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 Offers Parent Learning Courses in College Admissions Requirements

About 40 parents were awarded certificates from Monrovia Unified School District for completing courses offered as part of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). Monrovia Unified offers PIQE classes to parents of elementary, middle, and high school students. At the high school level, parents learn about California Standards, the importance of a GPA and how to motivate their children to improve academic performance. Workshops for elementary and middle school parents include positive discipline techniques that encourage academic achievement and how to prepare for teacher conferences. The nine-week courses are offered at each school; interested parents can contact their child’s school for more information.

Monrovia Unified Partners with Community Theater to Bring ‘Annie’ to the Stage

Monrovia’s community will sing along to memorable songs such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life” during the production of “Annie,” Monrovia Theatre’s 12th professional show at The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center. The production features a cast of 22 adults, along with 25 elementary and middle school girls, 20 of which are Monrovia Unified students. In addition to beautiful sets and costumes, the production features a 16-piece live orchestra. Showtimes are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia.

Monrovia Unified Adds Dual-language Immersion Program at 2nd Elementary School

Monrovia Unified will expand its highly popular dual-language immersion program to Wild Rose School of Creative Arts in fall 2019 for transitional kindergarteners and kindergarteners. Parents interested in the Spanish/English program can enroll at either Wild Rose or the District’s original site at Monroe Elementary, depending on where they reside. Parent information sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Wild Rose School of Creative Arts, 232 Jasmine Ave., Monrovia. Both sessions will be presented in English and Spanish; child care will be available.

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.