Mayfield Senior School Annual Benefit is March 4

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Mayfield Senior School volunteers preparing for the school’s annual benefit on March 4 include (front row, from left) Andrea Zaninovich Bland, Becky Sarni, Chelisa Vagim and Cheryl Smith. Back: Ruth Pasqualetto, Laurie Yockey, Rebecca Pottmeyer Reed, Ana Raptis, Karen Enzminger and Lisa Weithas.

Mayfield Senior School will be transformed into a Moroccan Marrakesh on Saturday evening, March 4, as hundreds gather for the school’s annual benefit. This mystical event will feature entertainment, dancing, auctions and more. The benefit is spearheaded by Chelisa Vagim, chair; Becky Sarni and Ruth Pasqualetto, auction chairs; Laurie Yockey and Andrea Zaninovich Bland, advertising chairs; Cheryl Smith, Rebecca Pottmeyer Reed and Lisa Weithas, decoration chairs.

Friends in Deed the Big Winner in High Point’s ‘Souper Bowl’

Nathan Edgar catches the attention of drivers as they pull up to the car line.

High Point Academy’s 3rd-graders served souped-up signs at the school’s car line recently to kick off their traditional “Souper Bowl” competition. Enthusiastic participants donated cans of hearty soups in the names of their favorite Super Bowl teams as they pulled up to the school. The 3rd-graders manned tables decorated with team banners for the Patriots and the Falcons. By the end of the morning, students had collected 47 cans in the name of the Patriots and 99 in the name of the Falcons.
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Poly Students Named in Presidential Scholar Program

Shalini Maya Haupt and Gwendolyn Hashimoto were named candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Polytechnic School seniors Shalini Maya Haupt and Gwendolyn Hashimoto, have been named among 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
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Assistance League Celebrates VIP Middle Schoolers

Photo courtesy Ellen Close
Assistance League of Pasadena’s Very Important Performers include (in alphabetical order) Mark Araniva Ja’Von Black, James Canada (not pictured), Rosalie Cantero (not pictured), Kaiah Catanese, Hazelle Cortez, Kala Crenshaw, Josiah Cox, Maeiko Dorsey, Yasindu Gunawardena, Bernardo Huizar, Jasmine Martinez, Da’Mesha Moore, Thomas Pico, Justin Ramirez, Michelle Rodriguez-Badillo and Alfonso Sanchez, Ketsy Herrera Sanchez, Kassandra Serna, Joshua Tucker and Lily Valdez. ALP representatives are Michelle Chino, left, and Lorraine Schield.

Middle school students from Pasadena Unified School District schools were recently recognized for their achievements by the Assistance League of Pasadena at the “Very Important Performers” celebration. Each of the seven middle schools selected three students who demonstrated dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and citizenship. The goal of the VIP award is to provide encouragement to students who have chosen to get the most out of their middle school experience.
To learn more about the VIP program or Assistance League of Pasadena, visit pasadena.assistanceleague.org.

New Graduation Requirements at PUSD

To prepare Pasadena Unified high school students to excel in college and life, graduation requirements have changed and now include a senior year portfolio and 40 hours of community service or work-based learning.
Beginning with the class of 2019, all PUSD students must complete three requirements to graduate with a high school diploma:

1. 220 credits of coursework
2. 40 hours of community service or work-based learning
3. A graduate portfolio and defense

PUSD’s Parent University is offering informational sessions:

  •  Friday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m., Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
  •  Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30–8 p.m., Pasadena High School
  • Thursday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Marshall Fundamental
    Secondary School, 990 N. Allen Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:30 p.m., John Muir High School, 1905 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Monday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Blair School, 1201 S. Marengo Ave.

Author Visits Blair Essay Contest Winner

Author Kate DiCamillo and Blair 6th-grader Minal Saldivar

Young-adult author Kate DiCamillo visited Blair Middle and High School recently to meet the first-place winner of a Scholastic Reader essay contest, sign books and speak with students.
“It was amazing to be standing next to a writer whose work I’ve admired for so long,” said Blair 6th-grader Minal Saldivar, who was awarded first place for the Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale Writing Contest.
Thousands of students participated in the contest, which required them to write an essay about a friendship that changed their lives and was based on DiCamillo’s most recent book, “Raymie Nightingale.” The first-place winner received a special visit from the author, along with copies of “Raymie Nightingale,” T-shirts and a pizza party.
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Alverno Heights Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Daemen Chapter of the National Honor Society at Alverno Heights Academy inducted seven new members into their ranks. They are: juniors Alicia Mercado, Anica Quizon, Evina Wang, and Melody Wu and seniors Catherine Johnson, Allison Joseph, and Arianna Muñoz.
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