Monrovia Unified School District

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

Monrovia High to Honor Veterans at Memorial Rose Garden

Monrovia High School will honor community veterans at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at its Memorial Rose Garden, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia. The garden features plaques to recognize former students who served the United States.

Monrovia Unified Dual Immersion School Holds Moon and Stars Night

Follow-up Story: Plymouth Elementary families gazed at a rising, red moon through telescopes, made glowing multi-colored paper lanterns and tasted sweet Chinese moon cakes during the school’s first Moon and Stars Night, celebrating the mid-autumn, or moon, festival on Oct. 6. Plymouth offers a Mandarin dual-immersion program for students in kindergarten through second grade, providing an interactive academic environment for students to learn Mandarin along with the California Standards. The program aims to have students become bilingual and bi-literate in Mandarin while understanding and appreciating Chinese culture.

Monrovia Unified Students Recognized During Village Program Lights On Celebration

Follow-up Story: State Sen. Anthony Portantino joined Monrovia Unified School District Village Extended School Program students and families for a Lights On After School celebration at Santa Fe Middle School. The award-winning Village Program, which provides before- and after-school support for over 600 elementary and middle school students, recognized high-achieving students from Santa Fe Middle, Monroe and Plymouth elementary schools.

Monrovia High Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School Senior Nathan Nakamura has been selected as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist for earning a high score on his PSAT, placing him in the top 1 percent of high school seniors across the nation. Nakamura earned a 1500 out of a possible 1520 PSAT score. Nakamura was among 16,000 semifinalists selected from 1.6 million students who applied by taking the PSAT.

Monrovia Unified Middle School Celebrates STEM Lab Opening

Follow-up Story: Clifton Middle School community members on Sept. 7 celebrated the opening of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom equipped with the latest learning tools and technologies, including a laser cutter and four 3-D printers. Clifton is one of five schools in the nation to win Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs contest, receiving a grant of $100,000 to provide a rigorous classroom environment that will prepare students for high-demand careers. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Students Experience First Solar Eclipse Through Handmade Viewing Devices

Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Wild Rose Elementary School peeked through square openings in sun projectors made from cardboard shoe boxes to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Monrovia Unified students learned about astronomy through the celestial phenomenon. Some students made viewing devices in classes while others looked to the sky in safety sun glasses.

Monrovia Unified Reopens Middle School as Computer Science Magnet

Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Santa Fe Middle School guided a robot to launch plastic balls into a basket and ran a green screen photo booth as their community celebrated the reopening of their school as a computer science magnet on Sept. 6. Monrovia Unified expanded opportunities for students to learn computer science skills and concepts in partnership with Code to the Future, a leading creator of immersive computer science curricula. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Board Advocates in Washington D.C. for Increased Special Needs Funding

Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education members advocated throughout Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. from June 21-24, urging California elected officials to secure more funds for special education services. Board of Education members met with Rep. Judy Chu and staff for Rep. Grace Napolitano, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Department of Education program specialist Matthew G. Schneer in Washington, D.C. to relay the challenges school districts face in subsidizing federally mandated special education services without sufficient funding.