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  • Students Place at Elk's Essay Contest

    Four of Gooden’s students won prizes in the Elk's Americanism Essay Contest! Congratulations to our Middle School students! Two students were selected first in their respective categories and two were selected as district winners, too, and will head on to the state competition.

  • Gooden students Win MLK Essay Contest

    Splendid writing comes from a willingness to choose words carefully, to be intentional with them, and to be patient as an editor. Gooden is known for its writers. In November, our Middle School students participated in the Pasadena Martin Luther King Coalition Essay Contest. The prompt was, “Today, in light of the modern struggles for fair voting rights, what would you do if you were given the ballot?” In order to answer this question, our students had to figure out what it means to vote in an election and what issues they would like to change. Our students reflected on this and decided that they would like to advocate for those who might not be able to advocate for themselves, including immigrants.

    There were 109 entries from Pasadena-area middle school students to this competition – the three finalists were announced in January. All three finalists were from the Gooden School. One student, earned third place in this contest as he drew inspiration from Greta Thunberg and wrote about preserving the climate. Our second-place winner wrote her essay about being an informed, independent voter who goes with her gut in an election, supports the rights of immigrants, and protects our country’s borders. Our first place winner won for his essay about being a careful voter who researches the issues and uses the ballot box to change the world for the better and to help improve the lives of others.

    “If all people are given a voice in society, their voices can be heard and no one will be more important than anyone else,” wrote our first place essay winner. A perfect embodiment of Gooden’s 3Rs: “Respect for Self, Respect for Others, and Respect for the World”.

    The Gooden School congratulates these students for their literary endeavors.

  • Gooden's GeoBee Winner

    In January, eight Gooden students competed for the school's GeoBee title. The winner of the school competition is now eligible to participate for a chance to become a competitor in the state finals of the GeoBee with the National Geographic Society! Way to go! 

  • Actors Place at Festival

    Congratulations to our two Gooden eighth-graders who competed (and placed) at the Fall Festival of the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) on November 2. The festival, held at Royal Oaks Middle School, included over 500 students from dozens of middle schools and high schools. Categories ranged from monologues to musical excerpts, to group comedies, technical theater, and more. Our students competed in the monologue category, each performing both a classical piece and a contemporary piece. We are very proud of our students with their honorable mention and a fourth-place finish in a very large and competitive category.

  • Gooden in Mathletes

    Gooden Middle School students recently competed in the Mathletes competition at Damien High School. Out of 60 teams, the Gooden team placed fifth overall, two of our students placed in the top five for their individual subject, one of our eighth-grade students won first place, including a scholarship! Congratulations to all of our Mathletes and their teacher-coaches, Mrs. Julia Kraemer and Ms. Annie Hsu. 

  • Gooden Featured

    Mrs. Jo-Anne Woolner, head of school at Gooden, was featured on Beyond the Brochure's website, a resource for families looking for an independent school for their children. To learn more, click here.