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  • Forty-one  4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade students from Sierra Madre K-8 School participated in the annual L.A. County History Day competition at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, March 13.  They were among 700 students from other county school districts who participated in the competition.  Eight Sierra Madre School students won medals and five will move on to the State History Day Competition in Pasadena May 6-9, 2010.  Using this year's theme, Innovation in History: Impact and Change, students wrote a process paper that required information-gathering and analysis to develop their own conclusions.
  • The L.A. County representatives to the state competition for elementary are: Reese Proctor, 5th grader for his individual poster entry titled, “The Toilet: When A Flush Beats a Full House,” Kenna Castillo & Mirena Munich, 5th graders for their group poster entry titled, “Talk About a Revolution: How the Beatles Changed the World.” Megan Tcheng &Casey Romero, 7th graders are the state representatives for their documentary (one of six categories middle school students could enter) titled, “Guide Dogs for the Blind: Leading the Way for a new leash on Life.” Additional awards went to Axel Tanner, a 5th grader and state alternate for the individual poster titled, “Velcro-A Worldwide Phenomenon,” Katherine Bishop & Maya Ledesma, 4th graders, received a special humanitarian award for their poster entry, “A Great Bridge in a Tough Time: The Golden Gate Bridge,” and Rebecca Liu is the state alternate for her historical paper entry: “Facilitated Communication: An Innovation That Changed My Life.” Ms. Liu, an 8th grader who is autistic with limited verbal skills used her dynawriter to communicate with the judges for the second year in a row her passion for promoting those who have contributed to innovative policies and inventions that assist autistic children to excel academically and socially in the regular classroom. PUSD congratulates Sierra Madre School teachers Tina Ogron, Lisa Prado and Lisabet Nepf, who each won the George Moffett Teacher Award for excellence in the teaching of social studies.
  • PUSD students in grades 10, 11 and 12 took the California High School Exit Exam, which is required to earn a high school diploma. Students are tested in two areas: English Language Arts and Math, and must pass both parts of the test. Students have several opportunities to take and pass the exam, starting in the 10th grade.
  • Eliot Middle School students showed their art work at the Room 13 Exhibition at the Judson Studios Gallery as part of NELA Art Night last weekend.  The exhibition showcased paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, assemblage, mural art and animation. Room 13 originated in Scotland in 1994 and has grown into an international network of student designed and operated creative studios.
  • PUSD’s Families in Transition Program, which provides supportive services for homeless students and their families, received a $9,000 contribution from the Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Anthony. The contribution marks the second gift from the Philoptochos Society, the official outreach ministry of the Greek Orthodox Church.  In 2008, the organization gave $5,000 to Families in Transition.  This year, the Annual Christmas Benefit Luncheon committee voted to increase their contribution this year in recognition of the number of families in need as a result of the nation’s economic crisis.  Photo:  Athena Dallas presents a $9,000 check to Dr. Meg Abrahamson, Director of Student Support Services in the PUSD Welcome Center.
  • Fourth graders at Franklin Elementary School collected 100 pairs of new socks as part of the Make the Homeless Count Sock Drive that is part of the 2010 U.S. Census. Students in Ms. Irma Gonzalez’ class participated in the community service project for March to honor the late Cesar Chavez.

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