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AP Study Sessions
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Faculty

It is the expectation that all students take and complete an AP exam for the course in which they are enrolled. The exam is not optional. AP exam fees ($100 per exam) will be charged to student accounts soon.

As AP season is quickly approaching, many AP teachers will be holding additional study sessions and/or full practice test sessions. The AP teachers have worked together trying not to have conflicting study sessions with one another. Read more HERE.

College Acceptances Are Coming In
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The spring is an exciting time in the life of a high school senior.  Thoughts of the future linger in the forefront of their minds, and many are receiving acceptance letters already.  The list of schools that have said "yes" to our soon-to-be graduates is growing on a daily basis.  Here are some of the early returns:

West Point Military Academy, Stanford, Babson, Purdue, Emerson, University of Washington, Washington State, University of Nebraska, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, Claremont College, University of Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Southern Methodist, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Whitworth, University of Colorado, Northeastern, Northwestern, CSU San Luis Obispo, Northern Arizona College, Oklahoma Christian, Woodbury, UC Riverside, University of Arizona, Arizona State, University of Oregon, Carthage, Azusa Pacific, and Seattle Pacific.  

Many, many more will follow in the coming weeks.  We look forward to celebrating with all of our MHS graduates, and eager to see where the Lord takes them.  Please let your guidance counselor know of any good news that comes your way.​

Pedestrians Asked to Avoid the Demolition Work Zone
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The old Hall of Administration building, which sits on the southwest corner of Green Street and Saint John Avenue (facing Fountain Plaza), is slated for demolition as early as next week. As work crews prepare for demolition and bring in heavy pieces of equipment, we are asking students and staff to remain out of the work zone.  If it is necessary to enter or exit the campus via Green Street, please use the sidewalk on Saint John Avenue and DO NOT cut through or around the construction zone to get to Ralph’s or to cross Green Street. The area is not safe for pedestrians!  We want to be keep everyone safe and appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Prospective Families Invited to Experience MHS Sports This Friday
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Prospective students and parents are invited to get a look at Maranatha’s winter sports teams on Friday night, February 5 at our Middle School Appreciation Night.  This event allows middle school families the opportunity to get a flavor of MHS spirit while attending, as our guests, any of our home soccer or basketball games that evening. Visitors may check in starting at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Gym for free tickets to the games and will receive a special voucher for some complimentary concessions.  No RSVP required. Contact Mrs. Debbie Middlebrook in Admissions for more information at (626) 817-4021.

4:00 p.m. JV Boys’ Basketball
4:00 p.m. JV Girls’ Soccer
5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Basketball
5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Soccer
7:00 p.m. Varsity Boys’ Basketball

Parent Ed Night This Week: Answers to the Question of Suffering
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last October, parents enjoyed  a great evening spent with Dr. Craig Hazen from Biola University, discussing the importance of teaching apologetics to our youth as they prepare for college and beyond. This Thursday we are continuing our discussion with a world-renowned youth apologetics expert. Brett Kunkle, is the youth director for Stand To Reason, an apologetics training ministry located here in Southern California. Brett is also the mastermind behind the annual ReThink Conference, bringing the best of apologetics and worldviews training for youth, 8th grade to early college. Read MORE.

Cooking With Our MHS Chefs: In the Kitchen With Chef Angel
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chef Angel cannot really remember when he started cooking, as it has been a passion of his since he was very young. Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, he has been cooking professionally for about 4 years, one and a half of those years being at Maranatha High School.

His favorite thing about being a chef at MHS is simply, the kids. “I have a lot of energy and charisma, and so do these kids. I love seeing them excited to eat and always find myself smiling when they give me feedback on my cooking. They’re really a lot of fun to cook for.”

We asked Chef Angel a few questions to get to know him better:

Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you: “I love boxing. I boxed for 7 years!” Read more HERE.

Debate Team Wins First Place at SCDL Spring Varsity Debate Tournament
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

by Patrick Mesisca '92, Speech & Debate Coach

On the weekend of January 22-23, the Maranatha Debate Team competed in the Southern California Debate League Spring Varsity Debate Tournament and was again victorious.  MHS junior Cameron Chen (pictured to the right with Mr. Mesisca) went undefeated (5-0) and won first place overall in Lincoln Douglas Debate.  Lincoln Douglas Debate is a one-on-one trial-like style of debate over contemporary ethical issues. Senior Eddie James Fisher made the finals (top 8) for Lincoln Douglas debate and finished the day 3-2 bringing home the 8th Place trophy.

In Public Forum debate, a two-on-two style debate weighing the evidence and argumentation for global issues, Maranatha's top Public Forum Debate Team of senior Kendall Hollimon and junior Matthew Harrington also went undefeated (5-0) over the weekend.  Sophomore Joel Lee and freshman Deven Hollimon also made the finals (top 8) for Public Forum debate and finished the day 3-2 bringing home the 8th Place trophy. Read more HERE.

College Application Workshop This Wednesday
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seniors, please remember that the College & Guidance Counseling Office is continuing to provide free College Application Workshops for students to receive personalized assistance with your applications. Please contact Mrs. Anacleto in the Guidance Office with any questions: The next session will be held this Wednesday.

WHERE: MHS Commons
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Progress check for overall applications (FAFSA, etc.)

Cheers, Tears, and Friendship at SLR
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Spiritual Life Retreat. Joe Smith, Associate Pastor from Mosaic Church spoke on the larger topic of “The Call: How Will You Answer?”. Students reported being struck by his idea of our walk being about other people. “We shouldn’t have the spotlight on us,” he said, “but the light should shine through us.” After all, he reiterated, “we can’t take our stuff with us to heaven, but we can take other people along the way.” Like the paralytic man’s friends, sometimes we need to carry people to Jesus. This message resonated with Holly Campbell ’16 who shared how great it was on the last night to sit around with her friends and talk about their faith.  “For me at SLR, it was a great feeling to be there for my friends and be with them as they spoke with and got great advice from a staff member.” Read more HERE.       

PSAT Results
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The results from the October 2015 PSAT tests are now available electronically. (Your student can log into their account on the College Board website to access their scores.)  Paper copies of the results will be sent to MHS by the end of January. Please save the date and join us on February 9 at 6:00 p.m. as the Counseling Office has invited an expert to speak to MHS families about the results, how to interpret them, and what to do next.

Financial Aid Applications for College
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available for submission.  Please be aware that the California deadline is March 2. You can access the application at:  The Counseling Office will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on February 9 with more details to follow.



Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day Updates Needed
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

On Tuesday, April 13, our students will be celebrating their grandparents and/or special friends during our annual breakfast event by sharing a glimpse of life on our MHS campus. We would like to ensure that no one is missed and that everyone's grandparent and special friend information has been submitted and is up to date. Click HERE to view our Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day form. If you need to update or submit information to make sure your grandparent/special friend is invited to this annual tradition, please feel free to fill out/update the form and drop it off at the Student Center front desk or email it to the Advancement Office at 

PA Meeting This Thursday
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All parents are encouraged to join the Parent Association this Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Parent Association Meetings always include refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the Administration. This week, Adam Rupp, our fantastic new Choir Faculty will be speaking. Please join the Parent Association and receive one parent volunteer hour just for attending!


Semester Grades and Mid-Year College Reports
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Semester grades are now available in NetClassroom.  A special note for seniors:  All Common Application schools require a mid-year report, so we will be submitting those on your behalf by January 15. If you would like us to send first semester grades to any non-Common App schools, please email your counselor to take care of that for you.

Winter Formal Tickets on Sale Now
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

“Winter Knott's So Formal” is right around the corner! That’s right, on February 6, the senior class has decided to dress down and have a little fun at Knott’s Berry Farm! And another twist; it’s Sadie Hawkins' style and so the girls will be doing the asking! Students will meet at Knott’s Berry Farm and the attire is casual (refer to the student handbook for further information). Tickets are just $65 and are now on sale HERE.


Welcome New Registrar
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Maranatha welcomes Claudia Jimenez as our new Registrar in the College & Guidance Counseling Office. “I love to interact with students, teachers, parents - to communicate and serve and provide information,” she says. Her main role will be to provide assistance with grades, transcripts, guidance appointments, and general navigating of all things guidance related. She will have a unique comraderie with the parents entering the office as she is also the mom of a current freshman here, Sara Mendez.

Before coming to MHS, Mrs. Jimenez worked for seven years as a legal secretary and three years as a Registrar/Program Assistant for the Pasadena Unified School District. At PUSD, she was responsible for managing and preparing records and transcripts for all students as they left the district. Her office was also responsible for transfer permits and open enrollment. Read more HERE.

Looking for International Student Host Families for this Year and Next
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Maranatha’s Homestay Program is a great way for our MHS families to engage with international students and learn about other cultures. We are looking for host families for girls for the remainder of this school year. We are also looking for families interested in hosting this summer (boys and girls) and/or next fall. For more information, click HERE.  If you are interested in hosting, please contact Miss Jin Jin at



Parent Volunteer Hours: Spanish or Korean Translation of MHS Materials
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parents who are fluent in Spanish or Korean: We have a great opportunity for you to help us communicate with international student applicants and their families while earning Parent Volunteer Hours.

If you are fluent in both English and Spanish or English and Korean, and would like to earn Parent Volunteer Hours by translating some website information and program brochures, please log in to Signup Genius HERE or contact Melissa Wunderly at

Thank you for helping us diversify our International Student Program and invite more Spanish and Korean speaking students to Maranatha!

Register Now for Spiritual Life Retreat: The Call
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

By: Steven Kozak, Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership

With the reality of God’s holiness and his own brokenness, Isaiah boldly took on the call of God to live a life on mission, for the Kingdom of God.

As the people of God, we are called to be on mission, working to reach a world, broken and in need of hope. A hope that can only be found in Christ. But what does this mission look like, for me, my friends, my school? How are we expected to carry it out? Read more HERE.

Parent Ed Night: Answers to the Question of Suffering
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

By: Steven Kozak, Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership

Last October, we had a great evening spent with Dr. Craig Hazen from Biola University, discussing the importance of teaching apologetics to our youth as they prepare for college and beyond. Later this month, we are continuing our discussion with a world renown youth apologetics expert.  Brett Kunkle is the youth director for Stand To Reason, an apologetics training ministry located here in Southern California. Brett is also the mastermind behind the annual ReThink Conference, bringing the best of apologetics and worldviews training for youth, 8th grade to early college. Read more HERE.

MHS Missions Teams Stay National This Year
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Earlier this year, we were pleased to see so many students excited about trips to Europe, Costa Rica, and Israel. On these trips, even though not traditionally thought of as mission trips, we certainly expect our students to take the name of Jesus as they gain incredible cross-cultural experiences.

We are excited to see students eager to build the Kingdom of God outside the walls of MHS. Locally, we have partnered with the LA Dream Center and gathered a team that will gear up for a July outreach program. Our leadership team is working on the final details and getting ready to meet with the team to start preparations. Read more HERE.

Athletic Department Announces New Head Swim Coach
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Although not new to Maranatha, the Athletic Department is pleased to appoint alumnus Daniel Nahigian ’08 to a new role of Head Coach for our Minutemen Swim Team.

Coach Nahigian has been a part of the Maranatha Athletic family for nearly twelve years. In 2004, he was a founding member of the Maranatha Swim & Dive team and was a four-year Varsity athlete, team captain, and CIF finalist as well as being our school's record holder in the 500 Freestyle.

After graduating from MHS in 2008, Coach Nahigian attended Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. At Wheaton College, he participated for four years on the swim team and specialized in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, and 100 Backstroke. During his college career, Coach Nahigian was a team captain and named CCIW All Conference. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and a minor in International Relations. After moving back to California, Coach Nahigian began working as an Assistant Coach to the Maranatha Swim & Dive program in 2012 and has been with the team during the last three seasons. Read more HERE.

Upcoming Senior College Application Workshops
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

For many seniors, college applications and financial aid applications continue into second semester. Join counseling office staff in the Commons from 3:15-4:15 p.m. for a few more College Application Workshops designed to give you personal attention for those last minute application needs.

Upcoming College Application Workshops:

January 13, 2016
College Counselors will review the FASFA financial aid application worksheet and advise on general financial planning for colleges.  FASFA opened up on January 1st.

January 27, 2016
College Counselors will check on overall progress on college applications and graduation requirements as seniors await responses from their prospective colleges.

Mary: A Lesson in Trust
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Christmas Devotion by: Grace Kim ’16, Student Chaplain

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled." Luke 1:38

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV

As Mary learned that she would be the one to carry the long-expected Messiah, how much joy she must have felt! And how much fear...To bear Jesus was an unspeakable honor, yet for an unmarried Jewish woman, a pregnancy out of wedlock would change all of the earthly plans Mary had made for her own life. Read more HERE.

Speech Team Finishes 2015 with a First Place Team Trophy at the SCDL Fall Speech Tournament
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, the Maranatha Speech Team competed in the Southern California Debate League Fall Varsity Speech Tournament at Arroyo High School and brought home the first place trophy. The team excelled in the Original Duo category with Trinity Moore and Elita Minas (shown here) winning first place and Natalie Azar, Michelle Tashjian, Samantha Gonzalez, Leannah Barreto, Mya Tio, Makayla Brainard, Yvette Cheng and Yvonne Feng also winning placement trophies in the O.D. Speech category. Freshmen India Lewis and Daniel Walsh earned trophies in Platform Speech and sophomore Benjamin Smith won a trophy for Interpretation.

The Speech Team is now preparing for the annual Rotary Four Way Speech contest to be held in late January, and the annual Pasadena Bar Association Speech Tournament to be held on April 23, 2016. These tournaments each present students with an opportunity to compete for a $5,000 scholarship cash prize. A Maranatha student has won the $5,000 PBA Speech grand prize three out of the past five years. Last year Maranatha had two students place in the top five of the PBA Tournament and then senior Joel Wunderly won the $1,000 third place prize. Any Maranatha student interested in trying out for these opportunities should contact Mr. Mesisca at for further details.

Gifting It Forward
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We hope by now that you have received and opened your "Gifting It Forward" mailer. In it, you will find an opportunity to thank someone in the Maranatha community who has blessed you or a loved one in a life-enhancing way.


Help us reach 100% parent participation in the 2015 - 2016 Annual Fund, the Golden Anniversary Fund this year! And when you give, tell us if there is a special person that you would like to honor with your gift. What did that person do for you or your loved one? We will let them know that you are "Gifting It Forward" to our students because of their gift to you!

Habitat for Humanity Gift Card Drive for Homeless Teens
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This Christmas season, the Habitat for Humanity club is doing a gift card drive for homeless teenagers from Door of Hope. They would love gift cards from stores like Target, Walmart, or VISA gift cards, or other recommended stores like Kmart, Sears, Ross, Kohls, Marshalls, or Old Navy. Preferably, these cards would be worth $20 or more. These are most likely the only presents most of these teens will receive, so let’s do what we can to make their Christmas great!  

Spread Christmas Cheer at MHS and Get a Few Service Hours!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
      Need more ways to spread Christmas cheer? There are multiple ways to earn some Parent Volunteer Program (PVP) hours, even with just one week left in first semester. Click HERE to see all the current opportunities. Parents help make our school great; thank you for your service. 

Finals Review and Exam Schedule
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Academics

As final exams approach many students may be feeling anxious, while others are just excited for Christmas Break.  No matter what your son or daughter may be feeling there are many things to consider when preparing for final exams. For starters, procrastination and plagiarism are students’ enemies. When someone is feeling overwhelmed they may be tempted to take the easy way out, whether that is by ignoring the problem and not completing the task ahead, “borrowing” someone else’s work, or a variety of other coping mechanisms.

This is the time to encourage your child and express to them the importance of planning. Students should understand what is left to complete and when their assignments are due. It is okay to ask for clarification from teachers regarding due dates and instructions. They want the best for your child and want them to learn and feel successful.  read full story

To view a PDF version of the Fall Finals Week Schedule, click HERE

Let the Christmas Celebration Begin!
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Start your celebrating with the MHS Performing Arts family Christmas celebration. Evening of Christmas is a opportunity to take part in celebrating the birth of Jesus through energetic live performances from Maranatha's Orchestra, Mixed Ensemble, and Dance Companies.

Agnus Dei, which means Lamb of God, is the central theme of this year's fun and powerful production. Featuring old hymns and new favorites, the show's theme focuses on the true meaning of Christmas! Two performances are offered on December 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Save $1 by purchasing online HERE. We are excited to share the Christmas spirit with the Maranatha community and beyond. 

Chaplain Encourages us to Remember the True Meaning of Christmas
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

By: Odera Nwobi ’16, Chaplain

It's that time of the year again when we remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  He came and gave the world the gift of His presence so that we will desire to live like Him. He died on the cross that all our sins would be forgiven. This season, as we remember and celebrate what Jesus did for all of mankind, it is imperative that we understand the true meaning behind it. Even though we will celebrate with all of the lights and fireworks we must remember that most importantly the Light of God should shine through us this season. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! 

Winter Formal Reveal
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

This year, the Winter Formal is actually a “Winter Knott so Formal”. That’s right, on February 6, the senior class has decided to dress down and just have fun at Knott’s Berry Farm! And another twist… guys you’re off the hook; it’s Sadie Hawkins style and so the girls will be doing the asking! For fun, feel free to dress as your favorite dynamic duo!

Tickets will go on sale when we come back from Christmas break. 

Freshman Class Christmas Workshop Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Freshman Class will host a Christmas "Wrapping" Workshop after school on Tuesday, December 15 to raise money for future Freshmen Class activities. Attendees will be transported to Santa's Workshop where they may:

  • Get Presents Wrapped for $1-3
  • Buy Christmas Gifts for $1-3
  • Buy Christmas Treats (cotton candy, cookies, and apple cider) for $1 each
  • Take Christmas pictures for $3

Please join us to buy treats and gifts and bring your gifts from home to be wrapped.

Tuesday December 15, 2015
Student Center
2:00-3:00 p.m. 

Building a Bridge of Love: One International Host Family’s Story
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

MHS parent and host mom Wendy Strong shares her family’s heart-warming experience with their international student.

Late last year, God put it on our family’s heart to bless a family in China. We found an opportunity as we opened our home to Billy Tan, an MHS International Student.  As we waited for Billy to arrive, our family began to pray for a bridge of love with him and his parents. When Billy arrived, he immediately felt like a son and his family like our family! What a gift!

OUR JOURNEY:  Asa family, we have learned and grown so much! We have bonded as a larger family, laughing, learning and “playing.”  We have taught Billy how to snorkel and body surf, but he has taught us far more.

BILLY IS A BLESSING:  Billy has given us an understanding of Chinese culture and as a result, we have become more compassionate and understanding. He has taught us so much about the hardships that young people face (competitive pressure, soberness about the power of authority and economic realities).  read more

Come Make Frittatas at this Thursday’s PA Meeting
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

All MHS parents are invited to join us for this Thursday’s (December 10) Parent Association meeting on at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Our very own Chef Will will be there demonstrating Mini Frittatas. We will be giving all those in attendance a copy of the recipe just in time for Christmas! As always, you will also enjoy refreshments and hear from our administration. As an added bonus, parents also receive one service hour just for attending.

Senior Photo Wall
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On the second floor of the Academic Center, there is a wall full of pictures of the Class of 2016 throughout the years. The Class of 2016 Photo Wall is a fun way to honor our senior class as they prepare the leave their alma mater.  If you have any pictures from freshman year to senior year, please print them out (preferably 4x6) and turn them in to the Student Center front desk, Mr. Kozak, or Audrey Chang. This is an opportunity for us to remember the memories we have made and look forward to what's to come. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Class President Audrey Chang at (626) 782-2810 or

Maranatha Speech and Debate Team Wins in Back To Back Weekends
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On the weekend of November 14-15, Cameron Chen and Quinton Espinosa competed at the Damien High School Debate Tournament.  After two days of intense competition, senior Quinton Espinosa, a transfer student from Damien High School, earned a Quarter-finalist trophy for debate and an award for the third best speaker in the entire tournament.

The following weekend, November 20-21, the Novice Debate Team competed on Friday night and the award-winning Varsity team competed on Saturday.  Maranatha victoriously placed four Varsity debaters into the finals of two separate debate categories (Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum).  The four finalists were the Public Forum Debate team of Kendall Hollimon and Matthew Harrington, and Lincoln Douglas debaters Quinton Espinosa and David Wunderly.  The Speech and Debate coach, Mr. Mesisca said, “This was an incredible experience and demonstrates the continued growing success of our program.”  As a team, Maranatha tied for first place with Walnut High School.

The Maranatha Speech and Debate Team will wrap up the 2015 Fall Season at Arroyo High School on Saturday, December 12.  Anyone interested in trying out for the 2016 Spring Speech and Debate Team should contact Mr. Mesisca at for details. 

Community Service Opportunity at Chick-fil-A
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Maranatha students do all sorts of creative service in our local community with their required annual service hours. Many students get so hooked on serving, they end up donating well beyond the required 10-20 hours per year. For example, sophomore Trinity Moore participates in a weekly community service project at the Chick-fil-A restaurant located on E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena  She says, “I have always desperately wanted to play a positive role in my community. As an avid reader, I believe that reading is extremely important and educational, while at the same time very enjoyable and fun.” As a regular customer of Chick-fil-A, she was able to put two of her passions together and volunteer for their weekly Kid’s program, reading children’s books and leading craft sessions with the younger Chick-fil-A customers.  read more 

CSF Holiday Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The CSF (California Scholarship Federation) is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Donation Drive for The 5 Acres Foster Youth program. There is a donation box placed in the College & Guidance Counseling Office. Please drop off your new/boxed toys (ages 5-15) in this donation box. CSF members may obtain a signature from Mrs. Anacleto or the Registrar to verify hours (2 toys = 1 CSF hour).  This box will be open for donations until Friday, December 11 since the toys need to be delivered to 5 Acres the following day.

Thank you for helping us spread love and joy this Christmas!

Spiritual Life Retreat
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

This year’s Spiritual Life Retreat (SLR) will be held January 16-18 at Camp Cedar Crest. More details on theme, speaker, and worship band will be forthcoming. The cost is $155 and can be paid by check or billed to your family account. Release forms are due by January 5 to avoid a $10 late fee. Click HERE for the Registration Information. Click HERE for the MHS Release Form.

Maranatha Students Sign to Play with Stanford and More
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Recently, four Maranatha seniors signed to pursue their sport at the collegiate level. Kendall Hollimon signed to dive at Claremont McKenna, Shirley Luong to fence at Northwestern, Nicole Rodriguez to play volleyball at UC Riverside, and Trevor Stanback to play basketball at Stanford. Read more HERE.


Temporary Sign Language Teacher Challenges Students
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Maranatha welcomes Stephanie Nogueras who is taking a long term sub position teaching Sign Language until Mrs. Chung ‘02 returns from maternity leave in April.  Ms. Nogueras has been teaching American Sign Language since 2008. She has an Applied Science and Liberal Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. In addition, she has studied Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling from Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey.

Ms. Nogueras is also an actor and her show on ABC Family is on hiatus until January. She has been praying and asking God what to do next. She says, “I believe this is it and that I can be an inspiration to many students. They will learn a lot from me as a true authentic deaf person who has a strong affiliation to the deaf culture, grew up in the Deaf community, and uses American Sign Language as the primary communication mode. I hope it opens their eyes, minds and hearts in many ways. So far, I love seeing how excited the students are to have me.” Parents can contact her at Read more HERE.

Girls' Tennis: 4 Years in a Row!
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

By: Jazlyn Raymond '16

For the first time in Maranatha’s history, our Girls’ Varsity Tennis team had a 35-0 winning streak in league, and have won league for their 4th year in a row since Coach Arthur Hsieh and his wife Sandra took over. This is just the tip of the iceberg with this year’s team. Led by senior team captains Sarah Rutzen, Natalie Yee, and Hailey McNall, the MHS varsity tennis team has broken record after record, becoming CIF champions in their 2014-15 season and also adding a few years to the League Champions banner in the Gym.

But these victories do not come easy. These girls have tirelessly, day after day, endured long practices that run late into the night.  Read more HERE.

Club Highlight: Cooking Club
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

This year, Cooking Club is back at MHS! Started by senior co-presidents Jazlyn Raymond and Sarah Rutzen, and led by Maranatha's own Executive Chef Will Ramirez, the Cooking Club aims to teach students the basics of cooking and how to be creative in the kitchen (and have lots of fun while doing it!).

For size and safety reasons, the club is separated into two groups that each meet every other Wednesday. Group one consists of 14 students, freshmen through juniors, while group two has 14 seniors. This allows Chef Will to give one on one instruction to students and focus attention on a smaller group of chefs-in-training each week. Discussing the goals of this club, Ramirez says that he wants to widen the students’ taste range and “give them a more sophisticated palette”. Read more HERE.

Senior Yearbook Tributes Due
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Senior year is a special time for the entire family. Your student is experiencing the thrill of growing up and you are remembering their first steps! Take the time to tell them how much you love them in their senior yearbook.

Senior Tributes are on on sale through December 11, 2015. Just download the forms below and send them to the yearbook staff with your photos and we'll take care of the rest. You can also create your own and send them in completed provided you follow the design layout guidelines. Many blessings on you and your family in this season of gratitude and promise! Click HERE for Senior Tribute Information and Order Form. 

Christmas Shopping Can Benefit MHS
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

As you begin your Christmas shopping, why not get some extra bang for your buck and support our school at the same time? Shopping through Amazon or buying Scrip Gift Cards through MHS supports our teachers through the Parent Association at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting our school with a tiny extra step!

Amazon Shopping
Did you know that Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to Maranatha High School? Log in to your Amazon account, register at:, and select "Maranatha High School" as your charity so your Amazon Smile-eligible purchases will support our school. Thank you for taking a moment to make a difference.

Scrip Gift Cards
Who doesn’t buy a few gift cards for your favorite teacher or as stocking stuffers over the holidays? Scrip gift cards are pre-paid gift cards that are available from numerous retailers, such as REI, Chipotle, Starbucks, Amazon, Toys ‘R Us, Arco, Vons, iTunes, Macy’s...just to name a few! For each card you purchase, you receive the FULL value of your purchase and MHS will receive a percentage back donated by the retailer. If you have any questions please contact the Parent Association Scrip Coordinators at

Mission Trips Applications due this Friday
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Last Friday at chapel the 2015-2016 Maranatha Mission Trip application was announced. Missions applications can be found HERE and are due this Friday, November 20.  Team placements will be announced by December 7.  Should you have any questions or need additional context or clarification to any of the trips or the application process, please feel free to contact Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership Steven Kozak at or (626) 817-4093.

Read more HERE.


Opportunity to Gift It Forward
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

If you haven’t already, you will soon receive this booklet (shown to the right) in your mailbox.

In this booklet you will find parent volunteer and giving opportunities, including information about our school’s 2015-2016 Annual Fund drive.

As always, our goal is to have 100% of our parents participating with a gift to the fund. Whatever the amount of your gift, your participation will help to keep tuition as low as possible, while helping to maintain the highest level of academic and interscholastic experience for our students. 

Making your tax-deductible contribution before December 31 will benefit both you and the school! You may give by logging on to or mailing your gift to 169 S. Saint John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. Questions? Please contact Althea Rowe at (626) 817-4070.

New this year, in celebration of Maranatha’s Golden Anniversary, we invite you to make your gift to the Annual Fund in honor of someone special - a teacher, a coach, a staff member, or perhaps a parent who has given a gift of themselves to you or your child. We will notify your honoree that you have given on their behalf, and your gift to the Annual Fund will be used for the continuation of the Maranatha mission for today’s generation of young men and women. Look for more information on “Gifting it Forward” in your mailbox soon.

Club Highlight: Strategy Club
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Interested in honing your critical thinking skills? Why not check out the Strategy Club? This club, led by Mr. Baker, develops critical thinking skills through the games of Chess and Go. Go is an ancient Chinese game that has gained popularity recently in the West and is much more difficult than chess.

Students meet every Wednesday at lunch in Mr. Baker’s room, AC116. Several students show up each week and one of the students is ranked as an amateur professional in the U.S. Go ranking system. Evan Cho, a Korean professional Go Master, volunteers his time to teach students Go lessons and plays them to put their skills to the test. Cho is ranked at the highest level in both the Korean and American Go ranking systems. Many students in the club are working on their skills to be ready for an inter-school Pasadena tournament they hope to hold in the spring. 

Mr. Baker enjoys advising this club adding, “In this digital age, Chess and Go are great ways for students to get off their screens while building their critical and spacial reasoning skills.”

Congrats to Mary Poppins Cast!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Auditions were completed and the cast announced last week for our Spring production of Mary Poppins.  Tickets will go on sale in February for the March 10-12 performances.  Mark your calendars now for this unforgettable theatrical experience!  


CASTING LEADS                                                 
Mary Poppins - Holly Campbell      Bert - Tim Byers
Jane Banks Alanna Hernandez   Michael Banks Brady Stubbs
Winifred Banks Serene Babikian   George Banks Benjamin Samuels
Mrs. Brill Hannah Hedrick   Robertson Ay Cameron Smith
Miss Andrew / Mrs. Corry Tera Crews   Bird Woman / Dance Captain Jillian Hurte


Read more HERE.


Counselors Extend Office Hours this Tuesday and Wednesday
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Counseling Office will be hosting two special late afternoons this week in order to be available to students and parents for an extended time after school. Come “hangout” with the College Counselors in the Guidance Offices from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18.  The counselors will be providing general help with college applications, personal statement tips, Naviance training, and are available for meetings with parents who would benefit from later appointment times.

Spiritual Emphasis Week: On Your Mark… “Preparing our hearts and minds for what God has in store”
Monday, November 09, 2015

By: Steven Kozak, Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership

Over these last few weeks, the ministry team has taken great pains to lay some important groundwork for what is to come throughout this year. First, we talked about the promises of God as a way of setting the stage for what God is doing in history, among his people, and right here at MHS. But this of course raises questions. Questions that, if not answered at least in part or a conversation started, will end up causing more harm than good. So with great care, concern, and much prayer, some very tough questions were tackled.

Now we feel prepared to set our eyes on what’s next. Read more HERE  

Regina Pullens: Maranatha’s Rose Princess
Monday, November 09, 2015

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

This year, Maranatha is honored to have one of our own represented on the Tournament of Roses’ Royal Court. Regina Pullens, a 17 year old senior, was chosen earlier this year to be on the Court and we were able to talk to her about some of her responsibilities, highlights so far, and the group dynamics of the Court. 

Being a Rose Princess is an extremely time-consuming task. On an average week, Regina has training from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Mondays, a day off on Tuesdays (although this is not guaranteed), and events every day from Wednesday-Sunday. These events often cause her to leave school midday and can last until 8:00 p.m. The events include serving the community and appearing at various functions. Regina says, “So far, some of the highlights include going to Huntington Hospital and trick-or-treating with the patients. We also went to Villa Esperanza, which is a school for autistic kids, and it’s been a lot of fun.” Regina has also enjoyed photo shoots with the Court where they got to dress in their gowns and crowns and take pictures to be hung in the Tournament House.   Full story HERE 

eResearch Tools Available at MHS
Monday, November 09, 2015

eResearch Tools Available at MHS

By: Dianne Miller, Instructional Technology Specialist

We at MHS are very excited about the eLibrary research tool for our students. Students will notice an icon on their iPad named "Britannica Online School Edition". If any student does not see this app on their device, they should report to the Tech Help Office in AC-312.  This site will allow students to tap into the knowledge of experts from around the globe, including historians and Nobel Prize winners. It is a reliable resource for fast facts as well as deep research including primary sources, biographies, case studies, real-world examples, white papers, and more.   Read more HERE


Club Highlight: Future Business Leaders of America
Monday, November 09, 2015

Many of our students will make their way after college to work in the business world. This year, the MHS Future Business Leaders of America Club was founded in order to teach students about the wide world of business and inform them about various fields within the business world so they can make wise choices regarding their MHS studies, their college field choice, and their future careers. So far, approximately 15 students are taking advantage of this club, which meets twice a month at lunch in the Commons.  Read more HERE

Counselors Extend Office Hours for a Few Late Afternoons
Monday, November 09, 2015

The Counseling Office will be hosting two special late afternoons to be available to students and parents for an extended time after school. Come “hangout” with the College Counselors in the Guidance Offices from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17. Help provided will include: general help with college applications, personal statement tips, Naviance training, and meetings with parents who would benefit from later appointment times.

College Application Workshops
Monday, November 09, 2015

Seniors, please remember that the College & Guidance Counseling Office is continuing to provide free College Application Workshops for students to receive personalized assistance with your applications. Each session is held in the Commons and can hold up to 40 students. Walk-ins are welcome, however, to reserve your spot, please contact Mrs. Anacleto in the Guidance Office: The next session will be held this Wednesday.

WHEN: 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 - UC/Cal State Application Overview
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Financial Aid overview (FAFSA online app opens Jan. 1st),
Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Progress check for overall college applications, (FAFSA, etc.),
Wednesday, April 27 - Transition to college, pause for celebration/appreciation

Open House This Saturday
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Do you have friends or neighbors to invite to Open House this Saturday, November 7? Maranatha’s Open House is the most important Admissions event of the season. Click HERE for the Open House webpage.

If you know anyone (co-worker, neighbor, friend, or relative) who might be interested in learning more about Maranatha, please share with them a LINK to our website so they can learn more about our exciting Admissions events.  Student Shadow Days are available any time by appointment and Parent tours are available every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information at or (626) 817-4021.

Thank you for helping keep Maranatha strong! Read full article HERE.

Emergency Procedures Reviewed
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Our students and staff recently participated in an Earthquake Drill. Our Dean of Students Sharon Dandorf wanted to make sure parents were aware of our emergency procedures. Please familiarize yourself with the following emergency procedures which can also be found on our website HERE

In preparation for a real emergency: Disaster/Crisis periodic emergency drills are conducted to ensure that our safety procedures are understood and correctly implemented. Read more HERE.

Club Highlight: Journalism Club
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

After a long hiatus, the newly formed Journalism Club is bringing back The Messenger, the school newspaper that was originally created in the first decade of our school. In fact, they just published their first digital issue available on our Maranatha website under Quicklinks or by clicking HERE.  

Big thanks goes to Mr. Baker, the Club Advisor and Editor in Chief. He says, “The student leadership is amazing. Evan Strawn is our President and helps manage a robust staff of excited student writers, editors, and photographers. Faith VanRiper is the head editor and manages all of the writers and assistant editors to keep us on task and to ensure we meet deadlines. Mandy Moore is the layout editor and puts her art skills to use to make our paper as visually appealing as possible.”

The club meets every Tuesday at lunch in AC116. At meetings they discuss the stories and editors give feedback as well as pitch new stories for the next publication. The goal is to publish a digital paper every two weeks and they hope to eventually produce podcasts and video updates as well. The Messenger gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences in digital journalism. 

Mills Uniform Winter Sale Begins Saturday!
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

For a limited time, Mills Uniform is offering Maranatha families 10% off all in-stock items.  Their Winter Sale discounts are available for in-store, online, and phone orders, but ONLY from November 7-21. Click HERE to view the sale flyer, or you can visit their online store HERE and begin shopping today!


Moms’ Dinner Coming Up
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Maranatha moms: Have you RSVP'd for the November 10th Mothers of Maranatha Dinner yet? Our lovely autumn dinner, hosted by the Alumni Department, already has over 180 moms on the list, but we have room for a few more. If you would like to attend, we'd love to have you join us. We have planned a wonderful gathering to bring our moms together for a night of mingling, lots of food, and desserts. Ignore the California sun and come in your comfy, warm clothing. Hope to see you there! 

Welcome New Staff
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maranatha is pleased to welcome five more staff to our community.

Read full story HERE.

NHS Peer Tutoring Started
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

National Honors Society (NHS) members’ peer tutoring program is set to begin this week.  As part of their membership expectations, NHS members are asked to tutor at least 10 hours through NHS.  Members are encouraged to ask their teachers if there are students that would benefit from tutoring. So please do encourage your NHS student or your student in need of tutoring to be proactive.

Starting today, Monday, October 26 from 3:15-4:15 p.m., tutoring will be available Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Student Center classrooms: SC4, SC3, SC2, and SC1 .  Thank you to the foreign language teachers that have been kind enough to be present when the tutoring occurs in their rooms on those two days. Please encourage any student that can utilize extra reinforcement through peer (NHS) tutoring to come on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 and receive assistance.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Mehrabian in the Counseling Office.

Club Highlight: Airsoft Club
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Several international students had an idea for a new club this year. With the help of advisor Mr. Harris ’00, the Airsoft Club has been launched! The club already has roughly 30 members across all grade levels and social groups. They meet about once a month at school with plans to play about once every six weeks.  During meetings, members plan their next game and work on spreading the excitement of airsoft with others. They have already had their first airsoft game together and had a blast.

Mr. Harris says, “The purpose of the club is to get kids who would not normally participate in activities together to connect with each other, especially international students with non-international students.” He will also be using the club to teach students about gun safety.

Murder Mystery Theater This Friday!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Join us this Friday, October 30 for the fun, interactive Murder at the Mansion, our very own Mystery Dinner Theater! There are less than 80 tickets left! 

If you’ve never been to a murder mystery dinner before, you’re in for a treat.. The evening, based on Disney characters of The Haunted Mansion, is presented as part play, part interactive dining experience where you are the detective. You will sit at a table of seven other detectives who will serve as your team for the evening. Seating selection is available online. 

During the event, your team will have opportunities to question the suspects, examine clues and make a final guess as to whodunit! And, yes, there are prizes! This is a fun, whimsical evening that celebrates the God-given talents of our student-actors and you! That’s right! You are literally part of the show. 

We are inviting all of our audience members to join in on the fun by coming in costume to the Mansion as any mystery-related detective! (Scooby Doo characters, Inspector Gadget, Monk, Sherlock Holmes, Psych, Nancy Drew, Dr. Temperance Brennan, Batman – hey, he solved crimes! – and the list goes on). 

General ($30) and Gold Circle ($35) tickets are available online. Gold Circle seating will be closest to the stage. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sophomore Places in Fencing Championship
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Congratulations to sophomore Andrew Huang who won 3rd place in Southern California Scholastic League Fencing Tournament last week. He represented Maranatha High School, although our school is not in the league. He competed in Men's Saber and placed 3rd out of 19 high school fencers across Southern California.

Click HERE for detailed results. 



Shop on Amazon and Support MHS!
Monday, October 26, 2015

Did you know that Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to Maranatha High School? Log in to your Amazon account, register at:, and select "Maranatha High School" as your charity so your Amazon Smile-eligible purchases will support our school. Thank you for taking a moment to make a difference.

East Coast College Tour Details
Monday, October 26, 2015

If you missed the East Coast College Tour meeting but were interested in the trip details, you will want to check out the PowerPoint presentation that Mrs. Anacleto shared. Click HERE for the presentation. Details include a full itinerary, food, lodging, colleges visited, transportation, and cost. Please contact Mrs. Anacleto if interested. Deposits are due by the end of October.

8th Grade Visitation Day This Thursday
Monday, October 19, 2015

This Thursday, October 22, we will welcome over 250 eighth graders to campus for our annual Eighth Grade Visitation Day. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase our school and allows eighth graders to experience a day on our campus. Eighth grade students will experience a pep rally, chapel, class/faculty interaction, and lunch while being hosted by our stellar Ambassador students. Please be sure to tell your 8th grade friends to RSVP with our Admissions Office by emailing

Due to the influx of visitors on our campus, our student body will have an altered schedule this Thursday. Students will start by participating in a pep rally with the eighth graders. They will then move to Grade Level Meetings to hear important information from their counselors on specific items relevant to their grade. After meeting with their class, all students will hear from an inspirational speaker, Dr. Jeff Spencer. After this time together, our student body will again join the eighth graders for chapel in the Ambassador Auditorium where they will hear from Mr. Jeff Walling on "Why Christ?". Following chapel, they will attend 5th period, lunch, and then end their day with 6th and 7th periods.

We trust this will be a meaningful day not only for our eighth grade visitors, but our entire student body as well. Thank you for helping us welcome our prospective students this Thursday!

9-11th Grade College Info Nights
Monday, October 19, 2015

On October 22 the Guidance Department will be hosting a College Information Night for the Sophomore and Junior classes.  Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center to hear valuable information regarding college options, standardized tests, high school curriculum, and more.  

On October 27 the Guidance Department will be hosting an information night for the Freshman class.  We will discuss course choices, standardized tests, how to approach picking a major, and so much more.  Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center.

On Campus Free Volunteer Screening this Wednesday
Monday, October 19, 2015

In order to be eligible for any volunteer service on our MHS campus,  you must have completed a successful background screening.  Our background check includes fingerprinting (live scan) and a TB screening. Maranatha’s Human Resource Department will be holding one last FREE screening for the calendar year. Please join us at the following date and time.

Date:          October 21
Time:         4:45-6:15 p.m.
Location:  AC Classroom 318

Read more HERE.

Club Highlight: Magic Club
Monday, October 19, 2015

Interested in practicing your magic skills or learning new tricks? This year, our Dean of College & GuidanceCounseling, Mr. Frank Ferry, has started the Maranatha Magic Club. He feels the club “provides students the opportunity to build fellowship, develop team and leadership skills, improve public speaking skills and strengthen personal self-discipline and practice skills while performing sleight of hand and illusions for entertainment."  At meetings, each member performs a trick in front of the club who then discusses what sleight of hand movements caused the deception. After discussion, the performer teaches the routine to the entire group. Everyone learns something each week and members are obligated to keep the trade secrets confidential. 

The club hopes to attend magic shows together on field trips. They also hope to organize an event where they perform in front of their friends and family. They enjoy learning new routines and hope to raise money for the club. The best part is being around other people who enjoy the same hobby.

All levels are welcome from beginners to more advanced. The club meets Thursdays at Lunch in Mr. Ferry's office. Currently there are four students in the club, one of whose dad is a professional magician. The club is blessed to have this father, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians, help them learn new techniques as well as become members of FCA. 

Evening Parent Association Meeting This Wednesday
Monday, October 19, 2015

All parents are encouraged to join the Parent Association for their semi-annual evening meeting this Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons. The Parent Association Meetings always includes refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the Administration. As this is an evening meeting, the PA has plan a lite dinner for your convenience. Our Dean of College & Guidance Counseling, Mr. Frank Ferry, will give an update from the Guidance Office. The PA is also pleased to have the Pasadena Program Director Abby, and District Manager Hannah from C2Educate. They will breakdown the standardized tests (current SAT, ACT, new SAT) as well as chat about the current state of college admissions/applications. Please attend the PA meeting and receive one parent volunteer hour just for coming!

Rose Queen Announcement and Coronation Dinner
Monday, October 19, 2015

Rose Queen Regina certainly has a nice ring to it! We will find out this Thursday at the official Tournament of Roses revealing of this year's Queen which will be made at the 98th Rose Queen Announcement and Coronation Dinner on October 22. Everyone is invited. Tickets are just $30 for purchase at Come support our Rose Princess Regina Pullens!



Murder Mystery Theater Cast Revealed
Monday, October 19, 2015

MHS Theater is pleased to announce the cast of our upcoming Murder Mystery Theater. Please purchase tickets today to support these wonderful students, not to mention an additional host of student crew members!

Maranatha’s first murder mystery dinner theater event is titled, Murder at the Mansion, and is based on the characters of The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland. Murder at the Mansion will be held one-night only on October 30th, 2015 in the Student Center starting at 7:00 p.m. That’s right, dinner AND a show! Plus, there will be a photo booth to capture your memories of the night and a professionally catered, themed dessert table. Read more HERE.

Next Chapel Series Starting October 22nd
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By: Steven Kozak, Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership

The Bare Necessities: Just as food, water, and shelter are the necessities of life, having difficult questions answered, doubts confronted, and the difficulties of following Jesus dealt with are the necessities of our faith. Starting October 22, we will be taking on questions most asked of our students. Such as, “Why does God allow bad things to happen, how can I know if God is really listening, and why does it matter if I follow Jesus?” Students will confront these questions head on and be given straight forward answers from some of Maranatha’s greatest minds. 

This week’s October 15 chapel and mentor groups:

  • Seniors will attend a special Senior Chapel, featuring Dr. Craig Hazen who will speak on “Why Christianity in a World of Religions.” A complimentary lunch will be provided for seniors  following the chapel.
  • Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors will go to their mentor groups.

Parent Ed Night This Thursday
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

As your students spend many hours in the classroom and at home preparing for success in college and beyond, are you confident their faith is prepared for what is next? 


On Thursday, October 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Academic Center Commons, Dr. Craig Hazen, Founder and Director of the Master of Christian Apologetics Program and Professor of Comparative Religions at Biola University presents “Loving the Lord with all your Mind.” Dr. Hazen will also be talking with our seniors that same afternoon for a special senior chapel on “Why Christianity in a World of Religions.”

This is a free event, open to all parents. Bring your friends. Space is limited; to reserve your spot, visit

Questions? Contact Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Leadership Steven Kozak at 626-817-4093 or

PSAT This Wednesday for 9th, 10th, & 11th Graders
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

All 9th-11th grade students will take the PSAT this Wednesday, October 14 at Maranatha.  The exam starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends approximately at 11:30 a.m.  Students will be released for the day at 11:30 a.m. Students are required to wear their regular uniform.

Students will only have a few minutes for break and thus there will be no break or lunch service this day.  Students should bring water, a snack, plenty of sharpened #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils) with erasers, and a calculator. iPads and other electronic devices should remain at home and will not be allowed in the testing room.

9th and 10th grade students are to report to the gym before 8:00 a.m.  Juniors are assigned to specific classrooms (see below) and are expected to be in the assigned classroom by 8:00 a.m. Read more HERE.

Freshman Buddy Program Launched
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

On Wednesday, October 8, the first Freshman Buddy event of the year was held in the gym during lunch. The program, which was a treasured experience for past students, was reinstated this year by the ASB Student Director of In-reach and Outreach after a four year hiatus. Each freshman is assigned to an upperclassman from ASB and/or the Ministry Team for the entirety of the year. Each upperclassman has anywhere from 2-4 buddies. Throughout the year, the buddies/mentors will be in contact with their freshmen to offer advice, support, and guidance; whether it be homework help or spiritual growth.

The program was kicked off last week with an Ice Cream Social at lunch where everyone was treated to fellowship and a nice frozen treat. While most of the girls spent the time chatting (see freshman Bella Lopez and senior buddy Hannah Vitko at right), the majority of the boys decided to get to know each other by playing basketball together. Freshman, Jake Anderson, said, "The event was a great kickstarter for the Freshman Buddies Program this year. Every freshman attended and enjoyed it. Also, the ice cream was a nice touch!" 

Going forward, the groups will meet formally once a month for a fun event and each mentor will decide when they will meet with their freshmen outside of those events. Chaplain and ASB Senior Representative Andrew Ojeda stated that the program is "an accurate representation of the Minutemen community, those who are more experienced taking those who are still learning under their wing and doing life together one day at a time." 

Senior Yearbook Tributes
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Senior year is a special time for the entire family. Your student is experiencing the thrill of growing up and you are remembering their first steps! Take the time to tell them how much you love them in their Senior Yearbook. Senior Tributes are on sale now through December 11, 2015. Don't wait until the last minute to get your order in, as there is limited space available! Just download the forms and send them to the yearbook staff with your photos and we'll take care of the rest. You can also create your own and send them in completed provided you follow the design layout guidelines. Many blessings on you and your family in this season of gratitude and promise! Click HERE for more Senior Tribute Info and the Senior Tribute Order Form .

Speech & Debate Team Excels at the Jack Howe Invitational
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, the Maranatha Speech and Debate team competed in the Jack Howe Invitational at Cal State Long Beach. With well over 1,000 participants, the Jack Howe Invitational has become one of the largest speech and debate tournaments in California, rivaling UC Berkeley and USC in terms of its size and prestige among high school forensics tournaments. The tournament is recognized on the national speech and debate circuit as a top tier tournament featuring the best speech and debate teams from across the country.  

Read more HERE.

5 Colombian Students at MHS Last Week
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Thursday and Friday last week, five warm, engaging high school students from El Colegio America (a Presbyterian-sponsored school in Bogota, Colombia) added even more excitement to our already "brimming" homecoming week.

In Thursday's Chapel:

  • They sang and played the keyboard to lead chapel worship with Spanish/English songs
  • They showed an amazing student-edited film of Colombia featuring the visiting students in highlighted areas of their home city
  • They shared their personal stories of faith

Read more HERE.

Christmas Tree Sales on Now!
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Why not get ahead on your holiday planning and check your Christmas tree off your list today? The Parent Association is offering a Christmas Tree Sale including poinsettias and Christmas wreaths and garland. The sale is on now through November 20 for paper orders, and November 25 for online orders. Click HERE for the flyer. Click HERE to order online.

Already have a synthetic tree or will be out of town for the holidays? No problem! You can still support this fundraiser and our Armed Forces by purchasing a “Tree for Troops”!  If you check the “Trees for Troops donation” box on the flyer, your tree will be donated to members of our Armed Forces or their families.

Please contact parent chair Lisa Cain-Chang at with any questions. Thank you for buying your Christmas tree and decor at MHS!

Admissions Library Series
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Last year the Admissions Department launched a series at local libraries to help prospective students navigate the private school system. A series of three seminars was launched including 1) ISEE test prep, 2) Interview prep, and 3) Transition prep for the upcoming social, emotional and academic changes in high school. Last week, this year’s Admissions Library series got off to a great start with 21 students from 5 different middle schools in attendance. If you know a friend that would be interested, please pass the following information along. Read more HERE.


Only 5 Spots Left in Europe Trip
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Only 5 spots left!  If you are interested in joining us on our wonderful summer European tour of Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, and Venice, then we have good news! Due to the interest and number of enrollments, the price has gone down by $240, but you’ll need to hurry to get enrolled. The trip will depart either the morning of June 6 or (more likely) an early red-eye flight on June 5, and return on June 20, 2016. To enroll, go online to and enter our tour number: 1681443VN.

There will be an informational meeting Thursday, October 15 at lunch in room AC105 for any student interested who has not yet enrolled. We will be showing the trip PowerPoint highlighting our stops. For more information, contact Diane Barnhart (, Anna Gradwohl ( or Kay Rouse ( We’d love to have you travel along with us!

Congrats to Rose Princess Regina Pullens!
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Congratulations to five seniors: Serene Babikian, Asiah Dorsey, Regina Pullens, Audrey Vu, and Alana Yamada for being selected as part of the 39 finalists in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court. With almost 1,000 girls trying out for the court, this was truly an honor.

Over 70 MHS students and staff ventured up to the Tournament House today to support our five semi-finalists as the Tournament announced the seven princesses. Imagine the cheering when Regina Pullens’ name was read as a 2016 Tournament of Roses Princess! Over the next two months, Regina will attend nearly 100 events as an ambassador of the Tournament, our city, and certainly Maranatha.  Congratulations, Regina!

Spirit Week Dress Days
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Homecoming is this Friday which means this is Spirit Week! ASB has lots of fun planned as we gear up for Friday night’s game and the dance on Saturday. This year we are traveling around the world and spending a “Night in Paris.” 

Monday: California Day
Tuesday: Taste of the South
Wednesday: Dive into the Sea
Thursday: Traveling the World
Friday: Welcome to Paris

  • Spirit Week Attire ‐ Maranatha High School students are expected to dress modestly and in a manner befitting self‐respect and the Christian Values set forth by our Core Values. The Administration reserves the right to discern what is acceptable over any costume, outfit, accessory, hair style, bag, backpack, purse, etc. chosen by a MHS student during the Spirit Week Event/Day. Students must wear closed-toed shoes during all events. Clothing chosen must clearly be in keeping with the theme of the day. Uniform violations can be issued for students who are not participating but choose to wear clothing that is non‐uniform that day.  Read full story HERE.

Homecoming and Homecoming Court
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Please join us this Friday, October 9 for Homecoming 2015 vs. Whittier Christian!  Alumni should stop by the Alumni Den and pick up your wristbands for free admission to the game as well as some goodies! 

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. - Alumni Den Open for Alumni and families in Gym Quad
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m - In ‘N Out Truck and End Zone Cafe open
  • 7:00 p.m. - Varsity Game kick-off

Congratulations to our Homecoming Court: Seniors Ryan Cain, Josh Nedelec, Odera Nwobi, Zach Smalley, Serene Babikian, Katie Carmichael, Hannah Hedrick, and Faith VanRiper; Juniors Annie Bishop and Eddie Lopez; Sophomores Dante Campione and Jillian Demasi; Freshmen Henry Witherspoon and Halle Davis.

Can’t make it to the game? 
No problem! It will be live streaming at:

Club Highlight: Philosophy Club
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Under the leadership of Guidance Counselor, Mr. Mehrabian, Maranatha is offering the Philosophy Club this year as one of our many student club offerings. 

The club met for the first time last week and had a great start. Eminent APU professor Dr. Steven Wilkens, who is also a father of our own student Zach Wilkens, is the club’s main speaker. To launch the club, Dr. Wilkens introduced and gave a working definition of what Philosophy means. According to Dr. Wilkens, "Philosophy is thinking hard about the things that matter most to humans." He also discussed why Christians should care about Philosophy.  

“The goal of the club is to give students an opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the biggest questions regarding life. We are excited about how this club is going to enrich and serve the students of Maranatha moving forward,” said Mr. Mehrabian.  Our next meeting is expected to take place on Friday, October 30 during lunch time in Mr. Mesisca's classroom. Both students and staff are welcome.

Can You Change a Student’s Life?
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Imagine the opportunity to influence a Maranatha student every day! To speak into their lives, share your faith and your values, offer advice and support. That is exactly what a host family does for our international students!

To better expose our international students to a more holistic view of American culture and Christian faith lived out, we require our international students to be part of a Homestay Program, which matches our international students with Christian families in the San Gabriel Valley.  The Admissions Office is currently looking for Maranatha families or other interested local families that would like to partner with us in reaching out and providing a Christ-filled home for our international students. Homestay placements may shift some during the school year and new families are needed for the current 2015-2016 year as well as in anticipation for summer and the next school year.  Homestay families receive a $1,200/month stipend to cover all expenses.

If you are interested in more information about this Homestay opportunity, please contact Miss Jin Jin at or (626) 817-4088. We will be happy to share more details about responsibilities and stipends, as well as provide the opportunity to speak with some of our families who are currently hosting students. Miss Jin will also be available to you throughout the year to offer any support or guidance you may desire.  Thank you for prayerfully considering this ministry.

Homecoming 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Maranatha Minutemen vs. Whittier Christian Heralds

Homecoming at Maranatha High School is a tradition that dates back to 1971. It has always been an event that livened up our campus, and we hope you will plan to join us for this exciting evening. This is the first league game of the season for our Minutemen as they face off against the Whittier Christian Heralds.    

As MHS continues advancing forward, the homecoming court, football game, and other festivities still welcome alumni and their families back each fall. Alumni should stop by the Alumni Den and pick up your wristbands for free admission to the game as well as some other goodies!  Here's a breakdown of the evening:

5:30-8:30 p.m.        Alumni Den Open for Alumni and families in Gym Quad
5:30-8:30 p.m.   In ‘N Out Truck and End Zone Cafe open
7:00 p.m.   Varsity Game kick-off



East Coast College Tour Over Easter Break
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Maranatha College & Guidance Counseling Office is pleased to announce an East Coast College Tour this spring. Partnering with IST Campus Tours, the Guidance Office will offer a 6-day tour from March 28 - April 2, 2016 to approximately 8 campuses including: Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston University, Gordon College, Harvard University, M.I.T., Brown University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Fordham University. The tour is open to Maranatha students at all grade levels.

There is an East Coast Tour Info Session on Thursday, October 22 at 12:35 p.m. in the Commons. A deposit of $200.00 is due by October 30th.  Program price ranges from $1499 + airfare and up, depending on the number of students attending.  A minimum number of 20 students is needed to secure the program. Scholarships and fundraisers will be determined based on need.

Family Directory Now Available
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wanting to get in touch with another parent at Maranatha? The 2015-2016 Maranatha Family Directory is now available on NetClassroom and includes student and family contact information as well as a list of students by grade and a cross reference of parents and students by last name.

Maranatha families may access the Directory by logging into NetClassroom with your password and clicking on the “Student’s Classes”, then “Class details”. There will be a drop down menu to choose the class – choose “Stu Resource” and on the right hand side of the page there is an area that says “Documents”. The Directory can be found there as a PDF.

Please be aware that the Directory is intended for use by Maranatha families and students only and may not be used for commercial use or solicitation. Please contact our Database Coordinator Sandee Holt at or (626) 817-4073 if you need to update or change your information.

Cal State Application Portal Now Open
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Seniors, the Cal State application portal ( opened October 1.  If you are applying to any Cal State University, you have 60 days to submit your application.  The portal will close on 11/30.  The UC application portal will open November 1.  

Overture: Admissions Intro to MHS Music Night
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Do you know a middle school student who loves music and is considering attending Maranatha? The Admissions Office has created a special night just for them. On October 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Maranatha will host an intimate introduction to our choral and orchestra programs.

This evening of musical performances and personal introductions is intended for prospective families to... Read more HERE.


Welcome a Few More Faculty
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Since the first day of school a few more faculty have joined our team to round out all our classes. We are pleased to welcome them to Maranatha and want to introduce them to you. Furthermore, we originally reported Jenessa Ocon as our Science Department Lab Technician, however, Ms. Ocon is actually teaching 6 classes of Chemistry and Biology. Thank you for helping us welcome all of our new faculty and staff. Read more HERE.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Apply for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) and NHS (National Honors Society) by submitting an application form (available here: CSF Application and NHS Application) by Friday, September 25.  Member dues for each club are $5.00 and will be billed to your student account.  These two clubs will focus on scholarships, community service, peer tutoring, and college prep activities. Turn in your CSF form to Mrs. Anacleto and your NHS form to Mr. Mehrabian in the College & Guidance Counseling Office. Contact Mrs. Anacleto or Mr. Mehrabian if you have any questions.

National Christian College Fair
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Join us for the Pasadena Area National Christian College Fair, hosted again at Maranatha High School! More than 40 Christian schools from the across the country will be represented. Come talk to college counselors, attend a financial aid workshop, and learn about opportunities beyond high school. Admission is free and open to students and families of all grades.

NACCAP Christian College Fair
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
MHS Student Center

Meet Other Parents and Ask Questions
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last year, the Parent Association offered several “Eat N’ Greets” at Corner Bakery in Pasadena. So many parents enjoyed them that the PA will be hosting another morning Eat N’ Greet this Friday, September 25. All parents are welcome for a casual time to break bread and get to know other MHS parents and ask any burning questions you may have about how to navigate MHS. Come to the Corner Bakery, located on the corner of Lake Avenue and Del Mar in Pasadena, around 8:15 a.m. after drop off.



Chinese Moon Festival
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

By: Xiang (Kelvin) Ye ’16, member International Student Leadership Team 

[Many of our international and domestic students celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. We have the opportunity to recognize this special holiday with them. Senior Kelvin Ye was kind enough to offer a little background on the holiday.]

The Chinese Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month, which is in September or October. This year the Mid-Autumn Festival is on September 27. Typically, Chinese people will have a two-day holiday from September 26 to 27.

The Mid-Autumn festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Every year, when the festival comes, people from every corner of the country and the world go home to meet their family and have dinner with them, admire the full moon, and eat mooncakes. Read more HERE.

Israel Trip Offers “Petra” Extension
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Students signed up for the Israel trip have the opportunity to join the three day, two night extension to Petra. Petra, Jordan is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.  The cost will be $800 for the extension and includes the flights, hotels, food, and tours.  Please see Ms. Jan Davis to pick up forms for the Petra extension.  A $400 deposit will be due for the Petra extension by September 30.  Mr. Wells, Mr. Layton, and Mr. Kozak are available if you have questions about the Petra extension.

50th Gives Glory to God
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The MHS community gathered for our 50th Anniversary Celebration this weekend, and what a joy it was! The close knit community Maranatha has enjoyed over the years was touched upon again and again, as was the amazing provision of God over the years. 

The weekend started on Thursday with over 50 golfers playing at our annual Golf Tournament. On Thursday evening, current and former board and heads of school met at the Tournament of Roses House for a precious time of sharing memories  and hearing from our co-founder Betty Oliver, former principal Bill McKinley (1974-1983), and former Board member Warren Thomas. Friday Night Lights followed filled with top-notch MHS football as well as great food and Halftime performances. The "First 50 Archive" exhibit opened and was a huge hit for all who visited it. Finally, on Saturday night, almost 700 members of our community gathered to hear inspiring stories from our heritage and history, and to pray for Maranatha’s next 50 years!

To view photos of this past weekend's events, check out our Facebook page at

Chapel Series 1: "Promise"
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This year’s chapel times have started off with a series called “Promise” which is centered around 2 Peter 1:3-4, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promise, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 

The following is a list of this first chapel series

  • September 3: The Promise of Life - Mr. Kozak
  • September 10: The Promise of Grace and Forgiveness – Mark Fields, Lake Avenue Church
  • September 17: Mentor Groups meet
  • September 24: The Promise of Community – Mr. Mesisca
  • October 1: The Promise of the Holy Spirit – Mr. McAleese

Club Rush
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Students, make your mark on MHS, make new friends, have fun, and improve your resume by getting involved in a club (or two)!  Find out about the many clubs being sponsored this year... NHS, Journalism, Outdoor Club, Magic and Entertainment clubs just to name a few!  Come to Club Rush on Tuesday, September 15 at lunch! Tables will be located on the pathway between the Academic and Students Centers.   


Moms' Bible Study
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

All MHS Moms (Current & Alumni) are welcome to attend the MHS Moms' Bible Study!  The Fall study will meet in the PA Office from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. on Monday mornings from September 21 - October 26, 2015.  Please order your book, "Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech" by Mary A. Kassian.

"What would it look like to change your heart and speech from the inside out? Have you ever found yourself on the wrong end of a conversation, wishing you could begin again? Had a hard time getting your point across? Joined in with sharp barbs or juicy gossip? It may be time for a much-needed change.  Discover the power of transformational speech in six interactive group sessions and Bible study." ~Mary A. Kassian

Please come to the first meeting on September 21 having completed Session One (if possible).  If you are unable to get the book in time, it's okay, you are still more than welcome to attend.  If you have any questions about the study, please contact Rene' Bancroft at 

College Fair at MHS
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This Wednesday, September 16, the University of Alabama has chosen Maranatha High School to host a regional college fair. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and our juniors and seniors will attend at 11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. This is a great opportunity for our students and school.

For a complete list of colleges attending, click HERE.

PA Meeting This Thursday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

All parents are welcome to join the monthly Parent Association meeting this Thursday morning, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Besides some morning treats, a wonderful devotional, and a new “Counseling Corner”, the guest speaker will be our Interim Head of School, Dr. Richard Riesen. Please join us and receive one Parent Service Program (PSP) hour!

Maranatha Student Trips Update
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Students have the opportunity to head to Costa Rica or Israel over Easter Break this year, or Europe over summer. Interest in these trips has soared and we must announce that the Costa Rica trip is now full. A waiting list is being kept my Mrs. Harrison if you are interested. The Israel and Europe trips still have openings. Contact Mr. Wells or Dr. Purghart if you are interested in the Israel trip. If you are interested in the Europe trip, please make a note of the date changes below:

Students or family members traveling to Europe will spend 15 adventure-packed days from June 6* to June 21, 2016 touring fantastic sites in Central and Eastern Europe including Berlin, Prague, Dresden, Vienna, Salzburg, the Alps, Venice, and more. This is a private Maranatha-only tour and is priced at $4825 for students, which is a great value for our fabulous destinations and all that is included. Contact Diane Barnhart,, or Anna Gradwohl, for more information and a full itinerary.  *May depart late on June 5th.

Guidance Offers Senior Workshops for College Apps, Essays and Planning
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This semester, our MHS College & Guidance Counseling Office is offering a number of College Application Assistance workshops for seniors. Please make note of the upcoming dates: September 15 from 3:05-4:15 p.m. (Common App, Personal Statements, Early Decision vs. Early Action) and September 30 from 3:05-4:15 p.m (Personal Statements and Supplemental Essay tips).  These workshops will be held in the Commons.  More dates and topics to follow.  Space is limited at these workshops so please email your counselor to reserve a spot.

SAT/ACT Test Prep Resource
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Students, do you want help preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT? Want to win cash prizes?  Join the C2 Test Prep Challenge happening at UCLA on October 10. Parents, while your student is doing the test prep challenge, you can attend helpful financial aid workshops. (This event is FREE. You only pay for parking!)

Click HERE for the flyer, or register HERE online. 

Welcome New Staff
Thursday, September 03, 2015

In last week’s Minutegram, we welcomed the majority of our new faculty, with a few more to come soon. This week, we’d like to introduce the newest staff to MHS. Please help us welcome these new faces to campus when you see them.  


Click HERE to read about each of our new staff.

Picture Day
Thursday, September 03, 2015

By: Jeremiah Blessinger, Yearbook Advisor

Smile! You’re about to be on camera! Picture Day is coming this Friday, September 4. All Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will need to be in regular dress uniform in order to have your picture taken. That’s a basic red, white, or navy blue MHS polo only. You cannot wear any other type of MHS polo, sweatshirt or T-shirt, including the sports polo or Ambassador club polo or anything else like it. If you do not wear the appropriate clothing, you will not be allowed to participate.

Seniors! We love you and appreciate your School Spirit! And we can’t wait to take your picture for your School ID. At the time of your picture you may change into your favorite non-MHS dress code appropriate T-shirt or sweatshirt on Picture Day. You may not be out of dress code during any other part of the day. Please be advised that we are not permitting any costumes, props, face painting, mustaches, funny glasses (or glasses that you don’t use to see on a daily basis) for your student ID. Without an ID you cannot enter games or participate in any campus related events. The Yearbook Staff appreciates your acquiescence to these changing policies!  

Protect Your iPad!
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Protection for the iPad Minis is now available for all MHS families. The enrollment fee is only $80 per year!  To learn more about the coverage's afforded by this optional program, or to enroll, please complete the Student iPad Protection Request form on our website.  In the event your iPad is inoperable, damaged, lost or stolen, you must complete the Student iPad Replacement Request form on our website, regardless of whether or not you elected the optional protection.  

If you have any questions about the Protection Program or how to obtain a replacement iPad, please visit our Support Site, email us at, or come by our Technology Service Center located in room AC312.

Stay Connected with MHS Through Social Media
Thursday, September 03, 2015

Looking for more ways to stay on top of Maranatha’s news? For all our social media enthusiasts that delight in regular updates right to your phone or other mobile device, join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (not to mention Youtube). In case you were wondering, this is strictly a one-way relationship. As a school we do not follow any individuals on any of our social media accounts.

Please like, follow, or subscribe to MHS social media today! 

Facebook - MaranathaHighSchool
Instagram - MaranathaHighSchool
Twitter - Maranatha_High
YouTube - MaranathaPasadena


All Sports Opening Night Rocks the House!
Thursday, September 03, 2015

If you missed the All Sports Opener last week, you missed a wonderful evening! Our Athletic Director shared, “It was a powerful night, approximately 600 people were in attendance and many people commented about how wonderful the presentations, speakers, and partners were.” A few of the items shared that night included an NCSA presentation on college recruiting, MHS policies, procedures, and department philosophy shared by our Athletic Director Brian DeHaan, ways to get involved and impact the ministry of MHS Athletics through the Booster Club and Athletic Department, and the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes shared by Chris Rix who encouraged students to both participate and lead.  Read the rest of the article HERE.

Take Advantage of Your Naviance College Portal
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Naviance "Family Connection" provides valuable tools for students at all grade levels.  Start your Brag Sheet, take part in personality tests, and start honing down college choices even before your senior year. Specifically, our seniors must use this portal for the submission of transcripts and recommendation letters to colleges and universities.  For more information on how to start engaging with Naviance now, please contact your guidance counselor. 

The 50th Finale: Celebration Weekend in 2 Weeks!
Thursday, August 27, 2015

We are so excited to round out a year of celebration with the big finale: the 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration! Please join us for an inspiring look at our heritage and history and to pray for the next 50 years! Read more HERE.


Welcome New Faculty
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maranatha would like to welcome our new faculty and staff as we begin this school year. This week, we’d like to introduce you to the bulk of the new faculty, and next week we will highlight the new non-teaching staff. We hope you enjoy reading about their exceptional qualifications and faith journeys. Please help us welcome these new faces to campus when you see them. Read more HERE.

Back to School Nights Coming
Thursday, August 27, 2015

By: Tiffany O’Rourke, Dean of Faculty

Maranatha’s Back to School Nights are next week – Monday, August 31 (for parents of freshmen and juniors) and Thursday, September 3 (for parents of sophomores and seniors).  This important event is provided on two nights in an effort to accommodate the large number of attending families and to allow families with two students at Maranatha to meet both of their children’s teachers.  Back to School Night is an event you will not want to miss.

Read more HERE.

Dance Company Auditions
Thursday, August 27, 2015

By: Anna Gradwohl, Dance Director

So you think you can dance? If you want to be part of this year’s Maranatha’s Dance Company, auditions are being held in the dance studio on September 9-10 from 3:15-6:00 p.m. MHS Dance Company is the premiere artistic performing group of Maranatha High School and performs annually at “Evening of Christmas” and the “Spring Performing Arts Showcase”. Whether you are a jazz dancer, ballerina, tapper, or hip-hop dancer, come show us your talent and be part of this well-rounded company!

For more information, contact Mrs. Gradwohl at

Three Amazing International Trips Offered for 2016
Thursday, August 27, 2015

We have three amazing international trips offered for 2016:

  • Israel (Easter Break 2016)

  • Costa Rica (Easter Break 2016)
  • Europe(Summer 2016)

For the full story click HERE.

First Parent Association Meeting of the Year!
Thursday, August 27, 2015

All parents are encouraged to join the Parent Association for their first monthly meeting of the year on Thursday, August 27 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Parent Association Meetings always include refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the Administration. Our Dean of College & Guidance Counseling, Mr. Frank Ferry, will also be sharing at this first meeting. Please join the Parent Association and receive one parent volunteer hour just for coming!

Student Starts Recycling Program on Campus
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kudos to senior Elena Santana who is starting the Environmental Club this year at Maranatha! As part of the club and her Gold Project service component, she has already placed six new recycling bins around campus. Please be sure to place your plastic or glass bottles and aluminum cans in one of the recycling bins that Elena and her club will be emptying weekly. The Environmental Club will take any profit from the recycling and give it back to MHS to benefit all clubs!


Maranatha Welcomes Dr. Richard Riesen as Interim Head of School
Monday, June 08, 2015

After a national search conducted with the help of JobFitMatters, a retained Christian executive search firm, the Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Richard Riesen (Rē-sen) as the Interim Head of School for Maranatha High School. He will begin his duties June 15, 2015 and will serve until a permanent Head of School is appointed.

Dr. Riesen brings substantial Head of School experience to Maranatha, having recently served as the Interim Head at the respected Stonybrook School, a Christian boarding school in New York. He also served as the Principal at Pacific Christian on the Hill for 15 years, a local high school that was committed to serving North East Los Angeles. Dr. Riesen also serves as the Administrator of a non-profit foundation.

Dr. Riesen holds degrees from UCSB, Claremont Graduate School, and a BD and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has also written several books including Piety and Philosophy: A Primer for Christian Schools, an examination of the integration of Christian faith and education. In accepting the appointment, Dr. Riesen said, “I consider it a compliment and a privilege to have been considered for the Interim Head of School position at Maranatha.  I look forward to leading the staff in a clearly articulated understanding of the integration of faith and learning."

David Smith, Co-Chair of the Maranatha Board said, “Dr. Riesen is extremely gracious and humble, and he is confident in what he can do here at Maranatha for God’s glory. We are blessed to have him here as our Interim Head of School.”

Richard, a former infantry officer  in the U.S. Marine Corps, enjoys cycling and recently completed a bike tour from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. He lives in Monrovia with his wife of 44 years, Florence. They have one son, Peter, who is Senior Counsel for Ethics and General Law at the U.S Dept. of the Treasury in Washington D.C.

Please join the Maranatha community in welcoming Dr. Riesen to our school as we prepare to celebrate God’s provision to MHS for the past 50 years!

College Acceptances 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our Class of 2015 students have been accepted to many of the nation’s most prestigious private institutions like Purdue University, Northeastern University, Emerson College, Brown University, Gonzaga University, and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as California’s top universities such as UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount University. A large population of the Senior Class will also continue to pursue an outstanding Christian education at schools like Azusa Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University, Biola University, and Westmont College. As our seniors end one chapter of their life and start a new one, we pause to reflect on all the God has done in their lives and pray that they would hold fast to their faith in Jesus as they move out into the world.

Read more HERE.

Minutemen Playing in College
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By: Thomas Stafford, Sports Information Director

Maranatha High School's promise to its students and families is twofold: to be God-honoring in all that it does and to provide a holistic college preparatory experience.

In this pursuit, Maranatha's Athletic Department feels fortunate to be challenged with this responsibility and takes great joy in creating, maintaining, and enhancing an environment that develops the hearts, minds and bodies of Minutemen student-athletes.

One indicator of success in this communal effort is the matriculation of student-athletes to the next level. On a year-to-year basis, approximately 15% of MHS seniors go on to compete at the college level (which is five times the national average).

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one,
just as He determines. 

1 Corinthians 12:11

Read more HERE.

Summer Assignments
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As part of our commitment to academic excellence, Maranatha requires students to read and complete assignments over the summer in several classes.

All English courses require at least one reading and writing assignment during the summer. If you are registered for one of the courses listed below next year, please click this SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS link to see your summer assignment.

If you have any questions, please contact your College & Guidance Counselor.

Full article HERE.

iPads Must Be Returned by Friday, May 22
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All students are required to return their iPad to the school.  

  1. Please back up your iPad to ensure your personalized information is saved. For help with back up, click HERE.  
  2. Sign out of iCloud Account. For help, click HERE.
  3. Please be sure the iPad is charged and able to turn on.  We must verify that the iPad works, or a repair fee will be assessed (see below).
  4. The charger, cable, and case must accompany the iPad.
  5. Do not drop off the iPad - every device must be inspected to verify it is working, in good condition, and has the correct serial number. More details about the inspection process are below.

The Finance Office will have representatives at the Snack Shack in the gym lobby on Friday to process payment (cash, check, and credit) for excessive wear and tear, damages, missing accessories, lost iPads. iPads not returned by May 22 will be assessed a late fee of $100. iPads not returned by May 29 will be charged the full replacement value of $545.

Read full article HERE.

Used Uniform Sale and Donations
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mark your calendars for the Annual Used Uniform Sale to be held on Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Student Center. This is a great day to get uniforms at phenomenal prices and support the efforts of the Parent Association at the same time.

Are you a senior or have you grown out of an old uniform? Please consider donating them to help other MHS students out! Uniforms collections are going on now from Monday, May 18 - Friday, May 22. They will also be collected during Baccalaureate on Friday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m.

This Wednesday, May 20, at the final Parent Association Meeting of the year, there will also be an exciting raffle of two sets of 6 front row graduation seats for anyone who brings in used uniforms that day! One raffle ticket will be given for every piece of clothing donated!

Exciting Yearbook Enhancements This Year!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yearbooks came out last Friday! The 2015 yearbook includes a few little known facts peppered throughout. For instance, did you know that the Maranatha yearbook has gone by The Patriot since the school's first book. Each year, staff members decide on a theme, which becomes the title of The Patriot. Our theme for 2015 is "What [Never] Changes". The book celebrates the past 50 years of MHS history. Some things have changed, but the important central philosophy remains the same: Christ-centered education. That singular vision has given us the strength and courage to face any challenge and look to the future with hope. And even if, in the future that we're heading towards, there aren't any roads, there will always be pictures.

The 2015 staff of The Patriot is excited to highlight a new enhancement to the book. The Patriot is going “3D” with augmented reality technology. Just use your smartphone to hover over specifically designated photos in the yearbook and more photos will pop up! Since our book is completed at the beginning of April, it’s impossible under traditional circumstances to cover events like Prom. But now, we can continue to cover them and bring them to you! Take a look at extra coverage of teams, performing arts and more!

Led by our Yearbook Advisor Jeremiah Blessinger, the Yearbook Staff’s hard work has paid off. The 2015 MHS yearbook has been inducted into the Walworth Yearbook’s Gallery of Excellence and will be showcased for it’s high quality of design, coverage, copy, and photography. Our yearbook will be displayed by our publisher and used as a model for other schools.

If you have not yet received your yearbook, please contact Mr. Blessinger.

MHS Junior Crowned Miss Temple City
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations to junior Anita Velazquez, recently crowned Miss Temple City 2015. The Miss Temple


City Ambassador Program is sponsored by the Temple City Chamber of Commerce. Anita and her court will represent the Chamber at various community events, business mixers, and social functions throughout the year. Anita will visit business, attend legislative luncheons, grand openings, city events, and practice public speaking. They will learn about city government and donate time in community service.

Anita (pictured at center) has been a part of Maranatha’s Varsity Cheer squad, Drumline, Junior Varsity Softball team, and is currently on the accreditation team for her school. She is also a part of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She hopes to continue her schooling at her dream university, NYU.


September’s 50th Celebration Weekend Updates
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We look forward to closing our 50th year festivities with our 50th Weekend Celebration September 10-12, 2015.  Our Board of Trustees extends a special invitation to our entire community and is looking forward to a packed event that not only honors all our alums and staff that served MHS over the years, but looks to the Lord to guide our next 50 years for His glory! Look for more information on the following weekend events this summer. Read more HERE.


Commencement 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The culminating activity of our Senior Class will occur on Saturday, May 30 as Maranatha High School celebrates the Class of 2015 with its 50th Year Commencement Ceremony at Lake Avenue Church. Over 2,000 proud parents, family members, and friends will be in attendance to witness this special event to commemorate the Senior Class.

At commencement, awards will be given to students honoring their academic excellence, athletic achievements, and Christian character. In addition, attendees will hear from the Class of 2015 Co-Valedictorians Joe Laski and Devin Robledo. Our Headmaster Dr. Gyertson will address the graduates, and Maranatha is honored to have Dr. Gayle D. Beebe (shown here), the president of Westmont College as our keynote speaker. Dr. Beebe  became Westmont's eighth president in 2007 after serving as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan for seven years. He is an active scholar and has published and edited several publications. He received master’s degrees in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, and in business administration in strategic management from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. He completed his doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University in 1997. Prior to leading Spring Arbor University, he served as dean of the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. Read more HERE.

Final Exams
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Faculty

As final exams approach many students may be feeling anxious, while others are just excited for the school year to end.  No matter what your son or daughter may be feeling there are many things to consider when preparing for final exams. For starters, procrastination and plagiarism are students’ enemies. When someone is feeling overwhelmed they may be tempted to take the easy way out, whether that is by ignoring the problem and not completing the task ahead, “borrowing” someone else’s work, or a variety of other coping mechanisms. Read more HERE.

Headmaster Position Communication and Head of School Search Update

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Board of Trustees has accepted Dr. Gyertson's recent request to step down from his administrative responsibility as Headmaster, effective June 30, 2015, in order to focus more on his teaching and mentoring ministry as he moves toward retirement.

We gratefully acknowledge Dr. Gyertson's accomplishments in emphasizing the school's core spiritual mission as well as developing policies, procedures and more formalized structures to support our vision into the future. Please join us in praying for God’s blessing on him and his family during this transition.Read more HERE.

Encore: A Variety Show
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Maranatha Performing Arts presents Encore: A Variety Show this Friday, May 15.  The evening will feature performances of Broadway scenes and musical numbers, dance numbers, concert choir and more from the Advanced Performing Arts classes, as well as auditioned students.  It’s a one-night only performance that celebrates the incredible, creative talent of our students.  The performance will be held in the Student Center at 7:00 p.m.  Come have fun with us!  Admission is FREE!


Gungor to Play at Back to School Bash in August!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our 2015-2016 ASB is already working on some exciting events for next year! They are thrilled to announce the Back to School Bash on Friday, August 21 featuring Gungor! After a fun day of Uprising, students and parents will be invited to enjoy our Back to School BBQ and then the Gungor concert at 7:00 p.m.  Click HERE to pre-purchase tickets for just $15 for students and $20 for general admission. Read more HERE.


Opportunities to see the World at Maranatha High School
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Maranatha is pleased to announce travel opportunities for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students and families will have the opportunity to practice their Spanish in Costa Rica over Spring Break, see great art across Eastern Europe and Italy, or take a trip to Israel in June. Read more HERE.


Yearbook Coming This Week!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be on the look out: the 2015 Patriot yearbook is scheduled for distribution this Friday, May 15!  Each year, the student body dedicates the yearbook to a faculty or staff member that has been teaching at MHS a minimum of 7 years and exemplifies the spirit of Maranatha. It is our privilege to announce Mr. James Layton as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Yearbook Dedication. When he was announced during Senior Chapel as the recipient, the entire student body broke in loud cheers and applause. Clearly, his impact has been profound.



Congresswoman Chu Art Competition
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Congresswoman Judy Chu of the 27th District hosts a Congressional Art Competition,  "Artistic Discovery", each spring open to all high school students. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. The winner of this district's competition will have his or her art displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also showcase artwork from other contest winners nationwide.


This past Saturday, several of our Visual Arts students participated in this competition. Out of over 200 entries from the schools in the 27th Congressional District, our own Aimee Niu was one of only 8 students singled out for special recognition. She was awarded a scholarship and her artwork, "Nest", will be prominently displayed in the lobby of Congresswoman Chu's Pasadena office for one year.

Aimee is going to be attending the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University combined program in the fall. This is an extremely difficult program to get accepted to and quite prestigious as she will be a full member of each student body.


MHS Men Encouraged at Dads’ Dinner
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Last week, over 60 men of Maranatha came together for the annual Dads’ Dinner. After enjoying a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, compliments of Maranatha’s Chef William, the dads were inspired by three interesting speakers. First, two seniors, Romana Brennan and Xavius Boone shared some reflections on fathers. Xavius shared about his father’s humility and incredible influence in his life. Romana shared a deep appreciation for her experience at MHS that would not have been possible without the support and love of her parents. Afterwards, MHS parent Jeff Spencer, a former U.S. Olympic cyclist, shared his own life journey, and how a mentor that God placed in his life greatly molded and inspired him to succeed.  Today Jeff coaches highly successful clients, such as prominent professional athletes and business leaders, to prepare themselves to seize life’s opportunities. 

East Coast College Tour Meeting this Thursday
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Maranatha College & Guidance Office is pleased to announce an East Coast College Tour next spring. Partnering with IST Campus Tours, the Guidance Office will offer a 6-day tour from March 28 - April 2, 2016 to approximately 8 campuses including: Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston University, Gordon College, Harvard University, M.I.T., Brown University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Fordham University.

Click HERE for the flyer. All grades are welcome to join us this Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Commons.

End of School Year Scrip and Buying Scrip Over the Summer
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

There’s still time to purchase Scrip
There’s still time to place that one last scrip order of the school year! Order forms can be turned in at the Student Center Front Desk or placed online through your ShopWithScrip account. Remember, purchasing scrip is a great way to support Maranatha.

Easy Summer Scrip
ShopWithScrip is a convenient and easy way for you to purchase scrip throughout the summer and continue to support Maranatha.  With ShopWithScrip, you can purchase physical gift cards, ScripNow (an electronic gift card) or Reload funds onto scrip cards you already have. To make your online summer purchasing even easier, register for PrestoPay™. When you pay online, your ScripNow eCards and card Reloads are delivered to your account in minutes and you don’t need to wait for a physical card to arrive. Perfect for last-minute purchases!

Need physical cards - Online orders for physical cards that are placed by the end of each summer month, will be available for pick up the first Wednesday of the next month at the Student Center Front Desk. Here is the link to ShopWithScrip website: If you have any questions please email

Haven’t created your ShopWithScrip account yet? No problem….just follow these easy instructions: Create your free account at by clicking on the green ‘Sign Up’ box. Fill in the form and follow the simple registration instructions. Maranatha’s code is: 281319F35542. It can take a couple of days to get PrestoPay™ setup and approved – so don’t delay!

Dr. Gyertson Published in Encyclopedia of Christian Education
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The long awaited three-volume Encyclopedia of Christian Education is being released this month. Our headmaster, Dr. David Gyertson, contributed five articles for the encyclopedia, which looks at the many facets of Christian education and chronicling the history of Christian education across the globe. Dr. Gyertson’s contributions covered:

  • Board Governance

  • CEO Transitions

  • Educational Leadership

  • The Future of Christian Education

  • Institutional Mergers

For more information about the Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Kurian and Lamport, Bowan and Littlefield Publishers) click HERE

Friday, May 08, 2015

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain & Dean of Spiritual Life

The two most frequently asked questions I get regarding Baccalaureate are what exactly is it and why is it so hard to spell? Perhaps the second question is more of my own struggle. The specific evolution and the etymology of the word are a bit uncertain, however, general consensus is Baccalaureate focuses on providing an intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on the pupil’s journey to date.

In keeping with tradition, graduates of Maranatha High School gather the night before commencement exercise to intentionally testify to God’s goodness and faithfulness. Moreover, our students draw together to further weave their individual stories in the collective tapestry of their class, thereby expressing the fullness of His mosaic handiwork.

This year, we are blessed to host Mr. Thomas Nixon, Class of 1997, as our keynote speaker. After leaving MHS where he served as our ASB President, Thomas found himself at Hope International University. It was here where Thomas began to wrestle with a very simple command, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” So, Thomas and a good friend set out to do just that. In 2002, equipped with no formal strategy or institutional backing, Thomas identified an impoverished neighborhood in the Fullerton area and began an incarnational ministry by way of after school tutoring. In the time since, Thomas’ faithfulness to the Word has transformed into Solidarity, a ministry on 2 continents, in 3 countries with 5 initiatives serving over 500 kids daily.

I look forward to gathering one more time as a community to hear how God is transforming our individual stories for the re-telling of His. This year’s Baccalaureate Service is Friday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium. No tickets are required and all are welcome.

Congressional Art Competition
Friday, May 08, 2015
Julia Baklayan   Sabrina Hong   Christina Nessen

Three Maranatha students recently participated in Congressman Adam Schiff’s 28th Congressional District Art Competition Forum & Exhibit. Congratulations to senior Julia Baklayan with a colored pencil piece “The Inner Butterfly”, senior Sabrina Hong with a watercolor and ink “Medley Muse”, and sophomore Christina Nessen with a silver gelatin photography print titled “Asparagus”.

Used Uniform Sale
Friday, May 08, 2015

The Annual Used Uniform Sale will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in the Student Center. This is a great day to get uniforms at phenomenal prices and support the efforts of the Parent Association at the same time.

Are you a senior or have you grown out of an old uniform? Please consider donating them to help other MHS students out! We will begin collecting uniforms starting the week of finals on Monday, May 18 - Friday, May 22. They will also be collected during Baccalaureate on Friday evening, May 29 at 6:00 p.m.

At the Parent Association Meeting on Wednesday, May 20, there will also be an exciting raffle of premium graduation seats for anyone who brings in used uniforms that day!


PSP Reminder and Sign up for 2015-2016
Friday, May 08, 2015

Please remember that all service hours must be completed and PSP booklets turned in by May 22. Click HERE for current opportunities if you still need a few more hours. 

Maranatha also has an exciting list of events planned throughout the upcoming 2015-2016 school year for you and your family to enjoy! 

We are well aware of the amazing gifts and talents each of you possess for ministering to our school family!  So we encourage you to select a position to partner with us and participate in the new year ahead, creating lasting memories at the events we have in store, while accomplishing your family's 20 service hours! Check it out on SignUp Genius HERE.  

Every volunteer has a story to tell about the many new friendships that were established among the parents that they met as they served at each event attended.

We greatly appreciate your support!

MHS Launching New Energy Solutions
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This summer, the Hall of Administration (the honeycomb building north of the Student Center and Ambassador Auditorium) will be coming down to make way for a new development.  Housed in this building is the main electrical distribution center, including electrical meters and transformers, and the hub and source of Maranatha's electrical power. In order to separate the MHS campus utilities from the rest of the campus, the Board of Trustees first hired Vireo Energy to complete an energy audit of MHS and recently hired them to complete this project. Read more HERE.

Voted Best Private School - 4th Year in A Row!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Maranatha High School was voted “BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL” in the San Gabriel Valley for the fourth year in a row by the readers of the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and Whittier Daily News in their 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.  We are grateful to all those who expressed their confidence and commitment to Maranatha by voting for our school. This award represents a strong testimony to Maranatha’s excellent programs and outstanding families.


AP Exams Start Next Week
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The AP Exam Season is upon us!  There are several items to note.

Students who are taking AP Exams are not required to attend classes on the day in which they are taking their exam(s). Students should only be on campus during their AP exam and leave immediately after they are done.  If a student has a morning exam they should be at the assigned location at 7:45 a.m. The exam is due to start at 8:00 a.m.  Please avoid being late as students will NOT be given additional time to complete exams once the testing period has begun. Most morning exams will end before 11:30 a.m. Please be sure to make arrangements to be picked up or leave campus. If a student has an afternoon exam, then they should arrive at the noted location by 12:15 p.m. The exam is scheduled to start by 12:30 p.m. Afternoon exams should be over shortly after 3:00 p.m. Students who are only taking an afternoon exam and not a morning exam should not arrive on campus until before they are required to be at the exam location. Read more HERE.

Showcase Awards
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

showcase 2015Last week, a number of students were honored in the academic and athletic arenas at our annual Student Awards Showcase. This event celebrates the effort and achievements of many of our hard-working students at Maranatha High School. We celebrate with the students listed below, honored in specific areas.

New this year, Maranatha introduced the Dean’s Honor Roll awarded to students that have achieved an excellent Un-Weighted GPA each semester.  The Honor Roll is divided into 3 levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Students that receive a Gold Award have achieved a GPA between 3.9 and a 4.0.  The Silver Award is for students who have achieved a GPA between a 3.75 and 3.89.  The Bronze Award is for students who have achieved a GPA between 3.6 and a 3.74. Read more HERE.

Students Win at ACSI Science Fair!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maranatha High School students entered 16 projects in the ACSI Regional Science Fair, which was held at Biola University in La Mirada. The ACSI Regional Science Fair is open to all Christian schools in Southern California from Ventura to San Diego. The High School division has three areas of competition: Physical Science, Life Science, and Engineering. Maranatha students Ava Montano (9th grade), Evelyn Thoen (10th grade), and Sarah Rutzen (11th grade) all earned first place in their respective categories. Ava Montano’s project was titled, “Bacteria in Poultry Meat,” Evelyn Thoen’s project was titled, “Electroplating Nickel onto Copper,” and Sarah Rutzen’s project was titled, “Clam Filtration. Read more HERE.

Art on Display in the Student Center
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Did you know student art is currently on display in the Student Center?  Each year the Art Department presents a series of art exhibits to showcase original works by our students in a variety of medium.  We encourage our entire MHS community to stop by the Student Center to enjoy and appreciate the God-given talent of our Art students. Read more HERE.

Senior Special Events!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(And Important Reminders for Senior Families)

Senior Ladies’ Tea this Friday
This Friday, the senior girls will celebrate the end of their high school experience with a very special tradition: The Senior Ladies’ Tea! Held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the Commons Patio, seniors girls and female faculty/staff will have the opportunity to enjoy a special tea prepared by senior moms, hear faculty words of wisdom, and have the opportunity to share their own departing thoughts.

Senior Guys’ Event this Friday
Senior Guys will venture to Boomers in Upland for a night of games and fun and some good bonding! Guys will board a bus at 3:30 p.m. from MHS and return later in the evening. The event is free and will include dinner, unlimited go karts, bumper boats, and mini golf. Batting cage tokens will also be available. Permissions slips will be distributed this week and are due by Friday morning. Please contact parent Coordinator Patti Davis-Simon at with any questions. Read more HERE.

New Moms’ Luncheon This Thursday!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The annual Incoming Mothers’ Spring Luncheon will be held this Thursday, April 30. This luncheon will take place on campus at the beautiful Fountain Plaza (in front of the Student Center) at 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to hear from students, staff, and current moms. Please join us for this well-loved event. If you are a Class of 2019 mom, guardian, or special friend and have not had a chance yet to RSVP, please do so today via email to current MHS mom, Rene Bancroft, at

Athletic Challenge Camps This Summer at MHS
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Do you know an incoming 4-9 grader that is interested in honing their athletic skills? Maranatha’s annual Challenge Camps may be just the place for them. Our summer camps help young people develop their athletic skills in a safe, supportive, and Christ-honoring environment. Under the direction of high school coaches, young athletes will be taught sport-specific fundamentals, along with skills and techniques to help improve their overall performance. Integrity, character, and sportsmanship are essential attributes of a quality athlete; campers will be taught the importance of these attributes and challenged to implement them in their daily lives.

Baseball, Girls’ Basketball, Swimming, Girls’ Volleyball, Diving, Softball, Boys’ Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Co-ed Soccer, and Co-ed Cross Country are all available.  Click HERE to view the Challenge Camp Brochure and pass it along to a friend.


50th Celebration Weekend Highlight: Football and Pancakes!
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Over the past month we have been highlighting the activities you can look forward to attending during our Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Weekend on September 10-12! We've highlighted the Boosters' Golf Tournament taking place on Thursday, September 10 at Brookside Golf Club, and the Heritage Dinner for Past and Present Trustees, Heads, and Principals which will also take place on Thursday at the Tournament of Roses' House.

You can also mark your calendars for the Friday Night Lights Football Game on Friday, September 11. This will be the first home football game of the season! The night will be filled with special fiftieth festivities, including an MHS archive and Legacy Lounge featuring pictures, stories, and memorabilia from the last fifty years. We'll also have special dinners for sale, a photo booth, anniversary prices at Concessions, and fiftieth giveaways throughout the night. Read more HERE.

2015-2016 ASB Announced
Thursday, April 23, 2015

The purpose of ASB leadership is to promote fellowship and community within the school and to maintain Christian standards in all areas of life, to improve the school by coordinating student activities and promoting school spirit; and to promote understanding among students, faculty and the administration. The goal of the Council is to promote spiritual unity and to establish organization within the ASB of Maranatha High School.

This year, under the leadership of Mr. Kozak, the ASB has reimagined a whole new organizational structure for the upcoming year.  Next year, the Student Council shall consist of the following members: ASB President, Class Presidents, Class Vice Presidents, and Class Representatives. The remaining members formally known as the cabinet will be rebranded and redefined as Project L.E.A.D. Project L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education and Discipleship) will consist of a series of directors: Director of In-reach/Outreach, Director of Promotions/Marketing, Director of Special Events, and Director of Fundraising, Director of PR/Communications. Read more HERE.

Host an MHS International Student
Thursday, April 23, 2015

To better expose our international students to a more holistic view of American culture and Christian faith lived out, we require our international students to be part of a Homestay Program, which matches our international students with Christian families in the San Gabriel Valley.  The Admissions Office is currently looking for Maranatha families that would like to partner with us in reaching out and providing the “Maranatha Experience” for our international students.  This opportunity would be in the form of being a Homestay Family taking in one or two of our international students for the school year.  This is a fabulous opportunity to share your family’s faith and traditions with an international student.

If you are interested in more information about this Homestay opportunity, please contact Debbie Middlebrook in the Admissions Office. As we move forward in implementing the MHS Homestay Program, we will contact you with more information on responsibilities and stipends, as well as the opportunity to speak with some of our families who are currently hosting students.  Thank you for prayerfully considering this ministry.

Support Missions Fundraisers
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Approximately 85 students are involved with missions this school year. If you’d like to support these efforts, please feel free to make a tax-deductible gift HERE and designate missions. You may also add additional information in the comments section if you would like to designate it to a specific mission trip or give in honor of a particular student. Otherwise, your gift will be used toward any of the three remaining trips (New Orleans, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic) as needed. One of the teams also has the following fun fundraisers you may want to support. Thank you for supporting our missionary students!

New Orleans Mission:

  • Wednesday, April 22 - Chipotle (Hastings Ranch location) Click HERE for flyer.  MHS receives 50% of the proceeds!

  • Friday, April 24 - Lucky Boy Breakfast Burritos. Pre-Order your burrito on 4/20-4/22. ($5 for 1/2, $9 for whole)
  • Thursday, May 14 - Kona Ice Truck on campus at lunch

MHS Welcomes Two New Board Members
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Michelle VanRiper
Manager, Pearson-Sibert Oil Co. of Texas

Michele VanRiper is blessed to be the mother of two MHS alums, Trevor ’13 and Faith ’16. A Southern California native, Michele graduated from Loyola Law School before practicing civil litigation for many years.  In her time at MHS, Michele has served several years as the Booster Club Treasurer, a Team Parent, and as ASB Liaison to the PA. She is active in her church, currently serving on the Women’s Ministry Leadership Board and the Deacon Team, as well as mentoring college and young career women through Bible Study and living life together.  Michele says she is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees and support the MHS administration and staff as they jointly encourage the student body to live out 1 Timothy 4:12 - “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Jeff Goldfarb
Senior Vice President-Global Controller, Jacobs Engineering

Jeff and his wife Marlene have three boys. Scott, a junior at Maranatha, is the youngest. Their two older two boys, Kevin and Brian, graduated from a Christian high school in St. Louis. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, they moved here from St. Louis in January 2013, during Scott’s freshman year. Scott is actively involved in the performing arts through the tech crew and by playing viola in the orchestra.  This year, he was also the video coach for Boys' Varsity Basketball.  Marlene is a Co-President of the Maranatha Parent Association.

Jeff is excited about the opportunity to serve Maranatha on its Board.  As the Controller for a 65,000 person company, he hopes to help the Maranatha community by using the financial and leadership experiences and skills gained in this role, as well as those gained from leadership positions in several other church and non-profit organizations.  He adds, “I want to serve on the Board to further Maranatha’s mission and to help prepare our youth to live out their faith as adults with a Christ-minded purpose, incorporating this into all aspects of their lives.”

Performing Arts Goes “Back to the Future”!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

By: John Wells, Performing Arts Chair and Producer

Our Spring Performing Arts Showcase, “Back to the Future,” taking place April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium, promises to be an incredible event.  In honor of Maranatha’s 50th anniversary we are highlighting the music and dance from every decade Maranatha has been in existence.

From the sixties to the two-thousands, we are going on a journey through the music and dance of every era of Maranatha.  Whatever decade you called Maranatha ‘home,’ there is going to be something to bring back those memories.  If you are a Beatles fan, come see a dance routine set to “Come Together,” or hear the Mixed Ensemble sing “All You Need Is Love.”  If your era is more ‘leisure suits and glitter balls,’ come and enjoy a special combined medley called “Disco Fever.”  From the theme to the movie “The Magnificent Seven,” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,”  there truly will be something for everyone. Read more HERE.

Academic Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It’s almost time for MHS to celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding scholars.  This year’s Academic Awards Assembly, also known as the Academic Showcase, will be held on April 21 in the Gym from 11:28 a.m. - 12:23 p.m. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Honor Roll students will be recognized as well as the best of the best in each academic area. Other distinctive awards will also be presented. There will be a special art slideshow showcasing the best artwork from 2014-2015. Following the awards assembly will be a short cake reception. There will be a special bell schedule in order to accommodate the assembly, so please note that there will be NO EARLY DISMISSAL that day.

Dodgeball Tourney Sign Ups and Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Duck • Dive • Dodge” offers groovy fun for the ENTIRE family! This new event hosted by the Athletic Booster Club - will debut at Maranatha High School on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.  The Dodgeball Tournament & Family Fun Day is a chance for our entire community, young and old, to get together for some funky fun and one last party before the end of the school year. The main event is a dodgeball tournament with a groovy 70's theme. Teams of 6-10 players are welcome to compete with prizes being given for the winning teams, best team costume, best individual costume, and more. Students, faculty, parents, coaches, administrators, and others are all invited to form teams to compete. The team fee is just $20, and only 20 teams can sign up!  The Registration form is available HERE, at, and at the Student Center front desk.Read more HERE.

Pennies for Patients
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Club joins 29,000 schools nationwide by bringing the “Pennies for Patients” drive to MHS. Please donate your pennies and other coins or dollars to help patients that are sick with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Remember, every penny counts. 

Click HERE to donate on behalf of MHS. Read more about this wonderful program HERE


MHS Students Shine in Art Contest
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recently Maranatha submitted works for the Pasadena Women's Club Art Competition. We were limited to only 3 entries, and all 3 won awards in the competition! We are proud that our students have placed with each entry every year we have submitted work (the last six years) and have won at least one first place award each year. Art is judged in different categories and the winning pieces will be displayed in libraries in Pasadena.

Congratulations to these artists (artwork shown HERE):

  • First Place: Aimee Niu
  • Second Place: Kaili Chiu
  • Second Place: Cristina Tejeda

Come See “Masters in Our Park”
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Maranatha is proud to again host the Eleventh Annual “Saturday in the Park with the Masters”, where all art enthusiasts are invited to come and learn from and paint with some of this area’s finest painters and instructors. This event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Maranatha. The Mid-Valley Arts League has extended a complimentary invitation to all Maranatha students and families. During the day, artists chat with onlookers while they create a piece of art or two from our beautiful campus.  Many of our students will attend, serve as hosts, and models for the artists.

For more information, click HERE for the event flyer.

Easter: The Resurrection of Hope
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

By: Devin Robledo ’15, Student Chaplain

What is the story of Easter? The theological narrative goes that Jesus, the Son of God, resurrected on the third day after His crucifixion on Calvary. And while accurate and true, this summation leaves me wanting. For me, this narrative seems lacking for its emotional inability to engage or capture neither the full weight of the heartbreak nor the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday.

What would happen if we emotionally engaged with the story? Let us, for a second, lean into and try to imagine what it must’ve felt like for the disciples. Read mre HERE.

September's 50th Celebration Highlight: Heritage Dinner
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The culminating celebration of our 50th year will be held next September, exactly fifty years after Maranatha’s original dedication service, during our 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

  • Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Club
  • Heritage Dinner for Past and Present Trustees, Heads, and Principals at the Tournament of Roses’ House

Friday, September 11, 2015

  • Friday Night Lights Football with Special 50th Festivities

Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • Family Pancake Breakfast
  • 50th Celebration!
    • All-Campus Party with Food and Beverages
    • Rededication Service
    • Desserts on Fountain Plaza

HIGHLIGHT EVENT: Heritage Dinner

God has sustained, protected, and blessed Maranatha over the last fifty years. Read more HERE.

Congrats New Ministry Team
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Congratulations to the newly formed ministry teams for 2015-2016. This year, we were blessed with historic interest and fortunate to place every student seeking to serve our community for His namesake. Please join in celebrating these students and keeping them in prayer throughout the next year!

Alana Yamada   Amanda Rojas   Anita Valesquez
Andrew Ojeda   Andrea Chau   Caleb Johnson
Emma Anderson   Ashley Manzo   Chris Lee
Ethan Fields   Candice Mallari   Cory Masuda
Faith VanRiper   Christine Tan   Elise Navarro
Grace Kim   Grace Duran   Ellen Rekedal
Jason Equitz   Hannah Cox   Hannah Silk
Kaitlyn Holstein   Hannah Vitko   Jennifer Rokus
Odera Nwobi   Joshua Nedelc   Joe Hynes
Rohini Vyas   Luke Johnson   Nicole Rodriguez
Sarah Rutzen   Nathan Shin   Noelle Simpson
Serene Babikian   Olivia Raff   Paul McAllister
Stacy Rasmussen   Phillip Ahn   Rosa Llanto
    Sabina Lewis   Tatum French
    Sierra Bancroft    
    Tiffany Teguh    
    Marrisa Dickey    

Welcome New IT Staff
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Maranatha welcomes Steven Mojica as our new Systems Support Technician in our IT Office.  Steven has over eleven years of experience and comes most recently from Azusa Pacific University where he has served as a support technician for ten years. Steven has extensive experience in system monitoring, troubleshooting, providing help desk support, creating a knowledge base, installing hardware and software, maintaining inventory, and much more. He currently holds a number of IT certifications and is near completing his B.S. in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University.

Steven says he grew up in a small Christian church, but really “found” God when he was 19 years old. Since then, he feels so blessed. “Everything I have is because of Him and I love sharing it with everyone.” He attends Faith Community Church in Covina and has volunteered his IT skills and done mission trips with other churches in the area. He is excited to use his skills in helping people understand technology and do it in a place where “God is at the core”. Overall, he says, “I am excited to join Maranatha and the IT team and I can't wait to meet everyone."  

Maranatha's IT Director Tim Parent says, “"The search for a technician has been a long and, at times, arduous task, but God is good and He has brought us the right man for the job. I could not be happier in hiring Steve to fill a much needed role in our community here at Maranatha. He has the right attitude and the right skill set to help push us forward to the next level of service. His love for the Lord is evident and his work ethic shows his passion for our mission here. My hope for our department is to build a closer relationship with faculty, staff, and students through our increased support both in the classroom and on campus."

Please help us welcome Steven to Maranatha!

Dads' Dinner: May 5
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Calling all dads! The Maranatha Dads' Dinner has become a wonderful tradition at MHS as fathers gather together for delicious food and encouraging conversation each spring. Our Fourth Annual Dads' Dinner, The Fathers' Fiesta, will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. This year we are excited to invite current, incoming, and alumni dads to attend this complimentary event.  You don't want to miss this night!  Our dads will enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner prepared by Chef William Ramirez of the Minuteman Cafe, and Dr. Gyertson and John Rouse will be on hand to welcome them and provide updates about what's new at Maranatha.

Please RSVP or direct your questions to Lauren Obregon at or (626) 817-4071.  Mothers, we hope you will encourage MHS dads to attend!


Urgent Need: Drop Off in MHS Parking Lots Only!
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Maranatha strives to be a good neighbor and a good witness in our community. One way we do that is by obeying the drop off and pick up procedures mandated by the City of Pasadena. These policies are important not only to help us be a good neighbor and to ensure the safety of our students, but they are required by the school's master plan issued by the City of Pasadena.

Please be aware that there is NO dropping off or picking up anywhere but the Underground Lot or Visitor’s Lot. There is no drop off or pick up on surrounding streets at any time!

We understand that pulling through carline for a minute may be inconvenient, but with a little advanced planning, there will be plenty of time to drop off students and get parents to their next destination on time. Please do not drop students off on Green Street or Del Mar.

If you have not had a chance to become familiar with Maranatha’s DROP OFF PROCEDURES and PICK UP PROCEDURES on our website, please do so today. Thank you for helping Maranatha High School be a good neighbor and ensuring the safety of our students.


Prom Tickets and Discounts
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Getting ready from prom? Tickets for the 2015 Junior/Senior Prom “A Night at Sea” are now on sale.  The event will be held on April 18 from 7:00-11:00 p.m on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  Purchase your tickets online at

Also guys, Friar Tux has a special $45 off tux rentals for you! Be sure to present the coupon code below to save some money.




You Can be a Part of Hosting the Nations at MHS!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One of the amazing attributes of our Maranatha Community is how far reaching and inclusive we are.  One part of our community that has helped showcase Maranatha and more importantly, Jesus, to the world is our International Program.  Our International Program started back in the 1980s when several missionaries from other countries approached the school to partner with them to have their students come to the United States and be taught in a Christian school.  At that time many of the Christian missionary schools in Africa and Asia were closing their doors or facing challenges that made it difficult to be a boarding student at their school.  Since that time our international program has expanded to include students who are seeking an American education in a Christ-honoring context. Read more HERE.

Set Sail for Prom Aboard the Queen Mary on April 18
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tickets for the 2015 Junior/Senior Prom “A Night at Sea” are now on sale.  Our students will enjoy a memorable evening aboard the famous Queen Mary in Long Beach on April 18 from 7:00-11:00 p.m.  In addition to the glamorous and historic setting of the landmark vessel, the dance will include a professional DJ, photo booth, and keepsake photo packages available for purchase.  Purchase your tickets on online at or in the Student Center during lunch.

MHS as Best Private School: Voting Ends Sunday!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Pasadena Star-News is accepting nominations for their 2015 "Best of San Gabriel Valley" Reader’s Choice Awards. MHS has had the privilege of being voted “Best Private School” for the last three years! Please take a moment to nominate MHS in the “Best Private School” category and help us achieve 4 years in a row! (One vote per email account.)

To vote, visit  and choose "click here to get started" to go to the sign up page.  Scroll down a bit to "input your email address", then click "start".  Now you are ready to vote!  Click on the “Places” category and scroll down to the “Private School” category.  Type in "Maranatha High School" then scroll to the bottom and click "submit votes". It takes less than a minute! 

After you submit your vote, you will be sent an email verification. Please be sure you open that email and click the link provided to verify your email in order for your vote to count. Voting ends this Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Thank you for helping us promote Maranatha to our San Gabriel Valley community!


MHS Launches College Prep Bootcamp to Help Finding Your College Fit and Learn Why Research and Visits Matter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

By: Mrs. Tammy Anacleto, MHS College Counselor

When should families begin thinking about preparing for college applications?  As early as the seventh grade year summer, students can already begin to build their resume and design a minimum four-year education plan to aggressively prepare towards dream colleges. From students looking to apply to private high schools to students exploring academics and extracurriculars, the use of spring and summertime has been the leverage in the college application process.

For this spring and summer, it is important for those becoming tenth and eleventh graders to start networking with colleges, setting up interviews and taking official college admissions campus tours by making online appointments through college websites.  We can also assist families in creating college lists, advising their application approach, and recommending campus tours that best fit your interests and schedule for California and Out of State visits. Read more HERE.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day This Wednesday!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day was Wednesday, March 25. Over 300 guests joined us for a breakfast, program, and campus tours.

Our guests began their day at 8:15 a.m. with a complimentary buffet breakfast in the Student Center catered by the Minuteman Cafe. After breakfast, they enjoyed a special program before their favorite time when students met their grandparents and special friends at 10:00 a.m. Students had the opportunity to show their guests around campus and hang out during our extended break. 

Cooking Class This Thursday
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We have been hearing a lot about “Big Fish” lately. In honor of our recent Performing Arts musical, Chef William will be teaching how to filet, sauté, and cook a salmon well. This complimentary class will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. and is open to anyone in the Maranatha community. Donations are appreciated to cover supplies.


Still Time to Join the Women's Devotional Book Study
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The first two weeks of our Spring Mom's Bible Study has been really exciting!  The book that we are using, "Twelve Women of the Bible: Life Changing Stories for Women Today" by Lysa TerKeurst, has been an excellent tool in guiding discussion about how God works in our every day lives.  One of the best things about this study is that you can feel free to jump in at any time, as each of the 12 chapters stands on its own.  So even if you haven't been able to attend these first two weeks, it's not too late! 

We look forward to having you join us for fellowship, watching a short DVD on one of the women we've studied, and finishing up with insightful question and answer time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Renee Bancroft at  You can easily purchase the book on as well. Full article HERE.

Girls’ Soccer Wins State Championship!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Congrats to Girls’ Soccer for winning their CIF State Regional Div IV Championship Game! After getting stuck for over an hour on the 5 FWY on the way to the game, the girls were able to make it on time and come back from behind to win! At the Half, Maranatha trailed 1-0. After, they scored once, and then scored the final two goals with just five minutes to go to defeat Strathmore 3-1.


Spirit Week This Week
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Join us this week at the Pep Rally on Tuesday, as well as the all school BBQ on Thursday, and Powder Puff game on Friday at 7:00 p.m.. ASB is proud to dedicate Spirit Week in support of the Special Olympics World Games 2015 held in Los Angeles.

Monday, March 16 - Hipster
Tuesday. March 17 -  Tourist
Wednesday, March 18 - We Wear Pink
Thursday, March 19 - Ships and Sailors
Friday, March 20 - Jocks and Cheerleaders

Read More HERE.

Vote for MHS as Best Private School in San Gabriel Valley!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Pasadena Star-News is now accepting nominations for their 2015 "Best of San Gabriel Valley" Reader’s Choice Awards. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase and increase community awareness of Maranatha. MHS has had the privilege of being nominated “Best Private School” for the last three years! Please take a moment to nominate MHS in the “Best Private School” category and help us achieve 4 years in a row! (One vote per email account.)

Please use the link below to register your vote in the “Places” category under “Private School”. Voting ends Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Click here to vote through the Star-News website:

After you submit your vote, you will be sent an email verification. Be sure you open that email and click the link provided to verify your email. The whole vote takes less than a minute.

Thanks for helping showcase Maranatha!

Spiritual Emphasis Week: Arise and Shine
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By: Joel Murphy ’97 Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

Isaiah 60: “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Some days are just harder than others. Today, though only 9:01 am, is one of those days. In these moments, when my faith is tested and perspective challenged I confess a very simple thought runs through my head, “I had hoped for so much more than this.”

Does that statement resonate with you at all?

We welcome you to pray for and join us during our Spiritual Emphasis Week next week: March 23-27.

Monday, March 23 - Chapel
Tuesday. March 24 -  Chapel with a twist
Wednesday, March 25 - Grandparents' Day
Thursday, March 26 - Mentor groups
Friday, March 27 - Chapel

Read full article HERE.

September 50th Celebration Weekend Highlight: Golf Tourney
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The culminating celebration of our 50th year will be held next September, exactly fifty years after Maranatha’s original dedication service, during our 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2015
Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Club
Dinner for Past and Present Trustees, Heads, and Principals 
   at the Tournament of Roses' House

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2015
Home Football Game with Special 50th Festivities

SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 2015
Family Pancake Breakfast
50th Celebration! All-Campus Party
    Looking Back, Looking Forward
 Worship Celebration
    Desserts on Fountain Plaza

Highlight Event: Golf Tournament
This year’s 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament will be a special event. The Booster Club and Athletic Department have been drumming up some new things for this year’s tournament. Look for special golfing partners, alumni incentives, 50th trivia, and a commemorative 50th gift. Read more HERE.

MHS Science Fair
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Last week, Maranatha conducted our 2015 Science Fair. When the Science Fair was established at MHS in 2012, 55 projects were entered in four categories. This year, 103 projects were entered in nine categories. Projects were judged by many amazing judges in various science fields including a research scientist, engineers, a computer scientist, an aerospace professional, the engineering Club at Pasadena City College, and more.  The fair and judging process concluded with an awards ceremony last Thursday. Dr. Jang, our Science Fair Coordinator, presided over the ceremony. He encouraged students to go into the sciences and be strong Christian witnesses in those fields. Mrs. Shaneka Wood, Science Department Chair, announced the winners and handed out certificates with the help of the rest of the Science Department Staff, Mr. Suarez, Mrs. Smith-Russell, Mr. Newkirk, and Mr. Jesse Rouse. All first place winners have the opportunity to move on to the ACSI Science Fair hosted by Biola University on April 17. Read more HERE.

Mixed Ensemble Sings in Musicale
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Maranatha Mixed Ensemble recently participated in the ACSI Musicale Festival at Lake Ave Church. The ensemble was adjudicated by Dr. James Melton, Music Department Chair at Vanguard University and Dr. Galen Clark Choral Conducting Chair at APU University. The feedback and criticism they received was both positive and uplifting.  Dr. Garineh Avakian, our Choir Director, notes, “Our students were professional in how they conducted themselves and also how they sounded at the adjudications. We thank God for giving us the talent and opportunity to be a part of this special event.  We also want to thank our Maranatha Community for supporting us and praying for us while we sang praises to God.” 

Five of our students were chosen to be a part of the ACSI Honors Choir and 2 students who were chosen to sing the solo parts in the command performance.

Below are the links of the two songs the Mixed Ensemble sang, and a photo of the group at the competition.

Full Story HERE.

Parent Association Meeting This Week and More...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The next Parent Association Meeting & Coffee is this Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Besides great fellowship, scrumptious goodies, a short devotional, and updates from our administration, you also get one parent service hour just for attending!

Please remember, our Women’s Bible Study Book Devotional started today, Monday, March 16. If you missed it, please join us next Monday through April 27 in the P.A. Office at 8:15 a.m.

The next “Meet ‘N Greet” will be held on April 1 at Corner Bakery on Lake Avenue in Pasadena. These Meet ’N Greets have been a wonderful chance to meet other parents, get involved and/or get questions answered. All parents are welcome to join us!

Parent Service Program Reminder on April Statement
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The goal of the PARENT SERVICE PROGRAM (PSP) is to cultivate a spirit of community in which each school family actively participates and supports the life and development of MHS. The program serves as a positive example to our students of active involvement in our school and community.

All school families are required to support the school by giving a minimum of 20 hours of service during the school year. Thank you to all those parents who have fulfilled your hours this year! You have made a difference!

If your family has not fulfilled the required 20 parent service hours and returned the completed coupon book by March 13, 2015, please note that a $500 fee will be assessed on the April 2015 statement as a reminder to get hours fulfilled. This is just a reminder and if completed PSP coupon books are turned in to the Student Center front desk by May 22, 2015, the fee will be reversed.

There are many opportunities to fulfill these PSP hours. Please check the “PSP Opportunities” tab or SignUp Genius page frequently as new and on-going opportunities are regularly updated.  Thank you for sharing in the life of your student and Maranatha High School!

        IMMEDIATE NEED!  Our ASB students are organizing this Thursday's Spirit Week All-School BBQ and urgently need donations of food items.  Please visit their SignUp Genius page (or click the logo to the left) to see the list of needs and please volunteer to help them obtain the items they need.  Thank you!

Apply Now for Local Hands-on Foundation Experience for Students
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SPARC (Student Philanthropists Advancing Real Change) youth philanthropy program is an amazing program where students get hands-on experience operating a foundation and awarding grants to charitable organizations in our community. Students research organizations, make site visits, and are 100% responsible for awarding thousands of dollars each year to area nonprofits.  Maranatha students have been a part of this beneficial program for the last six years.

Incoming 9-11th grade Maranatha students are invited to apply now! Applications and recommendations are due May 1 by 5:00 p.m. A Parent Info meeting is available on April 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Polytechnic School in the Lower/Middle School Library. Please visit

Boys’ Basketball Wins CIF!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Congratulations to Coach Tucker, the coaching staff, and the Boys’ Basketball team for a historic night last Friday. Maranatha Boys’ Basketball won its first CIF Southern Section title in school history with a 59-53 victory over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood. The CIF SS 4A title game was played at the Felix Event Center on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. Minutemen came out in full force to support our boys with a tailgate party, victory march, and deafening cheers! Many Maranatha staff, ambassadors, and over 125 incoming freshmen also stood in solidarity at our satellite cheering section at MHS during the same evening’s Admissions event. Read more HERE.

MHS Presents a 3 Day College Prep Bootcamp
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SAVE THE DATE:  June 2-4, 2015 (Tuesday-Thursday)

Grades:  Ideal for rising 11th and 12th graders
(10th graders also welcome)
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register:  Contact Mrs. Tammy Huang-Anacleto, or (626) 817-4032 for more details, questions, pricing and registration flyer. 

Description:  This 3 day bootcamp includes the following program, materials, transportation, guest speakers, meals, college campus tours, and fun activities!

Day 1:  College research, prep for campus visits, mock interview practice
Day 2:  College campus visits for up to 3 colleges in the Irvine, CA region
Day 3:  College application practice: overview, personal statement/supplement essay writing

Artists Make Us Proud
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Congratulations to several students who were honored for their work in the 2015 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The winners are selected from over 300,000 student entries throughout the nation. Read more HERE.

Welcoming Incoming Students at Fresh Start Day!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maranatha is excited to welcome our Class of 2019 to Fresh Start Day on Saturday, March 21 in the Student Center. This is an essential event for our new freshman class to begin their identity as the Class of 2019. 

On this day, incoming freshmen are required to take the Math Placement Test to provide information for our Counselors to assist in the selection of the appropriate courses for 2015–2016.  The Student Center doors will open at 8:50 a.m.  Enrollment packets will be distributed for the 2015-2016 school year before we begin our program at 9:10 a.m.  At the conclusion of our morning program (11:15 a.m.) lunch will be provided by “In-N-Out”. Read more HERE.

MHS Welcomes New Director of Business Affairs
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maranatha is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Tellgren as Maranatha's Director of Business Affairs, effective immediately. 

Phil brings to us twenty-five years of senior leadership experience in financial management of non-profit, banking, transportation, food service, commercial construction and ministry organizations. He holds a BBA in Management and Accounting from St. Bonaventure University and has taken advanced accounting course work at St. John Fisher College. He has formally pursued his spiritual development at the King’s College and Seminary in Van Nuys, CA.

Phil joined Maranatha last year as Controller and immediately demonstrated his exceptional skills in not only accounting but financial management and budget systems development. Since Kris Dreyer's departure this fall, Phil has been supervising all of our financial functions including purchasing, accounting, accounts receivable/payables as well as tuition collections and tuition assistance functions. Among Phil’s many duties, he will be re-engineering the budget planning, administration, and accountability systems in keeping with required auditing practices for our kind of organization. Phil plays a key role in guiding us through the next season of optimizing efficiencies, reallocating resources, and controlling expenses in keeping with the missional priorities set by the Board. Read more HERE.

Summer Academy
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Do you feel there is not enough time during the school year to get all the classes in you’d like for your student?  Maranatha’s Summer Academy may be just what you are looking for! With over 20 courses offered, from Spanish to Chemistry, Physics, English, Algebra, Geometry, History, Graphic Design, and more, incoming 9-12th grade students have an opportunity to advance in their coursework or improve their academic standing.

Maranatha’s Summer Academy runs from Monday, June 15 - Friday, July 24 and is closed on July 3. Summer classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spots may be held with a $95 non-refundable deposit by May 1.  (After May 1, a $20 late registration fee will apply.)  Payment in full is required by June 15.  A minimum number of 15 students is required to fill a class.

Please contact the College & Guidance Counseling Office at (626) 817-4035 for more information, or go online to to register!

Guidance Office to Host College Information Night

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Student Center, our College & Guidance Counseling Office will host a College Night:  “Choosing the Best Fit, Analyzing Awards, & Maximizing Aid”.

This seminar will cover:

  • How to understand college financial aid award packages
  • Understanding the 3 types of aid
  • The 3 pillars in the college process—getting in, getting aid, and funding
  • How the position of your finances can affect merit and need-based aid
  • How to pay for college without relying on a 529 plan

Click HERE for the event flyer.

NHS Inductees
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Last Friday, over 60 students were inducted as 1st year National Honors Society Members at MHS. At the lunchtime ceremony, club presidents Alyssa Wentzel and Ken Chang announced the inductees who then signed the membership book and received their certificates. Club Advisor Ms. Wammack opened and closed the event and several parents, as well as our principal and headmaster, were present.

The National Honors Society is a national organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor these students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  Members at Maranatha each volunteer a minimum of 10 hours of peer tutoring each year. Read more HERE.

New Chapel Series: Koinonia
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

I’ve confessed this before so it shouldn’t come off as a surprise to anyone…I’m deeply wired for the introvert lifestyle and thoroughly enjoy the practice of solitude. In other words, I like being alone as my soul finds refreshment this way.

I share this to acknowledge that I often struggle with intentional fellowship and intentional practices of community. For me, there’s nothing worse than forced social bonding and “doing life together…with strangers.” Why? Because it’s messy.

You see, if you’re anything like me, you’re good when you’re alone. You feel healthy, whole, unbothered and less irritated by things. It’s when you put me in community and in relationship that I get all messy. Does this resonate with you? Read more HERE.

Mark Your Calendars: 50th Anniversary Celebration Next Fall
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Many events have taken place this school year as part of our year-long celebration of Maranatha’s 50th anniversary continues… and more are still to come. Next month’s annual benefit, Big Fish Dinner and Show is just one example. However, the culminating celebration of our 50th year will be held next September during our 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

Exactly fifty years after Maranatha’s original dedication service, our community will come together for a weekend of celebration. SAVE THESE DATES! This will be a weekend you don’t want to miss as alumni, parents, faculty, and friends from Maranatha’s fifty years gather together on our campus.

Stay up to date with the latest 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend news by visiting More details will be available throughout the spring. Read more HERE.

MHS to Host Class of 2019 BBQ Bash!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On Friday, March 6, all Class of 2019 students (sorry, parents) accepted during Early and Regular Admissions are invited to campus for “THE Event” - a BBQ and evening filled with games and class bonding! Some current students and all our teachers will be here to welcome them and join in the fun! This is a complimentary event to welcome our new Minutemen to our family and give them a taste of high school fun. Spread the word if you have a friend that has applied to MHS. Their official invite will go out with their acceptance. Remember, there is no school on this day for current MHS students.


So You Say You Can Dance?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Do you want to be part of next year's Dance Team? Auditions will be held on Friday, February 27 from 3:20 - 5:30 p.m. in the dance studio. The audition will include a warm up, advanced level technique across the floor, and a short combination. Each dancer is asked to prepare a 30 sec-1 min solo piece in his/her preferred style. Jazz shoes and dance attire required. For additional questions please email Mrs. Gradwohl at or visit her in her office.

Help A Future Eagle Scout AND Local Children
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Senior Caleb Scoon needs help with his Eagle Scout service project! Do you have any easy-reader books to donate?  These new reader (preschool-early elementary) books are needed to help construct a library for Neighborhood Urban Family Center's CAN-DO Kids. If you have any easy-reader books that you'd be willing to donate, please drop them off in the designated boxes located inside the parking garage or inside each English classroom from now until March 14. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Caleb Scoon at Thank you!


Free Cooking Class to Make Student Favorite: Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By parents’ request, this months’ MHS cooking class will be making a student favorite: bacon mac ‘n cheese.  Led by Chef William, the class will learn how to make Alfredo sauce from scratch, and learn special tips for baking the mac ‘n cheese. This complimentary class will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. and is open to anyone in the Maranatha community.  Donations are appreciated to cover supplies.  As the new Executive Chef, Chef William is also open to any kitchen-related questions, and adds, “I am really excited to meet with the parents again!”

Preparing for Easter’s Final Exam: A Lenten Reflection
Thursday, February 19, 2015

By David Gyertson, Ph.D., Headmaster

We have begun the season of Lent – an historic time of reflection and preparation practiced by most major traditions of the Christian Church - to help us prepare for Easter.  Much like the traditions of the Israelites who followed historic rituals to prepare for the Passover, Christians use these forty days leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday as a way to embrace more consciously the meaning of Christ’s death and the implications of his resurrection. Fasting, prayer and Scripture meditations help us reflect on the closing weeks of our Lord’s earthly ministry preparing for what I believe to be the most important celebration of the Christian calendar.

My own Lenten traditions often bring me back to the Upper Room discourse recorded in John 13 -17. As an educator, I think of this portion of Scripture as the “cram for the final exam” – that last lecture where Jesus the Rabbi Teacher alerts his students to the most important lessons before graduating to their Great Commission calling.

This year I am struck by the opening verse in John 13:1. "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them to the end." (KJV). This idea that he loved them to the end has been reverberating in my heart and spirit as I recognize that my service at Maranatha, and more broadly my own lifetime of Christian vocational service, is coming to completion. Read more HERE.


Welcome New Director of Technology
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mr. Parent joined Maranatha High School in 2013 as our Systems Support Technician. After our previous Director of Technology left, he moved into the role of IT Manager. Last week, Maranatha was pleased to offer Mr. Parent the position of Director of Technology, which is effective immediately.

Dr. Gyertson notes, "As Headmaster I have been so impressed with the quality and character of Tim's work as he stepped into a sudden vacancy and helped us navigate the significant challenges of managing our complex technology needs.  In addition to his demonstrated expertise in dealing with current needs, I also have been energized by his anticipation of where technology is headed and how we at MHS might step up to take advantage of these changes to deepen and broaden our mission.  I am so pleased that Tim's own sense of God's calling to this important field will be challenged and deployed to help us in our educational ministries of transforming lives".  Read more HERE.

Chinese New Year: Food For Thought
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chinese tradition says that people born in the Year of the Sheep (or goat) are gentle, kind, sincere, pure and righteous. Sounds like the character of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, doesn’t it?

More intriguing is the Chinese word for righteousness. It is composed of two characters: "lamb" and "me". When the "lamb" is positioned over "me", the new word created becomes "righteousness". Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God, came to earth to give me new life. Halleluiah!


Parent Class Level Parties
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Parent parties are coming up the week of February 23. This is a great opportunity to fellowship with other Maranatha parents and to get to know each other a little better. Details are being finalized and parents will be receiving invitations via email.

FRESHMAN Parent Party
Home of Michelle Dorton Dewey and Jeff Dewey
Tuesday, February 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  

SOPHOMORE Parent Party
Home of Greg and Julie Ajalat
Wednesday, February 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

JUNIOR Parent Party
Home of David and Megan Smith
Thursday, February 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

SENIOR Parent Party

Parents, please watch for your emailed invitation with all of the details!

Women's Devotional Book Study
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Current and Alumni Maranatha Moms are invited to join us for our Spring Women's Bible Study!  Ladies will meet on Monday mornings from March 16th - April 27 (with the exception of April 6th due to Easter break) from 8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in the P.A. Office (off the Visitor’s Parking Lot).  They will be doing the study by Lysa TerKeurst, "Twelve Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Women Today" and will cover two of the women each week.  Please come ready on March 16th to watch a DVD and discuss the information from Session 1 & 2 that you have completed in your study guide.  For more information and to RSVP for this study, please contact Rene' Bancroft at  You can order your book now from HERE.


Baseball Alum Receives National Recognition
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Matt Chavez ’10, a Maranatha alum and current fifth-year senior at New Mexico Highlands University, has been named Third Team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

In 2014, Chavez led the Cowboys in batting average (.413), runs (43), doubles (14), and walks (27). He had two separate hitting streaks of seven games or more, and went 7-for-9 in the opening series of the season against Lubbock Christian to be named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Player of the Week. Chavez also had a streak of hits in seven consecutive at-bats during the season.

Chavez received multiple awards in 2014 for his success on the field:

  • Unanimous First Team All-Conference designated hitter by the RMAC
  • Second Team All-Region by Daktronics, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)
  • Capital One Academic All-American First Team

Welcome New Freshman Guidance Counselor
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Maranatha would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Frank Ferry, the newest addition to our College & Guidance Counseling Department. Mr. Ferry will be serving as our Interim Freshman Counselor through June 30 and he says, “will see where it goes from there”.

Mr. Ferry comes from a long line of educators with two principals, a counselor, a teacher, and a principal’s assistant all in his immediate family. He, himself, has 25 years of experience in education. He has worked in four different districts, and has taught English, ESL, and Government. He has also served as an ASB director, vice principal, and principal. While principal of Bishop Alemany High School, Mr. Ferris worked to restructure the Counseling Department in regards to personnel, Naviance, Hispanic outreach, and A-G Education. It was also as a principal that he met Dr. Purghart and has remained friends with her since. Read more HERE.

Ministry Team Applications Available
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Each year many students take up the challenge to serve on Team Timothy, Team Barnabas, Worship Team, or as a Chaplain. The opportunity is one of the most rewarding and transforming experiences at MHS. Through discipleship, servant leadership, and spiritual direction, students have the opportunity to daily impact our community for the Kingdom. Ministry Team members often comment how their faith is challenged and deepened by the experience and how close they grow to their fellow team members.

The 2015-2016 Ministry Team Applications are now available HERE or in Mr. Murphy’s office. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 17 and should include two mentor recommendations and a pastoral recommendation. Applicant interviews will take place February 17 - March 6  by a committee and selections will be finalized by March 20. Read more HERE.

Hispanic Honor Society Started at MHS

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Maranatha is pleased to announce the establishment of a Hispanic Honor Society on campus. On February 3, twenty-one students became the first inductees into this Society. The Society was started by Faculty Advisor Mrs. Alba Breitenbucher and the executive officers: President Mandy Moore, Vice President Steve Magana, Secretary Sergio Gutierrez, Treasurer Devin Sanders. Activity Directors Kin Spencer and Sarah Rutzen, Tutoring Coordinators Daniel Minassian and Kelly Ng, and Community Service Coordinator Azhia Harris.

The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote the continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Students must maintain an honor average of 90% in the study of Spanish at least three semesters before being inducted. Students should possess character, leadership, cooperation, honesty, service, commitment to others, and seriousness of purpose.

Each unit of the Society is designated as a chapter and named after an outstanding Hispanic figure. Maranatha’s chapter is the Ramon Riba Elichabe Chapter, named after Mrs. Breitenbucher’s father. Senior Elicabe was a philosopher, historian, mathematician, author, and committed Christian.

Mentor Groups Collect Items for Door of Hope
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For our February mentor groups, we'll be partnering with Door of Hope who serves locally to equip homeless families in the rebuilding of their lives. Since 1985, they've been providing transitional housing and a restoration program especially designed for homeless families with children.

Over the last five years we've been blessed to have Door of Hope not only share their story with us in chapels, classes, and workshops but provide meaningful ways to partner with them in their mission. Click HERE to see the flyer of items desired. We'll be gathering the donated items during our February 19th mentoring group. Thank you for modeling volunteerism and love to our students.

MHS Participates in JPL Science Bowl
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Maranatha's Science Bowl team culminated their months of hard work, practice, and preliminary competitions with the 2015 JPL Regional Science Bowl Competition which was held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Our students gained invaluable experience with the intricacies of the competition and were able to observe championship teams compete. Our team walked away with new skills to implement within our own practice. After the competition, students were able to tour JPL, which is very limited to the public. The Science Department Chair and Science Bowl Advisor Shaneka Woods said, “I was so proud to see them challenge themselves in this new way. It has been such a pleasure working with such an amazing bunch of tomorrow's scientists!” Read more HERE.

Minuteman Café Gets New Chef
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Two years ago, Chef Jason Francisco set out to transform Maranatha’s cafeteria into the “farm to table” Minuteman Café that it is today. Chef Jason set the standard to cook with all raw ingredients including hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, grass-fed beef, and organic vegetables. He increased recycled paper goods, cut down waste, and in the process of all his exciting dishes - more than doubled the number of students utilizing Maranatha’s food services.

Under Chef Jason, Maranatha also became the only school in the nation that was recognized by Cordon Bleu as a restaurant. With that distinction, we were able to act as a teaching kitchen for the local Cordon Bleu culinary school and train their externs during their last three months of their program. Two years ago, one such extern, William Ramirez, began work at MHS and quickly proved his aptitude for the trade. Chef Jason took Will under his wing and helped further develop his skill and passion.

Maranatha is pleased to announce that William Ramirez has been promoted to Executive Chef and has begun these duties in the Minuteman Café this week. Will loves working at MHS and getting to interact with the students. He has not only seen them through the kitchen over the last two years, but serves as the Frosh Girls’ Volleyball Coach as well. Full story HERE,

50th Events Need Volunteers
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

In this 50th year, we are focusing on making our annual events extra special with the purpose of welcoming back our extended Maranatha community to celebrate our golden anniversary together.

We need many volunteers to help make these festivities memorable. This may mean putting together invitations, working with decorations, serving food, doing set-up and clean-up at events, donating auction items, and more. Look for the 50th logo on the Sign Up Genius page for current needs.  Posted needs include help with Big Fish Dinner and Show, Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day, and the Dads' Dinner.

Our 50th celebrations will culminate September 10-12, 2015 with our Rededication Weekend where the entire MHS community will come together to rededicate the school to God on the exact 50th anniversary of the school's first dedication service in 1965. We are in need of volunteers to lead different parts of Rededication Weekend. You can earn hours this school year and next! Read more HERE.

Auditions for Advanced Orchestra and Mixed Ensemble
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

If you play an orchestra instrument; strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion and would like to audition for next year's Advanced Orchestra, auditions will be held during lunch and after school starting, Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 13. You can sign up for an audition spot outside room PA1.  Please be prepared to play 32 bars of your favorite song. Contact Mr. Wells at j_wells@mhs‐ with questions.

If you want to sing with Maranatha's Mixed Ensemble next year, auditions will be held February 17-­20 during lunch, and Friday, February 20 after school starting at 3:15 p.m. Please sign up on the outside door of PA1 for a spot.  Make sure to bring a song of your choice, with sheet music. Any questions, please contact Dr. Avakian at g_avakian@mhs­‐

Prospective Families Get a look at MHS Sports
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Prospective students and parents are invited to get a look at Maranatha’s winter sports teams on Thursday night, February 12 at our Middle School Recognition Night.  This event allows middle school families to get a flavor of MHS spirit while attending, as our guests, any of our home soccer or basketball games that evening. Visitors may check in starting at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Gym for free tickets to the games (no tickets required for JV games) and will receive a special voucher for some complimentary concessions.  Click HERE for the Middle School Night flyer. No RSVP required. Contact Mrs. Debbie Middlebrook in Admissions for more information at (626) 817-4021.

  • 3:00 p.m. JV Boys’ Basketball

  • 4:00 p.m. JV Girls’ Soccer
5:00 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Basketball

  • 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Soccer
  • 6:30 p.m. Varsity Boys’ Basketball

CSF 2nd Semester Applications Due
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

CSF second semester applications are due by February 13. Forms must be filled out accurately and completely in order to qualify. See your transcript to verify your GPA. Applications are available on the Maranatha website under Quicklinks > Forms and Documents, or click HERE to view it now. Students may email Mrs. Anacleto at if you have further questions.


PSAT Scores and More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Thursday, January 22, Maranatha's College & Guidance Counseling Department held a PSAT College Night to review score report results from the 2014 October exam. Freshman, sophomore, and junior parents and students attended to learn more about the PSAT results and tips on planning future PSAT and new SAT examinations.

Mr. Ryan Bell, Dean of College & Guidance Counseling, went over highlights from a powerpoint which included: My Scores, My Skills, My Answers, and Next Steps. He emphasized the importance of utilizing the PSAT score report to create a personalized study plan. There is a College QuickStart link on College Board for students and parents to refer to by logging in with a special access code found on their score reports.

Sophomore counselor Ms. Teby Wammack and Junior Counselor Mrs. Tammy Anacleto presented on the new PSAT for Fall 2015 and new SAT for Spring 2016.

Students who missed the PSAT Night can pick up their score reports from the Maranatha College & Guidance Counseling Department.

Click HERE for College Board's “Understanding Your PSAT Results” powerpoint. Click HERE for College Board's “Prepare for the PSAT” powerpoint.

Have You Finished Your 20 Parent Service Hours?
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As we get into our second semester, the Parent Association would like to offer a friendly reminder regarding the Parent Service Program (PSP). Each family is asked to provide 20 hours of service to the school each year. What a great way to support our community, set an example of service to others, and be involved in your student’s school.

There are numerous ways to fulfill your twenty hours. For up-to-date ideas, visit the MHS website and click on the “Parent Info” tab, then the "Current Volunteer Opportunities” tab. Read more HERE.

SLR Recap
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This weekend, over 290 students, faculty, and staff ventured up the mountain to have some intentional time with God. Though the much anticipated snow was scarce, the movement of the Spirit was palpable.

For those who have never been to a Spiritual Life Retreat, our Director of Spiritual Life along with the Ministry Team students put a great deal of planning, effort, and prayer into this weekend. Their objectives range from community bonding to corporate worship, individual connection with God, small group discussion, and Biblical teaching. Several games and activities are planned to help students foster community. Probably the most memorable corporate game this year was when a group of 8 female students were selected to give makeovers to four unsuspecting guys with everyone available to cheer them on. Students were also able to play sports, throw snowballs, and hike during free time. The annual SLR Talent Show did not disappoint with lots of singing, dancing, lip syncing, and even some poetry and humor. Read more HERE.

MHS Student Recognized by Sports Illustrated
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Congratulations to senior Channon Fluker, Maranatha’s #1 Girls’ Basketball player,  who was mentioned in Sports Illustrated's “Faces in the Crowd”.  Her photo and bio will appear on their website soon, and has recently appeared in the January 19 edition of the magazine on p. 21 (see below).

Channon, a 6'4" center, has signed to play women's basketball for the California State University Northridge (CSUN) Matadors in the Big West Conference. As an accomplished player, she already has a number of accolades to report.

For example, she was recently named Cal-Hi Sports' Southern California Girls' Basketball Player of the Week. Last year, Channon guided Maranatha to its first league championship in 22 years, was named league MVP as a junior, and was named all-CIF in Division 4.

SAT and ACT Prep on Campus
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Should you take the SAT or ACT? Princeton Review is hosting 2 events on our campus to help you decide. Students and parents may pick up flyers at the College Counseling Office or ask your counselor. You may register through Princeton Review.

Princeton Review Mock Test, 2 hours SAT, 2 hours ACT
Feb. 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee is $15.00
Make check payable to Maranatha High School
Contact Princeton Review to register: 1 (800) 2Review

SAT/ACT Test Preparation Workshop
Feb. 21, 2015, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course is $299.00
Promo Code: Maranatha 101
Contact Princeton Review to register: 1 (800) 2Review

Fall Season All-League and MVP Athletes
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Congratulations to our fall season athletes earning impressive distinctions. 27 Minutemen earned all-league recognition and four student athletes were selected as league most valuable players or players of the year.

Most Valuable Players & Players of the Year: 4

  • Football: Defensive MVP, Caleb Devine, Sr., DB/RB
  • Girls' Tennis: Doubles MVP - Sage Polanco, Sr./Hailey McNall, Jr.
  • Girls' Volleyball: Defensive Player of the Year: Nicole Rodriguez, Jr., OH/L

Read more HERE.

Women’s Devotional Opportunity
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Parent Association is offering another opportunity for women in our community to connect and get closer to God. Moms, parents of alums, alums, and friends of MHS can join our Prayer & Care Chair Rene Bancroft for six weeks to discuss the book "Freefall to Fly" by Rebekah Lyons.

TUESDAYS 8:00 a.m. in Commons
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17

Ladies can order the book on HERE.

Tell a Friend!: Maranatha To Present Series on Preparing for Private High School
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Dan Bodwell, Teby Wammack, and Tammy Huang-Anacleto     

Maranatha High School staff are giving back to the community by presenting three seminars for families considering private high school. Dan Bodwell, Associate Director of Admissions says, “There is a host of information available on the college application process. With so many private high schools in our area, we wanted to offer this type of resource for families contemplating the private high school option as well."

Students in 6-8th grades are invited to the Pasadena Hastings Branch Library for three seminars focusing on the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), the private high school interview, and preparing for high school life. Seminars will cover topics relevant to students and parents considering both private independent and faith-based schools and will include additional resources for future assistance or questions. Read more HERE.

Sign Language Students Practice Their Skills at Sea World!
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

For many years, Maranatha has had a thriving American Sign Language (ASL) program as part of our Modern Language offerings. In fact, our current ASL faculty member, Mrs. Chung ‘02 is an alum and took ASL when she was at MHS. Recently, Mrs. Chung organized a fun and enriching field trip for her students to practice their skills at Sea World’s “Deaf Day”. On this day, Sea World had interpreters for the shows and the students were able to meet and sign with members of the deaf community. Mrs. Chung organized the trip to give the students an opportunity to connect with members of the deaf community, practice their skills, and learn from watching the interpreters.

Alex Janetzke ’16 commented, "It was great to experience what's it's like to try to watch the interpretation and the show. Also meeting and talking to deaf people was a first for me and it was a cool experience talking to them.”

Christine Tan ’16 shared, "It was such a great experience meeting some deaf people and getting hands-on experience with them. Since we told them we were learning ASL, I can tell that they were signing slower for us to be able to understand and that was really nice of them.”

American Sign Language students have also been to “Deaf Day” at Universal Studios, practiced their ASL at a silent mall excursion – using only ASL with each other and vendors, among other exciting practical opportunities.

Gold Awards
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Annie Diehl Emma Hausler     

Congrats to seniors Annie Diehl and Emma Hausler who recently received their Girl Scout Gold Awards!  For Annie's project, she created a Family Activity Closet for Door of Hope, cleaning, organizing, painting, and even drywalling a supply closet.  For Emma's project, she taught a weekly tap dance class for the 2013-2014 school year and also created a video and binder of dance steps for the students. As part of their projects, both girls also received the Presidential Service Award for volunteering over one hundred hours of service.  The amazing thing about this is that the two girls have been together in the same Girl Scout troop (and school) since first grade!

SAT Prep Program
Thursday, December 11, 2014

By: Christie Akins, Dean of Educational Services

Last year, Maranatha acquired a test prep software available for all students. Method Test Prep is a web-based SAT program used here at MHS to engage students in learning practices and assessments focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed on the SAT. Method Test Prep provides MHS students with instruction on targeted topics in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary building. This adaptive technology allows students to focus specifically on their strengths and weaknesses, and then review areas where they require improvement.

Students, please be sure to log into your Method Test Prep account regularly and increase your skills before testing day! As a reminder, to login or sign up, follow this link:

If you have not yet signed up, students are encouraged to fill out the information for an account today! Just use the code: tkn.66295703 when prompted on the account registration page, and fill in your Maranatha Gmail to sign up. It’s free for students so take advantage of this great opportunity to practice skills and prepare for the SAT!

Mixed Ensemble Sings at Lake Avenue Concert
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maranatha High School’s Mixed Ensemble performed at Lake Avenue Church for the December 4th Goldline Concert Series. To celebrate this season of Advent, the group, under the direction of Dr. Garineh Avakian, performed ten vocal pieces ranging from John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol to a unique arrangement of Go Tell It.

As the students’ voices resonated through the venue, the air was filled with joy and celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.  If you would like an opportunity to hear this marvelous group, they will be performing some of these holiday pieces this Friday, December 12, at Maranatha’s annual Evening of Christmas (see related story HERE).   

Updates to the School Uniform Guidelines
Thursday, December 11, 2014

We have recently modified the school's campus wardrobe guidelines to provide better clarity concerning a couple uniform items. We invite you to review the full Campus Wardrobe Overview in the Student Handbook or on the school's website

For your convenience, the following is a summary of the changes that were made:

Page 20, Campus Wardrobe Overview, Ladies' Wardrobe -
The Ladies’ Wardrobe consists of a uniform polo or blouse, as well as a uniform khaki, Navy, or plaid skirt (with appropriate leg wear—see below), navy blue A-line skort, khaki shorts or pants, navy shorts or pants. 

Page 20, Campus Wardrobe Overview, Outerwear Policy -
(Removed: Solid navy or cardinal red sweaters/sweatshirts without logos or writing or any MHS logo wear.) Only official Maranatha outerwear may be worn as part of our Campus Wardrobe. All sweaters, sweatshirts, and cardigans must be purchased from Mills or through a student club or athletic team with prior approval from the Director of Student Services. If there is rain in the forecast, or if the weather is uncharacteristically cold (day’s high temperature below 50 degrees) students may wear waterproof jackets (must be solid black, navy blue, white, gray, red, or khaki in color). Mills uniform top must be worn under all outerwear at all times.

Page 21, Campus Wardrobe, Shoes -
Shoes are to be athletic or casual in style, closed-toe and closed-heel. No heels higher than 1 ½”. Extreme style shoes or boots, slippers, sandals or sandal style shoes are not allowed.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact our Principal's office.

Spiritual Discipline That Makes a Difference (A Student Perspective)
Thursday, December 11, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

Prior to the start of Spiritual Emphasis Week an invitation went out to our broader community soliciting any "Ideas Worth Spreading". The invitation was to create healthy conversations in our community through the sharing of stimulating and meaningful reflections which could potentially provide the opportunity to respond and grow in Christ-likeness. I was blown away with the theological richness, relevance, and depth by all of the respondents. The following submission drew such rousing support when presented, that I thought the idea should continue being spread.

“Spiritual Discipline that Makes a Difference”
As presented by Daniel Hsieh '15

The disciples were restless, nervous and uneasy at the painful predictions being made by their beloved teacher. The cool night and calming breeze that hovered over the familiar dew-laden grove of olives did nothing to pacify the fearful bewilderment that tormented their imaginations and hearts. Betrayal? Crucifixion? When the disciples began apprehending that a bloody slaughter of their dear Jesus on an old rugged cross was awaiting, they huddled closer, more attentive to the final teachings He would give them. Jesus, understanding their anxiety, issued a conditional promise, equally challenging as comforting. In John 15, Jesus said, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”. And this is spiritual discipline. Read more HERE.

Get in the Spirit this Friday with Evening of Christmas!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

By: John Wells, Performing Arts Department Chair

Get your “Christmas on” this year by attending our all-school Christmas celebration, Evening of Christmas: Light of Heaven this Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Maranatha families will gather for a night of music and dance featuring our Mixed Ensemble, Orchestra and Dance Company. Once again we have the privilege of welcoming our friends from Hillsides as we celebrate Christmas together.

The evening will begin with a tribute to the sights and sounds of the season, including three dances from “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Dance Company and Orchestra, a hip-hop version of “We Three Kings,” complete with DJ, and a rousing rendition of “African Alleluia,” performed by Mixed Ensemble, providing their own percussion background. The evening ends with a celebration of the “light” of the five candles of Advent, featuring Mixed Ensemble performing pieces by Britten and John Rutter, and a retelling of the story of the nativity through dance that is both creative and stirring.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors and are available online at, and at the door the night of the event. Read more HERE.

Survey Says...
Thursday, December 11, 2014

In preparation for our re-accreditation, Maranatha’s administration has been gathering feedback to help evaluate our programs and continually improve upon our two-fold college prep, Christ-revering mission. We’d like to thank the many parents who offered valuable feedback in the recent Parent Survey. Over 260 families responded and provided many constructive comments. The Administration has already begun analyzing the results to assess which areas could be improved upon. On Monday, December 8, a Student Survey was also launched and we trust our students to offer their candid and thoughtful feedback as well. Thank you for helping us steward the gift God has given us in Maranatha!

AP Art Welcomes Back Alumna
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ms. Barnhart’s AP Art class recently welcomed back alumna, Julia Ok ’09 to speak about preparing portfolios for admission to an art college. Julia not only received a 5 on her Advanced Placement test when she was in AP Art at Maranatha, but she went on to graduate from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is currently studying for her Masters in Environmental Design at Art Center. Julia showed our students the portfolio she used to get into RISD, her RISD work, her current work from Art Center, and her website.

Mixed Ensemble Goes to USC
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving Break, the Mixed Ensemble, led by Dr. Garineh Avakian, traveled to USC to visit the USC Chamber Singers rehearsal, led by her former professor Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Dr. Avakian’s purpose for the field trip was to show her students the high caliber, high standards, and professionalism exuded by the top choral group at USC. For example, many Maranatha students were impressed that the Chamber Singers had all their music memorized, and were able to instantly change pitch or speed with the slightest move of the director’s finger. Dr. Avakian said, “It was an eye opener for these high school students. I wanted to show them what the next level of music arts looks like to inspire them to reach for it.” Her goal was accomplished, at least in junior Daniel Hsieh who remarked, “Hearing this choir makes me want to practice even more so we can be better.” Read more HERE.

A Chaplain Speaks Honestly About Doubt

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

by:Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

Prior to the start of Spiritual Emphasis Week an invitation went out to our broader community soliciting any "Ideas Worth Spreading". The invitation was to create healthy conversations in our community through the sharing of stimulating and meaningful reflections which could potentially provide the opportunity to respond and grow in Christ-likeness. I was blown away with the theological richness, relevance, and depth by all of the respondents. The following submission drew such rousing support when presented, that I thought the idea should continue being spread.

As presented by Chaplain Devin Robledo ’15

Fuller Youth Institute recently came out with a book called Can I Ask That? It’s a great book that explores some great questions like: Does the Bible contradict itself? Is Jesus really the only way to God? and Does God endorse violence? These are amazing questions but what I found to be the most interesting thing about the book is the title: Can I Ask That? I say this because the title reflects what appears to be a widespread sentiment. And the sentiment that is implied by the question is that it is not OK to ask the hard questions. But, despite what some might think, doubt is not a negative thing. St. Anselm described it as “faith seeking understanding.” Doubt is not a deterrent to faith, it is a catalyst of it. It is exactly what helps us grow in our faith. And God knows we could all use a strengthening of our faith because, at times, life is really difficult. Read more HERE.

Young Alum Lunch Coming
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you have alumni from the Classes of 2011-2014 in your family, please remind them that the Young Alum Lunch is on Friday, December 19. This is a time for recent alums to connect with faculty, staff, and their classmates as they return to MHS for a free lunch. Current seniors, or the Class of 2015, are also invited to join us at the Young Alum Lunch! This will allow our seniors to see old friends and chat about college with recent grads. 

The party starts at noon in the Student Center. Please have your alum email or visit to RSVP. We want to make sure we have enough food for everyone! Questions can be addressed to Lauren Obregon in the Alumni Office at (626) 817-4071.

iPad Tips
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

By: Christie Akins, Dean of Educational Services

Shanbei Vocab (扇贝单词) is a Chinese based app for memorizing vocabulary for the SAT and GRE. It helps many international students increase their vocabulary skills.

The first time you run the program, it asks the user to sign in or sign up. Choose sign up (注册) (the first option with a pen), then the following page is translated as: Username, Email, Password, Confirm Password. Once you sign up it will automatically sign in. After you sign in, click on the three dots at the up right corner. And it will show images. Click on the second option shown as a book. That is your library. You can add a book by clicking on the button in the top right corner. After adding the book, you can get started!

You can also modify how many vocabulary words you want to learn and this app will automatically help you to review, enhance/strengthen skills, and learn more words. What's great is Shanbei won't overwhelm you with tons of vocab memorization in one day. “It’s nice that you can check your progress and the estimated date that you will finish your book”, says Samuel Luo (right), who has introduced this app to MHS. Samuel says, “Shanbei does not attract people to persistently memorize vocabulary; perseverance is absolutely required for finishing your task!”

Christmas Shopping at MHS!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Parent Association’s Scrip program is a great place to buy gift cards for Christmas presents or stocking stuffers.  Click HERE for the Scrip form. Orders are filled weekly and can be picked up at the Student Center front desk by parents or students. Thank you!


Above: Just a few of the MANY gift cards available through our Scrip program!  Click HERE for the full list.

What are You Thankful For?
Thursday, November 20, 2014

By: Taylor Chamberlain ‘15

The Thanksgiving season approaches! Time for family, friends, and of course food; but most importantly Thanksgiving is a opportunity to take time to remember and acknowledge what you are thankful for.

In 1620 the Mayflower left with 120 passengers hoping to find a land where they could have religious freedoms and start their new lives. After three long months the ship arrived at the new world. The pilgrims began to live the lives they had envisioned. Then winter arrived, and with it came the loss of over half of the original Mayflower passengers due to exposure and sickness. Once winter had ended, they received a visit from an Abenaki indian that greeted them in English, who later brought back a Patuxet indian named Squanto. Squanto taught the settlers how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers, and how to avoid poisonous plants; all of which saved their lives. He also helped the settlers to create an alliance with the Wampanoag tribe. In November of 1921, the settlers had their first harvest feast and asked the members of the Wampanoag tribe to join them, creating the first “Thanksgiving”. Read more HERE.

Fall Athletic Recap - Postseason Success Continues

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By: Thomas Stafford, Sports Information Director

2014 Girls' Tennis Team - CIF ChampionsThe Maranatha community has another opportunity to celebrate the athletic program and Minutemen student-athletes, coaches, and staff. All five fall MHS athletic teams advanced to the playoffs: Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Football, Girls’ Tennis, and Girls’ Volleyball. This accomplishment continues an impressive trend. What a blessing that in the last 12 months, 22 out of 23 sports teams have qualified for postseason play! Read more HERE.


Welcome New Math Faculty
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Maranatha welcomes Shawn Harris as our new Geometry and Honors Algebra Faculty in the Math Department. He holds a BA in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis in Mathematics from Cal Poly, Pomona. Mr. Harris is an alumni of Maranatha’s Class of 2000 and has been a substitute teacher here since 2011. He jokes, “As a high school student at Maranatha I couldn't wait to be done with school and as a teacher I couldn't wait to come back.”

Mr. Harris recalls fondly his experience at Maranatha saying, “I am a product of a Christ-centered education, including my own high school career here at Maranatha. I know from personal experience that the Christian community that I was exposed to for twelve years had an incredible influence on my life.” He enjoys bringing the foundation he received into his own classroom. “As Christians we are charged with a standard of living that exemplifies service and love for one another, if a teacher conducts their classroom in a way that glorifies the Lord through these commandments, then no matter what the subject matter, God’s love will shine through.” Read more HERE.

Eagle Scout Congrats!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Congratulations to sophomore Jonathan Vuong on earning Boy Scouts of America’s Highest Rank, Eagle, in June 2014. Jonathan has been involved with the Boys Scouts since 2010. As a Troop 373 scout, Jonathan has been involved in numerous service projects, servicing his chartered organization, Sierra Madre Congregational Church in Sierra Madre, and surrounding communities all over Southern California. For his Eagle Scout project, Jonathan, with help from fellow Minutemen and scouts, helped beautify three large planters outside the maternity ward at the side front entrance of Huntington Memorial Hospital. It was Jonathan's small token for the hospital that gave him a second chance at life, as he spent his first three months of life as a premie there. Read more HERE.


Christmas Toy Drive for the Children of Harambee
Thursday, November 20, 2014

By: Joe Laski ’15

Maranatha’s Team Harambee is hosting a toy drive for the children of Harambee! We are asking for any toys (new or lightly used) that can be given to children ages 5-12 as Christmas presents. Parents of the children at Harambee will be able to buy the toys we donate (very inexpensively), and all proceeds will go to expanding

Harambee’s Christ-centered ministry. Toys can be dropped off in Miss Van Spronsen’s classroom (room G2), the Student Center, or the Academic Center lobby by Friday, December 19th (the last day before Christmas break). Any donations will be greatly appreciated not only by us, but by all the Harambee angels that we love to serve. Read more HERE.

iPad Tips?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By: Christie Akins, Dean of Educational Services

The “Show Me” app enhances student learning in language by providing a recording component that can be used to strengthen oral and written skills. Here’s how:

Open the Show Me app > Select saved recording > press play, let recording play > repeat sentence in Spanish > Type sentence in Google Translate while repeating, to get English written translation > Go back to Show Me and select Done > then select Create > record yourself saying and writing the sentence in Spanish and English > Playback to check

Below, Joel Wunderly demonstrates how students can open the Show Me app, listen to a recording from the teacher to learn the dialect, translate the recording using Google Translate to understand it in English; and practice repeating it in Spanish, writing it in Spanish, and translating to English!

NBC Interviews MHS Athlete!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NBC4 Los Angeles' Mario Solis stopped by campus on Wednesday, November 5, to interview head football coach Steve Bogan and quarterback Eli Snyder. View photos HERE. The longtime Southern California reporter learned more about Coach Bogan's first year at the helm of the Minutemen, why some call Snyder a 'Renaissance Signal Caller,' and Maranatha's quest for its first undefeated football season since 1983.

The feature was scheduled to air this past Sunday on NBC4's 'The Challenge' with Fred Roggin and Petros Papadakis after the NFL's Sunday Night Football.

Maranatha Student Performs for GoldLIne Concert Series
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This past Thursday, Maranatha junior Holly Campbell was one of just four featured performers at the GoldLine Noon Concert held at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena.  Holly, the only vocalist of the concert, sang 3 diverse pieces ranging from the Italian aria “Bel Piacere è godere” to “How Could I Ever Know” from The Secret Garden.  For a glimpse of Holly’s performance, be sure to check out this week’s Minutegram Highlight video HERE.

The monthly concert series is produced and hosted by the church’s renowned Worship & The Arts ministry.  December’s featured guest will be Maranatha’s Mixed Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Garineh Avakian, performing the music of Advent.  This free, lunchtime concert is open to the public and will be held in Lake Avenue Church’s Fischer Hall at 12:05 p.m.  For more information, call (626) 844-4721.

A New Kind of Chapel
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

About 90 staff, faculty, and students (not all Chinese speakers) gathered in the Commons last Thursday during our regular chapel hour for a new experience….chapel in Mandarin!

The international student worship team was kind to those of us who speak only English and led most of the worship songs in “our mother tongue”, but a rousing song in Mandarin about following in Jesus’ steps set almost every foot tapping and hands clapping. Zoe Su (one of our Maranatha “moms”) followed with a message in Mandarin that had the students captivated as she spoke of God’s love and sacrifice.

We are thankful for the way God was with us in this special time together and for the way He touched so many hearts.  We are also blessed to have so many talented and committed international students sharing their gifts and their faith with our Maranatha community.

Come See The Curious Savage Next Week
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Come enjoy the Maranatha Performing Arts' version of the insanely funny comedy, The Curious Savage,  by John Patrick next week! Maranatha’s production opens November 20 and runs through November 22 with evening performances starting at 7:00 p.m. and one matinee show at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, all in the world famous Ambassador Auditorium. Click HERE to purchase tickets now!

Read more HERE.

Spiritual Emphasis Week: “Ideas Worth Spreading”
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain & Dean of Spiritual Life

Typically, when I confess a secret there’s a notion of trepidation, fear, and possibly even guilt or shame. Not this time. No shame gremlin in this confession. I’m absolutely obsessed with conferences like TED, 99U, and Summit Series.

“Why” you might ask? It’s simple, the ideas. I love the transformational power ideas have. I love the ability ideas have to create conversation, provide Kingdom perspective, and invitation to respond. I guess in short, I love that ideas have the power to change the world. Just look at the teachings of Christ...

Join us for our first Spiritual Emphasis Week of the 2014-2015 school year this November 10-14 entitled “Ideas Worth Spreading”. As always, your prayers and kindness are appreciated.  Full Story HERE.

Mentoring Thanksgiving Drive
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Maranatha High School invites you to partner with Elizabeth House in providing hope and support to homeless pregnant women and their children through the nurturing of their entire spirit, mind, and body.  As an act of thanksgiving to all that God has lavished on us, each mentor group is asked to gather as many of the following items as possible for those at Elizabeth House. All donations will be collected during our November 13th mentor group. 

Food Pantry Items Requested: pasta, spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, applesauce (jars or snack cups), fruit cups, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned salmon, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, tomato soup, vegetable soup, and chicken noodle soup.

Additional Items Needed: diapers (sizes 4 – 6), baby wipes, laundry detergent, ajax, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaner, gift cards (Ralphs, Vons, Target), and socks for women/children

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.
 I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.”
Matthew 25:35

Welcome New Director of Operations

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Please help welcome Gil Dominguez as our new Director of Operations. Gil has worked for a year and a half as our lead security officer with ODO (Off Duty Officers), overseeing and scheduling the security we need during the week, as well as during the many events we have held. He is well known and respected on our campus and has consistently demonstrated his love for and commitment to our Christ-centered mission of serving students.  In his new role, he will help manage this unique property including the many events on our campus.

Before coming to Maranatha, Gil served fifteen years in the Pasadena Police Department, many of them patrolling and safeguarding the very property we now occupy and our surrounding neighborhood. Due to a career ending injury, Gil took his training and experience and went to work as a Director of Operations for a corporation located in Irvine. Gill spent over ten years managing their facilities, communications, transportation, security, and overall scheduling of their business needs, which included logistical coordination of numerous events with multiple parties involved. Read more HERE.

50th Prayer on November 5th
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

As we pray for Maranatha on the fifth of each month, we will spend November 5 praising God for his faithfulness to our community. Watch your email inbox this Wednesday morning for your “Prayer on the Fifth” email which will include a Thanksgiving devotion from Chaplain Joel Murphy '97 and prayer points for our school. We hope that what we share will lead you to spend a few minutes "coming before God with thanksgiving" for the miraculous things He has done for the Maranatha family over the last fifty years!

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
 let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
 and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 95: 1-2

To learn more and read October's devotion and prayer prompt, please visit

Anne Stapleton Retires!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

After 16 years of service, our Bookkeeper, Anne Stapleton, retires this October. Mrs. Stapleton started at Maranatha in the Development Office working in a trailer on the Sierra Madre campus. After three years, she was recruited to the Finance Office and has been there ever since. She was able to see both of her children, Andrew and Rebecca, graduate Maranatha and reflects, “I will always be grateful to the teachers at MHS who had such a significant impact on my children academically and in their walk with the Lord.” In fact, she feels particularly blessed to have had the opportunity to know and love her children’s teachers on a personal level as well.

Mrs. Stapleton has enjoyed her work in the Finance Office. “It has been a blessing for me to work at MHS where honoring the Lord Jesus Christ is the primary focus in all things. And it has been exciting to see how the Lord has led MHS from its humble beginnings to our beautiful campus.” She recalls during her first few years at MHS, she shared a phone with another colleague of hers. "The real blessing for me has been working with wonderful Christians who have become some of my best friends.” Read more HERE.

Staff Milestones
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

At Homecoming this past Friday, Maranatha honored staff that have been with us ten years or more and are celebrating a MILESTONE year of service to Maranatha. As Dr. Gyertson states, “our employees are our most valuable asset and we are committed to the acquisition, retention, and support of an excellent faculty and staff.” Read more HERE.


Volunteer Opportunity at Thanksgiving Luncheon to Honor our Staff
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Parent Association volunteers are hosting a Thanksgiving Feast luncheon for our faculty and staff which includes an elaborate buffet with turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, all the fixings, beverages, desserts, and table decorations. This is just one way the Parent Association shows the MHS faculty and staff how much the rest of the Maranatha community is thankful for them.

The coordinators of the luncheon are seeking donations for the Tuesday, November 11 feast.  Please go to SignUp Genius and sign up for needed items or to be a server at the event and get your service hours in such a meaningful way.

Football Team Runs Food Drive This Week!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This week, October 27 through 31, the Football Team is conducting a can food drive on behalf of Union Station Homeless Agency. This week is the team's bye week and the canned goods will be collected each morning as well as Monday, November 1 in the Gym Quad. There will also be a drop-off bin by Mrs. Jones desk in the Student Center. Items can be purchased at Smart 'n Final, Costco, and Walmart and must be the size indicated on the flyer. Whatever items have been gathered will be delivered to Union Station at their Raymond location.

The items to be collected are determined by class level. Freshman: Green Beans, Sophomores: Mushroom Soup, Juniors: Canned Corn, Seniors: Instant mashed potatoes. Click HERE for flyer. Thank you for your support!

MHS Christmas Ornaments by Girls’ Basketball Team

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maranatha is really your one-stop Christmas shop! Accompanying the Parent Association Christmas Trees, the Girls’ Basketball Team is selling commemorative MHS Christmas ornaments. These spirited keepsakes light up and are sold for just $10! Check out the order form HERE and pay with cash, check, credit, or conveniently charge your account.

Order forms with payment may be turned in at the front desk in the Student Center.  Ornaments that have been pre-ordered may be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime in the Student Center beginning November 4.  In addition, ornaments may be purchased those same days during lunch, and also on Saturday, December 6 during the Christmas Tree pick up.

School-Wide Survey
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maranatha High School values feedback from our families. In an effort to glean more feedback from our families, we are launching a parent survey. Please take some time to respond to each survey question in the next two weeks. Your response is very important to us as it will become a part of our ACSI/WASC Accreditation self-study process this year.

Please click HERE to access the survey. 

Your survey results will be completely anonymous. You may discuss your responses with your student, however we are asking for just one survey per household. 

Please complete your survey by Oct. 31, 2014.

Thank you for your participation and for helping us continually improve upon what God has given us.

Homecoming and Spirit Week!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Join us for Homecoming 2014 as we celebrate our 50th school year and the wonderful ways God has blessed MHS these past five decades!  We look forward to celebrating and seeing you on campus this week!

Themes for Dress Up Days:
Monday, October 20: Would you nominate me if I wore this?
Tuesday, October 21: Who wore it better? (twin day)
Wednesday, October 22: Stars are just like us (favorite celebrity)
Thursday, October 23: Seniors: Superhero, Juniors: Disney, Sophomores: Sci Fi, Freshman: Western
Friday, October 24: Red, White & Blue or Homecoming shirts

Thursday, October 23
6:15 p.m. - 2014 Football Team enjoys dinner with Football and Cheer Alumni
7:00 p.m. - Alumni Flag Football Game

Friday, October 24

12:23 p.m. - 50th Day of School Commemorative Sunglasses and ice cream given to students at lunch
3:30 p.m. - JV Football Game
3:30 p.m.  - Alumni Legacy Lounge opens
5:00 p.m. - In ’n Out Open for Dinner
5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Campus Tour available (starting at the Legacy Lounge)
5:30 p.m. Alumni Pre-Game Party in the Student Center
6:45 p.m. Welcome & Prayer
7:00 p.m. Kick Off
Halftime: Cheer Performance, Homecoming Coronation, and Alumni Legacy Raffle

Saturday, October 15
6:00-10:00 p.m. Homecoming Dance
This year’s theme is "Hollywood... Then & Now" We have been granted exclusive access to the UCLA Bruin's newly renovated Training Facility and Locker Room for this memorable event. Tickets are now on sale on our website HERE and are currently $45.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now.  Dance Contracts and Guest Contracts are also available online under Quicklinks.

Next Chapel Series: “Remember When…”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ‘97 Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

If you were raised on shows like Chips, MacGyver, Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, and Little House on the Prairie (for your little sister, of course) then you and I are probably best friends. Remember these classics? Man, just thinking about them brings a smile to my face.

I loved watching MacGyver engineer a powerful torpedo utilizing just his socks, some sticks, gum a conveniently placed pipe, and a boiler (refer to Season 4 episode 1 for confirmation). Or, who could forget when John “Hannibal” Smith had a plan that involved “B.A.” transforming a John Deer tractor into a makeshift tank that “Face” and “Murdock” conned off of a local farmer. Even today I smirk when I try to bring back “Hannibal’s” tag line of “I love it when a plan comes together”. My students just awkwardly stare at me each time.

I think for most of us, regardless of what era we grew up in, we possess the ability to look back and reflect on the cultural nuances of our youth in a way that evokes pleasant and positive memories. So much so that we can actually romanticize our experience to a degree that it nearly rewrites history. Read more HERE.

Christian Higher Education Recognized
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On October 1, Maranatha High School was host to the National Christian College Fair, an annual event organized by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to bring together representatives from some of the nations top Christian colleges and universities under one roof.  This college fair gave our students, and the visiting public, an opportunity to meet with college ambassadors face-to-face in order to better evaluate all of the school options available.  Maranatha was proud to host these Christian institutions who share our mission of providing a quality education in a Christ-revering setting.  Read more HERE.

International trip to Europe Over Easter Break
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maranatha has planned an educational trip to Europe over Easter break to visit Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London. These cities have so much to offer from visiting Anne Frank's house before she and her family were captured, to seeing the works of Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Students will see the Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris, and the Tower of London and Big Ben in England. You will have the opportunity to ride the Chunnel Train from Paris to London, and even visit the beaches of Normandy.

The history and art will be a wonder, and walking the streets of four major European cities with old and new friends will create memories that will last a lifetime. This trip is open to all students and their parents and, if you would like more information, please contact Ms. Fowler at or stop by her classroom in the Student Center. This private Maranatha tour is first come, first served and will be full after 30 registrants. Be a part of the adventure!

What Happens on 8th Grade Visitation Day?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Thursday we will welcome over 250 eighth graders to campus for our annual Eighth Grade Visitation Day. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase our school and allows eighth graders to experience a day on our campus. Eighth grade students will experience a pep rally, chapel, class/faculty interaction, and lunch while being hosted by our stellar Ambassador students.

Due to the influx of visitors on our campus, our student body will have an altered schedule this Thursday. Students will start by participating in a pep rally with the eighth graders. They will then move to Grade Level Meetings to hear important information from their counselors on specific items relevant to their grade. After meeting with their class, all students will hear from an inspirational speaker, Lynn Guerin, on Integrity, Success, and Life Transitions. After this time together, our student body will again join the eighth graders for chapel. Following chapel, they will attend 5th period, lunch, and then end their day with 6th and 7th periods.

We trust this will be a meaningful day not only for our eighth grade visitors, but our entire student body as well. Thank you for helping us welcome prospective students this Thursday!

Coach Bogan to Speak at PA Meeting Tomorrow Night
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All parents are invited tomorrow,  Tuesday, October 21 for the Parent Association’s bi annual evening meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center.

Our Head Football Coach, Steve Bogan  will be speaking on his coaching style, his biggest challenges, how to balance athletes’ demands, and how we can support him in prayer.


Parents in Touch Phone-a-thon
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Join the Advancement Office to reach out to all current parents through a phone-a-thon. On November 10, we will be calling parents from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. to see if they have prayer requests and to invite them to participate in our annual giving program. If they have already given, we will thank them and simply ask if they have a prayer request.  

Dinner will be provided and callers will earn a bonus parent hour as a thank you for participating. We hope you can join us to connect with our parents and gather support for our school! Please contact Patrice Cablayan to volunteer at or (626) 817-4070.

Minuteman Cafe Cooking Class

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last month, approximately 15 people enjoyed Chef Jason’s Cooking Class. This month, our Chef will be teaching how to make FRESH PASTA. As always, the cooking class is free, but donations (made to MHS) are appreciated. Please wear comfortable shoes and an apron. Please RSVP for the Thursday, October 30 class to so Chef knows you are coming. All are welcome!

Maranatha Recognized for Becoming Data Wise
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This summer three staff members; English Department Chair Kerry Roche, Dean of Educational Services Christie Akins, and Principal Dr. Michelle Purghart were selected to attend a week-long Data Wise conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were trained in the Data Wise project which offers a collaborative step-by-step process for educators to analyze data with the goal of improving student learning.

Maranatha has been doing such a great job of launching the Data Wise process that of the 131 schools that attended the 2014 Data Wise cohort, Harvard selected our Data Wise Leadership Team to present Phase Two of our Data Wise journey on their October 1 Live Online Session accessible to over 700 schools. Full Story HERE.

Admissions at MHS
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do you have friends or neighbors that might be interested in Maranatha? Please invite them to 8th Grade Visitation Day on Thursday, October 23 or Open House on Saturday, November 8. These two events serve as the premiere events of our Admissions season and they will be upon us before we know it. Some exciting events for prospective families include...Read more HERE.

MHS Moms’ Six-Week Bible Study Started Today!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Current and alumni moms are invited to a new 6-week Women’s Bible Study led by Parent Association Prayer and Care Chair Rene Bancroft. The women had their first meeting today, October 13 and will continue every Monday through November 17. They meet in the Commons from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. to go through the book by Robert J. Morgan titled The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times.  Feel free to purchase the book at and direct any questions to Rene Bancroft at

Parents Invited to a Morning Eat N’ Greet

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So many parents have enjoyed the first two Eat N’ Greets that the Parent Association will be hosting another morning Eat N’ Greet on Wednesday, October 29. All parents are welcome for a casual time to break bread and get to know other MHS parents. Come to the Corner Bakery on the corner of Lake Avenue and Del Mar in Pasadena around 8:15 a.m. after drop off.

Christmas Trees Can be Ordered Now
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why not get ahead on your holiday planning and check your Christmas tree off your list today! The Parent Association is offering a Christmas Tree sale including poinsettias and Christmas wreaths and garland. The sale is on now through November 14. Click HERE for the flyer.

Already have a synthetic tree or will be out of town for the holidays? No problem! You can still support this fundraiser and our armed forces by purchasing a “Tree for Troops”!  If you check the “Trees for Troops donation” box on the flyer, your tree will be donated to members of our armed forces or their families.

Please contact parent chair Lisa Chang at with any questions. All proceeds from this Parent Association sale will go to support our faculty and staff. Thank you for buying your Christmas tree at MHS!

Christmas Gifts Through Scrip
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

After you order your Christmas tree through the PA's fundraiser (see related story), why not start your Christmas shopping too!

The Parent Association’s Scrip program is a great place to buy gift cards for Christmas presents or stocking stuffers. Click HERE for the Scrip form. Orders are filled weekly and can be picked up at the Student Center front desk by parents or students. Thank you for supporting our school!

Welcome Six New Staff to MHS!
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

We are delighted to announce several new additions to the Maranatha staff.  God has blessed us with many talented individuals throughout the years, and over the past month has brought us the following six new staff members to serve needs in several departments. Please help us in welcoming our newest members to the Maranatha community. Full Story HERE.

A Homecoming Dance to Remember

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Don't miss the most amazing Homecoming Dance in Maranatha's 50 year history!  This year we are taking it to a whole new level with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance the night away at the fabulous Rose Bowl in Pasadena!  We have been granted access to the UCLA Bruin's newly renovated Training Facility and Locker Room for this memorable event.

Tickets are now on sale on our website.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets immediately to ensure you are a part of the fun! 

THEME:    "Hollywood... Then & Now"         
WHEN:      Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:00-10:00 p.m.     
WHERE:    UCLA Training Facility & Locker Room at the Rose Bowl     
COST:       $39 (tickets available HERE)

Dance Contracts and Guest Contracts are available online under Quicklinks and on the Homecoming Dance webpage.

MHS Staff Speaks at Apologetics Conference
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This past weekend, Steven Kozak, our Student Program Director and Theology Faculty spoke at a Biola On the Road apologetics conference titled “Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World”. Mr. Kozak was one of the general assembly speakers to over 1200 attendees at the conference held at Woodside Bible Church in Detroit, Michigan. He was humbled, he noted, to present alongside many noted apologists such as Lee Strobel, J.P. Moreland, Clay Jones, and Craig Hazen.

Mr. Kozak’s topic was, “Can we do the right thing without God?” He spoke on the necessity of God for our own morality, delving into the origin of morality. He resolved that humanity can not be a means by which to measure ourselves. Full Story HERE.

Maranatha Memories Shared During 50th Year
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

With fifty years of history, Maranatha is overflowing with stories of friendship, faith, and transformation. To commemorate our fiftieth school year, we are asking members of our community to write down their favorite Maranatha Memories and share them with our community. Reflections from Admissions Administrative Assistant Debbie Middlebrook and Parents of Alumni Jewell and Susan Crosby have recently been posted, and others will be added throughout the year as they are gathered. Take a moment to visit our Maranatha Memories webpage to read these reflections, then email to share your own Maranatha memories with our community!

Student Mission Trips Available Now!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

Maranatha High School's Missions and Service Learning Program continues to intentionally pursue greater Kingdom impact through cross-cultural experiences. This year, through partnering with the broader body of Christ locally, nationally, and internationally we're excited to announce our 2014-2015 missions and service learning opportunities.


  • Pasadena:  Harambee Ministries - April 6-10, 2015
  • Nicaragua: El Salero & Alongside Ministries– June 1-13, 2015
  • New Orleans: Camp Restore – June 7-13, 2015
  • Dominican Republic: Mission Emmanuel – July 1-13, 2015

Read more HERE.

Songs For A New World Opens October 16!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By: John Wells, Performing Arts Producer

It’s about that one moment; that moment when you hit the wall, when you have to make a choice to go on or turn back.  That is what Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs For A New World” is all about.  It’s the first picture of the American experience aboard a 16th century sailing ship as the passengers ask the Lord for strength to complete the journey to the New World.  It’s the mother of an American Revolutionary War soldier who anxiously awaits the end of the brutal war with no other way to manage her fear and frustration than to sew a flag.  It’s the determined young man in the Bronx who dreams of his life as a famous basketball player.  It’s the pain and heartache of the young woman who married well, but chose money over love.

“Songs For A New World” is a theatrical song-cycle featuring seven of our most talented singer/actors taking on one of the most challenging scores we have ever tackled.  And from the way rehearsals have been sounding and looking, conquering it.  The show will take place on the Ambassador Fountain Plaza, in front of the spectacular performing arts venue.  It is the perfect setting for our talented students, accompanied by a five piece band, to transport us to that place, that moment of decision, surrounded by the beauty of the evening.  The show dates and times are October 16-18 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students, available online at or at the door the night of the performances.

Moms’ Dinner