Blood Drive to be Held for Student Athlete Battling Leukemia
Clifton Middle School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2 in support of James Speranta, a Monrovia High student athlete who was diagnosed with leukemia mid-March. Donations will go to City of Hope to help Speranta and other leukemia and cancer patients in need.
More than 100 students with special needs from across San Gabriel Valley celebrated at a Roaring Twenties themed prom on May 11, an event hosted by Monrovia High School. Monrovia High leadership students served as paparazzi, giving the red-carpet treatment by snapping photos for students dressed in tuxedos and silk shawls arriving from Monrovia Unified, El Monte Union, San Gabriel Unified, Arcadia Unified, Mountain View and San Marino Unified school districts, representing the West San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area.
Plymouth Elementary School will receive $10,000 to upgrade its library catalog and services as one of 20 schools across California to share more than $300,000 in grant money as a Scholar Dollar Grant Program recipient. Plymouth earned the grant after receiving more than 10,000 votes during a two-week online poll that determined which of the 465 participating California K-8 schools would be selected as winners.
Monroe Elementary fifth-grader Elisha Luckett rounded the last corner of a 400-meter race and launched himself in front of his competitors to take first place for the second consecutive year in the 13th annual Monrovia Elementary Olympic (MEO) Games. Luckett joined more than 100 Monrovia Unified elementary school students who competed in more than a dozen track and field events, with parents, teachers, and classmates cheering them on at the Monrovia High’s sports fields on March 29.
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 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.