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El Monte Union High School District

Every Student, Every Minute, Every Day

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

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El Monte Union High School District Names Teacher of the Year

The El Monte Union High School District has named El Monte High School math teacher Melody Martinez as its Teacher of the Year for 2012-13.

A teacher for 30 years, Martinez began her career in the Baldwin Park Unified School District before moving to Rosemead High School 23 years ago as the Interactive Mathematics Program site coordinator. In 2000, she transferred to El Monte High School where she “continues to strive to reach every student in her classroom with the dual goals of helping students understand math and impressing on them the importance of being good people and responsible citizens.”

“Melody Martinez is an outstanding teacher and human being,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno. “She pushes her students to achieve while simultaneously showing care and concern for them. This unique combination promotes student motivation and success.”

“I care about my students and all they go through outside of my classroom,” said Martinez. “I strive to keep that in mind, but continue to keep expectations high. As with so many teachers, it’s a balancing exercise every day.”

According to Martinez, she knew by the time she was in fourth grade that she wanted to teach. As teaching is, and always has been, her passion, she does not have much time for outside hobbies.

“My family is supportive and proud,” she said “In fact, my parents often attend Back to School Night to meet my students.”

Honored to be named Teacher of the Year, Martinez also finds the tribute humbling.

“I work with so many dedicated and talented teachers,” she said. “However, until I am able to reach all of my students, I ask myself, how can I be Teacher of the Year?”

by Anne Donofrio-Holter


The Young Americans Host Workshop at Rosemead High School

Rosemead High School recently hosted a three-day workshop sponsored by the City of Rosemead for third to twelfth graders conducted by The Young Americans international performing group.

  “More than 400 students in the community, including many from Rosemead High School, attended,” said Principal Keith Richardson. “Students were coached in singing, dancing and acting.”

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The workshop included instruction in vocal techniques, a vocal ensemble, an overall look at the Broadway theater, choreography, staging and sound techniques.

No experience was necessary for the participants, just a desire to learn and have fun.

“The Young Americans are focused on providing music education and performance opportunity to young people around the world,” said a Young Americans spokesperson. “Our International Music Outreach tours promote the importance of music education by bringing workshops to students around the world.”

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Founded in 1962 by Milton C. Anderson, “during the 60’s and 70’s The Young Americans would appear on numerous variety shows, singing and dancing with entertainers such as Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Julie Andrews, Vic Damone, George Burns, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Henry Mancini, and Dean Martin. Eventually the group began touring internationally presenting concerts and musicals for presidents, heads of state, and audiences worldwide. Among its more than 3,000 alumni are professionals in music education, fine arts, motion pictures, television, radio, Broadway and recording.”

“The Young Americans is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education and cultural interaction among student members and their audiences,” added the spokesperson.

“Everything culminated with a spectacular variety show held to a nearly sold out crowd in our newly reopened school auditorium,” said Richardson. “The efforts of The Young Americans and the hard work of their students was quite evident in the performance.”

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“It was a wonderful three days,” said one Rosemead High School student. “I am so glad I attended and I learned so much about performing.”

“Everyone was so nice,” said another. “We all had a great time.”

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts provides an innovative and creative leaning environment that fosters artistic, intellectual and personal growth for those interested in becoming performers or art educators.

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

District Art Students Recognized

Once again, the El Monte Union High School District’s many talented art students had a very successful showing of their skills at this year’s Los Angeles County Fair’s America’s Kids Art Competition. The students captured over 271 awards, including many first place recognitions, in the areas of 2-D art, crafts and ceramics. All winning entries were on display during the entire run of the fair this past September and the students were honored by the District at a reception earlier this month at Arroyo High School.

This year’s reception, spearheaded by the District’s Liz Alonso, Diana Flores, Sabrina Fernandez, Michael Munayco and Linda Vallejo, was one of the best according to El Monte High School Art Chair John Kovac. Arroyo High School Art Chair Rick Riassetto agreed that “it was a fantastic exhibit.” Arroyo High School art instructor Rob Sutton not only praised his students’ art work, but that of students from the other District schools.


“Our District art students lead the way in exhibitions throughout the year,” said Kovac. “The Women’s Club Art Show, the water and power exhibit, the 32nd Congressional District Art Show and the Spirit show are just a few of the exhibits that our fabulous art students participate in each year.”

“While we have so many talented students throughout our District, this evening we are proud to recognize our art students for their exceptional artistic ability,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno. “Congratulations to each and every student for their submission and a special recognition to their supportive teachers.”

Music for the event was provided by the El Monte High School music department.


12/11 - Board Meeting/6 pm

12/20 – Student/Teacher Free Day

12/23 – 1/03 -Winter Break

01/06 – School Resumes

01/08 – Board Meeting/6 pm


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