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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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.

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.

Monrovia Unified Middle School Students Celebrate Kindness Week

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.

Monrovia Unified Names History Instructor as Teacher of the Year

Follow-up Story: Student political cartoons depicting current issues, including the Trump administration, LGBT rights and war in the Middle East, cover the classroom wall of 24-year Monrovia High School history teacher Annie Van Dyke. Known for inciting lively debates in her class and tackling provocative topics, Van Dyke’s ability to motivate her students to think beyond their own perspectives on real-world topics has earned her Monrovia Unified’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Earns Water Smart School Award for Conservation

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified School District has been named a water smart school district by the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District (Upper District). Upper District honored Monrovia Unified during the organization’s Waterfest 2017 on Oct. 14, commemorating completion of four months of water conservation upgrades.

Monrovia High Grad Earns Recognition as Future Leader

Follow-up Story: Vanessa Lee, a Monrovia High School Class of 2017 graduate and current Vanguard University freshman, has her sights set on a career in public service after receiving a California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Chris Holden over the summer. Lee spent her final semester at Monrovia working as an intern for the CLBC Young Legislators program, traveling to civic institutions in Southern California to observe the roles of municipal services. In July, Lee went to Sacramento to take part in a weeklong workshop studying issues of concern to future leaders.