The last day of school for students in the Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) 2012-2013 academic year is Thursday, June 6. The first day of school for students in the 2013-2014 academic year is Wednesday, August 14.
At its regular meeting May 28, the PUSD Board of Education identified 10 applicants for the vacant Seat 4 to appear before the board for an interview. The interviews will take place at a special board meeting Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at Pasadena City College, Circadian Room, 1570 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. To learn more about the process visit www.boardvacancy.pasadenausd.org.
Blair School teacher Benita Scheckel has been selected from among 30,000 nominations nationwide to be one of 217 quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation. Besides teaching choir and drama classes, Scheckel directs Blair's audition choir, BIBS, and directs and produces the school's annual musical theatre production, Ovations. She is also Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme curriculum for Blair students in grades 6-10. Scheckel also co-wrote the musical "Bend in the Road" that will have its East Coast premiere this summer in New York.
PUSD high school students can earn class credit through the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Summer Enrichment Program. Summer classes include Advanced Placement History Writing, Economics, Geometry, Spanish, Drawing and Painting. Registration is open and classes are filling up fast, so visit www.pasedfoundation.org/summer to enroll today.
The City of Pasadena offers a variety of summer day camps June 17 through August 19. Early registration is now underway. For more information, please contact the Citywide Recreation Office at (626) 744-7500 or visit www.ci.pasadena.ca.us.
Eliot Middle School graduate Margo Sorenson, author of 28 books for young readers, presented awards to winning creative writers at an assembly on May 28 in the Eliot Middle School library. Ms. Sorenson promoted from Eliot in 1959, and later based a number of her stories on people she met in middle and high school. (She is also an alumna of John Muir HS.) The Eliot Middle School PTA created the "Time Traveler Creative Writing Contest," a school-wide contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders based on Sorenson's time-travel adventure-biographies, published by Perfection Learning Corporation, in which Kenneth and Aleesa, two middle school characters, travel back in time and try to change the course of history. The contest was created as part of the PTA's commemoration of the 150th year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Students were assigned to read one of Sorenson's books, purchased for the school by the PTA. Using various writing prompts provided by the PTA or their teachers, students have written essays using Kenneth and Aleesa as the characters during the Civil War, during the Reformation, or at Manzanar, California in 1942. A total of seven student writers were awarded Barnes and Noble gift cards, donated by the Eliot Middle School PTA.
Thursday, June 6
Last day of school for students in the 2012-2013 Academic Year.
Thursday, June 6 - 1 p.m.
Marshall Fundamental Secondary School holds its 2013 graduation ceremony. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena.
Thursday, June 6 - 3:30 p.m.
The Board of Education's Finance Subcommittee will meet. Lower level conference room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena.
Thursday, June 6 - 6 p.m.
Blair High School holds its 2013 graduation ceremony. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena.
Friday, June 7 - 1 p.m.
John Muir High School holds its 2013 graduation ceremony. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena.
Friday, June 7 - 6 p.m.
Pasadena High School holds its 2013 graduation ceremony. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena.
Tuesday, June 11 - 5:30 p.m.
The PUSD Board of Education will meet in regular session. Spanish translation available. Agendas posted in advance at www.pusd.us Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena.
Thursday, June 13 - 7 p.m.
A special screening of "GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District" will take place at the Armory Center for the Arts as part of the Conscientious Projector film series. A community discussion with the filmmakers and participants will follow the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information about the GO PUBLIC documentary project visit gopublicproject.org.
Wednesday, August 14
First day of school for students in the 2013-2014 Academic Year.