office or by contacting Clinton Corner Family Campus at (714) 663-6298.
The daily, half-day Transitional Kindergarten sessions will include whole group and small group discussion, independent, and hands-on learning.
that they receive the following immunization series: MMR – measles, mumps, rubella; DTaP – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; polio; hepatitis B; and varicella (chicken pox). The requirement for the chicken pox immunization may be waived if a health care provider documents immunity. Contact the local school for specific immunization requirements. A Tdap immunization given after 7 years of age is required for all students entering grades 7 through 12. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment for all needed shots as soon as possible.
Along with needed immunizations, students in grades 2-12 enrolling in the GGUSD must provide evidence of a TB skin test received after their fourth birthday. In the event of a positive test, a radiology report for a chest X-ray must be presented to the office before the child can attend school.
Children also must receive a full physical exam, which includes a TB skin test, within 18 months prior to starting first grade. The forms are available from the school office and must be completed and returned to the school prior to winter recess in December.
Documentation of a dental checkup is required by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is the child’s first year of public school. This checkup or “oral health assessment” may be completed up to 12 months before a child enters school and must be performed by a licensed dentist.
Required immunizations will be provided without charge to eligible GGUSD students at the district Assessment and Registration Center (ARC) Child Health Clinic weekdays from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The clinic will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3. The clinic is next to Cook Elementary School, 9802 Woodbury Rd., Garden Grove.
Following the start of the new school year, the health clinic resumes its regular operating schedule beginning Sept. 10 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The parent or guardian must accompany the student for immunizations at the clinic, and they are required to provide written documentation of any previous immunizations administered by a health care provider. Children with private insurance or enrolled in the Healthy Families Program must go to their health care provider.
School immunizations may also be secured from the Orange County Health Care Agency
Additional information is available from the district Public Information Office, (714) 663-6503.