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Dr. Thorossian's November Superintendent Update

November was a busy month in Monrovia Unified, we celebrated our District’s strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, as well as our coding curriculum at Mayflower Elementary and Plymouth Elementary School.
 
Bradoaks Elementary School hosted its first “Telescopes in the Sky” Moon Party family event, kicking off the school’s transition to a science emphasis school. Thank you to our wonderful teachers and community partners for supporting memorable enrichment opportunities.
 
Our Epic Build Showcases at Plymouth and Mayflower Elementary were a success, with parents and community members visiting classrooms to learn more about the District’s Code to the Future curriculum. It was exciting to see our students become the instructors as they explained their coding projects and detailed the process it took to get to the final product.
 
The arts were also highlighted this month when our talented Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students wowed the audience with their performan­­ces of “101 Dalmatians.” It takes a team of dedicated and passionate educators and students to make something like this happen, and I was incredibly impressed with the entire production.
 
The outstanding performances continued with Clifton Middle School’s fall concert, Broadway Game Changers. Performing arts education allows our students to express themselves, and also improve on communication skills. Congratulations to all of our student performers for successful fall productions!
 
At the end of the month, Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park students were treated to a Thanksgiving meal provided by the schools’ staff. The 10-year tradition celebrates community, perseverance and kindness! Thank you to our committed educators for showing their dedication to our students and their continued support.
 
Sponsored by Monrovia Unified School District, the Taylor Performing Arts Center presents “Sister Act” from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/33oemiv, we hope to see you there!
 
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Sincerely,
Dr. Katherine Thorossian, Superintendent
 
Upcoming Events:
Dec. 6-8: "Sister Act" the musical at the Taylor Performing Arts Center
Dec. 9: Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Holiday Concert
Dec. 12: Monrovia High School Winter Concert
Dec. 17: Elementary Winter Concert
Dec. 19: Clifton Middle School Winter Concert
 

Monrovia’s Bradoaks Elementary Students Explore the Night Sky during Inaugural Moon Party

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Bradoaks Elementary students look at Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon through telescopes provided by the Monrovia Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, which partnered with the school to host a “Telescopes in the Sky” Moon Party family event on Nov. 7.

Bradoaks Elementary second-grader Brendon Rose held onto the lens of a powerful telescope and searched the stars for a glimpse of Saturn, Jupiter and Venus during a “Telescopes in the Sky” Moon Party family event that celebrated the school's effort to transition to a science emphasis school. Clifton Middle School science teacher Tom Traeger is a member of the Monrovia Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, which partnered with Bradoaks Elementary to host the event. “Telescopes in the Sky” is just one example of the many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events that Bradoaks Elementary plans to implement as it transitions to a science emphasis school.

Plymouth and Mayflower Elementary Students Display Coding Skills During Annual Epic Build Showcases

codingStudents proudly display their completed coding projects during the Epic Build Showcase. The showcase gave students the opportunity to engage with one another and demonstrate their projects to parents and community members.

Plymouth and Mayflower Elementary students demonstrated how they created animated characters for digital stories and video games during the schools’ annual Epic Build Showcases, events that celebrated the schools’ computer language immersion program, Code to the Future. Through Code to the Future, students work with block-based coding and JavaScript and engage in hands-on programming, robotics, and analog activities. Beginning in kindergarten, students apply the logic of computer science by creating loops, sequences, and animations. By second grade, students begin building video games; by fifth grade, students skillfully combine coding with an integrated story.

Monroe Elementary School Featured on California Schools News Radio

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Monroe Elementary School Principal Dr. Lily Jarvis and interventionist Shirley Conde discuss anti-bullying strategies, including the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) discipline system and Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and the benefits of rewarding good behavior.

Wild Rose School of Creative Arts Students Shine During Fall Production

wild rose Students from Wild Rose School of Creative Arts showcase their theatrical talent during their performance of “101 Dalmatians.”

About 80 TK-5 Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students made up the cast and crew for the fall production, “101 Dalmatians.” Performances throughout the month of November were standing room only as students wowed the audience with their passion and dedication!

Monrovia’s Canyon Oaks High School Staff Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Students

thanksgivingCanyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park teachers and staff serve turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, mac n’ cheese and pumpkin and apple pies to students and community members in honor of Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 at the Canyon Oaks campus.
 

Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park staff served about 160 students a Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, a host of side dishes, and pumpkin and apple pies, all in honor of a 10-year tradition. The tradition began when current Monrovia High School Associate Principal Fil Lujan, who was a Canyon Oaks teacher at the time, discovered that almost half of his class had never enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal, so he decided to cook a turkey for his students. Soon, everyone was joining in. After the meal, staff take leftovers to Union Station and donate to the homeless.