Realtors Sell Community on PUSD’s Rising Strength

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Supporters who have worked hard to change the “perception gap” concerning the Pasadena Unified School District include Pasadena Educational Foundation Executive Director Patrick Conyers, PEF board member and local Realtor Del Lile, Altadena Arts Magnet Principal Benita Scheckel and PEF marketing director Monica Lopez.

There’s a new public school in town, and Pasadena Unified School District supporters want you to know about it. It’s the school around the corner — yes, the one that’s always been there. Continue reading “Realtors Sell Community on PUSD’s Rising Strength”

Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners

Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.
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Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.

When Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald dropped in at McKinley School some years back to visit an informal 5th-grade math club, run by local parents Jason and Sandy Roberts as an extension of the math field day they had been recruited for, he stopped in his tracks. Continue reading “Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners”

PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.
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Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.

As students across the region head off to college this fall, a contingent of Pasadena Unified School District graduates is proudly donning backpacks to attend an institution right here in town­ — Pasadena City College — in a quest to achieve a quality higher education at a lesser cost. Continue reading “PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC”

STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech

OUTLOOK photo Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.
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Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.

At a Norma Coombs Elementary School day camp recently, little hands and fingers flew over Chromebooks, with color puzzle pieces being dragged into place as the campers built a fictional, interactive story through the introductory Scratch coding program.
“You just have to play with it,” Michael Dragomir, a STEAM:CODERS summer camp teacher, told a 3rd-grader, who needed little encouragement as she did just that. She readjusted her headphones and dragged a different piece to see how that might change things up in her virtual-reality fiction, which happened to be a story about two girlfriends chatting in the park. Continue reading “STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech”

Conservancy Awards $42,000 Grant for School Gardens

Photos courtesy Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy PCGC-sponsored School Gardens manager Jill McArthur leads a gardening workshop for PUSD 3rd-grade students in the Huntington Library’s citrus orchards; many PUSD school gardens now have their own orchards.
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PCGC-sponsored School Gardens manager Jill McArthur leads a gardening workshop for PUSD 3rd-grade students in the Huntington Library’s citrus orchards; many PUSD school gardens now have their own orchards.

Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy announced a $42,000 grant to the Pasadena Unified School District to underwrite the 2018-19 salary of a full-time School Gardens manager for the 16 educational food gardens located at PUSD campuses. These award-winning gardens help to improve family health and nutrition, enhance science education, and help increase parental involvement in the public schools.
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Civic League Honors Middle School Girls

Photo courtesy Sandy Grinnell Ashley Siebels, McKinley K-8 School; Elizabeth Mazaro, Sierra Madre Middle School; Mariana Cruz, Elliott Arts Magnet Academy; Alejandra Penalosa, Washington STEAM Magnet Academy; Idalina Bonham, John Marshall Fundamental School; Jade Barrera, Blair I.B. Magnet School; and Kayla Mendoza Mejia, Wilson I.B. Magnet School.
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Ashley Siebels, McKinley K-8 School; Elizabeth Mazaro, Sierra Madre Middle School; Mariana Cruz, Elliott Arts Magnet Academy; Alejandra Penalosa, Washington STEAM Magnet Academy; Idalina Bonham, John Marshall Fundamental School; Jade Barrera, Blair I.B. Magnet School; and Kayla Mendoza Mejia, Wilson I.B. Magnet School.

The recent Woman’s Civic League’s luncheon was devoted to honoring young women from Pasadena Unified School District middle schools who have shown tremendous growth and tenacity during their middle school years. This Continue reading “Civic League Honors Middle School Girls”

Assistance League of Pasadena Delivers School Supplies

Extending a partnership to provide “School Supplies for Success” are (from left) Stella Francoallen (Eliot Arts Magnet Academy), Michelle Chino (Assistance League of Pasadena), Lorraine Schield (Assistance League of Pasadena) and Maricela Borough (Washington STEAM Magnet Academy).
Extending a partnership to provide “School Supplies for Success” are (from left) Stella Francoallen (Eliot Arts Magnet Academy), Michelle Chino (Assistance League of Pasadena), Lorraine Schield (Assistance League of Pasadena) and Maricela Borough (Washington STEAM Magnet Academy).

Assistance League of Pasadena is extending its partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, launching Operation School Bell: School Supplies for Success Program. After meeting with middle school representatives, it became clear that there is great need to provide school supplies to financially underserved students during the second semester.
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Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success

OUTLOOK photo Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.
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Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.

“We do things differently here.”
That’s not a statement heard often from a public school principal, but then again, Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley is not a typical school head, nor is Rose City a typical public school. Continue reading “Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success”