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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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's a Luau, and all moms are welcome!

The Alumni Office has already received over 150 RSVP's for the Moms' Dinner on October 9! Current moms and mothers of alumni, we hope you can join us for this complimentary celebration. Leave the kids at home for the evening, and come make new friends, connect with fellow moms, hear a school update from Dr. Gyertson, and enjoy delicious Hawaiian fare.

The dress is casual, Hawaiian attire a plus, especially flip flops. You’ll even be greeted with an "aloha" and flower for your hair at registration. Seating is open, and greeters will be there to help you get connected if you are new to the community. If you would like to help with the dinner, you can sign up to set-up, greet, or take tablecloths home to wash. Click HERE to view our open needs and sign up today. 

If you haven't already, please RSVP by clicking HERE or by contacting Lauren Obregon  in the Alumni Office at (626) 817-4071 or We are asking for all RSVP's to be in by this Thursday, October 2.

See you soon at the Moms' Dinner!

Pray With our Entire MHS Community!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To celebrate Maranatha's five decades, our community is praying for Maranatha High School on the fifth of each month. From September 2014 through September 2015, we are sending out a prayer prompt on the fifth detailing the ways we can pray for our students, staff, parents, and extended alumni community.

  • Current parents, students, and staff are receiving the prayer prompt automatically.
  • Alumni, parents of alumni, and friends of Maranatha are invited to visit to sign up to receive the monthly prayer prompt.

Check your inbox on Sunday, October 5 for our next prayer prompt! We will be sending you a devotion by Athletic Director Brian DeHaan and a list of ways you can intercede for our community. If you missed the September prompt, visit to read it today!

There is power when we unite together in prayer!

Freshman ASB Selected!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A big congratulations goes out to our newest ASB members of our Freshman class!

Freshman Class President: Heidi Silk
Freshman Class Vice President: Gracie Rose
Freshman Rep:  Caroline Tan
Freshman Rep: Warren Liu
Freshman Rep: Caroline Diehl
Freshman Rep: Elias Rodarte
Freshman Rep: Julianna O'Malley


Pictured above: Heidi Silk and Gracie Rose

Student Clubs Abound!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recently students enjoyed our annual Club Rush event during the lunch hour where they were able to learn about and sign up for student clubs. There are twelve new clubs this year (indicated by an asterisk below), many of which have been spearheaded by our amazing students! For instance, senior Stephen Enloe has started Project 15, affiliated with a non-profit designed to spread awareness for self-worth and dealing with personal struggles. Junior Audrey Vu has started the new Anime Club which will help students broaden their cultural horizons and learn about different art forms. After serving on the local Harambee Missions project last year, junior Rachel Bostick accepted the challenge to incorporate missions as a regular part of her life. To that end, she has formed Team Harambee and is gathering a group of students who will serve regularly at our partner ministry. 

Read more HERE.

Please Partner With Us!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

As we celebrate fifty years of God’s faithfulness to Maranatha High School, we look to the bright future ahead and the many opportunities that we will continue to offer our deserving students.  At this time of year, we are asking our parents to partner with us by ensuring that Maranatha continues on its upward bound course. 

We have two goals. The first goal is to raise $500,000, and the second goal is have this total amount committed through gifts and pledges by December 31, 2014. We hope to get needed funds pledged early so that we can focus on our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

If you haven’t taken a moment to do so, please return your gift or pledge form for the 2014-2015 General Fund to the Advancement Office. We aspire to have 100% participation with our parents. Gifts of any size are appreciated and our hope is that God will impress upon your hearts how much of your resources you can share as your gift this year.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, Patrice Cablayan, at (626) 817-4070 or email me at anytime. You can also give directly on our website at

Chapel Series Starting This Week: “The Great I Am”
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

Maybe this resonates with you or maybe I'm alone in this but sometimes I struggle connecting what I know to be true to the practice of that truth. Theologically, this dance is described as the connection between orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right living).  For example, when I read through the seven descriptive I AM statements in scripture, I wholeheartedly understand and agree with everything they declare and imply. Yet, the specific discipline of living in this knowledge, or shall I say Truth, is an entirely different matter. 

You see, the power in the statements comes not only through the intellectual acknowledgement but the wholehearted experience. Christ as the Bread of Life (John) can only be understood within a context of personal consumption. Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10) radically alters our day by day experience of His protection and provision only when we live in this reality.

In our second teaching series of the year, we set out to examine the descriptive scriptural reality of "The Great I AM..." as revealed through three specific relationships; God, Father, and Church. Please join us in person and in prayer throughout this series as we seek to connect the Truth to all aspects of our living, learning, and serving.

Will We See YOU at the Pole?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Since the inception of See You a the Pole in 1990, the focus remains on one simple act - prayer. On Wednesday, September 24 at 7:20 a.m. you are invited to join with believers throughout the globe to intercede for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. This year’s anchor verse exhorts Paul's spirited message concerning the armor of God, inspiring and calling messengers of the Gospel to stand strong in their faith as they proclaim the Good News. We look forward to seeing you at the flag pole this Wednesday as we join with tens of thousands of student praying at their schools!

Chili Cook Off and Booster Club Spirit Wear
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spirit Wear for Sale Online!
The Booster Club is currently offering online sales of spiritwear and other items in addition to the Logo Store that is available at on the field at home football games and in the Snack Shack at home volleyball and basketball games. Please visit to purchase items today!


Chili Cook Off
At the Oct. 10 Valley Christian football game, the Booster Club will be hosting our second annual Chili Cook Off. It’s just $5 to taste and vote! (Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase should you need to cleanse your palate between tastings.) Click here for CHILI COOK OFF FLYER.

If you have a great chili recipe and would like to be a contestant in the cook off, contact Natalie Castello at or Holly Yamada at right away.  There are only ten entry spaces available, and the deadline to register is October 6th.  The first place prize is $200 and second place is $100!

Getting Your Transcripts to Colleges
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seniors, please fill out the official Transcript Request Form (available online under Quicklinks or in the Guidance Office) to request your transcript be sent to your college. You will also need to select the colleges you are applying to in Naviance. Please complete both steps to ensure your transcripts will be sent to the colleges you choose.


See Maranatha’s 50 Years in Pictures!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We have seen major changes in hairstyles, technology, and dress over the last fifty years at Maranatha. Yet our core has stayed the same through our committed teachers, powerful friendships, memorable sports teams, dynamic performances, and transformative chapels. We invite you to visit our 50th "Through the Years" webpage where you can spend a couple minutes looking through a pictorial history of Maranatha High School. You'll see pictures move from black and white to color, hairstyles move up then down, and learn a bit about Maranatha along the way.

While you're in our 50th webpages, you can read a first-person account of Maranatha's first year and keep track of our moves, leaders, and celebrations with our timeline! Click the 50th logo on our home page any time to access all the news, events, and history for our 50th year!

Home Turf Advantage for Rival Game: Who Will Get the Crown?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

That’s right, this year’s La Salle v. MHS Rival game is at Maranatha. We expect our Minutemen fans to show up in force this Friday, September 19 for the game of the season! Our Athletic Director, Mr. DeHaan reminds us,  "Six years ago we created a trophy for the game and coined it the ‘Showdown for the Crown’. Many have stated that this is the private school version of the Turkey Tussle and the stakes are raised with the entire Pasadena community watching.  With rivalry games you throw out the records and rankings because anything can happen.  We are 3-3 against La Salle but in the past couple of years they've had our number.  I know the kids are hungry and this senior class is set on bringing the crown back to Maranatha."  Come early as the In ’N Out truck will be on hand serving their famous burgers from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us this Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. for the home Varsity Girls’ Volleyball games versus Mark Keppel High School. Before the game, the Booster Club will be cooking up a free Hot Dog BBQ. Immediately following the volleyball game, there will be a Pep Rally in the Gym to get our team pumped up for the rival game on Friday! Rally towels will be handed out and we anticipate some great school spirit!

Pictured above MHS Minutemen celebrate winning the crown in 2011.  Let's bring it home!

Praying for Maranatha High School
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We invite you to join us in praying for our school, our staff, and our students.  Please check this page weekly as we will frequently post current needs or topics, such as the Department we are focusing on that week, and individual prayer requests as they arise. You can find this page on our website under ABOUT/ Praying for MHS.

If you are a current student or parent who would like to submit a personal prayer request, please contact our Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life Joel Murphy at Read more HERE

Parent Association Meeting this Week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Come and join us for coffee at 8:00 a.m. and the Parent Association Meeting at 8:15 a.m. We will be hearing the latest information from Dr. Purghart among other staff. Come enjoy fellowship with other parents, an uplifting devotion to start your day, and even receive one parent service hour for attending. 

Headmaster Happenings
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Our Headmaster Dr. Gyertson often has the opportunity to speak to various groups both in and out of our community. Recently he had the privilege of speaking with the Salvation Army as well as our closest neighbor, Harvest Rock Church.

This August, Dr. Gyertson served as one of the key teachers at the Southern Territory Bible Conference for the Salvation Army. Over 1300 Salvation Army leaders and their families attended the conference where Dr. Gyertson taught five sessions on the Book of Acts. He focused specifically on what the 21 Century Christian movement can learn about ministering in a pre-Christian society. Read more HERE.

Freshman Retreat Revamped!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Though we were disappointed to lose the three-day freshman retreat at Forest Home due to mudslides this August, we have not given up on the idea of having a retreat for our freshmen. Because we realize that having a freshman retreat is so valuable for the students as they start the year, we took a proactive look at what we could do as the school year got underway and have some exciting news to share with you.

On Tuesday, September 30, the freshmen will have an awesome one-day retreat at the Salvation Army Camp in Malibu Canyon! The camp has many activities that will be fun for the students. We are excited to have the freshmen bond with God, one another, and our staff in such a fantastic setting. We are grateful that God provided a retreat that will be meaningful, rich, and full of His Spirit. Read more HERE.

Got Twitter?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

By: Joe Laski ’15

Maranatha has several active Twitter accounts that students, parents, alumni, and family members are invited to follow. Twitter is a great social media tool for getting “in-the-moment” updates on things that interest you.  For those not-so-techie members of the Maranatha community who are interested in receiving occasional “tweets” about Maranatha, below is a simple step-by-step guide describing how to make a Twitter account of your own and stay on top of Maranatha’s news. Read more HERE.

Parents Invited to Join Accreditation Teams
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dr. Purghart would like to invite our parents to become a part of our accreditation teams as we prepare for our accreditation visit next year.  By volunteering you will be given the opportunity to be a part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process.  Each volunteer will be placed in one of ten groups with faculty, staff, administration, students, and board members; each volunteer will be placed in a group based on the group's need. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 2:15-4:00 p.m.

Below are the meeting dates:

  • October 14, 2014
  • November 4, 2014
  • December 2, 2014
  • January 27, 2015
  • February 24, 2015
  • March 31, 2015
  • April 28, 2015
  • May 26, 2015

Please join us and be a part of Maranatha’s future. Contact the Administrative Assistant to the Principal, Janice Davis, at if interested.

First Home Game and Field Dedication
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last Friday, the local Maranatha community came together for our first home football game of the year against Bassett. Not only did Maranatha start the season with a win, but the game was special in another way - it was our first official game on our newly refurbished field. Before the game, members of the Board of Trustees joined Headmaster Dr. Gyertson on the field to officially dedicate the field and offer a prayer for all those that practice, compete, and enjoy it throughout its lifespan. Read more HERE.

What is Chapel All About this Year?
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Joel Murphy '97, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life

As a child growing up in the 80’s there was a common phrase heard across punchball courts and playgrounds throughout the land, “Do Over”.  In my experience, few idioms contained such beauty and power.

Do you remember what these games were like at recess? Do you remember how at the tender age of nine and ten we were asked to be jury, judge, and executioner of justice and equality? Geesh! Not an easy take for anyone, especially us little ones who had passionately contrasting and competing perspectives of fairness.

But, there was a phrase that offered such mediating hope to us, “Do Over”. To all who would listen and respond, this little catchphrase offered us peace and perspective. It offered us the confidence to boldly move forward knowing that whatever happened was a thing of the past. As though, we were now being offered something new, a “Do Over”. Read more HERE.

A Few More Faculty to Meet
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Since the very first day of school Maranatha has added three more faculty, putting the final touches on our outstanding faculty roster. Please read more HERE about our new Math, Spanish, and History faculty.

How to Get in Touch with Other Parents
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wanting to get in touch with another parent at Maranatha? The 2014-2015 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.

College NIghts
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Maranatha College & Guidance Counseling Department will be hosting their annual College Nights for all grade levels in the Student Center. All are welcome to join as the counselors will discuss important topics relating to college planning specific to each grade.

FRESHMEN – Monday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. The presentation will focus on the college process and college timeline for a freshman student. In addition, there will be a demonstration on how to use NetClassroom and the Naviance system.

SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS – Thursday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. The presentation will focus on standardized testing, maintaining a strong GPA, and starting the college search process.

SENIORS – Monday, September 15, 6:00 p.m. The presentation will focus on the college application timeline, the process of filling out the various college applications (The Common Application, UC Application, Cal State Application), recommendation letters, transcript requests, and important deadlines.

Dean of Students Reminders
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Parents, please help your students with the following protocols:

  • Submit the parent/student electronic signature approving the Handbook on MHS website.
  • Make sure your student is in their classroom seat by 8:00 a.m. – class begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp!!
  • Make sure your student is in complete MHS uniform every morning - even if they have a PE class.

The first week of school verbal warnings for uniform infractions and tardies were given as a kindly reminder of school rules. During the second week of school, written warnings were sent home for parent signatures. Now that the students are settled into their class schedules, all rules will apply and detentions/Saturday schools will ensue for students that do not respect and follow the rules of MHS.

Thank you for your loving support and commitment to the mission and vision of Maranatha.

Volunteer Opportunities - Especially for Senior Families
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Although anyone can volunteer to help, if you are a senior parent, the following volunteer opportunities may be particularly close to your heart.

Senior BBQs

There are five Senior BBQ lunches over the course of the year and the cost is $5/each. The first one is coming up in less than two weeks. We need several donations of items, time, and money. Our first BBQ is going to be pulled pork sandwiches, apples, tangerines, chips, lemonade and ice cream sundaes. We are in need of donations of all of those things. If you would like to sign up to help make our first Senior BBQ a special event for our students, you can either go to the Maranatha website and click on the Parent Info > Volunteer Opportunities tab at any time, or simply click HERE now. Read more HERE.

Another Volunteer Opportunity that Honors our Faculty and Staff
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Every other month our Parent Association volunteers host a luncheon for our faculty and staff which includes an elaborate buffet, including beverages, desserts, and table decorations creating a lovely, cafe-like atmosphere as a way to showing the MHS staff how much they are appreciated.

This year’s first luncheon will be a welcome back luau honoring our much deserved staff. The coordinators of the luncheon are seeking donations for the Tuesday, September 16th feast.  We are especially in need of Visa Gift Cards to purchase specialty items from restaurants and other needs. If you are able to contribute, please go to SignUp Genius and sign up for items needed and get your service hours.

Join Us and Pray for our Departments
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Throughout the school year we will focus our prayers on a single department each week. this week, we ask you to join our headmaster in prayer for the spiritual life of our campus!

We pray specifically for our Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Life, Joel Murphy, and for all those who work with our worship leaders, chaplains, and ministry teams. In addition, please pray for our mentor groups, missions teams, and all those that serve with the Spiritual Life Retreat and Freshman Retreat. We are grateful to be at a school where the name of Christ can be glorified boldly and unashamedly.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4: 3 -7, 11-13

Informational Meeting Regarding Rose Parade Court Tryouts
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

All Maranatha ladies interested in trying out for the 2015 Pasadena Rose Parade Court should come to the Commons on Wednesday, September 3 at 12:20 p.m. for an informational meeting hosted by a representative from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Teachers will excuse students who are interested in attendinga few minutes early from class.

Maranatha Turns 50 this Year!
Thursday, August 28, 2014

In August of 1965, junior high school teacher Don Oliver was busy working on his dream of creating a Christian high school in the San Gabriel Valley. Don's work of finding students, hiring teachers, and identifying board members paid off when Maranatha High School was dedicated on September 12, 1965. In its inaugural year, Maranatha educated twenty-nine students on its temporary campus at Arcadia Union Church. As we enter our fiftieth year of education this year, Maranatha remains a dynamic Christian high school dedicated to providing Christ-revering, college preparatory education.

You will receive a mailing this week that will detail the many celebrations we will be having throughout our 50th school year. We hope you can join us at one or all of the celebrations, as well as visit to learn about the other ways we are commemorating our 50th school year. On our webpages you can read about Maranatha's first year, peruse photos from our last fifty years, learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up to pray for Maranatha, and much more!

Happy 50th, Maranatha!

The Secret to our Arts Faculty Talent
Thursday, August 28, 2014

By: Joe Laski '15

At Maranatha High School, the Visual Arts Department has been very successful in fostering innovative and creative minds in our students. Over the summer, our teachers have been relentless in expanding their own minds by continuing to work on their passions in the field of art. The work of these artists highlights how all of our teachers are striving to expand their knowledge to give the students an even stronger education. Continue reading HERE.

Join Us and Pray for our Departments
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Each week, we encourage you to pray with our Headmaster for all the departments of our school. This week, we focus on our Academic and Instructional Department.

What a calling it is to educate our future generation! Dr. Gyertson reminded us of this last week as he spoke in our first chapel on the instructions on how to live found in the book of Timothy. He spoke to the students and staff alike about calling. God is calling us to the task He has laid before us today and calling our students to seek His specific, true, and perfect calling on their lives as they, with their parents’ help, prepare for their futures. Read complete article HERE.

Learn About our Talented New Teachers and Staff
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please help us welcome our exceptional new faculty and staff for the 2014-2015 school year! Continue reading to learn more about these new additions.

Phil Wickham and Food Truck Fest this Friday!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Are you planning to be here this Friday for the biggest Back to School Bash you've ever seen? In honor of Maranatha's 50th Anniversary, we are starting this year off in a huge way!

We've got great food trucks arriving to serve dinner on the Ambassador Fountain Plaza starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends for some al fesco dining and fun before the main event - the Phil Wickham Concert in the Ambassador Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (6:15 for Premier ticket holders). The concert kicks off with two great opening bands, Talmadge and Urban Rescue at 7:00 p.m. followed by our headliner, the chart topping Christian recording artist, Phil Wickham.

Tickets are still available on our website at Proceeds from the evening will benefit great local charities, including Door of Hope, Elizabeth House, and Maranatha Missions.

Join Us in Praying for our Departments
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please join us in praying for Maranatha! To focus our prayers, each week we will highlight one department to pray for. This week, we are praying for our Headmaster’s Office and Board of Trustees. 

Please pray for Headmaster Dr. Gyertson, his Assistant Jane Tawel, and our Board of Trustees: John H. Davis, Michael Bollenbacher, Steven Chang, Victor Dorado, Alan Hall, George Hausler, Greg Keith, Steven Nahigian, and David Smith. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and wisdom as the Headmaster and Board of Trustees make decisions that will affect MHS now and in the future.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
Or take your Holy Spirit from me.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart
You, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion (Maranatha),
To build up the walls of Jerusalem (Maranatha).
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous.
Psalms 51: 10 – 12; 18 -19a

Love Athletics? Get Involved with the Booster Club!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Booster Club is geared up and ready for fall sports to start. With over 60% of the student body participating in our sports programs, they would love to have your support. 

The first thing you can do is join our Booster Club. There are many levels of membership offerings that may include family admission to home sporting events, reserved parking at football games, logo wear, and more. Lifetime memberships are also available with special recognition. Click HERE for the membership form or become a member online. Please contact John Howe at 626-298-1082 with any membership questions you might have.

At home Football and Girls’ Volleyball games,  the Booster Logo Store will be available, with some exciting new items offered this year! The Booster Club plans to launch an online ordering system soon, as well!

Please remember, the Booster Club has many volunteer positions available to help you fulfill your PSP hours. Please contact Nels Ortlund at 626-826-8077 if you would like to volunteer.

The Great Minuteman Tailgate Party! September 5
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Roll your car or SUV right up onto the South Lawn for the September 5th Booster Tailgate Party from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.! 

The Booster Club will be selling hamburger dinners, which include a salad, chips, and a drink for $10 each. Or feel free to bring your own food as the big school BBQ will be available for you to grill. Click HERE for the Tailgate Party flyer.

SAT/ACT 101 Workshop at MHS Coming Soon!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Planning on taking the SAT or ACT this fall? The College & Guidance Counseling Office will be hosting the Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Class on campus on September 20. Click HERE for the flyer or sign up on our website today!

Tasty News from the Minuteman Cafe
Monday, August 18, 2014

The Minuteman Café has some exciting new things going on this year. First off, they have a new Frozen Yogurt machine that will serve different flavors of Frozen Yogurt and Soft Serve Ice Cream for just $3 with lots of toppings to choose from.

Chef Jason will also be offering Cooking Classes on the last Thursday of every month starting in September for parents, staff, and friends of MHS. More details will be available soon. 

Maranatha Announces New Swim Coach
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maranatha High School is excited to announce our new Head Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach, Simon Burnett.  Coach Burnett will begin working with the squads immediately and will continue to work with the swimmers throughout the summer and fall until the season begins in the spring.
Coach Burnett is a 3-time Olympian representing Great Britain in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.  He was a member of the British National Team for over 10 years and previously held the British record in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. In 2006, Simon was ranked #1 in the world in the100 freestyle.  He attended the University of Arizona 2002-2006 where he was selected as team captain, served as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board, won 6 NCAA Championships, and broke the NCAA and US Open records in the 200 freestyle. Read more HERE.

Mark Flewelling Retires as MHS Board Trustee
Monday, July 28, 2014

Pictured:  John Davis, Chairman of the Board and Mark Flewelling, Former Board Member

At the annual Board Appreciation Dinner held in June at the Pasadena Tournament House, Mark Flewelling was honored for his years of service to Maranatha High School. Mark has served as a member of Maranatha’s Board of Trustees for the past five years and has retired from this post as of July.
Besides his service as a trustee, Mark has also volunteered in the Maranatha Booster Club since 2004, including serving as the Booster president for two of those years. He and his wife, Laura, have been active members of the Maranatha community for over ten years as they have watched their three children graduate the school.  Read more HERE.

Field Turf Replacement Complete!
Friday, July 25, 2014

Maranatha is pleased to announce that the athletic turf replacement project is complete! This entire field has been resurfaced and we are happy to have the Football team back on campus to practice. The final touches were recently completed as six track lanes were added to the south side of the field, allowing our Track & Field team to practice skills such as sprints, hurdles, and relay passes. With this new addition, the school is pleased to be able to give one of our largest teams a greater sense of presence on campus.

The field replacement began as soon as school let out in May. From the removal of the old turf and drainage tile, to waterproofing and drainage maintenance, to installing the new field complete with our team name in the end zones, the project will come in on schedule and under budget.
Maranatha is grateful to the Board for financially planning for this needed capital improvement and always to the Lord for His provision. Through prayer is a part of every practice, we will officially dedicate our new field to the Lord at our first home football game on Friday, August 29 against Basset.

Maranatha Welcomes New Vice Principal
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Maranatha High School is pleased to welcome Mrs. Linda Mackessy as our new Vice Principal. Her educational accomplishments include two Master’s degrees from Azusa Pacific University; one in Curriculum and Instruction, the other in Educational Leadership; and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Physical Education. She also holds both a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential and a Clear Administrative Services Credential. Mrs. Mackessy has over 20 years of experience in the educational arena teaching at the elementary and high school levels, as a Dean of Students, and as an Assistant Principal of Student Services.
Mrs. Mackessy became a Christian years ago through a youth meeting at church. She and her husband currently attend Grace Church of La Verne where they live. She has worked in both public and private school settings and is excited to now be in a Christian setting where she can share her beliefs and be supported in prayer. Read more HERE.

Maranatha Welcomes New Head Cheer Coach
Friday, July 18, 2014

Maranatha High School is excited to announce our new Head Cheer Coach, Erika Barrera.  Coach Barrera will begin working with the squads immediately and will assume all duties as Head Coach on September 1.  Coach Jennifer Magnone will continue with the program through August, and the two will work together as Co-Head Coaches until September.

Coach Barrera has over 15 years of cheerleading experience including 8 years of tumbling and 10 years of coaching. She has participated and coached all forms of cheerleading, from youth to collegiate all-star. She has coached teams to victory by winning numerous regional, state and national competitions. In 2013 while coaching at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, she led the varsity competition team to their first USA National Championship Cheerleading title in the school’s 56-year history. At Bishop Amat she served as the Head Varsity, JV, and competition cheer coach. 

She is very excited for her first year with our cheer team and prays for a great season. She looks forward to working hard, promoting school pride, and upholding the values of Maranatha.  “A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Arts Meets Grill, Maranatha’s 2nd Annual Alumni Dinner
Friday, July 11, 2014

On Saturday, July 19, 2014 the Ambassador Auditorium will be filled with laughter, friends and great performances by talented Maranatha Alumni for the second annual Alumni Dinner and Performing Arts Revue, Arts Meets Grill. The evening will kick-off at 6:00 p.m. with a barbeque dinner on the senior patio, then move to the Ambassador Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate alumni revue with orchestra seating. Tickets are only $10 and include both the dinner and the revue.  All alumni, their families, parents of alumni, current parents and students, grandparents, and anybody else interested in attending are invited to join us for this special night.

Alumni from all decades are invited to perform at this fun, lighthearted evening. Those performing will receive a free dinner. Email Dee Dee Dirks to reserve your spot in the performance lineup. You can join a small theater performance, sing or play a song of your choosing, or join the dance group. To purchase tickets, click HERE or call our Alumni Office at (626) 817-4071.

Support Marantha Teachers and Purchase iTunes Scrip
Friday, July 11, 2014

The school year will be starting soon…so now is a great time to purchase iTunes scrip to use for your child’s electronic textbooks. What is Scrip? Scrip is prepaid gift cards that are available from numerous retailers, such as Arco, Mobil, Vons, iTunes, Jamba Juice, 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. The percentages vary depending on the retailer.  Some are as high as 14%!

Here are two easy ways to get scrip (and support Maranatha at the same time).

  1. Visit us in person at the scrip table on iPad distribution day or during Incoming Freshman/New Parent Info Night.
  2. Order online at  Orders placed online by Tuesday evening will be filled on Wednesday (if items are in-stock) for pick up at the Student Center Front Desk. Items that need to be ordered will be available the following Wednesday.

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!  Once your account has been confirmed, start shopping!

Is there a catch?  The catch, if there were one, is that families simply need to plan ahead a little and do their normal shopping with scrip gift cards. Instead of paying with cash or credit, use a prepaid scrip gift card for your regular household purchases or gifts. By simply planning ahead on everyday purchases like groceries, gas, restaurants, clothes, entertainment, and home repair, the average family can easily earn over $500 a year for the school!  Please consider purchasing Scrip for your regular shopping needs and as gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Father’s Day, and corporate gifts too.

Click HERE to learn more about purchasing Scrip.

Maranatha Cheer Tryouts
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tryouts for JV spots on Maranatha’s Cheer Squad are being held during the month of July. This tryout is open to all MHS students, including incoming freshmen and transfer students. To arrange for a tryout contact Jennifer Magnone. Tryouts are usually held in the morning. Maranatha’s Cheer Squad supports MHS athletic teams through their use of skills, attitude, and encouragement.

Maranatha Welcomes New Girls’ Volleyball Coach
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Maranatha High School is thrilled to welcome winning Coach Eli Cuenca as the Head Coach of our Girls’ Volleyball program. Coach Cuenca has been coaching volleyball for 15 years with experience at the collegiate, high school (both public and private), and club circuit levels. He most recently coached at Redlands East Valley High School, where in his 3 seasons, he led the Wildcats Girls’ Volleyball program to back to back Citrus Belt League Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Cuenca studied Emergency Medical Care and earned his Bachelor of Science in 2005. He continued his education with United States Sports Academy and in 2008 graduated with a Master of Sports Management.
Coach Cuenca is excited to be moving to this area and joining the Maranatha High School coaching staff. He says “Coaching and mentoring student-athletes is a blessing. I am blessed and privileged to have the opportunity of teaching young athletes this wonderful game.”  Coach Cuenca is inspired by Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion”. Please join us in welcoming Coach Cuenca when you see him around campus.

Relay for Life this Friday
Friday, May 23, 2014

Maranatha High School has the distinct honor of being the host site for the 2014 Pasadena Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The 24-hour event takes place this Friday, May 23 – May 24, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Maranatha’s football field.  Pasadena’s Mayor Bogaard, along with Dr. Gyertson, will kick off the event with a special lap at the beginning honoring cancer survivors.

For complete details, click HERE to view Maranatha's Relay for LIfe web page.

Relay for Life: Team Maranatha

We are also excited to participate in this worthy fundraiser with a team. Would you like to be a member of “Team Maranatha”?  You can sign up to walk as a member of the team, or you can donate towards the team fundraising goals. Parents and students are invited to join the team or support the effort by clicking HERE.  Click "Sign Up", then "Join a Team" and choose "Maranatha High School".  What a great way to show love to our community! Students can also get a jump start on next year’s required service hours with this event. See Mrs. Graves for more information. Read more HERE.


Senior Nick Craft Featured in Local Television News Story
Thursday, May 22, 2014

In case you missed it, our very own senior Nick Craft was featured in a captivating CBS2/KCAL9 news story about his success on our MHS Speech & Debate team!  The segment highlights Nick's journey of overcoming challenges with the help of MHS faculty Pat Mesisca to find success and confidence through Maranatha's Speech & Debate program. 

Watch the segment HERE.

MHS Hosts Tech Conference
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We live in an amazing time where technology has packed so much power into the smallest devices. Features such as communication (email, texting, video conferencing and telephone), photography (hi-res photos and video with editing capabilities, and the ability to GPS tag and post instantly to websites or stream live to online channels), documentation (database management, weather tracking, and full library access to millions of books and videos)… just to name a few! All of these examples can be accessed from a device that fits in your hand!

This June, Maranatha is pleased to be hosting a unique event to share the results of our research and deployment strategies of integrating the wonders of technology into our school curriculum which has expanded the capabilities of our teachers and offered unlimited learning styles to our students. Read more HERE.

MHS Volunteer of the Year!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Last week, Dr. Gyertson hosted a small reception thanking the leadership boards of Maranatha’s three parent groups:  Our Booster Club, Friends of Maranatha Arts, and Parent Association. We know our parent groups, including all our parent volunteers, help keep Maranatha humming! 

One special thanks went to Susan Crosby, who has faithfully served Maranatha in so many ways over her years here. From serving with the Friends of Maranatha Arts to volunteering with the Athletic Booster Club, Susan was a regular sight on campus. At the reception, Dr. Gyertson honored her as the MHS Volunteer of the Year! Congratulations, Susan, and thank you for all you do!

Student Filmmakers Represent Area in Video Competition

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congratulations to student filmmakers Blair Feng, Ryan Shoji, Sebastian Whittembury and Aogu Jimbo for being picked to represent Los Angeles County at the Directing Change Video Competition! The contest was created to build awareness for suicide prevention, and to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. “I assigned the video as a class project,” said Tech & Media Faculty Mr. Dulgarian, “as I believe it is a great opportunity not only to complete, but to help change lives. I think it goes hand in hand with our mission as Christians.” Read more HERE.

Praying for Summer Mission Trips

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Two of our four mission trips with be serving this summer and we would appreciate if you would keep them in your prayers.

Dominican Republic Mission: July 1-11

Thirty-two students and five staff will work alongside Mission Emmanuel, in various communities throughout the capital of Santo Domingo. Our team will join with a ministry existing for over thirty years which aims at providing children an escape of poverty through education and health. Ministry opportunities may include Mission Emmanuel Schools which serve over 500+ students through World Servants, the Mary Lynch Budd Children’s Clinic, Mission Emmanuel Church, Dr. Pete Armstrong Dental Clinic, Women’s Cooperative, and the Water Purification Plant in Cielo. Read more HERE.

Senior Trips Paperwork Due!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Permission Slips are now due for the two senior events: Grad Nite and the Rafting Trip.  See below for all the paperwork needed and contact Mrs. Graves with any questions.

Seniors will enjoy the annual Rafting Trip from May 27-29, held this year on the Kings River in Yosemite.  Click these links for the SENIOR RAFTING RELEASE FORM, KINGS RELEASE FORM, RAFTING PACKING LIST, and RAFTING TRIP INFO.

On May 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., seniors will attend Grad Night at Disneyland. Click this link for the GRAD NIGHT RELEASE FORM.

Ben Hynes Commits to Naval Academy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After being accepted to both the United States Air Force Academy and Naval Academy, senior Ben Hynes has made his decision and committed to start his journey at the United States Naval Academy on July 1.

As a kid, Ben dreamed of being an astronaut and thought the Air Force Academy would be a good starting point for that. As he grew, his passion changed slightly and he felt military service as a strong calling on his life. “It’s a great way to serve my country and the people in it,” he says. Ben also feels like he has been blessed with gifts that would be useful in the military. For instance, Ben is known for staying cool under pressure. He is also known for his love of adventure and pushing himself physically. Read more HERE.

Crystal Yeap Makes Master Guide

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congratulations to Crystal Yeap who achieved the rank of Pathfinder Guide last year in the Pathfinder organization. The Pathfinder Club is a Christian version of a co-ed “girl scouts” and are present in over 100 countries. She is currently serving as a Pathfinder Counselor. She also designed a pin for the upcoming International Pathfinder Camporee held in Oshkosh, WI, which happens once every five years.  Her pin design was chosen, and she got a free ticket to attend the Camporee!

Crystal will also be finished with her Master Guide (scouting’s highest rank) requirements before August and will be awarded this rank at the International Pathfinder Camporee in front of 35,000 pathfinders. Very few pathfinders achieve this rank and some don’t even achieve it until well into adulthood. We are so proud of Crystal who is an accomplished dancer, ASB leader, academician, and scout!

iPad Connection
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Finals week can be a stressful time for many students. Often times, organization and planning can alleviate much of your stress. Use the Homework App's intuitive dashboard to remind yourself of all your projects and final exams coming up, and then continue to use the app next year to organize all of your personal endeavors and homework assignments. You can also share information with your friends and parents via iMessage, email and Facebook! Click HERE.

In the last installment of the Minutegram, we shared an app with you that was designed to help you find colleges for your child, and evaluate them based on specific parameters. The next step, once you have approximated tuition costs, is to plan for those expenses. CollegeSave is an innovative app which visually shows the projected cost of college in the future. You can also estimate the amount of lump sum and regular monthly savings that are required to cover the costs of the desired college. Click HERE.

Buying Scrip Over the Summer
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 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.  This is perfect for last-minute purchases! Click HERE for the ShopWithScrip website.  If you have any questions, please email

Online orders for physical cards placed by the end of each summer month, will be available for pick up the following Wednesday at the Student Center Front Desk.

Haven’t created your ShopWithScrip account yet? No problem... Read more HERE.

Booster Club Thanks!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Booster Club would like to thank all the members for their generous support this year, as well as the golfers and online bidders that supported the golf tournament and auction. With the money raised we were again able to provide support to Maranatha's student athletic teams.

Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped out with all the home athletic games.

"We are looking forward to many exciting things to come in the next school year!"

The 2013-14 Booster Club Board

MHS Junior Matriculating to USC!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maranatha junior Jenay Yuen has been accepted to USC’s Resident Honors Program next fall as a freshman. USC’s Resident Honor’s program is designed for highly successful and mature high school juniors who want to get a jump start on college by bypassing their senior year of high school. The average SAT score of applicants to this program is a 2200 and less than 30 are accepted each year.

While pursuing this selective program, Jenay prayed a lot and asked God that He would make it obvious to her. She is driven and wants to move forward with her career goals. However, Jenay noted her continued prayer this year, that she was pursing this for the right reason, “not out of pride or to seem unique, but to pursue a greater future so God could use me in numerous ways.” She added, “When I am too comfortable, I can get spiritually lazy, and I know with this program God will stretch me both academically and spiritually.” Read more HERE.

SAT Princeton Review at MHS
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maranatha High School is proud to partner with The Princeton Review to provide convenient, affordable on-campus SAT prep. This course is being offered at Maranatha for only $599. Participants will learn exclusive techniques and strategies from an expert instructor and gain confidence for test day. The course features:

  • 18 hours of in-class instruction with a top Princeton Review teacher

  • 4 full-length practice tests with score reports to help assess strengths and weaknesses

  • 24/7 access to additional video prep in the Online Student Portal

Read more HERE.

2014-2015 ASB Cabinet and Class Officers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Next year is already shaping up to be a great year with the election of some excellent class officers and ASB cabinet members. Please congratulate our new leaders and keep them in prayer as they serve our school. Congratulations to our new 2014-2015 ASB leadership. Read more HERE.

Mrs. Savage Retires this Spring!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

After 30 years of teaching, the last 14 of which have been at Maranatha, Mrs. Vonnie Savage will be retiring at the end of this school year. Over her 30-year career, Mrs. Savage has taught English at both the elementary and high school levels. At Maranatha, she has taught both 9th and 10th grade English, including regular and honors level. She has also served in many other areas at MHS such as the Speech Club, school BBQs, as the Freshman Class Advisor, the English Department Chair, a chapel speaker, and as the Dean of Instruction.

Mrs. Savage has enjoyed her time at Maranatha saying, “this is a great place that the Lord has blessed.” She has especially cherished the relationships she has made while here, from her colleagues, to the students and parents. She has also appreciated working at a place where she has been free to talk about God, pray with people, and interact on a spiritual level, both in and out of the classroom. Read more HERE.

MHS Becomes Grand Canyon Consortium Member

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our school is pleased to be a new member of Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC).

This GCU program provides members of our school community with a variety of benefits, such as:

  • CCSC student scholarship opportunity
  • A 10% discount on GCU degree programs for CCSC staff and parents (please note that if you are a current GCU student, the 10% CCSC discount will apply to all of your future classes as long as you are continuously enrolled in the program)
  • A 5% spousal tuition discount
  • Dual enrollment opportunities for students
  • Discount on continuing education for teachers and individual courses. 

Please read more on their website HERE.

Phil Wickham Concert to be Rescheduled for Late Summer
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As reported a few weeks ago, the Phil Wickham Concert on May 23, 2014 had to be postponed so that Phil Wickham could undergo vocal cord surgery. Our student leadership team and school administration have been working closely with Mr. Wickham's management team to find alternate dates to reschedule the concert.  As of today, they have tentatively booked August 22, 2014 as the new date for the concert. We hope to be able to finalize this date in the next few days and will announce information about how to purchase concert tickets, or transfer already purchased ticket to the new date.

The concert is a great way for our community to join together for music, food, and fellowship, while raising funds for local charities and non-profits. We are looking forward to praising God together at this wonderful event!


Student Selected for Leadership Seminar
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Maranatha High School is proud to announce that sophomore Shannon Chan has been selected to represent MHS at the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. The HOBY Los Angeles Leadership Seminar will take place May 30-June 1, 2014. The event will be held at Loyola Marymount University, with more than 140 sophomores in attendance.

Shannon was chosen because of her outstanding leadership potential that she has demonstrated in school and community activities. She will also have the opportunity to attend HOBY’s World Leadership Congress (WLC), a prestigious, international symposium convening 400 U.S. and international high students from all over the world.

Nick Chavez Earns Eagle

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Freshman Nicholas Chavez achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest rank this February.  Nick is a member of Boy Scout Troop 516 in South Pasadena.  For Nick’s Eagle Project, he worked to renovate and restore the parking lot landscaping area that was damaged during the windstorm event of 2011 of San Gabriel Christian Church and School.  Nick is also a member of the 2013-2014 Olympic Division Championship, Maranatha Varsity Golf Team.  Congrats!

iPad Connection
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As the year wraps up, maybe you are in need of a great experiment idea for a science or chemistry class. Maybe you just want to stay sharp over the summer break. If this sounds like you, then you should check out the VideoScience app on iTunes. It is a growing library of over 80 hands-on science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy ways to recreate experiments that are designed to excite and inspire. Download it absolutely free HERE.

Are you the parent of a sophomore or junior here at MHS? Are they beginning the search for where they would like to obtain their higher education? If so, this is the perfect iPad application to help you support them in their search! Peterson's College Guide can help you find colleges that match your academic, social and financial preferences. It can also help you map a college trip, provide higher education statistics and equip you with financial aid and tuition information. Check it out HERE.

New Girls’ Basketball Coach Announced
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By: Brian DeHaan, Athletic Director

It is with great excitement that Maranatha High School announces the promotion of Beverly Powell as our new Head Girls’ Basketball Coach.  Coach Bev came to Maranatha as an established high school and collegiate coach.  Her value to the program has been immeasurable and we are thrilled that she has accepted the responsibility of leading our young ladies both on and off the court.  For those of you who only know Coach Bev in her prior role as an Assistant Coach here at Maranatha a summary of her achievements are below. 

Coach Bev has twenty-six years of coaching experience with highly competitive basketball teams for quality women’s high school and intercollegiate athletic programs. She holds a successful track record for graduating student-athletes for high school (100%) and college (87%). Read more HERE.

Praying Through Our Departments: Languages

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week, we pray for the Languages Department.  We serve a God that speaks every language, embraces every culture, and likes every cuisine and climate. Our Languages faculty have the privilege of introducing and training our students about other languages and cultures. After all, “every tongue, tribe, and nation” will ultimately be together, worshiping the Lamb of God. Read more HERE.

College Tour Cancelled
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Guidance & College Counseling Summer College Tour has been postponed to spring of 2015 to allow families more time to plan for this valuable trip in their schedules.


View Pictures from Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Maranatha welcomed over 280 guests to Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on April 9.  Guests enjoyed a catered breakfast while enjoying performances by Maranatha’s Mixed Ensemble and Orchestra.  Current grandparent and parent of alumni Marilyn Johnson was an incredible emcee who shared her memories of Maranatha over the years.  Student speaker Shalifa Anderson ’14 talked about the role of grandparents and special friends in students’ lives.  Dr. Purghart gave a quick update on student activities, and Dr. Gyertson offered a special message of encouragement to our guests.

As always, the highlight of the morning was the time after the program that grandparents and friends got to spend with our students. Students visited with our guests and took them on a tour of hosted areas around campus.

We invite you to visit to view and download pictures of this very special day!

Voted "Best Private School" 3rd Year in a Row!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Maranatha High School has been voted the San Gabriel Valley's "Best Private School" for a 3rd consecutive year by the readers of the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and Whittier Daily News! Maranatha is thankful for the continued support. For nearly 50 years, Maranatha High School has filled a unique role in the assortment of area private schools as the only non-denominational Christian high school in the San Gabriel Valley. The overall goal to provide excellent Christian education across all areas has also resulted in notable academic advances. Dr. David Gyertson stated, "As Headmaster, I am thankful for this recognition of and support Maranatha's distinctive mission to integrate a high quality college preparatory education in an intentional Christ-revering context".

Boys’ Tennis Team Makes History!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Boys’ Tennis team just completed their regular season, setting MHS records and making Olympic League history! The team finished with a modern era school record 14 wins, winning percentage of 82.4%, with a 14-3 record. They also went undefeated in the Olympic League (9-0), which is a first in MHS Boys’ Tennis history and, we believe, in Olympic League history.

The Boys’ Tennis team is also celebrating a back-to-back league championship, the first in MHS and Olympic League history!  As they look to the league tournament this week and then CIF the following week, the Boys’ Tennis team is the highest ranked (ranked #2) they have ever been in CIF Div 5. Congratulations!

Be a Part of our 2014 Graduation and Baccalaureate Celebrations

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

By: Gary Ho, Senior College & Guidance Counselor

The month of May is an exciting time for the Maranatha Senior Class as students are given the opportunity to participate in many meaningful and noteworthy activities as they wrap up their final days of high school. On May 9, all senior girls are invited to the Senior Tea at Fowler Garden to rejoice in their accomplishments with female faculty members. On that very same day, the senior boys are invited for a night of fun with their Maranatha brothers as they enjoy pizza, games, and a night of racing at Speed Zone. Once school finally ends, all seniors will also have the opportunity to spend Grad Night at Disneyland, an event that promises many lasting memories. Seniors will also have the opportunity to participate in a well-loved Maranatha tradition, the Senior Rafting Trip, as they navigate through the rapids of Kings River at Yosemite National Park for three days. Read more HERE.

Upcoming Finals Week Schedule
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Finals Week will begin two weeks from today, on Monday, May 18. Each class will meet on Monday and Tuesday of that week for review. To see the final review and the modified three-day final exam schedule click HERE.

Headmaster and Staff Attend Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

On April 30, Maranatha's headmaster, along with several staff and board members, attended Pasadena's 41st Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The inter-faith event, which falls on or near the National Day of Prayer, brings together civic and business leaders, churches, and service organizations for a time to reflect on God's blessings.  Maranatha is not only a faith-anchored educational contributor to this city and region, but many of the school's students and families volunteer their time to help local charities and non-profits throughout the community.

Used Uniform Sale Collects Donations 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Parent Association organizes a Used Uniform Sale each year to allow Maranatha families the opportunity to purchase uniforms at greatly discounted prices. Uniforms are collected at the end of the school year for this purpose and families of seniors are especially encouraged to donate. Uniforms will be collected at the last Parent Association meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the Academic Center Commons. For every uniform piece in good condition you bring to this meeting, you will receive a raffle ticket for four front row seats at graduation. The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the PA meeting. Read more HERE.

Easter Break Missions Recap
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Over Easter Break 43 students and 7 staff traveled both near and far (Pasadena and Nicaragua) to serve through missions. Students not only served through manual labor, but had the privilege of making new friends. Read more about these life-changing experiences. Read more HERE.

Relay for Life at MHS 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Maranatha High School has the distinct honor of being the host site for the 2014 Pasadena Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The 24-hour event will take place on May 23 – May 24, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Maranatha’s football field.  Pasadena’s Mayor Bogaard will kick off the event and several cancer survivors will be in attendance with a special lap at the beginning of the event designated in their honor.

Besides hosting this event, MHS is excited to participate in this worthy fundraiser with a team. Would you like to be a member of “Team Maranatha”? Read more HERE.

Summer at MHS
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

This summer Maranatha is offering exciting opportunities with both Summer Academy classes and Challenge Camps. To further enhance studies and help students get ahead, Maranatha offers a Summer Academy from June 16 to July 25. Click HERE for the 2014 Summer Academy brochure and registration form.

In addition to the academic offerings for incoming 9-12th graders, Maranatha’s Athletic Challenge Camps offers incoming 4-9th graders a variety of athletic camps to improve their skills and learn new techniques. Click HERE for the 2014 Challenge Camps brochure and registration form.

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Headmaster Hits Hollywood
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Dr. Gyertson and his wife, Nancy, recently attended the premiere of Moms' Night Out at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The red carpet event kicked off the movie which will be released to theaters this Mother's Day weekend. Their daughter, Andrea Nasfell, was the screenwriter for the movie and, as adoring parents, they couldn’t be more proud. Read more HERE.


Student Represents MHS at State HOSA Conference
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Renisha Owen ’15 and Science Department Chair, Ms. Woods, were able to represent Maranatha High School at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Conference recently. They attended the four-day conference with hundreds of other HOSA students from California. Students came together to compete in HOSA-related competitions such as medical terminology and spelling, first aid, CPR, nursing, medical assisting, and much more. Since Marantha just started our HOSA chapter this year, they primarily went to assess the event for the club’s participation next year; however, Renisha did get her feet wet by competing in a few events. Renisha is slated to be the club’s vice president next year and looks forward to attending the conference with all the MHS HOSA members. Read more HERE.

iPad Connection
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Don't forget that Mother's Day is this weekend, May 11th. Now you can use your iPads to show your appreciation to your Mom for ALL that she does! The CleverCards App is a free application that allows you to send the perfect Mother's Day card in minutes! You can create the perfect card straight from your iPad. Then you have the option to either have it printed out and delivered via regular mail, or you can send it via email or Facebook! Check it out for free HERE.

Has it been a while since you studied some of the topics that your students come home and want to discuss with you? Brush up on thousands of topics quickly with the Khan Academy App. This app includes over 4,200 videos and articles on almost every topic including biology, science, physics, history, finance, and more! Download it for free HERE.

Prayer for our Departments: MHS Parents
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. We have prayed through all our departments this semester and now turn to the parents of Maranatha.  As we approach Mother’s Day this weekend, how fitting it is to remember all that our moms, and dads, do in raising our students, as well as supporting them on their academic journey. We pray for those often-weary warriors as they parent, guide, disciple, mentor, discipline, train, and build up their children.  Read more HERE.

Senior Ladies' Tea and Senior Bro Night
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Senior Ladies' Tea and Senior Bro Night

This Friday, May 9, we will be celebrating our seniors with two special events for the young men and women.

The ladies will enjoy the annual Senior Ladies Tea on the commons patio, after school from 3:30–5:30 p.m. This special event is lovingly prepared by senior moms, but is for senior ladies and female faculty and staff only. Tea attire is encouraged.

The Senior Bro Night will be held at Speed Zone from 3:00-10:30 p.m. and will include a pizza dinner. Guys interested in attending should see Mrs. Graves to sign up. The first 40 guys to sign up are FREE, $15 after.


Yogurt Night for DR Missions
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The DR Mission Trip is sponsoring a “Cherry on Top” Yogurt Night next Monday, May 12 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Cherry on Top will give 20% of all sales to Maranatha’s DR Mission Team! No flyer is needed. Please bring a friend to the Cherry on Top near PCC at 1299 E. Green Street in Pasadena!

Phil Wickham Concert Postponed

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Due to health issues, the Phil Wickham Concert on May 23 has been temporarily cancelled. Phil Wickham is undergoing vocal cord surgery and is required to take the month of May off to recuperate.  Mr. Wickham communicated through a letter; “I’m sorry I am unable to be with you at your event.  I am very frustrated to have to cancel and I am hoping we can do something together at some point in the future.”

Our ASB team is looking into options including rescheduling the concert for a later date, possibly the beginning of next school year. As soon as details have been finalized, we will issue information to all current ticket holders.

We apologize for this unfortunate change of events, which is beyond our control.  We ask that you join us in prayer for Phil Wickham and his speedy and total recovery. Thank you!

AP Exams Start Next Week

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This year, Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be held May 5-16 and will be administered at Maranatha High School in the Ambassador Auditorium. Please make sure that your student arrives on time with necessary materials and make sure to provide arrangements for pick up immediately after the AP exam. AP students will be excused from their regular classes on the AP Exam day ONLY. We do not have supervision for them before or after an AP Exam. Please contact Tiffany O’Rourke, our Director of Assessment and Faculty Development, at with any questions. Read more HERE.

Senior Ladies' Tea and Senior Bro Night
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On Friday, May 9, we will be celebrating our seniors with two special events for the young men and women. The ladies will enjoy the annual Senior Ladies' Tea in Fowler Garden at 3:30 p.m. This special event is lovingly prepared by senior moms, but is for senior ladies and female faculty and staff only. Tea attire is encouraged.

The Senior Bro Night will be held at Speed Zone. Guys interested in attending should see Mrs. Graves to sign up and get additional information. 

Student Awards Showcase

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Before Easter Break, a number of students were honored in the academic and athletic arenas at our annual Student Awards Showcase. Mr. Ho, the Senior College & Guidance Counselor said, “The student showcase was an amazing event that celebrated the achievements of our hard-working students at Maranatha High School. It was great to see so many students being honored for their efforts." We celebrate with the students listed below, honored in specific areas. Read more HERE.

Annual Giving Campaign – The Opportunity Fund
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Please prayerfully consider a gift to Maranatha before the school year ends. Every gift counts no matter the size. Parent participation is vital for the school’s ability to apply for grants from major foundations and companies.

Our annual giving campaign also offers other opportunities to give... Read more HERE.

Important End-of-Year iPad Information
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Please be aware of the following important iPad information that was emailed in early April. All iPads must be turned in between May 12 and May 23. Insurance enrollment closes April 14, 2014 and after May 9 no more claims for damaged, lost, or stolen iPads will be accepted.  Click HERE for the Insurance Form.

Students can begin turning in their iPads on May 12 to Christie Akins' office or Room 312 in the Academic Center. iPads not returned by May 23 will receive a late fee billed to the family account of $100. iPads not returned by May 31 will be charged the full replacement value of $535. Read more HERE.

Cheer Tryouts

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cheer tryouts for next year will take place this week! The clinics to learn the routines will be held Tuesday - Thursday, April 29 - May 1, and the actual tryout date will be Friday, May 2. Girls will meet on the South Lawn from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day. Incoming freshmen are also encouraged to try out!


Advanced Instrumental Auditions
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Advanced Instrumental Ensemble is the premiere instrumental performance group at Maranatha.  It is the group that performs in the Ambassador Auditorium and represents the school at various civic and public functions.  It is also a class that will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:15-5:00 p.m. next year.  If you play a musical instrument and have taken private lessons, and/or have played in instrumental groups for at least 3 years, this is the performing arts class for you.  Acceptance into the ensemble is by audition only.  Mr. Wells, the director, will be holding auditions on May 7-8 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Maranatha music room, or by arranged appointment.  If you are interested at all, please email Mr. Wells at for more information.

Important Graduation Information Updates

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Senior parents and guardians: We have ordered your student’s cap and gown, and they will be available at the Senior Parent Graduation Meeting. If you are looking to order graduation announcements, you can do so at  Be sure to select Maranatha High School on the Jostens' website so you are redirected to the right place. Important dates to look forward to are... Read more HERE.

iPad Connection
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Are you in need of an app that can help you organize your ideas for a project for Finals week? If so, then check out Popplet! This app allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet, you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in real time quickly and easily! Check it out HERE.


It's nearing the end of the year and we all know what that means... projects, papers, and presentations! If your student often forgets these at home and misses critical deadlines, or if you often find yourself bringing an assignment in to school for your student, the Doceri App is for you. Have them install the iPad app for free and they can use Doceri to remotely access projects, papers and presentations that are left on the computer at home to present it in class by the deadline. Check it out; it can be a real grade saver! Make sure the Doceri program is also installed on their computer at home for students to gain remote control access when needed.
Computer download:
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Prayer for our Departments: Arts
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Arts Department. There are a lot of wonderful things happening on campus in the arts this week, including the second week of the Visual Art Show and the Spring Performing Arts Showcase this Friday. Read more HERE.

Spring Performing Arts Showcase: Elements
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

by: John Wells, Performing Arts Producer

The evening of May 2 is going to be an incredible celebration of the performing arts here at Maranatha. It is the night of our annual Spring Performing Arts Showcase. It begins at 7:00 p.m. and will include performances from our Mixed Ensemble, Orchestra, and Advanced Instrumental Ensemble, as well as performances in dance from some of our best dancers here at Maranatha. Read more HERE.

The Joy of Easter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By: Dr. Gyertson, Headmaster

Before I came to understand who Jesus is, my favorite time of the year was Christmas. While often I did not get all I wanted in terms of gifts and particularly “peace on earth and good will to men”, the lights, the smell of a fresh cut pine tree and the carols and Christmas songs, lifted my spirit. However, after I came to understand that the Christ-gift who came at Christmas was to be opened at Calvary so I could receive the gift of life eternal with the Heavenly Father, the Easter season has taken first place.

What amazing grace God showed for rebellious and wayward humanity on that Passover Friday. And what unfathomable love He demonstrated by willingly sending His Son as the Passover Lamb to pay the price for all of us who will acknowledge we are sinners in need of the Savior. As Paul describes it so powerfully in Philippians 2, Jesus surrendered His crown to take up His cross so we in turn could become joint heirs with Him for eternity. Read more HERE.

Welcome New Football Head Coach Steve Bogan
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Steve Bogan as Maranatha's new Head Football Coach. With over 30 years of coaching experience, Coach Bogan brings to Maranatha significant experience in building a quality football program and developing student-athletes. He served as the head coach of South Hills High School for 20 years. During that tenure he led his teams to 10 League Championships, reaching the CIF Quarterfinals 11 years in a row, and made 8 Semi-Final appearances. His teams have reached the CIF Finals 5 times, winning 4 CIF Championships in three different divisions.  Read more HERE.


Welcome New Facilities Head Randy Smith
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maranatha is pleased to welcome Randy Smith as the new Facilities Manager overseeing our campus. Randy joined TKC, the company contracted to perform Maranatha’s maintenance, last week. His TKC supervisor Laura Baccich summarized his duties as follows; “Randy will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the facilities department; including but not limited to, financial reporting and budgeting, long and short term maintenance planning, project management, operations of building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, campus service contract management, and facility staff management. He will also build relationships with Maranatha High School faculty and Real Estate Committee members to ensure the facilities department goals are aligned with those of MHS’ leadership; and to safeguard the comfort and safety of the students, staff, and visitors.” Read more HERE.

Maranatha Staff Making Connections
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Members of Maranatha’s faculty, staff, and administration often have opportunities to extend their reach beyond the walls of our Maranatha campus. We will be highlighting these opportunities from time to time in the Minutegram to offer a glimpse of the broader connections Maranatha’s staff make on a day-to-day basis. Read more HERE.



Students Respond to God’s Invitation to Serve 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries

I might be alone in this, hopefully not though, but our annual Commissioning Chapel is one of my favorite chapels of the year. There’s a profound and meaningful awareness that we’re participating in something eternal…a response to the words of Christ to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15-16).

As disciples of Christ, we acknowledge and own that we are a historical people sent into the tomorrows to bring the Good News. Like arrows of a bow, it’s our history which pulls us back to propel us forward. We have been sent by the One whom was sent for us. Read more HERE.

ACSI Science Fair
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On March 28, MHS Science Fair winners participated in the ACSI Science Fair hosted at Biola University. Ryan Cain took home a first place prize for his Lower Division Life Science project on magnetic levitation. Brett Richey and Michael Carter won 1st place for their Team Life Science project on the procedural memory of Ecuadorian crabs. Evelyn Thoen won 2nd place for her Lower Division Life Science project on the effects of freezing on bean seeds. Daniel Minassian won second place for his Upper Division Physical Science project on data track spacing on CDs and DVDs. Minsoo Sung, Mary Zheng, Chloe Jia, Molly Orchid, and Sage Polanco also participated in the Science Fair and returned with great ideas for next year. Read more HERE.

Become a Homestay Family for an MHS Student
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Did you know that Maranatha has over 50 international students who live with host families in our community? We are once a

gain looking for Christian families to host for the 2014-2015 school year. Host families provide a dedicated bedroom, transportation to and from school and activities, and three meals a day--along with a welcoming atmosphere and TLC.

Each family is compensated $1200/month/student. Do you have the gift of hospitality? Do you have a desire to open your home to a student in need of a loving home? If so, we would love for you to join us in this unique ministry. Please contact Brandi Murphy, Homestay Coordinator with My American School, at (626) 222-6422, if you'd like more information on the program.


SMART Tuition: Payment Schedule Changes Can be Made April 14-18

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

During the week of April 14-18 you may change your payment plan to a full pay  ($17,085.00), 2 pay ($17,255.85*), 4 pay ($17,426.70**), or 12 month ($17,426.70**) payment schedule. 

If you like the payment schedule you are currently on, you do not need to do anything.   All new families will default to a 12 month plan and will not need to call in if they are happy with that payment schedule.

Your first tuition payment for 2014-15 is due June 1, 2014. Tuition will be due on or before the first of the month for your selected payment schedule with a 10 day grace period.  After the 10th a late fee of $100 will be assessed. Ancillary fees, (such as technology, books, sports, labs and others) are in addition to tuition and will vary by each student’s classes/activities. Please call Smart Tuition at 888-868-8828 if you would like to change your payment schedule.

** includes a 2% service charge

* includes a 1% service charge

Important Graduation Information
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Senior parents and guardians! We have ordered your student’s cap and gown and they will receive it after Easter Break. If you are looking to order graduation announcements, you can do so at  Be sure to select Maranatha High School on Jostens' website so you are redirected to the right place.

Important dates to look forward to are:

  • May 6 - Senior parent graduation meeting   6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Graduation tickets will be distributed on that night.
  • May 22 - Graduation rehearsal – 1:00 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church (Students need to arrange transportation from Maranatha to Lake Avenue Church - Lunch provided for seniors)
  • May 30 - Baccalaureate – 6:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium (no tickets required)
  • May 31 Graduation – 10:00 a.m. at Lake Avenue Church (doors open at 9:00 a.m. tickets required)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact College & Guidance Counselor Gary Ho at (626) 817-4033.

Saturday in the Park with the Masters
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maranatha is proud to again host the Tenth Annual “Saturday in the Park with the Masters”, where all art enthusiasts are invited to come and learning from and paint with some of this area’s finest painters and instructors. This event will be held Saturday, May 3 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.

This year, Maranatha has an even greater presence in this event than in the past. Our Art Club is officially hosting the event for the Mid Valley Arts League and Art Faculty, Mrs. Rouse, has been on the planning committee. We are so pleased to welcome Jim Schlenker, husband of Art Faculty Brenda Schlenker, as one of the master artists this year. ead more HERE.

Freshman Reflects on Serving
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maranatha requires a service component for our students acknowledging that we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As a community, we strive to serve with compassion, love, hope, courage, and wisdom, for those in the Pasadena and Los Angeles areas. Students are required to complete between 10-20 hours of volunteer service per year and many students go above and beyond the required hours because they have come to embrace the servant model of Jesus in their lives.

Freshman Gordon Tawel is an example of someone who has embraced service as a part of his life. Gordon has been volunteering since he was young at senior homes, through the Boy Scouts, and more. Though he has completed his required service hours this year by volunteering with Door of Hope and Foothill Unity Center, he continues to serve. Recently Gordon spent a day at Paz Naz Church helping with their SOS program. Read mrore HERE.

iPad Connection
Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Scholly Scholarship Search is an easy way for high school seniors and their parents to find money for their education. Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly’s adaptive matching engine delivers a smarter, targeted list of scholarships for each student. Scholly remedies the current outdated process which requires that each student fill out long, tiresome forms only to receive irrelevant, useless results. Try it out HERE.


Are you looking for a way to take your Bible knowledge a step further? Scripture Typer is the complete Bible Memory System for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. Scripture Typer breathes new life into your Bible Memory time by actively engaging three separate cognitive areas: Audio, Visual & Kinesthetic (Touch) memory. Download it HERE.

Praying Through Our Departments: Finance & Minuteman Café

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Finance Department and Minuteman Café staff.

Our Finance Department would appreciate your prayers during this incredibly busy season with incoming students and returning students. Any of you who have worked with our Minuteman Café staff here know that they consistently have a “Mary’s heart” in a “Martha’s climate”. These two departments work hard behind the scenes to support our school community. Please pray a blessing on them that they may continue to be a blessing. Read more HERE.

DR Mission Yard Sale
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Dominican Republic Mission team is working hard to raise funds for their mission trip in July by holding a Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3. They are asking for donations from the Maranatha community. They are looking for clothing, furniture, athletic items, household items, and more! The more items to sell, the better! 

Items can be dropped off at the Rinkus-Laski home any time the week of the sale. Items can also be brought to any of the leader’s classrooms the week of the sale. (Mr. Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Zambrano, and Mr. Winslow) If there is a need for large item pick up, please call Mrs. Sommers at (626) 862-8933.

DR Mission Yard Sale

May 3,  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rinkus Laski Home

470 Maylin Street, Pasadena
(2 blocks West of school above Orange Grove)

A Night of Scenes: April 10-12
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

By: Jeremiah Blessinger, Theater Director

Maranatha Performing Arts presents A Night of Scenes! The nights’ performances include six student-directed scenes from plays. In this co-curricular event, the Theater 3 students are directing the Theater 2 students. The stories chronicle chapters in all our lives from those awkward early years all the way to having to say goodbye to those we love. They are stories of the struggle to hold on and live purposefully. It will be an evening of laughter and tears.

Please join us at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena April 10-12 at 7:00 p.m. each night for an intimate night of theater. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Come out and support our Advanced Theatre students as they continue to use the talents God has given them to entertain and enlighten! Read more HERE.

Spiritual Emphasis Week: Change Ahead
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

by: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministries

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is attributed to having developed the thought and doctrine of change being central to the universe. “Change is the only constant,” he championed. Now, if this is true, then why is this specific knowledge so hard for me to accept and live in?

Really, what is it about me (maybe you too, but I don’t want to project) that struggles to identify change as a good thing? Why can’t I surrender to change and interact with it as the necessary chrysalis which brings forth life? Why does change provoke so much anxiety and a sense that we are losing something rather than gaining something? Think about it for a second…is this your experience of change? Read more HERE.

Mr. Kolberg to Perform Requiem Mass

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This spring, Mr. Kolberg will be receiving his Master's in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Azusa Pacific University. For his thesis, he will be putting on a recital inspired by the traditional Requiem Mass of the Catholic Church. The recital will be held on April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Anaheim First Presbyterian Church. The event is free to the public.

Aaron Kolberg has been Maranatha’s Choir Director for the last eight years and it is no surprise when he states, “Choral music has long been a passion of mine.” He says, getting his masters has “enabled me to sharpen my skills, expand my musical history knowledge, and better equip me for continuing to make exemplary choral music and further the music program here at MHS.” He will also continue to use his talents with community and collegiate conducting opportunities.

The requirements for Mr. Kolberg’s program were that it must be at least one hour long and be exemplary of every musical time period: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. There must be an orchestral element as well, which he is fulfilling by performing many movements with strings, winds and brass, such as the Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem. This recital is the culmination of his graduate work, and includes the music of Schubert, Vivaldi, Mozart, Carissimi, Thompson, and Bach, among many others. Some of the modern pieces include works by Blake Henson, Frank Ticheli, and the premiere of a piece by Jeremiah VanSkike, another graduate student at APU. Mr. Kolberg states, “In searching for the repertoire for this program, I sought to select pieces that not only demonstrate the musical and compositional beauty of each time period, but also capture the spirit of choral performance, resulting in a moving amalgamation of choral history.” 

Mr. Kolberg extends an invitation to our community to his Graduate Recital. What makes it even more exciting is that all of our Maranatha Mixed Ensemble students will be participating in the program, as well as some MHS alumni, among others. If you are not able to attend, please be sure to extend your congratulations to Mr. Kolberg next time you see him.

Click HERE to view the event poster (PDF).

Comedy Sportz
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

by: Patti Davis-Simon, Comedy Sportz Advisor

Maranatha's Comedy Sportz Team played their first match of the year and won 26-25! Comedy Sportz is an improv club on campus that competes in games of improvisation with other schools. The team of Nathan Buchanan, Elena Santana, Tim Byers, and Jonah Daniels, with advice and encouragement from Manager Luke Simon, did an almost unheard of feat...they defeated the home team of Immaculate Heart High School located in Hollywood. Because a lot of the judging is based on how loud the crowd cheers for you, the home team almost always wins. The Comedy Sportz Team is scheduled to play against Crescenta Valley High School on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Crescenta Valley. Mark your calendars now and plan on coming out to enjoy a LOT of laughs and support the team at the same time!

L-R: Nathan Buchanan, Tim Byers, Elena Santana, Jonah Daniels, and Luke Simon

Spring Performing Arts Showcase: Elements
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

by: John Wells, Performing Arts Producer

The evening of May 2 is going to be an incredible celebration of the performing arts here at Maranatha. It is the night of our annual Spring Performing Arts Showcase. It begins at 7:00 p.m. and will include performances from our Mixed Ensemble, Orchestra, and Advanced Instrumental Ensemble, as well as performances in dance from some of our best dancers here at Maranatha.

The evening is entitled, “Elements: Substance of God’s Design.” From a musical and dance perspective, we will explore the elements that make up our universe like fire and ice as well as air and metal and how God has woven them into His own tapestry of abundance and joy. The very best in the performing arts at Maranatha will give witness to the very best in God’s world. If you had a chance to attend our Performing Arts Chapel, and you liked what you heard and saw, “Elements” will be more of that, plus lights and special effects, and much more dance, featuring a wide variety of dance styles. We will be introducing our newly formed Advanced Instrumental Ensemble as well. Plus, this is the night when our performing arts seniors will be recognized and honored, so please come out and support them.

Tickets for this event are on sale on the performing arts box office webpage, $7 (+$2 service charge) for adults and $5 (+$2 service charge) for students. Tickets will also be available for students at lunch for $8 when we return from Easter break. 

If you love good music and great dance, and want the opportunity to reconnect with the beauty, power, and majesty of God’s unending creativity, our Spring Performing Arts Showcase will be a night to remember!

Student Seeks to Uses Talents in Career
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Senior Sierra Barrett aspires to use her talent in costume design in a future career. She has been accepted to both Kent State University in Ohio and the California Institute of the Arts to get a degree in Costume or Fashion Design. She is still deciding where to go.

Sierra jokes that “this is the only thing that comes easily to me,” and thus recognizes it as a gift from God. She is convinced that “using the gifts God has given us, is our gift back to God.” Sierra has certainly been able to share her talent here at school. Over her time here at Maranatha, she made all the “curtain costumes” for the Von Trapp kids in the Sound of Music. She also did Reno’s “Blow Gabriel” dress in Anything Goes as well as wardrobe and backstage help. She did costuming for the One Acts and served as the Assistant Costume Designer for Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as handled make up, hair, flowers, and some stage management. For all the show at MHS, she has also assisted with alterations. Read more HERE.

Aimee Niu Accepted to Prestigious Art Summer Program
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Congratulations to Junior Aimee Niu for being accepted to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Pre-College summer program. RISD is known for being a very selective school. To be considered for the summer program, Aimee was required to send examples of her artwork, fill out an application, and get a letter of recommendation from her art teacher. The six-week residential program that she will attend offers students a great introduction to the college art school experience. While living on the RISD campus, students follow a rigorous, college-level curriculum from foundation drawing and design courses, to critical studies in art, to focused concentration in one of twenty diverse majors.

Aimee is considering applying to RISD during her senior year. She notes, “This is a perfect opportunity to see the quality of their education first hand before making my final decision to apply.” Her hope is to study interior design, and RISD has an excellent reputation for curriculum in this discipline. She believes the hands-on interaction between students and instructors will be “idea changing” and she is looking forward to this opportunity. Her Art Teacher, Mrs. Barnhart added, “Aimee is an amazingly strong art student (as well as strong in just about every other class) and I know she has an excellent career ahead of her.”

DR Mission Prom Corsage and Yard Sale
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Dominican Republic Missions team is working hard to raise funds for their mission trip in July. They have two upcoming fundraisers that they would love your help with.

First, DR students are selling professionally-made corsages and boutonnieres for prom this week! Order by email to or in person in the Student Center by Wednesday at lunch and pick them up on Friday at break or after school (1:00 p.m. dismissal). Boutonnieres are just $15 and corsages are $30. Or buy them bundled for the discounted price of $40. Talk about convenience! Save yourself time and a trip to the florist, and support a great cause!

Second, DR students are gearing up for a Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, May 2. They are asking for donations from the Maranatha community. The more items to sell, the better! Items can be dropped off at the Rinkus-Laski home any time the week of the sale. Items can also be brought to any of the leader’s classrooms (Mr. Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Zambrano, and Mr. Winslow)  If there is a need for large item pick up, please contact Mrs. Sommers at (626) 862-8933.  

DR Mission Yard Sale

May 2,  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rinkus Laski Home

470 Maylin Street, Pasadena

(2 blocks West of school above Orange Grove)

iPad Connection
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Looking for an easy way to build your vocabulary to ensure that you receive the highest grades possible for your impending end-of-the-year research papers? You're in luck! Thesaurasize is a quick and efficient way to use your iPad to look up synonyms for words. This app boasts the largest collection of synonyms for the English language that can be found anywhere! Try it for free HERE.

Do you have a lot of forms that your student has to have you sign? Forms for things like field trips, special events, etc.? Has your child ever lost the form, and you had to complete the whole signing/scanning/faxing process all over again?! That can all be a thing of the past! DocuSign for your iPad or iPhone can save you time by signing documents directly from your mobile device. You can download it for free HERE.

National Football Foundation Scholar-athlete Awards
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Congratulations to senior Darron McWhorter who earned a $1000 scholarship from the National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter at their annual banquet honoring scholar-athletes. 43 scholar-athletes were honored for maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in college preparatory classes, and demonstrating outstanding citizenship, leadership and community service. Darron was chosen following the nomination from MHS with approval of both his counselor and principal. Fox Sports analyst and former USC football player, Petros Papadakis, was the keynote speaker at the banquet, focusing his remarks on preparing athletes for life after sports.

Elardi Excels at Equestrian Jumping
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Congratulations to Alex Elardi who recently placed 1st in “The Hits Desert Circuit” national and international A-Circuit Jumpers Equestrian Division. This competition was the kick start to the season, welcoming over 3000 competitors from all over the nation, including Canada and Mexico. Alex placed 1st in the 16-17 age group out of 50 riders. She also placed 3rd in the “level 4” combined professional and amateur division out of over 70 riders. Alex is well on her way to collecting enough points to qualify for the big class at the end of the year.

Alex comes from a riding family and has been riding since she was three years old. She rides a Dutch Warmblood named Topaz out of the Bellaventage Stables in Bradbury. Alex loves the adrenaline rush of jumping and the sense of relationship with her horse. She belie

ves she is able to reflect God’s glory by investing in the talent He has given her. She also senses the majesty of God’s creation in time spent with these beautiful creatures.

Praying Through Our Departments: Theology and Campus Ministries

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Theology and Campus Ministries Departments. These staff and faculty have the privilege and responsibility of teaching about God's Word and other aspects of our faith with our students on a daily basis. Read more HERE.

MHS College Tour Deposit Due April 11
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In partnership with IST Campus Tours, Maranatha High School will be conducting a college campus tour through Northern California this summer from June 2 to June 6. Students will be visiting the following universities:

Stanford University       
UC Merced       
San Francisco State University
UC Berkeley   San Francisco University   San Jose State University
UC Davis   Santa Clara University   CSU Monterey Bay
UC Santa Cruz   Cal Poly San Luis Obispo   Westmont College
UC Santa Barbara        

Mr. Ryan Bell, Ms. Teby Wammack, and additional faculty will chaperone the tour. A $100 deposit is due to the counseling department by April 11. At least 30 students are needed in order to run the college tour. The full payment of $809 will be due by May 9.

Click HERE for the tour registration form. A Travel Release form and deposit will be required after you register. Please contact the College & Guidance Counseling Office with any questions at (626) 817-4030.


Course Catalog and Summer Academy Brochure NOW Online
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The 2014-2015 Course Catalog and 2014 Summer Academy Brochure are now online. Click HERE for the Course Catalog. Click HERE for the Summer Academy brochure. The deadline for registering for the Summer Academy is Friday, May 2, to avoid a late charge.


Dads' Dinner
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Calling all dads! We look forward to welcoming fathers of incoming, current, and alumni Minutemen to our 3rd Annual Dads' Dinner on Tuesday, May 6. Maranatha is hosting a complimentary barbeque tri-tip dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Dr. Gyertson, John Rouse, Brian DeHaan, and other leaders will be on hand to fellowship and welcome new MHS dads into the community.

Please RSVP to Lauren Obregon at (626) 817-4071.

Class of 2014 iPad Purchase Options
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Attention Class of 2014, the Technology Department is working to finalize the details of the iPad purchase program for seniors. Stay tuned to the Minutegram as we will be making an announcement soon on how our graduating seniors can take their iPads on to college!

Victor Escobar Receives Eagle Scout
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Congratulations to senior Victor Escobar for earning his Eagle Scout award! Victor has been part of the Boy Scouts since he was ten years old and has been a member of Troop 266 for the past six years. He has enjoyed all the outdoor activities, especially the high adventure events. For his Eagle Project, Victor chose to serve his elementary school, San Gabriel Christian School. He repainted the parking lot lines and trimmed the shrubbery around the parking lot. He was grateful to be able to leave something behind that he knew his alma mater would appreciate. Victor is currently waiting to hear from a few more colleges but he wants to go to a liberal arts school and pursue a career in law. He is also interested in learning about a career as a firefighter.

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is just two weeks away! Taking place on Wednesday, April 9, over 300 guests will join us at Maranatha for a breakfast, program, and campus tour. If your child(ren) do not have grandparents or their grandparents are not able to attend, we encourage you to invite a special family friend to join us in their place. Extra invitations are available at the Student Center Reception Desk.

This very special morning brings the Maranatha community together to honor our grandparents and special friends. Former faculty member, parent of alumni, and current grandmother Marilyn Johnson will emcee our program. Dr. Gyertson and Dr. Purghart will welcome our guests and share recent campus highlights. The Mixed Ensemble and Orchestra will perform, and student ambassadors, chaplains, and cheerleaders will welcome, serve breakfast, and speak. Finally, parent volunteers will provide invaluable support as they serve throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the SIGN UP GENIUS website to register.

Questions about Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day? Please contact Lauren Obregon in the Advancement Office at (626) 817-4071 or visit

Upcoming Voting Opportunity for 2014-2015 Parent Association Officers
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Parent Association Board is proud to announce the new slate of Parent Association executive board positions for 2014-2015. The proposed slate will be voted on at the April 30th Parent Association meeting. The position of P.A. President is slated for Marlene Goldfarb and Kris Rinkus-Laski. The position of Secretary is slated for Elise Campbell and the Prayer and Care position is slated for Rene Bancroft. Please join us in praying for these amazing women who are committed to strengthening the involvement of parents here at Maranatha and benefitting the students, faculty, and administration.

With Marlene Goldfarb moving to the president position, the position of Hospitality Chair is now vacant. If you are interested in this position or would like to nominate someone, please email with your nomination. Please see the following job description.

Hospitality Chair:
 The duties of the Hospitality Chair shall be to welcome and foster community within the MHS parent community through hospitality.  This Chair will oversee Parent Association refreshments, welcome committee and events, PA end-of-the-year celebration, and various other community building endeavors.

iPad Connection
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 Take control of your own education by equipping yourself with resources. Check out these twenty fun education apps HERE.

 Learn about the 20/20/20 rule and make sure you are advising your students how to properly view the iPad when spending long periods of time reading or studying in this informative article titled "Apple on Your Eyes".

Praying Through Our Departments: Physical Education & Athletics

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Physical Education & Athletic Departments. This includes our Physical Education staff, Athletic Administration, Athletic Trainers, Booster Club volunteers, and the numerous coaches that serve our students. These are the men and women who help our athletes learn more than just how to win or how to sacrifice for the game, but how to serve the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and bodies. These are the men and women who mentor our students and set our athletes apart to honor and serve the Lord. Read more HERE.

Booster Club Auction ONLINE now!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maranatha High School's Booster Club proudly announces the launch of their annual auction in conjunction with their golf tournament.  This year, for the first time, the auction is being held online to allow bidders the opportunity to bid from home, work, the golf course, the grocery store... wherever they might be!

You can now view the auction items online from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, register as a bidder, and start placing bids on your favorite items.  If someone outbids you, take advantage of the text or email notifications so you can keep "in the game."

Click HERE to view the auction from your computer, or

click HERE to view the auction on your mobile device.

There are many great items on which to bid, such as Lunch with our Headmaster, Principal for the Day, Premium Dodger tickets, Disneyland tickets, Stonefire Grill delivered dinner for a party of 25, the always popular 8 reserved seats and two parking space at Lake Ave for graduation, the reserved personalized parking spot in the Visitor’s Parking lot, foursome entry to the 2015 tournament, golfing at Brookside, Booster Club membership, and much more!

The net proceeds from the auction and golf tournament will benefit Maranatha's athletic programs.

If you would like more information about the March 28 Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Club or the Appetizer Reception to follow, please click HERE.

Photo Club Mimics Famous Photographer
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last week, the Photo Club held its 2nd “Jump Photo Shoot” of the year on the field at lunch. They positioned a white backdrop on the field and welcomed all students to come take shots jumping. The intent was to provide a fun use of photography for the campus and then post the photos to a photo sharing site where students can print or repost the image on social media. Of course, Photo students know that these photos have a historical context.  Philippe Halsman, a famous celebrity photographer from the mid twentieth century, asked his subjects to jump before shooting serious portraiture, to help them loosen up and feel less awkward in front of the camera. He's now known for his Jump collection of politicians, royalty, and movie stars from the 50's including Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Richard Nixon, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. “Although we've done this for 8th grade visitation days,” noted Mrs. Schlenker, “we thought it would be a fun and unique way of capturing our student body and staff as well.”

The Club’s Advisor, Mrs. Schlenker says, “The main purpose of the Photo Club is to find opportunities to spend time together around the joy and art of photography. Our hope is to plan excursions to local destinations to shoot beautiful and interesting scenes, to be an organization on campus that can be called on to document student life for publications and sites other than the school yearbook, and to use our talents in service to the Lord and the local community.” The club has already had discussions about teaming up with local Harambee Ministry to share their talents. Anyone who loves photography is welcome and encouraged to join. They meet roughly every other Thursday. As Mrs. Schlenker says, “The act of photography is a great way to meditate on the intricacies and beauty of the work of the Creator. This can happen while shooting the natural world, or honoring His people with portraiture and documentary photography.”

Maranatha Artists Win! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This year, Maranatha was limited to four entries in the Pasadena Woman's Club Art Contest, and all four students placed!  The contest is open to all schools in the Pasadena area and there were quite a number of entries. All first place art will be displayed at the Pasadena public libraries and will go on to a California State competition this summer. Congratulations to the following student artists:

  • FIRST Place Portrait: Aimee Niu (2nd year in a row!)

  • SECOND Place Senior Art Division: Michael Carter

  • THIRD Place Still Life: Rebekah Liu

  • Honorable Mention Still Life: Emily Yan

To view artwork click HERE.


Redeeming St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated around the world and is commonly known for shamrocks, leprechauns, and raucous celebrations plastered in green. It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17, around 460 A.D. and that is the reason we celebrate the holiday on this day. Although he was not himself Irish, Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland.

St. Patrick, although not officially canonized as a saint, was indeed a successful missionary. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by raiders and transported to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time of isolation, he turned to God and developed a deep relationship with Jesus. After escaping, he returned to Britain and enrolled in seminary and was eventually commissioned as a priest. After some time, Patrick heard from God in a dream, and was told to return to Ireland to preach the Good News.

As a missionary, Patrick was well ahead of his time. Using his knowledge of the Irish language, his strategy with the pagan clans was to first convert the tribal leaders who would then convert their clans with their influence. He was also known for praying for the sick, preaching the Bible, and using the arts to compel people to put their faith in Jesus. He was able to contextualize Christianity for the people by incorporating traditional Irish ritual. For example; he superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. Read more HERE.

Apply Now for Local Hands-on Foundation Experience for Students
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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 non-profits.  Maranatha students have been a part of this beneficial program for the last five years. Incoming 9-11th grade Maranatha students are invited to apply now! Applications are due on April 11. A Parent Info meeting is available on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at High Point Academy. Please visit to apply now.

3rd Quarter Report Cards Now Available!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To access the Quarter 3 report cards, please use the following instructions:

  1. Log into NetClassroom
  2. On the green menu bar at the top, click on “<Student’s name> Grades”
  3. There will be a drop down menu with an option that says “Report Card”. There should also be a red “New!” next to it as well.
  4. When you click on that, it will open in a PDF. If you have trouble viewing this document, please confirm that Adobe Reader is up to date on your computer.

As a reminder, these grades are not a part of a student’s official transcript, however quarter grades must be at a C average or higher, or eligibility may be affected. Any affected student will be contacted directly by his/her guidance counselor.

Parent Association Meeting This Wednesday
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

All parents are invited to the monthly Parent Association Meeting & Coffee this Wednesday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commons (3rd Floor Academic Center). Besides great fellowship and school updates, we will be blessed to hear from some of our student chaplains.

Yearbook Senior Tribute Proofs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To all parents who ordered Yearbook Senior Tributes: 

The Yearbook Staff is finalizing designs for insertion in the Yearbook. Please expect a proof from, within the week, sent to the parent email address given on the order form. Proofs will be sent on orders that were designed by the staff AND as confirmation to those parents who prepared their own artwork. Please reply with revisions or final approval right away.

ASB Cabinet Elections

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ASB Applications are available! If you are interested in serving on the ASB Cabinet during the 2014-2015 school year, please fill out an application (available online below or at the Academic Center front desk) and turn it into Mrs. Graves (AC102) by March 24, 2014. Cabinet positions include: Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Historian, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations and Spirit Commissioner. There will be a mandatory meeting for all applicants on March 24, 2014 at lunch in the commons to explain the speech and voting process. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Graves at

Student Body President Application
Student Body Vice President Application
Historian Application
Treasurer Application
Secretary Application
Public Relations Application
Spirit Commissioner Application

“The Show” was a Hit!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

If you missed “The Show” on Saturday, you can see pictures from this wonderful event on Marantha's Facebook page. Over 300 people attended the tasting and over 700 people attended “The Show”. Dr. Gyertson noted, “The professionalism of every act was superb. The staging and execution of the evening was energetic, uplifting and engaging. At each turn the headliners made sure that God got the glory and Maranatha was endorsed. The food court was well planned, with each of the food service entities doing a wonderful job of providing the best of the ‘tastes of our town’.  Chef Jason and the Minuteman Café stood so tall among the others present. I was so proud of our employees and volunteers, including our student Ambassadors, who willingly took on the extra duties to support this effort.”

Maranatha would like to extend a special “Thank you” to JR Ossman, the Event Chair, and Karin Wentzel, the PA President (shown above) who did the bulk of work and organization for this fun event. Dr. Purghart relayed, “It was such a celebration of life and love, all in glory to God. I really cannot express my thanks in words, for the dedication of the coordinators to Maranatha and to the teachers. You are appreciated by so many!”

iPad Connection
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Students: With the free MyScript Calculator app, you can perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting. You just write the mathematical expression on the screen, then let MyScript technology perform its magic, converting symbols and numbers to digital text, and delivering the result in real time! Download it for free HERE.

Parents: Now your child can study SAT vocab by playing games. Need we say more? Featuring nine addictive games designed to build essential SAT, PSAT & GRE vocabulary, the SAT Vocab app is perfect for students preparing for the SAT exam as well as adults continuing their lifelong quest to become expert wordsmiths. 

More than just a vocab builder, this app replaces the tedious flashcards used in traditional learning apps with rich and unique games. That means you’ll actually enjoy learning key elements of the SAT such as antonyms, context, and spelling, all while boosting your ever- expanding vocabulary. Download it HERE.

Praying Through Our Departments: Math

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Math Department. Last Friday, the Math Department celebrated Pi Day (3.14). Though we call the Bible “God’s Word”, it is also packed full of numbers, from numbering the very hairs on our head to the stars in the sky, to supplying a specific plan for building the ark and the temple, to prophesy of events that would happen years later. The Math Department has the unique opportunity to explore the invariable truths of numbers and formulas and see it through the lens of God’s handiwork. Read more HERE.

Praise & Prayer Night 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We hope you’ve marked your calendar for Monday night, March 31.

God has been moving powerfully at Maranatha! We invite you to come to the All-Community Praise and Prayer Night with your whole family. We are so excited to see how God wil continue to work at Maranatha when we all come together in worship and prayer for our community! Parents, students, staff, and friends are invited to kick of Spiritual Emphasis Week by praising God for his goodness and praying for His continued guidance over our community. Our Praise and Prayer Night is hosted by the Headmaster's Office. This will be a great time of celebration led by our student and staff worship team, student chaplains, and MHS staff. We hope you and your family can attend! 

Monday, March 31

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Maranatha High School Gym

For more information, visit

Maranatha Welcomes New Controller
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As Maranatha grows, so do the complexities of our Finance Office. In a school with a budget over sixteen million dollars and countless departments, clubs, teams, and events, it takes a great deal of time and sophistication to manage all that goes on at MHS. To lend a hand to all this complexity, the Finance Office is pleased to add the position of controller to the department. The controller supervises the accounting department and assists the CFO in developing and interpreting in-depth, departmental cost breakdowns. This aids in the organization’s knowledge of where expenses and revenues are being used and can then help determine where they can best be deployed to further the mission of the school. Maranatha is thrilled to announce the selection of Phillip Tellgren to this new post.

Mr. Tellgren holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Saint Bonaventure University and has taken advanced accounting coursework at Saint John Fisher College. He is an Accounting and Finance Executive with over fifteen years of progressive financial leadership growth in the transportation, restaurant, not-for-profit, and banking industries. He has a background in computerized financial systems, process improvement, and reporting which has benefited executive leadership in the companies for which he has worked. He also comes to us highly touted for his excellent customer service as well as his interactive and relational nature. Read more HERE.

Prom 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Maranatha's Junior Class is proud to announce that Prom 2014 will be held at the Peterson Automotive Museum on April 4, 2014. The theme this year is “Masqued in Mystery!” Tickets will be on sale at lunch for $75 up until prom week, when the ticket prices will increase to $80. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Graves at Download the DANCE CONTRACT, GUEST DANCE CONTRACT, and RELEASE FORM by clicking on these links.  All forms are due by April 2.

Senior Send-Off
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Seniors, the Alumni Office has planned a special party to induct you into the MHS Alumni Community! Taking place on Tuesday, March 25 during lunch and 7th period, the Senior Send-Off will be a time of equipping you for your new role as Maranatha alumni. You can look forward to pizza, ice cream, and a special gift from the Alumni Office, as well as other surprises. The Alumni Office looks forward to celebrating with you soon!

MHS Golf Tournament is Just Two Weeks Away!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Maranatha’s 17th Annual Booster Club Golf Tournament is now just one week away! The golf foursomes always have a great time in what is sure to be a beautiful California day on home turf at Brookside Golf Course.

After some leisurely or spirited golf (it’s up to you), a relaxing appetizer reception awaits with wonderful auction items to partake in. Auction items include Lunch with our Headmaster, Principal for the Day, Premium Dodger tickets, Disneyland tickets, Stonefire Grill delivered dinner for a party of 25, the always popular 8 reserved seats and two parking spaces for graduation at Lake Avenue Church, the reserved personalized parking spot in the Visitor’s Parking lot, foursome entry to the 2015 tournament, golfing at Brookside, Booster Club membership, and much more!

Please REGISTER HERE this week to join us on Friday, March 28, 2014 for golf, the casual appetizer/auction reception, or both! Register by March 16 for the Earlybird Golf deal of $175 which includes the auction reception. If you prefer to come to the reception only, the cost is just $35. All proceeds from this event will go to support our amazing student athletes!

For questions, please contact Event Coordinator Scott Chamberlain at (626) 590-2170 and

Maranatha Student Award for Ministry Families
Friday, March 14, 2014

Maranatha High School is honored to announce two yearly awards to bless and commission Maranatha students of ministerial, missionary, and other full-time Christian service professionals.  These awards are given annually to two students who exemplify a “servant-leader” heart, both at their school and in their community.  The awards are in the amount of $5000; divided equally each semester and applied directly to the two students’ school accounts.  Recipients of the award may apply for additional years but preference normally is given to first-time award requests.  This award is based on two Scriptures.  The first is II Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”  This award is “seed” money to bless the Maranatha students of ministerial families, knowing that God provides the harvest.  The second Scripture is Mark 10:45:  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  In the same way, Maranatha desires to commend and bless students who choose to follow God’s calling to serve others. Read more HERE.

iPad Connection
Friday, March 14, 2014

Students: Are you looking for an easy way to create flashcards to help you study? Check out Flashcards [+] for free on the iTunes App Store! Create your own flashcards with rich text and pictures, or choose from pre-made flashcards on hundreds of subjects!

Parents: Do you follow your student's progress at Maranatha on Edmodo, Schoology, but find it hard to get free time to log on to your computer to check on them? There may be a more efficient way to follow your student's daily progress! If you have a smartphone or other mobile device that uses either the iTunes or Android store, then try downloading the mobile apps for Edmodo and Schoology. They are free, and you won't have to keep logging in to your account each and every time!

Click the icons below to download any of these apps.

Prayer for our Departments: Advancement
Friday, March 14, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Advancement Office. As we press through the season of lent, preparing our hearts for Easter… we remember Jesus’ story is the greatest story ever told!  May we all be “marketers” for His kingdom, and loving “advancers” of the redeeming love of Christ.

 Read more HERE.

Maranatha Prepares for Accreditation
Thursday, March 13, 2014

By: Michelle Purghart, Ed.D, Principal

Maranatha received accreditation for six years in 2010 by the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) agencies. In preparation for a spring 2016 visit, Maranatha is now preparing for a comprehensive analysis of every area of the school, from the academic program to finance, to facilities and co-curricular offerings, as well as the strategic plan. The process of accreditation is a time to ensure that Maranatha is optimized in efficiencies and effectiveness, providing the highest quality of life-transforming experiences in the most accessible and affordable ways possible. Since the reaffirmation of accreditation usually begins two years prior to the visit, Maranatha has begun planning the steps for the self-evaluation process at this time. Although evaluating the success of student learning in a Christ-revering context is ongoing, the accreditation protocol ensures that all stakeholders are involved in the process of setting next steps to take Maranatha to the next level of excellence. 

Maranatha is in the process of choosing its Leadership Team for the accreditation subcommittees and will then be adding all faculty and staff to one or more of the committees. Students, parents, and trustees will also be asked to serve on all of the committees. This inclusive process allows for a great deal of buy-in from all stakeholders to the future direction of Maranatha High School. Read more HERE.

Athletic Director to Receive Award
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Maranatha’s Athletic Director, Brian DeHaan, will be honored as the Norm MacKenzie Athletic Director of the Year at the California State Athletic Director Association (CSADA) Conference in April. The award letter states, “Your peers have recognized you for the work and dedication that you have given to your school, community, and section.”  Brian was nominated by the CIF-Southern Section as their representative at the State level. This is Mr. DeHaan’s 7th year of service as Athletic Director at Maranatha High School and the CIF-Southern Section, but the first under the CSADA umbrella. Brian has been honored in the past as the 2009 and 2010 Pasadena Star News Baseball Coach of the Year, 2010 CIF Division 5 Baseball Coach of the Year, as well as the 2005 Azusa High School Coach of the Year, where his passion for impacting the development of young people through athletics got started.

Dr. Purghart explains, “We are so proud of Brian's work as Maranatha's Athletic Director over the years. He has elevated the Athletic Program in terms of skill development, professional ethics, mentorship, athleticism, coaching staff, and overall league standing, all in a committed Christ-revering context. Each year the growth of the program is evident under his leadership, and it is wonderful that he has been recognized for his efforts, dedication and overall leadership. Brian is truly deserving of this award, and I am privileged to call him my colleague.”

Maranatha Science Fair Results

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Last week our future scientists had the chance to show their stuff at Maranatha’s 3rd annual Science Fair.

Finalists were selected by a panel of judges including Research Scientist John Hillard, Neurologist Dr. Charles Niesen, Osteopath Dr. Hoang Tran, Computer Research Specialist Chen Tiow, MD Candidate Leanna Wise, Mechanical Engineer Nick Wise, and Human Resource Manager Cindy Nam. After an initial review, the board finalists sat for oral interviews. 

The Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, February 26.  Some special awards were given for:

  • Best Use of Photography: Lance Lorca
  • Most Creative Science Fair Project: Amanda Jiang
  • Best Design: Keila Asaoka

The top project in each category was as follows:

  • Lower Life Science: Evelyn Thoen - The Effects of Freezing on Bean Seeds

  • Upper Life Science: Sarah Dixit – White Noise
  • Lower Physical Science: Ryan Cain – Viable Applications of Magnetic Levitation in our Future

  • Upper Physical Science: Daniel Minassian – Data Track Spacing on CDs and DVDs
  • Behavioral Science: Keila Asaoka – That Makes Cents

  • Team Behavioral Science: Emma Cate and Lydia Dreyer – Study Habits
  • Team Life Science: Michael Carter and Brett Richey – Procedural Memory of Ecuadorian Crabs
  • Team Lower Physical Sciences: Mary Zheng and Chloe Jia – The Current in Series and Parallel Circuit

  • Team Upper Physical Science: Jacky Vasantachat and Alyssa Wentzel – The Affect of Color on Heat Absorption

Read more HERE.

Science Olympiad

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team for their performance at the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad held at Occidental College last week. We had 14 students compete with schools of all sizes in multiple events with Mr. Wurtz as their coach. Students Nancy Zhu and David Zhang got first place in the "Boomilever" competition and Flora Liu and David Zhang got first in "Elastic Launched Glider". We also got 6th place in "Scrambler". Students received individual medals for those events. Some students took tests that they had prepared for the day of the Olympiad, but the students mentioned above worked for months designing and building their glider and boomilever that were tested on Saturday. See full results HERE.

Missions Students Need your Help
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Over 125 students and staff at Maranatha are in the process of raising approximately $175,000 to participate in f

our different missions’ opportunities locally in Pasadena, as well as in New Orleans, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Currently our teams have raised almost $40,000 and they need your help to get them all the way!

So far, we have asked students not to solicit current families, so we look to you to be generous with our students. What an exciting opportunity to support our future leaders who already have a desire to give back and make a difference in our world!

Missions donations may be made on Maranatha’s website: Under “designation”, please select “missions” and feel free to make your gift in honor of a particular team or missionary if desired under the comments section. (See student teams and missionaries at bottom.)

Aside from seeking financial partnership, several Maranatha student missionaries are also offering up their skills and services to raise funds for the 2014 short-term missions. Please do not hesitate to contact the missionaries listed below to give them an opportunity to earn their support. Call or click their name below to email them.  Students may come in pairs unless mutually agreed upon with the parents. Read more HERE.

Praying Through Our Departments: English Department and Learning Lab

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our English Department and Learning Lab.

English Department: Abby Barrantes, Kristen Johansen, Marilee Malott, David Martinez, Pat Mesisca, Tiffany O’Rourke, Vonnie Savage, and Kerry Roche

Learning Lab:  Becky Kuchenski and Gretchen Pleuss

Read more HERE.

Senior Rafting & Grad Nite!
Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Senior Class has two very exciting opportunities coming up right before Graduation. Our Senior Class will attend Grad Nite at Disneyland on May 24, 2014 and will also attend our annual Senior Rafting Trip from May 27-29 on the Kings Rivers in Yosemite National Park. To sign up for these trips, please fill out the registration form and return it to Mrs. Graves by March 21 to reserve your spot.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Graves at Read more HERE.

Play Pictures?
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Weren’t able to see the play “Fools?” At least you can see pictures of it, and many more Maranatha events like the Science Fair, on Facebook. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram today at MaranathaHighSchool, or Twitter at: Maranatha_High.

iPad Connection
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Parents: The 4th quarter of our school year is almost here! This means that Spring Break is quickly approaching! Are you looking for fun and educational apps to keep your student's brain functioning at the high level? With the free Learnist app, you and your student can learn amazing things from experts from all over the world! Things like the Physics of Snowboarding, Science Experiments You Can Do with students, or even exploring the Blue Mountains of Jamaica! Download it for free here.

Students: Do you have classes that require you to find articles about current events on a consistent basis? If so, the new TIME Magazine app for your iPad Mini could be the app for you! It is a free app that has bookmarking and archive capabilities. This means that you can also view past and commemorative issues of the magazine as well! Try out the app for free here.

Headmaster Provides Context Through “Maranatha 2020” Document

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

During his first six months, Dr. Gyertson spent time on an intensive strategic analysis that included listening and evaluating the state of Maranatha as well as reflecting on where Maranatha might be able to go in the future. This was a key first step, laying the groundwork for the upcoming reaffirmation of our accreditation which will start in earnest this summer. The goal of accreditation is that a school would perform a thorough self-assessment and then develop a growth and improvement plan to guide the school over the next six years until the next reaffirmation in the year 2020.

Through analysis and reflection, Dr. Gyertson has set the stage for our upcoming accreditation journey in his “Maranatha 2020” document. With a new leader, it’s common to wonder what their vision is. This document can be viewed somewhat as a casting of that vision, but more as a framework for setting that vision together. As Dr. Gyertson says, “My job is to catalyze discussions on where we could go – not to define it.” Our Headmaster sees himself more as the conductor of an orchestra of which everyone plays an instrument and has expertise and interpretation to bring to the overall arrangement. Dr. Gyertson’s “2020” document lays out the major themes of Maranatha’s overture.

As you read the “2020” document, you will see three clear themes. First, Dr. Gyertson seeks that Maranatha would be about, “stretching minds, cradling hearts, and equipping hands so students can discover and embrace the future God already has planned for them.”  Secondly, Maranatha needs to optimize everything we are doing to provide the highest quality life transforming experience. Finally, we need to be “future oriented in curriculum, programs, and methodology so students are exceptionally prepared for the callings they will serve.” Within these parameters, Dr. Gyertson has laid the possibility of greater opportunities for Maranatha to be a strategic global resource for Christ-revering, life-transforming education. This is where the conversation starts and as members of our community, you are invited to be a part of it. Read “MARANATHA 2020” by Dr. Gyertson today!


MHS Presents Fools this Week!
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Neil Simon’s comedy Fools will run February 27 through March 1, 2014 at the Ambassador. You will laugh at the absurdity of this little Russian village cursed with Chronic Stupidity, and feel very much a part of the town as you sit on stage with an audience of just 160 per performance!

Tickets are now on sale: $10 for the general public and $8 for students. Performances start nightly at 7:00 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  Guests can save $1 per ticket by purchasing their tickets in advance online at Because of the unique way this show is being staged, seats are truly limited… so get yours early.

     Volunteers are still needed to help usher, or assist with the concessions, etc.  If you'd be willing to volunteer a few hours of your time, we'd be most grateful!  Visit SignUp Genius HERE to view the available opportunities and time slots.

Maranatha Staff Making Connections

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Members of Maranatha’s faculty, staff, and administration often have opportunities to extend their reach beyond the walls of our Maranatha campus. We will be highlighting these opportunities from time to time in the Minutegram to offer a glimpse of the broader connections Maranatha’s staff make on a day to day basis.

Dr. David Gyertson, Headmaster

Dr. Gyertson was asked to sit on the Biola University Board of Trustees and recently attended their training session conducted by Dr. Greg Baylor, a leading constitutional law litigator on the trends in religious liberty for faith-based organizations.

In February, he attended the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities annual conference, held this year in Los Angeles. This association includes over 175 Christ-centered colleges and universities in the US and around the world including Biola, Azusa Pacific, Westmont, Point Loma, Wheaton, etc.  He participated in a workshop of former Presidents discussing several topics including the future of Christian higher education.

Just last week, Dr. Gyertson spoke to a group of first-time Christian University Presidents in Phoenix on the topic of challenges facing leaders of Christ-Centered educational institutions. Read more HERE.

Chapel Series Starting this Week: "Why"
Thursday, February 27, 2014

By: Joel Murphy ’97, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries
Mark 2:8 “Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things…?”

I think each of us knows from our own experience that we are hard-wired with an insatiable curiosity to ask questions and seek explanations. Just spend time with my 3-year-old daughter, Tatum, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve been created with a fixation to probe into the depths of spirit, mind, and body like no other creation.

Throughout our human experience, in every season of life, our desire for knowledge, truth, and wisdom remains steadfast. Early on, for a variety of reasons, children demonstrate an uncanny ability to live in this intrinsic truth-seeking capacity. Developmentally, we then spend a host of the later years questioning our initial findings. As we’ve grown, we’ve deemed them either intellectually incomplete or with such a biased presupposition that it tainted the outcome. Now, it should be noted that this is actually a very healthy exercise to partake in; our faith and experience should always seek understanding (St. Anselm). Read More HERE.

Trademarking Maranatha’s Logos
Thursday, February 27, 2014

As exposure and recognition of our school continue to grow, we have undergone the process of trademarking our school marks (logos) in order to preserve our school’s identity. We are working with our attorney and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register our logos to ensure exclusive rights to these identifying marks. 

Trademarking of our “M” logo, logotype, and school seal (seen below) will help preserve the integrity of the school’s mission and beliefs as we deliver on our promise to provide a Christ-centered, college preparatory education.

As always, the use of Maranatha’s marks is limited to the school’s discretion and permission must be obtained to utilize them. Please contact the school’s Marketing Office if you’d like more information.

“The Show:” Maranatha’s Annual Benefit Hosted by the Parent Association
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Students enjoyed a special sneak peek of “The Show” at the lunchtime “Mini-Show” today. In addition to hearing Linda "Peaches" Tavani of Peaches & Herb sing, students enjoyed fun competitions and give aways. Junior Emma Hausler also sang for a chance to perform at "The Show." If you weren’t able to attend, ask a student all about it. Read more HERE.

Emcee Steve Tavani and Linda "Peaches" Tavani led a high-energy lunchtime jam today to promote the upcoming annual benefit "The Show" on March 15.  Seen here closing the show with "Lean on Me".


Praying Through Our Departments: Science

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Science Department.

Go outside and meditate on God’s handiwork; or look in a microscope and praise God’s minute attention to detail. Stand amazed! Be still and aware He is the Alpha and Omega, the Creator-God; He is interesting, mysterious, awesome, wondrous, all powerful, unique, eternal, creative, beautiful, beyond, and yet intimately involved. Our Science Department has the awesome privilege to teach our students all about God’s creation and the intricate attributes therein.

Please pray for: Allen Jang, Jennifer Magnone, Lonnita Smith-Russell, Shaneka Woods, and Brian Wurtz. Read more HERE.


iPad Connection
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Students: Are you having trouble lately logging on to the Internet here at school? If so, please follow the simple steps in this great tutorial created by our IT Director, Stephen Wyles. Click HERE to view the tutorial.  Questions and concerns for this and any other technology-related issues can be submitted from this site as well.

Parents: If you're student is having any kind of technical issue with their iPad, we are here to help! Please email your issue to the Technology Help Desk at, and someone will generally be in touch with you within 24 hours!

Seattle Seahawks Coach Seto Speaks at Maranatha

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Just nine days after winning the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Rocky Seto spoke to the entire Maranatha student body at a special assembly. As a committed Christian, Coach Seto’s theme was, “Jesus is Better than the Super Bowl,” a perfect fit with our intentionally Christ-centered mission.

The assembly opened with the “Making of a Champion” video which shared about Coach Seto and a number of other Christian Seahawk coaches and players. Then Coach Seto’s local pastor, Reverend Cory Ishida, of Evergreen Baptist Church, introduced Rocky.

Coach Seto shared a number of important messages about hard work, using our gifts, and fame. First, he shared what a long road it was to get to the Super Bowl. Excellence does not come without years of hard work. He revealed that Head Coach Carroll emphasizes effort and hard work even before technique. Relating that to the Christian faith, he shared, “Jesus is the center of our lives and we need to keep the main thing (Christ), the main thing.” Coach Seto also encouraged students to use their gifts, whatever they may be, to honor Christ. He urged students to strive for excellence and use their opportunities and leadership in the world for good. Finally, he shared a little about fame. On waking up the day after winning the Super Bowl Seto said, “I was exactly the same person.” Even as a young player at USC, Rocky realized that “as great as it was playing for USC, something was missing.” Coach Seto understands that buildings, logos, clothes, and fame are all temporal and his faith in Christ is the one eternal thing in life.

After the Super Bowl, reporters and fans rushed the field to congratulate the winners. What you may not have seen on TV is what Coach Seto and a number of other players did; before speaking with reporters, they met on the 50 yard line and thanked God. Students and staff were grateful to hear this inspiring message of faith and the work of God’s hand in the NFL.

Athletic Director Brian DeHaan said, “Rocky is a ‘San Gabriel kid’ and he has always found a way to give back to the community he comes from.  His message of meeting the needs of others by sharing the love of Christ transforms lives and relationships. Maranatha is blessed to have a friend like Rocky who speaks truth into the lives of those he meets. The video showed has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and both Rocky and those featured in the video understand that God gives so we can abundantly proclaim Christ’s love and glory.”

Pictured above (L-R): Rev. Cory Ishida, Dr. Gyertson, Coach Seto, and Brian DeHaan

Stay Connected with Maranatha through Social Media
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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, Instragram, and Twitter (not to mention Youtube and LinkedIn). Please like, follow, or subscribe to MHS social media today!

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Maranatha Student Award for Ministry Families
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maranatha High School is honored to announce two yearly awards to bless and commission Maranatha students of ministerial, missionary, and other full-time Christian service professionals.  These awards are given annually to two students who exemplify a “servant-leader” heart, both at their school and in their community.  The awards are in the amount of $5000; divided equally each semester and applied directly to the two students’ school accounts.  Recipients of the award may apply for additional years but preference normally is given to first-time award requests.  This award is based on two Scriptures.  The first is II Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”  This award is “seed” money to bless the Maranatha students of ministerial families, knowing that God provides the harvest.  The second Scripture is Mark 10:45:  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  In the same way, Maranatha desires to commend and bless students who choose to follow God’s calling to serve others. Read more HERE.

College Tour Survey
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Guidance and College Counseling Office is looking for information to help plan the next MHS College Tour. All 9th-11th graders should have received a College Tour Survey inquiring about their college tour preferences and expectations. Please make sure your student checks their Maranatha email in order to fill out the survey and provide the counseling office with the information requested. If any student cannot access their Maranatha email, please have them submit a tech ticket at or visit the Service Center at the appropriate times.

Praying Through our Departments: Human Resources, Facilities, and Security
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we are praying specifically for our Human Resources, Facilities, and Security Departments.

HR: Lori Diamond, Ty’esha Jones

Security: Tamara Horton and the Off Duty Officers (ODO) Team

Facilities (TKC): James Domingo, Mel Puentes, Chito Bualuay, Marina Dominguez

Read more HERE.

Senior Graduation Name Notice
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Senior families, please be sure to respond to the graduation name email sent to you last week. The graduation diploma name will only include the student's first and last name as listed on NetClassroom.  Please email Senior Class Counselor, Gary Ho, if you would like to include one of the following on the diploma:

  • middle name
middle initial

  • suffixes (i.e. Jr., II)
any changes to the name

Please email Mr. Ho by February 20, as diplomas will be ordered soon.

iPad Connection
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Students: Are you currently gearing up for an amazing mission’s trip this spring? If so, you may be able to use the technology we have available here at Maranatha to introduce yourself, and your team, before you ever get on the plane, using Skype. Ask your team leader what they think of the idea, and your team can take it from there. Skype can also be a great vehicle to keep in touch with all of the great people you meet even after the mission trip is over. Wouldn't it be great to see how your ministry affects your new friends for years to come? You can download the Skype app on your iPad for free HERE

Parents: Maybe you've been wanting to put a face with the name of a teacher that your student is always talking about! Perhaps you only know their name and what they teach here at MHS. If this sounds like you, then we invite you to take a few minutes to get to know your child's teachers a little better! Click HERE.

MHS Student Selected for Prominent Ryman Arts Program
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congratulations to junior Gabe Seace, recently accepted into one of the nation’s top youth arts programs, the

Ryman Arts Program for young artists. Application to the Ryman Arts program is competitive and only a limited number of new students can be accommodated each semester. A committee reviewed Gabe’s drawings, essay, and completed application, looking primarily at his talent and motivation. Gabe will receive a full scholarship covering the cost of instruction, art supplies, field trips, and public transportation reimbursement. Gabe will attend classes weekly, taught by master teaching artists, for 3 ½ hours/week over a twelve-week semester, with the chance to complete two full years of study.

"The Ryman Arts Program is a real honor and Gabe was in competition with students from all of L.A. County,” shares Diane Barnhart, our Arts Department Chair. “We have been very successful as a school in sending our students through the Ryman program, with at least twenty students particpating over the years.” Ms. Barnhart added, “Gabe is a very imaginative young man and enjoys creating wild science-fiction worlds with new vehicles and structures that have yet to be invented, or create a new world out of things that already exist (such as the still life example below done in stipple - dots of ink to make up the shading). He loves to draw these scenes with intricate detail and lots of action.”

Gabe is a junior right now, but is looking at his options for studying art in college.

Reflections from Dr. Terrence Roberts of “Little Rock 9” at Chapel Last Week

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maranatha High School was pleased to welcome Dr. Terrence Roberts to speak at chapel last week.  As part of the “Little Rock 9”, Terrence Roberts was one of nine African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. He shared about his experiences of getting hassled and beat up on a daily basis, despite the military protection. Dr. Roberts knew from an early age that he was in charge of his education and said that is why he jumped at the chance to get the same education that white Americans had, regardless of the risks and persecutions he would face.

Dr. Gyertson said, "Dr. Roberts did an exceptional job of communicating the realities of what the nation has faced and continues to address as we seek racial reconciliation and equal opportunity for all. His gracious approach to these issues, winsome personality, and effectiveness in taking a very complex and difficult topic and translating it in ways that helped all of us better understand our ongoing responsibilities to work for justice, righteousness and forgiveness were informative and motivational.  We were blessed by his presence among us as we celebrate and consider the important implications to be addressed as part of Black History Month at Maranatha."

Dr. Roberts reminded our students that they are each special and unique. He encouraged them to be bold and to make a difference in the world. He asked them to think of “the last time they did something for the first time.” He also made it clear that racism is a choice and that we each have the choice as to how we will view and treat others that look different than us.

Our students and staff appreciated Mr. Roberts’ words of encouragement and his themes of: education, faith, and worth. Many students stayed afterwards to shake his hand or give him a hug and get a picture with this inspirational man.

Student Missionaries Need Your Help
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This spring and summer over 125 students and staff will be venturing on missions trips with Maranatha to: Pasadena (Harambee Center), Nicaragua, New Orleans, and the Dominican Republic. The vision for MHS missions is two-fold: that students would effectively serve the missionaries and target communities that we partner with, as well as experience dynamic transformation and a broadened worldview that they can bring back to our own community.

The total cost to send our missionaries is approximately $175,000. If you have ever had a student involved in a short-term mission, you know the expense is well worth it. Because of the high number of student missionaries this year, Maranatha has asked the students not to solicit our current parents, to avoid multiple asks for some families. In place of students asking families individually, the school mailed all MHS families a Maranatha Missions brochure this December. (Click HERE for a digital copy.) So far, approximately $27,500 of the $175,000 goal has been raised.

Please take a moment to review the brochure you received and support our missions’ students with a gift to the MHS Missions Fund. All money raised will be split between the four teams as needed. If you prefer to offer your support in honor of one of the student missionaries...Read more HERE.

Praying Through Our Departments: Social Science
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Please join the Headmaster’s weekly prayer group in lifting up our departments in prayer each week. This week we pray for the Social Science Department.

Romans 15:4  “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Social Science Faculty: Ben Winslow, Rebekah Schaller, Scott Sommers, Charles Hampton, Joe Zambrano, Sharon Chung, Ryan Bell, Sharon Dandorf, Gary Ho. Read more HERE.

Newest Member of our Social Science Department: Charles Hampton
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Charles Hampton had been finishing up his teaching credential and substitute teaching at MHS when a position teaching A.P. World History and Honors Modern World History opened up.  He was thrilled to be offered the job and joined our Social Science Department this fall.

Mr. Hampton’s favorite aspects about working at Maranatha so far are, “Being able to share my faith in the classroom and the great students and teachers I've met.” He enjoys that; “A Christian school provides a community and environment for students that helps shield them from the lies that they encounter on a daily basis. A Christian school, filled with faithful students and teachers, can help teach students how to live in the world and yet not be of the world.”

Mr. Hampton has a B.A. in History from Westmont College and a Master’s in Teaching with a California Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. He loves teaching history because, “I love tying topics to either our lives as Christians or to current events, because those lessons show students that things in history can be incredibly relevant to students’ lives.” Additionally, Mr. Hampton is also able to incorporate his military background into the classroom. “My deployments (in the Marines) took me to many places (such as South Africa, Egypt, the Congo, Israel, and Saudi Arabia) that I mention in class, and my first-hand experiences help spice up instruction."

Mr. Hampton is in his 6th year of marriage. His wife is a registered nurse, but is currently staying at home with their 3-year-old.  The couple is expecting another child next year. 

Parent Prayer Opportunities at MHS

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Part of the Parent Association’s mission includes praying for the school. Please keep in mind three wonderful opportunities to join with other parents in prayer for our students and staff each week.

Moms in Prayer: 1st and 3rd Tuesday (Commons at 8:00 a.m.) – Adrienne Duran (

Prayer Shield:  2nd and 4th Wednesday (Commons 8:00 a.m.) – Cynthia Kelartianian (

Prayer Walk:  Every Friday (meet at 8:00 a.m. at Student Center Front desk) Franci Maharaj ( or Adrienne Duran (

Please contact the individual group leader if you have questions about their specific group or Tammy Johnson, our Prayer and Care Chair, with any general questions. (

Spanish Spelling Bee at MHS
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Several students recently participated in Maranatha’s first Spanish Spelling Bee contest. Our Spanish Faculty, Ms. Breitenbucher, Mrs. Harrison, and Mrs. Barrantes served as the contest judges. The two finalists/winners were Daniel Minassian and Nate Mata who will go to Azusa Pacific University on April 12 to compete against other high schools. This will be the second year that APU has hosted a Spanish Spelling Bee for high school students in California.

Evening PA Meeting Next Week
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Next Tuesday, February 18, the Parent Association will host an evening PA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Important school updates will be shared and our new Theater Faculty, Jeremiah Blessinger will speak. Please join us for fellowship and, as always, receive one PVP hour just for attending. We look forward to seeing you.

The Parent Association is also working on filling PA Board positions for the 2014-2015 school year. They would like to announce that the position for PA President is open.  The job description is attached HERE. Please email Melea Fisher if you are interested.

More PVP Opportunities
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do you need to complete your PVP hours?  Click HERE to see the Volunteer Opportunities web page. There are multiple ways to fulfill those 20 family hours and support our school. For example, the Admissions Department and ASB both have events coming up:

ASB: Help is needed for the Valentine’s Day BBQ this Friday. All proceeds go to our Junior Class to raise money for Prom. Click HERE to volunteer on SignUp Genius.  

Admissions: We all remember being the parents of an incoming freshman.  The Admissions Department will be hosting Fresh Start Day, a day where incoming freshmen and their parents come to learn about high school life.  We need volunteers to donate items as well as help with the event.  It is a great way to greet incoming parents and really show them how great our school is. Please click HERE so you can sign up on SignUp Genius.  If you have any questions please contact Fawn Zappia at (626) 833-2359 or

iPad Connection
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Parents: As you know, Maranatha is proud to have implemented a 1:1 iPad program this school year. One of the biggest issues some of our students have had is coming to class with little or no battery power on their iPads, and have no charger with them at school. One way you can help your student be on top of all of their schoolwork, and help them get the most out of their iPad learning, is to make sure that they have a dedicated spot to charge their device. Help them get into a routine every night. Once they have a full charge, the iPad can function for the entire school day!

Retraction: We would like to retract last week's iPad Connection Minutegram article (2/3/14) under “Parents”. Enabled parental controls conflict with Maranatha's eLearning Handbook. Please make sure that devices are disabled at school in order to be aligned with Maranatha policies. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read more HERE.

Hannah Rae Finchamp Signing 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014