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Duarte Unified Kindergarten-Grade Six School Becomes Official IB Primary 
Years Programme School 

Courtesy photo attached taken by Maxwell Elementary staff member, Lilly Almaraz 

Maxwell Elementary School is now an official International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) 
school. The school’s leadership, teachers and students completed a multiyear training and implementation path 
to achieve recognition as one of an elite group of elementary school programs worldwide that teach high-level 
academics to all students. IB-PYP teaches students through the philosophy of educating the whole child to be an 
inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world. 

The entire Maxwell Elementary learning community is to be congratulated as they are officially recognized 
internationally for what we have known to be true for years, Maxwell is the jewel of our district and they will now 
shine across the world,” said Duarte Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Terry Nichols. “This three year 
process would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication shown by the faculty, staff, parents 
and students of Maxwell. In this age, knowing a rote response to an answer will no longer suffice. For success in 
the future, our students must know how to ask the right questions. This is what the International Baccalaureate 
program demands and provides.” 

The Duarte Unified Board of Education, at its meeting on June 25, accepted a letter of authorization from the 
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) conferring the IB-PYP status on Maxwell Elementary. The 
authorization, dated June 19, 2015, makes Maxwell Elementary one of only 52 IB-PYP schools in California, and 
one of 444 IB-PYP schools in the United States. 

“Offering the Primary Years Programme to the students at Maxwell is an opportunity for us to change the course 
of their lives. Developing students that can think critically about concepts and issues, be compassionate about the 
world around them and be creative problem solvers will undeniably change their lives and the communities they 
live in. Our students deserve the best educational experience possible. As an IB World School offering the PYP, our 
teachers, students and parents will embark on a journey into learning that will propel them to take actions that can 
change the world,” said Principal Kelly Buckley. 

Three years of dedication, pedagogical transformation, personal growth, and professional osmosis by the Maxwell 
Team lead to this great achievement. Both students and teachers were challenged in their thinking, communicating, 
understanding and willingness to learn. 

As an IB World School, Maxwell is now part of a global community of schools committed to developing 
knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions 
resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world. 

Among the key components of IB-PYP at Maxwell Elementary are teaching international-mindedness: who we are 
in our school, in our community and in the world; focusing on the social, emotional and academic well-being of 
students; learning a foreign language (all kindergarten through sixth-grade students study Mandarin); continuing 
professional development for teachers to expand their knowledge and expertise in teaching IB-PYP to high 
international benchmarks; and regular evaluation visits by the International Baccalaureate Organization to affirm 
the quality of the program. 

“Joining the IB global community of educators and students is a noteworthy feat”, said Principal Kelly Buckley. “I 
could not be more proud or honored to lead such an amazing group of true professionals and students. Our school’s 
mantra is Succeeding to the Max +1 and we are doing just that!” Maxwell Elementary will host a school-wide 
celebration commemorating their official IB PYP authorization in the Fall of 2015. 

Community members are invited to visit the school to see the IB Primary Years Programme in action at Maxwell 
Elementary. To schedule a campus tour and for school enrollment information, contact Principal Kelly Buckley at 

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Highlighted Activity for June22-24, 2015 

During the last seven-day period,
the Police Department handled440 service events, resulting in 71investigations. To see a completelisting of crimes reported, go to
map/ca/monrovia for crimemapping. For Police Departmentnews and information, visit our 
website and follow us on Twitter. 

Bicycle AccidentJune 22 at 9:39 a.m., an officerresponded with Monrovia FireDepartment paramedics to thedirt fire road in the AngelesNational Forest above Monrovia’s 
Canyon Park. A male adultbicyclist reportedly fell off his bikeon the trail. This incident was 
reported by a Park Ranger. Thebicyclist suffered minor injuriesand was treated by paramedics. 

Driving Under the Influence –
Suspect ArrestedJune 22 at 11:43 a.m., a motorist 
reported a female driver in avehicle traveling in front of himthat he believed was intoxicated. 
Both vehicles stopped at hamrockand Colorado. Officers arrived 
and detained the driver. Field 
sobriety tests were conductedand the driver was arrested for 
DUI. She was taken into custodyand held for sobering. She was 
later released with a citation to 
appear in court. 

Vehicle BurglaryJune 23 at 12:23 p.m., a vehicleburglary was reported in the 100block of South Madison Avenue. 
The rear window of a 2014 ChevyTahoe was broken open and thesuspect(s) stole the rear seat fromthe vehicle. Time of occurrence 
is unknown. The investigation iscontinuing. 

Residential BurglaryJune 24 at 6:03 a.m., a housesitter was staying at a residencein the 300 block of HighlandPlace and was asleep upstairsall night at the home. Sometimeduring the night, the house wastoilet papered, and it appears thatsomeone entered an unlocked side 
window and ransacked the house,
stealing a computer tablet and asmall amount of cash. The house 
sitter did not wake up during theincident. The investigation iscontinuing. 

Driving Under the Influence/
Possession of a Controlled 
Substance – SuspectArrested - June 24 at 8:34 p.m.,
officers observed a male subjectdriving a motorcycle at night withthe headlight off. He rove throughthe intersection of Colorado and 
Monterey at approximately 35mile per hour, honking as hedrove through, failing to stop forthe stop sign, and swerving backand forth. The officers stopped thedriver at Violet and Lime. The 
driver appeared to be intoxicated.
Standard field sobriety tests wereconducted and the driver was 
arrested for DUI. He was also 
found to be in possession of acontrolled substance. The suspectwas taken into to custody and heldfor sobering. He was later eleasedwith a citation to appear in court. 

From The Desk of the Monrovia 
City Manager 


The Public Services Departmentrecently received a complaintrelated to the pressure washing ofhardscape at Library Park. City 
staff certainly understands the 
negative perception this type ofmaintenance activity can create 
and we wanted to provide someadditional information regardingthese efforts. Hosing off hardscapeis not allowed under the State 
or the City Water ConservationOrder, unless it is for health 
and safety reasons, as Healthand Safety Codes supersedesthe Water Conservation Order. 
Pressure washing our parks,
trash enclosures, and Old Townsidewalks is done on an as-needed 
(about 2 times per month) basis. 

It is also important to notethat the high pressure washingsystem utilized by the City hasa mechanism that forces air out 
with the water heated to about 
240 degrees, which results inthe less water being used thanwould typically be found with atraditional high pressure washing 
system. Also, this type of pressurewashing activity is only done onselect Fridays and occurs from

5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The amount 
of water used during those weeksfor pressure washing purposes isabout 180 gallons. 

Just a quick reminder that the City of Monrovia’srenowned 4th of July Concert and FireworksShow is scheduled to take place in Library Park(321 South Myrtle Avenue) on Saturday, July 4,2015. After saving seats for the Fireworks show,
those who attend the event can look forward to 
great shopping and dining along Myrtle Avenue.
Live entertainment featuring the band Person toPerson will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by thefree 20-minute spectacular Fireworks Show at

9:00 p.m. 
Spectators may reserve a park space no largerthan 10’ x 10’ which must be supervised at alltimes. A new program that will be offered thisyear is a decorating contest, where spectatorsdisplay their patriotic decorations within their10’ x 10’ park space, with a chance to win a prizefor most patriotic, most creative, or the judgesaward! It should be a tremendous event and we 
hope that the entire community will come onout to join us for the fun and festivities!