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 Mountain Views News Saturday, November 10, 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: 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:

 On Saturday, November 3rd, 
Bethany Christian School in Sierra 
Madre was all a-buzz with excitement 
as the Sierra Madre community and 
beyond came to enjoy the school’s 1st 
Annual BCS Fall Family Festival. The 
Festival was the first of its kind for BCS—
an event that was truly community 
wide, and one that would support not 
only the school, but also benefit and 
create awareness for a worthy volunteer 
organization in Sierra Madre - The 
Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team. 

 An abundance of fun activities 
for the whole family were packed onto 
the school campus—a petting zoo 
and pony rides from Happy Halters; 
demonstrations from Sierra Madre 
Search and Rescue; bounce houses, 
giant slides and mazes; a dozen carnival 
games with prizes to win; a silent auction; 
art activities from Paint the Town, as 
well as face painting and pumpkin 
painting; a bake sale; live music from 
The Conductors; karaoke; and food—
lots of food!—from Domenico’s Italian 
Restaurant, Pie N’ Burger, Bean Town, 
Mother Moo, and Mandoline Grill. 

 Principal James Lugenbuehl 
enjoyed seeing all the kids having so 
much fun. He also noted how the 
event really pulled the whole BCS 
community together to look beyond 
ourselves and serve the community at 
large, namely The Sierra Madre Search 
and Rescue Team. “I saw dozens of BCS 
parents volunteering to staying late and 
arriving early to set up and breakdown 
all the festival structures. I saw people 
introducing themselves to each other, 
laughing and enjoying working 
together, to make this event possible.” 
PTF President Lisa Willingham said, 
“Thank you to all for helping to make 
the 1st Annual BCS Fall Family Festival 
a great success! I

 am amazed at the effort you all put 
toward our collective goal of making 
the Fall Family Festival represent the 
best of what Bethany Christian School 
has to offer.”

 As one third grade girl with 
butterfly wings painted on her face 
enthusiastically commented, “This was 
awesome! We should do this every 
year!” That is a great idea! 


The passage of Proposition 30 last week means that the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will not be faced with mandatory cuts 
for this current school year. Because Proposition 30 does not bring new money into the district, an estimated $10.3 – $12 million in 
reductions will still need to be made for the 2013-2014 school year to combat a structural deficit and declining enrollment. Click on the 
Budget Update tab at for information about PUSD’s budget process. 

The timeline for Open Enrollment is on hold and a new schedule will be announced when there is a clearer picture of the budget outlook 
for the district. There still will be open enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. Please call 626-396-3600 extension 88340 for more 

The City of Pasadena’s La Pintoresca Teen Education Center has partnered with the Pasadena City College TRIO Academic Talent Search 
program to provide college preparatory services to high school students. The TRIO Educational Talent Search program prepares students 
to attend the college of their choice by offering small group academic advisement, college counseling, college application assistance, 
ACT/SAT preparation, college tours, financial aid and scholarship assistance, study and life skills workshops and tutoring. Students from 
John Muir High School, Pasadena High School and Blair High School are eligible. Middle school students attending Washington Middle 
School and Wilson Middle School can also participate in the college 
preparation program. Students must possess a 2.0 or higher GPA and 
have interest in attending a postsecondary school. For more information 
or to request an application, please contact the Teen Education 
Center at (626) 345-0708 or the TRIO Educational Search program 
at (626) 585-7011 or email 

PUSD’s Families in Transition office, which connects homeless and 
transitional students and their families with appropriate services, is 
collecting donations for families in need this holiday season. Donations 
of canned goods, toys, games, books and grocery gift cards can be made 
through November 30. Families in Transition (room 127), 351 S. Hudson 
Ave., Pasadena or call (626) 396-3600 ext. 88252. 

Pasadena’s eleventh One City, One Story community reading celebration 
book selection is The Age of Miracles by author Karen 
Thompson Walker. Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of 
Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story 
about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going 
on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty. One City, One 
Story activities and events will be scheduled for March 2013. A community 
dialogue with the author is scheduled for Thursday, March 
14. Details of book discussion groups, film series, lectures and other 
events will be announced in the near future. One City, One Story is 
designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature 
in the community. To engage participants in dialogue and bring 
Pasadenans together by promoting greater understanding of differing 
points of view. For more information visit 
or call (626) 744-7270. 

Reading is a thrill as the Pasadena Public Library celebrates Children’s 
Book Month this November. All month, children (ages 12 and under) 
will have their late fines forgiven and lost library cards replaced for 
free. They can also receive one free paperback book (while supplies 
last) just by visiting their local Pasadena Public Library or attending 
one of the special Children’s Book Month Programs all sponsored by 
The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For more information, 
visit or call (626) 744-4045. 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


NOVEMBER11, 2012 
1:00 TO3:30PM
This is the perfect Disney 
movie in every way. For a little 
bit, it felt like Disney’s magic 
was fading, but this ‘Wreck-It 
Ralph’ proved me completely 
wrong; Disney is just as strong 
as ever.

 For the past three decades, 
Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reily) 
has spent his time destroying 
a building and being thwarted 
by his nemesis, Fix-It Felix Jr. 
(Jack McBrayer). On the night 
of the 30th Anniversary of the 
game, a huge party is thrown 
in the building and everyone is 
invited, except for Ralph. Mad, 
he invites himself and finds out 
that no one else appreciates him 
for what he does. He storms off, 
determined to get a medal for 
being a hero, and goes on a heroic quest. But, what he doesn’t realize 
is that he has unleashed a greater threat than he could have imagined 
and an old enemy is rising again.

 This is one of those rare kids movies which is simple enough 
for the little ones, but with a story so deep and winding, the adults 
will stay entertained. There were even several reveals that I didn’t see 
coming. Overall, the cast, director (Rich Moore), and screenwriters 
(Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee) all put their hearts into this and created 
a modern day masterpiece.