John Muir High School

Early College Magnet


Hello Mustangs! Here is your weekly update.

Monday, January 11 is an Even Day. 2nd period will start online at 8:30.

On Thursday, our English Language Advisory Committee will host our monthly meeting for all parents/guardians of English Language Learners . Please join us Thursday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 online. You can CLICK HERE on Thursday to join the meeting. OR, you can also use your phone to join the meeting by calling 1 415-655-0001‬ Access code: 120 282 320 7 Join us to help support our English Language Learners.

Also, next Monday, January 18 school will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Don’t forget to wear your college gear on Monday, as every Monday is College Day, and your Blue and Gold on Friday to show your school spirit.

For more information regarding any of these events or other questions, please call us at (626) 396-5600.

Thank you, have a great week, and go Mustangs!

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Traditionally, the school portraits that you take during the summer when you come to pick up your class schedules for the fall semester are the portraits that we use in the yearbook for the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade sections. However, because we were not able to take school portraits this year, the yearbook staff and Ms. Dao are asking all non-senior students to submit their own self-portraits for the 2021 yearbook by Sunday, January 24!

You can do this by answering this survey here:

The survey will also allow you to submit photos and/or screenshots of anything else you would like to share from the fall semester, such as pictures from your experiences picking up books at the library with Ms. Issa or attending the PTSA-hosted drive-through scary movie back in October -- or even screenshots of your favorite classes on WebEx or one of the live IG events hosted by our ASB. You can also choose to share your thoughts about the fall semester on the survey, because we are gathering quotes from students for the yearbook as well.

If you would like some tips and guidelines on how to choose or take your self-portrait before responding to the survey, please read the guidelines provided within the survey, or watch the following video from Ms. Dao!

If you need an extension after January 24 or have any other yearbook-related questions, please contact Ms. Dao at, or if you prefer to speak with Ms. Dao instead of emailing her, her office hours are at 2:15-3:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in her personal WebEx room.

Thank you!

PUSD's First Lottery Application Period

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John Muir High School Early College Magnet Virtual School Tour

Please join us for our first JMHS Early College Magnet virtual school tour of 2021 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Learn all about our Career-Theamed Academies and the Early College Program at JMHS. We will begin the presentation at 5:00 PM. Please go to our website and sign up now!

Pasadena City College Spring 2021 Classes

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Mustang Counseling Corner!

Ms. Diaz's Couseling Corner Updates


We are here to help!

Application Assistance:

Mrs. Diaz - Make an appointment at

Ms. Connie available by appointment -

Here are some helpful videos for both UC and CSU applications.

YouTube - CSU Application Walk Through

If you are applying to any universities in California or on the Common App, to launch the applications through Make sure to register for an account first if you haven't already. If you need any help on navigating the website, please let me know!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! If you have anything to promote for ASB, a club or sport, etc., feel free to email it to me with the info and I can include it in future emails/instagram posts. Our counseling IG is @ mustangcounseling, follow us for updates!

Consuelo Martinez

Make an Appointment:

Virtual College Fairs

Virtual College Fairs are FREE and open to view for long periods of time. Unlike in-person fairs, you can search colleges by attributes that are important to you, return to watch recorded presentationslater, and download materials from colleges...all from the comfort of home!

Calendar of virtual college fairs:

PCC Study Hall

Study Hall for PCC classes is available! Come and get help with your PCC classes. Click on the LINKS to be directed to the WebEx for Study Hall or other PCC resources. Study hall is open on a drop-in basis on Mondays from 11am-1pm and Fridays from 2:30-4:00pm. In study hall, we can help you navigate your PCC class and help you with upcoming assignments.





Tips on how to be successful in your PCC Class:

  • Make sure to check PCC Canvas on a daily basis.
  • Not all PCC classes meet during the scheduled high school period. This is why it is important to check Canvas for updates and links to class, if any.
  • Remember, this is a college course, YOU are responsible for completing the work and communicating directly with your professor about assignments or other concerns using the Canvas "Inbox" feature.

Chromebook Access:

  • Your chromebook has been unlocked to access the PCC domain.
  • If you are having issues logging into your PCC account on your chromebook, please make sure that you are using your PCC email and your Lancer Point password.
  • Your email is your PCC username plus


Pasadena Water and Power Educational Scholarship

Each year, PWP honors two outstanding high school seniors in Pasadena with a first place $5,000 and another second place $2,500 educational scholarship to a two- or four-year accredited, post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year. To apply, students must write a 300-500 word essay about a topic related to the utility industry. Please go to for more details.

College Access Plan (CAP)

Upward Bound

Upward Bound Math-Science

Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) is an academic enrichment program designed to prepare and empower high school students from underrepresented backgrounds (low-income and future first generation) to:

• Successfully graduate from high school.

• Increase their opportunities for admission to college.

• Recognize and develop their potential to excel in the fields of math and science, and encourage them to pursue post secondary degrees in math and science.

Art Center Spring 2021 Classes for FREE

Art Center College of Design is offering 5 classes to students from 2:10- 3:30 PM, via zoom, starting February 22, 2021. Students/ parents must complete all portions, including the scholarship information on the Registration Form. All questions and applications should be forwarded to Ms. Cynthia Lake at SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM BY: Wednesday, February 17, 2021.


Intro to Characters ACT-400M-02
Instructor: Ron Llanos
Mondays, Feb. 22 – March 22
Learn to develop characters from the inside out starting with simple shapes and working to more complex shapes. Work on sketching characters from different angles and do a bust turnaround.

NEW Intro to Transportation Design ACT-404M-01
Instructor: Thomas Kim
Mondays, Feb. 22 – March 22
Do you love cars? In this hands-on class, you’ll create exciting car designs using a variety of industrial drawing, sketching, illustration and presentation techniques. This class serves as an introduction to transportation design as a profession. Learn fundamental design principles and procedures that make your design the best it can be.

Fashion Sketching ACT-401M-02
Instructor: Yelen Aye
Wednesdays, Feb. 24 – March 24
Create stylized fashion sketches that are bold and expressive, yet loose and casual. Learn anatomical exaggerations and explore various methods and mediums to develop your own unique style and vision for fashion. This is a fun and creative sketching workshop.

Filmmaking from Script to Screen ACT-402M-02
Instructor: Diana Keeler
Wednesdays, Feb. 24 – March 24
Follow the journey of a film—from the birth of a concept to marketing the final product. Explore stages of putting a film together, including screenwriting, cinematography, sound design, and editing. Complete a short film, gaining hands-on experience with different roles. Access to a digital camera (cell phones are fine) and a computer or tablet for editing is required.

Comic Book Illustration & Storytelling ACT-403M-02
Instructor: Alan Lawrence
Fridays, Feb. 26 – March 26
Create your own mini comic while you learn the skills that comic artists use to make their work eye-catching, pro-quality, and unique. Explore penciling and inking, page layout and storytelling. Develop an understanding of form, light and shadow, line weight, hatching techniques, composition and basic principles of good comic design.

Other Announcements

Who Rocks the House!

Gay-Straight Allianace

John Muir High School Early College Magnet Gay-Straight Alliance meets every Thursdays at 4:00PM

Room 13

The Light Bringer Project presents Room 13. This is a safe place for students to gather virtually to create , discuss, and inspire artmaking, creativity, and address the social and emotional impact on mental health for teens. Room 13 is hosted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, 3:30- 5 PM by our own Jackie Aqguirre. Students will earn work-based learning hours for attending and participating.

Room 13 is not only for artistic fellows, but for those who are trying to discover what their passions are in the arts, have fun through their discoveries, ultimately leading these people to love art in all different forms! Room 13 is also open from freshmen all the way to seniors, and they don’t have to be specifically from the AEM academy, but from any of the three academies,

Please visit our Youtube sight for more information.

MUIR GEAR is Now Available!

Email Mr. Bond at to get more information about purchasing your Muir gear and to schedule a pick up of your order. Get your gear while supplies last!

Sci-Fest L.A. and Lighter Bringer Project

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 AND FEBRUARY 1, 2020 Sci-Fest L.A. and Light Bringer Project invite currently enrolled Los Angeles County high school students to submit their short science fiction stories to The Tomorrow Prize. The Tomorrow Prize partner, the Los Angeles Audubon will present The Green Feather Award, which highlights an environmentally focused sci-fi story.

John Muir High School PTSA

Join John Muir's PTSA for only $10.00. Please contact Ms. Courtney Scrabeck at

JMHS Drive-Through Library

JMHS Drive-Through Library every other Thursday from 1:30 to 4:00. Please see flyer for more details

Writes of Passage

IF you're looking for a fun, creative, inspiring, and supportive group to participate in, email to receive the Zoom Meeting Link jto oin their weekly program sessions!

John Muir High School Early College Magnet Tech Support

For John Muir High School tech support, please log onto Clever and click the John Muir Tech Support icon to complete a form for technical assistance. Our support team will get back with you shortly.

Other Technology Updates and Reminders

PUSD Helpdesk Reminders:

  • Parents/Guardians can now submit support tickets for their students by sending an email to
  • Call Helpdesk for support or to submit a ticket. They are available Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 7:00pm. Call (626)396-3699
  • Students and staff can still submit support tickets at

Upcoming Events

January 14 - Drive Through Library from 1:30-4:00PM

January 14 - ELAC Meeting @ 6:00PM

January 18 - MLK Day - No School

January 19 - School Site Council @ 3:30PM

January 21 - ILT Meeting @ 3:30PM

January 26 - Virtual School Tour @ 5:00PM

January 28 - Drive Through Library from 1:30-4:00PM