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 Mountain Views News Saturday, November 24, 2012 


If you look carefully, you 
may notice some familiar 
little faces in TV spots 
promoting Dreamwork’s 
holiday blockbuster movie, 
Rise of the Guardians!

Junior kindergarteners 
through second graders 
from St. Rita School 
were interviewed in early 
October by Hurwitz 
Creative Production for 
inclusion in TV spots 
and online featurettes 
promoting the movie. 
Shannon Morzov, General 
Manager and St. Rita alum, 
arranged for the interviews 
to be held at the school.

Rise of the Guardians, 
which opened in theaters 
this week, is an animated 
tale of good vs. evil in 
which the epic characters 
of Santa Claus, the Easter 
Bunny, Sandman, Tooth 
Fairy and Jack Frost 
must join forces to save 
children’s imaginations 
by battling the evil spirit, 
Pitch. Featured voices 
include Alec Baldwin, 
Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, 
Chris Pine and Jude Law.

The children, interviewed 
in Mrs. Cash’s second 
grade classroom, were 
asked questions such as 
“How do you think Santa 
Claus makes it to all of 
those houses on Christmas 
Eve?” and “What does the 
Tooth Fairy do with all the 
teeth she collects?” The 
children had an abundance 
of things to say!

“Spending the day at St. 
Rita’s with the kids was one 
of the most fun I’ve had on 
the job,” said Dave Hren, 
Production Supervisor for 
Hurwitz Creative. “They 
were really cute and funny 
and we’re thrilled with the 

The children’s adorable 
commentary on these legendary figures can be seen in a couple versions of the TV spot, shown nationally, as well as at www. in online featurettes.

 St. Rita School is located at 322 N. Baldwin Ave. in Sierra Madre. The Catholic parish school is celebrating their 90th year, 
with a focus on faith, stewardship and academic excellence. 


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:

Above - Chase Higdon, Sean Peters and Antonio Sanchez explain their perceptions of Santa 
Claus for the camera.

Below – Hailey Mata and twins, Audrey and Katie Fisher, prepare for their interviews.


Los Angeles area middle 
school students will learn to 
create computerized art at 
Don Bosco Technical Institute’s 
(Bosco Tech’s) Digital 
Art Workshop (DrAW) on 
Saturday, December 15, 2012. 

The free DrAW workshop will 
feature instruction in Photoshop 
on computer tablets. A 
Wacom tablet will be raffled 
off to a workshop participant 
and a Bosco Tech scholarship 
will be given to a future 
incoming student who shows 
creative ability.

“It’s a fun opportunity for kids 
to learn more about, and try 
out, digital art software using 
professional-level computers,” 
says Luis Garza, chairman 
of the school’s Integrated 
Design, Engineering and Art 
department (IDEA). “Bosco 
Tech’s high school students 
have the chance to use these 
tools every day and the workshop 
exposes middle schoolers 
to the same equipment 
and programs that companies 
like Disney, Apple and Pixar 
are currently using in computer 
animation, product design 
and video games.”

The three-hour DrAW workshop 
begins at 10 a.m. Lunch 
will be provided. Interested 
students can register by contacting 
Garza at (626) 940-
2079 or lgarza@boscotech.
edu. Space is limited.

Bosco Tech is the only all-male 
Catholic high school in the state 
that uniquely integrates college-
preparatory curriculum with a 
comprehensive, four-year, project-
based science and technology 
program. The academic curriculum 
allows students to meet university 
admission requirements 
while completing extensive integrated 
coursework in one of five 
technology and engineering-related 
fields: 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 
further information about Bosco 
Tech, please call (626) 940-2000 
or visit 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


 I will say that before 
now, I have happily avoided 
the ‘Twilight’ series (during 
the previews I got a very 
thorough summary of the 
story so far). However, two 
good things came out of 
this movie: Kristen Stewart’s 
acting improved and the 
world of film has gained an 
epic fight scene.

 Bella (Kristen 
Stewart) and Edward (Robert 
Pattinson) have overcome so 
much, including life itself. 
Now, with forever in front 
of them, they have one final 
obstacle: the Volturi. Bella 
and Edward, with the help 
of Jacob (Taylor Lautner), 
Carlisle (Pater Facinelli), and 
the rest of the Cullen family, must gather forces to confront the 
Volturi in a final showdown.

 This movie did almost nothing for me; the acting was very 
flat, except for a surprise performance from Kristen Stewart, and 
the story was very predictable. Even with all of these negatives, 
this movie had one redeeming quality: one of the best battles I 
have ever seen. For that one scene, you forget all the bad and can 
only focus on the clashing vampires and werewolves. Overall, not 
a good movie, but the few good moments make it worth seeing.