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Documentary Highlights Autistic Sierra Madre Student’s School Day

The "Go Public: A Day in the Life of PUSD" documentary includes 50 short films taken throughout the Pasadena Unified School District, including one of an autistic student at Sierra Madre Middle School.

What is a day at school like for a student, employee or volunteer at the Pasadena Unified School District? A new documentary shows at least 50 different ways to answer that question.

Go Public: A Day in the Life of PUSD is a documentary comprised of 50 different short films captured on May 8, each focused on one or a few students, teachers or volunteers at the 28 schools throughout the district.

Started by parents of children who attend public school in Pasadena, Go Public aims to “encourage viewers to become informed and compassionate advocates for their community public school,” according to the project’s website.

“This project is important now because too much focus has been placed on what is broken in public school education,” Go Public’s mission statement notes. “There is room for improvement, but we also want to capture the good things that go on every day in our public schools, the teamwork it takes and the textured richness for those involved.”

One of the short films, posted Tuesday, shows part of a day in the life of Ian Short, an active, autistic 7th grader who attends .

With the camera as a silent observer, we see Ian getting ready in the morning with his parents, his bus ride to school and his interaction with students and a teacher in a classroom, where Ian is asked to find the date on a calendar. Ian and his classmates then run on a foggy field.

See the full four-minute, five-second video attached to this post or here on Go Public's site.

Ian’s is just one of many stories and experiences found throughout the Pasadena Unified School District.

View more of the 50 Go Public videos here.

If a camera were to film a day in the life of your child at school, what would you hope to see? What is your experience with local schools? What do you think of Ian’s experience? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

pusddad August 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Is there a scene showing vigilante parents lurking in the background taking notes?
Mary Brandenburg August 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
But of course pusdad! Did you really think a product from the Honowitz camp was going to show the ugly side of PUSD? Especially Sierra Madre after all the ugly publicity re: students with autism? Please.
Louis Educe August 18, 2012 at 05:52 AM
There are TWO sierra madre kids in the videos! The other is Rosie from last year's K1 inclusion class. What a great success story she is, well done! In answer to Jessica's question about what I would hope to see in my child's day I think the most important is him having fun learning and interacting with his peers in a challenging (but supportive) and thought provoking environment where he can grow into the person he would like to be without limitations on his dreams.
pusddad August 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Throughtout all your ad nauseum articles and postings over 2 years, no parents of a SM special needs child has joined in your allegations that the school has a culture of intolerance to special needs kids.
navigio August 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Who is the 'product from the Honowitz camp'?
Louis Educe August 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Also; My nephew was in the same upper grade classroom a few years back and just wanted to say the teacher and multiple 1:1 aides do wonderful things to keep the kids learning and growing - he is now at Blair and continuing to make progress - THANKS
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
why are you such a baiter, pus.dad? you are like the biggest baiter on these threads i have see. i told you a year ago, when you were baiting, that i would show you whatever you needed to see. you never showed up. that is because you are a baiter, and baiting is all you do. didn't your mommy ever tell you that all that baiting would make you blind?
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
honowitz had to work real hard to make sure to whitewash this one, didn't he? you people are pathetic, political tools. pat yourselves on the backs. bravo.
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
so what do you say, wolf palms, you want to see the docs, or do you want us to upload them?
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
oh, but it is. how will you handle this one? the petition and parent bully summit didnt work. maybe there is a property law you can invoke to throw us out of town. we didnt start this, pus.dad did. he baited, we took it. you followed suit, we took it, too. own it, or it will never end, bully. never.
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 04:08 AM
do you understand, LOU? full disclosure, unconditional apology. all of you.
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM
and the next time you idiots choose a family to bully, make sure they're weak and ineffective like your principals have been. make sure they don't have moxie, and backbone.
Tony Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 04:37 AM
and remember, LOU, your "surprise" means NOTHING TO ME. i don't care about any of you cowards. keep hiding, VERMIN. i have nothing but TIME.
blah August 19, 2012 at 05:30 AM
its rhoda, silly louie. i'm celbrating along with you why would i take it anyw8ere else? i'm so proud of you're sharing your special ed pedagree. so where do you keep ronald hidden when hes not at blare? how come its ok for you to share your hidden disabled family members on someone elses nice story? is he autistic too? do you have speshul rules for yorself?
navigio August 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Honowitz camp?
Mary Brandenburg August 19, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Hi Navigio, I'll explain here.....http://sierramadre.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-disobedience-or-disability-an-essay-on-sensory-processing-disorder
navigio August 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thanks Mary. I remember that blog post ( and appreciated it if I never said so). I guess I was just not clear how honowitz was involved with the go public effort. Did you just mean the subject matter of this short?
mary August 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Navigio, I was having trouble getting into my account. I did leave you a response on our blog post, out of respect for Ian, not because of "Lou's" projecting.
guess who May 08, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Hey Mary Brandenburg would be nice to see all the ugly publicity re the autism class here. My son currently attends this school and has said some off the wall things. It feels like a nightmare.

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