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 Mountain Views News Saturday, June 5, 2010


Awards, Rites of Passage, Graduations PUSD Focus

 Students and Teachers 
in the Pasadena Unified 
School District despite a 
year that was full of financial 
disappointments, are preparing 
for the joyous festivities that 
are associated with the end of 
the school year. From cultural 
Rites of Passage Ceremonies 
to Graduations of the High 
School Senior Classes, students, 
faculties, families and friends 
prepare for the “best time of the 

June 6

PUSD graduates will 
participate in the annual 
Latino Student Recognition 
Ceremony sponsored by 
Heritage, Pasadena Latino 
Forum, PCC, Councilmember 
Victor Gordo and others. 
The ceremony celebrates 
students’ personal success 
and academic achievements 
in the spirit and tradition of 
Latino culture. The ceremony 
is open to all graduating 
students and allows students 
to publicly thank those who 
have helped them throughout 
their educational experience. 
Please contact Raul Borbon 
at 626-319-6801 or Susana 
Zamorano at 626-628-5585 for 
more information. 

June 6

Graduating PUSD African 
American seniors will be 
honored at the sixth annual 
Rites of Passage Ceremony 
sponsored by the Pasadena 
Alliance of African American 
School Educators (PAAASE). 
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 
Altadena, CA 91001. For 
more information, contact 
Dr. Francine Williams, (626) 
794-7169 or Anett Hill, (818) 

June 8 

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. In 
honor of Grace, a student 
recently diagnosed with 
cancer, Field Elementary 
School is hosting a blood 
drive in partnership with the 
American Red Cross. The 
school community asks for 
help in recognizing Grace’s 
brave spirit as they work 
together to save lives. To 
schedule an appointment, 
create a profile at www. and enter 
sponsor code “eugene field.” 
Eugene Field Elementary 
School, 3600 E. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., Pasadena 91107.

June 14

The Pasadena Educational 
Foundation 2010 Annual 
Spring Event will be held 
Monday, June 14th, with 
the program beginning at 
6:00 p.m. The annual event 
celebrates the work of the 
PUSD and PEF. Ted Mitchell, 
President of the California 
State Board of Education, and 
CEO of NewSchools Venture 
Fund will be this year's guest 
speaker. NewSchools Venture 
Fund invests in education 
leaders to strengthen support 
fot students in urban school 
districts throughout the 
nation. Mr. Mike Babcock 
and the Friends of Cleveland 
will be honored this 
year with the Exemplary 
Service Award. For more 
information, contact Angela 
Parris at (626) 396-3600 ext 
88354 or Phyllis Calderon at

June 16

The St. Sarkis Armenian 
Apostolic Church of Pasadena 
will hold the 19th annual 
ceremony and reception 
for Armenian graduates of 
PUSD on Wednesday, June 
16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the 
Pasadena Armenian Center. 
Graduating seniors will join 
their families, friends, and 
community members to 
celebrate their achievements 
and accomplishments. Guests 
may RSVP by June 4, 2010 by 
calling (626) 622-9001 or (626) 

High School 

Wednesday, June 23, 

4:00 p.m.

Pasadena High School

The Rose Bowl

7:00 p.m.

John Muir High School,

The Rose Bowl

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2:00 p.m.

Blair IB School

 Pasadena Convention 
Center, East Pavilion

Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: David L. Vannasdall

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Joanne Testa Cross

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Carden of the Foothills School

429 Wildrose Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016 626/358-9414 
626/358-5164 fax

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road

Pasadena, Ca. 91107



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 Principal: Patrick Bonacci


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, email:

Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 Principal: Dr. Vanessa Watkins 

E-mail address:

Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Dr. Derick Evans


Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 website:

St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9028 Principal: Joanne Harabedian


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Gayle Bluemel


Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Gayle Bluemel

Contact person: Garrett Newsom, Asst. Principal

E-mail address:

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981


Parent/Community Meeting at 
Sierra Madre School 

 There will be an important Parent/Community 
meeting that will be held on Tuesday, June 15th 
from 6:30-8pm in the Sierra Madre School 
Lower Campus Auditorium. The school will 
be viewing a presentation from their Architects 
on the last planning stages for the construction 
projects on both campuses, and opening up for 
Q & A. 

Summer Reading Clubs for 
Children and Teens 

“Make a Splash – Read!”

 Sierra Madre Public Library’s 2010 Summer 
Reading Club for Children starts Monday, June 21, 
and runs through Saturday, August 14. Children 
of all ages are invited to go online or stop by the 
Children’s Room any time on or after June 21 to 
register for this free, eight-week activity. Each 
registrant will receive a reading log, bookmark, 
and a theme-related book bag. Age-appropriate 
books, read at home, will be recorded on the log, 
or online, and a prize awarded after the weekly 
reading requirement is completed. 

 Children may enter one of three reading 
divisions: Minnow, for our very youngest 
patrons, who are not yet able to read on their 
own; Starfish, for school-age readers in Grades 
1 – 6, and Challenger, for children in grades 
2 – 6. Challenger is the most demanding 
division, in which 35 hours of reading must be 
completed in eight weeks. 

 “Make Waves at Your Library” is the theme for 
the Summer Reading Club for Teens, Grades 
7 and up. Participants read eight books by the 
end of the program and earn prizes for every 
two books read.

 This year’s Summer Reading Club kickoff event 
will be a fast-paced multimedia presentation, 
“Ocean Adventure: Australia Great White Shark 
Expedition,” on Friday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. in 
Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra 

 Other Summer Reading Club events include 
“Be Creative Story Time & Art,” for children 
ages 6-10, with artist and storyteller Hope White 
Demetriades, Mondays at 2:00 p.m., beginning 
June 21, “Special Summer Story Times” with 
Meegan Tosh every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 
p.m., beginning June 23, and “Splish Splash,” a 
musical show featuring lively songs about water, 
sung and played on a collection of instruments, 
with performer Craig Newton, Monday, July 26, at 
10:00 a.m. at the Library. 

 For more information, call Meegan Tosh, Youth 
Services Librarian, at 355-4672. The Sierra Madre 
Public Library is located at 440 West Sierra Madre 
Boulevard in Sierra Madre. The Summer Reading 
Clubs and activities are funded by The Friends of 
the Library, The Sierra Madre Firefighters Assn., 
and Kiwanis Club.

Calling All Teens!

Summer Volunteers Needed at Sierra 
Madre Library

Teen volunteers, Grades 7 and up, are needed to 
help with Sierra Madre Public Library’s Children’s 
Summer Reading Club. Volunteers will be asked 
to work two hours per week during the eight-week 
program, which runs from June 21-August 14. 
Duties will include helping register children for 
the program, logging in their hours and handing 
out prizes, and may also involve light library tasks 
such as shelf reading, cleaning books, and reading 
to children during Story Time.

This is a great way to meet new friends, earn 
community service points or to work on a scouting 
badge. If you are interested in participating, sign-
up sheets are available in the Children’s Room at 
the Library. For more information, call Meegan 
Tosh, Youth Services Librarian, at 355-4672. The 
Sierra Madre Public Library is located at 440 West 
Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre. 

Mt. Wilson Trail Race Winners Too!

Kids Races were also part of the fun 

Photos By Dave Felt

Arcadia High 
School Grad in 
World Series

Arcadia High School graduate Jenna Rodriguez 
(class of 2007) and her University of Hawai’i 
softball team played UCLA today (Friday) on 
ESPN in the second round of the NCAA Women’s 
College World Series, losing 5-2.

Jenna hit a walk-off three-run home run on 
Sunday to propel the UH Rainbow Wahine to the 
Series for the first time in school history, according 
to HawaiiNewsNow.

Jenna Rodriguez, 2007 AHS grad

Rodriguez’s game-winner in the bottom of the 
seventh in the deciding game of the Tuscaloosa 
Super Regional — her 16th home run of the year — upset top-seeded Alabama 

Hawai’i, the 16th and lowest seeded team left in the 
tournament, then went on to upset ninth-seeded 
Missouri 3-2 Thursday with another seventh-inning game-winning home 
in the first game of the Series in Oklahoma City, according to the Pasadena 

The “Bows” have an NCAA record 156 home runs this season.

Another AHS alum, Dana Johnson, is one of the assistant managers for the 
UCLA team, where she earned a percussionist scholarship.

– By Scott Hettrick, Arcadia’s

Jenna Rodriguez

 California author Ginger De Vine 
celebrates the nationwide release of 
her new children’s book, “Cameron 
the Charming Chimpanzee,” a 
wonderful story that shows children 
how understanding, forgiveness, and 
a little bit of courage can overcome 
even the greatest obstacles to building 

 In the story, everyone loves Cameron 
the Charming Chimpanzee, until 
one day when he accidentally knocks 
Rachel Ratchett, the new girl in town, 
off the monkey bars and creates 
his very first enemy. Cameron feels 

 The author reveals if Cameron can 
make Rachel understand that he did 
not mean to hurt her and that he is not 
a monster like she thinks.

 Published by Tate Publishing and 
Enterprises, the book is available 
through bookstores nationwide, from 
the publisher at www.tatepublishing.
com/bookstore, or by visiting or

 This is also an eLIVE title, meaning 
each copy contains a code redeemable 
for a free audio book version from

De Vine resides in Azusa, California, 
where she has served as City 
Commissioner for the Library of Azusa, 
volunteer for the Children's Library, co-
chair for "Kids Write a Book" Summer 
Camp, secretary for the Friends of the 
Azusa Library, and member of SCBI.

New Kids’ Book Sends Message 
About Friendship

July Family Fun Nights 

Arcadia Public Library 

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.

Come back to the “islands” for these very special 
family storytime nights. Fun surprises every week, 
including stories, music, games and more! Jamaican 
Me Wanna Read will be held on Thursdays, July 1, 
July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29 at 7:00 p.m. 

Call (626) 821-5566 or log on to the Library’s website 
at for more information. 


Wednesdays 3-7pm 

 Fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits from California family 
farms. Specialty foods, vegetarian and vegan dishes, ethnic 
foods and hot food - Everything you’ll find at the farmers 
market has been made or picked fresh, is pesticide-free and 
preservative-free. Free public parking on Mariposa.

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