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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