Thank a Teacher this Week!
Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child;
for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator
into the higher consciousness of a mission.
Maria Montessori
This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week an d there is no shortage of amazing teachers in Pasadena Unified School District schools!

Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. PTA events at the national, state and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make.

Join in thanking teachers this week, and every day, for igniting our students’ curiosity for learning. PUSD's talented and dedicated teachers are preparing our children to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Click here to watch the stories of some of PUSD's extraordinary teachers, the 2017 Rotary Club Teachers of Excellence Award winners.
The Vision | The children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable,
                        and supportive environment that prepares them for success in school and life.
LevelUP2 Coming in July Learn | Grow | Lead
An exciting event for youth is coming back to Pasadena this summer -- l evelUP2 -- a two-day Youth Leadership Conference presented by the Youth Leadership Network, a collaborative group of youth-serving organizations in Pasadena. The conference will be held at the Pasadena Central Library on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27, for youth ages 12-18 at no cost to them, featuring top speakers and trainers in the Pasadena area. Last year, more than 70 young people participated and we anticipate doubling that number this year!

Goals of the conference include:
  • To educate students about the amazing diversity of leadership opportunities in our region and the skills they need to pursue those opportunities; and
  • To provide them with connections to organizations with volunteer and community service activities that they might pursue to gain valuable experience

Events of the 2-day experience will include guest speakers, hands-on workshops, small-group experiences, a College Fair and Resource Fair; lunch will also be provided each day.

All youth may register by clicking here.
Community Comes Together to Build a Playground
On a warm day in April, more than 100 people came together to build "Wally's Playground" on Harkness Avenue in Pasadena. Billed as "an incredible community-wide initiative," the project is a partnership of Pasadena Foursquare Church, Kompan and KaBOOM! (the national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds for children in under-resourced areas), and Collaborate PASadena's Supportive Communities Work Group.

The planning process included inviting a group of children to give input and illustrate what their "dream playground" might look like. More than 20 children participated earlier in the Spring, and the results were incorporated into the final design plan.

Another partner in the project was Flintridge Center's Apprentice Preparation Program which trains and prepares formerly incarcerated men and women to work in the construction industry. Students from the program helped with the playground installation.
Why "Wally's"?
A woman named Wally lived in Bungalow Heaven for 89 years and attended Pasadena Foursquare Church for the last 40 years. She loved and cared for both neighborhood children and children of her church. Her backyard and her home on Catalina Avenue were full of toys and books for children, essentially serving as a local park. She received the first Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Angel Award for her loving care of neighborhood children. When she passed away, she left her home to her church and they used some of the proceeds to create the playground park on the grounds of the church. It has normal park hours and is open to the community. The balance of the funding for the project was raised through private donations of neighbors, friends and other community members.
There is movement afoot in the Signature Programs office at Pasadena Unified School District . Three new magnet programs will begin next school year thanks to major grant funding: Visual and Performing Arts at Altadena Arts Magnet (grades K-5); Spanish Dual Language Immersion at Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (grades 6-8); and Early College at John Muir High School in collaboration with Pasadena City College (grades 9-12). Other programs including PUSD's popular dual language offerings in French, Mandarin, and Spanish will expand to include higher grade levels.

Here is a summary of PUSD's Signature Programs:

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM and STEM)
  • Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy (Grades K-5)
  • Washington Elementary STEM Magnet (Grades TK-5)
  • Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (Grades 6-8)

Visual and Performing Arts
  • NEW FOR 2018-19: Altadena Arts Magnet (Grades K-5)
  • Eliot Arts Magnet Academy (Grades 6-8)

Early College (Partnership with PCC)
  • NEW FOR 2018-19: John Muir High School (Grades 9-12)

International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Willard Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Blair Middle and High (Grades 6-12)

Dual Language Immersion (Spanish, Mandarin, and French)
  • NEW FOR 2018-19: Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (Spanish, Grade 6 for 2018-19, Grades 6-7 for 2019-20, Grades 6-8 for 2020-21)
  • Altadena Arts Magnet (French, Grades K-2 for 2018-19)
  • Blair Middle and High (Spanish, Grades 6-10 for 2018-19)
  • Field Elementary (Mandarin, Grades K-5)
  • Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet (Spanish, Grades K-5)
  • Jefferson Elementary (Spanish, Grades K-2 for 2018-19)
  • Pasadena High (Mandarin, Grades 9-10 for 2018-19)
  • San Rafael Elementary (Spanish, Grades K-5)

The district was awarded a $14.5 million Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year to support programs that promote diversity and increase student achievement at three schools located in the district’s Northwest neighborhoods.

The grant supports programs that draw diverse students from throughout the community and expands public school choices for parents.
Join the LCAP Convo Today!
All parents and other community members are invited to a conversation about the PUSD's 2019 LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan), TODAY at noon at Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain Street, Room 117 off Banbury Alley, Pasadena. Light lunch will be served. Presented by Collaborate PASadena's Student Success Work Group in partnership with PUSD.
Come Help with the Book Drive
The 3 rd Annual Realtors Book Drive, which will supply 1,500 books to PUSD second grade students, is looking for volunteers to help with putting stickers in books, and sorting them for distribution. The program, begun by PEF's Realtor Initiative, and in partnership with the Pasadena Library, gives the students books to read over the summer, to help keep up their reading skills and to give enjoyment. Volunteers are needed on May 16 and 18, from 9:00 a.m. – noon, at the PUSD Early Education office at 2046 N. Allen Avenue, in Altadena. Please click here to RSVP to help.
News and Events
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Partner Praise
Did you wear denim on April 25? If you did, you joined 11,718,952 other participants around the world for the Denim Day campaign, launched 18 years ago after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
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