Follow-up Story: Monrovia residents were treated to a lively sight on May 20 as Monrovia Unified students – dressed as Princess Leia, Batman and other heroes – danced atop a star-spangled float in the Monrovia Days community festival parade. The event honored hometown heroes, including doctors and nurses, firefighters, police officers, men and women in the U.S. military, and student leaders. The District staffed more than half a dozen booths to highlight its award-winning programs, including robotics, ceramics and computer coding. Photos are available
Monrovia High, Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet and Plymouth Elementary have been named to the 2017-18 California Honor Roll in recognition of their performance in math and English language arts (ELA) on state standardized tests. The honor is awarded by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and sponsored by the Campaign for Businesses and Educational Excellence (CBEE).
Monrovia High senior Rebecca De La O proudly signed a symbolic letter of commitment to attend the University of California, Los Angeles during the school’s lunchtime series of college signing celebrations, Sign on the Line, from April to May. De La O will study mathematics of computation, a major she discovered that blends her interests in computer science and gaming when she became a member of Monrovia High’s Math and Science Academy (MASA) to explore how she can become a video game programmer.
Paul Dols – a 21-year social science teacher and a 10-year Renaissance coordinator at Monrovia High School – will be inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame for cultivating a positive culture on campus. Dols’ induction was announced May 4 in front of a teary-eyed crowd of his Renaissance students, school administrators, board members and District officials. The induction ceremony will take place at the Jostens Renaissance National Conference this July in Florida.
Follow-up Story: Twisted metal, broken glass and pools of fake blood on May 16 littered West Colorado Boulevard in front of Monrovia High School, where a simulation of a car collision drove home the dangers of driving under the influence. Monrovia High School’s “Every 15 Minutes” two-day event on May 16-17 also included a mock funeral and removal of students from classes to show the loss of life to drunken driving. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: A Monrovia Unified high school and elementary school were named this week to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll, which highlights higher-performing schools that narrow achievement gaps between student populations. Monrovia High and Mayflower Elementary were honored as Star Schools, a category for schools with a third or more students from high-poverty homes.
Students, teachers and staff recently celebrated their newest California Gold Ribbon for the school’s Cub Academy, which provides an individualized support system for students based on their needs. Announced April 18, the Gold Ribbon award recognizes California schools who have found success in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students.
Twenty-three drama students from Monrovia High School are partnering with Pasadena theater company A Noise Within to bring the students’ rendition of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” to life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. Monrovia High students observed a professional production meeting and sat in on a table read of A Noise Within’s “King Lear” production. Students will use the theater company’s set and stage in Pasadena when they perform their take on the classical play. A Noise Within is at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena.
Expanded college and career preparedness opportunities, emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, and promotion of the arts have helped raise Monrovia Unified’s graduation rates to record highs in 2015-16. Monrovia Unified’s graduation rate is up from 85.9 percent in 2014-15 to 92.6 percent in 2015-16 – the district's best overall performance since the state began tracking figures for four-year student cohorts. Graduation performance by major student subgroups – Hispanic/Latino, white and socioeconomically disadvantaged – mirror the District's overall rate.
Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Monroe Elementary made the case for more after-school funding as they guided state Sen. Anthony Portantino around campus on April 14, showing him their outdoor obstacle course, marble tunnel shoots and paper plate paintings. Portantino, whose district includes Monrovia, visited the school as part of a Los Angeles County Office of Education effort to boost funding for California’s After School Education and Safety program.
Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School robotics team – the Hippie Bots – won the FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands, held May 19-20. The only U.S. representative and youngest team, the Hippie Bots topped a field of high school and college teams. The team went 5-0 in qualifying rounds and finished first in its division. The team also won the Think Award, which is given to the team that best reflects the journey members took during the engineering design process. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: Kim Rhode, a six-time Olympic medalist in double trap and skeet shooting, joined nearly 500 Monrovia Unified fourth- and fifth-graders from the District’s five elementary schools for the 12th annual Monrovia Unified Elementary Olympic Games on March 30 at Monrovia High School’s Wildcat Stadium. Monrovia Unified students, teachers, District administrators and community members joined Rhode in cheering on students throughout the daylong event as they competed in the 100-yard dash, 4x400 relay, softball throws, football punt and jump rope, among other events. Photos are available
Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School welcomed about 400 Monrovia Unified eighth-graders and 600 parents in the school’s Event Center on March 7 for the District’s inaugural eighth-grade showcase, when future freshmen learned of the myriad opportunities awaiting them in August. Students and parents learned about such programs as robotics, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Renaissance leadership, drama, band, cheer and more. The event highlighted Monrovia High’s four academies: The Math and Science Academy has immersed students in STEM fields for nine years, while the Humanities Academy, IT Academy and Early College program are additions for the Class of 2020.