Glendale Unified News & Events

Updates from the Week of November 15

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season and offer my sincerest gratitude for your commitment to our Glendale Unified School District. I am so thankful for each and every one of you who dedicate your time, energy, and talent to enriching our students’ lives. Whether you are an educator, staff member, family or community partner, you play an important role in helping our students grow into their best selves, ready to excel in their professions and provide service to their communities.


I hope you have an opportunity to relax and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones over Thanksgiving break next week. Please remember as we celebrate this holiday season that keeping our community safe will take extra effort from all of us. We must work together to stay healthy and protect those that are most vulnerable.


Thank you once again for everything you do to support the youth in our community. I am very grateful to be the superintendent of this amazing school district and to serve each and every one of you. Let’s continue to spread positivity and treat each other with kindness and empathy. I look forward to continuing our transformative work for the rest of this school year and beyond.


I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving.


Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic TOMORROW!

There is still time to sign-up for our COVID-19 vaccination clinic tomorrow at the Glendale Unified District Office! The clinic will offer vaccinations for children ages 5-11, and 1st, 2nd, and booster doses for individuals 12+. Appointments and walk-ins welcome!

Thanksgiving break hours: COVID-19 testing will be available ONLY at the district office November 22-24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our regular testing schedule will resume at all school sites following the Thanksgiving holiday.


We continue to strongly encourage and promote weekly COVID-19 screening testing for all students and employees. If you would like your child to participate in weekly COVID-19 screening testing, please complete our opt-in form at www.gusd.net/COVIDTesting.

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STEM/STEAM Education

Glendale Unified district and school leaders provided an update on the amazing STEM and STEAM programs available across our district! View the full presentation.


Reopening Board Meetings to the Public

Beginning December 14, Glendale Unified Board of Education meetings will once again be open to the public. Individuals wishing to make public comment at Board meetings may do so in person by arriving at the District office at 5:00 p.m. and completing an in-person speaker card. Zoom comments will also continue to be available. Sign up for Zoom comments will be posted at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting at www.gusd.net/Communication.


Updated Trustee Areas and 2022 Election

Board of Education Trustee Areas have been updated based on new demographic data from the 2020 US Census. An overview of the updated trustee area map can be found here. Additional information and detailed maps will be available shortly. Although board members are elected by trustee area, each board member serves the entire community and supports all schools in Glendale Unified. Board of Education elections for Trustee Areas B, C, and D will take place on June 7, 2022.

American Heart Association and Adventist Health Glendale November Newsletter: Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Glendale Unified has partnered with American Heart Association and Adventist Health Glendale to keep our students, employees, families, and community healthy!


Check out the latest AHA + Adventist Health Newsletter

Learn simple ways to practice gratitude

Join the movement to be Healthy for Good and get a Fall Family Foods digital recipe booklet!

Ford Motor Company Donates Car for Hoover High Automotive Program!

Ford Motor Company donated a Ford Fusion Hybrid to Hoover High School's automotive class, led by teacher Mr. Javier Luna. The donated car gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn about the latest automotive technology. On Monday, Ford representatives, along with Board President Shant Sahakian and Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, visited Mr. Luna's class to learn about how the automotive program helps students prepare for success in college, career, and life!
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Application for Glendale Unified Dual Language Immersion and Magnet Programs NOW Open!

We are proud to offer award-winning dual language immersion and magnet programs to students living in and outside the Glendale Unified School District.


Learn More and Apply Today

Sign Up for a Virtual Tour


Share this information with anyone who may be interested in applying!

The Glendale Unified College and Career Division supports students and families by offering one-of-a-kind events and resources, including information about colleges, universities, trade schools, financial aid, and career exploration.


Check out our College and Career Division Calendar

Learn More About Our Unique Programs

Read the Latest College and Career Newsletter

Register for QPR Suicide Prevention Training