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Dr. Thorossian's December Superintendent Update

The Monrovia Unified School District is fortunate to have so many such individuals, accompanied by an equally committed, supportive, and hard-working community.
 
Monrovia Unified has received many notable awards and accomplishments over the years, including a variety of prestigious California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Awards for model programs and services. This month, the District received a Golden Bell Award at the CSBA Annual Education Conference for our Early College Program.
 
The Golden Bell Award recognizes outstanding programs and governance practices in school Districts and reflects the District’s effort to provide programs for students that lead to academic success.
 
At the conference, Monrovia Unified trustees participated in panels and gave presentations on how intervention and support programs are building stronger ties with parents, which in turn boosts student achievement.
 
The CSBA conference was the perfect event to culminate a successful first half of the school year – highlighting the strength of our programs as a model for instruction and parent engagement. Indeed, Monrovia Unified recognizes the power of its community support and partnerships as a key element in our students’ continued success.
 
Our commitment to ensuring that success has been showcased throughout the last few months.
 
At the beginning of the school year, Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education came together to celebrate the Grand Reopening of Wildcat stadium. The celebration highlighted the renovation done over summer.
 
At Monrovia High School, our WorkAbility and Transition Partnership program gained attention for its MHS Roasters program, which teaches students job skills and opens doors to job opportunities from local business partners.
 
In October, the District hosted its Inaugural State of the Schools Address, which outlined plans for student support and success. Ending the State of the Schools Address, Monrovia Unified premiered our District’s showcase video, which gave a look into student academic success and culture.
 
Our students continue to excel in programs such as our Spanish and Mandarin Dual-Language Immersion, robotics, coding, athletics, and more!
 
Thank you to all our Monrovia Unified team members who play critical roles in delivering the tools students need to succeed – from our dedicated staff to our talented teachers to our steadfast administrators. It is a true honor to witness your commitment to our students and the achievements that commitment helps inspire.
 
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, and I look forward to joining you all when we return in 2020 for the remainder of our highly successful school year.
 

Sincerely,

Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

 

 

 

 

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Emotional Wellness:

While the holidays are a time for joy, I realize that they also may be a challenging time. Whether the strain involves finances or absent loved ones, help is available. The Foothill Unity Center, at 790 W. Chestnut Ave., has resources for those experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, or other quality-of-life challenges. Additional information may be found at foothillunitycenter.org.

Monrovia Unified has partnered with Care Solace, a Drug and Mental Health resources support network, to provide assistance to our students and families.

Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge line to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer 10 basic questions to receive referrals to care providers. Services are offered in multiple languages.

The program accepts all types of insurance, including Medi-Cal, and Medicare, and serves those without insurance. The system filters by age, gender, ZIP code, and special request. This service does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. Information entered into the platform is confidential and stored securely.

Care Solace can be reached at (888) 515-0595. Help is also available at caresolace.com/musdparents.

In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always available: English: 1-800-273-8355,
Spanish: 1-888-628-9454.
 
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Monrovia Unified Receives Golden Bell Award for Early College Program

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Monrovia Unified School District received a CSBA Golden Bell Award on Dec. 5, recognizing its successful Early College Program offered at Monrovia High School. Monrovia Unified was selected as one of 57 recipients of the educational honor.

The Early College Program is a partnership between the District and Citrus Community College that offers students a path to college through courses that meet high school graduation requirements and provide college credits simultaneously. The dual-enrollment program helps students ensure they are reaching their academic goals while in high school and in their transition to college. The program also provides students with a taste of the college experience and exposes them to new fields of study.
 
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Plymouth Elementary Hosts Annual Multicultural Night

 
 
Plymouth Elementary School hosted a Multicultural Night on Dec. 13, welcoming families to explore different countries and backgrounds. The event promoted intercultural understanding with booth featuring storytelling, food, dance, and art based on a variety of countries. Students and families enjoyed an array of foods, while visiting classrooms dedicated to specific countries. Students received a passport that was stamped at each visit and created art projects focused on areas like Peru, Greece, and Egypt.
 
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Monrovia Unified Students Showcase Musical Talent During Holiday Concerts

Monrovia Unified students entertained audiences during multiple holiday shows, displaying their skills in jazz, orchestra, choir, symphonic band, piano, and vocal instruction. The holiday concerts showcase what students have learned throughout the first half of the school year and celebrate their achievements.
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Monrovia High School

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MHS jazz band performs during the school’s winter concert at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center on Dec. 12. Other performances included advanced orchestra, camerata choir, and symphonic band.
 

Wild Rose School of Creative Arts

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Students dressed in their festive gear and performed an array of classic holiday favorites during the school’s Winter Concert on Dec. 18
 
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Monrovia Unified Elementary Concert

 
Students from all five elementary schools gathered to ring in the holiday season during the District’s Elementary Winter Concert at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center on Dec. 17. Performances included combined band, advanced band, beginning and advanced strings, and after school choir.

Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School

 
Students from Santa Fe hosted their Winter Concert on Dec. 9 and wowed the audience with piano, orchestra, choral and other instrumental performances!

Clifton Middle School

 
Students charmed a full-house of parents and community members during their Winter Concert on Dec. 19. Performances included beginning band and strings, advanced band, piano, orchestra, and choir.
 
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