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Maranatha’s Tyler Dorsey is Picked by the Atlanta Hawks
Friday, June 23, 2017

Maranatha High School alum and former Oregon Duck Tyler Dorsey was selected as the 41st player overall in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. 

Dorsey graduated from Maranatha High School in 2015. The former California Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American was only the second player in Oregon Duck history to reach 1000 career points by his Sophomore year. While at Maranatha, Dorsey averaged 34 points per game, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists while leading the Minutemen to a CIF Championship. 


MHS Sophomore Completes Eagle Scout Project
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Maranatha High School wishes to congratulate sophomore Tyler Coates for rising to the title of Eagle Scout this past April. Tyler, who has been a Boy Scout since first grade, completed his Eagle Scout project by rebuilding a retaining wall for a local non-profit organization. The Lake Avenue Community Foundation, which provides tutoring and family services for children in N/W Pasadena, learned that a retaining wall on their property which was leaning towards a sidewalk must be replaced. That is where Tyler stepped in. Under his supervision and leadership, a team of 10 scouts and 4-5 adult volunteers dug up the wall and rebuilt it last November. Collectively the group donated over 250 hours to the project. read more



Physics Students Harness the Sun’s Rays
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This past week the Conceptual Physics classes, taught by Mr. Girma Aleme, displayed and tested their final project - a functional Solar Cooker. Their projects were evaluated for quality of production and functionality, and required to at least be able to cook a marshmallow or hotdog. Groups of 3-4 students each worked collaboratively to create and test their solar oven. Last Friday afternoon, 12 solar cookers were put to the test under the blazing sun. “This is a fun project and a productive learning activity to demonstrate Thermodynamics (Heating by Radiation Techniques),” commented Mr. Aleme. read more

Thinking About School Uniforms? So Are We!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This time of year, many of us are preoccupied with thoughts of final exams, summer break, vacation, or maybe summer school. While it’s unlikely that school apparel is forefront in most parents’ minds, we wanted to give you something to think about… new and used school uniforms.

Maranatha’s Parent Association is now collecting school uniform donations for their much anticipated, annual Used Uniform Sale and would love your help. If you have clean, gently worn uniform items that your child has outgrown or your graduating senior no longer needs, please bring them to the Student Center front desk this week or on June 2 (Baccalaureate night). Donations of school polos, skirts, shorts, pants, skorts, and jackets are all appreciated. These items will be sorted and sold at incredibly low prices at the Used Uniform Sale on Saturday, July 15. Your donated uniforms will greatly bless other Maranatha families. read more


Finals Week Begins
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

“Finish strong!” Our students have been hearing this message since returning from Easter break. As we begin the final week of the school year, we wanted to encourage our students to diligently prepare for their final exams and to approach these last few days with vigor and focus. It probably goes without saying that students should get sufficient sleep and eat nutritious meals to keep their minds and bodies performing best. read more

Awards of Excellence Presented to Maranatha Students
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Tuesday, May 16th, 55 high-performing Maranatha students received Maranatha Awards of Excellence at our yearly Academic Showcase Awards Ceremony. These students were honored by the entire Maranatha High School community in the beautiful Ambassador Auditorium.  Congratulations to each of these students for living out the mission and vision of our school! read more


How to Manage Exam Stress
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maranatha Physics teacher Girma Aleme was recently mentioned in the blog section of a top educational resource site

In the blog post, Mr. Aleme writes about the importance of not neglecting your own health during the stress of taking exams. “Before exam times, students need to have enough sleep. Having enough sleep is equivalent to nurturing the mind. Our mind needs rest and relaxation to think effectively and efficiently. This action is just refreshing your mind to update the “Inner Softwa

re” in your brain. Managing time and self-control is very important to avoid stress. A student who manages his/her study times would build enough confidence to score better in exams. Breath deeply and exercise once per day to get the normal function of your blood circulation and become stress free. read more

Did You Know Maranatha has an Equestrian Team? Just Ask Amanda Dundas
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We sat down for a Q&A with Maranatha sophomore Amanda Dundas to learn more about the sport of Equestrian. Amanda has been a faithful rider for the Maranatha Minutemen for the past two years, placing in each of the shows in which she has competed. Maranatha is thankful for both Amanda and her mother, Debbie, for the hard work and dedication they poured into the program.

How long have you been riding and what do you love about the sport?

I have been riding consistently for the past couple of years, but have always had a fascination with the sport and have always been interested in it. My favorite part about the sport is being able to build a connection between myself and the horse; especially because I do not always ride the same horse because I do not own one. I get the opportunity to build a connection with many horses with different personalities. It is also a stress reliever from school and a busy life while providing an opportunity to relax doing something I love. read more


Check Out the Latest News from “The Messenger”
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Don't forget to check out the articles on! Updated weekly, you can find stories about sports, art, culture, Maranatha events, and local food reviews! These articles are written each week by Maranatha students in Journalism class.

Honoring Seniors at Final PA Meeting this Week
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, the Parent Association will be hosting their final meeting of the school year. All MHS parents are encouraged to come to PA meetings, and the PA board wants to particularly encourage parents of graduating seniors to come to this week’s meeting. Attendees will hear from senior student speakers, as well as school staff and administration, and there will be a time to celebrate our senior families.

Even if this will be your first PA meeting of the year, you are welcome to come and enjoy breakfast with your fellow graduating families. The meeting is from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Commons (3rd floor of the Academic Center). If you have any questions, please contact Rene' Bancroft at

Maranatha High School Speech and Debate Makes It to the State Championship Tournament for the First Time in School History
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

On the weekend of April 28-30, the Maranatha Speech and Debate Team sent seniors Cameron Chen, Matthew Harrington, and sophomore Deven Hollimon to compete in the State Championship Speech and Debate Tournament at Arcadia High School. Each of these students worked extremely hard to get to this level of competition by being a top debater at the State Qualification Tournament that was held in March. At the State Qualifier, Cameron Chen finished 4th overall and Harrington and Hollimon were undefeated and finished in first place to then advance to the State Tournament. Deven Hollimon was the only non-senior to represent the Southern California Debate League from the 123 SCDL League Qualifiers.  read more

Academic Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

We are proud to celebrate our upcoming Academic Awards Ceremony to be held in the Ambassador Auditorium on Tuesday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students who receive academic awards will be honored in front of the entire Maranatha High School community for their excellent academic and creative achievement. Students are selected by faculty members in each Academic Department to receive the "best of" Maranatha Awards of Excellence. Students will receive certificates and medals that recognize and celebrate the hard work, determination, resilience, and pursuit of excellence that these deserving students have demonstrated this year.


Class of 2018 and 2019 Parent College Night
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Next Monday, May 15, the College & Guidance Counseling Office will be hosting an event specifically for parents of current Maranatha sophomores and juniors. The first of two guest speakers is from the University of New Mexico. Gary Bednorz will discuss the fact that with thousands of options available, deciding where to attend college can be a challenging task! Gary’s workshop will pave the road to the perfect choice and may even help you figure out how to pay for it!  read more


Things the Parent Association Wants You to Know
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

There are a two special events coming up in the next 9 days that the Parent Association wanted to bring to your attention.

Senior Girls Tea needs your help - Please take a look at SignUp Genius for an opportunity to earn those PSP Hours and deliver refreshing beverages to the Tea for the girls to enjoy on what will be a hot day! All drinks can be delivered by Thursday, May 11. Make sure to staple your receipt to your PSP Red Book for proper credit. Thank you so much! If you have any questions, please contact Rene' Bancroft at

Calling ALL Senior Families - YOU are invited to the last Parent Association meeting of the year on May 17! We will be celebrating our senior families through special senior student speakers, as well as taking an opportunity to celebrate YOU! Even if this will be your first PA meeting of the year, you are welcome to come and enjoy breakfast with your fellow graduating families. We meet on Wednesday, May 17, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Commons (3rd floor of the Academic Center). If you have any questions, please contact Rene' Bancroft at

Special Welcome for Incoming Moms
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Last Thursday, we held our annual Incoming Mothers’ Luncheon in front of the Ambassador Auditorium. This lunch is always a special time for current moms to host incoming moms to not only welcome them, but help them learn what to expect as their student enters high school. The new moms enjoyed fellowship, words of welcome, and thoughtful wisdom to start their journey as an extension of the Class of 2021. read more


Final Call for the Annual Dads’ Dinner!
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Next Thursday, May 11, is our annual Maranatha Dads’ Dinner and we still have seats open! We are so excited to have our current, incoming, and alumni dads in attendance for this fun evening. Join us for a complimentary delicious meal (prepared by Stonefire Grill) and short program featuring our Head of School, Dr. Steven J. Sherman.

If you have not sent your RSVP, this is your LAST CALL! Contact Michelle Karim ‘07 ASAP at or (626) 817-4071 so we can save a seat for you!



All Aboard Prom 2017
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Prom on a boat? Need I say more? I can’t think of a better way to end a remarkable year for the Class of 2017! I was genuinely humbled as I looked across the sea of beautiful gowns, and handsome boys in their tuxes, and was told by the security staff upon check-in that they had never seen a more respectable looking group of kids. I am so very proud of them all! We set sail at 8:00 p.m. just as the sun was setting across the horizon. The food was, simply put, AMAZING — ranging from buffalo chicken in a delicate puff pastry, southwest chipotle-fired chicken rolls, to a nacho cheese bar. Music on the second level... read more

Class of 2017 Graduation Information Meeting
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

This Thursday, May 4, the College & Guidance Counseling Department will hold a Graduation meeting for all seniors and their parents at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Please plan to attend this important meeting to receive pertinent details and information about commencement and more. Graduation tickets will be available to each senior family beginning at 5:00 p.m. that evening. Each family will automatically be issued 10 tickets. Requests for additional tickets should be directed to the Counseling Department beginning on May 5. For questions, please contact Sue Lange at (626) 817-4032.

Have You Heard About Maranatha’s New Summer Courses?
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Maranatha’s Summer Academy boasts a wide variety of courses in an immersive learning atmosphere designed to give students an opportunity to advance in their coursework. This summer’s program will offer several exciting new courses including robotics, speech and debate, financial intelligence, and martial arts.

New for 2017, MHS is offering an inaugural STEM programming course for grades 7th through 12th. There are ONLY 8 AVAILABLE SPOTS REMAINING for this 6-week robotics course where your student will learn how to create and command a robotic LEGO creature, vehicle, machine, or his or her own invention. No prior computer prerequisites are necessary other than a great imagination! We hope your student is ready for the Robotics EV3 challenge! read more

MHS Missions Kicks Off at Harambee
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Harambee mission trip took place over Spring Break starting on Thursday, April 13, with an enthusiastic team of students and leaders from Maranatha High School heading to Harambee Preparatory School (HPS) in Pasadena. The mission was to serve the school with maintenance needs such as painting, gardening, and cleaning, and spend time with their students.

The mission team spent time the first day with the children on campus by playing games, crafting, leading praise and worship, and acting out a skit about the saving grace of Christ Jesus. At the end of the day, we heard from the Executive Director of Harambee Ministries, Harlan Redmond, who spoke about the goals and mission of the institution. On the second day, the MHS mission team worked on painting fences, bathrooms, a hallway, cleaning the yard, and tidying the premises. read more

College Admissions Case Study for Sophomores and Juniors
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Curious about how the college admissions process works? Want to hear from current admissions counselors as they evaluate actual applications and give feedback on how grades, essays, recommendation letters, and scores are weighed in the selection process?

Heritage Christian School, Maranatha High School, and Village Christian School invite 10th and 11th grade students and parents to our College Admissions Review this Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the campus of Village Christian High School. Don't miss this invaluable workshop and college fair. Meet with representatives from colleges across the country to discuss how admissions offices review student applications. read more

Let’s Get Those Service Hours Out of the Way!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thank you to all those parents who have fulfilled your hours this year - you have truly made a difference! If you have yet to complete your hours, let’s knock them out ASAP!

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. read more

Two Exciting Opportunities for Our Incoming Minutemen
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

As we come down the home stretch of the school year, we hope your year is ending well! We wanted to let you know about two exciting opportunities for your elementary/middle school students. If you are able, please pass this information on to your families.

MARANATHA'S SUMMER ACADEMY 2017 (Open to Incoming 8th Graders)

We have had several requests for summer classes from middle school families and are thrilled to open a number of our Summer Academy classes to incoming 8th graders: Algebra 1, Geometry, Stem Robotics, Algebra Readiness, English Readiness, and Introduction to Martial Arts. Our Summer Academy runs from June 19-July 28. Click HERE for the 2017 Summer Academy Brochure.


Maranatha's Baseball Program would like to invite all students in "Little League" (any youth baseball league or travel team, grades K-8) to attend our home game on Tuesday, April 25 as our guests. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Field (by the Rose Bowl) and wear your team jersey to score a free hot dog and drink. Click HERE for the Little League Night Flyer. read more


The Event That Changed Everything—Easter!
Monday, April 10, 2017

By: Elise Navarro ‘17

Some people count down the days until their birthday, or maybe until school gets out or their next vacation from work. However, my personal favorite countdown is the one that leads up the event that changed everything—Easter. Ash Wednesday marks forty days until Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday is six days before the crucifixion, and two days before Resurrection Day is Good Friday. My personal hope is that we rejoice everyday like it is Resurrection Day and that we find more celebration around the sacrifice of our Savior, just as we do for His birth! read more

Campus Closing During Spring Break
Monday, April 10, 2017

This Thursday and Friday, April 13-14, the school campus will be completely closed. Please do not come to campus either of those days as there will be no access available in order for technicians to complete the switch-over to a new power transformer.

This state-of-the-art equipment was recently installed as part of the City of Pasadena’s requirement to relocate the school’s power supply to an independent source. This conversion was part of our energy efficiency program which will significantly improve Maranatha’s energy management.

Please remember there is no school and offices will remain closed for the duration of Easter Break, with school resuming on Monday, April 24.

Interested in Our Summer Academy For This Summer?
Monday, April 10, 2017

Did you know that Maranatha offers a rigorous Summer Academy that can benefit your child in several ways? The courses offered in our Summer Academy give your child more time to focus on a single subject. This optimal learning environment can be a reprieve from the fast pace of high school life because our summer classes have a smaller student/teacher ratio and are offered in a more relaxed environment. In this immersive learning atmosphere, students have the opportunity to advance in their coursework and to improve their academic standing and their grade point average. read more

Spring PA Meeting is This Wednesday
Monday, April 10, 2017

Every parent is invited to attend the Spring Parent Association meeting this Wednesday, April 12, 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 school 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 26. read more


Congratulations to Our 2017-2018 ASB Members!
Monday, April 10, 2017

The newly appointed ASB members are ready to take their place in office for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The votes have been cast and counted, and the results are shown below. Congratulations to all our new student leaders! read more





Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Monday, April 10, 2017

On Thursday, April 6 the senior Theology IV Philosophy and Apologetics classes combined in Mr. Mesisca’s classroom to participate in a Skype interview with renowned philosopher and Christian theologian Dr. Ken Samples. Dr. Samples is a writer, public speaker, and senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe (RTB). He encourages believers to develop a logically defensible faith and challenges skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical worldview level. During our interview, Dr. Samples presented twelve convincing proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and responded to philosophical objections to the resurrection popularized by skeptics and critics of Christianity.

Philosophy teacher Mr. Mesisca '92 said, “It was encouraging to have the evidences and arguments we discuss in class reinforced and expanded upon by Dr. Samples. He was extremely gracious with his time and the manner in which he fielded student questions in today’s session.” Maranatha thanks Mr. Mesisca, Ms. Bell, Mr. Mehrabian, and Mr. Mancini for helping to make this an enriching experience for our students.

Take a Look! The Annual Art Show Exhibit Opens This Week
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beginning this week, some of our exceptional student art will be on display in the Student Center. Each year the Visual Arts Department presents a series of art exhibits to showcase original works by our students using a variety of medium. The Visual Arts Department encourages everyone in the MHS community visit the Student Center to enjoy and appreciate the God-given talents of our art students. read more


AP Exam Important Information
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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

This year we are having AP exams at Friendship Church, with the exception of the Studio Art exams being held in the art rooms on our MHS campus. 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 go directly to the testing facility at Friendship Baptist Church, 80 West Dayton Street, Pasadena, CA 91105. When you enter the exam room students will have assigned seats per College Board requirements. Students will need to enter through the door located on Delacy Avenue where a sign will be posted.  read more


Congratulations to Our Art Winners
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

By: Diane Barnhart, Visual Arts Department Chair

A huge congratulations to a few of our very own art students for their incredibly fantastic submissions for the Pasadena Women's Club Annual Student Art Contest. We are proud to announce that Evelyn Thoen '17 won first place for her linoleum block print, "Beach House"
 (shown to right). Evelyn explained, “I was inspired by the song ‘Lakehouse,’ by the Land of Monsters and Men. Their music is focused on Icelandic folk tales and memories. My concept for the piece was to create a unique structure using cool, muted tones to make the image of a lake house that is literally in the water. This piece is a collage of several block prints.” Next year Evelyn will be attending Westmont College and double-majoring in Art and Communication Studies. Her artwork will be on display soon at the main Pasadena Library on Walnut. read more

All the Spiritual Emphasis Week Details You Need
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

By: Greg Parker, Ministry Team Leader

The purpose of Spiritual Emphasis Week is to have some dedicated time each semester to remember what is really important. So often we get bogged down with academics and the pressures of education that we miss the bigger issues of life. The Maranatha community takes time each semester to slow down to refocus on the bigger questions of this life. The purpose is for us, as a community, to be able to worship together, share together, and grow together in our faith.

This Spring, Spiritual Emphasis Week will be taking place on April 10-12. On Monday. we are thrilled to have Blythe Hill, the founder of Dressember which is a non-profit organization that fights to end human trafficking. read more


NEW and Exciting Technology Courses to be Offered in 2017-2018
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

By: Dr. Rocio Watkins, Dean of Academics

We are excited to introduce new Computer Science courses as we develop our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.  This academic year, we are offering a hands-on iOS Swift programming course where students are learning how to develop iPhone and iPad applications using Swift programming language and the Xcode Integrated Development Environment. Students will create 10 apps as a culminating project and will be able to sell them in the app store.

This summer we will offer a STEM Robotics two-semester course that will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS ® NXT Video Trainer 2.0 to introduce the students to programming lessons in STEM Robotics 101, using robotics technologies, explicit math and science concepts, and the Engineering process.

In the Fall of 2017, we will begin our Computer Science curriculum with a brand new course, Intro to Computer Science, available to grades 9th -12th. This course will provide students with foundational knowledge of computer science and applications, including web design, computer programming, data modeling, and robotics.

MHS Junior Wins Gold Medal at the Scholastic League Fencing Tournament
Monday, March 27, 2017

Maranatha High School is proud to announce that junior, Andrew Huang ‘18, took first place at the 2016-2017 Southern California Scholastic League Fencing Tournament. Andrew attended the second tournament on March 19 in Los Angeles, and was proudly representing Maranatha High School. There were a total of 31 fencers who competed in the Men's Saber competition and Andrew took home 1st place based on his cumulative points from the first tournament on December 4, 2016 and the second tournament on March 19, 2017.

Roughly two years ago, Andrew discovered a fencing club close to Maranatha’s campus and he quickly came to appreciate this strategic and intense sport.  read more

Round Up Your Shoes for a Good Cause
Monday, March 27, 2017

On April 6 and 7, ASB will be collecting gently used shoes for Angel Bins in order to raise money for ASB activities while celebrating the spirit of giving back. Angel Bins partners with schools and organizations to collect shoes that are new or in good condition, then exports them to various countries in South America and Africa, where they create thousands of jobs for small businesses who resell them as a means of supporting their families. It's an amazing way to help so many people become self-sufficient and get them out of the poverty trap and onto a brighter path.

All sizes and types of shoes can be donated (except ski boots and golf shoes). Please pair shoes together by tying the laces or rubber band the pair together (please do not tape shoes). ASB needs to collect a minimum of 1,000 pairs of shoes so we encourage you to dig through all your closets and ask your friends if they’d like to contribute shoes they no longer need! Collection bins will be located near the drop-off car line, in front of the Student Center, and in front of the Academic Center before and after school on both days. Donating your unwanted shoes will help others, support ASB, and de-clutter your closets!

Class of 2017 Embraces Senior Surprise Week!
Monday, March 27, 2017

By: Michelle Karim ’07, Communications and Alumni Relations Manager

In planning Senior Surprise Week this year, our ultimate goal was to treat the seniors to a very special time where they felt the exclusive treatment they deserve from the Alumni Relations Office. Senior Surprise Week leads up to the annual Senior Send-Off event and we wanted to make sure that they are adequately prepared - and excited - for their initiation and induction into the Maranatha alumni family. Last week was filled with delicious treats for our seniors each day as well as a few contest with desirable prizes. It was heartwarming to see the element of surprise on our seniors’ faces throughout the week. Many came up to the Alumni Booth and shared comments like, “Wow! This is for us?” and “Thank you so much for doing this for us. It makes us feel so special!”

Our graduates will always have a home here at Maranatha High School and it is truly our goal to make that clear to our seniors. Even when they depart for college, our hope is that they not only take all of their high school memories and life lessons with them, but also come back to visit and keep us updated on all the incredible things the Lord is doing in their lives.  read more

Maranatha vs. Maranatha - Speech and Debate Edition
Monday, March 27, 2017

On Wednesday, March 22, Maranatha’s Trinity Moore ‘18 and Joshua David ’17 competed against each other in the Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest at the prestigious University Club in Pasadena. Trinity represented the Pasadena Rotary Club and Joshua David represented the Altadena Rotary Club. Two other students competed in the contest as well, representing Blair High School and San Marino High School.

In the end, Trinity Moore won first place to advance to the semi-finals, which will be held in April at the Montebello Country Club. Joshua David earned the honor of first runner-up which means that he would fill Trinity’s spot in the event of her absence in the next round.  read more

Get Your Tickets Now for Beautiful Truth: The Stories That Move Us
Monday, March 27, 2017

Join the Maranatha Performing Arts Department this spring as we bring the wonder and joy of childhood stories to the Ambassador stage on April 6 and 7. Directed by dance faculty member, Anna Gradwohl, this show displays how stories come in many forms and provide a unique connection to memories and personal/spiritual growth. They remind us what it looks like to live without fear and doubt.

You do not want miss out on this very special performance as members of our Dance Company, Mixed Ensemble, and Orchestra take the stage to bring these stories to life. Tickets may be purchase in advance through Maranatha’s online box office.

Open Your Home and Your Heart to an International Student
Monday, March 27, 2017

Maranatha High School offers local Christian families an opportunity to host an international student during the school year. Families who host an international student not only provide a home and a family, but benefit themselves in so many ways! Many host families report significant 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, Maranatha requires our international students to be part of a Homestay Program, which matches our international students with Christian families in the San Gabriel Valley. The International Student Program Office is currently looking for Maranatha families or other interested local Christian families that would like to partner with us to provide a Christ-filled home for our international students.  read more 

Last Chance for an Early Enrollment Travel Discount
Monday, March 27, 2017

Why wait? Enroll today on Maranatha’s fabulous 2018 European summer tour of Spain, the French Riviera, and Italy! Until noon on March 31st, travelers can earn a $100 discount. As well, we still have 23 additional $200 off mail-in vouchers, available for those who enroll and choose a payment plan. These vouchers don't expire until January 1, 2018 - but they are first come, first serve and going fast! So, if you act now, you can enjoy this glorious trip for $300 less than the base price!  read more

We’re Gearing Up to Welcome the Incoming Class of 2021
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This coming Saturday, March 25, Maranatha is excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2021 students and parents to Fresh Start Day! This is an essential and exciting event for our new freshman class as they begin to identify with being part of our Maranatha family, as well as becoming the new class on campus. 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 2017–2018. The Student Center doors will open at 8:50 a.m. Enrollment packets will be distributed for the 2017-2018 school year before we begin our program at 9:10 a.m. At the conclusion of our morning program (11:15 a.m.) lunch will be provided by In-N-Out.  read more

MHS Science Club Leaders Explore JPL Campus
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On Tuesday, March 14, Maranatha’s Science Bowl student leaders embarked on an exclusive day trip to JPL with MHS science faculty member Girma Aleme, and myself, a senior member of the Engineering staff at JPL and parent volunteer.

In the JPL exhibition hall we saw Explorer 1, which is the first satellite of the United States and it eventually won the space race. We also observed the Voyager. The Voyager is the furthest spacecraft ever launched into space and the only man-made object that has traveled out of our solar system.

Two other technical objects that really impressed our students were the record/memory unit of Galileo, which is a spacecraft used to study Jupiter and its moons, and aerogel, the lightest solid on the planet comprised of 99.8% of air. Galileo was launched in 1989 and its memory unit has a record 116mb capacity and is about the size of a microwave. In regards to aerogel, one block of it as large as a human body may weigh less than one pound, but it can support a car weighing 1,000 pounds!  read more

ASB Reveals Details for Prom 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ASB’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner! On April 29, the “007” themed Junior/Senior Prom will be held aboard Hornblower Cruises in Marina del Rey. Students will enjoy a night of dancing, games, and fun! All attendees must arrive at the pier NO LATER than 7:00 PM because the ship will depart on time. We will be cruising and dancing the night away until 11:30 PM. This event is open to juniors and seniors only. The cost is $105 per person, and tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, April 12. Tickets can be purchased directly from Mrs. Cronin via cash or check. You may also buy your tickets online HERE. ALL students (both guest and student) must fill out and turn in a permission slip form and dance contract BEFORE the day of the event (no exceptions) or they will not be allowed on board. Get your tickets now and make sure to not miss out on this memorable evening! 

Annual MHS Science Fair Announces Winners
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 9, some of Maranatha’s finest science students participated in the annual Science Fair. Students were selected from their science classes, with only the top ranking students advancing to the school wide science fair. Student projects ranged from testing the effects of soda on chicken wings--with a real-live demonstration in the Commons--to experimenting with the art of gravitational waves. Many of our hard-working scientists flourished at the event. There were 35 awards given to the top 4 students in each category. Additionally, our art department gave out three awards for best design, use of photography, and the most artistic displays. All in all, it was a great showcase of student achievement in the sciences. For a complete list of winners click here.

Three Speech and Debate Minutemen Advance to CA State Championship!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On Saturday, March 11, Cameron Chen ‘17, Matthew Harrington ‘17, and Deven Hollimon ‘19, each earned a spot to compete in the California State Speech & Debate Championships to be held on the weekend of April 28-30 at Arcadia High School. This is the first time that Maranatha has achieved the honor of competing in the California State Championship tournament for Speech and Debate and to have three representatives in the same year is an incredible accomplishment for our school! read more

Class of 2017: Are You Ready for the Royal Treatment?
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Since our seniors will soon be Maranatha’s newest alums, the Alumni Relations Department is excited to bring back Senior Surprise Week! We have planned an exciting week for the Class of 2017 and are anxious to give them the royal treatment on campus! Starting next Monday, there will be special food items each day of the week provided exclusively, and free of charge, to our seniors. The week-long celebration leads up to our Senior Send-Off event on March 28. So, we hope to see all seniors at the Alumni booth each day next week to grab your complimentary treats.

Class of 2017, you might be graduating, but you will forever be part of the MHS alumni family!

Maranatha Community Welcomes Incoming Students at Fresh Start Day
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Maranatha is excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2021 students and parents to Fresh Start Day on Saturday, March 25. This is an essential and exciting event for our new freshman class as they begin to identify with being part of our Maranatha family, as well as becoming the new class on campus! 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 2017–2018. The Student Center doors will open at 8:50 a.m. Enrollment packets will be distributed for the 2017-2018 school year before we begin our program at 9:10 a.m. At the conclusion of our morning program (11:15 a.m.) lunch will be provided by In-N-Out. read more

Minuteman Café Now Offering Delicious Lite Fare
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

There is absolutely no doubt that the Minuteman Café has always been an incredible source of delicious breakfast and lunch meals for the Maranatha student body. In the last couple weeks, faculty and staff members and students have been taking the time to drop in and check out what new and exciting items Chef Lorelei and the Minuteman Café Crew have been cooking up in the kitchen. In addition to the weekly scheduled meals, the team has been creating new and healthy “lite fare” meals as an additional option. If you're in the mood for something a little less filling, you can anticipate that there will be some sort of a hearty protein source, a simple carb, and some tasty vegetables. Lately, these new, fresh meals have become a staple and favorite for many customers as they all gather in the café and anticipate the huge reveal of the lite fare item of the day. Chef Lorelei has always gone out of her way to keep breakfast new and exciting and it's a wonderful to have this new addition to the lunchtime menu! We are so thankful for the Minuteman Café crew for all their hard work and incredible service, which always comes with a smile. 

Speech and Debate Team Excels at the State Qualification Tournament
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Last Friday, the Maranatha Debate Team competed in the annual California State Qualification Debate Tournament at Cal State Long Beach in Lincoln Douglas style debate. The topic for this tournament was, “the right to housing in the United States.” Cameron Chen ‘17, Joel Lee ‘18, and Mitchell Yeh ‘18 represented the Minutemen in a ten-hour tournament that featured Cameron Chen in the final round. Cameron finished 4-2 overall and had the best record for Maranatha in a State Qualification tournament since Selina Schweitzer ‘11 competed in the same category for Maranatha in 2010. Speech and Debate coach Pat Mesisca '92 said, “Cameron has worked hard all year and has demonstrated a competitive spirit that motivates me as a coach. I look forward to seeing how her high school Speech and Debate experience and strong work ethic benefit her at the college level.” Congratulations are in order for all their achievements over this exciting weekend. 

Pasadena Christian School to Feature Art Pieces at Maranatha
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

During the upcoming performances of Zombie Prom, all theater goers will have the pleasure of viewing some artwork by the junior high students at Pasadena Christian School, as well as selected artworks from our Maranatha students. 

The PCS pieces on display will consist of projects from Art, Pop Art, Cardboard Construction, and Beginning Architecture. The Maranatha work will be a variety of caricatures and portraits from the Painting and Drawing class, as well as a smattering of works from other levels. read more 

What's ASB Got Planned for the Month of March?
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

ASB is always up to something exciting and they really have taken the time to plan some wonderful events to bring the entire Maranatha community together. Here is what we have going on for the month of March. 

March 13-17 - Spirit Week: There will be a modified schedule every day this week as we celebrate Spirit Week with class competitions and games daily. Each class will be given a specific color that they can dress up in each day. Mrs. Cronin will be handing out additional information regarding dress and game specifics during the first chapel of March.

March 17 - Senior Tailgate and Powderpuff Game: We are organizing a first-ever tailgate party for the seniors in the visitor parking lot from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The tailgate party is open to seniors only; the cost will be announced soon. You won’t want to miss the annual Powderpuff Flag Football Game, in which our Junior girls and Senior girls compete for bragging rights, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the athletic field. The entire school is encouraged to come watch this spirited competition. There is no cost to attend. An all-school bonfire in the amphitheater will follow the game. full article 

PA March Meeting and More Info on PSP Deadlines
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Parents, please join the PA for their March meeting on Wednesday, March 15, at 8:00 a.m. for an lovely morning filled with devotions, breakfast, and “all things Maranatha.” This week, our featured speaker will be our very own Head of School, Dr. Steve Sherman! 

Also, just a reminder that if your family has not fulfilled the required 20 parent service hours and returned the completed coupon book by March 13, 2017, a $500 fee will be assessed on your April 2017 statement as a reminder to get hours fulfilled. This is just a reminder, and as long as your completed PSP coupon book is turned in to the Student Center front desk by May 26, 2017, the fee will be reversed. 

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

Don’t Forget - March 10 is a PD Day, THE Event, and "Zombie Prom"
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This Friday, March 10, there will be no school as it is a Professional Development day for our faculty and staff. However, we wanted to remind you that there are a few important things taking place that day on our campus.

After professional development, our faculty, staff, and student ambassadors will be hosting approximately 150 incoming and prospective students at “THE Event.” Our newly accepted students are invited to campus for a BBQ and fun evening of discovery and class bonding! This is a free event to welcome them to our family and give them a taste of high school. Although this event is exclusively for students, the incoming parents are invited to join us for the closing bonfire at 6:00 p.m. 

Once “THE Event” is over, we are encouraging everyone to move into the Ambassador Auditorium for a viewing of the spring musical, Zombie Prom! The MHS Performing Arts department brings us this off-Broadway comical tale that goes a little something like this: Boy meets girl. Boy gets dumped. Boy then takes a headlong dive. Leaving all the critics stumped, boy comes back from the dead alive! Come join us for a vivacious ride through 1950's teen angst that explodes with enough laughter to raise the…well, you get the idea!

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for this event, please reach out to or (626) 817-4021.  

Another Wonderful Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
Monday, February 27, 2017

It was a crisp and lovely winter day on Wednesday, February 22, as we celebrated our annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Smiles, hugs, and fresh seasonal flowers greeted our grandparents and special friends as they arrived at the Maranatha campus in the morning. 

Justin Coleman, our Director of Development, opened the event by welcoming approximately 250 grandparents and special guests to a delicious breakfast prepared by the Minuteman Café. The program included student performances by the school’s Orchestra, Mixed Ensemble, and a spoken word written by student Maggie Yebremian ‘17. 

Maranatha's Head of School, Dr. Steven Sherman, spoke on the topic of “leaving a legacy.” He shared personal reflections of the impact his grandfather had on his life from an early age, and how his grandfather’s character and the example he set for his grandson helped shape Dr. Sherman into the man that he is today. He concluded by encouraging our guests to really lean into the lives of their grandchildren, recognizing that these are the most transformative years for our students.  full article

Come and Join the PA Moms' Bible Study
Monday, February 27, 2017

Come and join the Parent Association for their Spring Bible study on Monday mornings starting February 27, and continuing through April 3, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Parent Association Office. We will be using the book/study by Rebekah Lyons entitled, "You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are." This book can be purchased online on or Please email René Bancroft at should you have any questions. All MHS Moms are welcome to attend. Even if you’ve missed the first week, please come join us next week!

MHS Chapel Series: Fruit of the Spirit
Monday, February 27, 2017

By Noelle Simpson ’17

Last semester we focused on Love in action for our chapel series. At Spiritual Life Retreat, we focused on Hope. Now we have transitioned into the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our first week back, we had our very own Mrs. Nahigian '08 introduce the Fruit of the Spirit Series to the student body. She encouraged us to leave a good legacy and trail of fruit behind us in everything we do. Our second week, Mr. McAleese spoke on self-control and warned us about profaning the things that God has made sacred. Our third week, we had a Maranatha alum, Josh Chamberlain '11, speak on kindness and gentleness, and he taught us to be Good Samaritans to those around us. We are looking forward to hearing more about the Fruit of the Spirit in upcoming chapels!


You're Invited to the Friends of Maranatha Arts Annual Meeting
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Friends of Maranatha Arts (FMA) would like to invite you to their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commons to learn more about the many ways this organization provides essential support to the thriving visual and performing arts programs at Maranatha. The FMA volunteers to help ensure each student benefits from the highest caliber education and practical experience both in the classroom and on the stage. One of the evening’s agenda items will be to vote for the Directors and Officers who will serve in the new school year. If you have enjoyed the music, dance, theatrical, and visual arts programs at Maranatha, we hope you’ll come learn more about this organization and how you can be involved and make a difference in Maranatha Arts. If you have any questions, please email  

Spirit Week and Powderpuff Are Around the Corner
Monday, February 27, 2017

March 13-17 is our wonderful week of school spirit! For Spirit Week this year, each class will be designated their very own color. Freshmen are green, sophomores are purple, juniors are red, and seniors are blue. Students must wear at least two articles of clothing in their class color each day. Restrictions are as follows: no face paint, no hair dye, no shorts/leggings. During this week, everyday will be full of excitement and energy! We will have all-school games so that classes can earn spirit points. Spirit points can also be earned by class participation and decorating campus according to the class's color, such as blue streamers or red balloons. This is a great opportunity for classes to work together and unite. Whichever grade has the most spirit points by the end of the week will get a slip-n-slide party on the Great Lawn!

To end Spirit Week, the annual Powderpuff flag football game will be held on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Shirts are $12 and can be purchased from Annie Bishop, Christina Nessen, Heidi Silk, Lauren Argue, or Mrs. Cronin through Tuesday, February 28. Before the game, there will be a senior tailgate party in the upper lot. Come out and support the junior and senior girls as they face one another at the game! To end the night, there will be a free all-school bonfire! Don’t miss out.  

Here's How You Can Help Support Maranatha Missions
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This year we have approximately 80 students who will be traveling on one of the four Maranatha mission trips! In order to help support each of these mission teams, we ask you to join us for lunch or dinner on Wednesday, March 8, at “The Only Place in Town”, located in Sierra Madre. The restaurant has generously offered to donate 20% of all proceeds to our missions teams. Please print the event flyer (found HERE). You must present the flyer to your waiter for Maranatha Missions to receive the 20%. The flyer is good all day for dine-in and take-out. 

Should you not be able to make it but wish to support these efforts, you may give a tax-deductible gift HERE and designate it to 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 go to support any of the trips (New Orleans, Harambee, Dominican Republic, and Armenia) as needed. Thank you for supporting our missionary students!  

The Early Bird Gets the Biggest Travel Discount
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It’s not too early to enroll on Maranatha’s fabulous European summer tour of Spain, the French Riviera, and Italy! Travelers can earn the biggest discount – a whopping $400 off of the tour price ($200 automatically and an additional $200 via a mail-in voucher) - by enrolling by noon on February 28, 2017.  But act fast… that discount deadline is next week! Then get ready for an epic tour of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities as we travel to Madrid, Barcelona, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Cinque Terra, Florence and more delightful locations. The travel dates are June 4-18, 2018. For more information, contact Diane Barnhart at As a wise sage once said, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Join us…you won’t regret it!  full article

Maranatha's Second Blood Drive of the Year Helps Save More Lives!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On Valentine’s Day, Maranatha’s Sports Medicine Club, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, hosted their second Blood Drive right here on campus. Students, parents, faculty, and staff members showed up at the donation center in the gymnasium. For those who participated, the entire process took only about 40 minutes from start to finish, and in that short period of time each donor had the ability to contribute enough blood to benefit 1-3 people. Collectively, the Maranatha community donated 31 pints of blood which can help save up to 85 lives! 

Take Note: March 10 is a PD Day, THE Event, and "Zombie Prom"
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On Friday, March 10, there will be no school as it is a Professional Development day for our faculty and staff. However, there are a few important things taking place that day on our campus and we want to ensure that you’re in the know. 

After professional development, our faculty, staff, and student ambassadors will be hosting approximately 150 incoming and prospective students at “THE Event”. Our newly accepted students are invited to campus for a BBQ and fun evening of discovery and class bonding! 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 closing bonfire at 6:00 p.m. 

Once “THE Event” is over, we are encouraging everyone to move into the Ambassador Auditorium for a viewing of the spring musical, Zombie Prom! The MHS Performing Arts department brings us this off-Broadway classic tale that goes a little something like this: Boy meets girl. Boy gets dumped. Boy then takes a headlong dive. Leaving all the critics stumped, boy comes back from the dead alive! Come join us for a vivacious ride through 1950s teen angst that explodes with enough laughter to raise the…well, you get the idea!

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. 


What Black History Month Means to Me
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

By Ramata Franklin ‘16 and Cienna Benn ‘16

In this month, remembrance is key.

In this month,we acknowledge the inevitable footprint of African Americans in America. 

In this month, we remember the laborers of this nation, the ones who were stripped away from their lands and enslaved to establish the foundation of this country’s prosperity. 

As an African American girl living in the United States, in this month, I show others why I take pride in my heritage and how the cultivating elements of my being rests in the essence of my skin color. Our skin color screams strength, grace, perseverance, and soul. It is the same skin that endured and overcame the history that surrounds the melanin in my eyes, lips, face, and body. It makes me proud to have my God-given complexion. We like to think our color doesn't define us, and it doesn't fully, but it certainly reflects our culture and character.  read more 

Don't Forget to Join Us for the February PA Evening Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

All parents are invited this Wednesday, February 15, for the Parent Association’s bi-annual evening meeting. The purpose of the evening meeting is to allow parents who may not be able to attend the morning meetings an opportunity to participate and be informed about noteable information and events taking place on campus. So, make sure to come and join the PA for an evening of devotions, dinner, dessert, and “all things Maranatha.” If you want to preview the agenda for the evening, click HERE. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons. Hope to see all of you there! 

Also, don’t forget: You can earn one PSP hour for attending, so bring your Red Books with you! If your family has not fulfilled the required 20 parent service hours and returned the completed coupon book by March 13, 2017, please note that a $500 fee will be assessed on your April 2017 statement as a reminder to get hours fulfilled. This is just a reminder, and as long as your completed PSP coupon book is turned in to the Student Center front desk by May 26, 2017, the fee will be reversed. 

Winter Formal was Extraordinarily Wonderful
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This year, Maranatha’s Winter Formal took place on February 4 in the enchanting Chandelier Room at the Santa Anita Race Track. If you haven't been there, the Chandelier Room is a stunning ballroom with a balcony overlooking the race track. Its majestic chandeliers made the whole room sparkle, along with its dramatic staircase to add a classy touch to the night. Students had a ball, whether they were dancing, enjoying the view, taking pictures in the photo booth, or even playing games, such as Jenga. Girls glided across the dance floor while men strutted with style to all the fun hit songs. It was a night to remember for everyone!  

Save the Date for the Spring Musical
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Punxsutawney Phil might have predicted six more weeks of winter, but we’re feeling an early Spring, Spring musical that is! MHS Performing Arts is proud to present the Off-Broadway musical, Zombie Prom, coming to the Ambassador Auditorium March 9-11 for four performances. It’s an enchanting tale of boy meets girl. Boy gets dumped. Boy then takes a headlong dive. Leaving all the critics stumped, boy comes back from the dead alive! Come join us for a vivacious ride through 1950s teen angst that explodes with enough laughter to raise the…well, you get the idea. Tickets will be going on sale soon so stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!  

ASB is Hosting a Pre-Game BBQ
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

ASB will be hosting a BBQ to celebrate the perfect storm of our merging sports games at the top of the new year! On Thursday, February 9, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Basketball, and Boys’ Basketball will all have games on campus, and what better way to experience a great night of competition than filling your tummy with a Newkirk burger combo! For just $5 you will enjoy a delicious barbeque burger made by our own master of the grill, Mr. Ed. Newkirk. Your Newkirk Burger comes with a side of chips and a drink.

Please join us for an exciting night of Maranatha athletics and bring your school spirit. The BBQ will start at 5:30 PM and combos are limited so don't be late in coming by and purchasing your tickets. Go Minutemen!  

Your PSP Booklet Needs Your Attention Before March
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

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 current 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 truly made a difference!

If your family has not fulfilled the required 20 parent service hours and returned the completed coupon book by March 13, 2017, please note that a $500 fee will be assessed on your April 2017 statement as a reminder to get hours fulfilled. This is just a reminder, and as long as your completed PSP coupon book is turned in to the Student Center front desk by May 26, 2017, the fee will be reversed.

There are currently many opportunities available that can help in fulfilling these PSP hours. Please check the PSP Opportunities tab on our website to get started. Thank you for sharing in the life of your student and Maranatha High School.  

Science Bowl Team Attains Amazing Achievements During JPL Competition
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One of the primary focuses for the Maranatha Science Club is the National Science Bowl at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. This nationwide academic competition, funded by U.S. Department of Energy, tests students’ knowledge in all areas of Science and Mathematics. Each year, over 10,000 students nationwide apply to compete in one of over 100 regional Science Bowl competitions. This year, the Maranatha Science Club was selected to compete in the Science Bowl for the 2nd year in a row and they reached another significant milestone in the club’s history! Unfortunately, the first two rounds pitted the Minutemen against two past championship teams. However, the team stayed determined and even ended up beating one championship team at the first half time. During the entire competition, Maranatha’s team swept up two total wins. Their highest score was 62:0 and in this competition, every single point counts. This was an amazing achievement for the team! 

Maranatha’s Science Bowl Team is led by Team Coach and Science Teacher, Mr. Girma Aleme, and Dr. Shouhua Huang, a senior member of the Engineering staff at JPL. The Maranatha Science Club, founded in 2014, was established to explore God’s universe, and to love and appreciate His creation.  full article   

Learn About Two International Trips Planned for 2018
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This Thursday evening, February 2 at 6:30, come learn about the exciting 2018 international travel opportunities! 

Europe 2018  Coming June 4-18, 2018, travelers are invited to spend 15 glorious days in Spain, France and Italy touring Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Provence, including visits to Carcassonne, Arles and Pont du Gard; the French Riviera, with outings to Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a cruise along the seaside village of Cassis, Nice and Eze then beautiful Cinque Terra and Florence! For more information, contact Diane Barnhart, or to enroll or see the complete itinerary, log onto and enter our tour number: 1916503YE. Those interested in the Europe trip (Spain, south of France, and Italy), meet in AC-105 with Ms. Barnhart, Mrs. Breitenbucher, and Mrs. Nahigian. 

Israel 2018  That’s right...we're going back to Israel in 2018!  The trip is not like the normal Christian "tourist" trips.  Even though we visit the biblical sites, we do it in a way that gives us a hands on experience; lots of hiking and experiencing the people and places of the real Holy Land. It's a deeply spiritual experience to be in the land of God's people surrounded by the places where He accomplished so many amazing things; including the death and resurrection of His Son. Those interested in the Israel trip, meet with Mr. Wells in AC-204.  full article   

A HUGE Warm Welcome to our New Director of Development
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We would like to welcome Justin Coleman to the Maranatha family as the new Director of Development. 

Mr. Coleman is a seasoned leader in the advancement world with over 20 years of extensive experience under his belt, specifically in independent schools. Justin is thrilled to be joining the Maranatha family for a number of reasons. The first and most important reason is the distinct Christian atmosphere on our campus. “It is my desire to be among believers and know that what I believed in is embraced and recognized,” he commented. His vision for our school is to, first and foremost, do the Lord’s work here on our campus and create a culture of giving centered around our donors’ hearts. He believes, “If they give, let it be from the heart, where giving is embraced cheerfully.”  

Mr. Coleman spent the majority of his young life and educational training in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was at Gannor University where he obtained his bachelor degree in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Marketing and Communications. At the young age of 22, Justin stepped into the role of Assistant Mayor of Erie, a prestigious title he held for 4 years. Eventually, Justin felt the Lord was calling him to a different opportunity, one that would eventually become the most pivotal experience in his entire career.  full article  

Filming to Take Place on MHS Campus
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The visitors’ parking lot will be closed Tuesday through Friday this week - no parking will be available due to filming. The underground parking lot will remain open for your use. On Tuesday and Friday only, you may drop off or pick up immediately before or after school hours, but on Wednesday and Thursday the visitors’ lot will be closed completely. Additionally, traffic may be more congested than usual due to a possible lane closure on Saint John Avenue. Please allow a little extra time to get to school. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you in advance for helping us display Christ's love to the film crew by our actions and attitudes.  

MHS Students Hit the Ice Skating Rink
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In honor of the chilly weather we have been experiencing in California, it seemed appropriate for ASB to plan an evening out for the student body at the local Pasadena Ice Center for a night filled with ice skating. Last Friday, many of our students put on their skates and enjoyed the thrill of being on the ice alongside their friends. From Ms. Ocon’s amazing ice skating skills to Mr. Veltkamp’s struggle to skate, our fearless (or fearful) students brought their skills to the rink, only to experience the joy of gravity on the ice together. Whatever God has in store for us, on the ice or in life, it is always better when we share it with each other! It was a night of lively fellowship as our students had the chance to ice skate and enjoy a meal together.  


Buy a Valentine's Day Gram for Your Loved Ones
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Send a Valentine’s Day Gram to someone you love! This special day is just around the corner and ASB wants to help everyone send special messages to their loved ones and closest friends. Starting on February 1, and continuing through February 13, Valentine Grams will be available for sale for just $1.00.

ASB will take your handwritten notes, add a little sweet surprise, and deliver them on February 14 for you! This is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones on the Maranatha campus and a great way to support ASB. 

Who are the special people YOU plan to send a Valentine Gram to this year? 

Middle School Appreciation Sports Night
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Prospective students and parents are invited to get a look at Maranatha’s winter sports teams on Tuesday night, February 7 at our Middle School Appreciation Night. This event allows middle school families to get a flavor of MHS spirit while attending, as our guests, any of our home soccer or basketball games that evening. Visitors may check in starting at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Gym to receive free tickets to the games (no tickets required for JV games) and will also be given a special voucher for some complimentary concessions. No RSVP required. Contact Rachel Ponton '09 in the Admissions Office for more information at (626) 817-4021. Below is the schedule of games for the evening: 

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

A Very Happy Chinese New Year to our Maranatha Families
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Chinese New Year, more commonly known as “Spring Festival,” is celebrated in countries with large populations of Chinese. It is the largest and most significant holiday for our students from Asian countries. In fact, in mainland China, many companies close down, and schools break session, as we do, in the United States during Christmas.

This year, 2017 is the “Year of the Rooster”. Based on a time when roosters were important for waking people to perform their chores, the rooster represents punctuality and fidelity. The key focus during this celebration is time with family and the sharing of great food. Traditions for children include “red envelopes” stuffed with money given by parents and relatives. 

Maranatha’s International Students share this holiday with our domestic students by handing out red envelopes stuffed with a Minuteman Café “buck”. The international students also share a celebration lunchtime together eating favorite foods, playing games, and putting on a talent show.

Happy Spring Festival, Friends and Families of Maranatha!  

Don't Miss Out On What ASB Has Planned
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Maranatha Student Leadership (ASB) has been hard at work planning events and special treats for the students! Coming up in the next few weeks, there are several fun events and fundraisers for the student body to enjoy. 

First off, we are having an evening of ice skating at the Pasadena Ice Center on January 27. This event will be from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. and will cost $12.50 per person. This cost includes 2 hours of ice skating and ice skate rental. 

Next, we are having a pizookie bar in the Student Center on January 31 at lunch. Students will get to pick from several flavors of ice cream and cookies, and get their very own pizookie. The best part? It’s all free! 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and ASB wants to help everyone send special messages to their loved ones and closest friends. Starting on February 1, through February 13, Valentine Grams will be available for sale. For just $1.00, ASB will take your handwritten notes, add a little surprise, and deliver them on February 14!   full article  

Snow, Friends, & Jesus
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

by: Alex Dunn, Ministry Team Member & ASB Media Coordinator

This weekend, many of our students headed up to Camp Cedar Crest for the annual Spiritual Life Retreat. From encountering God in times of worship and teaching, large group snowball fights on the field, or riding inner tubes down the hill, students had a blast and got to escape from the stresses of school and busy life for a weekend. 

Our speaker and Maranatha alum, Stephen Vanspronsen ‘11, shared messages of Hope for the new year, and how to continue our experiences with God once we came back to school. Much of what Stephen talked about included students realizing the things that they overvalued in their life and how they could prioritize God higher. The worship band led the widely diverse group of students in praise, and early morning worship sessions allowed students to engage with God in a more intimate, less structured environment.  full article and video 

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Updates Needed ASAP!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

During our annual breakfast event on Wednesday, February 22, our students will be celebrating their grandparents and/or special friends by sharing a glimpse of life on our campus. We would like to ensure that no one is missed and that everyone's grandparent or special friend information has been submitted and is up to date. Click HERE to view our Grandparents' & 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  

We're Halfway Through the Year...Have You Started on Your PSP Hours?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

There are currently a few items on SignUp Genius that need immediate attention! Some current needs include upcoming events for which we are seeking volunteers, as well as donations needed for various projects. Please take a look to find numerous ways to fulfill your 20 hours. For up-to-date ideas, visit the MHS website and click on the “Parent Info” tab, then the "Current Volunteer Opportunities” tab.  full article

Join Us for the January PA Meeting THIS Wednesday
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

All parents are welcome to attend the January Parent Association meeting this Wednesday, January 18, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. Join us for a wonderful morning that includes ​delicious ​refreshments, wonderful hospitality, and important updates from the school's administration. We will also have some of our students, as special guests, sharing about their personal experience at Spiritual Life Retreat. 

Also remember that by attending the Parent Association meeting you'll receive one Parent Service Program (PSP) hour just for coming. Don’t forget: PSP books are due May 26, 2017.   

MHS Head of School Welcomes You to 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017

Happy New Year and Happy New Semester! 

We have turned the page on 2016 and the first semester and now, we direct our attention to the second semester here at Maranatha High School. Our winter sports are in full swing and we are anxiously awaiting this weekend's Spiritual Life Retreat. For our Seniors, this will be their final semester as high school students. It will be a time of closure and celebration as they end their time on our campus and envision new beginnings at the collegiate level. 

The start of a new calendar year is often a time when people tend to recommit themselves to positive growth that they would like to see in their lives by way of a New Year's resolution. For us at Maranatha, it is an opportunity for us to identify ways in which we can deepen our connection to Jesus. We strive to be a school that is known by its love for others and an unwavering commitment to Christian principles. So while the year may be different, our mission remains the same-- to be a Christ-centered, evangelical college preparatory school that celebrates the whole student by equipping hearts and minds to reflect God's glory.

It is my prayer that 2017 brings you closer to Jesus, amplifying your relationship with Him, and experiencing His will for your life!

Dr. Steven Sherman 

Spiritual Life Retreat is Almost Here!
Monday, January 09, 2017

SLR is just around the corner! That's right, the annual Maranatha High School Spiritual Life Retreat is taking place this weekend, January 14-16. Whether you’re playing in the snow, hiking in the mountains, or sitting with friends drinking hot chocolate, you can expect SLR to be a weekend you won’t forget (and it wouldn’t be a Maranatha camping experience without a few special surprises). Join us for 3 days and 2 nights in the mountains as we connect with old friends, build new relationships, and grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus. We will be spending the weekend at Camp Cedar Crest in Running Springs again this year. The weekend is a great chance to reconnect with one another and connect with God in a fresh way. It’s just a few days away and spaces are limited, so make sure you sign-up ASAP!

Simply visit our website at to download the registration form and permission slip. Both completed forms are to be returned to Mr. Parker in room AC 110B or by email at

2017-2018 Tuition Assistance Applications Are Due Soon
Monday, January 09, 2017

The online FAST application is now open and applications will be due February 1, 2017! Maranatha High School offers tuition assistance based on financial need. Current families receiving tuition assistance must reapply each year for aid. Please read below for this year’s deadlines and updates to the program.

Families interested in applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an online application with FAST. All information from FAST remains confidential and is reviewed by Maranatha’s Tuition Assistance Committee. Families must apply for financial aid each year, using the online FAST application. After applying, families will mail or scan/upload to FAST tax documents for income verification purposes.  read more  

One More Chance to Take "A Closer Look" at Maranatha
Monday, January 09, 2017

If you missed Open House or know a prospective family that missed it, there is still one more event for families to get to know the heart of MHS in person. We invite families to take “A Closer Look” at Maranatha on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Families will hear from faculty, students, and administrators in a casual setting and get all their questions answered. RSVP is appreciated, but not required to  

Cyber Monday is Taking Place ONLY TODAY for Winter Formal
Monday, January 09, 2017

ASB is thrilled to invite our student body to dress in their finest and join in on the festivities for the 2017 Maranatha Winter Formal. This dazzling evening is going to be held in the beautiful Chandelier Room at the Santa Anita Park on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Hurry! Take advantage of the "Cyber Monday Sale" TODAY ONLY and you can get your ticket for only $70! You do not want to miss out on this evening or this amazing deal. Dance the night away with an awesome DJ playing all the greatest hits, and eat to your heart’s content with tasty appetizers, desserts, and drinks provided by the wonderful chefs at the Park!

Purchase your tickets TODAY and download your parent permission form and dance contract online HERE.  

For Unto Us a Child is Born!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

by John Rouse, Principal

“This time of year.” How many times have we heard this phrase?  Well, it is the time of year for finals and Christmas is just a few days away. At times, we are so busy that we tend to put our heads down, seal our hearts, and do what we have to do each day. However, advent is a time of great expectation when we are inspired by all of creation and are waiting and anticipating God to make all things right again. We pray for a great hope for all of mankind and a dazzling light of abundant joy to pierce our hearts and warm them to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He came not in earthly glory, but in the form of us all, human, to save us and restore our fellowship with God the Father.

There never was a great time, or should I say a convenient time, for this to occur, yet all creation groaned and continues to groan for us and it to be made new. It’s hard to think about being made new when you have so many things to do. So how do we do this? How do we embrace our responsibilities and rejoice in the birth of Jesus? Well I think it has a lot to do with our joy. You see, we are very comfortable being happy, but this joy business, it is a little less clear and actionable. Joy is a happiness and fulfillment that leaves us in awe and blessed beyond words. And like happiness it lifts our spirits. But what do you do with joy. At church last week our pastor challenged us that rejoicing is the employment of joy. Yes, you heard me right, joy in action is rejoicing. Like the angels did when they announced the birth of Jesus, it is my prayer for us all that our lives would be filled with rejoicing that we might not only share the good news of Jesus Christ, but demonstrate that good news to the world around us…or as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Let us go out into this time of year rejoicing! 

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly, there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."  Luke 2:1-14 

Winter Formal Has Been Revealed
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dress in your finest and join us for the 2017 Maranatha Winter Formal, to be held in the beautiful Chandelier Room at the Santa Anita Park on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Dance the night away with an awesome DJ playing all the greatest hits, and eat to your hearts content with tasty appetizers, desserts, and drinks provided by the wonderful chefs at the Park. Tickets are $80-100, depending on how early you purchase them. Save even more by purchasing your ticket during the January 9 "Cyber Monday Sale" - only $70 each! Purchase your tickets and download your parent permission form and dance contract online HERE.   

Maranatha's Snow Day was a Wonderful Frosty Frenzy
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

For those of you who didn’t know it snows in Pasadena, well it surely does! Last week, ASB organized a winterland frenzy on campus for our faculty, staff, and students complete with a snow hill for sledding, hot cocoa, fresh baked treats, a jumbo obstacle bounce house, caroling, and a surprise visit from Santa himself! The South Lawn glimmered with sparkling white snow, bringing the winter chill to our campus.  read article  

How MHS is Giving Back During the Holiday Season
Monday, December 12, 2016

Some people associate the holidays with the words "generosity" or "selflessness". As the holiday season quickly approaches and as we reflect on the meaning of Christmas, these words surface and quickly become meaningful and relevant when helping our local community. One might even say the greatest gift we could give during this time is the gift of giving back to those in need. Take a look at four ways our students have been giving back this Christmas season...   full article


Therapy Dogs to Make an Appearance During Finals Week
Monday, December 12, 2016

by: Carolyn Shankwiler ‘17, ASB President

As we approach finals week, this time becomes very stressful for our entire community. On Monday, December 19, ASB has arranged for the student body to take a short break from our ever-busy schedules to spend time with therapy dogs that will be coming visit our campus and play! Love On 4 Paws is a non-profit, volunteer based organization committed to making a positive difference in communities through animal assisted therapy. Their volunteers accomplish this by sharing the joy, comfort, and the healing power of their pet’s unconditional love. We are truly looking forward to having these sweet and friendly pups on campus to help aid us in the stress from final exams! 

MHS AP Physics 1 Q&A Contest Winners
Monday, December 12, 2016

The list of 11 students shown below are the winners of the Maranatha AP Physics 1 Q&A Contest for the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. These students competed in groups to answer AP Physics 1 questions using the platform, which is an AP test preparation site. The students were given rigorous AP problems to solve as a group while timed.  read more

      • Hanna Jin        • Talia Morman        • Jonathan Yee
  • Daijuan Hannah   • Russell Nakasone   • Leo Zeng
  • Julianna Hartounian   • Kayla Roper   • Sihan Zhao
  • Julian Lee   • Michael Xiao    

Interested in Going on the NOLA Missions Trip?
Monday, December 12, 2016

What are you doing June 11-17, 2017? Next summer, our Missions Program will be sending a team of students and staff to New Orleans to work with a local ministry organization to do service projects. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, or if you have already expressed interest or signed up, please plan to attend a parent/student information session this Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. in room AC221.  read more 

Chicago White Sox Draft 2010 Alum Dylan Covey
Friday, December 09, 2016

“And with their first pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft the Milwaukee Brewers select right-handed pitcher, from Pasadena California, Dylan Covey.”  With those words a boyhood dream came true for the Maranatha senior, Dylan Covey.  As family, friends, teammates and coaches celebrated, none could know the road ahead for Dylan.  

Prior to the MLB signing deadline Covey was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.  The diagnosis quickly changed what would have been an easy decision into a crossroad for Dylan and his family.  After a weekend trip to San Diego, many phone calls with professional representatives, and continual prayer, Dylan and his family determined that going to college close to home would be the best decision.

Fast forward three years to the 2013 MLB draft when Covey...  full article 

Final Exams are Just Around the Corner
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The first semester final exams will be Tuesday-Thursday, December, 20-22. On Monday, December 19, all classes will meet and the day will be solely dedicated to academic review and final preparations. For a schedule of the final exams and times, please click HERE. Please note the early dismissal time for each day of final exams.

All teachers will administer a final exam during the scheduled time.  Final exams are cumulative for the semester, reflecting the learning objectives for the entire semester.  All teachers will provide the students with a study guide to help them prepare for and organize the content to be studied.  full article   

Tons of Snow to Fall on Campus! Are You Ready?
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Snow in Pasadena? One can dream. But Maranatha’s ASB is going to make those dreams a reality! On Tuesday, December 13, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., our student leaders have planned an incredible Snow Day for the MHS community. Twenty-two tons of snow will be blowing in, right to our very own South Lawn. This incredible day will be complete with two sled hills and a winter wonderland play area. We will also have a 40-foot obstacle course bounce house, a hot chocolate bar, rice krispie treats, and Christmas caroling from our own choir.

It’s time to bundle up for some winter fun!


Get in the Holiday Spirit by Joining Us for an "Evening of Christmas"
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Celebrate the Christmas season this week when Maranatha Performing Arts presents, “Evening of Christmas: Unchanging Heart.” Join our Choir, Orchestra, and Dance Company as we trace the musical story of Christmas through the ages. Even though musical styles may change over the years, the heart of the child in the manger beats the same. You will experience classic carols, new imaginings of old favorites, and some fresh new tunes - all in the theme of the true meaning of Christmas! 

Performances are this Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $8 for students. Purchase your tickets in advance online HERE and save $1 off each ticket. Bring your friends and family and enjoy this special holiday musical celebration!  

See You at the December Christmas Coffee PA Meeting
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Parent Association Board is excited to welcome you to the Christmas PA Meeting on Wednesday morning, December 14, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. The best part of the morning will be our featured guests! Maranatha’s Mixed Ensemble will be blessing us with a few songs from their “Evening of Christmas” repertoire. We will also have delectable food and sweets, hot coffee, tea, and a Christmas devotional. You won't want to miss the Christmas gift drawing we're having, but don't worry, everyone will go home with a little something special from the PA. Let's remember the Reason for the Season as we celebrate together. See you there! 


You Can Knock Out Those PSP Hours NOW!
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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

There are currently a few items on SignUp Genius that need immediate attention! Please take a look to find numerous ways to fulfill your 20 hours. For up-to-date ideas, visit the MHS website and click on the “Parent Info” tab, then the "Current Volunteer Opportunities” tab. 

Maranatha Students Discuss Philosophical Proofs for God's Existence with Professor Peter Adamson
Monday, November 28, 2016

On Thursday, November 17, the Philosophy and Apologetics classes combined to discuss philosophical proofs for God’s existence with world renowned philosopher, Peter Adamson. Adamson is a Philosophy professor at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy in Munich, Germany.  At 8:00 a.m. (PST) and 5:00 p.m. (CET), Maranatha philosophy students connected with Adamson via Skype. The students who had spent the month of October studying classic and contemporary philosophical proofs for God’s existence listened as Adamson lectured on the Ontological argument (Anselm of Canterbury) and the Demonstration of Truthfulness argument (Avicenna).  read more

Maranatha Debate Team Wins Big at Southern California Debate League
Monday, November 28, 2016

On Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, the Maranatha Debate Team competed in the Southern California Debate League’s Fall Varsity Debate Tournament at Schurr High School. Maranatha competed in three categories of debate: Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, and Parliamentary. After two days of intense debates, the Minutemen stamped an indelible impression on a long and successful tradition of winning.

The senior Public Forum Team comprised of Alex Cornwell and Tara Takenaka earned the second place trophy and a leg to the California State Championship held at Arcadia High School in April 2017. Matthew Harrington and Deven Hollimon secured the fourth place trophy in Public Forum. Senior Cameron Chen went 4-1 and brought home the third place trophy for Lincoln Douglas style while the Parliamentary team of Jonathan Minassian and Lucas Lovejoy won the sixth place trophy in their respective category. Mr. Mesisca said, “This was yet another great achievement for the Maranatha Speech & Debate Team.  To see success in three categories of debate competition shows diversity in the program. We can never take winning for granted and I certainly recognize how blessed I am to teach and coach at a school with students who can think critically and boldly articulate their thoughts on a variety of topics.”

The Speech & Debate Team will complete the 2016 Fall season on December 10 at Arcadia High School. 

"Evening of Christmas: Unchanging Heart" is a Week Away!
Monday, November 28, 2016

The holiday season is upon us, so get ready for the Christmas season with the Maranatha Performing Arts Program! Evening of Christmas is an opportunity to take part in celebrating the birth of our Savior. Join our Choir, Orchestra, and Dance Company as we trace the musical story of Christmas through the ages. From early chant to modern worship, we will find that, even though musical style may change, the heart of the child in the manger beats the same. You will experience classic carols, new imaginings of old favorites, and some fresh new tunes - all in the theme of the true meaning of Christmas! The shows will be on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Auditorium. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $8 for student. Purchase your tickets in advance online HERE and save $1 off each ticket.

We are excited to share the Christmas spirit with the Maranatha community and beyond, and would love for you to be a part!


Dressember: Help Raise Awareness to Human Trafficking
Monday, November 28, 2016

“Dressember” is a campaign to support ending modern day slavery. The Maranatha Dressember team, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, are joining to participate in the month-long campaign, and you can get involved too!  Our team has set a fundraising goal of $3500, and we would love your support in our fight to end the atrocity of human trafficking in our world.  Each Friday in December, students participating in Dressember will have the opportunity to dress up on  campus - dresses for girls, and dress pants, a button up shirt, and a tie for boys. We are also encouraging everyone to either post pictures tagging the Maranatha Dressember Instagram (@mhsdressember) or direct message them to the page at least twice throughout the month!  read more

Thanksgiving Blessing from our Principal
Monday, November 14, 2016

As we head into this Thanksgiving season, there are so many emotions that run through us. The joy of gathering with family, friends, and neighbors warms our hearts. With this special day and delicious meal, we get to spend time together, reflecting on the many blessings that the Lord has given each of us and our beloved nation. The sense of belonging, warmth, and security of being inside together, sharing a warm meal surrounded by those we love, is something that we all see as almost the right of every American. Yet as we enter this season, many in our nation are divided, unable to see what is in the future. Many are afraid that the results of this election demonstrate that our government and election system are broken. In this time of uncertainty and public disagreement, I think it very appropriate to look back at the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Just three months to the day after the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln established this long tradition of Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. His words echo down the years to us. I hope it will give us peace and focus us on the Peace giver, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Hear these words contained in this Proclamation:

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.   read more  

2017-2018 Tuition Assistance Application Open
Monday, November 14, 2016

Maranatha High School offers tuition assistance based on financial need. Current families receiving tuition assistance must reapply each year for aid. The online FAST application is now open and applications will be due February 1, 2017. Please read below for this year’s deadlines and updates to the program.

Families interested in applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an online application with FAST, available as of November 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 school year. All information from FAST remains confidential and is reviewed by Maranatha’s Tuition Assistance Committee. Families must apply for financial aid each year, using the online FAST application. After applying, families will mail or scan/upload to FAST tax documents for income verification purposes.   full article

MHS Annual Blood Drive is Almost Here. Help Save a Life!
Monday, November 14, 2016

Want to help save a life by donating blood? Well, now is the time! Maranatha’s Sports Medicine Club will be hosting the annual Blood Drive on campus in the Commons on Tuesday, November 29, from 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Some facts about donating blood:

  • You will be someone's hero in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
  • You get special treats for donating.
  • It's something you can spare most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.

Sign-up information to follow, however, walk-ins are also welcome. Feel free to email our Athletic Trainer, Kelly Wierema, at with any questions. 

Congratulations to the Cast of "Zombie Prom"
Monday, November 14, 2016

Congratulations are in order for the cast of Zombie Prom! They worked hard enduring over six hours of auditions to land a role in Maranatha’s production of this off-Broadway comedy. Auditions included acting, vocal and choreography elements. The Performing Arts faculty are extremely proud of each student and can't wait to entertain the Maranatha community with this wild, wacky musical next spring!  view list

Mothers of Maranatha Dinner was an Absolute Delight!
Monday, November 14, 2016

Last Thursday, over 150 mothers of alumni and current moms joined us for the annual Mothers of Maranatha Dinner in the Student Center. This year’s travel theme brought us an array of different cultural appetizers, dishes, and desserts, as well as a lovely message about the journey of prayer from Dean of Academics, Dr. Rocio Watkins. Dr. Watkins shared about her upbringing as a missionary kid and how that taught her how to pray, how to have courage, and how to have determination. Following Dr. Watkins was our Missions Coordinator, Senora Cleonie Harrison. She touched on what the purpose of missions is at Maranatha, the upcoming mission trips for this year, and how people can join together and help in praying for what is to come! All in all, it was a wonderful evening for our moms as they gathered for a communal and relaxing evening.  

MHS Speech & Debate Makes Huge Strides
Monday, November 07, 2016

The Maranatha Speech and Debate Team has been working hard this fall and experienced the fruits of their labor at the 5th Annual Schurr Fall Classic Speech and Debate Tournament on October 29 and 30.  Maranatha sent 30 students to compete in a two-day tournament and came home victorious in the end!

Saturday featured senior Gabe Espana competing in Impromptu and sophomore Ben Smith competing in Humorous Interpretation. Sophomore Nicole Slessor performed a Dramatic Interpretation and freshman Wallis Parks presented an Oratory on gun control.  Sophomore Joseph Brumfield also performed an oratory speech. Sunday featured 25 debaters representing Maranatha High School. Of the 25 debaters, senior Cameron Chen, a past award winner, represented Maranatha in Lincoln Douglas-style debate along with senior Jonathan Minassian, junior Mitchell Yeh, sophomores Matthew Rutzen, Jacob Henderson, and Nicole Slessor, and freshman Sanjeev Nachiappan.

Juniors Natalie Azar and Daniella Shishoian represented Maranatha in Parliamentary-style debate.  Parliamentary is an impromptu-style team debate and competitors only have 30 minutes to prepare their cases.  Maranatha began competing in this style of debate last spring and the team of Azar and Shishoian advanced as semi-finalists in this new category!

Public Forum debate, another team-style debate, featured Matthew Harrington and Deven Hollimon, Joseph Brumfield and Alex Cornwell, Gabe Espana and Joel Lee, Jake Anderson and Max Blessinger, Hunter McCoy and Kaitlyn Kazazian, Tara Takenaka and Katie Zappia, Anna Boyadjian and Thomas Holmes, and Michael Wilkins and Richard Witherspoon. In the end, Matthew Harrington and Deven Hollimon (pictured above) won the second place trophy for Public Forum debate.  read more

Don't Miss Out on All the ASB Student Activities!
Monday, November 07, 2016

by: Heidi Silk, ASB Junior Class President 

ASB has planned many new events this year, both in and out of school, to raise school spirit and give more opportunities for the Maranatha community to grow! The month of October was kicked off with two wonderful events-- a pumpkin carving contest and an awesome 80’s themed roller skating night at Moonlight Rollerway. Both were a total success! 

ASB is excited for all they have planned for the remainder of the year and are ready to get the student body pumped up as well. Here is a glimpse of the exciting events coming up for the rest of this school year! More details to follow, so keep your eyes out for upcoming information.   full article

Important Information on SAT Prep
Monday, November 07, 2016

For those of you looking for ways to prepare for the SAT, there two valuable opportunities in the month of November that we encourage you to take advantage of. The College & Guidance Counseling Department will be hosting two Mock SAT exams which will be beneficial to those seeking improvement, which has been proven to occur with effort and practice. The dates of those tests are Tuesday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m. in AC-217, and Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. 

In addition to the testing opportunities on campus, our Counseling Team has $250 vouchers toward a variety of test prep (SAT, ACT, AP, or specific subjects) that must be cashed in by December 30, 2016. For more info, please refer to the flyer below. No matter which grade level you are in, this a great opportunity to get some expert tutoring at a considerable discount.

Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out the College & Guidance Counseling Department at



Mills Uniform Winter Sale - Exclusive Offer for MHS Families
Monday, November 07, 2016

The chilly, fall weather is upon us. Looking to stay warm or need some additional uniform items? The Mills Winter Sale is currently underway and they have an exclusive offer just for our community! 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 5-19. Click HERE to view the sale flyer, or you can visit their online store HERE and begin shopping today! 

Hey Students...Want to Travel to Iceland?
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

By: Janessa Ocon, Science Faculty

Maranatha High School is teaming up with WorldStrides and going somewhere we haven’t before-- a land of glaciers, geysers, hot springs and lava fields! While this does sound like a scene from a Star Trek movie, these features can be found on this very planet, on the island nation of Iceland! 

This year, Maranatha’s Science Department is taking students to Iceland for an amazing trip to experience the natural wonders it has to offer, in addition to learning about the country’s renewable geothermal energy. Students will experience the wonders of Iceland’s capital--as well as how to properly pronounce it--Reykjavik, and experience an active volcano (Eyjafjallajokull), the very volcano that shut down the European Airspace back in 2010 when it erupted after being dormant for 200 years. 

Students are encouraged to explore geology, the biodiversity that exists on the island, in addition to being introduced to topics in environmental science. This trip gives students a chance to explore more of God’s beautiful creation as they begin to think of ways to think globally. What does it mean to be a steward of creation? How are my actions relevant to the global ecosystem? How can my faith inform science? These are all focal points of the trip as we roam glaciers in this pristine setting. In addition to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, students are also able to receive UC College credit by going on this trip. 

Interested students should contact Ms. Ocon at for trip details and information packets, but hurry...the deadline to register is November 3rd!   

MHS Science Club to Compete in Science Bowl Competition Again
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Maranatha Science Club has been selected to compete in the Science Bowl for a 2nd year in a row! The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl is a nationwide tournament that covers all areas of science and mathematics and puts high school students’ knowledge to the test. Each year, over ten thousand students nationwide apply to compete in one of over one hundred regional Science Bowl competitions. In this region, approximately 200 schools apply but only 24 high schools are chosen to participate. These teams compete against each other in a fast-paced question-and-answer pattern and are tested on a range of science subjects including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. 

This competition was created in 1991 to inspire students to be proficient in mathematics and science in order to pursue careers in these fields. It is truly one of the nation’s largest science competitions and Maranatha’s Science Club is beyond thrilled to be participating again. 

Maranatha’s Science Club is led by Science teacher, Mr. Girma Aleme, and Dr. Shouhua Huang, a senior member of the Engineering Staff at JPL. Dr. Huang commented, “We are so fortunate! God DOES answer prayers! Now it's time for us to pay even more attention and seriously practice. God has opened the door for us so let's get together and enjoy our exploration journey with Him by our sides.”  

Adventure Club "Ventures" to Santa Cruz Island
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The MHS Adventure Club returned from their ​annual thrilling ​trip to Santa Cruz Island this past weekend. The Adventure Club's goal is to plan and host approximately three adventures per year, Santa Cruz being the first one​ for the 2016-2017 school year. Led by James Layton and Jennifer Zambrano, the Club's purpose and mission is to challenge students to experience God's creation in new and exciting ways. These adventures get students out of their comfort zones and introduce them to new, fun, and sometimes challenging outdoor experiences. Some of the activities that the students participated in on this trip were kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and lots of peer bonding. 

Mr. Layton commented, "We kayaked through ​volcanic ​caves, traverse​d the​ eastern coastline,​ ​watched​ shooting stars light up the sky at night, and made memories that will last a lifetime. What more could you ask for?"  full article  

Maranatha Warmly Invites All Prospective Families to Open House
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Please spread the word to your family and friends and save the date for our Open House. On Saturday, November 5, prospective parents and students are invited to join us for the main Admissions event of the year. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a brief introduction from our administration, followed by campus tours at 10:30 a.m. At the conclusion of the campus tours, our faculty, coaches, and student club members will be available for an informal Meet & Greet session where prospective families will get a taste of the Maranatha experience and culture. Our guests are encouraged to stick around for a very special drawing for an opportunity to win a year’s worth of tuition, divided over 4 years! The winner will be announced at 12:35 p.m. There is no RSVP necessary for this event.

To learn more, visit, or feel free to contact the Admissions Office at (626) 817-4021 or We’d also be happy to mail an Open House postcard to you or any of your friends or colleagues - just let us know! 

MHS Young Life is Growing at Rapid Speed!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By: Josh Chamberlin ‘11, MHS Alum & Young Life Leader

Young Life is an international, non-profit organization, that believes kids' lives are dramatically influenced when Christian adults come alongside them, and devote time to sharing Jesus' love in a group setting. Young Life's journey with Maranatha began a little over a year ago, when I felt God's call to come back to the school that did so much for me at my time there. An an MHS alum, it was really adults on campus who helped shape my relationship with Jesus and who painted a picture for me of what it meant to live like Jesus. In the past year, we have joined all the private schools together to create a ministry in Pasadena. Every Tuesday night at 7:47 p.m. exactly, we get together at a families house who has graciously allowed us to take over, and have “Club.” Club is what we like to call partying with a purpose as a united community in Christ. It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. Before the party ends, we share a message about God's love and purpose for each of them. After all, that's what the celebration of our life is all about.​ Every summer, when club is over, we take the Young Life groups to camp, where we take the idea of “club” and magnify that by a 100. We like to call it “the best week of your life.” Kids are able to come and just be kids while hearing the greatest story ever told and have fun while doing it!  read more    

8th Graders Take Over Maranatha Campus
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last Thursday, our campus was flooded with approximately 250 eighth graders from a variety of local middle schools, as we opened our doors for a day to give them a taste of the “Maranatha experience". Our Admissions Department, faculty, staff, Ambassadors, and ASB members had worked and prepared for this year’s 8th Grade Visitation Day for quite some time, and to see it come to fruition with such success was quite a blessing for our school. Some of the schools that were represented were Chandler, Clairbourn, High Point, PCS, Pasadena Rosebud Academy, Salem Lutheran, and St. Philip the Apostle, to name a few.

The eighth graders started off their morning with a pumped-up pep rally, Maranatha style, where they experienced our school spirit and witnessed an epic dance routine featuring our Dance Company and some of our faculty/staff. Our guests then began classroom rotations where they got a taste of what happens in the classroom. Each department teamed up to give the students a brief overview of what their division has to offer. Some even prepared fun and unique presentations such as: Our Science Department conducted experiments involving fried chicken; Mr. Rupp, our Choir Director, taught them a part of a song so they could sing with our choir; and others learned a short dance combination alongside MHS dancers guided by teacher Anna Gradwohl. Next, our visitors attended chapel in the Ambassador Auditorium. Our student body joined the eighth graders for a time of worship and a message about the beatitudes from Mr. Jeff Walling of Pepperdine University. We concluded this exciting and eventful day with a communal luncheon in the Student Center.  full article   

Which Way to the Stage? NYC Performing Arts Education Tour 2017
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Students who go on educational tours succeed in their fields more often than those who don’t. The reason for this is simple. There is no substitute for experience. Next June, Maranatha students, staff, and and parents will be traveling to New York City for a 6-day, 5-night performing arts experience unlike anything they’ve done before.

Why Go?
This tour puts our students in contact with the reality of living and working in NYC as a performer and artist. They will meet, talk, and train with current Broadway professionals, which will give them an insider’s look at what it takes to succeed. We provide a once in a lifetime experience that provides our students with an opportunity to get to the next level and beyond.  full article  

Need to Get in Some More PSP Hours? Here's How!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Getting your 20 Parent Service hours can be easier than you may think!  There are multiple ways to earn your Parent Service Program (PSP) hours, some as simple as donating items needed for an event.  This year is already zipping by, so make sure you take advantage of the opportunities that pop-up early on. read more


Stay Up-to-Date With Us Via Social Media
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Looking for more ways to stay on top of Maranatha’s news? Social media* enthusiasts that delight in regular updates right to their phone or other mobile device can join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat! This is a great way to stay connected to everything going on at MHS and for updates of upcoming events and school-wide activities. 

*This is strictly a one-way relationship. Users can follow us, but as a school, we do not follow any individuals on our social media accounts. Please like, follow, or subscribe to MHS social media today!  Get links HERE.

Spiritual Emphasis Week is Just a Week Away
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

By: Noelle Simpson '17

This semester for Spiritual Emphasis Week, coming up on October 24-28, the MHS Ministry Team has prepared an awesome week as we continue with the theme of “Love and Action.” We are specifically focusing on missions and how we can show love through our actions to reach out to others here at home and around the world. The week will consist of 4 chapels (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri) and a worship session during lunch on Tuesday. Monday’s chapel is focusing on both international missions as well as missions at home as we hear from Señora Cleonie Harrison and Ms. Cheryl Dixon. On Wednesday-Friday, we are blessed to have Word in Motion and Life 150 Church joining us and sharing at chapel. The goal is to show how people can act in God’s love towards other people. 

Please pray for our school as we take some time out of our daily routines to focus on God’s Word as a community. Pray for open hearts, open minds, and that the Lord would speak to each individual in the way they need to be reached. 

MHS Visual Arts Gets a Taste of Downtown LA Culture and Art
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Last Wednesday, the AP 2-D Design and Photo 2 classes took a field trip to Downtown Los Angeles, via Metro, with the intention of experiencing and photographing a variety of neighborhoods, landmarks, and urban areas for their current class projects. While there, they also discovered and analyzed contemporary artwork at the Broad Museum.

Led by teachers Brenda Schlenker and Chaim Diesto ’00, about 20 of our students left early in the morning to make the most of the day ahead. The students separated into two groups for a pre-planned train stop to photograph one of the iconic destinations along the Gold Line: Highland Park, Chinatown, Union Station/Olvera Street, or Little Tokyo. Each group then returned to the Gold Line, transferring to the Red Line at Union Station. From there they walked to the Broad Museum, where the two groups were reunited for a self-guided tour. After checking out all the incredible pieces of art at the Broad Museum, the students relaxed for lunch at Grand Central Market.  full story

MHS Junior Families Are Invited to College Prep Night
Monday, October 10, 2016

That’s right is JUST around the corner and it is never too late to start prepping for the exciting journey ahead. Please join the College & Guidance Counseling Department for an informational evening on Monday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Refreshments will be provided. The College & Guidance Counseling Department will be providing information on the following topics:

  • SAT vs. ACT
  • Test Preparation 
  • College Visitation
  • Senior Courses Matter
  • Summer Internships
  • AP Classes/Exams
  • Finding the Right "Fit"
  • Financial Aid/Paying for College

This is a great way to ensure that all of our juniors are being adequately prepared for the road ahead. You don’t want to miss this important and informative evening, so mark your calendar today! 

"Eurydice" is Debuting THIS WEEK...Get Your Tickets Now!
Monday, October 10, 2016

Come out for a great evening of theatre and support the Arts this Friday and Saturday evening. Tickets for Eurydice are on sale through our online box office, and if the show doesn’t sell out, will also be available at the door. The show includes live water effects and loud sounds. Showtimes are at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2016 in the MHS Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for first-come, first-served seating. Refreshments will be on sale and can be enjoyed during the performance since there is no intermission. Seating is very limited, so purchase your tickets today at

If you’d like to see the show for free, become a Patron Member of the Arts today! Three annual memberships levels are available, and the $25 and $50 memberships include complimentary tickets to each of the four shows presented this season. There is even a FREE membership available! Click HERE to learn how you can show your love for the Arts by becoming a member today. 

The Maranatha Messenger is LIVE...Check it Out!
Monday, October 10, 2016

In 1965, Maranatha High School launched The Messenger. This student paper taught the first graduating class of Minutemen how to report the truth from a Christian perspective. This year, our Journalism and New Media class has relaunched our student publication with a focus on telling the whole truth in a way that makes fractured communities whole again. 

It is easy to see how most media focuses on the disreputable, the negative, and the scandalous. In contrast, The Messenger seeks to highlight the good, the true, and the beautiful in our school and community. Through this online newspaper, students are learning to voice their diverse opinions while respecting each other as children of a loving God. The Messenger will be updated weekly with podcasts and video shows coming soon. Check out this week's new stories at

MHS Students Receive National Merit Scholarship Award
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

In last Thursday’s chapel, principal John Rouse announced that seniors Kaili Chiu, Evelyn Thoen, Michelle Tjahjadi, Calvin Lim, and Jason Xu have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from Maranatha and the National Merit Scholarship Corporations (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. These Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 millions students who entered the 2017 competition... full story  

2016-2017 Missions at Maranatha
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

As an intentionally Christ-centered school, Maranatha High School seeks to integrate faith into every aspect of our living, learning, and serving. One opportunity given to the student body to grow in an understanding of service to the world is our missions program. As we continue to intentionally pursue greater Kingdom impact and partnership locally, nationally, and internationally with the body of Christ, we're excited to announce our short term 2016-2017 mission trips.  read more


Homecoming 2016 Highlights
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

At Homecoming each year, just prior to kick-off Maranatha honors staff that have been with us five years or more and are celebrating a MILESTONE year of service to Maranatha. Below are the staff that were honored this past Friday. Congratulations!  full story

Welcome Our International Friends: Colombia Comes to Campus
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Our Colombian friends are returning and we are excited to have them on campus again for another visit! Next Thursday and Friday, October 13-14, Maranatha will host a visit for students and staff from Bogota, Colombia. These visiting students will shadow our students through the day and will also sing and share in chapel, teach dance to our Dance classes, and spend time with our AP Spanish and Hispanic Honors Society. Thank you, in advance, for welcoming our Colombian guests!  see more

Upcoming Notable Admissions Happenings on Campus
Monday, September 26, 2016

Do you have friends or neighbors that might be interested in Maranatha? Please invite them to 8th Grade Visitation Day on Thursday, October 20, or Open House on Saturday, November 5. These two events serve as the premiere events of our Admissions season and they will be upon us before we know it. Some exciting events for prospective families include... read more 

The 2016-2017 MHS Family Directory is Now Available
Monday, September 26, 2016

Wanting to get in touch with another parent at Maranatha? The 2016-2017 Family Directory is now available on NetClassroom and includes student and family contact information as well as a list of students by grade.

Maranatha families may access the Directory by logging into NetClassroom with your password, and following these 4 steps... read more 


Have You Considered Becoming a Homestay Family?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Have you considered hosting an international MHS student? We would love to talk with you! Our International Student Department 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. 

If you have a heart for hospitality, an extra bedroom, and would like to touch the world, please think about this opportunity. Many host families report positive influences on their own family dynamics, a broadened worldview, and heightened cultural awareness and exchange. 

To support our international students in their adjustment to American culture and Christian faith lived out, we require our international students to be part of our MHS Homestay Program. We match our international students with Christian families throughout the San Gabriel Valley.  

We are currently talking with families about hosting students this year if an opening occurs, as well as families who are interested in hosting for the summer or for next year. Homestay families invite students into their homes and family life, providing meals, transportation, support and life experience. A $1,300 monthly stipend per student is given to cover expenses.

If you are interested in more information about our Homestay opportunity, please contact Dan Bodwell, Associate Director of International Students, at or (626) 817-4022. Dan will be happy to share more details about responsibilities and stipends, as well as provide you the opportunity to speak with some of our families who are currently hosting students.

Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity or sharing it with your friends. 

Upcoming College Night for Freshmen and Sophomores
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ever asked yourself…

  • Am I on track for graduation and college admissions?
  • What is Naviance?
  • What should I study in college?
  • Why is the PSAT Exam important?
  • What if I need to retake a class?  

Maranatha's College & Guidance Counseling Department invites all freshmen, sophomores, and their parents to the Frosh/Soph College Prep Night on Monday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center, for refreshments and all things college-bound. This is a great way to ensure that all of our freshmen and sophomores are being adequately prepared for the road ahead. You don’t want to miss this important and informative evening, so mark your calendar today. 

The National Christian College Fair is Coming to Maranatha
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28, the National Christian College Fair will be taking place on the Maranatha campus from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Student Center. The fair offers free admission and will feature various Christian colleges from across the U.S. and Canada, all of which have been approved by NACCAP. A 30-minute financial aid workshop will also be offered. The workshop is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about the financial aid process and how to make a Christian college education affordable. Please see the registered colleges for this event HERE


Need to Make-Up Your Picture Day Photo?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On Monday, September 26, LifeTouch Studios will return to campus to take pictures for anyone who was absent on Picture Day or requires a retake. They will be set up in the Commons (Academic Center 3rd floor) and available to take pictures anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Students must take the initiative and go to the Commons at a time that is agreeable with their teachers, or during break or lunch. There will be no announcements made over the intercom system. Students wishing to purchase photos should bring their order forms and payment with them. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators must have their picture taken by LifeTouch Studios in order to appear in the yearbook and receive an MHS ID card for 2016-2017. This is your last opportunity. Thank you for your bright smiles and cooperation!  

Prep Your Closet for Spirit Week Dress-Days!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Homecoming is next week which means Spirit Week Special Dress Days are just around the corner! ASB has lots of fun planned as we gear up for Friday night’s varsity game on September 30 and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 1.  

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 an 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 more

Hey Moms: Join Us for the PA Fall Bible Study!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

All current and alumni Maranatha moms are welcome to join in the PA Fall Bible Study that is led by PA Vice President, current mom, and parent of alum, René Bancroft. The group will meet from 8:00-9:30AM in the Parent Association office for six consecutive Mondays, beginning September 19. This year the book we are going to study is titled, “Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Living Well: An In-Depth Bible Study,” by Courtney Joseph and Beverly Wise. You can order your book from Amazon or through your local bookstore. You'll want to have completed the first week of study (Preface and Week One, pgs. 1-18) when you arrive on September 19 because we're jumping right in!  

Here's a little info on the book from the authors: "Many of us have lives that are full. We have full bellies, full closets, full calendars, full trash cans, full purses, and full email inboxes. But at the end of the day, we are empty. God made us all with a built-in desire to find the meaning to life and to spend time on things that are meaningful."  

Come join us! For more information, please contact René Bancroft at 

Senior Enze (Carl) Xue Wins Congressional Gold Medal Award
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Congratulations are in order for MHS international student, Carl Xue '17, who won the Congressional Gold Medal Award this past summer! This medal is the United States Congress’ award for young individuals in the 14 to 23 age range who set their own goals and achieve them in the following 4 areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.  

Carl completed over 400 hours of voluntary public service by organizing fundraisers that were dedicated to summer science programs at various elementary schools. He also volunteered by teaching science to the students at the Boys and Girls Club through hands-on experiments. For personal development, he logged over 200 hours by regularly participating in Science Bowl Club meetings, led by a researcher from JPL, conducting advanced chemistry experiments outside of school, and learning many new scientific concepts. His physical fitness achievements were completed through his efforts in improving his average cycling speed from 20 miles an hour to 24 miles an hour, through intense long-distance rides. Finally, for the exploration segment, he planned and ventured out on a five-day unaccompanied trip to Pennsylvania to explore architecture and Chinese treasures. 

International Student Director, Melissa Wunderly, stated, “Carl has been a committed, engaged student since his first year at Maranatha. Carl is known as a polite, self-motivated student who pushes himself with enthusiasm. We are so proud of his achievements inside and outside our school and are especially impressed by this recent Congressional Award.” 

Mirror, Mirror: All Things Homecoming 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

With Homecoming just a few weeks away, we figured you'd want to know all the great things happening at Maranatha. Come be a part of Homecoming 2016!  Read more about Spirit Week, the Homecoming Football Game, and the Homecoming Dance HERE

The Autumn Moon Festival is Upon Us
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Asian Autumn Moon Festival is taking place this Thursday, September 15. If you're wondering what this event is all about, think “Thanksgiving” for our International Asian students and their families. This holiday celebration is one of the most important traditional holidays in their culture.

This festival focuses on:
Family: This is a time to be with family and many will travel to spend the day together.
Moon Cakes: During this Autumn Festival, “Moon Cakes” (round like the moon) are shared by friends and family. Lotus is the most traditional flavor, but fillings vary from green tea to beef to pineapple.
Traditional Favorite Stories: Beautiful Lady and a Hero, Wu Gang Chopping the Cherry Bay, and The Jade Rabbit. 

Don’t hesitate to ask your Chinese, Korean, and Japanese friends and students about this wonderful celebration! 

Time to Write Up Your Senior Tribute
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

If you are the proud parent of a senior, we wanted to give you plenty of time to prepare your Senior Tribute ad for the 2017 Yearbook. Please review the PDF Submission document HERE. It contains all the information, guidelines, deadlines and prices for Senior Tribute Ads. The deadline for ordering is December 18, 2016. 

The Order Form is only available online, and must also be completed online HERE.

The Yearbook Staff looks forward to providing your child with a lasting memory and keepsake. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the yearbook faculty advisor, Jeremiah Blessinger, at 

Dance Company Auditions are THIS WEEK
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pack your dance shoes and come audition for the Maranatha Dance Company on Thursday or Friday of THIS WEEK! Auditions will take place in the Dance Studio from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Whether you can commit for a full year or only one semester, you’ll have the option to audition for the Fall Company, Spring Company, or both!

For auditions, be prepared to demonstrate advanced level jazz/contemporary technique and perform two combinations in opposing styles (taught at the audition). If you are new to the company, you will also be asked to prepare a solo in any style of choice.

Come by the dance studio to sign up and get your audition form ASAP. Please contact Mrs. Gradwohl at with any additional questions. This is the only audition for Dance Company, so don’t miss your chance to be part of this group! 

Fresh Start, Fresh Faces: The Final Four
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Over the past two weeks we have introduced the newest faculty and staff members to join our MHS community. This is the final installment of the series where today we showcase four new faculty members. We hope you will give them a warm welcome when you see them around campus.  read more  

Senior College Night for 2017 Graduates
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The College & Guidance Counseling Department invites all seniors and their parents to the Senior College Night on Monday, September 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center, for refreshments and all things college-bound. With college application season right around the corner, our MHS counselors want to ensure that all of our seniors are prepared accordingly. So, don’t miss out!

On this evening, the College & Guidance Counseling team will be presenting information such as: important dates, timelines, and proper procedure for requesting letters of recommendation; test prep opportunities in the local communities; and further training on how to use Naviance. A featured guest speaker will be sharing about financial aid. You don’t want to miss this important and informative evening, so mark your calendars today.  

Get Involved...Join a Club on Campus
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Wanting to dive deep into the MHS community and get involved or perhaps try something different? Why not join a club on campus? Maranatha offers over 20 student clubs including existing favorites such as: Art Club, Speech & Debate, California Scholarship Federation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Adventure Club. Additionally, some new clubs will be announced during Club Rush. 

Club Rush is the perfect opportunity for student to speak with club advisors and members about their club activities and guidelines. Please join us next Tuesday, September 13, during lunch, on the main walkway between the Student Center and Academic Center. Club representatives will be available to answer all your questions so come on by!  

MHS Ministry Team: For Such a Time as This
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

by: Noelle Simpson '17

The Ministry Team is comprised of upperclassmen who have made a commitment to help students in their daily life both spiritually and physically, but that’s not to say that we don’t have our own trials. We make it our goal to help people however we best can. In class, we discuss different ways of Christian leadership both in the Bible and through examples of Christian leaders that have come before us, such as Ester or Henri Nouwen. In using these examples, we make ourselves available for those who need prayer for issues with academics, social life, and most importantly, their faith. We are here “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) and work to help people through prayer and community for we are one body in Christ (Romans 12:4-5).  read more 

PA Meet & Greet...Corner Bakery Style
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Parent Association is happy to bring back the very communal and informative “Eat & Greets” at Corner Bakery in Pasadena. The first breakfast meeting for this year will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 8:00 a.m. All parents are invited for a casual time to enjoy breakfast together, get to know other MHS parents, and ask any and all questions you may have about how to navigate MHS. The PA wants to help! Come to the Corner Bakery, located on the corner of Lake Avenue and Del Mar in Pasadena, after drop off. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you there! 


Maranatha's Back to School Nights are THIS Week
Monday, August 29, 2016

By Dr. Rocio Watkins, Dean of Academics

Maranatha’s Back to School Nights are happening this week, starting tonight, Monday, August 29, for parents of freshmen and juniors. Thursday, September 1, is BTS Night for parents of sophomores and seniors. This important event is split into two evenings 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. Maranatha High School has designated this time to strengthen our parent partnerships and connect as a community, and to also meet your child’s exceptional faculty members. Your support makes a significant impact on our school’s vision and mission. 

The evening will begin with our Principal’s address, followed by introductions of counseling staff and the administration team.  You will then have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of your son or daughter at Maranatha. Teachers will be sharing specific details pertaining to their class, and there will be time to ask questions about course curricula and assessment practices.  

Parent registration for Back to School Night begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Ambassador Fountain Plaza, followed by a welcome meeting in the Student Center at 6:15 p.m. and class visitations at 6:30 p.m.  You will be able to pick up your student’s class schedule, a Campus Map, and a Back to School Night schedule at the registration tables. The evening will conclude with an Advanced Placement (AP) information session for all parents of current or future AP students. This session will be presented at the end of the evening on each night. We welcome you back and look forward to greeting you! 

Fresh Start, Fresh Faces! Who's Who on Campus? (Part 2)
Monday, August 29, 2016

In last week’s Minutegram, we introduced you to some of our new administration members, and this week we bring you four of our new faculty members. Please help us welcome these new faces to campus when you see them: Adam Nunez, Timothy Jay Veltkamp, Chaim Diesto '00, and Girma Aleme.  read more  

What You Need to Know About Getting to School
Monday, August 29, 2016

In addition to traditional carpooling or getting dropped off and picked up by parents, Maranatha students have other options as well. We want to provide you with information about two options in particular: Parking Permits and Metro Rail.  read more 

What Did Some of Our MHS Faculty Do Over Summer? Take a Look
Monday, August 29, 2016

Some of our faculty members had very eventful summers and we wanted to quickly share a snippet of what they were up to. Click HERE to see what these faculty were up to: Mrs. Cronin, Mr. Rupp, Mrs. Gradwohl, Mrs. Cronin, Mrs. Nahigian, Mr. Kozak, and others.


Get Ready to Shine Your Pearly Whites...It's PICTURE DAY!
Monday, August 29, 2016

Get your smile ready, it’s Picture Day! Each student, staff, faculty, and administrator will have their picture taken on Friday, September 2. Pictures will be taken in the gym. All students (including seniors) must come in regular uniform dress. No dry-fit, Ambassador, or ASB polos, athletic wear, college or MHS sweatshirts will be permitted. These photos are an important record seen by college universities during the admission process. We want you to look your best, so that others will see it too!

For more information about ordering school pictures, view this FLYER. Picture order forms are available at the Student Center front desk, and online HERE.  

Maranatha Speech & Debate Team Prepares For Another Winning Season
Monday, August 29, 2016

As the 2016-2017 school year begins, the Maranatha Speech & Debate team, lead by alum and teacher, Patrick Mesisca '92, has been working hard to prepare for another successful year of competition. Varsity students are currently preparing for the annual Jack Howe Invitational at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Lincoln Douglas debater senior Cameron Chen is preparing her cases on whether or not countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power. Public Forum veterans senior Matthew Harrington and sophomores Deven Hollimon, Hunter McCoy, and Kaitlyn Kazazian are preparing cases on whether or not public K-12 schools should apply the probable cause standard to searches of students. Speech veterans Gabe Espana, Luca Lovejoy, and Trinity Moore are writing speeches to entertain and inform their audiences about current event issues.  read more 

A Warm Welcome from MHS Head of School, Dr. Steven J. Sherman
Monday, August 22, 2016

Maranatha Community: Allow me to personally welcome you to the start of the 2016-2017 school year! This may be the most anticipated year in school history! We recently completed our 50th year celebration and are looking “eagerly” toward the next 50 years anticipating God’s blessings. This past week, we welcomed the Class of 2020 to our campus. They are a celebrated group with exceptional academic credentials and a variety of interests that will add much to our student body. However, much of the year will and should be focused upon the Class of 2017! They will set the tone as the student leaders of our school.  read more 

Maranatha Heads to the Mountains
Monday, August 22, 2016

Just a week before school began, Maranatha High School headed to the San Bernardino Mountains for two back-to-back retreats: one for faculty/staff, and the other for the incoming freshmen. The excursions were planned to provide intentional time for each group to build relationships and community prior to the beginning of the new school year.

FRESHMAN RETREAT - A group of Maranatha faculty and staff, along with some of our ASB and ministry team members, took the Class of 2020 for a memorable weekend at Forest Home. The retreat was created with the intention and purpose of truly igniting their excitement for the upcoming school year, as well as... read more 

Fresh Start, Fresh Faces! Who’s Who on Campus?
Monday, August 22, 2016

Maranatha would like to give a warm welcome to some of our new faculty and staff members as we begin this new and exciting school year. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’d like to introduce you to the fresh faces on campus. We hope you enjoy reading about their exceptional qualifications and faith stories, as they are all quite thrilled to be a part of our community. Please help us welcome our new "family members" when you see them around campus! read more 

Step Right Into 2016-2017: Back to School Family Picnic
Monday, August 22, 2016

by Michelle Karim '07, Manager of Special Events and Alumni Relations

Last week, the start of the 2016-2017 school year was celebrated by many of our Maranatha families at the annual Back to School Family Picnic (carnival style) on the South Lawn. Just because summer was over, didn’t mean the celebrating had to stop! As Maranatha’s leaders stepped into their positions and new faces popped up around campus for the start of the year, the MHS community took a minute to pause and join together for a communal evening filled with fellowship and tons of FUN! 

Over 600 people from our school community joined in on this colorful and lively event which featured 3 food trucks that kept stomachs full, and an abundant array of delicious desserts and treats to satisfy every sweet tooth.  read more 

Guidance Counselors Open Their Offices to the New Year
Monday, August 22, 2016

by Michael A. Bell, Dean of College & Guidance Counseling

A gracious welcome for another school year to the Maranatha family from the College & Guidance Counseling Department. We wanted to communicate to junior and senior parents that there is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the college application process directly from college admission professionals.

Parents will hear from admission representatives from Occidental College, Pomona College, Pepperdine University, Texas Christian University, UCLA, United States Naval Academy, University of Southern California, Westmont College, as well as other institutions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what schools are looking for when they are evaluating college admission applications. Read more HERE.

Uprising: The Tradition Continues
Monday, August 22, 2016

With the arrival of each new school year, our students, faculty, and staff look forward to celebrating together at Uprising, which traditionally takes place on the first Friday of the school year. And you can count on Maranatha to keep the tradition alive. Formally known as the “Ice Breaker” party, Uprising has been a part of the MHS experience since 1975. Student leadership (ASB) plans the high-energy event with the intention of kicking off the year in a memorable fashion, connecting new and returning students together through various activities and games. 

This year the entire school community gathered on August 19 for an epic day filled with fellowship, fun, and food. The morning began with... read more

Get Out Your Calendars and Pencil Us In!
Monday, August 22, 2016

Get Out Your Calendars and Pencil Us In!

As we being the new school year, we wanted to make sure you didn't miss these important events taking place over the next few weeks. Please note them on your calendar. 

  All Sports Information Night • 7:00-8:00PM • Gymnasium
All athletes who are planning on or considering participating in a sport at MHS are required to come to this meeting. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent.
  Parent Association Meeting • 8:00-9:30 AM • Commons
The PA meetings are a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with all the ongoing events and updates on campus, as well as mingle and meet other families in the MHS community. As always, breakfast, coffee, tea, and other delicious treats will be provided.

Read more about upcoming events HERE.

The Parent Association is Getting YOU Plugged In
Monday, August 22, 2016

The Parent Association welcomes all our new and current families to a fresh new year! Below, please see some opportunities for getting plugged into the PA as we kick-off another exciting year. Also, if you were not able to pick up your PSP Red Book at the Back to School Family Picnic, please stop by the front desk in the Student Center ASAP and Ivy will be able to give you your personalized book. If you have further questions about volunteer hours, please...  read more 


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. Shin
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


Read detailed notes about each event HERE.

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