Monrovia Unified School District

  • Monrovia Unified Displays Student Coding Projects During Epic Build Showcase

    Monrovia Unified’s Mayflower Elementary School showcased its Code to the Future program on Nov. 7 during an Epic Build Showcase featuring student coding projects and classroom tours. Students, teachers and parents were invited to the event, which celebrated Mayflower’s focus on incorporating coding as a second language. Students showed examples that include writing in code, building video games and combining coding concepts with an integrated story.

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  • Monrovia High School Dedicates Library to Long-time English Teacher

    Several students, staff members, community members and alumni gathered at Monrovia High School on Friday, Oct. 26 as the library was named in honor of a former English teacher, Frank Jansson. Remarks were given by former students, while a memorial display featured remembrances and photos from a number of his students and colleagues. Jansson, who taught at Monrovia High for more than 43 years, has been lauded for connecting students to literacy. He passed away in 2003.

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  • Monrovia High School Celebrates 125 Years of Excellence at Homecoming Game

    Monrovia High School Celebrated its 125th Anniversary at the Homecoming Football Game on October 12th. Students, alumni and community members cheered on the Wildcats as they faced off against La Canada. Clad in pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month, the crowd enjoyed popular sing-along songs performed by the Monrovia High School band and joined in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” during half-time. The half-time festivities also featured a presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowing of Homecoming King and Queen, seniors Anthony Tyus and Jessica Mejia, before culminating in a fireworks show. The Wildcats won 42-0.

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Monrovia High Alum Returns to Discuss Career as Disney Animator

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.

Monrovia Unified Administrator Honored for Promoting Student Success

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.

Clifton Middle School Named to Schools to Watch List

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, University of La Verne Pact Guarantees Admission

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.