Monrovia High seniors Jiayin Hu and Osvaldo Valdiviezo are taking part in Assemblymember’s Chris Holden’s 2018 Young Legislators Program. Hu and Valdiviezo will attend meetings over six months to learn how government intersects with public life, including transportation, facilities and universities. They will also provide input on legislation, including non-discrimination of employees who use marijuana for medical purposes. Photos are available
Monrovia High senior Rebecca De La O proudly signed a symbolic letter of commitment to attend the University of California, Los Angeles during the school’s lunchtime series of college signing celebrations, Sign on the Line, from April to May. De La O will study mathematics of computation, a major she discovered that blends her interests in computer science and gaming when she became a member of Monrovia High’s Math and Science Academy (MASA) to explore how she can become a video game programmer.
Paul Dols – a 21-year social science teacher and a 10-year Renaissance coordinator at Monrovia High School – will be inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame for cultivating a positive culture on campus. Dols’ induction was announced May 4 in front of a teary-eyed crowd of his Renaissance students, school administrators, board members and District officials. The induction ceremony will take place at the Jostens Renaissance National Conference this July in Florida.
Monrovia High Junior Natalia Guevara and Senior Eeana Torres led the school’s symbolic class walkout after the Parkland, Florida shootings in February, helping to provide a space to honor the lives lost and for their peers to voice their thoughts and feelings without leaving campus.
Monrovia High School students held a blood drive on March 21 to support classmate James Speranta, who was diagnosed this month with childhood leukemia. Speranta, 16, competes on swim and water polo teams. Photos are available
Monrovia High School freshman Jordan Radnoti, who has been racing for less than a year, earned a first-place medal during a cross-country bike race at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on March 18. The talented Radnoti also drums for the MHS jazz ensemble and plays goalie for two Southern California youth ice hockey teams.
Monrovia High School held its annual Open House on March 21, giving middle school students and their parents their first chance to meet with teachers and student representatives as they consider the fields of study they may pursue in high school. The Open House featured a robotics demonstration, student art show, a performance by the MHS jazz ensemble and a full-dress rehearsal of the school’s upcoming production of “Tarzan the Musical.”
Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified third-graders put their multiplication and division skills to the test during the District’s inaugural SWUN Math Bee competition, held on March 14 at Wild Rose Elementary School. The contest went into an overtime round before Mayflower Elementary student Yi Gao was crowned champion of the 15-student field. Gao took home the first-place trophy and a $100 Target gift card. The bee was sponsored by SWUN Math, which provides instruction that adheres to the California standards.
Monrovia Middle School Hosts Science Night, Features JPL Mars Rover
Follow-up Story: Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School opened its doors to the community to highlight its coding, computer science and robotics programs on March 8. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory demonstrated a Mars rover replica and other gadgets, sharing with students where computer science skills can take them.
Lisa Herald, a 14-year history teacher at Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School, has been named a California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year for her region for connecting history lessons to student experiences and creating a welcoming environment on campus. Herald assigns hands-on projects that highlight individual learners’ strengths and interests.
Monrovia High robotics team, the Suit Bots, will head to Houston, Texas, to compete in the FIRST Tech World Championships, which features 30,000 competitors on 1,400 teams from more than 60 countries. This is the second consecutive year the team has qualified for the contest, which begins Wednesday, April 18. Photos are available
Monrovia High Hosts 45th Annual Assembly Celebrating Black Culture
Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School’s Black Student Union hosted its 45th annual Black History Month assembly on Feb. 9, showcasing student singers, dancers and spoken word performances. A retired Monrovia High teacher spoke about attending schools in a segregated community. A City of Hope doctor emphasized that though few African Americans practice in his field, he is paving the way for students to follow his path. Photos are available
Monrovia Elementary School to Host Chinese New Year Family Night
Monrovia Unified’s Plymouth Elementary School will welcome the Year of the Dog with a Chinese New Year Family Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The event will feature student artwork, performances and traditional New Year treats. Plymouth is at 1300 Boley St., Monrovia.