Monrovia Unified’s Canyon Oaks High School has been named a 2017 Model Continuation High School by the state for guiding graduates into four-year universities, raising test scores and preparing at-risk youth for college and careers. The school will be recognized at the 2017 California Continuation Education Association State Conference in Fresno, to be held April 28-30.
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.
Monrovia High Junior Natalia Guevara and Senior Eeana Torres led the school’s symbolic class walkout after the Parkland, Florida shootings in February, helping to provide a space to honor the lives lost and for their peers to voice their thoughts and feelings without leaving campus.
Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School on Feb. 9 unveiled a replica 1966-67 banner in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the school’s boys basketball CIF championship team. The banner was revealed during halftime of the final home game of the regular season. Monrovia High also honored its senior boys basketball players with a farewell celebration.
Follow-up Story: Ron Husband, the first African-American animator to work for Disney Studios, returned to his alma mater, Monrovia High School, on Feb. 10 to discuss his career as part of Monrovia Unified’s celebration of Black History Month. Husband began with Disney in the early 1970s and worked on more than 20 Disney projects, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Husband, a Class of ’68 graduate, credits his Monrovia High art teacher for preparing him for the opportunity to work for a major movie studio. Photos are available.
Follow-up Story: Susan Hirsch, administrator of the new Wellness Center at Monrovia High School, on Jan. 20 received the city’s Chamber of Commerce Iris Award, Monrovia’s equivalent of a Citizen of the Year Award. During her 30 years with Monrovia Unified, Hirsch has served as a special education teacher and an administrator for intervention and extended school programs, created adult school parent education programs and championed at-risk youths’ efforts to complete their education.
Whittier Union Girls Encouraged to Dream as Part of Soroptimist Program
The Soroptimist International of Whittier on Jan. 26 launched its “Dream It, Be It” career development and female empowerment program for a group of girls at Frontier High School, providing the teens access to professional role models, career education and the resources needed to reach their full potential. Over the next six weeks, the women’s social and economic empowerment club will work in partnership with girls in small groups and explore topics such as career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. This is the second year that Frontier is participating in the program.
Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School has earned a spot on the 2017 California Schools to Watch list through a mix of programs that support struggling students, offer enrichment and leadership opportunities, and integrate special education students into regular classes. The California Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage Program is a partnership among the California League of Middle Schools, state Department of Education and a group of education partners dedicated to promoting excellence by evaluating each middle school on academics, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. The school will hold a campus-wide celebration on Friday, March 3.
Monrovia Unified began a partnership with the University of La Verne on Jan. 19 that guarantees admission into the private university for all qualifying District students. Monrovia is one of 12 public school districts to join ULV’s Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE. Qualifying seniors who apply for the fall 2017 term will reap the benefits of ULV college preparatory courses, application fee waivers and financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, among other resources. District staff members enrolling in ULV’s Ed.D. program are also guaranteed a $100 per unit scholarship.