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“I Believe in the Gift of Failure”

As a science educator, I begin each year by giving my students explicit permission to fail, and explaining to them that failure is part of the game in science. As sci-fi author Isaac Asimov wrote, “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but rather, ‘hmm… that’s funny…’” Students will design experiments that don’t turn out,…

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PolyToday: Engineering Class Prepares for the JPL Invention Challenge

This year’s challenge is called the “Upright Pipe Contest.” Teams are invited to create a device that can position a plastic pipe that is resting…

Mistakes are Important to Learning: A Lesson from Westridge School’s 7th Grade Math

ws-11-09-2018-740 In addition to square root radicals and scientific notation, Westridge 7th grade math students are taught a lesson that will carry over to all their classes and to life: that mistakes are not only a normal part of learning, they are also one of our…

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New Multicultural Literature Class at South Pasadena High School

This year, South Pasadena High School offered an additional option for ninth grade English. Students had the choice to take a new pilot course titled…

Math Academy Tours

pusd-match-academy-740 PUSD’s Math Academy is offering tours this month. The Math Academy program, offered at three middle schools and a high school, radically accelerates the math curriculum for sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. Considering Math Academy for Middle School? The following school tours will…

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Alverno Heights’ Forensics Class Invited to Meet with Superior Court Judges

Alverno Heights Academy’s Forensics class had a field trip to the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center – Los Angeles Superior Courthouse recently. It was…

Fifteen Minutes with Carlos Kassam-Clay

spusd-10-25-2018-740 Each year, new faculty, staff and administrators undertake important roles in educating students in South Pasadena. This year, the middle school welcomed a new assistant principal – its first in more than 13 years — Carlos Kassam-Clay. Kassam-Clay comes to South Pasadena after growing up…

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2019-2020 Open Enrollment-School Choice Calendar Announced Sibling/Priority Registration is October 29-November 16, 2018

Click on image to enlarge The first phase of Open Enrollment-School Choice for 2019-2020 in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) begins with sibling and…

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s App Academy at Pasadena High School Writes Java Code to Manipulate Images

untitledpased10232018-740 Pasadena Educational Foundation (PASED)’s AP Computer Science seniors in the The App Academy at Pasadena High School are writing Java code to manipulate images. Check out Cameron’s pixellator above. App Academy is a 4-year computer science academy at Pasadena High supported by the Pasadena Educational…

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Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Speech & Debate Team Earn Recognition from National Speech & Debate Association

Speech and debate team with Head Coach Leilani McHugh. Photo courtesy of FSHA Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy congratulates its speech and debate team and Head Coach Leilani McHugh for making it into the National Speech & Debate Association’s 100 Club, meaning the team is among the top 20% of schools nationwide! This is a demonstration of FSHA’s team’s commitment to learning essential life skills— including communication, research, listening, writing and organization. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 440 Saint Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (626) 685-8500 or visit www.fsha.org.            

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