Weekly roundup: A centennial celebration for Garden Grove High; weekly COVID-19 testing for Santa Ana USD students; and more

And the centennial birthday celebrations continue. Last week, we mentioned Tustin High’s 100th birthday and this week we turn our attention to Garden Grove.

Founded in 1921, Garden Grove High School is the oldest school in the Garden Grove Unified School District, it’s the sixth-oldest high school in Orange County, and this month it celebrates its 100th birthday.

According to the district, the school opened its doors in a temporary building in September 1921 before moving to its present location in 1923. Originally knows as the “Chili Peppers,” the schools athletics teams later took on the Argonaut — or Argo — banner which is what they are known as today.

The high school will commentate this momentous milestone with a centennial celebration on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held on the school’s campus, the free event will feature carnival games, a kids zone, food, a classic care show and live music.

And here are some of the other stories we’re following this week:

  • And, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District responded in similar fashion, rejecting a resolution calling for an end to K-12 mask mandates.
  • The Orange County Department of Education recently partnered with Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools on the Resilience in School Environments, or RISE, initiative developed to equip teachers and staff with skills and resources to strengthen their emotional health.
  • And finally, an increasing number of districts in California are turning to “pool testing” as a way to keep students in school. With pool testing, nasal swabs from up to 25 asymptomatic students are submitted together for a single PCR test and if the test is negative, the entire class is assumed to be COVID-free.

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