Summer heat and Christmas spirit go head to head in Rio Hondo College’s summer show, “The Hollywood Summer Christmas Show,” an original play with songs and dancing inspired by a child’s love of the mid-winter holiday. The show, which stars an ensemble of nearly 20 Rio Hondo College students, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 9-10, and at 2 p.m. Aug 4, 5 and 11 in the College’s Black Box Theater, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Admission is free. Attendees will receive a holiday surprise at the show’s end.
Protecting wildlife and preserving natural resources for future generations is the focus of a new architectural design and engineering pathway expected to launch this fall at El Monte Union’s Mountain View High School. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, “Zoo Crew: Engineers Gone Wild,” will allow students the opportunity to study how urban sprawl affects the welfare of animals in the wild. The course will also challenge students to create solutions that promote environmental sustainability while maintaining the delicate balance between developing metropolitan areas and adjoining natural habitats.
Monrovia Unified’s Bridge Program Introduces Freshmen to High School
Monrovia High School is preparing incoming freshmen for the next stage of their educational journey through the school’s Summer Bridge Program, a five-week course that familiarized English language learners with the expectations of ninth-grade academics. Students were introduced to learning strategies and writing techniques that can be applied to all core subjects from June 14 to July 18.
Lynwood Unified School District’s Equity Department completed a second successful year of inspiring students while fostering equality and participating in more than 40 events. Led by director Dr. Patricia Brent-Sanco, the Equity Department partnered with the National College Resources Foundation’s Movement Program, which employs peer advisers to improve classroom performance. All Lynwood, Firebaugh and Vista high school students in the program improved their grades. Photos are available.
Paramount High Class of 2018 Graduates Named National AP Scholars
Two Paramount High School Class of 2018 graduates were recently named National AP Scholars by the College Board for academic excellence. Fernanda Corona and Raymond Rosales were recognized for averaging 4.0 or higher on all of their Advanced Placement tests and 4.0 or higher on eight exams throughout the school year. Corona was Paramount High’s class valedictorian and is now attending Duke University. In December 2017, Paramount Unified was recognized as an AP Honor Roll school district by the College Board for boosting access to AP courses to a broader number of students while maintaining or improving AP exam rates. Photos are available.
Rio Hondo College Hosts CTE Boot Camp for 110 Area Middle Schoolers
About 110 middle school students from five Whittier-area school districts explored career and technical education (CTE) fields in July as part of Rio Hondo College’s eighth annual CTE Boot Camp, a weeklong summer program that also seeks to inspire students to consider their college options. Students designed and tested bridges, built small engines and crystal radios, and learned the basics of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Photos and video are available.
A.B. Miller High School received a silver medal on U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools rankings. A.B. Miller is among 5,948 public high schools awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their performance on standardized tests and efforts to promote college readiness.