Swim With Mike Scholarship Fund Swells With Support

Photo courtesy Dan Avila Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.
Photo courtesy Dan Avila
Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.

Mike Nyeholt keeps on swimming.
The former three-time All-American swimmer, who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident 37 years ago, is in the pool three, sometimes four times a week. Despite some shoulder injuries, the Pasadena resident still hits the water and is a familiar face to anyone doing laps at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center pool.
He has a lot to swim for. This year, his Swim With Mike nonprofit is bigger than ever, helping 56 physically disabled athletes find new purpose in life through scholarships at colleges nationwide. The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, based at USC, is the only kind in the country, raising more than $19.6 million and sending recipients to 104 universities across the country since its inception.
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LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs

Alex Cornwell and Jared Akins were two local baseball standouts whose names came up during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last week.
Cornwell, who recently graduated from Maranatha, was limited because of injuries this season but managed to post an ERA of 2.29 and a record of 5-2 in 39 2/3 innings this season, and the Chicago Cubs noticed potential in the Minuteman. The defending World Series champions drafted Cornwell in the 37th round with the 1,125th pick.
“When I heard, I was honestly elated,” Cornwell said. “As a child, you always work and play the game and hope one day to get the opportunity to just play professional baseball. I was just happy all those hours of work and effort paid off.” Continue reading “LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs”

Alverno Heights Hosts Susan Finley, Pioneer at JPL

Susan G. Finley

Students at Alverno Heights Academy recently hosted Susan G. Finley, the longest-serving woman in NASA who has been employed at JPL since 1958.
At 21, Finley left Scripps College to become an engineer with a thermodynamics group at Convair in Pomona. Like most women of her generation, Finley took time off at the beginning of her career to raise a family. Then, in 1958, she took a position at JPL.
Her job required trajectory computations for rocket launches. In 1962, it was Finley’s calculation that showed that Ranger 3 missed the moon by 22,000 miles. Through her career, Finley contributed to JPL’s missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in the Ranger, Mariner, Pioneer, Viking and Voyager programs.
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Blair Students Get Up-Close Look at Brain Development

Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes, talks to Blair Middle School students on Brain Awareness Day.

Blair Health Career Academy high school students worked with Huntington Medical Research Institutes neuroscientists and other top experts to create presentations on topics such as brain development and migraines, and together presented their reports to Blair Middle School students. The presentations were part of the HMRI’s Brain Awareness Day on March 8.
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K-1 French Dual Immersion to Open in PUSD

Altadena Elementary School Principal Ana Maria Apodaca will welcome students in the French Dual Language Immersion program in 2017-18.A new French-English dual immersion language program for kindergarten-1st-grade students will open in the 2017-18 academic year at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Altadena Elementary School. Applications for enrollment are accepted through Friday, April 7. The program will expand to upper grades each year and feed into the district’s International Baccalaureate programs.
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No Boundaries Art Exhibit Displays Student Work

Pasadena Unified’s No Boundaries exhibit features 2-D, 3-D and video art.

The art of Pasadena Unified students was on display at the recent 12th annual No Boundaries art exhibit at Pasadena’s Shops on Lake. The exhibit featured more than 500 art pieces from students in every school in the district.
Selected pieces will be included in two installments at the “Bridging Boundaries” exhibition in Pasadena City Hall.

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PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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McKinley School Hosts Parent Summit April 8

Charles Heaton, principal of McKinley School, invites parents and community members to the school’s Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8.

McKinley School invites parents to attend its Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event includes workshops on adolescent development, navigating high school, strategies for college planning and parenting styles. In the Writers’ Workshop session, parents will get insight into the way that PUSD elementary school students are learning to hone their writing skills with methods used by professional writers.
“The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents and families to come together to prepare children for the future, whether for the next academic year or for college and careers,” said McKinley School Principal Charles Heaton.
The event is free and open to all parents and families. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/parent-summit-2017-tickets-32429003021. McKinley School is located at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave.

Pasadena City College Announces ‘PCC Promise’

Starting this fall, high school graduates in the San Gabriel Valley will be able to attend Pasadena City College without paying tuition through a new program known as the PCC Promise.
The program is the latest in a growing number of similar programs at two-year colleges around the country designed to give every student access to a college education. As tuition in the CSU and UC systems has skyrocketed by as much as 400% over the past 20 years, vastly outpacing inflation, the PCC Promise intends to lower barriers to ensure that the benefits of college attendance remain available to students of all backgrounds.
“PCC has been a gateway to a better life for residents of our region for more than 90 years,” said PCC Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien. “The PCC Promise makes sure that gateway remains open for all the students we serve — today and tomorrow.”
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Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board

Photo courtesy Mayfield Junior School
Under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of President Paige Hobey and President-elect Teresa Dilbeck, the Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board and its committees, a hard working and enthusiastic group of volunteers, give their time and talent toward the success of many of the programs and events that make Mayfield Junior School exceptional. This year’s board members include (front row, from left) Kate Candelora, Charisse Tolleson, Ann Huntsman, President-elect Dilbeck, President Hobey, Julie Soma, Priscilla Stanton, Cherie Ko and Julia Smith. Back: Betty Rabadi, Susie Baggott, Nicole von Thaden, Nicole Dixon, Stacy Sartor, Rene Dolan, Marcela Rock, Richelle Huizar, Gwenn Palafox, Julie Wong, Karen Limongelli, Andrea Ridl and Pam Halferty. Not pictured: Angela Bohanec, Martha Figueroa, Anna Heredia, Valerie Leiva and Lisa Pratt.