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Dr. Thorossian's February Superintendent Update

We started  February with a celebration of our college and career readiness programs expanding at Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School. On Feb. 4, our Board of Education and Santa Fe unveiled a new Paxton Patterson Lab, which offers students hands-on instruction in audio communications, computer-aided drafting and design, computer graphics and animation, flight technology, health science, robotics, sports medicine, video production, structural engineering, and more. I am excited to hear about all of the wonderful academic experiences our students will have with the addition of this lab at Santa Fe!
Our students at Santa Fe also demonstrated their proficiency with computer coding at an Epic Build Showcase held for community members.
Our Hippie Bots robotics team students from Clifton Middle School were busy finalizing their robot and traveling to Barcelona, Spain to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge Barcelona Championships. The Hippie Bots were also featured on California School News Radio, where they had the opportunity to discuss what led to their selection in this competition. We are so proud of the Hippie Bots and their accomplishments this season.
Black History Month was celebrated all February, and our students learned about the contributions from Black Americans throughout our history. Monrovia Unified hosted its annual Black History Art Festival on Feb. 20, which was an absolute success, and Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students delivered a captivating performance during their school’s showcase.
Toward the end of the month, the District held two Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) forums and a Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten (TK/K) Preview Night event. The LCAP forums were the culminating meetings which gave our community the opportunity to engage in dialogue and give input around the goals of the District, and provide feedback on how to carry the District’s mission and vision forward. Our TK/K Preview Night highlighted the District’s high-quality programs, such as coding, Spanish and Mandarin Dual-Language Immersion, music, art, and outdoor education.
I look forward to interacting with students and families at our upcoming open houses in March! Please join us as we celebrate the wonderful achievements our students have had this school year.
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Dr. Katherine Thorossian,
Upcoming Events
March 18: Clifton Middle School Open House
March 19: Monroe Elementary School Open House
March 24: Mayflower Elementary School Open House
March 26: Monrovia Elementary Olympic Games
March 26: Canyon Early Learning Center Open House
March 27: Cesar Chavez Day – No School
March 30 to April 3: Spring Break

Coronavirus Update

Monrovia Unified School District is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of students and staff and providing a safe, secure learning environment for all. We are continuing to work closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in promoting the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines:

  • Hygiene: Make sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly for approximately 20 seconds. If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow when necessary. Use a greater than 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you can't immediately wash your hands.
  • Stay home when sick: Students who demonstrate symptoms of a virus should remain home until cleared to return to school. Students who show symptoms at school will be sent home.
  • Limit contact: The CDC urges people to avoid close contact with people who are sick and to avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth. We urge all students to observe safe distances and replace hugs or handshakes with elbow bumps.
  • Clean spaces: Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched objects. Monrovia Unified will conduct additional deep cleanings of schools as needed.
  • Facemasks: The CDC does not recommend facemasks for people who are well. People who show symptoms of a respiratory illness may wear masks to prevent the spread of the disease to others. For more information about facemasks, visit the CDC website.
Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Expands College and Career Readiness with Paxton Patterson Lab
Monrovia Board of Education
Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education celebrates the grand opening of Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School’s Paxton Patterson Lab during a tour of the lab on Feb. 4.

Monrovia Unified School District’s Board of Education and Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School introduced new tools for teaching students audio communications, computer graphics and animation, flight technology and more during the school’s unveiling of its new Paxton Patterson Lab on Feb. 4. The lab, which contains a series of topically focused stations, will give students an opportunity to develop creative and critical-thinking skills as they collaborate with each other in hands-on learning tasks.


Monrovia Unified Robotics Team Featured on California School News Radio

Paul Flores Robotics
Click HERE to listen to the podcast!

Clifton Middle School robotics adviser Paul Flores and eighth-grade students Guadalupe Hilario and Ty Weiss discuss Clifton’s Hippie Bots robotics team, which competed in an international competition in Barcelona, Spain on Feb. 27-28 as the sole United States representative. Beyond the opportunity to showcase their talents, Hippie Bots team members were excited to meet international peers, pick up pointers from competitors, and learn European history.


Bradoaks Elementary School Featured on California School News Radio

Bradoaks Principal Jayne NicklesClick HERE to listen to the podcast!

Bradoaks Elementary School Principal Jayne Nickles discusses the school’s recent designation as a science academy, the importance of inquiry-based learning, increasing parent involvement, and preparing for the school’s Spring Fair!


Monrovia Unified Presents Art from 2,000 Elementary Students during Black History Month Festival

Monrovia Art FestivalA student shows off her winning art piece during the District’s Black History Month Art Festival on Feb. 20.

Monrovia Unified hosted its seventh annual Art Festival for Black History Month, themed to focus on African-American voting. The festival featured art from elementary school students and was hosted with support from the Monrovia-Duarte Black Alumni Association (MDBAA). The annual Black History Month celebration highlighted the impact Black artists have on the world through their contributions and exposed elementary students to their legacies.


Wild Rose School of Creative Arts Students Present Black History Month Showcase

Click to watch students from Wild Rose School of Creative Arts perform during the school’s Black History Month celebration.

Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students wowed the audience when they delivered speeches and performances portraying Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Ruby Bridges and Maya Angelou, during a Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 20. Students ended the performance with a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and a song performance of “We Shall Overcome.”