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 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.

Monrovia Unified, Azusa Pacific Partnership Guarantees Admission

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified leaders signed a partnership with Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, aiming to provide high school students a pathway to a high-quality, affordable university education. The program creates a guaranteed admission pathway for students who meet entrance requirements, including financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, application fee waivers and programs to assist with college readiness and the application process. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Board of Education Approves 2017-20 LCAP

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified School District will invest more than $6 million during the 2017-18 school year to provide better classroom instruction for student achievement in math, improve literacy rates, and ensure all of its schools are welcoming and comprehensive for students and parents as part of the 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The Board of Education voted to approve the LCAP on June 28.

Monrovia Unified to Hold Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Monrovia Unified School District will hold graduation ceremonies in early June for its comprehensive high school and alternative high schools. On 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, graduations will be held for Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park independent study program at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Monrovia High School will hold its commencement ceremony at the school’s Wildcat Stadium, 845 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia.

Monrovia Unified Middle School Announces New Name, Principal, Goals at Open House

Follow-up Story: Santa Fe Middle School students launched bottle rockets and gave energetic dance and choir performances at a May 25 open house that unveiled a new name, mission and principal. Now known as Santa Fe Computer Magnet School, the campus will provide a computer science immersion curriculum and will be led by Dr. Geoff Zamarripa, a long-time El Monte City School District educator.