McGaugh Military Families

Dear McGaugh Elementary School Families,

We are overjoyed to extend a warm welcome as we embark on a new journey at McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach, California! We are proud to announce that McGaugh has received the esteemed Purple Star School designation through the Military Child Education Coalition's Purple Star Program, highlighting our unwavering commitment to military-connected families and fostering an inclusive, empathetic, and embracing environment for all students.

As a Purple Star School, we are dedicated to offering exceptional support and resources tailored to the unique challenges faced by military families. Our highly skilled educators and staff are here to nurture your child's academic growth, foster their social and emotional well-being, and ensure they feel right at home within our school community. The Purple Star Program underscores our belief in fostering a strong partnership between home and school, where open communication and active parent engagement are not just encouraged but celebrated.

We encourage you to explore our school's vibrant and supportive atmosphere, where your child will have the opportunity to thrive academically and socially. Our website offers valuable insights into our curriculum, a multitude of extracurricular activities, and ways for parents to actively participate in their child's education. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to joining forces to guarantee a successful and enriching educational journey for your family.

Kind Regards, 

Rick Larson, Assistant Principal 

What is a Military-Connected Student?

Military families face unique struggles because of transfers, deployments, separations and other transitions that may occur frequently.  McGaugh Elementary recognizes these struggles and strives to empower children of military parents, with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive. 

As our Vision Statement proclaims, our entire staff is committed to inspiring every student to be excellent. We are proud of our high-achieving students, our talented and dedicated teachers, and our exemplary academic, art, and special education programs. We are also proud of our community partnerships with both Seal Beach PD as well as our military liaisons and families.


Thanks to funding provided by the US Navy, McGaugh is an Anchored4Life School (A4L). Anchored4Life is a peer-to-peer support program that teaches change and resiliency skills. Although the program has military-specific components, it is designed to support all students whether or not they are military-connected. The club is led by 8 Team Leads composed of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. In addition, each class will identify two crew members that will help the Team Leads with school tours, activity groups, service projects and more.

School Events

Past Events 

2023-24 Events 

  • P.E.A.C.E. Week - September 18 - 22, 2023 
  • McGaugh Carnival - October 21, 2023 
  • Red Ribbon Week - October 23 - 27, 2023 
  • Red Ribbon Rally Day - October 25, 2023 
  • Veteran's Day Flag Deck - 
  • Month of the Military Child - April 
  • Week of the Military Child Flag Deck
  • Fitness Friday
  • Fun Friday's 
  • Memorial Day Observed - May 27, 2024 

Connecting Our Military Families

Military Resources

  • Courage to Call  24/7 Helpline (877) 698-7838
  • FOCUS provides resiliency training for Marine and Sailors families facing the challenge of a family member’s deployment. 
  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS can help you find information about duty stations and local resources like installation overviews, contacts for programs and services, check-in procedures and community information for installations worldwide. 
  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, whose work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. 
  • Military One Source
  • My Military Life is an app that guides families through topics such as going back to school, planning for a deployment or transitioning out of the military, etc.

Community Resources

City of Seal Beach 

If you need any additional information, please contact: 

Wendy Wood, McGaugh Elementary School Principal