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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 7, 2011 



Cooper Elected President, Honowitz Vice President

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:

Pasadena, CA – The 
Board of Education of the 
Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) voted to 
elect Renatta Cooper Board 
President for the 2011-
12 school year, and Ed 
Honowitz as Vice President 
at the annual organizational 
meeting on Monday. Tom 
Selinske, who was re-elected 
this year, and newly-elected 
Board member Kim Kenne, 
were sworn in.

 “I thank my colleagues for supporting 
me to lead the Board in what will be a 
challenging year as we face severe funding 
reductions and a shift in leadership,” said 
Cooper. “I am hopeful that we will be able to 
work together towards providing all students 
in the district with the knowledge and skills 
they will need to succeed in the future.”

Cooper, who was first elected to the 
Board in 2007, formerly taught graduate-
level child development programs at 
Pacific Oaks College, and 
has been a member of the 
First 5 Los Angeles Board of 

 Board members also 
selected Ed Honowitz to 
serve in the role of Vice 

 “I am honored to serve 
in the position of Vice 
President,” said Honowitz. 
“It will be a challenging 
year, given our 
budget constraints and 
the search for a new 
Superintendent, but our focus 
must remain on improving 
and maintaining the programs 
that have accelerated student 

 First elected to the Board of 
Education in 2001, Honowitz 
served as President of the 
Board for two years. He is an 
alumnus of Pasadena public 
schools and his children have attended 
PUSD schools. A founding member of the 
Community Coalition for Quality Public 
Schools in Pasadena, a community based 
group of parents and citizens working 
to improve local schools, Honowitz has 
served as chair of the Five Star Coalition, 
a collaborative of five local school districts 
serving over 70,000 students in Burbank, 
Glendale, La Canada, Pasadena and South 
Pasadena. He has been elected twice to 
serve as a member of the California School 
Boards Association delegate 
assembly and is a member 
of the CSBA state legislative 

 The Board members 
also thanked Bob Harrison, 
who served as President 
in 2010-2011. The PUSD 
Board elected its officers at 
the annual organizational 
meeting on Monday, May 2. 
The new officers will assume 
their positions immediately.

Renatta Cooper

Ed Honowitz


Registration for eighth-annual program is now open to all area 
K-8 and high school students. It takes place July 5 to Aug. 5, 2011

While the state budget crisis continues to slash some school 
programs, the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s eighth-annual 
Summer Enrichment Program is bigger than ever, with a wide 
variety of academic and creative classes offered this year on five 
PUSD campuses. Students entering kindergarten through high 
school, whether registered in the PUSD or not, can join the 
popular program that runs July 5 through Aug. 4 (Monday through 
Thursday) with five weeks of classes at PUSD’s Franklin, Norma 
Coombs, and Willard elementary schools, and at Wilson Middle 
School. This year’s high school program takes place at Marshall 
Fundamental High School July 5 through Aug. 5, Monday through 

Students in the K-8 program can delve into such diverse subjects 
as robotics, music, cooking, math, science, and foreign language. 
Younger students prepare for elementary school through the 
“Intro to Kindergarten” and “Intro to First Grade” classes. Students 
already enrolled in or about to start language immersion programs 
can reinforce language skills in the Spanish or Mandarin Language 
Immersion classes.

High school students can earn actual school credit in such 
classes as Spanish 2, AP European History, Masterful Writing, Pre-
Calculus, Geometry, and Computer Science. By taking such classes 
in the summer, motivated students can reap the flexibility to take 
more advanced classes or more electives in the next school year. 
They can learn valuable skills in such classes as Driver’s Ed and 
Preparing for the SAT and Essay.

 Tuition for K-8 is $375 for PUSD students; $450 for non-PUSD, 
with a discount for siblings. High school tuition ranges from $150 
- $350 per class ($175 - $350 non-PUSD Students), depending on 
the number of credits offered. The program is subsidized by PEF, 
with generous contributions from private donors as tuition doesn’t 
cover all costs. Financial aid is also offered through PEF.

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization 
whose mission is to support educational programs, students and 
teachers of the Pasadena Unified School District, which serves 
Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre. Founded in 1971, PEF is 
one of the oldest public school educational foundations in the state of 
California. For more information about PEF call 626-396-3600, ext. 
88350 or visit



WHEN: July 5 
to Aug. 4, 2011, 
Monday through 
Thursday, 8 a.m. to 
12 p.m. (8:15 a.m. to 
12:15 p.m. at Wilson 
Middle School)


WHERE: Franklin 
Elementary (K-5) 
527 W. Ventura 
St., Altadena; 
Norma Coombs 
Elementary (K-5) 
2600 Paloma St., 
Pasadena; Willard 
Elementary (K-5) 
301 S. Madre St., 
Pasadena; Wilson 
Middle School (5-
8) 300 Madre St., 


HOW: Mix of 
academic subjects 
with hands-on 
exploration helps 
students to prepare 
for the upcoming 
school year 
through unique 
and fun learning 
Students in 
grades 2-8 attend 
three classes 
each morning; 
kindergarten and 
1st grade students 
remain in one 
class. Classes 
include Band; 
Chess; Ceramics; 
Cooking; Pre-
Algebra; Robotics; 
Writing; Spanish, 
Engineering, and 
many more.


Students: $375 
first enrollment; 
$350 per each 
sibling. Non-PUSD 
Students: $450 first 
enrollment; $425 
per sibling

 “Girls Lead” Awards 

Recognize the Leadership of 
Middle School Girls

Photos by Belle n’ Beau

 Twenty-six middle school leaders gathered with their families 
and teachers in the ballroom of the historic Alverno Villa for 
the 2011 Alverno High School “Girls Lead” awards. This new 
tradition recognizes 6th and 7th grade girls who are making a 
difference through leadership in the community or their schools.

 “As you know, at Alverno we pride ourselves on guiding girls 
to discover their leadership potential,’ says Ann Gillick, Alverno 
Head of School. “The purpose of “Girls Lead” is to recognize and 
encourage young women who are already making their mark in 
middle school.”

 Teachers and principals from independent, Catholic, and public 
middle schools were asked to nominate one girl each from their 
7th and 6th grade classes to be recognized. 

 The speaker was Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz. 
“I’m inspired by you,” she told the gathered honorees and their 
families, and congratulated the girls’ families and schools as well. 
“The values instilled by your parents and your teachers are the 
values that will be with you for a lifetime.”

 Alverno’s own leaders were on hand for the awards. Current 
Alverno Student Union (ASU) president Julia Morreale was 
joined by incoming ASU president and vice president Yasmine 
Ibrahim to give the “Girls Lead” honorees tips on effective 
leadership in their own schools, and took charge of announcing 
the honorees as they received their medals.

 The middle school girls honored and their schools are: 

7th Grade: Anora Denison (Assumption of the BVM School), 
Lindsey Pierson (Barnhart School ), Katie Taix (,Holy Redeemer 
Middle School), Sharmin Shanur (New Horizon School), Sabrina 
Park and Sophia Patino (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal), 
Stephany Haro (Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua School), Isabel Diaz 
(St. Elizabeth of Hungary School), 

Jennifer Albino and Marissa Dickey (St. Philip the Apostle 
School), Jacqueline Hischier (St. Rita School), Natasha Arief (St. 
Therese School) and Barbara Jimenez 

(St. Thomas More School)

6th Grade Dominique Pittman (Assumption of the 
BVM School), Eleni Daughters (Barnhart School), 
Monique Geronimo (Holy Angels School), Shelby Rief 
(Holy Redeemer Middle School), Andrea Acosta and 
Alysa Cuevas (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal), 
Nicole Lianto (Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua School, Alyson 
Hartman (St. Luke School), Sarah Bloss and Isabella 
Salvatierra (St. Philip the Apostle School), Emily 
Johnson (St. Rita School), Arianna Muñoz (St. Therese 
School), Rachel Schmidt, (St. Thomas More School).

Nestled on a 13 acre campus in the foothills of Sierra Madre, Alverno 
High School is a highly regarded independent, Catholic high school for 
girls. Its college-prep curriculum and emphasis on leadership attracts 
students from public and private schools throughout the San Gabriel 
Valley. The school will celebrate the 50th anniversary of preparing young 
women for the future with a series of events during the 2010-2011 school 



WHEN: July 5 through Aug. 5, Monday through Friday, 7:50 
a.m. to 1:05 p.m.


WHERE: Marshall Fundamental High School, 990 N. Allen 
Ave., Pasadena 91104.


WHAT: Classes include Computer Programming; Preparing for 
the SAT; Driver’s Education; AP Algebra Prep; Pre-Calculus; 
Geometry; AP European History; Masterful Writing; Spanish 2; 
Art, Cartooning and Graphic Novels; Photography.


TUITION: PUSD Students: $150 - $300 (depending on units) 
Non-PUSD Students: $175 - $350


REGISTRATION: For a brochure and more information call 
PEF at 626-396-3600, ext. 88350. Register online at www.

Pictured Right: Honoree Sarah Bloss and her parents.