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 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 5, 2011 



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 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, 


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 website:

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:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

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 Website:

Students at Sierra Madre School recently won 1st place in 
Division II at the Odyssey of the Mind LA Basin Regional 
Competition. The event was held at Manhattan Beach Middle 
School last Saturday. There were five teams from the 
Pasadena Unified School District: Don Benito, Loma Alta, 
McKinley, Wilson, and Sierra Madre. Don Benito, Loma 
Alta, McKinley, and Sierra Madre will advance to the state 
tournament on March 26 in Northern California. 

The Sierra Madre team consisted of Ashford Milne,12, Axel 
Tanner, 11, Eva Hostetter, 11, Hana Tyszka, 11, Katie Stapenhorst, 
12, and Sophia Cimino, 11 (6th graders from Sierra 
Madre Middle School). Lisa Milne served as Head Coach 
and Andy Milne and Maria Cimino were Assistant Coaches. 


In the Mousemobiles Competition the challenge was to design, 
build, and run vehicles that use mousetraps as their 
only source of energy. The Mouse Mobiles traveled a course 
that had several challenging obstacles. (middle right)

In addition to winning 1st Place, the students also won the T-
shirt design competition. Their winning image was printed 
on front of t-shirt, with a congrats and their names on back 
of t-shirt. All competing teams had opportunity to purchase 
t-shirt as a keep sake. All competing teams had their school 
names printed on back. (bottom right)

The Sierra Madre team will travel to Brentwood, CA (Northern 
CA) for the State Competition on Saturday, March 26th. 
If they place 1st or 2nd at State, they will compete at The 
World Finals Competition.


PUSD is one of seven national winners of a $10,000 Saucony 
Run for Good grant, which will help fund running 
clubs at six district schools. To combat childhood obesity, 
six PUSD schools, which include Altadena and Webster 
Elementary, are developing or operating run, jog, or walk 
clubs. The grant will help purchase supplies, provide identified 
students with proper athletic footwear, and increase 
opportunities to participate in run, jog, and walk events 
outside the school, such as Marathon Kids at UCLA, AIDS 
Run/Walk, Breast Cancer Walk, Hershey Track meet, etc. 
PUSD secured the grant through the efforts of the 

Pasadena Educational Foundation.



Applications Accepted February 28-March 4 for Limited Spots 
in College & Career Pathways and Spanish/Mandarin Chinese 
Dual Language Immersion Programs 

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) announced that it 
will accept student applications for its Signature Programs that 
offer themed or specialized instruction for elementary and high 
school students during a second priority open enrollment application 
period from February 28-March 4, 2011. 

A limited number of spots remain available for students who 
wish to attend one of the District’s Signature Programs but do 
not reside in the attendance area for that school. The two Signature 
Programs are:

• College & Career Pathways at PUSD high schools that 
offer a college preparatory curriculum with specialized course 
study in the following areas: 

o Health Careers 

o Creative Arts, Media & Design 

o Information & Technology 

o Engineering and Environmental Science 

o Business and Entrepreneurship 

o Arts, Entertainment and Media

• Dual Language Immersion, starting in Kindergarten, 
where students learn core academic subjects in English and another 

o Spanish at San Rafael Elementary 

o Mandarin Chinese at Field Elementary

The 2011-2012 Open Enrollment second priority application period 
for PUSD Signature Programs begins Monday, February 28 
and will end Friday, March 4, 2011 at 5 p.m. Applications are 
accepted online at 

Families who need internet access or help completing the online 
application can visit PUSD’s District’s Welcome Center, located 
in Room 121, 351 South Hudson, Pasadena. Computers and assistance 
are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
To contact the Welcome Center-Office of Permits, call 626-396-
3600, extension 88340.

Students must reside within the areas served by PUSD: Altadena, 
Pasadena and Sierra Madre. Students applying for Pathways 
must be current 8th graders or current 9th graders who do not 
reside in the attendance area of the Pathway they are choosing. 
Students applying for Dual Language Immersion Programs must 
enter Kindergarten in Fall 2011 and be 5 years old on or before 
December 2, 2011. Students accepted into a signature program 
are granted a permit which will not be renewed if the student 
declines to remain in the program.

Looking Into The Life Of A Teenager

 By Meaghan Allen


Each week since I started this column, I have experienced 
something worthy of being put into print. As my deadline 
for this week creeped closer, I began to panic about not 
having something to write. Then I auditioned for my school 

I initially auditioned as a sort of joke to myself. I took 
everything seriously but wasn’t looking for any major parts. 
All I wanted was to be in the ensemble and have a good 
time. As I entered the theater for my call back and read my 
set of lines, I felt good, but was expecting to be finished like 
my friends had been. Instead, the director gave me more 
lines to read, and before you knew it, I was singing for 
her. Now, I do not consider myself the best singer by any 
means, mediocre at best, but I must have sounded decent. 
For on Tuesday during lunch one of the drama teachers 
congratulated me. Confused, I read the cast list. My name 
was at the top; the major characters section. Skimming 
across the page, I read my part’s 
name, Tzeitel, daughter of Yente, 
in the famous musical Fiddler 
on the Roof. Amazed beyond 
description, I told everything 
that moved I had a part in the 
play, thinking that by telling 
others it would help me process 
the excitement and amazement. 

As the day carried on, and my 
awe wore off, I began to think 
of the chances I have taken in 
the past month: I emailed the 
editor of this paper and got a 
job; I auditioned for the school 
musical and got a lead role. It 
may not seem like much, but 
it made me realize a valuable 
lesson: taking chances of any 
size can be rewarding, you just 
have to be willing to make the 

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