Monrovia High Grad Uses Disney Grant to Support Special Needs Students
Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School Class of 2017 graduate Jenna Seright hosted a Valentine’s Day party for Clifton Middle School’s students with special needs on Feb. 13 with the support of a $500 Disney grant. Clifton Renaissance leadership students partnered with the special needs students to play games, make valentines and eat lunch. Photos are available
Monrovia Unified Teams Advance in Robotics Competitions
Four Monrovia Unified robotics teams came a step closer to competing for a world championship after their successes at a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Interleague Tournament at Monrovia High School on Feb. 12. Monrovia High’s Kings and Queens team won the Inspire Award for embodying the gracious professionalism and enthusiasm encouraged in FTC competitions. All four teams – including the Hippy Bots from Clifton Middle School – will meet in a regional championship at Monrovia High on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified School District celebrated its 100th day of school with lively classroom and community activities, from having students imagine what they would look like when they turn 100 to kindergarteners playing number games rooted in 100 on Jan. 30. These events gave the opportunity for schools to showcase their students’ successes and progress while creating excitement over what they’ve learned over the first 100 days of school.
Follow-up Story: Students from Monrovia High, and Santa Fe and Clifton middle schools joined more than 1,000 peers from across the region at Monrovia High to learn how to become leaders in a digital society as part of Josten’s Renaissance’s “Find Your Grind” Tour. The Jan. 16 assembly gathered students from 24 schools, including Monrovia High senior Mariah Helm. She was a seventh-grader at Clifton when she joined Renaissance, a student team boosting recognitions for peers’ academic and personal achievements. Photos are available
Monrovia Unified Students Study Art at LACMA After-school Program
Follow-up Story: Twenty-five students from Monrovia Unified’s Monroe Elementary discussed color, texture and the artist’s intentions for a 328-year-old tapestry before creating their own tapestries during a Jan. 18 visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The visit was part of LACMA’s eight-week After School at the Museum enrichment program, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through March 1. Photos are available
Father Returns from Tour of Duty to Surprise Children at Monrovia Schools
Follow-up Story: A heartwarming surprise homecoming for three Monrovia Unified students on Dec. 14 provided tears, laughter and applause for the family of Cmdr. Jeffrey Mitchell of the U.S. Naval Reserve, who returned from a one-year deployment in Bahrain. Mitchell and his wife, Amber, visited Bradoaks Elementary School to greet their daughter, third-grader Charlotte, and son, fifth-grader Sawyer, in their classrooms. The family then went to Clifton Middle School to greet their eldest son, eighth-grader Jackson, in the library. Video and Photos are available
Monrovia Unified Robotics Teams Dominate in First Round of Competition
Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified robotics teams took four top spots at the first contest of the 2017-18 FIRST Relic Recovery Game on Dec. 2. Monrovia High School’s Graveyard Shift took first place, Monrovia High’s Suit Bots placed in second, Clifton Middle’s Hippie Bots took third and Monrovia High’s Team Loki came in fourth.
Monrovia Unified Third-Grader to Raise $5,000 for Children’s Hospital
Follow-up Story: Bradoaks Elementary School third-grader Hannah Iler is selling Hannah’s Hound Houses, kits of dog treats, rawhide and peanut butter to make canine-friendly gingerbread houses. Her goal is to raise $5,000 to buy toys and gifts for patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and to support pet needs at the Humane Society. The amount is double what she raised last year. Hannah was inspired to give back to the community after spending time in the hospital for jaw reconstruction surgery last year. Photos are available
Monrovia Unified Parents Graduate from Family Education Program
Follow-up Story: Nearly 80 Monrovia Unified parents received certificates of completion for the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) at Monrovia High School on Nov. 28. The eight-week program promotes a college-going and career-oriented culture by educating parents through workshops, including college entrance requirements, financial aid and how to advocate for their students. Children of PIQE graduates can receive priority admission to the California State University.
Follow-up Story: More than 650 Clifton Middle School students took a walking field trip to a nearby theater on Nov. 17 to watch “Wonder” as a culminating event to Kindness Week. The film shows the struggles of a middle school student with a genetic disorder trying to make friends. Clifton sixth-grade teacher Nikole Burgess prepared her students for the screening by showing the film trailer and reviewing the book.