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 Mountain Views News Saturday, April 23, 2011 


The World’s Next Generation of Scientists: 

Sierra Madre Students Shine at LA County Science Fair

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:

 Three eighth graders from 
Sierra Madre School won 
prizes at last weekend’s 
L.A. County Science and 
Engineering Fair held at 
the Pasadena Convention 
Center, and qualified for 
the state level competition 
in Los Angeles on May 2-3. 

 First place in Pharmacology 
(J): Nathaniel Thompson 
for his project titled: 
Are the Dosing Devices for 
OTC Liquid Pediatric Medicines 

 Third place in Physics – 
General: Niko Lopez, project: 
Visible Sound: Does the 
Surface Material Affect the 
Visible Patterns Created by 
Sound Vibrations? 

 Honorable Mention Physics 
- General: Megan Tcheng, 
project: Enzyme Catalyzed 
Reactions: How Does 
Temperature Affect Their 

From left to right: Niko, Megan and Nathaniel


Alverno to Offer Multi-
Media Harry Potter Studies

“Hogwarts Haven” is one of the new courses offered this summer 
at Alverno Summer Institute’s Middle School Summer Session.

Why a class in Harry Potter?

Teacher—and avid Potterite--Katharine Guerrero explains that 
J.K. Rowling’s series of novels are more than just great reading. 
“The Harry Potter books are classic examples of the hero’s journey, 
which is one of the basic patterns of narrative going back to the 
earliest literature and myth.” She adds, “Think of the moment 
when Harry receives the letter that invites him to Hogwarts. It’s 
a perfect example of the hero’s first step in the journey—the Call 
to Adventure.”

She says that middle school is the perfect time for students to 
begin recognizing the hero’s quest in what they read. “Once they 
see how these elements work in Harry Potter, they can make 
the connection with other literature. Understanding the hero’s 
journey can help kids unravel more complicated literature as they 
advance in school.”

Of course, any class called “Hogwarts Haven” will be fun as well 
as educational. Guerrero will concentrate on the final book in 
the series (with the film coming out this summer). Students will 
explore the nuances of the Harry Potter novels, and will ultimately 
create their own hero’s journey using various forms of media. 

“Hogwarts Haven” is only one of many classes offered for 
middle school boys and girls this summer at Alverno. For more 
information contact ASI Director Suzy Ares at sares@alverno-hs.
org or 626-355-3463 x 312.

In Tuesday’s Run-off election for Seat 6 on the PUSD Board of 
Education, incumbent Tom Selinski retained his seat with 61.4% 
of the vote versus to 38.5% for Sean Baggett.

SMS Water Conservation Project

Sierra Madre School will host a dedication ceremony for its Water 
Conservation Project on the front steps of the school. A collaboration 
with the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, the 
school and parents, the project has culminated in a recent garden 
project on the campus. Sierra Madre School Lower Campus, 141 
W. Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre.

Join us Tuesday, April 26 at 10am on the Lower Campus

 for a formal dedication of the Water Conservation and California 
Native Plant Project. 

Native plants not only help us use water wisely, they provide an 
important connection between butterflies and birds, and allow us 
to be in harmony with nature. Thank you to all who have joined 
our Garden Club workdays. 

Watch the video about this project at

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Sierra Madre Library’s READ™ 
Campaign Features Local 

Two young Sierra Madre softball 
players are doing their part 
to help undo the stereotype that 
athletes who are dedicated to a 
sport have little interest in academics 
or non-sports related 
pursuits, such as reading. 

Katherine Knop and Daniel 
Netz, members of the Sierra 
Madre Girls Softball Association 
and Sierra Madre Little 
League, respectively, agreed to