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 Monrovia Unified 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. Photos are available.

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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.

Plymouth Elementary Hosts Second Annual Moon and Stars Night

Plymouth Elementary families peered through telescopes, made LED circuits on postcards and sampled Chinese mooncakes during the school’s second annual Moon and Stars Night on Sept. 21. Families and students also tested Monrovia High’s robotics team’s robots as an example of coding skills. Plymouth offers programs in Mandarin Dual Immersion and coding through Code to the Future.

Monrovia Unified Elementary Celebrates Reopening as Creative Arts School

Wild Rose is celebrating its renaming to a creative arts school with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. Wild Rose students will be immersed in a visual and performing arts environment that will expand their creative talents. Students can participate in theatre choir, art, hip hop dance and more. Wild Rose is located at 232 Jasmine Ave., Monrovia, 91016.