The summer has begun, and students at all four sites are busy reading, writing, solving problems, singing, dancing, exercising, and having fun with new and old friends. Please follow us on social media (Twitter @pfspasadena, Instagram @pfspasadena, and Facebook).
If you are graduate of Partnership for Success! who is currently in college, and would like to come back to work as an intern in the program, please complete the following application by March 31, 2017:
This year's Partnership for Success! program will begin on Monday, June 26th and end on Friday, July 28th. We will have a holiday on Tuesday, July 4th. Please plan your summer vacations and other activities around these dates, as attendance is such an important part of this program.
Partnership for Success! began at all four sites on Monday, June 27th. Exciting changes to the format this year include the 8th grade moving from Poly to Mayfield, where they can enjoy the camaraderie of being back together with their friends from the grade below theirs. In addition, our high school graduates return this summer as our inaugural "undergraduate" class who are preparing for college life this fall. They are taking courses on the nuts and bolts of college life, college writing, and human development. Contact us to come by for a visit before the program ends on Friday, July 29th.
We are excited to announce the program dates for 2016. Classes at all four sites will begin on Monday, June 27th and end on Friday, July 29th. We will have a holiday on Monday, July 4th.
On Tuesday, May 19th we celebrated the PFS! graduating class of 2015. Each senior took to the stage and shared with the audience their reflections on their time in the Partnership! and their plans for the future. Thanks to all of the students, parents, teachers, and supporters of the program who came out to cheer for our graduates!
Invitations have been mailed for the upcoming Reunion & Renewal event on Wednesday, February 25th at Polytechnic School at 5:30 p.m. If you did not receive your invitation to hear Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, please contact Ms. Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for more information!
Over 250 people from the Partnership! community came together at Polytechnic School on November 16, 2014 for an evening of reunion and renewal. Adults and children alike developed a new appreciation for a misunderstood genre through a one-woman show called "Don't Be Afraid; It's Just Opera!" Celebrated opera singer Suzanna Guzman had the entire audience on their feet singing together and laughing as she took us through the stories of several famous operas. After the uplifting show we all enjoyed dinner and spent some time catching up.
The next community event will take place in February 2015. Watching for your invitation in the mail!
The last day of this program is always bittersweet. I witnessed too many touching moments to count today, but I would like to share just a few with you. This morning at Poly, there was an extended morning meeting. Every teacher and intern got to say goodbye to the students and impart some words of wisdom or love. Three seniors gave their "This I Believe" speeches, one of which stood out. A senior boy took the stage and delivered a speech about friendship. He described meeting another senior boy eight summers ago at Chandler, and the deep and abiding friendship they have developed over the years they have been in the Partnership! At the end of his speech, the boy's friend ran up on stage and hugged him while the entire audience cheered for them. Theirs is but one example of the relationships built through this program.
I headed over to Chandler next, where the boys were playing on a giant bounce house/water slide and having the time of their lives. The teachers were in on the fun, spraying the boys with hoses on the field. After drying off, they all settled in to watch The Lego Movie with popcorn and candy. Next I visited Westridge. I arrived in the middle of a big dance party, with all of the girls line dancing right alongside the teachers and interns. Most of them were still holding the stuffed animals they had brought for the parade! After the dancing, the girls got excited for a carnival that involved face painting, Wii dancing, Twister, and arts & crafts. Later in the afternoon they had a giant Slip N Slide and a BBQ! Over at Mayfield Junior School I arrived when there were about 30 minutes left in the movie Akeelah & The Bee. It's an inspiring and uplifting film, but I was still completely blown away by the students' reactions to the drama of the scene at the national spelling bee. They were rooting for the characters so much that they kept bursting into applause each time one of them spelled a word correctly! I have never witness such joy from a group of young people watching a film. What a great way to end the day, and to end the program. I hope all of our students enjoy some time off before heading into the school year with confidence and a commitment to doing their very best. Stay tuned here and check your mail for information about our community events throughout the year!
It is difficult to believe we have only four days left in this summer's program. Last week many students took field trips, beginning with the 9th graders heading to the Norton Simon Museum. They viewed paintings that they themselves have been copying in their studio art class. It was exciting for the students to connect with a painting on a personal level. On Tuesday the eighth graders visited the Autry Museum, and on Wednesday the tenth graders visited the Museum of Tolerance. Wednesday was a big day for field trips, as the fifth and sixth grade girls at Westridge spent that day at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the juniors and seniors were nearby, visiting Cal State Long Beach. After spending the day at a college on Wednesday, the seniors then spent the night at Claremont McKenna College on Thursday night. While on campus Thursday and Friday, they slept in a dorm, ate meals in the dining hall, took a college physics class, and spoke with CMC's Board of Trustees Chairman, David Mgrublian, who is a longtime supporter of the Partnership!
Other exciting events took place last week, including the annual Westridge Etiquette Tea and a Science Olympiad day, also at Westridge. This week Mayfield Junior students will visit Poly to see what lies ahead, and all four sites will host a Family Night on Thursday evening. Festivities at each site will wrap up the summer on Friday, and then it's farewell for 2014! Please be sure to check back here and on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the school year. We will have our annual community events to which all Partnership! students and families will be invited.
Last week both the 6th grade boys at Chandler and the 6th grade girls at Westridge had the opportunity to visit Mayfield Junior School, where they will attend the Partnership! next summer. It was an exciting opportunity to look ahead, and at the same time to reunite with friends from last summer's program. This week there are field trips for all students at Poly. Today, the 9th grade heads to the Norton Simon Museum for a private tour that will involve viewing master works that the students are replicating in their studio art class. The 8th grade will head to the Autry Museum tomorrow, and the 10th grade visits the Museum of Tolerance on Wednesday. It's also a week for college visits for the juniors and seniors. Both grade levels will visit Cal State University Long Beach on Wednesday, and the seniors will spend the night in a dorm at Claremont McKenna College on Thursday. During their visit to CMC, they will learn about all five Claremont Colleges, take a class with a Harvey Mudd professor, practice their interview skills, and best of all eat in the dining hall on campus! This trip is a highlight each summer for our seniors, making college a reality for them and inspiring their thinking about what type of school is the best fit.
At Westridge the girls have two exciting annual events coming up this week. First, on Thursday is the Etiquette Tea, a wonderful event that includes lessons on manners and conversation as well as art appreciation. Then, on Friday students will put their engineering skills to the test on Science Olympiad day. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter @pfspasadena to see photos and updates for these events and other daily activities at Partnership for Success!
The students, interns, and teachers in this summer's Partnership for Success! have had a fun-filled and productive first two weeks. At Chandler, 65 boys (rising 5th and 6th graders) are spending their days building their skills in math, language arts, hands-on science & engineering, and technology classes, while also take electives in chess and photography. We can't leave out the traditional Friday afternoons at the pool, followed by Popsicles and a competitive game of war ball! At Westridge, the 62 girls (also 5th and 6th graders) are taking courses in language arts, math/technology, and life science. They are enjoying daily PE, as well as taking electives such as "Artsy Smartsy" and "Acting Up". They have already had one pool day and are looking forward to a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Mayfield Junior School's 58 rising 7th graders are taking technology, math, language arts, and science classes, along with daily PE, in which they are riding snake boards and playing hockey...at the same time! At Poly, students are divided by grade level, and take three core classes each day. Each grade level has a math class and an English class, plus a third class that tackles a subject from a new perspective. Examples include Cultural Understanding (8th grade), Studio Art (9th grade), Global Issues: Human Rights (10th grade), a study of Revolutions in Mexico, China, and Russia (11th grade), and a course on resiliency (12th grade). The seniors are also taking a college counseling class that will guide them through the college application process. More to come in future posts regarding electives, field trips, and special events! Please follow us on Twitter @pfspasadena and Like us on Facebook to get future updates, both during the summer and throughout the academic school year.