Author Shares How to Motivate Kids to Love Reading

Award-winning teacher and author Donalyn Miller will share how to inspire and motivate children to read more and improve their reading ability, as well as develop a love for books and reading to last a lifetime. Her presentation will be on Tuesday, March 14 at Carver Elementary School at 9 a.m. and Huntington Middle School at 7 p.m.
Miller is an author of several books on engaging children with reading, including the Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. She is also the co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club blog and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading appear in publications such as Education Week Teacher, the Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and the Washington Post. She serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach.
Book signings will be available after the presentation, sponsored by Partnership for Awareness. For more information, visit

San Marino Eagle Scouts Earn Recognition

Allen Liu

Allen Liu’s childhood memories at the San Marino Recreation center prompted him to give back to the center. His project involved clearing out an old emergency exit that had been overrun by dead plants and debris, as well as attaching a gate to the alley. His Eagle project took 150 hours to plan and execute. Now a senior at San Marino High School, Allen began Scouting in 2nd grade, and has enjoyed it ever since. He is still heavily involved in his own Boy Scout Troop 359, serving as leader for the past two terms, and plans to remain in a leadership role. Allen is the son of John Liu and Yi Su and brother of Camille Liu.

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Chandler School Athletic Teams Win League Crowns

Photo courtesy Jessie Brumfiel
The Chandler School ‘A’ boys’ basketball team recently won the Middle School Independent School League championship with a 9-1 record. The team includes (kneeling, from left) Aden Lee, Guarav Law, Zach Bechthold, Logan Sobel and manager Alexander Albrecht. Standing: Marcos Moline, Chad Johnson, Andrew Choi, Brandon Szeto, Ben Lee, Dylan Tracy-Lindenbaum and head coach Bill Anderson.
Photo courtesy Jessie Brumfiel
The Chandler School ‘A’ girls’ soccer team recently captured the Middle School Independent School League title with a 6-0 record. The squad includes (kneeling, from left) Ashley Ahn, Alyssa Christopoulos, Jennifer Spinoglio, Ava Gray, Caity Wackerly, Heather Thomasian, Emily Hsieh and Olivia Bulow. Standing: head coach Nathan Mook, Courtney Gangi, Madison Bradford, Emma Stellar, Eryn Mitchell, Mohona Ganguly, Hailey Lam, Arianna Stavropoulos and Natalie Hewlett.

PUSD Young Musicians Shine at Festivals

Pasadena Unified All District Music Festival showcased performances by middle and high school musicians.

The two-day All-District Secondary Music Festivals brought together more than 1,000 6-12th grade students in bands, orchestras, and choirs from schools across the district recently. Demonstrating that performing and visual arts education is thriving in Pasadena, students awed audiences with their talent and creativity. Performances were conducted by Pasadena Unified School District music teachers and staff, with Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale serving as guest conductor.

Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale was guest conductor of
Pasadena Unified All-District Choral Festival.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Huntington Gardens

Kids at the Huntington Gardens

Pasadena Unified School District 2nd-graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to orchards, nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library and its gardens. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program, 2nd-grade field trips this spring focus on the seed-to-table cycle that is part of the district’s garden curriculum. The field trips bring to life classroom lessons on plant life cycles and the cultivation and harvesting of food. Students learn about edible gardens, herbs, orchards, and the connection between the land and farming.
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Marshall Seniors Picked as Scholar Candidates

Benjamin Burnette and Christian Tran, both seniors at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, have been chosen as candidates for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Established in 1964, the program recognizes and honors some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program recognizes exceptional academic achievement, talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Semifinalists will be named in April, with finalists honored with medals at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

SADA and Children’s Hospital Receive Innovation Awards

Dr. Thomas Lee

SADA Systems has been named a recipient of Microsoft’s 2017 Health Innovation Awards for a pioneering telemedicine project implemented with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group. The initiative, led by Dr. Thomas Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, delivers remote training for eye surgeons in Armenia in partnership with the Armenian EyeCare Project. The goal is to help reduce rates of infant blindness, which occurs three times as often in Armenia as in the United States and other Western countries.
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New Board Members Join Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently elected three new members — Megan Reed, Bradley Talt and Charles Wood — to serve on its board of directors.
“I am excited to welcome them to the board of directors,” said Michael Healy, president of the organization’s board. “Each of them brings a passion for the work of CSCP and a desire to continue to strengthen our programs and services for individuals facing cancer.”
Reed currently serves as the executive director of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which provides programs and services to at-risk youth in 17 youth centers throughout Los Angeles County. In 2013, Reed served as campaign manager for the Rose Bowl Legacy Connections Campaign, for the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, Reed lives in Pasadena and has three children, Chase, Blake and Lindsay. “As a breast cancer survivor, I am eager to serve on CSCP’s board to help expand our reach and enhance our programs for individuals impacted by cancer,” said Reed.
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Foothill Family Benefit is March 18

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Ezra and Marisa Callahan and Stephanie and Greg McLemore enjoyed last year’s Foothill Family benefit. This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black & White Masked Ball, will be held Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Friends of Foothill Family, a volunteer guild of more than 100 local women supporting the work of Foothill Family, is
hosting its annual benefit on Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles.
“The theme this year is a Black & White Masked Ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball of 1966, where the collision of art, high society and fashion lit up the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom for a legendary night, dubbed ‘The party of the century,’” according to a Foothill Family spokesperson.
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