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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 5, 2012 




Pasadena, CA – La Salle High School 
held its 13th Annual Crystal Ball, titled 
“Bootleggers Ball,” on April 27 at the 
Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. 
Crystal Ball Chair, Tess Crabtree P’12, ’14, 
chose the theme that spanned the time 
from the Roaring Twenties to the end of 
prohibition in the Thirties. “That gave us 
a lot of fun options for decorations and 
props,” she said, standing next to a stack of 
oak whiskey barrels. The night was filled 
with fun, fellowship, dinner and dancing, 
but there was also the thrill of the pursuit as 
guests bid on several dozen items during the 
live and silent auctions. 

 Auction items included tickets to the 
“American Idol” season finale taping, a trip 
to the 2013 Masters Golf Championship, a 
six-night South African safari, or VIP tickets 
to see the Lakers play at home in a private 
luxury suite in the Staples Center. 

 Over 400 guests came to congratulate this year’s Crystal Ball honoree: La Salle’s 
Principal, Patrick Bonacci, AFSC, P’94, ’97. Pat was selected as the recipient of 
the 2012 Lasallian Award. Pat served at La Salle for the past 27 years, initially as 
Assistant Principal and then as Principal for the last 15 years. Pat will become 
the Vice President for Mission on July 1, 2012.

 “Oh what a night!” exclaimed Tess immediately following the event. “I just 
want to thank each and everyone on the committee for giving their time and 
talents for the sake of all the students at La Salle. Our Bootleggers Ball team of 
volunteers and staff took care of everything from the littlest detail to the largest 
undertakings...every piece of the puzzle came together perfectly. Simply saying 
thank you does not seem to cover the sincere gratitude that I feel,” she said. 
The Crystal Ball is La Salle’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from 
the evening help support our academic, athletic, student life, arts and financial 
aid programs.

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:

Pat Bonacci holds the 2012 Lasallian Award with, from left, Dr. Richard 
Gray, President of La Salle, Brother James Joost, FSC, Auxuliary Visitor 
and Gery Short, Director of Education for the De La Salle Institute.

Brother Christopher Brady, FSC congratulates 
the Hawaiian Vacation winner, 
Christine Marez P’14


 The Rotary Club of Sierra Madre is pleased to offer financial 
support to students in our community who are involved in the 
community and who demonstrate excellence in their work.

 Each year the Club awards one or more scholarships to students 
beginning college. 

The scholarship award will be paid directly to the student's 

 The Club offers these scholarships to students who are residents 
of Sierra Madre and/or members of the Sierra Madre Interact 

 The 2012 scholarship program consists of one award of $500. 
For application, go to: 
or email

Looking Into The Life Of A Teenager

 By Meaghan Allen


It’s that time of year – prom season. All around the area high 
schools are hosting their biggest dance of the year, giving 
students the opportunity to create new memories and live 
life to the fullest at least one night. And this year’s prom isn’t 
only prom – it’s Senior prom, Roaring Twenties themed. To 
me, this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal as I am not much 
of a dance person, but to some of my friends it is a Big deal. 

Yes, I have been concerned about a dress that fits just right 
and what we are going to do after, but it is almost cruel how 
much this annual event consumes our minds. At school all 
we talk about is “Prom. Graduation. Prom. Hunger Games. 
Prom” It is a little excessive. Not to mention that it’s a little 
weird to think prom is here because I didn’t go last year and 
I’ve been planning it on class council since August. So the 
reality that it is here is just another step closer to college 
- whoa. In approximately 16 weeks I will be somewhere 
else in the country, heading to my new home at Syracuse 

Prom to me has then become this event that brings closer 
the imminent end of my high school career more than this 
night of great adventure and partying. But that approach is 
too solemn, sober as some would say. I guess this is the time 
to enjoy what is left of ‘childhood’, let the good times roll, 
and dance the Charleston like there is no tomorrow. 


 Registration is now open for 
admission into the new Junior 
Kindergarten program at 
St. Rita School for the 2012-
2013 academic year. The full-
day program, available to 4 
and 5-year olds, will prepare 
students for classroom routines 
with plenty of time for free-
The developmentally-based 
curriculum is designed for the 
“early 5-year old” who is ready 
to move beyond pre-school. 
Teacher-directed and child-
initiated activities will prepare 
students for kindergarten 
and foster development in 
the areas of language, math, 
literacy, imaginative play, 
social awareness, construction, 
technology, art and music. 

 “We’re delighted to fill this 
long-standing need in our 
community,” said Principal 
Joanne Harabedian. “We are 
looking forward to launching 
a program that will bridge the 
transition from nursery school to 
formal schooling, while focusing 
on the children’s social, physical 
and cognitive development.” 

 The Junior program’s day is 
from 8am to 3pm with after-
school care available. Enrollment 
packets are available in the school 
office for students who will be 4 
1/2 by September of this year. 
Contact the school office at (626) 
355-6114 for more information.

St. Rita School, located at 322 N. 

Baldwin Ave. in Sierra Madre, is 
a Catholic parish school, ranked 
fourth in the Los Angeles Diocese, 
with a focus on faith, stewardship 
and academic excellence. 



 Don Bosco Technical Institute will offer academic enrichment 
and review courses and Advanced Placement preparatory 
summer classes, as well as sports camps, to boys and 
girls in middle school through high school. Six-week high 
school courses begin on Monday, June 18, while five-week 
middle school courses begin on Monday, June 25.

 High school students may choose to take intensive “get 
ahead” courses, allowing 
them to complete a semester 
or a full year’s course work 
and credits over the summer, 
while preparatory classes in 
Pre-Calculus, AP U.S. History 
and AP Spanish Literature 
will provide students entering 
those classes in the fall the 
chance to begin their studies 
early. SAT prep in both Math 
and English are available. Also 
offered are review classes in a 
variety of academic subjects, 
and enrichment courses such 
as Android Apps design, watercolor 
painting and drama. 
Driver’s education classes will 
also be offered. 

 Middle school students enrolled 
in enrichment classes 
can have “fun with electronics” 
or build and program 
their own robots. Students can learn the basics of guitar or 
participate in a science workshop. Young actors can develop 
their skills in the drama and performance class and all 
students can refine their study habits in Bosco Tech’s study 
skills class.

 In addition to the classes, high school and middle school 
sports camps will be offered for strength and conditioning, 
basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, cross country, cheerleading 
and golf. Football conditioning, track and field, basketball 
and soccer training for Bosco Tech students will also be 

 The deadline for summer school registration is Friday, June 
1. Walk-in registration, on a space-available basis, will be 
conducted on Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14, 
in the school library from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. 
to 4 p.m. 

 For the complete summer school schedule, registration 
forms and class fees, visit For further 
information about Bosco Tech’s high school summer program, 
contact Summer School Director Richard Ronan at 
(626) 940-2020 or For information 
on the middle school summer program, contact Admissions 
Director Rudy Herrera at (626) 940-2009 or rherrera@ Contact Athletic Director Chris Shockley at 
(626 940-2101 or for information 
about sports camps.

 Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school combining 
college-preparatory and technological education. The science, 
engineering, technology and math (STEM) curriculum 
allows students to exceed university admission requirements 
while completing extensive integrated coursework 
in one of five technologies: Architecture and Construction 
Engineering; Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; 
Integrated Design, Engineering and Art; Materials Science, 
Engineering and Technology; and Media Arts and Technology. 
For more information about Bosco Tech, call (626) 


PUSD high school students can earn credits for graduation, 
for "a-g" requirements for admission to UC/CSU, or 
learn new skills through the Pasadena Educational Foundation's 
2012 Summer Program. 

Classes available for 10 units of credit include: Spanish I, 
Geometry, Algebra I, History and PE. Program will run 
from June 13 to July 17, 2012 at Marshall Fundamental 
High School. 

For registration forms and a complete course listing, including 
a variety of other 5- and 10-unit elective classes, 
go to: or call (626)396-3625. 
Scholarships available. 

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