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Dr. Thorossian's May Superintendent Update

In the beginning of May, the District and our school community celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers chose this profession because of their belief in the value of education, their love of learning, and their connection to their students. I’d like to personally thank them for their passion and dedication to their students, to Monrovia Unified, and to our community.

Monrovia Unified honored the Class of 2020 with a celebration at 8:20 p.m. May 6 at Monrovia High School. Monrovia High lit up the Stadium and the Monrovia ‘M’ on the mountain, as another way to acknowledge seniors and their achievements. This has continued to occur every Wednesday since then and will continue through our June 3 graduation. Monrovia Unified is dedicated to celebrating its Class of 2020.

On May 10, Monrovia Unified took part in Virtual Monrovia Days 2020, and shared a video montage that celebrated our scholars and athletes. The video highlighted all of the things that make our District great: our students, teachers and staff, families, and strong academic programs and enrichment opportunities.

We’ve also been busy this month preparing for the celebrations ahead, including our promotions and graduation ceremonies. I’d like to extend a thank-you to our Board of Education, Monrovia High School Principal Kirk McGinnis and administrators, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the City of Monrovia, and our entire community for advocating on behalf of our students and making sure their successes and achievements were celebrated. I look forward to our promotion and graduation ceremonies – our students deserve this.

Toward the end of the month, Monrovia High School announced Kate Tadeo as its valedictorian and Jessica Lee as salutatorian. Congratulations to both on their achievements. We wish them luck as they pursue their academic and personal goals in college.

Lastly, congratulations to you all for rising to the challenge that this dismissal presented all of us. I know I speak for everyone when I say I cannot wait until we are back in school again but, until then, please stay safe and take care of one another.

We will continue providing updated information on our website and social media platforms. Pre-recorded informational messages are regularly updated at (626) 471-2084.
Families are encouraged to tune in to Conversations with Ralph Walker at 3 p.m. every Friday. The show airs on YouTube and features Board President Rob Hammond and Mayor Tom Adams, who share the latest local updates on COVID-19. Please submit questions to or by calling (626) 357-4974.

Dr. Katherine Thorossian, Superintendent

Monrovia High School and Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study School Host Socially Distanced Drive-thru Graduation Ceremonies

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Monrovia Unified School District seniors will turn their tassels and celebrate their many achievements during a series of drive-thru graduation ceremonies held at Monrovia High School on June 2 and 3. The graduation plans, approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the City of Monrovia, adhere to all social distancing and public health guidelines established for Los Angeles County. A graduation stage will be set up and students will be invited to walk the stage as their families watch from the safety of their vehicles. While practicing safe, social distancing, Monrovia Unified seniors will walk the stage and receive their diploma.

Monrovia Unified Announces Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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For their strong academic achievement, perseverance, and dedication to pursuing their goals, Monrovia High School seniors Kate Tadeo and Jessica Lee have been named the Class of 2020’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Tadeo earned a 4.74 GPA and will attend Columbia University to study neuroscience and behavior, with plans to become an anesthesiologist. Lee earned a 4.56 GPA, has completed 13 AP and six Honors classes and will attend UC Berkeley to study environmental engineering.

Monrovia Unified Celebrates Scholars in Virtual Monrovia Days 2020 Video Celebration

Monrovia Unified School District’s school community virtually participated in the 2020 Monrovia Days Virtual Celebration live-streamed on May 10. In place of the parade and performances that normally takes place, the City of Monrovia created a virtual celebration that included happy birthday wishes to Monrovia from the community and montage videos of what makes Monrovia great. Monrovia Unified honored its scholars and athletes by showcasing music, art, and theater performances, athletics, coding and robotic competitions, and community events that occurred during the 2019-20 school year.

Monrovia High School Illuminates Stadium Lights Honoring the Class of 2020

In celebration of the Class of 2020, Monrovia High School illuminated the stadium field and the Monrovia 'M' on the mountain for the first time at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time) Wednesday, May 6. The stadium lights and the ‘M’ were lit every Wednesday leading up to graduation in celebration of seniors and their accomplishments.

Monrovia Unified Announces Plan for Summer School

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Due to the safer at home orders in place for Los Angeles County, Monrovia Unified will provide online academic courses for summer school. Monrovia Unified offers a variety of intervention programs during summer to help our students meet grade level proficiency and reach greater academic goals.

Invitations for K-8 summer programs have been sent out. For additional information or questions about eligibility, contact Jennifer Kwan.

Our summer program for high school students is offered in partnership with Citrus College. For enrollment and information on credit options, please contact Monrovia High School Summer School Principal Brian Ilharreguy.

All services for Special Education Extended School Year will be provided virtually with tele-therapy and virtual classrooms. For more information, contact Director of Special Education Jennifer Johnson.