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 Unified Students, Programs Shine at Monrovia Days Community Festival

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 Unified Students Experience Drunken Driving Dangers through Simulated Auto Crash

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

Monrovia Unified Schools Named to 2016 Honor Roll for Strong Academic Achievement

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.

Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School Earns Gold Ribbon Award for Intervention Program

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.

Monrovia High Students Partner with Professionals on ‘King Lear’

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.

Monrovia Unified Posts Record-Breaking Graduation Rates for 2015-16

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.

State Senator Advocates for After-School Program during Monrovia Unified

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.

Clifton Middle Robotics Team Prevails at Netherlands Competition as Sole American Team

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

Olympic Medalist Celebrates 12th Annual Monrovia Elementary Olympic Games with Students

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

Monrovia High Hosts First Showcase for Incoming Freshmen

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.