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PRINCIPAL GRAY'S WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT AND NEWSLETTER - February 6, 2023

Hello Mustangs


Congratulations to Devan Cogshell, who won the districts Speech contest and will represent John Muir at the Regional Speech Contest.


On Thursday at 8:30am, we will have our ELAC meeting. The meeting will be held in Room E-516. Please come out and learn more about our ELAC program and take a tour of some classrooms.


Also Seniors! It is not too late to complete your financial aid application. Students who submit their financial aid application from now to March 2nd, will be entered into a raffle for a $25 visa gift card. There will be two winners every week. If you need help completing the application, please join us on Monday, February 6th or February 27th from 4-6pm in the College and Career Center. Students who attend a financial aid workshop will have their name entered twice for the raffle. Please see Ms. Connie, Mrs. Diaz or Mr. Munoz for more information.


College Access Plan is offering a six-week workshop called “College 101 for Juniors.” This afterschool class gives Juniors a head start on the college application process, and is especially intended for first-generation and low-income students. Students can register at bit.ly/college101pusd, and the deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.


In sports this week: on Tuesday, our Girls Varsity Water Polo Team will have an away CIF playoff game at Rowland High School and the Boys Varsity Basketball team will have an away CIF Playoff game at Eisenhower High School. If a team wins, they will have another game during the week. On Thursday, our Girls Varsity Basketball team will have an away CIF Playoff game against Godinez High School. Please check the website for game times and locations.


Don’t forget to wear your college gear on Monday 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.


Have a great week, and Go Mustangs!

Next Week!

Engineering Week

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Student Community Service/Volunteer Opportunities

Young and Healthy Monthly Parent Cafe Zoom Meetings

2022-2023 In-Person Tour Dates are here!

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The 2022-2023 John Muir High School Early College Magnet tour dates are here! Please go to johnmuirhs.org to sign up now!

COVID Updates

PUSD COVID UPDATES

Since the early days of COVID, PUSD has had to pivot and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Pasadena Unified Board of Education approved revisions to COVID safety protocols. The following revisions are now in place at all PUSD schools.


Outdoor in-person meetings/activities with parents/guardians, community members, staff, and students are now allowed with masking strongly recommended.


Indoor in-person meetings/group activities with parents/guardians, community members, staff, students are allowed with masking required for all.

  • Masks are strongly recommended for students and staff indoors in classrooms and other shared spaces.

  • Parent group meetings such as (PTA, SSC, ELAC, AAPC) are allowed in person and may be held outdoors or remotely if the respective parent leadership agree.

  • IEP meetings with parents/guardians may be held in-person or remotely, whichever supports greater parent/guardian participation.

  • Back to School nights will proceed as planned with masks required for all.


Visitors and volunteers are allowed on campus if they self-attest to being fully vaccinated or to having a negative COVID test within the past 48 hours. They must also conduct a symptom screening prior to entering campus and masking is required. All visitors and volunteers must abide by Board policies, regulations, and school rules. Board Policy - Visitors BP 1250.


Back-to-School Nights
will be allowed in-person with mandatory masking.


The following protocols remain in place:


Masks are strongly recommended for students and employees in classrooms and indoors.

Masks are required:

  • on PUSD buses (with accommodations for students)

  • at testing and vaccination clinics

  • during field trips when required by the venue

  • for 10 days after exposure to COVID-19 and after a positive test result


Reentry Testing Before arriving for the first day of school, PUSD is asking every student and employee to take an at-home rapid antigen test on August 10 or 11. Parents/guardians can pick up rapid antigen test kits (containing 2 tests) at their child’s school/children’s center August 8-10. More information https://www.pusd.us/Page/9801


Rapid Antigen Tests The California Department of Public Health has endorsed the emergency use of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests beyond their FDA authorized expiration. Please follow instructions carefully. If a distinct line in the color specified in the instructions does not appear in the “C” control window, the test may be invalid.


Vaccine Clinics Getting vaccinated and boosted is still the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death. PUSD is holding vaccination clinics for ages 3 and older at the PUSD Primary Clinic (351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena)


Pre-register at MyTurn.CA.gov or register on site. Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available. We also accept limited walk-ins.


Ventilation Air purifiers are in place in classrooms and indoor common areas. Filters were changed over the summer, and all lead custodians were trained on how to change both carbon and HEPA filters.


Personal Protective Equipment Masks and hand sanitizers are in stock and available to students and staff.


Thank you for your continued cooperation and flexibility as we strive to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

Early College

John Muir High School Dual Enrollment Spring 2023

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Mustang Counseling Corner!

OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!

NACAC College Fairs

Attend NACAC College Fairs and connect with hundreds of colleges and universities in one place! Go to https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs/1708505 for more information.

Muir Gear

Muir gear is available in Mr. Bond's Room A176 during Nutrition and Lunch. Cash only please.

The Armory

The Art Center

Exploring the Arts

College Access Plan (CAP)

College Access Plan (CAP) helps PUSD students and families navigate the college process, supporting them from middle school through college graduation. At CAP, there are no requirements for participation, no barriers to higher education, and no limits to what students can achieve.


CAP serves students at all PUSD high schools and offers free drop-in college advising. We also offer two enrolled courses: a College Essay Writing Intensive for seniors in the fall, and a College 101 for Juniors workshop series in the spring.


For more information on CAP’s programs at your school, visit our website at http://collegeaccessplan.org/dropin or email us at info@collegeaccessplan.org.


Our doors are always open to any student to:

  • Explore career pathways and college majors
  • Identify colleges that match their interests and needs
  • Work on college applications
  • Write and review personal statements and college essays
  • Craft a college and/or professional resume
  • Submit financial aid applications (FAFSA and CA Dream Act)
  • Identify and apply to scholarships
  • Compare financial aid offers
  • Navigate college enrollment
  • Apply for pre-college summer programs
  • Anything college-related!


Follow CAP!

facebook.com/collegeaccessplan

twitter.com/iheartcollege

instagram.com/iheartcollege

pinterest.com/iheartcollege

CAP Drop-In Program

College Access Plan (CAP) is back on campus with CAP Drop-in! The CAP Drop-In program at Muir is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45pm in room A136.

Juniors Workshop


Juniors, do you want to get a head start on the college application process? These weekly workshops will run from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Wednesdays in room A136 from March 8 - April 19 (with one week off for spring break). Students will learn about the application process, work on their college lists, develop a college resume (brag sheet), and prep for their college essays. Sign up today at bit.ly/college101pusd.

Generation Green

Concerned about the Earth? Are you interested in learning how to be a part of the solution? Does a career working with the US Forest Service spark interest in you? Generation Green will meet on Tuesdays during lunch in G226. All students are welcome to attend. Pick up your nutritious lunch from the cafeteria and join us in G226. Refreshments will be provided.


  • Community service and internship hours available!
  • ALL students are welcome to join our pledge to protect and preserve our planet.
  • Do you wonder what you can do to make a difference in the fight to stop climate change?
  • Refreshments served!
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Lake G226 or email lake.cynthia@pusd.us

PTSA Announcements

John Muir High School PTSA

JMHS PTSA WANTS YOU!! Click to join the John Muir PTSA and be a part of this amazing community! https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/john-muir-high-ptsa.

Club Logistics

Generation Green - Every Tuesday during lunch in Ms. Lake's Room G226.

Special Ed Club - Meetings are as needed in Ms. Suarez' room K603.

Class of 2025 - Every Tuesday during lunch in Ms. Cheng's Room A170

Club Interact - First Wednesday of every month during lunch in Ms. Stechel's Room A184

GSA Club - Meet Wednesdays at lunch in Mr. Vines Room A136

626 Film Club - Every Wednesday at lunch in Mr. Solis' Room E524

Fashion Club - After school on Fridays in Ms. Tucker's Room A126

Journalism Club/4th Period - Ms. Tucker's Room A126

Girls Group - Every Thursday during lunch in the Wellness Center

Design Lab Club - Every Friday after school in the Library. Open during lunch daily.

Class of 2024 - Every Wednesday during lunch in Mr. Van Hoorebeke's Room K653

Class Advisor Logistics

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Upcoming Events

February

  • February 8 - Girls Water Polo vs PHS; Var @ 3:30; JV @ 4:30

  • February 9 - ELAC Meeting @ 8:30 and Lock Down Drill Period 3
  • February 10 - First Grading Period Ends
  • February 11 - Varsity Softball @ Marshall @ 10:00 and E - Waste @ Muir: Staff Parking Lot; 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • February 13 - Lincoln's Birthday - No School
  • February 13 - Varsity Softball @ St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy; @ 3:15
  • February 14-17 - Engineering Week
  • February 16 - ILT Meeting @ 4:00

  • February 17 - School Tour, Varsity Softball @ Godinez Fundamental; @ 3:15 and Varsity Baseball @ Bosco Tech; @ 3:15
  • February 18 - Black History Parade; @ 8:00 and Varsity Baseball @ Nogales; @ 11:00am
  • February 20 - President's Day - No School