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Pasadena Unified Teachers and Staff Prepare for Start of School

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald will deliver his first address to teachers, principals and staff at the annual All-Staff Back to School meeting Thursday, Aug. 14. The first day of school for PUSD students is Monday, August 18. During the event that kicks off the new academic year, employees will hear about goals for the year, reconnect with each other…

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Pasadena Unified to File Suit to Maintain Local Connection with Charter Schools

In a move to ensure that local school districts have a say about the public school operations within the geographical area they serve, the Pasadena…

Pasadena Unified Master Plan/Boundary Committee to Discuss Future Design of All District Attendance Boundaries

PUSD 7-24-2014 pics01 The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board Master Plan/Boundary Committee will meet next week to continue their work examining current school attendance boundaries and how they can be improved to better serve all of PUSD’s students and schools. The discussions at these committee meetings will…

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An 8-day Trip to Costa Rica for Ramona Convent Secondary School Students

L-R: Melissa Morado, Anna Keledei, Marina Salazar, Unknown Tour Guide, Amber Bugarin, Samantha Montes, Erika Gomez, and Jourdan Zelaya (kneeling below) L-R: Melissa Morado, Erika…

High School Students to Work with Renowned Local Researchers and Professionals

Institute for Educational Advancement 7-7-2014 pics01 Twenty-nine high school students are stepping out of the classroom and into the real world to apply their knowledge to hands-on, cutting-edge research and professional projects with renowned local scientists, doctors, professors and experts over the next two months in Pasadena and Los Angeles. The…

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Local Educator Get NEH Award to Attend the Religious Worlds of New York Summer Institute

Kimberley Medendorp Kimberly Medendorp, middle-school English teacher and co-executive director of the Peace & Justice Academy, was invited to apply to this prestigious gathering of…

Pasadena Unified Board of Education Appoints Interim Superintendent

PUSD 6-27-2014 At a special closed session meeting June 26, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Deputy Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D., as Interim Superintendent until further notice. The appointment will take effect when Superintendent Jon Gundry’s impending resignation is effective.…

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Ramona Convent Secondary School Announces its Summer Session 2014

Ramona Convent Secondary School’s Summer Session curriculum is designed to prepare students for junior high and high school as well as to provide opportunities for…

Pasadena Unified Teachers Win Local and National Accolades

PUSD 6-13-2014 pics01 L-R: Ravishanth Dev Anandhan (Sierra Madre Middle School), Mellason Chidester, (Longfellow Elementary School), Rose Evans (Pasadena High School), Maria A. Soto (Willard Elementary School) and Kaiulani Sallas Venable (Jefferson Elementary School). Photo courtesy PUSD Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) teachers have been recently acknowledged as…

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Dr. Jennifer Smith Selected as Principal of Norma Coombs Alternative School

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Jon R. Gundry announced today that Jennifer Smith, Ed.D. has been named principal of Norma Coombs Alternative School. Dr. Smith has served as interim principal of Norma Coombs since August 2013. “Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the Norma Coombs community strengthened and united in support of students and learning,” said Gundry. “I look forward to the school’s continued success with her at the helm.” Smith spent 10 years as a software engineer for the defense industry before changing careers to become an educator. She joined PUSD in 1998 as a computer and math intervention teacher…

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