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Monrovia Unified School District

  • Monrovia Unified Welcomes 2021-22 Board of Education Student Representatives

    Monrovia High School senior Alexia Holt will serve as Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education student representative in 2021-22, a role that will enable her to expand on her passion for learning and act as a spokesperson for her peers. Holt was administered the Oath of Office by Board President Maritza Travanti during the Sept. 10 Board meeting. In addition to serving as ASB President, Holt is a four-year varsity softball player and captain of the team. Holt’s academic and athletic performances have earned her recognition as a Scholar Athlete, an honor awarded to athletes who maintain a GPA of 3.5 and above. Holt hopes to attend UCLA, where she plans to earn a degree in economics or business administration.

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  • Monrovia Unified Students Return to In-Person Learning

    Monrovia Unified School District students received the red-carpet treatment on Aug. 18, welcomed with colorful balloons, inspirational banners, and exuberant school mascots as they returned to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. Wearing big smiles behind their face masks and chatting amiably with their friends, Monrovia students from transitional kindergarten to 12th grade made their first appearances on campus for full-time instruction since March 2020. Monrovia Unified also launched Mountain Park Virtual Academy this school year, presenting students and families with an online option while still receiving a full, comprehensive curriculum.

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  • Monrovia Unified School District Dedicates District Office Lobby in Memory of Monrovia Activist and Former Board Member

    Community activist and former Monrovia Unified Board Member Mimi Mency was honored during a dedication ceremony on June 29, when the Monrovia Unified Board of Education officially named the District Office Lobby in her memory. Mency, who was the first African-American to hold a seat on the Board of Education, died in 2011 at the age of 74. Mency served on the Board of Education from 1972 to 1984, leading the Board as president twice during her term. During her time on the Board, Mency was instrumental in the desegregation of Monrovia schools and led the effort in establishing Monrovia High School’s Black Student Union, a club that is still running strong today.

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Monrovia Unified Secondary Students to Return for In-Person Instruction

Monrovia Unified School District secondary students will return to campus for in-person instruction on Monday, April 19, using a Secondary Hybrid Instructional Model approved by the Board of Education in March. The approved schedule will divide students into three separate cohorts, with Cohort A and B attending school Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday, respectively. Cohort C will continue with 100% distance learning.

Monrovia Unified Board of Education Approves Secondary Hybrid Model

Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education approved the District’s Secondary Hybrid Instructional Model during a board meeting on March 24. The approved schedule will divide students into Cohort A, B and C, with Cohort A and B attending school Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday, respectively. Cohort C will continue with 100% distance learning. Monrovia Unified secondary students will have a staggered return to school beginning the week of April 19.

Monrovia Unified Community Webinar Details Hybrid Instruction Model

Monrovia Unified School District will present its finalized Hybrid Instructional Model for grades TK-5, 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25. The presentation will include an in-depth overview of the schedule, as well as a discussion on the next steps moving forward in the reopening of elementary schools.

Monrovia Unified Elementary PTAs Develop Interactive Scavenger Hunt

Monrovia Unified elementary school PTAs have joined forces, creating an interactive scavenger hunt that encourages students and families to learn more about Monrovia by searching for hidden gems within the city and celebrate them by sharing photographs with the community. Completed activities include locating signs of diversity in the city and discovering notable paintings and sculptures. Upcoming activities include hunting for sidewalk poetry, and exploring historical points of interest during a city tour on Feb. 19.

Pioneering Animator to Talk to Monrovia Unified Students

For the eighth consecutive year, Monrovia Unified will partner with the Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association to provide Black History Month activities to the community. Highlighting the virtual activities is a master class with animation industry pioneer Ronald Husband, who is the first African American animator for Walt Disney. Students will also listen to folk tales, learn about their family history, and participate in the annual elementary school art festival.

Monrovia Unified Elementary School Celebrates 100 Days of Learning

Monroe Elementary School held a virtual pep rally for students on Jan. 27, in celebration of 100 Days of Learning. Activities included dancing, trivia questions and a scavenger hunt. Students were asked to share one word that reflected their experience during the first 100 days of school. Monroe teachers put the words together to create the number 100 in a word cloud. Due to high student participation, Principal Lily Jarvis kept a promise to pie herself in the face. Photos are available.

Monrovia Unified High School Students Win Congressional App Challenge

Red Dungeon, a video game app created by Monrovia High School digital studies students, won top honors in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge, a national contest that challenges computer science students to create software programs for original apps. U.S. Rep. Judy Chu recognized the app, designed by the school’s Forge Interactive Team, as a regional winner in California’s 27th Congressional District for excellence in presentation.

Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education Undergoes Transition

Monrovia Unified School District held a special meeting of the Board of Education on Dec. 16, administering the Oath of Office to returning Board member Rob Hammond, and newly elected Board members Traci Gholar and Jennifer Anderson. As part of its yearly reorganization, Board member Maritza Travanti was named president, Board member Selene Lockerbie was named vice president and Gholar was named clerk.

Monrovia High School Parent Donates KN95 Masks to Monrovia Unified

David Berger, a parent from Monrovia High School, donated 22 boxes of KN95 masks to Monrovia Unified School District during a donation event on Dec. 10. Each box contained 1,400 masks, with a total of 30,800 individual masks provided to the District. Board President Rob Hammond, Board Clerk Maritza Travanti and Board Member Selene Lockerbie were on hand to receive the sizeable donation. Photos are available.

Monrovia Unified Receives PPE Donation from Duarte Mayor

Duarte Mayor Samuel Kang on Dec. 2 donated boxes of Personal Protective Equipment to the Monrovia Unified, including N95 masks, hand sanitizer and student health packs. Board President Rob Hammond and Board Clerk Maritza Travanti were on hand to receive the gift, as was Monrovia City Council Member Larry Spicer. Photos are available.