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Initiatives

A Gift of Music. Thank You.

“Thanks to the generous gift from Ms. Leslie Zasa of a beautiful looking and sounding baby grand piano, Altadena Arts Magnet is able to accompany their musical shows in true artistic style. From guest pianists to our own teachers, this piano is lovingly played and enjoyed by the entire Altadena…...

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Pasadena Art Alliance Awards PEF $20,000 Impact Award

Thank you to the Pasadena Art Alliance, for awarding PEF the 2018 Impact Award and $20,000 for our collaborative My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community program. My Masterpieces delivers a comprehensive visual arts curriculum by connecting arts-integrated classroom lessons taught by teachers in the Pasadena Unified School District with…...

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Wilson Robotics Power’s Up with FIRST Robotics Competition

Mario and Luigi costumed high school students? Robots fighting over yellow bricks? Air horns? Before students headed off for spring break, Wilson Middle School’s Robotics students headed to Pomona Fairplex Fairgrounds to witness the one-of-a-kind FIRST LA Regional “Power Up” Robotics Competition featuring 60 high school teams competing for their…...

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Oak Groves & Sculputure at Descanso Gardens

New this year to the My Masterpieces program is a pilot project with Descanso Gardens for the 3rd graders. Students were engaged, prepared, and excited to be outside on the beautiful grounds. They explored and observed a local oak grove as a scientist, and then went into the art gallery…...

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App Academy at Spokeo

This spring, 55 App Academy sophomores were invited to spend the day at Spokeo, a Pasadena-based software company. The students were given advice and encouragement from Spokeo engineers, programmers, and staff who spoke about their jobs, backgrounds, and experiences. Spokeo founder Harrison Tang gave an inspirational presentation about perseverance, flexibility,…...

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PUSD All-District Music Festival

“Whether you are a performer or in the audience, music has an immense power to engage and enliven your world. Every year I attend PUSD’s All District Music Festival I am awed by the talents and creativity of our students and teachers. Music in our schools is a vital and…...

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No Boundaries 2017

Join us for the Pasadena Unified School District’s 12th Annual Student Art Exhibit No Boundaries March 10-19, 2017 M-F 3:00-6:00PM Sat and Sun 1:00-4:00PM No Boundaries showcases the talent and creativity of our schools students and teachers with over 500-800 pieces of art submitted by every school in the district.…...

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Full Circle at the Gamble House

Full Circle at the Gamble House During the graduation of the new group of Jr. Docents at the Gamble House, a partner for the 3rd grade students, we learned that all of these high school students had been through the My Masterpieces Program as third graders, and now would have…...

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Robo Rally: “ROVE!” 2017

On Wednesday, May 17 at Sierra Madre Middle School 200 PUSD middle school students  showcased their robotics skills at this year’s space-exploration-themed competition, Robo Rally 2017: “ROVE!”. PUSD students built and programmed “planetary rovers” that raced against time to ensure the survival of a colony on a distant Mars-like planet. The rovers…...

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Robotics

PEF has partnered with the PUSD to create a Robotics education program.  Within the course, students learn how to build and program Robotic systems that incorporate sensors and motors to accomplish a variety of complex tasks. By engaging in exciting hands on applications, students practice and reinforce key concepts in…...

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