Celebrating Our Schools
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Pasadena City Hall Courtyard
Interactive Student Showcase 5pm | Program 6:30pm
Every spring our community of supporters gathers together to celebrate our schools, hear inspirational speakers, and honor our champions of public education. Our Celebrating Our Schools spring event supports the work of the Pasadena Educational Foundation to support the priorities and forward-thinking initiatives of the Pasadena Unified School District, and helps PEF provide award-winning art programs, summer school, and cutting-edge classroom technology. The event is sponsored by individual and business patrons throughout the community.
AN EVENING FEATURING
Interactive Student Showcase
Get hands on and have fun with our award-winning student-led interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.
A Pasadena High School and Art Center alumnus, Phil Hettema leads a world class team of talented designers, architects, and media producers at The Hettema Group who develop spectacular themed entertainment for projects in the US, Asia, and Europe.
Exemplary Service Award
A longtime Pasadena Educational Foundation Board Member, Pasadena Unified champion, and volunteer extraordinaire.
Food, drinks, and conversation in the courtyard.
Momentum 2019 Features
Phil Hettema is the President and Creative Executive of The Hettema Group. With more than 30 years of standout achievements in themed entertainment, he leads THG’s world-class creative team in the design and production of uniquely compelling guest experiences around the globe. Notable projects include One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York City, the High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, and Beyond All Boundaries at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Prior to forming THG, Phil was Senior VP of Attraction Development for Universal Creative. During his 14 years there, he oversaw attraction planning for all five Universal Studios parks and led the creative development of many iconic rides and shows. Phil has been a guest lecturer at TEDx, Carnegie Mellon University, USITT, IAAPA, KIN, ICOM and SIGGRAPH. He holds four patents for entertainment technology, and his projects have been honored with numerous awards including six Themed Entertainment Association Thea Awards. In 2018, the Themed Entertainment Association awarded Phil their highest honor, the Buzz Prize Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements.
MOMENTUM INTERACTIVE SHOWCASE
Take the Leap with Us!
Get hands-on and explore the remarkable Pasadena Unified programs driving our schools’ success and preparing our students to confidently and courageously leap into their bright futures.
Take a journey through a musical playground, be inspired by 60’s costume design & pop art, get mindful, expand your worldview, grow some good vibes, become a juror, a mathematician, or an early college grad, and be an integral part of our story of educational success and innovation.
Past Celebrating Our Schools Events
Celebrating Our Schools BREAKTHROUGH 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
What an amazing evening!
Thanks to all who sponsored and attended Celebrating Our Schools BREAKTHROUGH 2018 and who support PEF in continuing to spark innovation in our PUSD schools.
Our guest speaker Andrea Armani was inspirational, the celebration of our Exemplary Partner the Pasadena Tournament of Roses was powerful, and the students and teachers in our interactive showcase were remarkable. From Alice in Wonderland to solar powered boats, our guests were wowed with costume design & French poetry, immersed in technology, challenged with advanced math, brought into the jury selection process, and became a part of our story of educational success and innovation. [More here]
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Pasadena City Hall Courtyard
Interactive Student Showcase 5pm | Program 6pm
Dr. Andrea Armani
USC’s Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Pasadena Tournament of Roses
For supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s efforts to make an impact on the lives of every student, at every school, every day.
Kick off the Evening with our Interactive Student Showcase
Get hands on and have fun with our interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.
Celebrating Our Schools, ENVISION 2017
Tuesday, May 2 5PM
Pasadena City Hall Courtyard
Thank you for joining with your fellow community members for an evening of inspiration, celebration, and support.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Charles L. Harrington
Tim Sippel, John Muir High School Principal
and students from the
Engineering & Environmental Science Academy
As principal at John Muir High School, Tim Sippel leads his students in the Engineering and Environmental Sciences Academy as they learn to improve the quality of life on earth through the power of science and mathematics.
Kaleidoscope, An Interactive Showcase (5-6PM)
See things differently as you immerse yourself in virtual reality, join a space mission, program a computer, examine the brain, solve a math problem, see a solar powered boat, take a photo, and more when you get hands-on and have fun at our innovation showcase featuring interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.
Celebrating Our Schools INNOVATE 2016
Thank you for joining with your fellow community members to ignite the spark of innovation in our schools at our annual event.
Special Guest Speaker
President, Virgin Galactic
Exemplary Service Award
Community Arts Advocate
Featuring our first LAUNCHPAD
An Innovation Showcase
Guests got hands on and had fun at our first innovation showcase featuring interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.
Celebrating Our Schools 2015
This year we will celebrate our community partners in presenting The Helen and Will Webster Foundation with this year’s Exemplary Service Award, our teachers as we honor Ray Joiner with an Outstanding Educator Award, and our students as we introduce you to Marshall senior Caolan John a PEF Summer program volunteer and 3D printing student who is off to UC Berkeley in the fall.
Spring Event 2014
Spring Event 2013
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Veitch President, Occidental College
Exemplary Service Awards
Maureen Donnelly Carlson
Skills Enrichment Program