El Monte City School District

  • El Monte City School District Celebrates Student Test Scores

    Nearly 180 El Monte City School District students in grades three through eight achieved the highest possible scores on state standardized tests for English language arts (ELA) or math taken in spring 2019, according to recently released state data. They were honored at the District’s Board of Education meeting on Nov. 12.

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  • El Monte City School District Students Test New Lego Robots

    El Monte City School District students assembled colorful creations, tested touch sensors and programmed light-up emojis on battery packs during a series of Lego Spike Prime robot demonstrations on Nov. 7 and 8. District teachers and students were among the first in the nation to test the unreleased Lego Spike Prime robot kits as part of a partnership with Lego that provides regular training and support for El Monte City teachers and students on new robotics technology.

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  • El Monte City School District Honors Veterans during Special Assembly

    Rio Hondo Elementary students presented veterans with letters of thanks and hand-drawn posters, performed a swing-dance routine and recited poetry during a special celebratory assembly on Nov. 8. Veterans from World War II and the Vietnam War, and veterans representing the Coast Guard, Navy, Army and Air Force gave speeches and shared their gratitude with the El Monte City School District and Rio Hondo Elementary for hosting the celebration.

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El Monte City School District to host 11th Annual Band Festival

El Monte City School District will host its 11th annual band festival at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Durfee School, 12233 Start St., El Monte. The festival will feature toe-tapping melodies from band classes from Gidley, Columbia, Potrero, Wright, Durfee and Rio Hondo schools. This event is free and open to the public.

El Monte City School District Musical Theater Showcase Boosts Confidence

Rio Hondo Elementary School fifth-grader Nicole Orozco said playing the sassy marionette Pinocchio in her school’s production of “Shrek Jr.” boosted her confidence in public speaking and allowed her to make new friends across several grade levels. El Monte City School District’s musical theater showcase features 11 of its schools putting on performances of popular works such as “Hairspray,” “Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

El Monte City School District Speech Competition Broadens Students’ Horizons, World Views

Gidley School award winning orator seventh-grader Lauren Tran said she drew her inspiration from her father’s journey to America as a Vietnam War refugee for her speech at the District’s fourth annual speech competition. Tran and 25 other El Monte City School District students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades debated whether conflict improved everyday life on subjects including homelessness, the women’s rights movement and mental health.

El Monte City School District to Host Speech Competition

El Monte City School District will host its fourth annual speech competition for more than 400 of its sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at 9 a.m. Monday, April 15. Each student is scored based on a written essay and their presentation of the essay. Sixth-graders based their essays on the question “How can conflict lead to a positive outcome?” while seventh- and eighth-graders had a choice between “Without conflict there can be no progress” and “Conflict is necessary for a healthy democracy.”

Gidley School Underwater Robotics Program Nurtures Creativity

Gidley School eighth-grader Ying Lin said she loves being a mechanical engineer for her school’s SeaPerch program, which teaches students about building robots for aquatic applications, because it tests the limits of her imagination to find solutions for real world problems.

Gidley School Underwater Robotics Program Finishes 3rd at Regionals

Gidley School’s SeaPerch underwater robotics program took home two first-place awards and ranked third overall for demonstrating excellence in engineering against 26 area schools at the Southern California SeaPerch Challenge in Fullerton. SeaPerch is a robotics program that focuses on aquatic applications while teaching students about the different levels of engineering including concepts, process, problem-solving, teamwork and technical applications.