Office of the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Families:
We were thrilled to welcome our students back to school for the 2022-23 school year on August 17th! Seeing so many excited faces on the first day of school was beautiful. Since then, it’s been a fantastic start to the school year, and I’m excited to share how our students grow over the coming months. Here are some key updates I’d like to share with you as we begin the school year.
We are proud to congratulate five Monrovia schools for receiving recognition from the California PBIS Coalition for implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a set of ideas and tools that schools use to promote safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations and strategies. Congratulations to Mayflower, Plymouth, and Bradoaks for earning a silver medal and Monroe and Santa Fe for attaining bronze. Way to go, MUSD!
We’ve completed back-to-school nights at several of our schools, and each has been a success! The sites opened their doors to welcome new and returning families, allowing parents to meet their student’s teachers and better understand how each class will go. Seeing our classrooms full of people was a joy.
The Board of Education approved a budget that included funding to ensure each elementary school had a full-time counselor. School counselors are an integral part of assisting with the mental health needs of our students, and we are delighted that these educators will be available to support our students and their families. Our elementary school principals have formally introduced their new team members to their school communities.
MUSD had eight teachers undergo the Femineer Robotics Training Program over the summer. They built their robots using different materials, coding, and teamwork to prepare for the first group of students in Femineer. The Femineer Program provides K-12 students with project-based learning for current and future STEM leaders. The goal is to inspire more female students to pursue science-based studies with highly creative, hands-on activities.
The new school year is already off to a hot start. I’m excited to continue my second year as the MUSD Superintendent and endeavor to work with you to make this school year the best at Monrovia Unified!
Ryan D. Smith, Ed.D.
Ryan D. Smith, Ed.D.