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Monrovia Unified School District

  • Monrovia Unified Honors Local Family with Dedication of Monrovia High School Weight Room

    For their longtime support of the District and Monrovia High School (MHS) Athletics, Fred and Diane Bowden were honored during an Oct. 27 dedication ceremony that named MHS’s weight room the ‘Fred and Diane Bowden Weight Room.’ Fred, who passed away in 2018, and Diane, graduated from Monrovia High School in 1959 and 1961, respectively. The two always looked for ways to give back to the District and with Fred’s passing, Diane and the Bowden family made a commitment to continue that support.

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  • Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study School Seniors Turn Their Tassels During Drive-thru Commencement Ceremony

    Over 60 seniors from Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study School were cheered on as they walked the stage to receive their diplomas during a drive-thru commencement ceremony on June 3 at Monrovia High School. When the ceremony began, cars lined up and graduates exited their vehicles with masks on and lined up 6 feet apart from one another. Teachers were invited on stage to share their memories of each student and ended with words of encouragement for the future.

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  • Monrovia High School Celebrates Over 300 Graduates During Drive-thru Ceremony

    Over 300 Monrovia High School seniors stepped out of vehicles, walked a green and white decorated stage, received their diplomas and turned their tassels during a drive-thru commencement ceremony at Monrovia High School on June 3. The very first graduate of the day was Vivian Fisher, who received an honorary diploma as she was unable to receive her diploma from the Class of 1938. Afterward, students lined up 6 feet apart and walked the stage as their names were announced through the speakers. Families drove next to the stage, taking photos and cheering for their graduate before making their way to a pick-up zone.

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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.

Monrovia Unified Honors Local Family with Dedication of Monrovia High School Weight Room

For their longtime support of the District and Monrovia High School (MHS) Athletics, Fred and Diane Bowden were honored during an Oct. 27 dedication ceremony that named MHS’s weight room the ‘Fred and Diane Bowden Weight Room.’ Fred, who passed away in 2018, and Diane, graduated from Monrovia High School in 1959 and 1961, respectively. The two always looked for ways to give back to the District and with Fred’s passing, Diane and the Bowden family made a commitment to continue that support.

Monrovia Superintendent Participates in Bobcat Fire Community Forum

Monrovia Unified School District’s Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian joined state Sen. Susan Rubio, the U.S Forest Service, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross during a Bobcat Fire Virtual Community Forum on Sept. 23. The forum briefed the Monrovia and Arcadia community about the status of the fire, the school district and its response plan, and an overview of evacuation preparedness.

Monrovia Unified Closes School Sites in Response to Bobcat Fire

Monrovia Unified School District closed its schools and dismissed students from online-learning on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 due to growing concerns regarding the Bobcat fire and air quality. The dismissal of students is meant to give families some relief, as the dense smoke has caused disruption even inside homes. During this time, Monrovia Unified had to cancel its food distribution, but its local Flame Broiler stepped up to provide grab-and-go meals to students on Friday. Distance learning is set to resume Monday, Sept. 21.

Monrovia Unified Hosts Virtual 2020-21 State of the Schools Address

Monrovia Unified School District hosted its 2020-21 State of the Schools Address virtually on Facebook and YouTube on Oct. 21. The virtual event, presented by the District’s Board of Education, featured an overview of the District’s successes during the 2019-20 academic year, the transition to a digital environment and distance learning, steps taken to navigate the pandemic, finances and the District’s plans for future instruction.

Monrovia Unified Hosts Series of Virtual Back to School Nights

Monrovia Unified School District is hosting virtual back to school nights this year over webinars and Zoom. Bradoaks Elementary Science Academy will host its back to school night beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Monrovia High School will follow at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. The following week, Monroe Elementary and Clifton Middle School, will launch their events. Back to school night gives parents the opportunity to learn more about their children’s school, get to know administrators and teachers, and ask questions regarding distance learning and the academic year.

Monrovia Unified Welcomes Students for 2020-21 Academic Year

Monrovia Unified School District welcomed students on Aug. 19, launching a new, more rigorous approach to its distance learning platform. The first day of school began with the distribution of technology and instructional materials. Students signed onto their virtual classrooms, hosted on Zoom or Google Classroom, met classmates and received an overview of the instructional schedule and expectations. Click here to watch a video highlighting the District’s first day of distance learning.

Monrovia Unified Community to Participate in ‘Chalk the Walk’

Monrovia Unified School District families will participate in ‘Chalk the Walk,’ a community effort that is meant to get students excited for their return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The District’s Parent Teacher Association is asking the community to help mark the non-traditional first day of school by chalking encouraging messages on sidewalks around Monrovia. The community effort will take place Sunday, Aug. 16 through Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Monrovia Unified Develops Instructional Frameworks for 2020-21

Monrovia Unified School District’s elementary and secondary task force groups, in collaboration with District administrators, Monrovia Teachers Association, Parent Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association, developed an instructional schedule that provides structure and support for students and families. The distance learning schedule provides virtual instruction with teachers through Zoom or Google Classroom and also sets aside time for students to focus on enrichment opportunities and social-emotional well-being.

Monrovia Unified Offers Online Summer Intervention Program

Through a variety of online intervention summer programs that include Camp Read-A-Lot, Camp Infinity and Middle School Bridge, Monrovia Unified is helping students meet grade level proficiency and reach greater academic goals. The programs, which conclude on July 31, include reading and math intervention courses for elementary, middle and high school students.