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Important Instructions for for End of the Year Activities

Important Instructions for End of the Year Activities (Information sent via Parent Square on April 12th and Roadrunners backpacked home a copy to families.) Eighth Grade Commencement Practice – Tuesday, May 28th Classes are in reverse order, st…
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2023-2024 California Honor Roll Awarded to Bell Intermediate

Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) was one of 109 school districts to be named a California Honor Roll District, a recognition from the Educational Results Partnership (ERP). Additionally, more than 40% of GGUSD schools were named 2023-2024…
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BELL Receives State Honors - 2024

🎉🌟 Exciting News! 🌟🎉 Congratulations to Bell for being recognized with two prestigious Statewide honors. Bell’s Commitment to providing support through the lens of GGUSD’s Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2, & 3 (Academic Skills, Personal Skills, Lifelong Success) is the foundation or the practices that helped to earn these awards.
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California Department of Education released statewide results of the 2022-2023 California Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments, which show that GGUSD students continue outperforming the county and state in English Language Arts and mathe…
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State of BELL 2023 (CAASPP Results)

Bell continues to uphold its record of academic excellence due to our teachers and instructional staff excellently equipping students with the academic & personal skills that contribute to their success.

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Welcome, Roadrunner Community, to the 2023-24 School Year!


I hope you are looking forward to the new 2023-2024 school year and the new and improved campus with our new infrastructure upgrades like I am. Check out these photos of the extensive work. 

(The plan is to move into the new and improved Bell campus on August 10th.) 

I am excited about ALL this school year has to offer and will continue to work collectively with our community to ensure that our Roadrunners have the best educational experience possible to be critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and prepared to make their dreams happen. Our staff has built a solid foundation, and each year adds layers of quality to our school. Our staff will focus on continue to build our positive school climate and atmosphere to ensure that all students, every day, have a positive learning experience.

Our expectations for our Roadrunners are:

  • Being Kind and Respectful
  • Ensuring Saftey
  • Learning Actively
  • Leading Responsibly

This acronym promotes the characteristics we want our Roadrunners to embody and learn. We like to say: Do it the Roadrunner Way! By having these learning outcomes, our Roadrunners will develop the academic skills necessary for continued individual growth toward mastery of standards. In addition, they will develop the personal skills necessary to achieve their educational and social goals so they are prepared for lifelong success in their intended career paths. 

As your principal, I am excited to start my fourth year at Bell, my eleventh year on the West Side, and my thirty-first year in education! 

It is a good day to be a Roadrunner!

Stephanie Bartlett, Principal


Our First Day for students is Monday, August 14th 

Supply Suggestions:

  • Teachers request single-subject spiral notebooks & lots of glue sticks. 
  • Blue/ black pens & pencils (they seem to go through them quickly).
  • Highlighters & colored pens for note taking

Drop off & Pick-up procedures to be aware of:

  • You can use our school NORTH parking lot for student drop off and pick up. For student safety, please do not use our bus lane in the school's front parking lot or use the red curbs on Springdale. We have a crossing guard directly in front of the school for walkers. (Please DO NOT use the Enders parking lot as a drop-off location.)
  • Our bike rack area is located inside our campus by our Portables for students to store their bicycles, skateboards, or scooters during school hours. Students are strongly recommended to bring a lock from home to secure their bicycles, skateboards, or scooters. (Helmets are required by law.)
  • Bus transportation is only provided to students who live in Quarter Section 2 or Quarter Section 10. (More information on our website at Transportation.)

School Hours:

  • School starts at 8:12 am, and students are released at 2:02 pm; students may arrive on campus at 7:52 am to eat breakfast. Most Wednesdays are an Early Release Day, and school is out at 1:14 pm. on those days. (More information, along with Holidays & Breaks, on our website at Important Dates_23-24 Calendar.)

A warm welcome to NEW staff members joining the Roadrunner team!

  • Kevin Griffin - English/7I
  • Andrea Thompson - Secretary
  • Annette Martinez - Attendance


Here are a few important dates for the school year (Check updates at

  • First Day: August 14th
  • Roadrunner Roundup (school purchases): August 16th (2:30 to 5 pm)
  • Picture Day: August 24th
  • Back to School Night: August 31st
  • Picture Retakes: September 27th
  • Quarter 1 Benchmarks: October 12 & 13th
  • Quarter 2 Benchmarks: December 21st & 22nd (Minimum Day - Release time 12:17 pm)
  • 8th Grade Visit to High Schools: February 15th
  • Quarter 3 Benchmarks: March 14 & 15th
  • Open House: April 18th
  • 8th Grade Dance: May 16th
  • Quarter 4 Benchmarks: May 21st & 22nd
  • 8th Grade Awards @ 2pm on May 28th (by invite)
  • Commencement @ 9 am on May 29th
  • Minimum Days_ Release time of 12:17 on May 28 & 29th (Last Day of School on May 29th)

We need your help, too! We are looking for parents/guardians who want to be involved at Bell:

  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA) **More information to come out via Parent Square after school starts.
  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)  School Site Council (SSC): Nomination forms for our School Site Council will be posted in a future Roadrunner Newsletter.
  • Volunteering at Drop off, lunch, or Pick-up: All volunteers must fill out an application form and provide proof of TB shot.  Please contact our office if you would like more information about any of these.


Our School

At Bell Intermediate, we do things 'The Roadrunner Way!' which shines as an exemplary model of the Garden Grove Way! The secret to Bell’s success lies in treating all of our students as if they were our own children, always prioritizing their needs. We follow the three GGUSD goals, encapsulated by the equation: Academic Skills + Personal Skills = Lifelong Success.

The numerous accolades and recognitions we've earned reflect the dedication and hard work of everyone at Bell. Together, we create a vibrant, supportive school where every student is empowered to succeed.

  • 2024: Bell was honored and re-designated as a “California & National Schools to Watch,” a state’s top honor for high-performing middle schools and a "California Distinguished School," further solidifying its reputation for excellence. Bell was also recognized as a "California Honor Roll School" for our high achievement in student success.
  • 2022: Ranked among the best in California by U.S. News & World Report, Bell was placed at No. 171 out of 2,319 middle schools in California. This ranking was based on the U.S. Department of Education's math and reading proficiency data.
  • 2021: Bell was recognized as a California Distinguished School, one of only 11 schools in Orange County and just over 100 statewide to receive this prestigious recognition. Bell was also re-designated as a “California & National Schools to Watch,” a state’s top honor for high-performing middle schools.
  • 2019: Recognized as an AVID School-Wide Site of Distinction, the highest rating within the AVID certification continuum. WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) drives instruction across content areas for all students at Bell.
  • 2018: "California & National Schools to Watch,” a state’s top honor for high-performing middle schools.
  • 2017: Named a California Gold Ribbon School for high achievement and model practices.

Bell Intermediate boasts a longstanding record of academic excellence, with students consistently outperforming county and state averages in rigorous state testing. The school offers Advanced Learner Programs (ALP), Honors English Language Arts, and Advanced Math classes.

Moreover, Bell provides exceptional elective programs, including music, drama, dance, photography, art, ASB, STEM, and AVID, promoting a college and career readiness culture and equipping students with tools for success in high school and beyond.

Bell implements Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) structures to enhance the climate and culture on campus. Various student clubs, such as the Science Explorers Club, Animal Amigos, Arts & Crafts, Fellowship, GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance), Dance, California Junior Scholastic Federation (CJSF), Bell Buddies, Music, and Club D.C., ensure student connectedness.

Additionally, Bell offers Extended Learning Opportunities to support students in reaching their academic goals.

Bell Intermediate is a high-functioning school within GGUSD, with actively engaged families contributing to our community's success. Many families, generation after generation, specifically choose to send their children to Bell, affirming its role as a cornerstone of the community.