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* The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education approved a tentative agreement with the United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP), the union that represents district teachers. If approved by the UTP members, the agreement will extend until June 2012. The Board also approved revisions to its agreement with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), which represents administrative, clerical, para-educator and security employees. The UTP agreed to furlough days, reducing their paid work year by five days in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The furlough days will result in the loss of three professional development days and two instructional days, reducing teacher work days to 181 and student days to 178. The agreement provides no salary increases from 2008-09 through 2011-12, and requires UTP members to cover any increased benefit costs beginning in January, 2011. The agreement establishes the calendar for one year; calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13 will be negotiated after input sessions with all stakeholders. The 2010-11 calendar will be available in early June.

* Four John Muir High School seniors presented their findings at Cal Tech as part of a joint research project called SHARK, which stands for Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit. The project is meant to discover efficient ways to produce hydrogen from water. The students presented along with two other southern California high schools and two universities. Muir High School student researchers were: Valeria Sosa, Osiris Negrete, Miguel Reyes, and Karla Zavala. Chemistry teachers Mr. Pratt and Ms. Reynolds helped the students with the project.

African American Pasadena School District new - robot eventAfrican American Pasadena School District new - McKinley "Geek Squad" in robot event* Teams from PUSD middle schools competed in the first annual Pasadena Middle School Robotics Competition. More than 100 students from Eliot Middle School, Washington Middle, Wilson Middle School and McKinley K-8 School competed as teams to program their robots to complete tasks on a course requiring the use of light sensors, touch sensors and sonar. The robotics program and competition were supported by the Pasadena Educational Foundation. The McKinley "Geek Squad," composed of Nicolas Gist, 13; Nate Ferguson, 13; Grainger Poe, 12; and Christian Maljan, 13 won the competition. Photos attached.

· Free breakfast and lunch will be available for children and youth 18 years old and younger by PUSD and the City of Pasadena's "2010 Summer Food Program for Children & Youth." The meals will be provided at schools, parks and other sites throughout Pasadena. The program is operated by the Food Services Department of the Pasadena Unified School District, the City of Pasadena, and other organizations. Participants must eat all meals at the site; additional rules will be posted. A schedule and list of participating sites is attached. Please call PUSD Food Services at 626-396-5850 for more information. Read More

* PUSD's spring musical season continues with concerts at John Muir and Marshall High Schools, and Blair IB School's annual presentation of "Ovations" at the Pasadena Playhouse. Eliot and Washington Middle School will also present musical and theater performances in June. Visit the Arts Department page at www.pusd.us for the full schedule.

--The Week Ahead--

Wednesday, June 2--5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Pasadena Youth Council hosts a networking event for youth at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena. The Youth Council is open for applications for next year. Youth ages 13-18 are welcome to apply. Applications can be obtained by calling Mr. Hillary at 626-744-6942 or e-mail: rhillary@cityofpasadena.


Annual School Open House events are scheduled at Cleveland Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, McKinley School, Roosevelt Elementary School, San Rafael Elementary School and Washington Accelerated Elementary School.

Thursday, June 3--8:15 a.m.

Students, teachers, and families will unveil the new library at Ben Franklin Elementary School with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, 8:45 a.m. Ribbon Cutting. 527 W. Ventura St., Altadena. Contact: Alden S. Denila Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (626) 396-5640.

--6:30 p.m.

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School hosts a New Student Transition evening. Parents and students can meet Marshall staff and administrators to learn about about involvement opportunities, events at Marshall, schedules, dress codes, conduct expectations and more. Incoming students will have the opportunity to meet one another, tour the campus and ask questions about student life at Marshall. Current Marshall students will be partnered with small groups of new students to help and support them during their first year at school. Marshall, 990 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena.


Annual School Open House events are scheduled at Don Benito Fundamental School, Field Elementary School, Hamilton Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, Norma Coombs Alternative School, Sierra Madre School, Webster Elementary School, and Willard IB School.

Friday, June 4--3-6:00 p.m.

To offset budget cuts, Hamilton Elementary School will hold a "Stock Up for Summer" sample sale. Manufacturers have donated hundreds of sample (never-before-worn) swimsuits, cover ups, shorts, and jeans for the event. Prices range from $3 for swimsuits to $12 for jeans. Women's, girl's and men's sizes available. The sale continues on Saturday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Hamilton Elementary School, 2089 Rose Villa, Pasadena.

--7:00 p.m.

Marshall Fundamental Choir Spring Concert, David Pitts, Director. Marshall Auditorium

--8:00 p.m.

Blair IB Singers present "Ovations" at the Pasadena Playhouse, Benita Scheckel, Director. Other performances June 4 at 8pm, June 5 at 8 p.m., and June 6 at 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 5--7:45 a.m.

Blair IB School holds its incoming parent and student orientation, Plug In. Incoming students and their parents should gather at the flag pole of Blair's main campus at 7:45 a.m. for grades 6-8, and at 8:45 a.m. for grades 9-12. The three-hour event is designed to help families learn more about Blair IB School's programs, policies and daily life. In addition to staff presentations, there will be parent and student panels and an informational fair. For more information, contact Judy Boehr (626) 396-5820, ext. 80035 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, June 6--12:00 p.m.

PUSD graduates will participate in the annual Latino Student Recognition Ceremony sponsored by APPLE-IDEPSCA, Latino Heritage, Pasadena Latino Forum, PCC, Councilmember Victor Gordo and others. The ceremony celebrates students' personal success and academic achievements in the spirit and tradition of Latino culture. The ceremony is open to all graduating students and allows students to publicly thank those who have helped them throughout their educational experience. Please contact Raul Borbon at 626-319-6801 or Susana Zamorano at 626-628-5585 for more information.

--6:00 p.m.

Graduating PUSD African American seniors will be honored at the sixth annual Rites of Passage Ceremony sponsored by the Pasadena Alliance of African American School Educators (PAAASE). Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001. For more information, contact Dr. Francine Williams, (626) 794-7169 or Anett Hill, (818) 291-6770.

Tuesday, June 8--12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

In honor of Grace, a student recently diagnosed with cancer, Field Elementary School is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The school community asks for help in recognizing Grace's brave spirit as they work together to save lives. To schedule an appointment, create a profile at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "eugene field." Eugene Field Elementary School, 3600 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 91107.


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