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 Mountain Views News Saturday, July 10, 2010



Summer projects include Blair Middle School upgrades

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


Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) continues to deliver 
completed projects to upgrade, renovate 
and improve school buildings, and to 
align school facilities with instructional 
initiatives, according to the latest Facilities 
Master Plan quarterly update. To date, over 
90 percent of projects have been completed 
on time and within budget.

Work on the $460 million Facilities Master 
Plan, which is largely funded by voter-
approved Measure TT, continues over the 
summer when students are on vacation. 
Projects range from new construction, such 
as the new middle school campus at Blair 
IB School, and the lower-profile plastering, 
drainage, painting, window replacement, 
and structural repair projects that are 
essential for everyday school functions.

This year, construction will begin of a new 
central kitchen that will also house PUSD’s 
new Culinary and Hospitality Pathways 
as part of the district’s secondary school 
reform. When completed, the central 
kitchen will provide lunches to district 
schools and serve as a teaching kitchen for 
high school students who are interested in 
careers as chefs and hospitality managers. It 
will also include a café, which will be open 
to the public.

“We are aligning our facilities work to 
support priority academic initiatives such 
as the Excellent Middle School reforms 
and College and Career Pathways,” said 
Superintendent Edwin Diaz. “Voters’ 
investment in Measure TT is yielding 
tangible results that improve students’ 
everyday educational experiences.”

Just over $80 million of the overall Facilities 
Master Plan has been allocated over the 
last two years. Most projects have been 
completed below or within budget. The 
quarterly update was presented to the Board 
of Education, and is available at www.pusd.

The Board of Education passed a resolution 
to support hiring local residents and facilitate 
local and small business participation in 
Measure TT program implementation. 
Since April 2010, 20 percent of those hired 
for Measure TT construction projects are 
local residents, 37 percent of contracts have 
been awarded to local businesses, and 30 
percent of contracts have been awarded 
to small businesses. In addition, PUSD is 
developing a pre-apprenticeship training 
program for high school students interested 
in pursuing careers in construction.

Calls for bids have been made in preparation 
for new construction next year, including 
the demolition of the Sierra Madre School’s 
upper campus, the McKinley School 
gym and the Washington Middle School 
gym and cafeteria. Requests for bids and 
proposals are posted at

Information about the Facilities Master 
Plan, progress on bids, and Measure TT is 
available at

Sierra Madre Little League District 17 Opening Day


 The inaugural “Little League Opening Day” for District 17 was held Saturday, June 26th at Sierra Vista Park in Sierra Madre, 
hosted by Sierra Madre Little League with Pete Siberell serving as President and Rick Caldwell as District Administrator.

 Twelve Participating leagues in the order of their original charter in the 50’s are Central Altadena Little League, East 
Altadena Little League, West Altadena 
Little League, Arcadia American Little 
League, Arcadia National Little League, 
Santa Anita Little League, Pasadena 
American Little League, Pasadena 
American Little League, Pasadena 
Southwest Little League, West Pasadena 
Little League, San Marino National 
Little League, and Sierra Madre Little 
League which happens to be the host 
league this year.

 This division, 11 and 12 year-olds, is 
the age group that can progress to the 
Little League World Series held in 
Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 The program consisted of an 
introduction of all the players, coaches, 
League Presidents, and Board Members. 
Each player received a District Pin for 
participating in the tournament and 
each league received a 
banner to use during the 
tournament to identify 
their participation.

 The ceremony included 
a violin performance of 
the National Anthem, 
the Little League Pledge, 
the Parent Volunteer 
Pledge, the First Pitch, 
and the Tournament 
Director declaring 
the opening of the 
tournament. Indeed a 
successful Opening Day 
for the Tournament of Champions.

 Tournament games are held at Sierra Vista Park, Heasley Field, from Saturday June 
26th to Thursday July 22nd. 

Story submitted by Brenda Wendt and Rick Caldwell/ Photos by Neil Vance

On Friday, July 9th two Outward Bound 
Adventures (OBA) youth had a face 
to face meeting with Secretary of the 
Interior, Ken Salazar to provide their 
input on the Presidents initiative on 
”21st Century Strategy for America's 
Great Outdoors" and to share their 
thoughts and suggestions about bettering 
our public lands and increasing youth 
engagement. Also attending the meeting 
will be Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of 
the Environmental Protection Agency and 
Nancy Sutley, Chair on the White Council 
on Environmental Quality. 

 OBA is one of only four organizations 
chosen for a face to face meeting with 
these White representatives because of 
their long history of providing outdoor and 
environmental exposure to underserved 
youth. The event was held in the 
amphitheater at Solstice Canyon in Malibu, 

Students Meet With Secretary of the Interior

WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONL.A. ARBORETUMT.B.ACome and enjoy the learning extravaganza and the GET OU T, GET ACTIVE program targeted for children 
ages 3-10 years, but people of all ages are welcome. Programs will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings 
all summer long from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Bandshell in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd. The 
CATZ program will run Thursdays, July 8 - August 26 . It will include sports and games and encourage kids 
to recreate during the summer. Remember to bring you sneakers, shorts, t-shirt and water bottle and 
get ready to GET ACTIVE!
All events are free and there is no need to pre-register. For more information, please call the Community 
and Personnel Services Office at 626-355-5278.
(Nature Presentation)
(Learn to Draw)
(Safety Day)
(Exotic Animal Presentaion)
(Garden Craft)
Sam Hutchins, Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member Ken 
Salazar, Secretary of The Interior, Margot Feuer, one of the original founders of the Santa 
Monica Mountains National Recreational Area Tori Williams, OBA and YAC member

Sam Hutchins of OBA,Woody Smeck, Superintendent, National Park Service 
(NPS), Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area and Tori Williams of 

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