California Supreme Court Justice Visits Marshall Fundamental

Published : Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 6:38 PM

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye recently visited Marshall Fundamental Secondary School to present the 2018 “Award of Excellence,” the highest honor in the annual Civic Learning Awards program sponsored by the Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The school hosted recognition event to showcase the work of students in civic learning programs.

The event featured a display of student projects on drought, transportation, and waste management that are part of the school’s Innovation Project. As part of the school’s civic learning programs, students research issues that impact their daily lives, and draft plans, legislation, and grant proposals. They present their grant proposals to panels of industry professionals and policymakers, and get an in-depth look at the way local and regional public policies are developed. The Innovation Project is among Marshall’s civic learning programs cited in the state award.

Students were joined by Pasadena Unified board members, officials, judicial officers. parents, and community members.

“Congratulations to the students of Marshall,” said Board of Education President Roy Boulghourjian. “Marshall’s dynamic program is creating avenues for students to connect classroom learning with local, national, and global issues, and actively engages them in having a positive impact on the world around them.”

The statewide Civic Learning Awards program celebrates public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. In addition to the Awards of Excellence, six other schools received Awards of Distinction and 65 received Awards of Merit. Winners were selected by a panel of experts based on the depth and breadth of their civic learning courses/clubs/programs. Award winning schools are recognized for engaging students in civic learning and identified as a model that can be replicated in other schools.

“I’m thrilled that Marshall is getting recognition for this important program,” said Dr. Mark Anderson, Principal of Marshall Fundamental. “The annual project actively engages students in real-world problems that impact their lives and creates avenues for them to acquire deeper knowledge, explore challenges, and develop solutions.”

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, 990 North Allen Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-5810 or visit

Pasadena Unified School District, 351 S. Hudson Ave, Pasadena, (626) 396-3600 or visit








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