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Pasadena Unified Students Get Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Huntington Botanical Gardens
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Pasadena Unified Students Get Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Huntington Botanical Gardens

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) second graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this spring, thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program. The field trips focus on the seed-to-table cycle connected to the district’s…

School Suspensions: Reward or Punishment?
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School Suspensions: Reward or Punishment?

By Jordan Yassine Suspensions are seen as one of the most severe punishments given by a school. When a school suspends a child, many assume they’ve done something extreme. Fighting, cursing, and disobedience are some of the behaviors that often get a student suspended. However, what’s ‘extreme’ in one school may not be in another….

Pasadena Unified’s All-District Music Festivals Held
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Pasadena Unified’s All-District Music Festivals Held

The Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) All-District Music Festivals featuring choral, band, and orchestra concerts will be held Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. The festivals bring together more than 1,000 middle and high school students from bands, orchestras, and choirs across the district. PUSD music teachers…

Free Drinking Water Lead Testing at California Public Schools
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Free Drinking Water Lead Testing at California Public Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that public schools can receive free testing for lead in drinking water under a new state program. The State Water Resources Control Board, in cooperation with the California Department of Education (CDE), recently required all community water systems to test school drinking water upon request by school officials….

February College Search Guide
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February College Search Guide

  The Road to College By May S. Ruiz Freshman Your children are well into the second semester of 9th grade and are now fully engaged in the academic and extra-curricular life at their school.  They should continue focusing on maintaining good grades, or if their first semester marks need improvement, now is the time…

College to Career Transition: Where Schools Fall Short
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College to Career Transition: Where Schools Fall Short

By Horatiu Stefan College is an important milestone for students and parents alike. It is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice, and a significant investment of time and resources in education. Parents help their children make the transition from high school to college, and then assume or expect (or pray) that colleges…

Goya Foods Offers Four $20,000 Culinary Arts & Food Science Scholarships to Students
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Goya Foods Offers Four $20,000 Culinary Arts & Food Science Scholarships to Students

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, will offer $20,000 Culinary Arts Scholarship granted annually to four students entering their freshman year of college to obtain their first undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or a food sciences area of study. Goya’s Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in…

The 2017 PUSD School Board Candidates Up Close and Personal
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The 2017 PUSD School Board Candidates Up Close and Personal

Part One By Gus Herrera In preparation for the upcoming 2017 PUSD School Board Elections, to be held March 7, Pasadena Independent reached out to this year’s candidates and asked them to complete a five-part questionnaire. Each candidate received the same five questions. This is part one in an ongoing series. District 1 Candidate: Rita…

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