Monrovia Unified School District

  • Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Distributes Chromebooks, Implements Digital Instruction

    Students from Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School lined up to receive Chromebooks during the school’s one-to-one device rollout event on April 10, enhancing the school’s commitment to boost student-learner outcomes by providing a quality education that includes digital instruction. In addition to the Chromebooks, students also received chargers and laptop sleeves to protect the computers.

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  • Monrovia Unified Celebrates Mathematics During Second Annual Next Generation Math Bee

    Monrovia Unified elementary school students participated in the District’s second annual Next Generation Math Bee on April 18, an event that aims to nurture mathematical skills in students. Students enthusiastically solved equations, while at the same time growing a passion for mathematics. After the judges tallied the points, the Mayflower Elementary Mariners were awarded the first-place trophy.

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  • Renowned Educator Inspires Clifton Middle School Students

    An educator known for her unconventional classroom tactics brought more than 700 Clifton Middle School students to tears on Feb. 14 with stories of how her “unteachable” students have blazed paths to college and successful careers. Erin Gruwell, a former Wilson High School teacher in Long Beach Unified School District featured in the film “Freedom Writers,” discussed the transformative power of education during a Freedom Writers Foundation assembly, leading students through activities demonstrating the impact of such obstacles as financial hardships, homelessness, and depression.

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Monrovia Unified Third-Grader to Raise $5,000 for Children’s Hospital

Follow-up Story: Bradoaks Elementary School third-grader Hannah Iler is selling Hannah’s Hound Houses, kits of dog treats, rawhide and peanut butter to make canine-friendly gingerbread houses. Her goal is to raise $5,000 to buy toys and gifts for patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and to support pet needs at the Humane Society. The amount is double what she raised last year. Hannah was inspired to give back to the community after spending time in the hospital for jaw reconstruction surgery last year. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Parents Graduate from Family Education Program

Follow-up Story: Nearly 80 Monrovia Unified parents received certificates of completion for the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) at Monrovia High School on Nov. 28. The eight-week program promotes a college-going and career-oriented culture by educating parents through workshops, including college entrance requirements, financial aid and how to advocate for their students. Children of PIQE graduates can receive priority admission to the California State University.

Monrovia Unified Middle School Students Celebrate Kindness Week

Follow-up Story: More than 650 Clifton Middle School students took a walking field trip to a nearby theater on Nov. 17 to watch “Wonder” as a culminating event to Kindness Week. The film shows the struggles of a middle school student with a genetic disorder trying to make friends. Clifton sixth-grade teacher Nikole Burgess prepared her students for the screening by showing the film trailer and reviewing the book.

Monrovia Unified Names History Instructor as Teacher of the Year

Follow-up Story: Student political cartoons depicting current issues, including the Trump administration, LGBT rights and war in the Middle East, cover the classroom wall of 24-year Monrovia High School history teacher Annie Van Dyke. Known for inciting lively debates in her class and tackling provocative topics, Van Dyke’s ability to motivate her students to think beyond their own perspectives on real-world topics has earned her Monrovia Unified’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Photos are available

Monrovia Unified Earns Water Smart School Award for Conservation

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified School District has been named a water smart school district by the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District (Upper District). Upper District honored Monrovia Unified during the organization’s Waterfest 2017 on Oct. 14, commemorating completion of four months of water conservation upgrades.

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.