Monrovia Unified School District

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Monrovia High Hosts 45th Annual Assembly Celebrating Black Culture

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School’s Black Student Union hosted its 45th annual Black History Month assembly on Feb. 9, showcasing student singers, dancers and spoken word performances. A retired Monrovia High teacher spoke about attending schools in a segregated community. A City of Hope doctor emphasized that though few African Americans practice in his field, he is paving the way for students to follow his path. Photos are available

Monrovia Elementary School to Host Chinese New Year Family Night

Monrovia Unified’s Plymouth Elementary School will welcome the Year of the Dog with a Chinese New Year Family Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The event will feature student artwork, performances and traditional New Year treats. Plymouth is at 1300 Boley St., Monrovia.

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.

Monrovia Unified Celebrates 100th Day of School With Grandparents Day, Reading 100 Books

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.

Monrovia Unified Students Inspired to Boost Leadership, Interpersonal Skills Through Motivational Speakers

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.