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Charles W. Eliot Middle School

Dariel Morales

Grade 7


Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Charles W. Eliot Middle School
Principal: Ms. Lorena Martinez

Our program ensures that all students have access to a seamless education that has high standards for academic achievement. It is our belief that our holistic approach to sustain achievement is family centered, rigorous, and engages adults as mentors to perpetuate the development of students as assets. We are committed to developing, implementing, and sustaining quality parent and community involvement as we transform Eliot into a premier Arts Academy.  Eliot was recently awarded a State Department of Education Grant to assist in our Arts endeavors.

Number of Students: 547

Grade Configuration: 6-8

Enrichment Programs: Award winning Orchestra; Jazz Band; Marching Band; Artistic Design; Graphic Arts; Award winning Dance; Cheer and Flag teams; Theater Arts and Plays; Honors Program; League Champions in Flag Football; Boys and Girls Basketball; Track and Field; Soccer, Spanish

Community Partners: Pasadena YMCA; Police Activities League; Jet Propulsion Lab; Cal Tech; Washington Mutual; Communication Workers Union; Greater Pasadena Asset Development Network; Pasadena YMCA, Los Angeles Music Center, Altadena Arts Council

Math, Science, and Technology: PEF funded the Robotics program at Eliot, including all Lego robots and a week-long teacher training at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Mac Lab,   

Academic Performance Index (API): 647   

Principal for a Day: Jerri Price-Gaines
Associate Director California Institute of Technology

Jerri Price-Gaines is the Associate Director for the Caltech Associates. She joined the Donor Relations team in June 2012. From 1998-2009, she was the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Pasadena Symphony Association.  Her responsibilities encompassed the development and oversight of a standards-based music education program called TEMPO which debuted in 3 schools in 1999. By 2009, TEMPO! reached more than 10,000 students in first thru third grades. She managed the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the institutions’ extensive community engagement programs that included both the Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops.  She began her career in development at the Pasadena Playhouse after leaving Washington, D.C.

Price- Gaines has always held an unwavering commitment to community service. She was reappointed to the Tournament of Roses Foundation Board in July 2013.  Past involvements include numerous community organizations that advocate for arts education and literacy.  She is a past Chair of the Pasadena’s Arts and Culture Commission, Chair of Partners in Education Board, Former Board Member for Theatre 360, Advisory Board Member for Shumei Arts Council. 

In Oklahoma City, Jerri was a member of Creative Oklahoma, a statewide non-profit advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through initiatives in education, commerce and culture. She served on the Board of Oklahoma Quartz Mountain Arts Institute

Jerri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Heidelberg University and a Masters of Arts in Non-Profit Management from the American Jewish University.  Her recognitions include the City of Pasadena’s Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Arts; Certificate of Recognition from State Senator Jack Scott and Mayor Bill Bogaard.

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