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  • The application period for the Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) 2013-2014 Open Enrollment ended Tuesday, February 12. Admission notifications will be made starting March 8. For more information, visit www.openenrollment.info.
  • The Engineering and Environmental Academy at John Muir High School has won certification by the National Academy Foundation (NAF), the network that assesses career-themed academies across the country. Achieving certification moves the EESA toward achieving distinguished NAF status. EESA is one of eight college and career preparatory academies offered at PUSD high schools.
  • PUSD's Families in Transition program and the Salvation Army sponsor the fourth annual Prom Dress Project that helps high school students get dresses and gift cards for their school proms. Admission for students is by invitation only and registration by March 1 is required. For information, or to donate dresses and other items, please call the Families in Transition office at (626) 396-3600 ext. 88250.
  • February 2013 is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and PUSD supports teenagers in developing supportive relationships. Campus activities will focus on promoting healthy, non-violent relationships among teenagers.
  • Qualifying students between the ages of 6-18 living in Altadena, Pasadena or Sierra Madre can get free dental care when the USC Mobile Dental Clinic returns to PUSD March 1. This year the clinic will be at Jefferson Elementary School. Uninsured and underinsured children who are income eligible and have dental cavities will receive free comprehensive dental care March 1 – 8. Space is limited to the first 120 students who pre-register. To register, contact Young & Healthy at (626) 795-5166.
  • Voter registration assistance is offered at six sites in the city of Pasadena through Feb. 19. Registration materials will be available and city staff will be on hand to assist and to update voter registration information. For information and locations, contact the Pasadena City Clerk's office at (626) 744-4124 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Pasadena Water & Power announced that Pasadena will experience a water shortage emergency February 21-28 while a major regional water pipeline is shut down for repairs and upgrades. To avoid running out of water, Pasadena must reduce water consumption by at least 30 percent. For more information, contact PWP at (626) 744-4005 or go to www.cityofpasadena.net.

CALENDAR

  • Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Washington Middle School hosts a Science for Parents seminar by science teachers. The hands-on workshop includes an overview on the school's science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) focus and project-based learning. Washington Middle School converts to a STEAM magnet in 2013-2014. Washington Middle School Library, 1505 N. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena.

  • Thursday, February 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PUSD elementary school teachers, parents and community members are invited to attend STEAM: Science Meets Art, a workshop on effective ways to integrate art and science content in the classroom. Presented and hosted by Kidspace Children's Museum, the workshop is part of the district's focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math focus. Kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena. Space is limited. To register, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Thursday, February 21 at 4:30 p.m.

The PUSD Citizens Oversight Committee will meet. Agendas are posted in advance at www.pusd.us Lower Level Conference Room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena.

  • Friday, February 22 at 10 a.m.

The PUSD community is invited to attend How Things Break: When Structures Fail, a stunning high definition movie that explores how skyscrapers, bridges and lawn chairs break and what we can do to prevent them from failing. Zach Aitken, a graduate student at Caltech studying engineering and applied science, will introduce the movie and lead a post-screening discussion about the science behind the beauty and wonder of nature. Tickets are $5. Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Avenue, Pasadena. This is a special one-hour school-day performance. For more field trip opportunities, or to make reservations, please call Mary Herrera at (626) 395-6059 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The John Muir Green Club will have an All Green Recycling e-waste event at John Muir High School. The Club will accept all electronics including computers, monitors and accessories, batteries (AAA,AA,C,D and 9 volt), wires, cables, electronic appliances including: microwaves, TVs, washers, kitchen gadgets, phones, e-readers, etc . . . Anything that plugs in or takes batteries. Items should be dropped off at the corner of Wyoming and Casitas, next to the student parking lot. All Green Staff will unload your vehicle.

  • Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, hosts a free citizenship workshop. Attorneys and legal workers will provide assistance with citizenship and naturalization applications. Admission is free but advance registration is required. For more information, contact Rosanna del Rio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain Street, Pasadena.

  • Monday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The Community Advisory Committee, which advises the district on the development of its Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Local Plan, will hold its monthly meeting. Burbank Early Education Center, 2046 North Allen Avenue, Altadena. For more information, contact Joy Costello at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

The Pasadena PTA Council will hold its monthly meeting. Elbie J. Hickambottam Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, contact Mayra L. Villa-Kowal, PUSD PTA Council President, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The PUSD Board of Education will meet in regular session. Spanish translation provided. Meeting agendas are posted at www.pusd.us in advance of the meeting. Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena. Broadcast and streamed live on KLRN-TV and www.pusd.us.

  • Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

The PUSD GATE Leadership Team will meet. Lower Level Conference Room, 351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena. For more information contact Amanda Schwartz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Thursday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m.

In honor of African American History Month, PUSD and the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Lambda Chapter, host the African American History Bee. Students in third through eighth grade will answer questions about the contributions of African Americans. Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, 990 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena.

  • Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The District English Learner Advisory Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Edison Professional Development site, 119 W. Palm Avenue, Altadena. For more information, contact Ivonne Manzano at (626) 396-3600 ext. 88286 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • February 28 – March 5

PUSD students and teachers celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss during the national Read Across America Week.

  • Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

PUSD middle and high school students will perform in orchestras, symphonic band and choirs at the annual All-District Spring Music Festival. Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena.

  • Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The annual Middle School Girls' Science Day at Pasadena City College will take place. The event is free and commemorative t-shirts will be available for all PUSD girls in grades six, seven and eight. The day begins with and guest speakers to motivate young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Workshop topics include astronomy, biology, veterinary science, biology, rocket science and immunology. Workshops are taught by volunteer PCC science professors and alumni. Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

  • Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m.

PUSD students will participate in the History Day L.A., the competition organized by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Students prepare posters, exhibits, papers, websites and presentations on a historical theme. Projects are judged by a panel of historians and social scientists. Winners move on to compete at the state and national level. Azusa Pacific University, 921 E Alosta Avenue, Azusa.

 

 

 

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