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Our Cook Community Earns 2017-2018 Honor Roll School Title

Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) this week was named a California Honor Roll District and 40 of its schools were named 2017-2018 California Honor Rolls Schools, earning recognition for high achievement in student success, reduction in ach…
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Cook Elementary Receives New Playground, Buddy Benches, Murals and More

Our deepest thanks and gratitude to Zodiac Aerospace and McCormick Contractors for our new play structure, playground, murals, buddy benches, Scholar Quiet Zone garden, supplies, Tonka trucks and more. The Cook Community is humbled by your kindness a…
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Cook Celebrates 2018 CA Distinguished School Award

Cook Elementary School students celebrated their recent award as a 2018 California Distinguished School. The model practice that earned this award is the school's strategic approach around guiding a culture of growth. Students love learning and accom…
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Cook Students Successfully Advocate for Safer Community

Thank you to each parent, student and staff member who attended the Traffic Commission meeting! The Commission agreed to approve a left turn signal at Woodbury and Brookhurst in order to increase the safety of our community for our students. Thank you City of Garden Grove and Traffic Commissioners!
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Cook Students Raise Money for Texas School Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Cook Elementary School Lions were inspired by compassion for students in Houston, Texas whose school was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. So they went to their piggy banks to donate money and wrote notes of encouragement to send to the M…
Cook Receives National Blue Ribbon Award! - article thumnail image

Cook Receives National Blue Ribbon Award!

We are so proud of our students and staff! Their hard work and dedication to excellence and learning have earned Cook Elementary the highest honor bestowed upon a school in the United States!

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Cook Students and Family Members,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Another new year brings additional opportunities to learn, grow, and create special memories during the elementary school years. Our full staff extends a warm welcome to our newly enrolled TK, Kinder, transfer students, and returning students.

At Cook Elementary, our staff cares for the well being of the whole child. Our teachers are skilled in their ability to guide and teach in this new era of rigorous standards, and at the same time expand the horizons of all students through lessons and experiences that help students become successful learners.  As a parent, you may notice growth in your child’s ability to use technology, write to defend their opinion with evidence, speak with greater confidence in small groups or demonstrate growth in assessments.  We believe in the possibilities of each student and provide learning experiences that will challenge students and help them grow!

At Cook School, we understand that the support of parents and families brings strength to our school community. We encourage Cook family members to be involved in the life our school through volunteering, involvement in committees or parent education opportunities.  Children take great pride in seeing their family be involved in the life of the school. This is valued and celebrated at Cook School! The strength of our PTO parent group is evident in the life of our school; from Friday snack sales to fundraisers, special events and activities for our students. We encourage all parents to volunteer at school or in your child’s classroom. Parents are always welcome!

The support of our families, combined with the professional skill of our teaching staff and commitment of our support staff members, provides the perfect foundation to make Cook School a great place to be. We adhere to the belief that all children can succeed and grow as learners through hard work and perseverance.

As we begin the school year, know that our staff is available to our parents and community should you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Welcome to the Cook School Community and to an exciting new year of learning!


Sandi Ortiz Ishii



Our School

At Cook Elementary School, we are committed to equipping all of our 365 students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success. Our school has a long record of academic excellence and was honored with an elite 2018 California Distinguished School award and named to the 2017-2018 California Honor Roll for high academic gains and student success.  Our students consistently outperform the state and county average on standardized state testing.  In 2016, Cook Elementary School received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education. We also received the STEM Honor Roll from the CBEE Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. Alongside this award, we received the Title I Academic Achievement School and California Distinguished School Awards.  

Our exceptional staff, dedicated students, and engaged parents all contribute to the success of our school.  We offer free after-school tutoring to help all students succeed, and many intervention and enrichment opportunities.   Cook provides many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, including:

  • The Tech Squad consists of 5th and 6th grade students who meet weekly to learn about technology troubleshooting so they can serve as leaders on campus to help teachers with their technology needs and. They also run and manage “Coding Day” which teaches all students about computer programming and coding.  
  • Our Peace Ambassador Program trains students in conflict mediation. These students range from 3rd to 6th grade, and they learn to work through issues together using the Peace Path.
  • The Graphic Design Group is a group of talented fourth through sixth grade students who work together on visual design, and make posters and ads for spirit days.  
  • Safety Patrol is a parent valet service that supports traffic flow, helping students get out of cars. There will be a junior safety patrol launching soon! The Cook Student Council provides the opportunity for leadership and service. This is seen through how they are in charge of spirit days.

Cook's dedicated PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) organizes many fundraising initiatives to provide for fun school assemblies, family events, educational field trips, and new and exciting opportunities for our scholars.  Any parent interested i joining is encouraged to call our school at (714) 663-6251 and ask for Joeleen Sbonek for more information.  

We are grateful for the Give ad Grow grant which helped fund a new playround, play structure, buddy benches, murals and more to help modernize our campus and ensure students have a top-notch 21st century learning environment.


Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to sharing unforgettable experiences this school year!