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Final Exams: Be Prepared and Finish Strong
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

By: John Rouse, Principal

It has finally happened. We are in finals week! We are all starting the week knowing that this is it. All the planning, hard work, challenges, disappointments, great moments, and unexpected blessings are behind us. What is before us is the final chapter of the 2015-2016 school year. As we enter this final chapter, many will experience waves of emotions. Some will be prepared and are unable to wait for the opportunity to shine, others will feel overwhelmed, behind, worried that their finals are an insurmountable barrier. We are here, we cannot go back and change whether we are prepared as well as we would like to be or not. What we can do is be wise with our time moving forward. Although it may not be a perfect fit, I am reminded of Paul’s encouragement in Philippians in Chapter 4, verse 13, where he states “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. Though Paul is talking about the circumstances in life, many of our students see the reality of preparation for finals or the lack thereof as one of the major circumstances in life that they are facing, especially our seniors. We are not alone in these circumstances. Yes, we will reap what we have sown, but Christ will be with us. It may not be easy, it may even be beyond what we are prepared for, yet Christ will be there with us as students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Let us hope in Him and His will in our lives. Let us not make any more poor choices, but do the very best that we can in preparation for this final week.  Read more HERE.

Information You Need for Graduation and Baccalaureate
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Seniors: Important End of Year Info You May Have Missed
For those who were unable to attend our Senior Family meeting on the May 12, please read the important senior updates...  Read more HERE.


Welcoming our Newest Board Member, Dr. Benjamin C. Shi
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Maranatha High School Board of Trustees is proud to announce their newest board member who will begin his term in the Fall of 2016, Dr. Benjamin C. Shin. 

Benjamin C. Shin is a graduate of Maranatha’s class of 1982. As a student, Ben spent his first three years at the Arcadia/Santa Anita campus and moved his senior year to the Sierra Madre/Canon campus in Maranatha’s first year there. Ben has served as a pastor for over 20 years as well as a professor of Bible/New Testament at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology where he currently teaches. Ben’s passions include his family (Jen, Adam, & Zach), music, sports, reading, teaching, and being with people. Ben’s vision is to train up the people of God to do the work of God. Ben says regarding serving on Maranatha’s Board that, “I’m so thankful for the Maranatha Difference. It’s because of Maranatha that I received my calling into full-time ministry. I desire to encourage and give back to the school so that many more students can experience the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the same way that I did during my time there as a student.”

It’s NOT Too Late to Sign Up for the Summer Academy
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Maranatha's Summer Academy will run from June 20-July 29, so it’s coming up fast! There is still time to still sign up for a number of accredited courses you may complete this summer.  

In this immersive learning atmosphere, students have the opportunity to advance in their coursework and to improve their academic standing. Many students have found a benefit in taking only one course, free from the distractions of other homework assignments. Students may take an Honors course to pave the way for an AP course during the school year or complete a core course during the summer to allow an open period during the school year for advanced courses in their area of interest. The counseling team is ready to assist with selecting the right course for each student to take during the Summer Academy.

Summer classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and some classes, science in particular, fill quickly. The brochure/registration form is available online HERE. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is due with registration and the balance of summer program tuition is due in full prior to start of class.

Prayer Requests for Summer Missions Trips
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This summer, some of our students have the opportunity to embark on a missions trip to either the Dream Center in Los Angeles or to New Orleans. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with each trip below and how you can be praying for our 2 groups as they set out to serve others in the name of the Lord! Read more HERE.

A Note from the Principal: The End of the Year is NEAR!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

By: John Rouse, Principal

As we journey around the last couple of bends in the trail for the academic year of 2015-2016, I want to give our MHS student body some encouragement!  This has been an eventful year, but its ending will be exciting nonetheless.  The first bend we will experience is the final week of regular classes. This is a time where rest and focus are most important for us all.  My encouragement is get plenty of rest so we can complete the tasks and responsibilities before us in an excellent manner.  As Paul put it in I Corinthians: "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win." So often when we focus on what needs to be done, we look at our own resources.  We need to remember that we are not running alone. He is with us in all this busyness. At this time of the year, many of us are tired and depleted of energy and brain power, however, we serve an awesome God who has many resources and is able to provide all we need to do that which He has called us to do, even to complete our classes well! Read more HERE.

New Referral Incentive Program for Current and Incoming Families
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Maranatha High School is always looking for new qualified, Christian families to join our community. Do you know a student who would benefit from a college preparatory, Christian education? You may be eligible for a $500 tuition credit toward the 2016-2017 school year. 

Maranatha is offering an incentive just this summer to our current or newly enrolled families for referring a new family to Maranatha. The incentive applies for new students enrolled between May 16, 2016 – September 30, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. The prospective family must mention this program and the referring family’s name during their first contact with the Admissions Office (via phone or in person). Referrals may not be made retroactively.  Please see all the Referral Incentive Program Guidelines HERE. Please contact the Admissions Office should you have any questions. 

Thank you for helping spread the word and attract new Christian families to Maranatha!

MHS Dads Come Together
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

By: Jennifer Zambrano

Last week, over 85 men of Maranatha High School came together for the annual Dads’ Dinner. As if complimentary tri-tip and BBQ chicken weren’t enough of a draw, the key speaker was Hollywood producer Ralph Winter, known for producing hit movies such as the X-Men series and Star Trek among others. Mr. Winter’s words were both interesting and encouraging. He shared not only about his professional life, but a thoughtful look at his own childhood and children, weaving in his Christian faith into each topic. He exhorted the dads in attendance to be involved and caring fathers.

Two seniors students, Joe Hynes and Jazlyn Raymond also shared some reflections on fathers. Joe shared about his dad’s involvement in his life in such activities as Boy Scouts and the many life lessons he has learned from him. Joe is headed off to the United States Military Academy in just a few weeks and credits much of his confidence needed to meet this next challenge to his father. Jazlyn shared her heartfelt journey of the loss of her mom that brought her and her dad even closer together. Through a difficult situation, her dad has shown her time and time again that he is there for her and committed to her faith and growth.

Overall, the event was an opportunity for dads to get together and be inspired to be the best fathers for their students. Dads left feeling inspired and encouraged.

Senior Class Updates: What’s Coming Down the Pipeline?
Tuesday, May 17, 2016


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Last PA Meeting Taking Place THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

All parents are welcome to attend the final Parent Association meeting for the year this Thursday, May 19, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Join us for your last chance to join fellow parents for a wonderful morning that includes ​delicious ​refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the school's administration. This week’s topic is “Graduating” and will feature some of our senior moms and students. Don’t miss out! Also remember that by attending the Parent Association meeting you'll receive one Parent Service Program (PSP) hour just for coming! We are almost down to the wire for completion of the PSP books, so join us this Thursday to earn an hour. PSP books are due May 27. 

Don’t forget: The PA will be collecting used uniforms during their final meeting on May 19. For each piece of clothing a parent donates, he/she will receive 1 raffle ticket. One winning ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of the PA meeting. The prize is 4 front row seats for graduation! For parents who are unable to attend the PA meeting but want to drop off uniform donations to receive raffle tickets, they may drop off their donations with Ms. Ivy at the Student Center front desk and she will distribute raffle tickets as well. Let the collecting begin!

Donate Your Used Uniforms for our Summer Sale
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Are you a senior or have you grown out of an old uniform? Well, start cleaning out your closets! Please consider donating them to help other MHS students! The PA will begin collecting uniforms starting next week, Monday, May 23 - Friday, May 27. They will also be collected during Baccalaureate on Friday evening, June 3.

The annual Used Uniform Sale will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in the Student Center. This is a great day to get uniforms at phenomenal prices and support the efforts of the Parent Association at the same time.

At the Parent Association meeting on Thursday, May 19, there will also be an exciting raffle of premium graduation seats for anyone who brings in used uniform donations to the meeting.

MHS Sophomore Wins 1st Place in Pasadena Bar Association Speech Contest
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

by: Patrick Mesisca

On Tuesday, May 3 Maranatha High School sophomore Trinity Moore competed against Gabrielino High School senior Jason Ma in the final round of the Pasadena Bar Association 6th Annual Speech Scholarship Tournament at the Pasadena Hilton.  The final round was an extension of the April 23 Pasadena Bar Association Speech Tournament held at La Salle High School where Moore and Ma emerged as the top two speakers out of a pool of 150.  In the end, Trinity was victorious and earned the first place award of $5,000.  

Over the past six years, Maranatha High School has placed a student in the final round of the PBA Speech tournament four times: Joelle Cheng in 2011, Jessica Demasi in 2012 and 2013, and Trinity Moore 2016.

Delightful Incoming Moms’ Luncheon on Fountain Plaza
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Maranatha High School’s annual Incoming Mothers’ Luncheon was held under a tent in front of the Ambassador Auditorium on their campus last week. With this event, the school helps incoming moms get to know each other and learn what to expect as their students enter high school. The new moms also got the opportunity to hear from three freshmen students, a senior student, and a current mom, all offering words of wisdom and support as the Class of 2020 moms start their own high school journey next year.

In their own way, each speaker gave their “mom’s guide to freshman year.” Freshman Leannah Baretto shared what the freshman year looks like from a student perspective. Read more HERE.

AP Exams Began TODAY (AP Exam Schedule photo in assets)
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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

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

New Coaches are Joining the MHS Community!
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Gamal Smalley -  Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach
Gamal Smalley has been hired as the next Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach at Maranatha High School.  After serving as an assistant coach on the Boys’ Varsity team for the last three seasons, the veteran coach moves over to the girls’ program with over 25 years of coaching experience. Read more HERE.

Sam Mahtani - Head Boy’s Soccer Coach
Sam Mahtani has been hired as the next Head Boy’s Soccer Coach at Maranatha High School after serving as an assistant coach this past season. 

“I feel so blessed and honored to continue the growth and success of the Boy’s Soccer program at Maranatha High School. Maranatha offers a Christian learning environment in which students are pushed to excel both on and off the field to serve God and the community, and I’m thrilled to be able to help foster that growth in athletics. What excites me the most about Maranatha is having the ability to work within a Christian...  Read more HERE.

MHS Yearbook Staff Recognized for Their Excellence
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

By: Jeremiah Blessinger

It begins with an idea. It’s a word or phrase that electrifies everything it touches. It becomes a lens through which we see ourselves and the world around us. It captures moments and replays them for as long as the world spins. It is a yearbook. And it doesn’t happen by accident. Hundreds of hours go into planning, organizing, editing, writing and publishing The Patriot. Each year, the Walsworth Publishing Company reviews hundreds of books that they publish from across the nation and select a small percentage of those books to be included in their National Gallery of Excellence. The recipients of the award will have select pages and/or cover included in their nationally published Magazine and advertisements to all the major schools and universities in the country. The selection process is rigorous. The first criterion is that the staff produces the pages. No meddlesome advisors allowed. The rest of the criteria are what you’d expect. Everything from high-quality writing and design to creativity and expression are considered. Maranatha’s 2016 Yearbook Staff has earned this prestigious award through hard work, long hours (even Saturdays!) and dedication to producing an annual that would stand the test of time. Please join me in congratulating the Editor-in-Chief, Natalie Yee, and all of the Yearbook Staffers on their National Gallery of Excellence Award.

Class of 2016 Graduation Information Meeting
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Senior Families: Graduation is rapidly approaching and there are many details which require your attention. On Thursday, May 12, we will be hosting a Graduation Information Meeting. In this meeting we will discuss end-of-the-year events, final exams, Grad Nite, the rafting trip, caps and gowns, and so much more.  We will also be distributing graduation tickets. We ask that each senior along with at least one parent/guardian attend this important meeting. We are looking forward to a successful and celebratory end of the year!

WHAT:     Graduation Information Meeting
WHEN:   Thursday, May 12, 2016
    5:00-6:00 p.m. - Ticket distribution*
    6:00-6:30 p.m. - Information Meeting
    6:30-7:00 p.m. - Ticket distribution*
WHERE:   Student Center

Senior Girls’ Tea is a Cherished Tradition
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

On Friday, May 13, the senior girls will celebrate the end of their high school experience with a very special tradition: The Senior Girls’ Tea. Held from 3:05-5:30 p.m. on the Commons Patio, seniors girls and female faculty/staff will have the opportunity to enjoy a special tea prepared by senior moms, hear faculty words of wisdom, and have the opportunity to share their own departing thoughts.

If you are a Senior girl or female staff member, and you haven't received your special invitation to the "Senior Girls’ Tea", please contact Rene' Bancroft immediately at

Speech & Debate Team Victory!
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

By: Patrick Mesisca '92

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, Maranatha High School sent 55 students to compete in the 6th Annual Pasadena Bar Association Speech Scholarship Tournament at La Salle High School. In total, 150 students from 15 local high schools competed before a panel of 150 lawyers and judges. The topics were selected by the PBA ahead of time and students were instructed to present 7 minute memorized speeches on one of the three following... Read more HERE.


Volunteer NOW and Get Your Hours Completed Before May 27
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Thank you to all those parents who have fulfilled your hours this year - you have made a difference!

Just a reminder: If your family has not fulfilled the required 20 parent service hours and returned the completed PSP coupon book, you still have many opportunities to wrap up the year with all your hours. 

Please check the “PSP Opportunities” tab frequently as new and on-going opportunities are regularly updated. Thank you for sharing in the life of your student and Maranatha High School!

Current needs include some upcoming events for which we are seeking volunteers, as well as donations needed for various projects. Please visit the SignUp Genius  page to see the list of needs and please volunteer. Thank you!


Celebrating our Student Achievements at Annual Awards Assembly
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This past week a number of Maranatha students were honored for their achievements in the academic and athletic arenas at our annual Student Awards Assembly held in the Ambassador Auditorium. The event celebrated the effort and accomplishments of many of our hard working students. We celebrate with the students listed below, honored in the specific areas listed. Congrats on all your achievements! Read more HERE.

Incoming Moms to be Welcomed at Spring Luncheon
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mothers of our new, incoming freshmen will be our distinguished guests for the Incoming Mothers’ Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 5. The luncheon is an opportunity for our new moms to meet each other, current MHS moms, and school administrators, as well as hear advice from current freshman students and parents on how to navigate the high school years. The annual luncheon will be held on campus on the beautiful Ambassador Fountain Plaza at 11:30 a.m. If you are a Class of 2020 mom, guardian, or special friend, we hope you will join us for this beloved event. Even if you have not had a chance to RSVP yet, you may still do so this week via email to MHS mom René Bancroft at Read more HERE.

Athletics Signing Day...Times Six!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20, six of our student athletes signed their letters of intent to participate in college athletics at various universities. Congratulations to each of them on their athletic achievements! We celebrate the following seniors: 

  • Ethan Joseph Prins - Sonoma State University - Soccer
  • Ivahnna Espinoza - Whitworth University - Soccer
  • Micah Summer Otazu - Kenyon College - Swimming
  • Thamara Peterson - Kansas Wesleyan University - Soccer
  • Zachary P. Smalley - Greenville College - Basketball
  • Zack Wilkens - Cal Baptist University - Golf

Disney Resort and Whitewater Rafting Await our Seniors
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We are thrilled to announce 2 very special upcoming events just for our seniors!



Read more HERE.


MHS Artists’ Works Earn Public Recognition
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Grace Brock was selected as a finalist in the Photographer's Forum College and High School Contest. Her Union Station photograph will be published this Spring in the annual issue of this high quality trade journal.

Michael Tufenkian, Ashley Vu, and Aaron Trujillo had work on display in Adam Schiff's Congressional Art Exhibit at Descanso Gardens on April 10. Michael won the People's Choice Award at the exhibit. His photograph will be on display in their Hollywood office for a year beginning April 26.

We’re Firing Up the BBQ for our Maranatha Dads
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The BBQ is HOT and the beverages are COOL, so come join us for our Annual Dads’ Dinner for tons of food like juicy tri-tip, barbequed by our own Ed Newkirk, BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac ‘n cheese, and so much more! The festivities will take place on Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center. This is going to be a wonderful evening filled with fellowship, food, and a special guest speaker.  

This year, our dads will hear from Ralph Winter, a major Hollywood film producer who has helped to produce blockbuster movies such as the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Star Trek series as well as "I, Robot" and the first remake of "Planet of the Apes." Ralph attributes his faith in God for keeping him grounded along with being active in producing Christian movies such as “The Visitation” and many more. He has also helped along such film schools as the Veracity Project, Biola University, and lectured at Regent College, Vancouver. Mr. Winter just celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary, has two children, and three grandkids. He is the father–in-law of Maranatha’s Head Baseball Coach Matt Shupper. We look forward to hearing him speak at our Dads’ Dinner on his faith journey and fatherhood.

For questions about the event, contact Michelle Karim ‘07 at or (626) 817-4071. 

Emotional Dance and Music Performances Convey God’s Beauty in Brokenness
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last week’s Performing Arts Showcase, Beauty in Brokenness, featured the talented students of Maranatha’s Dance Company, Mixed Ensemble, and Orchestra. The beautiful stage production displayed the struggling journey of brokenness in the world, in culture, and in ourselves. Hundreds of guests crowded the Ambassador Auditorium for a two-hour emotional journey that began with Creation and our fallen world, and ended with God’s hope for His broken people. The showcase theme encouraged us to rejoice in our weakness, and to find healing and hope in the power of Christ for a world that desperately needs light. Read more HERE.

Honoring a Cherished Part of our Community
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It was a picturesque April morning last Wednesday as the school hosted over 220 very special guests on campus for our annual Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day. The Student Center was dressed up and ready to greet the distinguished crowd with vibrant floral arrangements, smiling student ambassadors and volunteers, and a delicious breakfast buffet. 

The program, emceed by grandparent Mrs. Diane Bowden—a longtime Maranatha native—featured performances by the school’s Orchestra and Mixed Ensemble. Special speakers included international student, Odera Nwobi ‘16, Principal John Rouse, and Board of Trustees member, Michele VanRiper. As always, the highlight of the morning was the time after the program that grandparents and friends got to spend with their students. The students took them on a tour of campus to share what life at Maranatha looks like. Read more HERE.

Senior Send-Off: Welcome to the Alumni Family!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senior Send-Off is an event hosted by the MHS Alumni Association and is geared to capture the hearts of our seniors by recognizing all their undeniable hard work, inducting them into the MHS alumni family, and enveloping them with nothing but love and hopeful wishes for their future. 

This year, Senior Send-Off took a turn and went in a new and exciting direction! We showered our seniors with an entire week of nothing but fun that was carefully planned exclusively for them. The Alumni Association hosted daily competitions, provided complimentary snacks, and hand-delivered treats to contest winners. The primary purpose was to prepare our Class of 2016 for a memorable send-off program to take place the following week.

Students that weren't winners of the Starbucks or Chick-fil-A contests needn't feel left out. The entire senior class hit the jackpot when the Alumni Association brought the In-N-Out truck to campus to feed them a delicious meal! Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch? Read more HERE.

Only Two More PA Meetings Left!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

All parents are welcome to attend the Parent Association meeting this Thursday, April 21, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. There are only two meetings remaining this school year, so don’t miss out as we finish up the year. Parent Association meetings always include ​delicious ​refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the Administration. Attend the Parent Association meeting and receive one parent service program (PSP) hour just for coming! We are almost down to the wire for completion of the PSP books so join us to earn an hour. PSP books are due May 27.

This week's special guests will be Señora Cleonie Harrison and Mr. John Wells. They will be sharing with us about the two trips that they led over spring break to Costa Rica and Israel (respectively). Also on this week's agenda, the PA will be voting for the new Board members for the 2016-2017 school year.

Don’t forget: During the April 21 and May 19 meetings, the PA will be collecting used uniforms. For each piece of clothing donated, the parent will receive 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win 4 front row seats for graduation! The winner will be drawn after the donation deadline at the May 19th PA meeting. If parents want to drop off uniform donations and receive raffle tickets, but are not able to attend the PA meetings, they may drop off clothing to Ms. Ivy at the front desk and she will hand out tickets as well. Let the collecting begin!

Annual Art Show Exhibit Now Open
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Some of our extraordinary and stunning student art is currently on display in the Student Center. Each year the Art Department presents a series of art exhibits to showcase original works by our students using a variety of medium. This year's "People's Choice" component allows students, faculty, and staff to electronically vote via iPad for their favorite works of art.

The Visual Arts Department encourages everyone in the MHS community to stop by the Student Center to enjoy and appreciate the God-given talents of our Art students. The exhibit schedule is as follows:

AP Artwork: April 18 - 29   •   Beginning/Intermediate: April 30 - May 12

MHS Students Highly Awarded at ACSI Science Fair
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 15, the finalists of Maranatha's Science Fair traveled to Biola University in La Mirada, California to compete in the Annual ACSI Science Fair. Thirty-two Southern California schools were on hand for the competition. We are thrilled to report that within the high school life science and high school physical science categories, Maranatha students swept ELEVEN of the 12 awards!  Below is a list of our winners. Read more HERE.

2016-2017 Class Election Winners
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This past Tuesday, our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors gathered together to hear from each presidential and vice presidential candidate at the ASB Class Election assembly. The votes have been cast and counted, and the results are shown below.  Congratulations to our new student leaders! Read more HERE.

“A Night on Top of the World” - Prom 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

By: Holly Campbell '16

This year's Junior/Senior Prom was held on the 30th floor of the AT&T building in Downtown Los Angeles. If you have been there before, you know that the view is magical, especially at night. Prom was split into two rooms, the first room consisting of a DJ set-up and lots of dancing! The other room was for food and hanging out, and many of us enjoyed the complimentary appetizers and desserts that were provided. In all, the dance was incredible and a night that I personally will remember for the rest of my life. The thrill of getting dressed up, enjoying time with all my friends, and celebrating our senior year with such a fun night was absolutely amazing! 

National Honors Society News
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On Friday, April 8, Maranatha held it's annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for the newly elected members for the 2015-2016 school year. The MHS Commons was packed with both parents and students. Current NHS officers spoke about the mission of NHS at Maranatha and shared their experiences. The newly elected students were given certificates of membership and signed the NHS induction book (which is a tradition).  The event concluded with a light reception and lots of photos taken by proud parents. Read more HERE.

Project Prom - April 27 Deadline for Donations
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As everyone is starting to dive into Spring cleaning, we wanted to remind you that our Associated Student Body is teaming up with Temple City High School for “Project Prom” and the deadline to donate is quickly approaching. Round up your clothing items and fashionable accessories that can be used for one of high school's biggest events of the year!  We will be accepting donated prom dresses, jewelry, dress pants and shirts, ties, shoes, etc. There will be drop off boxes located throughout the Maranatha campus until April 27. We thank you in advance for all your help and donations.

Q & A with our New Principal
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Maranatha High School native John Rouse is the absolute epitome of a familiar face. John has served in an extensive amount of roles over the last three decades at Maranatha including teacher, Head Coach, Dean of Academics, athletic administrator, Vice Principal, Principal, and Co-Administrator. These roles equipped him with detailed knowledge of how a school functions, while also providing him perspective on effective leadership.  As if his charisma and contagious smile were not enough, his desire and passion to ignite the spiritual maturity of our students and chart a path toward the future, aligned with the school’s mission and purpose, is completely evident and at the center of his vision for the school. 

John’s journey began in 1981 when he was hired at Maranatha High School as a World History teacher and Cross Country/Track coach. We sat down with our new Principal to discuss his 33-year career at MHS. Read more HERE.

How Do You Want to Get Your Parent Service Hours Next Year?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

By: René Bancroft, PA Board Vice President

Hello to the amazing Maranatha Community of Parents out there!  On behalf of the Parent Association Board, we are thrilled to introduce our new 'SurveyMonkey' Interest Survey!  This is one of the best ways that we can get you plugged into the MHS Community - by getting to know other MHS families as well as showcasing fun and unique opportunities to earn those PSP (Parent Service Program) Hours.  Please take a quick 5 minutes to fill out the survey!  When the results are all in, the Committee Chairs will contact you regarding the area(s) of service you signed up for.  And can sign up for more than one service area!  If you have any questions, you can email the Parent Association at and we will get back to you as soon as we're able.  We are looking forward to serving with you in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year! 

Click HERE to take the survey.

Science Fair Winners
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Last week our future scientists had the chance to show their final masterpieces at Maranatha’s 4th annual Science Fair. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges. After an initial review, the student finalists sat for oral interviews with the judges. The Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, April 8. Read more HERE.

Parent Ed Night: Everybody Graduates
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Often, there is so much focus on our children graduating high school that we parents forget that everybody graduates. Parents, this is a moment for you too, as your role as a parent changes and your relationship with your child enters new territories. Let’s take time to talk about post-high school transitions, parent-child relationships, college experiences, and (everyones’) faith journeys. We’ll explore research and also wrestle findings down to some very practical practices to help you continue to be awesome parents.

We hope you can join us this Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons for our final Parent Ed Night presentation of the year. Read more HERE.

2016-2017 Online Class Registration Has Begun
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Greetings MHS Families:  Many of you have been working closely with your child to pick his/her classes for next year. The College & Guidance Counseling Department would love it if you could finalize those requests by April 15 so we can begin to work on a master schedule for next year.  Click HERE to view a document that will give you assistance with the online class registration process, including graduation requirements and assistance with Naviance.  Additionally, we've provided a video link below for a Course Planner Naviance Tutorial. Read more HERE.

Parent Offers HUGE Matching Challenge Donation for Annual Fund
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

How AWESOME are Maranatha parents?...

Really AWESOME! One supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to match every single dollar that is given to the Maranatha Annual Fund within the next 50 days... up to $50,000!  



Every donation made before May 27 will double the power of the Annual Fund! Read more HERE.

Donate Your Used Uniforms for our Summer Sale
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Annual Used Uniform Sale will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center. This is a great day to get uniforms at phenomenal prices and support the efforts of the Parent Association at the same time.

Are you a senior or have you grown out of an old uniform? Please consider donating those items to help other MHS students out! Uniform collection bins will be available the week of finals on Monday, May 23 - Friday, May 27. They will also be collected during Baccalaureate on Friday evening, June 3 at 6:00 p.m.

At the Parent Association Meetings on Thursday, April 21 and May 19, there will also be an exciting raffle of premium graduation seats for anyone who brings used uniforms to donate on those days. That is a great incentive for our senior families who will get one ticket per uniform item donated.

Happy Easter from our Head of School
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

By: Richard Riesen

At this season, like you, I have been reading of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.  It is, I suppose, for many of us, a familiar story and for that reason can easily become old hat, can lose some of its power and poignancy.

This year, though, I have been particularly struck by the profundity of Christ’s suffering, not only in His death, but in His Passion—all that He endured between the Last Supper and the Cross. That the Son of God, the Creator of all there is, the One in whom all things exist and all things hold together (as the apostle Paul tells us) should be mocked and spat upon and blasphemed and rejected and finally crucified by the very people He came to save is too much to take in.  His cry of dereliction, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me,” is beyond our capacity to comprehend.  There we simply cannot enter in.  Still, we are brought up short by the cost of our redemption, nothing less than the death of God’s only begotten for our sin.  It is half of the good news of the Gospel: Christ died for our sin according to the scripture. Read more HERE.

Save The Date: New Head of School Welcome Reception!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Board of Trustees would like to invite all current parents, students, and staff to save the date for a casual reception to welcome Maranatha’s next Head of School on April 5 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Student Center. This light appetizer reception will include remarks from members of the Board as well as our new Head of School.

We greatly appreciate all the prayers offered on behalf of this search process and we praise God for His abundant provision of an exceptional, godly leader to shepherd Maranatha in our next chapter. 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 5th.


Accreditation Success!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Maranatha enjoyed hosting the six members of our visiting accreditation team last week during our reaffirmation of accreditation visit. The four-day visit was full of classroom observations and meetings with various school constituents including staff, faculty, students, and parents. In addition, members of the eight standard committees were able to personally report on their work over the last year. 

After over a year of preparation, we are pleased to report that Maranatha’s reaffirmation of accreditation was a success! The ACSI Regional Director, Cecil Swetland, confirmed that the standard accreditation term is six years with possible requirements in between that time. We will await news of any term requirements, but remain pleased with their positive report of Maranatha. Read more HERE.

2016 Science Fair
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We are proud to announce the upcoming Annual Science Fair at Maranatha High School. All students engaged in a science based class, which is approximately 90% of our student body, were required to construct and fabricate a science project that was then analyzed and evaluated to determine which specific ones would move forward and make the cut for the official science fair. The finalists will present in front of a reputable line-up of professional judges, comprised of a variation from the following; JPL researchers, engineers, scientists, and physicians. The entire event will be overseen by Science Department Chair Sheneka Woods, who is encouraging everyone to join in the academic celebration displaying our students’ work. Projects will be displayed in the Student Center for anyone to see from Tuesday, April 5 - Friday, April 8. Judging will take place on Tuesday, April 5, followed by finalist interviews on Wednesday, April 6. Join us at the awards ceremony at lunch on Friday, April 8 in the Commons, as we congregate to celebrate the hard work of our victorious winners! Read more HERE.

Become a Homestay Family and Reap the Benefits
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Host families not only give a home and a family, but benefit themselves in so many ways! Many host families report positive influences on their own family dynamics, a broadened worldview, and heightened cultural awareness and exchange. The chance to influence a Maranatha student and their family back home is a wonderful bonus. 

To better expose our international students to American culture and Christian faith lived out, we require our international students to be part of a Homestay Program, which matches our international students with Christian families in the San Gabriel Valley.  The Admissions Office is currently looking for Maranatha families or other interested local Christian families that would like to partner with us in reaching out and providing a Christ-filled home for our international students. New homestay families are needed for the 2016-2017 year as well as this summer for varying lengths between 3-6 weeks.  Homestay families receive a $1,300/month stipend to cover all expenses. Read More HERE.

Construction Traffic on Green Street
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Since the Hall of Administration Building (corner of Green and Saint John) came down, you may have noticed a little extra traffic on Green Street. Construction crews are not only hauling away debris from the fallen building, but beginning to haul away dirt as they dig downwards to eventually construct underground parking. Please be aware, this phase of the condominium project may last through April, so you may want to consider coming down Saint John or Colorado instead of Green to get to campus. Either way, please allow a little extra time and patience as the construction crews work, and stay safe around the construction zone.

Welcoming Incoming Students at Fresh Start Day!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Maranatha is excited to welcome our Class of 2020 to Fresh Start Day on Saturday, March 19 in the Student Center. This is an essential event for our new freshman class to begin their identity as the Class of 2020. 

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 2016–2017. The Student Center doors will open at 8:50 a.m.  Enrollment packets will be distributed for the 2016-2017 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 “The Habit”. Read more HERE.

Rap Comes to Theology and the Arts
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Fine Arts Department Chair, Diane Barnhart, teaches Theology and the Arts here at Maranatha. This class explores the role Christian theology has played in the development of art, and is designed to help students who are passionate about art develop an understanding of what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and an artist at the same time. Once a month, Ms. Barnhart brings in a guest speaker representing real-life application of theology in the arts.

This month, the class had the privilege of hearing from a rapper named Courtney Lindsey who is currently attending Azusa Pacific University. Courtney has his own clothing line and works with American Idol, in addition to being a youth pastor at his church. His talk with the students included the idea that even though he had a rap group that was heading toward stardom, his life took a turn in a different direction. Once he gave his life to Jesus, he dedicated everything he does to His service and since, has never regretted this decision. He encouraged the kids to make the choice to serve God and be sold out for Him. Our students loved having Courtney visit and raved about him being a wonderful speaker.

Parent Association Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

All parents are welcome to attend the Parent Association meeting this Thursday, March 17 in the Commons at 8:00 a.m. Parent Association meetings always include ​delicious ​refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the school’s administration. In addition, this week's special guest speaker will be Theology faculty, Mr. Nathan McAleese.

As the year comes to a close, the PVP (Parent Volunteer Program) books are almost due. Remember, you receive one service hour just for attending the PA meeting!

Philosophy Club Invites All to Hear Acclaimed Speaker on Resurrection
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Philosophy club will be hosting a special talk this month dedicated to Easter. The topic will be: The Resurrection of Christ and what it means for Christians. Come and hear highly acclaimed Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Steven Wilkens, speak on this timely topic. The event is open to the entire Maranatha community and will be held in the Commons on Friday, March 18 at 12:23 p.m. (lunch time). 

2016-2017 Class Registration Coming
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Can you believe that it is already time to start planning for the 2016-2017 school year?  How the time flies!

On Friday, March 18, and Monday, March 22, the Guidance Department will be meeting with all 9-11th graders during their Theology classes.  We will present the new, electronic course request method available via our Naviance software, as well as give direction regarding course selection for this summer (if necessary) and next year.  We will also email families a link to the instructional video and scanned copies of the documents we will be handing out to the students. 

Additionally, the 2016-2017 Course Catalog has been posted on the MHS website (view HERE).  There are several new elective courses on the schedule for next year (Advanced Computers, Journalism, Financial Algebra, and Environmental Science, to name a few). Please take a look so you can help your child make the very best choices for their academic success.  

If you would like to discuss your child's potential schedule with their counselor, please contact the Guidance Office for an appointment.

Help us Vote MHS “Best Private School” for 5th Year in a Row!
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Pasadena Star-News is accepting nominations for their 2016 "Best of San Gabriel Valley" Reader’s Choice Awards. MHS has had the privilege of being voted “Best Private School” for the last four years! Please take a moment to nominate MHS in the “Best Private School” category and help us achieve 5 years in a row! 

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 email and 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 Sunday, March 20, 2016 and you may vote once per email address.

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

New Gold Line Extension Broadens Opportunities for MHS Students
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Last Saturday, the new Gold Line metro extension opened! Six new stations were added with travel extending to the Azusa/Glendora border. The 11.5 mile extension adds stops in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. 

Maranatha is conveniently located just 3 blocks from the Del Mar Gold Line station (adjacent to La Grande Orange Cafe). The additional Gold Line stops make it even easier for students to commute to MHS from the East San Gabriel Valley. If you have a friend interested in Maranatha that lives in the cities added to the route, you may want to mention the convenient location of the Del Mar station near Maranatha's campus.

Student passes from MTA run just $24 per month. As an incentive to be environmentally responsible and cut down traffic for our school, Maranatha subsidizes 50% of the cost of the student pass, reducing the monthly price per student pass to just $12. It’s a great deal! And think of all the homework you can get done on the way to or from school. 

Take it from the Butler, Mary Poppins is Going to Be Amazing!
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Senior Cameron Smith plays Robertson Aye, the butler in this week’s Mary Poppins performance. He says everyone should come see the show because, “It’s a hilarious and heartfelt. And what’s more, it’s full of talent and the students have worked really hard.”

“I play a total idiot,” jokes Cameron, “and it’s really fun to be the comedic relief of the show.” His favorite scene is where he attempts to help the kids bake a cake and ends up making a complete mess of the kitchen, getting knocked unconscious in the process. Aside from silly antics, Cameron also has a solo dance performance in the show.  

Come see a first for Maranatha as our students literally soar in the Ambassador and delight audiences with so many memorable tunes. Mary Poppins opens Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday night, March 12 with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at

Remember, all prospective families are invited to be our special guests. If you know of a prospective family that would be interested in attending, please have them contact our Admissions Assistant Debbie Middlebrook at (626) 817-4021 or for complimentary tickets.

ACSI/WASC Accreditation Visit Next Week
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

We look forward to hosting our Visiting Accreditation team of six (4 ACSI and 2 WASC) representatives on campus starting this Sunday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 16. While here, the team will observe classes and meet with: Finance, ASB, MHS parents, our faculty, each MHS Standard Committee, and the Accreditation Steering Committee. 

The accreditation process works to ensure that schools have met standards of quality, and hold a commitment to improvement and accountability. Since the 2014-2015 school year, our entire faculty and staff have been meeting monthly to assess Maranatha’s programs in light of eight ACSI school standards. These eight standards include: Philosophy and Foundations, Governance and Executive Leadership, Home and Community Relations, Personnel, Instructional Program, Student Care, Character/Values/Spiritual Formation of Students, and Continuous School Improvement Plan over the next six years.

Please be in prayer for our Accreditation visit and be sure to greet the visiting Accreditation team if you see them.

Congrats to Ms. Breitenbucher - New U.S. Citizen!
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Our very own Spanish Faculty, Ms. Alba Breitenbucher, is originally from Argentina and has been in the United States over 30 years. After receiving her residency permit five years ago she applied for her citizenship last year. We celebrated with her just last week as Alba officially received her citizenship. She applied because, “I wanted to experience the feeling of completely belonging to the great spirit of this country.” What so many of us take for granted, for Ms. Breitenbucher is “really a dream come true after so many years and struggles.” 

After learning history, testing, and meeting legal requirements, Ms. Breitenbucher was able to take her oath of citizenship. “The Oath Ceremony was a very emotional event,” she said. “Almost 4,000 people from more than 150 countries, different languages and cultures willing to serve this country, pouring their minds and hearts to make this place a better one. Even the judge was moved when she remembered her immigrant parents and I could relate to her story as well.” Congratulations, Señora Breitenbucher!

MHS Students Attend Holistic Medical Conference
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Late last month, 28 students attended the 4th Annual UCLA-SIM (Students for Integrative Medicine) Conference. This day-long conference was held at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. The field trip was organized by Science Faculty Dr. Allen Jang and attended by fellow Science Faculty Ms. Janessa Ocon. The purpose of the UCLA-SIM Conference was to present and explore evidence-based clinical studies on holistic medicine, such as acupuncture. Conference presenters were medical doctors who are also licensed Acupuncturists and/or certified in Nutrition, Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Ayurvedic medicine. Maranatha students were the only high school students in attendance.

Three years ago, Dr. Jang started the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club on Maranatha’s campus. The UCLA College of East-West Medicine (CEWM, part of the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine) recently became a partner of Southern California HOSA. Dr. Jang applied and was accepted as an Advisory Board member for the new UCLA-CEWM & HOSA partnership for Southern California. He spoke twice at their SIM organization. To reciprocate, he then invited SIM to speak at MHS this January. Sharon Ho, the President of SIM, was so impressed with Maranatha’s students that she offered them 30 complimentary admission tickets to the conference. 

Fencing Keeps Maranatha’s Andrew Huang On His Toes
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Sophomore Andrew Huang is finding rapid success in a lesser known sport. About a year and a half ago, Andrew set out to find a sport to partake in after school hours and discovered a fencing club close to Maranatha’s campus. Fencing rapidly developed into more than just a sport for him, but rather an intense and strategic activity that keeps him on his toes. Andrew mentioned, “In the beginning, it can be boring because you have to learn the basics and do the drills. However, later you start competing in actual matches and tournaments and it’s there that you begin to put together your own strategies and learning techniques from others.”

Andrew shared how physically draining fencing can be because the human body is not used to the fencing position or constant follow through with the movements. “It can also take a toll on you mentally,” he added, “because situations change so fast and you have to choose the best course of action amongst limitless options.” He acknowledges, fencing “is not just about the physical aspect as I am not the strongest person on the planet, but if you put together mental capacity with natural strength, it works out perfectly. Good reflexes are also a key component.” Read more HERE.

2016-2017 Ministry and ASB Applications Due This Friday!
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

If you were considering applying for the 2016-2017 Ministry Team or ASB, applications are due this Friday, March 11. The applications are available online on the Forms & Documents page. Read more HERE.


What to Expect for SPIRITual Emphasis Week
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

This week, March 7-11, Maranatha will be having Spiritual Emphasis Week combined, for the first time ever, with our Spring Spirit week. Yes we are doing a SPIRITual Emphasis Week!

Our theme during the week will be “The Response”. Following this year’s Spiritual Life Retreat theme of “The Call”, Spiritual Emphasis Week will be look at how we, as followers of Jesus, respond to the call that Jesus has made on our lives. 

Students may dress in any appropriate (non ripped/stained) MHS gear including MHS shorts, sweats, t-shirts, Uprising shirt, athletic wear, etc. Clothes must have an MHS logo on them with the exception of non-ripped jeans which are allowed. Read more HERE.  

Seniors Submit Graduation Cap and Gown Measurements This Week
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Maranatha’s Jostens representative will be back on campus during lunch on Tuesday-Wednesday, March 8 and 9 to take measurements for Graduation caps and gowns, as well as orders for any purchased goods. This is the most convenient and expedient option for submitting your cap and gown size or placing orders. Online ordering is also available through March 18. After that date only "snail mail" orders will be accepted.

Josten's offers for sale official school graduation announcements, thank you cards, graduation clothing, key rings, and more. A wide selection of items are available to order online at Click HERE for a copy of the order forms that seniors recently received. Read more HERE.

Schoolwide Expected Student Outcomes (SESO)
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Part of the reaffirmation of accreditation culminating this spring includes a self-reflection of our philosophy and foundations including our vision, mission, and schoolwide expected student outcomes (SESOs). As we analyzed our previous SESOs, we quickly came to a consensus that the outcomes needed to be more succinct and easy to read. Our Standard 1 Accreditation Committee, who was tasked with looking at our philosophy and foundations, came up with the first draft. The Steering Committee leadership team took the draft and refined it for the whole staff to add any last minute suggestions and land on a set of outcomes that we all felt represented well who Maranatha is and what we work to accomplish with our students each day.

Thus, in order to equip all students at Maranatha with the knowledge, competencies, and orientations needed for success, and to maximize learning, Maranatha has developed the following schoolwide expected student outcomes. Read more HERE.

Summer Academy Brochure Now Available
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Students, do you sometimes feel that there is not enough time in the yearly schedule to achieve all that you desire to experience in high school? Maranatha provides a Summer Academy program that offers a number of accredited courses.  In this immersive learning atmosphere, students have the opportunity to advance in their coursework and to improve their academic standing. Many students have found a benefit in taking only one course, free from the distractions of other homework assignments. You can take an Honors course to pave the way for an AP course during the school year or complete a core course during the summer to allow an open period during the school year for advanced courses in your area of interest. Talk with the counseling team if you would like assistance with selecting the right course for you to take during the Summer Academy.

The Summer Academy will run from June 20-July 29. Summer classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and some classes, science in particular, fill quickly. The brochure/registration form is available online HERE. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is due with registration and the balance of summer program tuition is due in full prior to start of class.

THE Event
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

You may have noticed that there is no school on Friday, March 4. After some professional development time, Maranatha staff will be hosting all Class of 2020 students accepted during Early and Regular Admissions. These accepted students are invited to campus for a BBQ and evening of discovery and class bonding! Many of our Ambassador students and all our teachers will be here to welcome them and join in the fun! This is a free event to welcome them to our family and give them a taste of high school. Although this is a student event, the incoming parents are invited to join us for the bonfire closing at 7:00 p.m.

If you know a prospective 8th grade student that was accepted to MHS, please help them get excited for THE Event and encourage them to RSVP to or (626) 817-4021 so we can plan for food.

Powder Puff Game
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

On March 3, at 7:00 p.m., Maranatha’s junior and senior ladies will be participating in our annual Powder Puff football game. In this Freaky Friday-esque role reversal, the girls play each other in football while the guys cheer them on from the sidelines. Practices are held throughout the weeks leading up to the game, and any Maranatha upperclassman lady is invited to participate. Coached by members of the Maranatha football team, the ladies showcase their athleticism and competitive spirit by learning plays and running drills at practice. As the class rivalry is strong, both teams have a strong desire to take the crown. The seniors have a leg up in regard to the fact that many of them played in last year’s game. Audrey Chang said, “Playing Powder Puff made me have so much more respect for football. The guys made it their goal to teach us how to catch, throw, and remember plays. We’re going to win this year. There's no doubt about that. However, the juniors bring fresh ideas and a desire to prove themselves." Read more HERE.

An Interview With Mary Poppins, Herself!
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Over the last several years, many have noted the exceptional collegiate quality of Maranatha’s performing arts shows. According to senior Holly Campbell, who plays the role of Mary Poppins next week, this particular show is even more extraordinary because of the “flying, huge musical numbers, dancing, magic, and memorable characters.” 

Holly explains, “Mary Poppins is a musical about a family with rebellious children and parents whose priorities are placed in things like work and parties rather than their family. Mary Poppins magically appears and becomes their new nanny taking the children on magical adventures, and teaching them life lessons that lead to the restoration of their family."  Holly reflects, "I can see myself in Mary Poppins’ optimism. She is always giving the children hope for their future.” Read more HERE.

Senior Graduation Cap and Gown: Online Order Due March 18 (or On Campus Order March 8-9)
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

On Wednesday, February 23, a representative from Jostens presented our Senior Class with order forms and catalogs related to our graduation ceremonies. This same representative will be on campus during lunch on March 8 and 9 to take orders, down payments, and measurements for caps and gowns. Online ordering is available, but only until March 18. After that date orders will be limited to "snail mail" only.

Maranatha will provide each senior their cap, gown, and tassel as part of the Graduation Fee which will be billed to each Class of 2016 family. 

Click HERE for a copy of the order forms that students received. If your student was absent on Wednesday, they may also pick up a packet in the Guidance Office or Principal's Office. Please make every effort to have your child submit measurements on either March 8 or 9 on campus, or online no later than March 18. Read more HERE.

Mary Poppins' FLIGHT CREW?
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

That's right!... You could be a part of putting Mary Poppins and her friends in the air on the Ambassador stage! Five loyal volunteers are needed March 4-12 from approximately 2-10 p.m. to help cast members take flight! Please contact Mrs. Byers if you are interested at It will be tons of fun!


Maranatha Students Spend the Day With Tuskegee Airmen
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

World History students recently had the opportunity to visit the World War II Aviation Museum in Palm Springs. The optional field trip, offered by History faculty Mrs. Lois Cronin, took place on a Saturday. Mrs. Cronin said, “I love this museum and I go every year because the docents are phenomenal and there is always something new.”

Mrs. Cronin’s sophomore World History students are actually just entering the World War II era in their text books, but Mrs. Cronin wanted to fit this field trip in as she continually impresses upon her students the need to “climb out of their textbooks and talk to living history,”. All the docents at the museum are veterans of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Her class had the opportunity to speak with docents from all three eras. Read more HERE.

Maranatha Alum Wins Marc Jacobs’ Fashion Week Contest
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

By: Michelle Karim '07, Maranatha Manager of Alumni Relations

Maranatha High School alumna, Michelle Washington ’10, is no stranger to making headlines for her stunning fine art submissions and here she is, yet again, being recognized for another outstanding achievement. The young and talented artist from Pasadena has been on the scene for a while now and has been known for her admirable and fearless passion in submitting her artwork for a slew of various contests all over Los Angeles and beyond. On February 17, 2016, Michelle was announced the winner for the Marc Jacobs’ New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 campaign.

With only 24 hours left to submit a piece of artwork, Michelle spent the evening designing and creating her own piece. She spent time researching other submissions and bought herself a few fashion magazines, searching for the inspiration that would bring her vision to life.  Read more HERE.

When It Comes to Data, Maranatha Has It's Own Queen
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

With our upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation visit March 12-14, MHS faculty and staff have been busy compiling a lot of data. In addition to accreditation, our faculty utilize a system called DataWise to measure and evaluate teaching and student progress. Dr. Michelle Purghart, our Principal, has spearheaded the Accreditation and DataWise efforts, thus earning her the unofficial title (at least among her faculty) of "Data Queen". So it seemed fitting that at last week's final accreditation team meeting, some of the faculty presented her with a shirt bearing the title, as well as her favorite buzzword on the back, "disaggregate". 

Maranatha’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Every six years, Maranatha seeks a reaffirmation of our accreditation. We look forward to welcoming a visiting accreditation committee this March and wanted to share what we have been doing to prepare for this visit.

Maranatha is blessed to have dual accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) since 1984 and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1973. School accreditation is intended not only as an independent avenue for school accountability, but also a welcomed opportunity for school improvement. Read more HERE.

Black History Month: One Student’s Perspective
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

By: Jazlyn Raymond ’16

I recently was asked the question in regards to Black History Month: “Why isn’t there a white history month?” As a student who is half black, I thought it would be helpful to attempt to answer why Black History Month is important to me.

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions that black people have made to the United States of America. Because African-Americans are mainly known for the oppression that they endured in this nation’s history, the month of February is instead a time to focus on the positive aspects of our race, to be acknowledged for who we are and what we have done, and a time to inform others on the many achievements that blacks have made. Read more HERE.

Announcing a New Athletic Website
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Have you browsed Maranatha’s Athletic pages on our website lately? We encourage you to do so, as you will see a whole new look! The Athletic Department is thrilled to launch a new look to their Athletic webpages, with a lot more features to help our athlete families. We have found a solution to streamline information as our new website automatically updates from sites such as MaxPreps, CIF, and Pressbox, and automatically updates to our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Go to and click on “Athletics”.  Here you will find all the same helpful information like pre-participation clearance, championship history, summer camps, athletic calendar, and a lot more like...  Read more HERE.


MHS Students Speak on Leadership
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last week, two of our amazing students spoke about leadership at one of our feeder schools. Senior Regina Pullens and junior Skyye De Catur (at right) joined Mr. Bodwell and Mrs. Zambrano on a visit to Rosebud Academy. Our students were invited by Rosebud school Principal and founder Shawn Brumfield to speak in support of the school’s current character education program.  This was the first time Rosebud Academy has invited students from another school to speak and our students shared on the qualities of a leader to their 6-8 grade students. Regina and Skyye each spoke to a group of approximately 30 girls or boys.

Regina, as one of the 2016 Rose princesses, focused on the theme of royalty. She started by sharing a little about herself including some tough times she encountered in middle school. She then shared about the qualities of a good leader and how to navigate high school and get involved. She ended by sharing about her Tournament of Roses Royal Court experience and how grades, service opportunities, confidence, and speaking ability all played a role in her Rose Court selection. At the end of her talk she presented each student with a token crown and reminded them each by name that they were royalty. Read more HERE.

MHS Mom’s Bible Study: Spring 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

March 7 – April 25 (Easter break off - March 28)
The Book of Acts: One Chapter a Day by Courtney Joseph

Current and Alumni MHS Moms are welcome to attend the Spring Mom's’ Bible Study hosted by the Parent Association. They will meet on Monday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. in the Parent Association Office (located in the front of the Student Center, right off the upper parking lot).  For this session, they will be studying the book of Acts in the New Testament. Parent Association Chaplain René Bancroft says, “I’m really looking forward to digging into God’s Word with you!” The reference guide, The Book of Acts: One Chapter a Day by Courtney Joseph, may be purchased on

Please come prepared on March 7 having read the book of Acts – or as much of it as you are able.  We will spend the time getting to know one another and talking about what this study will entail in the weeks ahead.  If you have any questions, please contact René Bancroft at  No previous Bible study experience is needed; just a willing heart to know more of how God can work in your life today. 

Cooking With Our MHS Chefs In the Kitchen With Chef Will
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

William Ramirez has been working in the kitchen and serving our Maranatha community for two years. This is his first year as Executive Chef.

Chef Will graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2014 where he quickly discovered that the kitchen was not only his career, but his playground. “There is nothing more wonderful than being able to let your creative juices run free and also to experiment with a variety of items and flavors.”  We quickly learned that he has become so much more passionate about his cooking career since he began working at MHS. We interviewed him to find out more. Read more HERE.

It’s Easy to Help
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Did you know there a several organizations that will give financial support to Maranatha High School just because you shop with them - and it won’t cost you an extra penny? Registration on their websites will send a percentage of your purchases back to MHS every time you shop - and every one of those pennies count for our students! It's easy to help - get started by registering where you shop: eScripTarget's Take Charge of EducationAmazon Smile.

2016-2017 Ministry Team and ASB Applications Now Available!
Friday, February 19, 2016

Ministry Team and ASB applications for 2016-2017 are now available below, in Mr. Kozak’s office, and online on the Forms & Documents page. Both are due March 11. 

Next year, the Ministry Team will be comprised of no more than twenty students that are committed to the investment of building a kingdom community at Maranatha, helping fellow students grow closer to Christ, and ministering to the community, locally and globally by creating spaces that invite God to work in and through us for His renown. Applications will require a teacher recommendation and a pastoral/Christian leader recommendation. Read more HERE.

Save the Date for Mary Poppins
Friday, February 19, 2016

Mary Poppins flies sweetly into the hearts of the young and old alike. Hers is the magic of love and family. Maranatha Performing Arts is proud to bring Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s instant classic to the Ambassador March 10-12, 2016. You’ll soar with delightful songs from the light-hearted Let’s Go Fly a Kite to the soul-stirring Feed the Birds, and we’ll have your toes tapping delightfully to the beat of Jolly Holiday. Mary Poppins is practically perfect! But don’t take our word for it; come see it for yourself. And we promise, you won’t even need a spoonful of sugar. And yes, there will be flying!

All evening performances Thursday – Saturday, March 10-12 begin at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. It’s a treat for the whole family! Tickets are on sale now HERE.

In addition, we invite all prospective families to be our special guests. If you know of a prospective family that would be interested in attending, please have them contact our Admissions Assistant Debbie Middlebrook at (626) 817-4021 or for complimentary tickets. 

Helpful Info If You Missed the PSAT and Financial Aid Night
Friday, February 19, 2016

Last week the College & Guidance Counseling Department hosted successful PSAT and Financial Aid workshops. The workshops included an in-depth analysis of PSAT results, differences between the new SAT and the ACT, and resources for parents to assist their students to be successful on the tests. If you missed the meeting, there are a number of helpful resources you can look at below. The “PSAT Giveback" is the slide show from the presentation. There is a “PSAT/ACT/New SAT” flyer that has a great deal of valuable information on the differences between the ACT and SAT and also addresses the changes made to the new SAT.  Finally, the “C2 Practice Test flyer” lays out the dates for our upcoming ACT and SAT mock tests to be held here on campus.

In addition to the PSAT workshop, senior parents enjoyed a separate presentation on the college financial aid process, which informed them how to apply for financial aid. The feedback from parents on both events was extremely positive and they mentioned that they were greatly blessed by the information they learned. More Information HERE.

Cooking With Our MHS Chefs In the Kitchen With Chef Shirley
Friday, February 19, 2016

Shirley Chung, one of our Minutemen chefs, has been on staff at MHS for one year. You can often see Chef Shirley with a huge smile on her face, cooking and preparing a multitude of things, but what most people don’t know is that her culinary specialty is baking. We stopped in the kitchen and learned more about Chef Shirley and also got some intel on one of her favorite recipes.

“I’ve been cooking all my life really. My passion for cooking started when I was a child. I watched my mother recreate recipes of all types of food that she enjoyed. We would try to make things on our own and we worked together, like teammates, in the kitchen. Later in my life, I never thought that I could turn this hobby of mine into a career. It wasn’t until one of my closest friends brought it to my attention and suggested that I go to culinary school and start doing what I love professionally.” Read more HERE.

Mixed Ensemble Auditions
Friday, February 19, 2016

Auditions for Mixed Ensemble start today, February 16 and run through February 19. Sign-up times are available on Mr. Rupp's office door (2nd floor PE Annex) and will be held before school, during break and lunch, and selected after school days. Come prepared with a piece to sing. Please contact Mr. Rupp if you have any questions.

Walking Through Our Redemption With Lent Starting This Week
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By: Ethan Fields ’16, MHS Chaplain

When I was asked to do a brief write-up regarding the broad topic that is Lent, the need to define the core of the practice became quite apparent. To many, the period of 40 days is considered no more than a religiously justified diet plan. To others, the objective is somewhat unclear. Until recently, my view fell somewhere in between misunderstanding and ignorance. The following is simply a synopsis of what I have learned, newfound knowledge that I am quite excited to pass on.

To be defined simply, Lent is a period of progressively emptying oneself in anticipation of a day that will fill the hollow being with reconciliation. The overall goal is to place the mind and spirit in a dark space of clarity over the course of the 40 days. To kick it off, Ash Wednesday (in 2016 falling this week on February 10) essentially recognizes that from dust we came and to dust we will return. This concept is brought up to remind us that we, as human beings, are born dead and will die dead. Death and darkness are inherent narratives of the human condition, and the only life that is ever experienced is a gift of restoration from God alone. Many churches or individuals often struggle with the notion of leaving an Ash Wednesday service in a solemn state because of this realization. This should not be! Lent is the ultimate recognition of our humanity and all of the incompletion that entails. Read more HERE.

Encounters With Christ
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By: Greg Parker, Ministry Team Faculty

In chapel last week we began a new series called Encounters with Christ. We are going to be looking at different people's run-ins with Jesus in the Gospels and see what we can learn. Clearly, every person that Jesus met in the Gospels is changed because of that encounter. Jesus did not stop encountering people when He was resurrected, He continues to meet people today. So, along with looking at the Gospel stories, we will also be hearing from students each week about their own encounters with Christ. Parents are always welcome to join us on Thursdays at 11:28 a.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium.

Happy (Lunar) New Year!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today, February 8, many members of our community celebrate Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated for thousands of years in various southeastern asian countries in addition to China. Though some in the U.S. refer to the multi-day celebration as “Chinese New Year”, the festival marks the beginning of the lunar calendar and is also referred to as the Spring Festival, falling between Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox. 

Despite variations from country to country, most celebrations are known for family reunions, banquets, firecrackers, and sweets. Two of our international students give us a glimpse into this very important holiday. Read more HERE.

Defying Gravity Student Profile: Ellen Rekedal ’16
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

Many of you may know her as the girl who defied gravity and scared us half to death at Maranatha’s Christmas performance. We had the privilege of chatting with Maranatha’s own Ellen Rekedal, aerial silk extraordinaire, dance team captain, CIF swimmer, and ministry team member, about her history with dance and the important role it holds in her life.

Ellen began dancing when she was in third grade at a traditional ballet studio. She danced there with her best friend for four years before taking a break to play basketball and softball at her school. She began dancing again once she arrived at Maranatha, and through this, was recruited by former Swim Coach Mr. Zambrano to be on the Swim Team. She says, “I started swim my sophomore year, when Zambrano saw that I was a dancer, he said, 'Dancers are always good at swim!', so I started swimming!" With the help of another coach, Mr. Burnett, Ellen was able to nail down technique and after a few weeks of practice was competing on the same level as the other varsity swimmers. That same year, her first year of swimming, Ellen went to CIF. While she is an all-around athlete, Ellen’s main passion is dance and she has been able to hone her skills both inside and outside of school. Read more HERE.

Parent Service Program Reminder on April Statemen
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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! Read more HERE.

Graduation Meeting
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Graduation Meeting for Senior Students
Wednesday, February 24
11:45 a.m. - 12:23 p.m. 

Jostens will be present at this February 24 Graduation meeting and will also be back on campus March 8-9 for ordering Graduation Announcements and other graduation goodies.

An evening parent Graduation Meeting with be scheduled later in the year.

For questions, please contact Mr. Frank Ferry, Dean of Guidance at (626) 827-4030.

Graphic Design & Photography Students Win Awards
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 According to their website, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts including writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens. Read more HERE.

MHS Alum from Echosmith Talks to Theology Class
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

As a member of Echosmith, a double platinum pop band, Noah Sierota ’14 has had the privilege of traveling the world, hob knobbing with the A-listers, and meeting thousands of people. He came last week to speak with our Theology and the Arts class about being a Christian professional artist.

Noah started by sharing the wonderful grounding he received at MHS. Having been out in the world, he has realized how amazing it is being able to go to a Christian school and learn from a Christian perspective. “It is something very different,” he explained, “I’m excited for you guys.”  He continued, “It is important to bring what we learn from wise godly Christians in a Christian school into this world. If I didn’t have the Christian community and if I didn’t have faith I would be lost. If I didn’t have Christ I would be very, very lost.” Read more HERE.

Honeycomb Building Obituary
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By: Hannah Hedrick '16

[If you haven’t been reading the recently revived school newspaper, “The Messenger”, you are missing out! Don’t worry, you can catch up with all five of their issues on our website under Quicklinks - The Messenger. Below is an example of the creative writing you will find from their latest issue.] 

That Place We Walk Past On Our Way To Ralphs, the One Building Across From The Ambassador Auditorium, the Weird Honeycomb Building. These are only a few of the names that Weird Honeycomb Building responded to. In the coming months of 2016, the Weird Honeycomb Building (1947-2016) will be taken down for the building of new condominiums, because there aren’t enough condos in Pasadena already. We shouldn’t mourn, however; in fact, the Weird Honeycomb Building would have wanted us to celebrate its long and fruitful life. Read more HERE.

Science Bowl at JPL
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A number of our students have been practicing twice a week since August to compete in the recent JPL Science Bowl competition. We are so proud of how they improved greatly in their skills and learned a lot through the experience. The students answered questions about all domains of science, including organic chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, and mathematics. They received great gifts at the end of the competition, which included NASA backpacks filled with space gear. “We are on the up and up!”, says Mrs. Woods, Science Bowl Faculty Advisor, “I'm excited to see where we'll be next year!”

Math Contest
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By: Sandy Pelletier, Math Department Chair

On Tuesday morning, February 2, an outstanding group of Honors Math Club members tackled the American Math Contest, a grueling 25 problem test held at many schools across the nation. Even after the competition was over and the exams were collected, groups of students clustered around tables and kept on working on these challenging problems. Discussing solutions while snacking on "smarties" and "smart-smarts" besides flavored seaweed snacks, the conversations were focused and intense as teamwork took over. Scores on this first level of a tri-level competition will soon be out, revealing whether any MHS students move to the next round of competition which culminates in placement on the U.S. team in international competition. Last year the U.S. won first place in this prestigious competition! Good luck to all of our MHS Mathletes!

Photo Club Open to All
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The new Photo Club is off and running. On Friday, January 29, a group of Photography students took off on foot and rail (via the Gold Line) to downtown L.A. to do sunset and night shooting. Attractions included Angel's Flight Rail Car, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a tunnel near Bunker Hill.

Another "foot and rail" excursion is planned for Saturday morning, February 27. Interested students can find more information with Mrs. Schlenker in room 106, or talk to Christian Figueroa.

AP Study Sessions
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Faculty

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

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

College Acceptances Are Coming In
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Patrick Mesisca '92, Speech & Debate Coach

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

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

College Application Workshop This Wednesday
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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

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

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

PSAT Results
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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

Financial Aid Applications for College
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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



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

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

PA Meeting This Thursday
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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


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

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

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

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


Welcome New Registrar
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Senior College Application Workshops
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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

Upcoming College Application Workshops:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifting It Forward
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

Finals Review and Exam Schedule
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Academics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Odera Nwobi ’16, Chaplain

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

Winter Formal Reveal
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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

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

Freshman Class Christmas Workshop Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Photo Wall
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSF Holiday Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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

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

Spiritual Life Retreat
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

By: Jazlyn Raymond '16

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

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

Club Highlight: Cooking Club
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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

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

Senior Yearbook Tributes Due
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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

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

Christmas Shopping Can Benefit MHS
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Read more HERE.


Opportunity to Gift It Forward
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Club Highlight: Strategy Club
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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


Read more HERE.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

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

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

eResearch Tools Available at MHS
Monday, November 09, 2015

eResearch Tools Available at MHS

By: Dianne Miller, Instructional Technology Specialist

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


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

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

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

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

College Application Workshops
Monday, November 09, 2015

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

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

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

Open House This Saturday
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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

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

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

Emergency Procedures Reviewed
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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

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

Club Highlight: Journalism Club
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Moms’ Dinner Coming Up
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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

Welcome New Staff
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

Read full story HERE.

NHS Peer Tutoring Started
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

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

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

Club Highlight: Airsoft Club
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sophomore Places in Fencing Championship
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

Click HERE for detailed results. 



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

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

East Coast College Tour Details
Monday, October 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more HERE.

Club Highlight: Magic Club
Monday, October 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Murder Mystery Theater Cast Revealed
Monday, October 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s October 15 chapel and mentor groups:

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

Parent Ed Night This Thursday
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freshman Buddy Program Launched
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By: Faith VanRiper ’16

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

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

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

Senior Yearbook Tributes
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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

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

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

Read more HERE.

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

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

In Thursday's Chapel:

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

Read more HERE.

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

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

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

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

Admissions Library Series
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Spirit Week Dress Days
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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

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

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

Homecoming and Homecoming Court
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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

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

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

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

Club Highlight: Philosophy Club
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homecoming 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Maranatha Minutemen vs. Whittier Christian Heralds

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

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

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



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

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

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

Family Directory Now Available
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Welcome a Few More Faculty
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

National Christian College Fair
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

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

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

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



Chinese Moon Festival
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following is a list of this first chapel series

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

Club Rush
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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


Moms' Bible Study
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

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

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

College Fair at MHS
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

For a complete list of colleges attending, click HERE.

PA Meeting This Thursday
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

Maranatha Student Trips Update
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE for the flyer, or register HERE online. 

Welcome New Staff
Thursday, September 03, 2015

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


Click HERE to read about each of our new staff.

Picture Day
Thursday, September 03, 2015

By: Jeremiah Blessinger, Yearbook Advisor

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

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

Protect Your iPad!
Thursday, September 03, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Welcome New Faculty
Thursday, August 27, 2015

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

Back to School Nights Coming
Thursday, August 27, 2015

By: Tiffany O’Rourke, Dean of Faculty

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

Read more HERE.

Dance Company Auditions
Thursday, August 27, 2015

By: Anna Gradwohl, Dance Director

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

For more information, contact Mrs. Gradwohl at

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

We have three amazing international trips offered for 2016:

  • Israel (Easter Break 2016)

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

For the full story click HERE.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Acceptances 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

Read more HERE.

Minutemen Playing in College
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By: Thomas Stafford, Sports Information Director

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 12:11

Read more HERE.

Summer Assignments
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

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

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

Full article HERE.

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

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

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

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

Read full article HERE.

Used Uniform Sale and Donations
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Commencement 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

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

Final Exams
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

By: Tiffany Edwards, Dean of Faculty

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

Headmaster Position Communication and Head of School Search Update

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

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

Encore: A Variety Show
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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


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

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


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

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


Yearbook Coming This Week!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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



Congresswoman Chu Art Competition
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Board Governance

  • CEO Transitions

  • Educational Leadership

  • The Future of Christian Education

  • Institutional Mergers

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

Friday, May 08, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Used Uniform Sale
Friday, May 08, 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

We greatly appreciate your support!

MHS Launching New Energy Solutions
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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

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


AP Exams Start Next Week
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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

Showcase Awards
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Special Events!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(And Important Reminders for Senior Families)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

2015-2016 ASB Announced
Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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

Host an MHS International Student
Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

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

Support Missions Fundraisers
Thursday, April 23, 2015

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

New Orleans Mission:

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Goldfarb
Senior Vice President-Global Controller, Jacobs Engineering

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

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

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

By: John Wells, Performing Arts Chair and Producer

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

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

Academic Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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

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

Pennies for Patients
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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


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

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

Congratulations to these artists (artwork shown HERE):

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

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

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

For more information, click HERE for the event flyer.

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

By: Devin Robledo ’15, Student Chaplain

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

  • Friday Night Lights Football with Special 50th Festivities

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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

HIGHLIGHT EVENT: Heritage Dinner

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

Congrats New Ministry Team
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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

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

Welcome New IT Staff
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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

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

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

Please help us welcome Steven to Maranatha!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Prom Tickets and Discounts
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By: Mrs. Tammy Anacleto, MHS College Counselor

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

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

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

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

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

Cooking Class This Thursday
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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


Spirit Week This Week
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

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

Read More HERE.

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

The Pasadena Star-News is now accepting nominations for their 2015 "Best of San Gabriel Valley" Reader’s Choice Awards. This is an excellent opportunity to showcas