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 Mountain Views News Saturday, November 3, 2012 




Sierra Madre School Principal Esther Salinas 
and Sierra Madre Middle School Planning 
Principal Garrett Newsom can be 
seen sharing their favorite books on large 
posters around Sierra Madre. The posters, 
part of the Sierra Madre Public Library’s 
Read campaign, convey the simple but potent 
message: READ. 

Newsom shared his reasons for selecting 
They Call Me Coach by John Wooden. “I 
enjoyed reading this book because John 
Wooden is one of my personal heroes. 
Rather than preparing his teams by focusing 
on the opponent, Coach Wooden 
sought to simply make his teams the best 
they could be, and the winning would take 
care of itself.”

Mr. Newsom has served in Public Education 
for 20 years, and came to Sierra 
Madre School in 2006. He was named the 
Planning Principal of the Middle School 
campus in 2010. 

Esther Salinas selected Little Town on the 
Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder because 
“Laura’s frontier adventures growing up as 
a pioneer girl with her family came to life 
in the pages of these books. This book is a 
particular favorite because Laura becomes 
a school teacher. In many ways, Laura’s 
love of learning ignited my own that eventually 
led me to my own adventures in 

Ms. Salinas has been a teacher and school 
principal for over ten years. She came to 
Sierra Madre School in 2011.

Bookmarks with the photos of the principals 
will be available at the Library for 

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: Brent Forsee

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: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

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 

Headmaster John Higgins



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 

Principal: Marcatta Williams

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


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

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:


351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:


234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:


325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:


1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:

Sierra Madre Middle School Planning Principal Garrett Newsom and Sierra 
Madre Elementary School Principal Esther Salinas



Pasadena, CA – Open House at La Salle High School is Sunday, 
November 11, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The entire family of all 
prospective students are invited to tour the campus, meet teachers 
and students and enjoy presentations by the La Salle band, drama 
club, Student Life, the Parent Association and numerous other 
clubs and organizations. La Salle High School is a college preparatory, 
co-educational, Catholic institution, located in Northeast 
Pasadena on a ten-acre campus with surroundings conducive to 
learning and to becoming a member of the Lasallian family.

As La Salle High School begins it’s 56th year of academic excellence, 
710 students returned to school and are enjoying an exciting 
year. “We believe the education we deliver to our students is 
of the highest quality, offering a very broad and deep academic 
program with 15 AP courses and 14 Honors classes. We field 22 
varsity sports teams along with an extensive visual and performing 
arts curriculum, honor and service societies, student clubs 
and organizations, student television broadcasts and student 
publications as well as a very inclusive Student Life program. “We 
provide a healthy, safe and warm community atmosphere for all 
our students steeped in the Lasallian traditions of educational 
excellence,” said Brother Christopher Brady, FSC, La Salle’s new 

 La Salle is proud to be a Lasallian School - an educational 
institution that draws its philosophy and inspiration from 
the Christian Brothers whose reputation for excellence in education 
extends back to 1680. “Our nurturing environment, developed 
from a 350-year Christian Brothers' educational tradition 
continues today. We strive to carry out the Mission established 
by our founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle, ‘to give a human 
and Christian education to the young, especially the poor,’” said 
Brother Christopher. 

La Salle’s curriculum pursues a rigorous balance between college 
preparatory courses, religious education and enrichment 
opportunities. It is also committed to a values-based preparation 
for college that flows from a commitment to religious principles. 
Service learning is built into the curriculum during each of the 
four years. During the last five years, 99.5% of La Salle graduates 
have gone on to college with nearly 90% going to four-year 

What’s more, the readers of the Pasadena selected La Salle as the 
Best Private School in Pasadena Weekly. 

La Salle is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association 
(WECA) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges 

La Salle High School 

3880 East Sierra Madre Boulevard 

Pasadena, California 91107

Telephone 626.351.8951 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens



Friday, November 9 

Pupil Free Day. Parent-Teacher conference day at PUSD elementary 
and middle schools and a staff development day for high 

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Join Caltech students at The Seeds of Research, a workshop on 
the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. 
The Siemens Competition recognizes remarkable talent early 
on, fostering individual growth for high school students who 
are willing to challenge themselves through science research. 
Through this competition, students have an opportunity to 
achieve national recognition for science research projects that 
they complete in high school. For more information, visit the 
Siemens Competition website: http://www.siemens-foundation.
org/en/competition.htm. This is an excellent opportunity to interact 
with Caltech scientists and learn about scientific research 
and discovery touches our everyday lives. Admission is Free. 
Sturdivant Lecture Hall in Caltech’s Noyes Building, Room 153, 
Caltech Campus, 1200 East California Blvd., Pasadena. RSVP to 
Mary Herrera at or (626) 395-6059. 

6 p.m. 

The Pasadena Education Network 
hosts Don’t Gamble With Your Kids 
Education, a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker 
Tournament to raise money to support 
family participation in public 
education. To purchase tickets and 
for more information, visit www. Pasadena Senior 
Center Scott Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St., 

 While it seems like a 
flunk of a comedy, Fun Size is 
actually the funniest comedy 
I've seen in a long time. The 
story it simple enough not to 
interrupt the comedic parts, yet 
interesting enough to keep you 

 Wren (Victoria Justice) 
and her friend April (Jane Levy) 
just got invited to the hottest, 
most popular guy at school, 
Aaron Riley's (Thomas McDonell) 
Halloween party. Right 
as it seems like their popularity 
status is about to go through the 
roof, Wren finds out that she 
has to babysit her lame brother, 
Albert (Jackson Nicoll), for the 
entire night. While unhappy, 
she initially takes good care of 
him, she loses him when they 
go to a haunted house. Will she 
find him, will she get to Aaron 
Riley's party, and will Wren's 
Halloween be as great as she 
wants it to be?

 Combining Halloween with teen angst and a crazy little brother takes comedy to a new level. This was a great movie, 
which kept me laughing the whole time, even when it was a serious scene. While everyone was great, the little boy definitely 
stole the show. Whoever made Fun Size needs to keep making comedy because this is wonderful movie.