Monrovia Unified School District

  • Renowned Educator Inspires Clifton Middle School Students

    An educator known for her unconventional classroom tactics brought more than 700 Clifton Middle School students to tears on Feb. 14 with stories of how her “unteachable” students have blazed paths to college and successful careers. Erin Gruwell, a former Wilson High School teacher in Long Beach Unified School District featured in the film “Freedom Writers,” discussed the transformative power of education during a Freedom Writers Foundation assembly, leading students through activities demonstrating the impact of such obstacles as financial hardships, homelessness, and depression.

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  • Plymouth Elementary Students and Families Celebrate Lunar New Year with Dances, Skits and Songs

    Red and gold lights and decorations filled Plymouth Elementary’s cafeteria as students, dressed in traditional Chinese clothing, captivated families and friends with songs, dances, and skits during a Lunar Near Year Family Night Celebration. PTA sponsored the school-wide celebration that drew scores of students, siblings, parents, and grandparents to watch student performances, build paper lanterns, craft fire-breathing dragons out of paper cups, streamers and pompoms, and design a Lunar New Year calendar.

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  • Monrovia Unified Robotics Teams Advance to World Championships

    Two robotics teams from Monrovia High School and Clifton Middle School are advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships in Houston, Texas after dominating head-to-head challenges that included simulating space rover actions at the Regional Championships at Monrovia High School on March 9. The Kings and Queens from Monrovia High and the Hippie Bots from Clifton Middle School landed the win after forming an alliance with a third team.

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Monrovia Unified Robotics Teams Advance to LA Regional Championships

Six Monrovia Unified robotics teams will advance to the Los Angeles Regional Championships on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Monrovia High School after posting high scores at an interleague competition on Feb. 12. Monrovia High’s Droidnoughts, Kings and Queens, Suitbots and Team Loki; Santa Fe Middle School’s Cougarobotics Omega; and Clifton Middle School’s Hippie Bots will compete against 43 other teams at the Regional Championships, where they will code their way toward a chance to battle at the Superregionals in Tacoma, Washington. Monrovia High is at 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia.

Monrovia Unified’s Canyon Oaks Named Model Continuation High School

Monrovia Unified’s Canyon Oaks High School has been named a 2017 Model Continuation High School by the state for guiding graduates into four-year universities, raising test scores and preparing at-risk youth for college and careers. The school will be recognized at the 2017 California Continuation Education Association State Conference in Fresno, to be held April 28-30.

Monrovia High Celebrates 50th Anniversary of CIF Basketball Victory

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School on Feb. 9 unveiled a replica 1966-67 banner in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the school’s boys basketball CIF championship team. The banner was revealed during halftime of the final home game of the regular season. Monrovia High also honored its senior boys basketball players with a farewell celebration.

Monrovia High Alum Returns to Discuss Career as Disney Animator

Follow-up Story: Ron Husband, the first African-American animator to work for Disney Studios, returned to his alma mater, Monrovia High School, on Feb. 10 to discuss his career as part of Monrovia Unified’s celebration of Black History Month. Husband began with Disney in the early 1970s and worked on more than 20 Disney projects, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Husband, a Class of ’68 graduate, credits his Monrovia High art teacher for preparing him for the opportunity to work for a major movie studio. Photos are available.

Monrovia Unified Administrator Honored for Promoting Student Success

Follow-up Story: Susan Hirsch, administrator of the new Wellness Center at Monrovia High School, on Jan. 20 received the city’s Chamber of Commerce Iris Award, Monrovia’s equivalent of a Citizen of the Year Award. During her 30 years with Monrovia Unified, Hirsch has served as a special education teacher and an administrator for intervention and extended school programs, created adult school parent education programs and championed at-risk youths’ efforts to complete their education.

Whittier Union Girls Encouraged to Dream as Part of Soroptimist Program

The Soroptimist International of Whittier on Jan. 26 launched its “Dream It, Be It” career development and female empowerment program for a group of girls at Frontier High School, providing the teens access to professional role models, career education and the resources needed to reach their full potential. Over the next six weeks, the women’s social and economic empowerment club will work in partnership with girls in small groups and explore topics such as career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. This is the second year that Frontier is participating in the program.

Clifton Middle School Named to Schools to Watch List

Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School has earned a spot on the 2017 California Schools to Watch list through a mix of programs that support struggling students, offer enrichment and leadership opportunities, and integrate special education students into regular classes. The California Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage Program is a partnership among the California League of Middle Schools, state Department of Education and a group of education partners dedicated to promoting excellence by evaluating each middle school on academics, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. The school will hold a campus-wide celebration on Friday, March 3.

Monrovia Unified, University of La Verne Pact Guarantees Admission

Monrovia Unified began a partnership with the University of La Verne on Jan. 19 that guarantees admission into the private university for all qualifying District students. Monrovia is one of 12 public school districts to join ULV’s Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE. Qualifying seniors who apply for the fall 2017 term will reap the benefits of ULV college preparatory courses, application fee waivers and financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, among other resources. District staff members enrolling in ULV’s Ed.D. program are also guaranteed a $100 per unit scholarship.