Schools

South Pasadena High Swimmer Samantha Zavala Signs with Wyoming

Will Showcase her Talents in the 1650 freestyle and 200 fly.

Long hours in the pool and a strong dedication to the sport have paid off handsomely for South Pasadena High’s Samantha Zavala, who is headed... More »

SPMS Students Honored at LA County Science Fair

Seven South Pasadena Middle School students were honored at this year’s Los Angeles County Science Fair. The fair, the oldest and largest event of its... More »

‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at SPMS

Excitement is building as the cast and crew of SPMS’ Spring musical, “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” prepares for its April 25... More »

South Pas Students Rehearsing for Annual Spring Musical Play

Spring has sprung in South Pasadena, which means it’s almost time for South Pasadena Middle School to present its annual spring musical. This year, the... More »

SPHS Students in Washington, D.C.

CIVIC EDUCATION – Eleven students from South Pasadena High School recently spent a week in Washington, D.C. getting an inside look at democracy in action.... More »

Middle School Students Get ‘Nerdy’ on Campus

Whatever the definition of a nerd is, South Pasadena Middle School students made a solid attempt on Friday to live up to it. Teachers and... More »

MHS Kids Get Plenty of Exercise on Sports Field Day

Students at Monterey Hills Elementary School enjoyed a full morning of exercise Friday as they were given an opportunity to take part in a variety... More »

SPHS Seventh in State Academic Decathlon Competition

Formed only a year ago, South Pasadena High’s Academic Decathlon team came away with a stunning seventh place finish in last weekend’s state competition. El... More »

South Pasadena High Seventh in State Academic Decathlon Competition

Formed only a year ago, South Pasadena High’s Academic Decathlon team came away with a stunning seventh place finish in last weekend’s state competition. El... More »

South Pas Shows Potential for Success at Weekend Tourney

South Pasadena High’s boys’ varsity volleyball team traveled more than 100 miles to the UCSB campus on Saturday to compete in the 39th annual Dos... More »

South Pasadena High’s Track Team Competes in Monrovia

Tiger track continued its season last week, participating in its first big invitational of the year. The Wildcat Relays were held at Monrovia High School... More »

Tigers Rack Up Three Victories in Arcadia Elks Tournament

South Pasadena High’s baseball team finished off the Arcadia Elks Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Hamilton High School last Thursday. South Pasadena recently had... More »

School Board Gives Okay to Second Interim Budget

Board of Education members have approved the South Pasadena Unified School District’s second interim budget for the remainder of this year and the next two... More »

A Memorable State Title Run

When the season began in late November, Tammy Lai didn’t know how good her team could be, but the South Pasadena High girls’ basketball coach... More »

Pie-Eating Contest on Pi Day at SPMS

Some students and teachers at South Pasadena Middle School may not want to look at pie for a while after what they experienced last Friday... More »

Kids Dash for Dollars at Arroyo Vista School

Arroyo Vista Elementary students circled their playground on foot Friday morning as part of the school’s annual “Golden Shoe” jog-a-thon on campus. As the kids... More »

School District Throws Retirement Party for Superintendent Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro, who has been an educator for nearly 42 years, said goodbye to the South Pasadena Unified School District during a farewell party Tuesday... More »

Fathers’ Follies a Hit at Middle School

Local dads, uncles, grandfathers and teachers showcased their talents as the South Pasadena Middle School presented its 10th annual PTA Fathers’ Follies last Friday night.... More »

State Education Officials Eliminate California Standards (STAR) Test

State education officials have approved a new method of state testing this spring, moving away from an academic assessment of students that had been in... More »

Wonder of Science at Monterey Hills School Science Fair

What is the easiest way to pop a balloon? With a needle, of course. Is there a way to put a needle into a balloon... More »

Arroyo Vista Elementary School Celebrates Read Across America Day

Kids of all ages wore hats of all shapes and sizes while listening to children’s stories, including one from Dr. Seuss, during a lively Read... More »

Hometown Heroes

The woodshop at South Pasadena High School is a very special place. It is here that teacher Bruce Jessen teaches students how to take raw... More »

South Pasadena Students Shine in ‘Destination Imagination’ Event

Seven student-teams from South Pasadena Unified are advancing to the state final tournament of the annual “Destination Imagination” competition. D.I., as it is known among... More »

Monterey Hills Elementary Kids Impress on Stage

When it comes to talent, Monterey Hills Elementary School has plenty of it. Kids of all ages sang, danced, tossed in a little Kung Fu,... More »

Standout Performances at SPMS Talent Show

South Pasadena Middle School students showcased their talents on Friday during an afternoon assembly. Henry Tull, Will Hoadley-Brill and Chelsea Eisen hosted the school’s annual... More »

Community Supports Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at SPHS

Boosters of South Pasadena High School’s music program held their annual spaghetti dinner on Thursday in the gymnasium on campus. Student groups performed a variety... More »

Middle School Hosts Annual Science Fair

Dozens of discoveries were made as South Pasadena Middle School students showcased their projects Wednesday night at the annual science fair on campus. The following... More »

A Night of Entertainment at Marengo Elementary School

There were dancers, singers and everything in between as students from Marengo Elementary showcased their talents on stage during the school’s annual Talent Show Friday... More »

Arroyo Vista Hosts Annual Science Fair

Moving water will erode faster because its molecules are moving quicker. That’s the scientific proof based on an experiment performed  by first grader Julia Learner,... More »

Screening of Miss Representation at South Pasadena

South Pasadena Community Special Event Screening and Community Discussion of the award winning documentary Miss Representation Monday, February 24, 2014, at the South Pasadena Library.... More »

South Pas Students Get Firsthand Look at State Legislature

They call him the Honorable Sam Leichengen, who was elected a year ago to serve as Youth Governor of California, a prestigious title given to... More »

School District Set to Launch Summer Projects

Plans for a 10-classroom building, including science labs, are part of a series of construction projects expected to start this summer, according to South Pasadena... More »

School District, Yantz Continue Negotiations Over Contract

South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education members reached a decision last week on who they would like to replace retiring superintendent Joel Shapiro,... More »

South Pasadena High Juniors Earn Top Writing Awards

Twenty-six junior AP Language students from South Pasadena High School  were recognized last week by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for outstanding written... More »

The Imagination Performs at Monterey Hills School

  The Imagination Machine, a school assembly program that celebrates student’s efforts in writing, performed last week at Monterey Elementary School. Imagination Machine actors took... More »

Chinese New Year Celebrated at Middle School

Members of South Pasadena High School’s orchestra opened the musical portion of the entertaining show and two talented members of the high school choir closed... More »

Inconsistent Play Keeping Tigers out of Playoff Hunt

The South Pasadena High School varsity basketball team lost to the La Cañada Spartans for the second time this season on Friday. Lackluster Tiger defense... More »

South Pasadena Improves to 5-1 in Rio Hondo League Play

In the midst of a fervently supportive crowd, South Pasadena High School girls varsity basketball team exhibited a fierce intensity that dominated its three opponents... More »

Tigers Close in on League Title, Ranked No. 1 in CIF Division 4

Determination and intensity are the South Pasadena High School’s girls’ water polo team’s methods of success this season as they aim to capture a CIF... More »

CIF Playoff Hopes Improve as Tigers Have Successful Week

South Pasadena High’s girls’  soccer team had a whirlwind week, playing three games within a five-day span as the Rio Hondo League season moved into... More »

South Pasadena Picks Up Key 7-1 Victory Over La Cañada

South Pasadena High School’s boys’ soccer team exacted revenge on La Cañada for a demoralizing defeat earlier in league play as the Tigers pummeled the... More »

Students Read Award-Winning Essays

A history lesson, of sorts, kicked off last week’s school board meeting as nine 5th graders were recognized for their award-winning essays about their favorite... More »

South Pas Students Prepare for Key Changes in Education

Say goodbye to the No. 2 pencil for state testing. Those familiar yellow, graphite-filled pencils that once filled in bubbles on sheets of paper will... More »

South Pasadena Girl Scouts Start Selling Cookies Friday

Buying Girl Scout Cookies is more than just handing over money for an enjoyable treat. It’s about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly... More »

What it Means for South Pas Schools

Governor Jerry Brown recently released his preliminary budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The basic outlook for California’s budget is positive. The Department of... More »

‘Beyond High School’ Forum at SPHS

The journey from high school to college and beyond is an exciting time for both students and parents. A forum on Monday, January 27, at... More »

Three South Pas High Teens Arrested for Stealing iPads

South Pasadena Police officers investigated a burglary at the Marengo Elementary School on Monday that ultimately led to the arrest of three individuals. During the... More »

Lion Dance troupe & Kung Fu demonstration

All Souls School is once again offering an Open House to show off its dual language immersion program in both Mandarin-English and Spanish-English tracts on... More »

New Technological Advances Continue to Support Schools

Technological advances continue to support educational practices and the South Pasadena Unified School District hopes to be among those at the head of the class... More »

‘Keep Our Environment Clean’ 2014 Calendar Available

Need a 2014 year-at-a-glance, poster-sized calendar? The City of South Pasadena is giving them away at City Hall during normal operating hours. The calendar provides... More »

Marengo School Addresses Goals Through Its Site Plan

Marengo Elementary School Principal Kim Sinclair gave a presentation on Tuesday night, detailing in length her goals and objectives for the campus throughout the year.... More »

Local School District, Teachers Association Back in Negotiations

Talks between the South Pasadena Unified School District and the local teachers’ association are expected to continue on Thursday. Both sides, staying quiet on the... More »

Kindercare Kids Sings at Senior Center and School District Office

Kids from Arroyo Vista Elementary School’s Kindercare program visited the local Senior Center and the South Pasadena Unified School District office Friday to spread some... More »

SPMS Students Showcase Talents

South Pasadena Middle School students showcased their musical talents Tuesday night during a winter concert featuring three bands and a jazz ensemble. Under the direction... More »

Director of ‘Yellow’ at SPHS Thanks Community

This is just a big thank you to the community for supporting the latest play to be done at South Pasadena High School. “Yellow” was... More »

Robert Lofthouse Remembered for Teaching SPUSD Students

Robert J. Lofthouse, a longtime teacher in the South Pasadena Unified School District, passed away November 29, 2013. Family members remember Lofthouse, born December 1,... More »

Shakespeare Program Captivates Families at Library

The words of Shakespeare were heard Tuesday night during the first of two winter programs in the South Pasadena Library Community Room this week. The... More »

Legacy Partners Shows SPUSD Parking Lot Project to Public

It soon could become a reality, as Legacy Partners, a development firm based out of Foster City, Calif., showed detailed plans Tuesday night for a... More »

School Board Set to Reorganize on Tuesday

David Adelstein will be saying goodbye to the South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday. Deciding to not seek re-election, Adelstein will... More »

Public Invited to View Proposed School District Project

It soon could become a reality, as Legacy Partners, a development firm based out of Foster City, Calif., will show detailed plans Tuesday night of... More »

Winter Holiday Programs at South Pasadena Library

The South Pasadena Public Library invites families to two free December programs, including an Elizabethan Music and Dance and Shakespeare event and a Lego Mania... More »

After Winning Title Last Year, Tigers Have Great Expectations

South Pasadena’s High School varsity soccer program has great expectations for the upcoming season after winning the Rio Hondo League for the first time in... More »

South Pasadena Eyeing League Title with Plenty of Key Talent

South Pasadena High School girls’ varsity basketball team is back looking for a league title after a successful season last year. With a young team... More »

Tigers Put Hopes on Young Team, New Coach in 2013-14

The South Pasadena High School varsity basketball team is gearing up for the beginning of a new season. With only two returning players with minimal... More »

How Controversial ‘Yellow’ Got Green Light as SPHS Fall Play

You know that super-cool family in town that has it all?  Well they’ve got issues and they’ve got secrets.   And in the South Pasadena High... More »

Graffiti on SoPas High Campus

DURING THANKSGIVING BREAK – School officials discovered graffiti throughout the South Pasadena High campus early last week. Calling it “pervasive in nature,” SPHS Principal Janet... More »

Teachers and Students Look to Embrace Mathematics Pathways

Key personnel within the South Pasadena Unified School District made a presentation recently on Mathematics Pathways, introduced to align with the Common Core Standards, a... More »

Tigers Wrap Up Season at CIF

Tiger cross country wrapped up its season on Saturday, November 23, with the boys’ team taking 16th place in the CIF Southern Section Division 3... More »

South Pas High Not Afraid to Stage Provocative ‘Yellow’

Performances on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. Featuring a high school football star, theatre... More »

‘Barry’ the SPPD K-9 Is too Cool for School

South Pasadena Police Department K9 “Barry” took time out to pose with preschoolers from Calvary Preschool on Tuesday. The Youngsters took a tour of the... More »

Boxtales Teaches Life Lessons at Monterey Hills School

The Boxtales Theatre Company, which performed at Monterey Hills Elementary School on Friday, combined the ancient art of storytelling with the elements of traditional theatre... More »

Arroyo Vista Elementary School Students Celebrate Thanksgiving

Arroyo Vista Elementary School Students wore hats looking like turkeys and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast on campus Thursday afternoon. Teachers joined parents and friends in... More »

Superintendent Says Parking Lot Project Getting ‘Closer and Closer’

South Pasadena Board of Education members will be asked to approve a distribution and development agreement for a proposed mixed-use project designed to create a... More »

Meetings at Schools Explain Common Core Standards

South Pasadena Unified School District personnel are conducting a series of meetings, providing additional key information to parents about what the Common Core State Standards... More »

Girl Scouts Assembled and Sold Natural Disaster Kits

South Pasadena Girl Scout Troop 3311 has been together since they were Brownies and now they are Cadette’s having just completed their Silver Award. The... More »

Marengo Students Honored for Reading Effort in October

There were awards, t-shirts flying through the air and one colorfully dressed school principal all adding to the lively fun at Marengo Elementary School’s outdoor... More »

Arroyo Vista School Hosts ‘All School Sing’

Under the direction of Helen Mendoza, Arroyo Vista Elementary School held its All School Sing program – “Kaleidoscope Hearts” –  on Friday morning in the... More »

South Pas High Volleyball Team Wins CIF First Round Game

South Pasadena High’s girls volleyball team is headed to second round action of CIF-Southern Section play after a business-like 3-0 win over visiting Paramount on... More »

South Pasadena High Students Sign Letters of Intent

South Pasadena High’s Claire Kieffer Wright and Devin Grab signed letters of intent Wednesday to play at the college level next fall. Kieffer Wright is... More »

Tiger Run Sign-ups Underway

The South Pasadena High School Booster Club will present its annual Tiger Run on Saturday, December 7, in the city. The event will include a... More »

South Pas Ends Season with First Victory in League Play

On a cold night, South Pasadena High School football coach Marty Konrad thanked his team for “taking care of business in the first half,” then... More »

South Pasadena Captures Title, Secures CIF-SS Playoff Spot

The South Pasadena girls varsity volleyball team has been dubbed the Rio Hondo League champions after its 3-0 victory against San Marino earlier this week,... More »

Tigers Finish Second in League, Set Sights on Playoffs Today

In South Pasadena High’s final game of the season, the Tigers topped the Monrovia Wildcats by a score of 11-2. The Tigers finished the season... More »

Superintendent Congratulates Board of Education Winners

With the exception of one new person joining the team, the Board of Education is pretty much staying intact after incumbents Elisabeth Eilers and Michele... More »

Adolescent Family Experts at SPHS

Adolescent and family experts Dr. Joe Dilley, Joy Malek, M.S, and Dr. Mitesh Parekh will be panelists at South Pasadena High School’s PTSA forum on... More »

South Pasadena Wins Title for Fourth Straight Year

A fourth consecutive Montview League Championship and the progression of individual Tigers into the second round of CIF highlighted another successful year for the South... More »

Boy Scouts Lead Pledge of Allegiance

Members of South Pasadena Boy Scout Troop 333 led the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the November  6 City Council meeting at City... More »

Talented Pianists Perform at Monterey Hills Elementary School

An appreciative  came out to Monterey Hills Elementary School last Thursday night as students performed on the piano for parents and friends during a recital... More »

Giulioni Joining Incumbents Kipke, Eilers on School Board

Step one for two incumbents reelected to the South Pasadena Board of Education and one challenger winning a seat will be to replace a retiring... More »

Adolescent & Family Experts at South Pas High

Adolescent and family experts Dr. Joe Dilley, Joy Malek, M.S, and Dr. Mitesh Parekh will be panelists at South Pasadena High School’s PTSA forum on... More »

It’s Truly One Amazing Story

I have the best job in the world. Being a teacher at South Pasadena High School, I have the privilege of seeing many things, some... More »

SPHS Decathlon hosts Scrimmage

By Shine Cho South Pasadena High School’s Academic Decathlon team competed against Beverly Hills High School in a planned scrimmage held on campus in late... More »

South Pas High Captures League Crown

With only one match left in league play, the South Pasadena girls varsity volleyball team has clinched the Rio Hondo League title with an undefeated... More »

SPHS Teachers Decked Out in Jeans on Campus

As Veterans Day approaches, South Pasadena High School teachers and staff wore jeans on Wednesday in support of the Jeans for Troops program. Teachers and... More »

SPHS Students Enjoy Homecoming Picnic

Officially it’s called a picnic, but few were sitting around enjoying the ideal fall weather Friday afternoon at South Pasadena High School. In the traditional... More »

SPCC Makes $1,000 Donation to Educational Foundation

At the launch of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Fall Fundraising Drive, the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club donated the entirety of the proceeds, after expenses,... More »

Happy Halloween

Marengo Elementary School Principal Kim Sinclair, center, joined students from Ron Aschieris’ class for a picture during the recent pumpkin patch on campus. On Thursday,... More »

Halloween Fun at South Pasadena Schools

Ghosts and goblins, kings, queens and seemingly every costumed character in between participated in Thursday’s Halloween parades at Arroyo Vista and Marengo elementary schools. Principals... More »

Kids Enjoy Halloween Fun at Monterey Hills

  Kindergarteners to fifth grade students were dressed in a wide variety of costumes Friday afternoon as Monterey Hills Elementary School held its annual Halloween... More »

SPEF Tiger Tourney a Huge Success

About 90 golfers showcased their talents on fairways and greens Friday as the  South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) held its inaugural Tiger Tourney at Brookside... More »

Changes in Education

There’s a new way of teaching students in the South Pasadena Unified School District and Superintendent Joel Shapiro likes the direction it’s going. When students... More »

Participate in Great California ShakeOut

There wasn’t a whole lot of shakin’ going on, but students in the South Pasadena Unified School District made it look that way after participating... More »

Search Process for New Superintendent Begins

A series of focus group meetings involving members of the community will be scheduled in the weeks ahead as the South Pasadena Unified School District... More »

Marengo School Gearing Up for Pumpkin Patch Oct. 18 & 19

Marengo Elementary School will be hosting a pumpkin patch on Friday, October 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, October 19, from... More »

Michael Madsen Earns Doctorate Degree

Michael Madsen, who grew up in South Pasadena and attended local schools, recently graduated from the Colorado Technical University’s Doctorate of Management program. Madsen completed... More »

Local Students Practice Earthquake Preparedness

There wasn’t a whole lot of shakin’ going on, but students in the South Pasadena Unified School District made it look that way after participating... More »

Brent Valdez Earns Eagle Award

Brent Valdez a native of South Pasadena was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Los Angeles Area Council and the North Star District... More »

Volunteers Raise Dollars for SPEF

In homes across South Pasadena phones will be ringing this week as the South Pasadena Educational Foundation kicks off its annual Fall Fund Drive. It... More »

SPCC Makes $1,000 Donation to SPEF

At the launch of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Fall Fundraising Drive, the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club donated the entirety of the proceeds, after expenses,... More »

Red Ribbon Week at Marengo

Out for a walk, Marengo Elementary School Students got plenty of exercise Monday morning as they walked in South Pasadena neighborhoods as part of Red... More »

Fun, Food and Gaming at Marengo Parent Party

The second annual Marengo Parent Party took place on Saturday, September 28, as about 200 guests dined, danced and tried their luck at a variety... More »

Wacky Fun at South Pasadena High

Click Here (or on the photo) to see more pictures of SPHS’s Color Day! It’s a day in which students come dressed in their school... More »

BOO! Watch out for the Marengo Pumpkin Patch!

BOO!  Watch out for the Marengo Pumpkin Patch on Friday, October 18, 8am-6pm and Saturday, October 19, 10am-3pm.  Pumpkins of all sizes will be available... More »

No Movement Between District and Teachers

  Mums the word in terms of where the school district and the local teachers’ association stands in regards to negotiating higher wages for those... More »

Dogs Add Calming Effect on South Pasadena High Campus

When Grace and Poppy enter the classroom, students instantly beam with excitement as tensions ease and a calming effect takes over. That’s exactly what Janet... More »

Walk or Bike to School Day a Huge Success in Schools

Hundreds of South Pasadena youth participated in the10th annual Bike to School on Wednesday. The event, organized by the South Pasadena Youth Commission, took place... More »

Community Supports Schools by Dining Out

The South Pasadena Educational Foundation and the local Chamber of Commerce invited the public to participate in the 3rd annual “Food for Thought” fundraiser on... More »

Dakota Hatch Earns Eagle Scout Award

Dakota Hatch, a senior at South Pasadena High School, recently received his Eagle Award – the highest rank of Boy Scouts. Dakota, a member of... More »

Teachers Tell Board Offer Not Good Enough

Until Monday, Teachers’ Association of South Pasadena President (TASP) Dave Miller said he was given all the signs that a fair increase for teachers in... More »

Dodger Blue Reaches Second Grade Classroom

A self-professed Dodger maniac, Holly Lang’s passion for the Dodgers goes back to growing up in South Pasadena, playing sports and participating in the local... More »

Walk or Bike to School Day Oct. 2

Hundreds of South Pasadena youth are expected to participate in the10th annual Bike to School. The Oct. 2 event will take place during International Walk... More »

Being a Kid in South Pasadena in the Year 2013

Editor’s Note: Young Micah Gee read the following essay during the time capsule dedication on Saturday, September 14, at the Iron Works Museum and again... More »

South Pasadena Students Sign Up for Clubs

From Yoga to badminton, South Pasadena High students were busy walking through the school’s courtyard Wednesday afternoon signing up for a variety of clubs on... More »

San Marino NCL Presents Scholarship to South Pas High Student Charlotte Gleeson

The San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recently awarded college scholarships to deserving young women from our local public high schools.  Each... More »

Replacing Shapiro Won’t Be an Easy Task

With a strong school board and solid district personnel already in place, Joel Shapiro is confident the South Pasadena Unified School District will land a... More »

Science Lab Project Expects to Get Approval

  Board of Education members will be asked to make a final determination Tuesday night on the location for proposed science labs at South Pasadena... More »

Shapiro Explains Why He’s Leaving

Often working 14 hour days, from sunrise to sunset – and beyond, Joel Shapiro was advised by his doctor that his condition was not going... More »

Joel Shapiro Talks About Ideal SPUSD District Superintendent

With a strong school board and solid district personnel already in place, Joel Shapiro is confident the South Pasadena Unified School District will land a... More »

Back to School Night Held at Local Campuses

Back to School Night, a longtime tradition in the South Pasadena Unified School District, is the first opportunity for parents to hear in detail what... More »

Dogs Add Calming Effect on SPHS Campus

When Grace and Poppy enter the classroom, students instantly beam with excitement as tensions ease and a calming effect takes over. That’s exactly what Janet... More »

Superintendent Joel Shapiro Stepping Down

After more than 41 years as a educator, including 26 years as a school and district administrator, South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Joel Shapiro... More »

Tigers Turn Out for 2nd Annual Booster Bash

Therese and Mario Molina know how to throw a back-to-school party.  Hundreds of people showed up at the Molina’s Chelten Way home to show their... More »

South Pas Schools Shine in API Testing

A lofty accomplishment, four of five local schools exceeded the 900 mark on the latest Academic Performance Index (API) and the one that didn’t is... More »

South Pas Schools Shine in API Testing

A lofty accomplishment, four of five local schools exceeded the 900 mark on the latest Academic Performance Index (API) and the one that didn’t is... More »

STANDOUT ACHIEVEMENT

South Pasadena High graduates Lexy Sinnott and Michelle Albin recently started classes at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  The pair recently took part in... More »

Parents Ask About Life on Campus at SoPas High

It was a time for parents to hear from administrators as South Pasadena High School held its first PTSA meeting on campus on Monday night.... More »

Fraga New Varsity Baseball Coach at SPHS

Vincent Fraga, who coached South Pasadena High’s junior varsity program a year ago, has been elevated to the varsity level at the school. Fraga, announced... More »

South Pasadena Schools Off to a ‘Solid Start’

It’s a new school year and, according to Superintendent Joel Shapiro, the five campuses in the South Pasadena Unified School District are off to a... More »

Rekindling Friendships, Greeting New Teachers as Schools Open

The first day of classes are a time to rekindle friendships, meet  new teachers and get a fresh start with the dawning of a new... More »

Superintendent likes Unobtrusive Look of Fences at Local Schools

Security fences were in place at two campuses Thursday as students returned to classes for the first day of school in the South Pasadena Unified... More »

School District Taking Steps to Push Parking Lot Project

A design of a major development project inside the school district parking lot has been approved by the local Board of Education, “and it’s in... More »

School Board Talks About Financing Science Labs

While South Pasadena Unified School District officials insist new science labs are needed at the local high school, the question of where to place them... More »

2013 SPHS Booster Bash: Party with a Purpose

South Pasadena High’s second annual Booster Bash on Sept. 7 is known as the best new party in South Pasadena, with live music by the... More »

Middle School Students Dress in Wild Attire

Web leaders were out in force Tuesday as they showed incoming 6th graders around the South Pasadena Middle School campus. “We know that coming in... More »

Tiger Links Program Helps Freshmen Adjust to Campus

Incoming ninth graders at South Pasadena High School were welcomed to the campus Tuesday through a transition program called Tiger Links. Freshmen students, most of... More »

STAR Test Results High Among SoPas Students.

South Pasadena schools continued to show high marks in the latest the California Standards Test – or Commonly known at STAR Tests –  Superintendent Joel... More »

School Board Continues to Study

Board of Education members, weighing where to construct proposed science labs at South Pasadena High School with money a key issue, are hoping to make... More »

District Eases Common Core

South Pasadena Unified School District hopes to make a smooth transition this year while incorporating the Common Core State Standards, which, according to their mission... More »

Excitement in the Air on Opening Day

In one sense, it might be the end of summer for students, but in another, it marks the start of a new school year, evident... More »

Gates Needed to Complete Fence Projects at Schools

  All that’s needed to finish two key summer projects at a pair of South Pasadena school campuses are the gates. Fences have been installed... More »

Fences Being Installed at South Pas Campuses

With student safety in mind, fences are being installed at a pair of South Pasadena school campuses as the district prepares to open the school... More »

Talks Continue on Best Location for Science Labs

An ongoing discussion by the Board of Education continues on the best location and configuration for new science lab buildings at South Pasadena High School.... More »

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

A new state of the art field for football, soccer and recreational use is about to open at South Pasadena High School. The school’s principal,... More »

Summer 2013 SPHS Graduates Receive Diplomas at Ceremony

When they needed it most, South Pasadena High School Principal Janet Anderson says five students dug deep, not giving up, and relied on plenty of... More »

South Pas Students Finally Get Some Relief

Students throughout California are finally getting some relief.  A few weeks ago, the state legislature reached a compromise on the 2013-2014 budget, which also includes... More »

South Pasadena High Alum Nick Fong Earns Court of Honor

Class of 2013 South Pasadena High School alumnus and Eagle Scout Nick Fong will receive the highest rank attainable in scouting after his court of... More »

Elementary Students Learn Movie Magic

Elementary summer school students enrolled in the Moviemaking course are granted hands on experience with digital filmmaking, learning all aspects from beginning preparation, to creating... More »

All-Stars Finish Second in District Play

South Pasadena’s Softball All Stars Minors Division team finished second in Little League District 18 play after losing 16-14 Friday to South El Monte in... More »

School Board Studies Areas for SPHS Science Labs

Members of the Board of Education, following a trend usually reserved for elementary school age students, went on a field trip earlier this week. After starting... More »

Julie Giulioni Running for Seat on Local School Board

She wouldn’t have even considered it unless David Adelstein decided not to seek re-election, but when Julie Giulioni saw the opportunity she thought long and... More »

Students Say Farewell to South Pasadena High School

A farewell assembly was held Thursday morning for graduating seniors at South Pasadena High School in anticipation of Wednesday’s graduation ceremony. During the farewell assembly, students... More »

Kiwanis Honors Students at SPHS with Scholarships

 High honors went to Nick O’Brien, Diane Huang and Abe Song on Wednesday as the three South Pasadena High School seniors were awarded college scholarships... More »

Crossing Guard Says Goodbye to Marengo School

“Ms. Rosemary Hutchings,” a familiar face both morning and afternoon in front of Marengo Elementary School, is leaving as a crossing guard this week. She... More »

South Pasadena High Alumni Association Schedules Annual Picnic

South Pasadena High graduates and their families are invited to attend the school’s annual picnic and general meeting on Saturday, June 15, in Garfield Park.... More »

SPMS Custodian Assaulted by Teen Skateboarder

  A custodian at South Pasadena Middle School suffered facial injuries after an altercation involving three teenage boys on Tuesday and was transported to Huntington... More »

Top Math Students Honored at South Pasadena Middle School

Outstanding achievement in mathematics was recognized at the 28th Annual South Pasadena Middle School Open House Awards ceremony on May 30. Eighth graders Matthew Arena,... More »

Teachers of Year Selected at South Pasadena Schools

And the votes are in… Annually, teachers vote for their colleagues in an effort to decide the Teacher of the Year at each of the... More »

South Pasadena High Class of 1943 to Host Reunion

South Pasadena High School’s Class of 1943 is hosting its 70th Class Reunion on Sunday, June 2, at the Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena. The... More »

Committee Looks to Narrow Firms from Two to One

Talks continue between the South Pasadena Unified School District and two developers, who could change the face of Mission Street some have referred to as... More »

“Visions of Dance” Coming to South Pas High Thursda

Some visions trace emotional journeys. Some blend past with future. Translated into dance, other visions explode in a rhythmic sea of legs and leaps, ebbing... More »

Springtime square dance

Arroyo Vista Elementary School students kicked up their heels and entertained an appreciative crowd last Thursday night by hosting a hoedown on campus. In modern... More »

Math Wizards

“Divide and Conquer” was the theme for the day as South Pasadena’s finest young mathletes gathered at the 22nd Annual Elementary Math Field Day, held... More »

Tigers Pick Up Win Against Monrovia, Fall to San Marino

Last week flew by for South Pasadena High School’s boys’ golf team with an all around win against Monrovia and a loss against San Marino.... More »

CIF Playoff Hopes Slip Away

ast week saw South Pasadena High’s boy’s tennis team struggle as they fought for that last shot at CIF which ultimately slipped away. Tuesdays’ defeat... More »

Tigers Record First League Win

South Pasadena High’s boys’ swim team has finally found success in league, earning a 94-76 victory over Temple City last Thursday. This was the Tigers’... More »

South Pasadena Soars Past Monrovia to Capture Crown

South Pasadena High School’s track triumphed in its biggest dual meet of the season last week, scoring critical hard-fought victories on every level against league... More »

Keep Schools Gun-Free Zones Best Choice

The massacre that took place in Newtown, Connecticut last December has reverberated most alarmingly in school districts across the country and left us grasping for... More »

South Pasadena High Closing in on Rio Hondo League Title

South Pasadena High’s track team kept up its busy schedule last week, advancing one step closer to the Rio Hondo League title and hosting yet... More »

South Pasadena Schools

The month of March served as the beginning of competition season for many groups at South Pasadena High School. The senior and junior girls kicked... More »

Arroyo Vista

Arroyo Vista was packed with events in the month of March. The events range from the Jog-a-thon, parent teacher conferences, and Read Across America week.... More »

Monterey Hills

March was en exciting month at Monterey Hills! Our school participated in many events. One of these events was the Read-a-thon. The Read-a-thon is about... More »

South Pasadena Schools

Many activities went on during the month of March at South Pasadena Middle School.  Father’s Follies was put on by the PTA on March 1.... More »

Marengo

This past month at Marengo has been very enjoyable for the students! They have participated in many fun and educational activities, including the Jog-a-Thon, March... More »

South Pasadena Schools

A monthly feature returns today, as the South Pasadena Review showcases columns written by students and administrators at each of the five schools in the... More »

High Praise Given as District Holds Teacher Appreciation Week

A continental breakfast, including fruit, pastries and coffee, was provided to teachers as South Pasadena Unified School District officials visited local campuses last week with... More »

Board of Education President Won’t Seek Re-election

David Adelstein, president of the South Pasadena Board of Education, announced on Tuesday night that he won’t seek re-election later this year. Adelstein’s term runs... More »

South Pasadena High School Earns Prestigious Distinguished School Honor

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson last Thursday named 218 public middle and high schools California Distinguished Schools ­– including South Pasadena High –... More »

South Pas High’s Water Polo Team Honored

South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Richard Schneider, left, presented a certificate of recognition on Wednesday to the South Pasadena High School girls’ water polo team for... More »

Marengo Elementary School Students Represent South Pas

A group of fifth-graders from Marengo Elementary School won the right to represent South Pasadena in a prestigious international academic tournament after placing high in... More »

Middle School Students Root for Favorite Teams

A Spirited Bunch – Students at South Pasadena Middle School were encouraged to wear clothing on Friday representing their favorite sports teams, including professional to... More »

Two SPHS Virtual Business

In November of last year, South Pasadena High’s varsity virtual business plan team, “Expedition,” achieved a status  no other team in school virtual business history... More »

School Resource Officer Re-instated at Local Schools

One of the first moves made by Art Miller after he was named the city’s new police chief was to reinstate the school resource officer... More »

South Pasadena Unified Hosts School Registrations This Week

South Pasadena Unified School District’s registration process for incoming elementary students will be open at both Arroyo Vista Elementary School and Monterey Hills Elementary at 9:00... More »

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Viewed By An 8th Grader

Ode to the Rabbit’s Foot Doesn’t everyone sign their documents in blood? Well that’s what the two main characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, achieve... More »

Opinion of Homeland Security – 8th Grade Debate

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is taking away what being an American is all about. This is giving the terrorists a victory. Terrorists... More »

Register for Spring Camp Med at the Orange Grove Rec Center

For a fun and adventurous Spring Break, look no further than the City of South Pasadena’s Camp Med! This camp offers a full week’s worth... More »