Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts

Photo courtesy Armory Center for the Arts Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.
Photo courtesy Armory Center for the Arts
Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.

Like many young artists these days, Jaylin Jenkins, 18, started out loving anime. Heavily influenced by the Japanese style of animation, he knew at just 5 that he loved to draw, and he recalls trying to mimic the characters in graphic novels, comics and movies.
Later on, at John Muir High School, Jenkins realized he really might have a shot to attend art school. As a freshman, he had won the Pasadena Unified School District’s annual “No Boundaries” student art exhibit, and Muir’s AP art instructor urged him on. Continue reading “Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts”

PCC to Offer Courses at John Muir High School

Photo courtesy Pasadena City College Pasadena City College Superintendent/President Rajen Vurdien meets with Pasadena Unified School District trustee Berlinda Brown.
Photo courtesy Pasadena City College
Pasadena City College Superintendent/President Rajen Vurdien meets with Pasadena Unified School District trustee Berlinda Brown.

In a bold move designed to bring services directly to the heart of one of its most supportive communities, Pasadena City College will establish a satellite campus this fall at John Muir High School in Northwest Pasadena.
The agreement with the Pasadena Unified School District, which received final approval by the PCC board of trustees, gives the college permission to establish full-time operations in Building D on Muir’s campus. The 53,000-square-foot facility will allow the college to offer courses, academic support and career guidance directly in Northwest Pasadena, bringing college that much closer to local residents.
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Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma

Graduation day was just around the corner for about 70 seniors at Learning Works Charter School, but there were still projects and chapters to complete, papers to turn in, and the tense, palpable energy in the school’s “factory” room reflected as much.
Heads bent, papers spread out, pens and highlighters at the ready; it could have been a snapshot into any high school study hall before finals. But at this alternative Pasadena school for students in grades 9-12, the stakes are much higher. Continue reading “Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma”

Obituary: Hanne Ward

Hanne Ward

Hanne Ward, 74, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on July 20 with her family by her side. Born in Søborg, Denmark, Hanne and her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1951, and then to Altadena in 1955. They ultimately settled in La Cañada Flintridge in 1966.
Hanne graduated from John Muir High School and later received her cosmetology and real estate licenses. In 1993, Hanne moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she bought commercial property and ran several small businesses, including the popular Hanne’s Hayden Lake Espresso Hut. Hanne later returned to Southern California to be closer to her family.
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