Monrovia Unified School District

  • Plymouth Elementary Student Honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation

    At just 5 years old, Plymouth Elementary kindergarten student Addison Iylah MacLellan has inspired her family, friends, and doctors with her remarkable resilience and bravery through more than 20 surgeries, and recently celebrated with a family trip to Disneyland sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At birth, Addison was diagnosed with a number of illnesses including hydrocephalus, caudal regression syndrome, hydronephrosis, seizures, tethered cord, mild autism, and more. Her parents were told she would be in a vegetative state for life, but Addison repeatedly surprised her doctors by keeping a positive mindset and quickly adapting after procedures. Addison was presented with her wish during an instructional day at school. It came as a surprise to her and her classmates, who cheered her on.

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  • Monrovia Elementary Enhances School Environment with Watch D.O.G.S.

    Mayflower Elementary welcomed fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father-figures on Nov. 28 to launch the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, which encourages volunteers to spend at least a day at the school and take part in activities throughout the year. Watch D.O.G.S. work with students on assignments, participate in recess or lunch activities, watch school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic before and after school, and take part in other activities that allow them to engage with students.

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  • Monrovia Unified Creative Arts Elementary School Earns Disney Grant

    Wild Rose School of Creative Arts is one of five Los Angeles County schools chosen for the Disney Musicals in Schools grant, earning 17 weeks of training with theater professionals in preparation for a production of a Disney KIDS musical this spring. Thanks to the grant, Disney-trained theater professionals will work directly with teachers and a cast of about 50 students in third through fifth grade to produce “The Lion King” musical at Wild Rose this spring. Administered through Center Theatre Group, the grant also provides the school with free performance rights, educational support materials and the chance to perform onstage at the Ahmanson Theater.

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Code to the Future Highlighted at Plymouth Elementary During Epic Build Showcase

Monrovia Unified will host a Code to the Future Epic Build Showcase from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at Plymouth Elementary School, 1300 Boley St., Monrovia. Parents are invited to experience how Plymouth transforms learning through computer science. After a brief presentation, classrooms will be open for tours. Students will demonstrate coding projects and explain the process it took to complete each assignment.

Monrovia Unified Displays Student Coding Projects During Epic Build Showcase

Monrovia Unified’s Mayflower Elementary School showcased its Code to the Future program on Nov. 7 during an Epic Build Showcase featuring student coding projects and classroom tours. Students, teachers and parents were invited to the event, which celebrated Mayflower’s focus on incorporating coding as a second language. Students showed examples that include writing in code, building video games and combining coding concepts with an integrated story.

Monrovia Middle School to Celebrate Día de los Muertos

Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School will celebrate Día de los Muertos at 12:46 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 with a display of hand-made paper skeleton masks, shadowboxes, piñatas, paper flowers, posters and altars inside shoeboxes created by students in the Spanish-English Dual Immersion program. Students will honor loved ones who have passed away by adding items to a community altar. Clifton is at 226 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia.

Monrovia High School Dedicates Library to Long-time English Teacher

Several students, staff members, community members and alumni gathered at Monrovia High School on Friday, Oct. 26 as the library was named in honor of a former English teacher, Frank Jansson. Remarks were given by former students, while a memorial display featured remembrances and photos from a number of his students and colleagues. Jansson, who taught at Monrovia High for more than 43 years, has been lauded for connecting students to literacy. He passed away in 2003.

Monrovia Unified CAASPP Scores Reflect Gains for English Learners, Economically Disadvantaged

Monrovia Unified School District students continue to improve their performance in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), according to state data released Oct. 2. The 2018 state test scores show that 56.9 percent of students districtwide met or exceeded state standards in ELA, up from nearly 3 percent from 2016, and 41.25 percent met or exceeded state standards in math, up 3 points from 2016.

Monrovia Unified Students to Take Part in National Walk to School Day on Oct. 10

Students from Monrovia Unified’s Mayflower Elementary School and Wild Rose School of Creative Arts, along with Monrovia Police Department, will join schools from across the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 10. Students will walk and bike to school along with parents and teachers as Monrovia police deploy to neighborhoods near schools to enforce traffic laws and remind everyone of the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety. Students will arrive at 8 a.m. at Mayflower Elementary School, 210 N. Mayflower Ave., Monrovia, and Wild Rose School of Creative Arts, 232 Jasmine Ave., Monrovia.

Monrovia High School Celebrates 125 Years of Excellence at Homecoming Game

Monrovia High School Celebrated its 125th Anniversary at the Homecoming Football Game on October 12th. Students, alumni and community members cheered on the Wildcats as they faced off against La Canada. Clad in pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month, the crowd enjoyed popular sing-along songs performed by the Monrovia High School band and joined in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” during half-time. The half-time festivities also featured a presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowing of Homecoming King and Queen, seniors Anthony Tyus and Jessica Mejia, before culminating in a fireworks show. The Wildcats won 42-0.

Monrovia Unified School District Celebrates Monrovia High School’s 125th Anniversary

Monrovia Unified community members celebrated 125 years of Monrovia High providing quality academic programs for students during a Board of Education meeting on Sept. 26. Current and former principals discussed the history of Monrovia High while highlighting rigorous programs that support student success. Assemblyman Chris Holden, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Monrovia Mayor Tom Adams, Councilmember Larry Spicer and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu representative Cindy Lee presented certificates.