Students Walk Out at John Muir

Hundreds of students walked off campus at lunch to support Muir principal Sheryl Orange, but returned to class in the afternoon.

Hundreds of students walked out of school at John Muir in a move meant to support principal Sheryl Orange, who is rumored to be up for replacement at the end of the school year.

The protest ended shortly after the lunch period when student leaders urged the walk outs to return to class, according to Adam Wolfson, PUSD's communications director.

By the time Altadena Patch arrived at the school at 1:30 p.m. all but a few stray students had returned to class.

The walk-out is in response to a Pasadena Star-News story from last week that reported Orange will be replaced as principal next year.  The story cites an anonymous source, and so far, PUSD officials have not confirmed that Orange will be replaced.

The article cites Orange's possible replacement as being the result of discipline problems with the school's football and basketball coaches, as well as concerns that the school has not improved as much as district officials would help.

Several students who spoke with Altadena Patch Monday said they want Orange to stay.

"She really cares for us," said sophomore Nichole Parrish. "They don't see how she helps us and what she does for us."

The issue of a walk-out was discussed at , when several community members criticized the board over their alleged plans to replace Orange.  Several board members and Superintendent Jon Gundry declined to say at that meeting whether Orange was going to be replaced or disciplined in any way.

Laura Monteros March 06, 2012 at 03:56 AM
After P.C. bumped Eddie Newman to ROP, Muir suffered from incompetent and disengaged principals who only lasted a short time. One was so bad the parents AND community members pressure the board to get rid of her. While Sheryl Orange may have some faults, she does care for the school and the students. I had kids at Muir from Gary Talbott to Sheryl Orange, and I am glad she is there.
ac March 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I've known Mrs. Orange for years. She truly cares for her ALL students. Muir is a school with many challeges and demanding expectations to see progress. Its been a tough year for Sheryl. I hope there are more rallies for her off campus.
Nadine Isenberg March 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
As a parent at Muir, I can say first hand, Mrs. Orange has always put the kids first. She is there early and stays late daily. We need her. The things happening in our school are no different than the other schools in Pasadena, but for some reason the microscope is on Muir. Our kids grades are on the rise and unless the Board can give specific reasons for her dismissal I think they need to spend time at the school so they know what they are talking about. I know it's only a rumor right now. Or so they say, Unless they walk in her shoes, they need to step back and observe before making any changes. We have lost a really good Football Coach because crap flows down stream. Now when a strong woman stands at the head of our school and wants to guide our children even without the help of 85% of the parents and people who don't spend enough time at our school to eat a full lunch go and make changes is wrong.
Dinky D March 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Hey Nadine!!! I miss you!! Tell Ty and Tre hi for me. You'll have to guess who it is because my handle is annoynomous (teehee). Last year, in the office.
Dinky D March 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Yes Mrs. Orange is dedicated to her students. She is also an effective administrator. Looks like the target this year is African American principals. What's up with getting rid of Peter Pannell? No rhymn or reason. I thought Gundry was going to be part of the solution, not the problem!!!!


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