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 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 3, 2012 



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 


Mama Pete’s Nursery School

71 Suffolk Avenue, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9567


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: Gilbert Barraza, Jr.


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

Phone: (626) 396-5890 - Fax: (626) 355-0388 

Principal: Esther Salinas

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Phone: (626) 396-5910 - Fax: (626) 836-2964

 Principal: Garrett Newsom

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:

Left to right: Lauren Perez, Brendan Wong, Vincent Feng, Johnny Guinto. Photo by John Blackstock

Pasadena, CA – On February 17, Mrs.Chija Bauer’s honors 
physics class at La Salle High School got to put what they were 
learning in class about energy and momentum into practice. 
The students worked in teams of two to build a catapult that 
would launch gumdrops 10 meters into a 30cm bull’s-eye. 

 The design criteria for the projects catapults were 
as follows: Maximum height of device with arm at lowest 
position – 0.4 meters. Maximum height of arm extended 
upwards – 2 meters. The throwing action must be the free 
action of the device. In other words, you may use human 
power to set and release the device, but you cannot hold the 
propulsion arm in place once it is set nor can human power be 
used to propel the gumdrop. There was no restriction on the 
orientation of the throwing arm. The catapult may throw the 
gumdrop overhand, side arm, or even underhand. 

 Materials used were restricted to typical household 
items with a $5. maximum expenditure for purchased 
items. No hazardous materials, rat traps or explosives were 
permitted. Typical materials included spoons, string, glue, 
rubber bands, Popsicle sticks, wooden dowels, chopsticks, 
mousetraps and wire hangars. 

 Students also tested how attaching a sling to their 
throwing mechanism, putting the catapult on an incline, and 
putting the entire catapult on wheels affected their accuracy 
and distance.



La Salle’s Alumni Association to Host “Taste of La Salle”

on Saturday March 24, 2012

The La Salle High School Alumni Association is hosting a 
food and beverage tasting event on campus on Saturday, 
March 24th. All members of the community are invited to 

The “Taste of La Salle” will feature over 30 food, beer, wine 
and tequila vendors offering a taste of their signature item 
including classic favorites like Philippe The Original, Porto’s 
Bakery & Café, The Derby, San Antonio Winery, and Patron 
Tequila. Exotic foods from Chakra, Mediterranean Garden 
Grill and Choza Mama Peruvian Cuisine & Bakery and new 
establishments like London Gastropub, Sugar Fix, Beyond 
the Olive, and The Bruery will delight the palate, to name 
a few.

An Opportunity Drawing will also take place with the 
chance to win fabulous prizes including wines and kitchen 
appliances plus the Grand Prize “Eat Out for a Year” basket 
which features an array of gift cards totaling over $1,000 to 
local eateries.

“Taste of La Salle” tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the 
door. Proceeds from the event go to the Alumni Scholarship 
Fund for a graduating Senior.

For reservations or more information please call La 
Salle High School at 626.696.4362 or go online at www.

Looking Into The Life Of A Teenager

 By Meaghan Allen


 The season has come. The 
lack of motivation. The 
endless procrastination. 
Consistent checking of the 
mailbox outside and email, 
waiting for those letters that 
will determine our future. 
School days seem to drag on 
endlessly because they hold 
no more value to us anymore; 
the grades are sent to college. 
Now, all we do is wait.

 Senioritis affects everyone, 
or at least everyone that I 
know. It starts to creep on 
you about late January/ early 
February, and by Valentine’s 
Day you’re itching with the 
restlessness of not knowing. 
Sitting in class filling out 
simple worksheets is torture 
and all forms of homework 
seem to be cruel jokes. In 
my AP classes we beg our 
teachers to not give us tests 
or quizzes as our grades 
have minimal impact on our 
college decisions. Half of our 
classes consist of watching 
movies or free periods where 
we do nothing but talk and 
wait for the bell to ring, 
releasing us from our misery. 
Some people are starting 
to discover where they are 
going while the rest of us 
grumble to ourselves, “Lucky 
buggars. Few more weeks. 

 Only a few more weeks.” 
Only a few more weeks, then 
I will know. It will be decided 
and done and the real 
senioritis will kick in, which 
I can’t even imagine. 

 On another note, this is 
my 52nd column – one year 
of writing this column. I just 
want to say thank you for 
supporting my column and 
reading my little blurbs every 
weekend. It means a lot to 


Deadline is April 1 

STAMFORD, CT, The National Society for the Gifted and Talented 
(NSGT) is pleased to offer $10,000 in scholarships for Sierra 
Madre area students to apply towards selected summer programs. 

Ten scholarships are being offered by the NSGT Board of Trustees 
- six at $1,000 each, six at $500 each and four at $250 each 
- and will be used by the deserving student to help pay tuition 
for gifted summer program of their choice. The deadline for applications 
is April 1, 2012. 

Each year, the award is given to outstanding students who demonstrate 
excelled ability in their field of interest. Students can 
download and complete the scholarship application at www.nsgt.
org/scholarships.asp. A team of educators in the field of gifted 
education will review the applications and choose the scholarship 
winners. Applications must be received by April 1, 2012. Winners 
will be notified on April 15, 2012. 

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), a not-for-profit program 
of NSGT and renowned gifted summer program, has welcomed 
several recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarships 
in the past. The NSGT scholarships have also afforded students 
the opportunity to participate in such programs as iDTech, the 
Cambridge College Program, Duke TIP, and Northwestern CTD, 
among others.

"SIG is delighted to work collaboratively with NSGT to help provide 
gifted students with extended opportunities to participate 
in programs that nurture and develop their abilities," states Barbara 
Swicord, President and CEO of SIG. "With gifted education 
struggling in this country, supplemental programs like SIG - and 
subsequent scholarships - are more important than ever." 

Interested students, parents and educators can apply online at Contact NSGT at (800) 572-6748 
or by e-mail at 

The National Society for Gifted and Talented, a not-for-profit 
501(c)(3) organization was created to honor and encourage gifted 
and talented children and youth. The goal of the NSGT is to provide 
a structure where gifted and talented children and youth are identified, 
and as members, can expect to find information and opportunities 
that directly relate to and cultivate their abilities and desires 
to achieve at a high level. Visit NSGT at 


Do you have to many books at home? Wondering 
what to do with them? Come to The Book Rack and 
trade them in for a book you have not read.
We have 1000's used and New books for 
your reading pleasure.
204 S. First AveArcadiawebsite: bookrackarcadia.comPhone 626-446-2525
A great way to support Sierra 
Madre School and check out 
fabulous Stella and Dot Jewelry 
and a Designer Clothing and 
Purse Trunk Show! Join in on 
Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:30 
p.m. at The Stuart 3360 East 
Foothill (corner of Foothill 
and Sierra Madre Villa).

It’s an evening filled with 
sparkly jewels, great looking 
clothes and purses too! The 
new Stella and Dot Spring line 
has a ton of items under $50 
and designer clothes for $10 
and $15, and of course the 
Jenna Pacini Homecoming 
Trunk Show with handbags 
and clutches. Proceeds benefit 
Sierra Madre School’s Annual 

Want a sneak peek or can’t 
make it, but still want to order? 
rosegonzalez search for hostess 
on the check out page and 
enter Lisa Brault. 


For more information on 
please contact Lisa Brault at 


Yes, The Cat In The Hat, along with members of the Sierra Madre 
Kiwanis Club visited the Lower Campus on Thursday for an early 
celebration of Dr. Suess’s Birthday. The activity was party of the 
National Read Across America Week. The Cat In The Hat, aka 
Third Grade Teacher Suzanne York, and her class shared their 
morning with Kiwanis President Susan Henderson who read Dr. 
Suess’ “Oh The Places You Will Go” to the children. Other Kiwanians, 
Nancy Lockwood and Judy Webb-Martin along with Kiwanis 
helpers Fred and Doreen Thomas, also read selected works 
of Dr. Suess to the students.

 Similar activities were held throughout the PUSD including 

 Superintendent Jon R. Gundry reading to students at Madison 
Elementary. Photo courtesy MVNews