Reading Partners would like you to read between the lines: More volunteers are needed to partner with elementary schoolchildren.
The nationwide nonprofit’s local branch has been working with children at seven Pasadena Unified School District elementary schools each week, tutoring them on reading fundamentals and in practice.
But a dire need for more volunteers to read to the children has driven up a wait list of more than 100 young students in Pasadena who are still waiting for a reading partner. Continue reading “Reading Partners’ PUSD Students Need More Volunteers”
The thing about a great idea is nobody knows they need it until it exists.
Such was the case for Math Academy at Pasadena Unified School District, an advanced math program that is guiding its students to complete AP calculus in 8th grade so they can dedicate high school to college-level proof-based mathematics, including investigative research of probabilities and abstract formulas. By the end of high school, in fact, students might finish the equivalent of three quarters of an undergraduate mathematics degree.
Jason and Sandy Roberts, the parent volunteers and founders of Math Academy, know that the success of their great idea lies in its execution. The two are working diligently with the district to build the curriculum capable of incubating as many as 250 math students in one school year — “our own mini-CalTech,” quipped Jason — with 50 graduating each year from Pasadena High School Math Academy. Continue reading “PUSD’s Math Academy Brimming With Exponentials”
The Pasadena Unified School District has been awarded a $14.5 million Magnet School Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support programs that promote diversity and increase student achievement at three schools located in the district’s northwest neighborhoods: Altadena Elementary, Washington STEAM Magnet and John Muir High School. The grant supports programs that draw diverse students from throughout the community and expands public school choices for parents. Continue reading “$14.5 Million Grant Awarded to PUSD”
The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook.
Although the first week of school has just begun, Pasadena Unified School District high school bands have already been bearing the summer heat during band camp at Marshall Fundamental, John Muir and Pasadena High schools, gearing up for the football and marching band competition seasons.
Band camp is a long-standing tradition in PUSD, but new leaders at Marshall and PHS are hoping to ramp up the somewhat dated music programs. Corey Whitt of Marshall and Bill Benson of PHS as well as veteran director Philip Topping of Muir will lead their school bands in the new school year.
With an East Coast and Midwest background, Whitt’s move to Pasadena has been a challenge, but one that he has taken on readily.
“The biggest difference between the bands back East and here is the size,” said Whitt, a Harvard graduate. “Here, we have many smaller bands, as opposed to a few large bands.” Continue reading “PUSD Community Beats Heat to Achieve Musical Excellence”
Pasadena Unified School District is committed to helping students avoid summertime slipping.
The district offers a Summer Enrichment Program to stimulate more than 1,300 students academically. Known as SEP, the program gives students in grades pre-K-12 opportunities to gain experience for the coming school year.
SEP is run by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting PUSD for the past 14 years.
“We have what’s called the summer slide,” PEF Executive Director Patrick Conyers said. “Students fall behind in the summer when they don’t have any academic activity.”
PEF’s goal is to give students the opportunity to continue their education during the summer.
To provide tuition assistance to those in need, the foundation fundraises in the community. About 40% of SEP students receive some form of tuition assistance. For the past seven years, PEF has partnered with local businesses to provide students with the best experience possible.
Teaching these programs are a combination of industry experts and Pasadena teachers. Continue reading “PEF Helps Students Avoid the Summer Slide”
The other day, children’s librarian AnnMarie Hurtado was driving down Walnut Avenue when she spotted a little girl walking, proudly carrying her reading log, a few blocks away from the library.
“I thought, ‘She’s going to the library to get her prize!’” Hurtado said, warmly recalling the moment. “This is kind of like our summer Christmas; it’s our chance to give away books and get kids excited about coming to the library and excited about reading.”
The Pasadena Public Library’s Kids Summer Reading program has steadily gained elementary-age school readership over the years, but it got a big boost in 2016 when local Realtors initiated a massive book drive for 2nd-graders, giving away more than 1,700 books to Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre public schools. In the inset of each book, there is a sticker with a list of each public library location, phone number and hours, so that families have a go-to reference for more summer reading. Continue reading “Realtors’ Books Drive Kids’ Summer Reading Success”
Pasadena residents Mike and Mandy DiMarcangelo, who have donated hundreds of hours helping Pasadena Unified School District students during the past several years, received the Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, it was announced this past week.
“Mike and Mandy have gone above and beyond as volunteers in the STARS After-School Program and group mentoring,” said Beth Winton, LACF’s volunteer program manager. Continue reading “Lake Avenue Community Foundation Honors Local Couple”
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. Continue reading “K-1 French Dual Immersion to Open in PUSD”
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. Continue reading “PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April”