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 Mountain Views News Saturday, December 8, 2012 



Candlelight Celebration includes a choral 
performance and a living Nativity 

Sierra Madre, CA – Alverno High School 
will host its annual Candlelight Celebration 
on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at 
the Villa del Sol d’Oro on the Alverno High 
School campus. Candlelight Celebration, 
an annual Christmas tradition at Alverno, 
celebrates the Christmas story through 
a live reenactment beginning with the 
Annunciation and concluding with the 
Birth of Christ. 

Upon arriving on campus, guests will be 
provided with a candle and led to south side 
of the Villa where the procession will begin 
at 7:00 p.m. Following an introduction by 
the President and Vice-President of the 
Alverno Student Union, guests will be led 
around the Villa making several stops on 
their own journey to “Bethlehem.” Each 
stop signifies an important part of the 
Christmas story and guests are invited to 
join in Christmas carols led by the Alverno 
choir at this time. 

Once guests have reached “Bethlehem” 
on the north side of the Villa, they will be 
able to enjoy a performance from Alverno’s 
dance students before being invited into the 
Villa for a final choral performance by both 
students and alumnae. 

A festive reception in the Villa will 
immediately follow the procession and 
performances. Alverno would like to invite 
all members of the local community to join 
them for this beloved and time-honored 
Christmas tradition. Guests are encouraged 
to dress warmly as the event will happen 
rain or shine. 


Alverno High School is located at 200 North 
Michillinda Avenue in Sierra Madre. 

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, 
college preparatory school for young women 
dedicated to preparing them to function 
in a society as informed, knowledgeable 
persons, who have the requisite skills to 
make and implement mature decisions 
about complex problems. Enlivened by the 
spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community 
sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan 
roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—
academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and 
physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, 
and students in light of the world for which 
the students are being educated. Alverno’s 
mission is to empower each young woman 
to be exactly the person she wants to be 
and since 1960, Alverno has empowered 
more than 4,100 women to meet that goal. 
For more information about Alverno High 
School, please call 626-355-3463 or visit 

Alverno High School will offer eight 
different opportunities for sixth, seventh, 
and eighth grade girls to visit our 13-acre 
campus in the fall to learn more about 
Alverno’s academics and 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: 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:

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


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


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:


What: In today’s economic climate, paying for a college education is a top concern for high school 
students and their parents, especially when considering that most families will be in student loan debt years 
after college graduation. To help alleviate the financial strain that comes with funding a college education, 
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Southern California will award $328,000 in scholarship funds 
to deserving high school seniors who reside in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura 

In 2013, the organization will award 104 scholarships through its four programs including: Ronald McDonald 
House Charities /African American Future Achievers, RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing 
Achievement (ASIA), RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) and 

Who: To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be currently-enrolled high school seniors who 
are eligible to attend a two- or four-year postsecondary institution following graduation. They must be legal 
U.S. residents, be less than 21 years of age and have a minimum 2.7 grade point average. 

Where: The online application period will be open until Dec. 20, 2012, and interested students should visit
RMHC to apply.


When: Application period deadline is Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Southern California 

For more than 30 years, RMHC of Southern California has been committed to providing comfort, care and support to children and families 
in Southern California. RMHC of Southern California is dedicated to creating a community where children and their families embrace life 
and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy by operating six Ronald McDonald Houses, Camp Ronald McDonald for 
Good Times, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and a Community Grants Board. 


• Heart Behind the Oval Community Challenge is open 
to all U.S. high school seniors and college students with a 
demonstrated commitment to their communities 
• Public voting determines three winners who each receive 
a $2,500 college scholarship and a $2,500 grant to complete a 
future service project
• Students may enter this year’s contest on the Ford Blue 
Oval Scholars Facebook page until Dec. 14 with a video or photo 
essay showcasing their current community work and outlining a 
future project they could complete with more funding 

The 2012 Heart Behind the Oval Community Challenge is 
underway, with the general public registering support for their 
favorite contest entries through daily online voting. For this 
year’s contest, Ford Motor Company Fund invited high school 
seniors and college students to showcase their commitment to 
their communities in a brief video or photo essay. Students can 
submit their entries until Dec. 14. 


The three entries with the most online votes will receive a $2,500 
college scholarship and a $2,500 grant to a partnering nonprofit 
to complete a future service project. Wild Card prizes, including 
a $1,000 college scholarship and a $1,000 project grant, will be 
awarded to two entries chosen by a Ford Motor Company judging 

For more information or to enter and vote for the 2012 Heart 
Behind the Oval Community Challenge, please visit http://apps.

About Ford Motor Company 

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in 
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across 
six continents. With about 172,000 employees and about 65 plants 
worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and 
Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford 
Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and 
its products worldwide, please visit 



(Entry deadline is December 10th http://redribbon.

Win $500 Worth of Red Ribbon Merchandise For Your School 

The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces its annual 
call-for-entries for the new theme of next year’s Red Ribbon 
Week®. “The winner will receive national acclaim and recognition,” 
said Peggy Sapp, NFP’s volunteer president. “The winning 
slogan and design will be used throughout 2013 at thousands of 
schools and communities across America.” In its 28th year as the 
nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon 
Week® reaches 80 million people each year throughout the United 
States. The winner will receive $500 worth of Red Ribbon Week® 
2013 merchandise for their K-12 school.


Entries must be received by December 10th, 2012 via email to (or via mail to National Family Partnership, 
2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145). Please include your name, 
school, telephone number and email address. Contest rules and 
full details are available at


Red Ribbon Week® is celebrated in schools across America, with 
large banners and signs hung from marquees and fences. Themes 
and designs should work within this context. Themes should be 
brief and as catchy as possible (The 2012 theme was “The Best 
Me Is Drug Free™.” 2011’s theme was "It's Up To Me To Be Drug 
Free®." The theme for 2010 was “I Am Drug Free: Choices = 
Consequences®.”) Other recent annual slogans include “100% Me 
Drug Free®,” “Look At Me I’m Drug Free®” and “Drug Free Is The 
Key®.” While the red ribbon should be prominently featured in 
the design, it is not required. Please refer to the red ribbon logo at And last, don't be afraid to use other colors 
(in addition to red) in your entry.


The winner will be recognized at the 2013 Community Anti-
Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Annual Leadership Forum 
(which brings together more than 2,500 
participants representing community anti-drug 
coalitions from across the country, the media, 
government leaders, addiction treatment professionals, 
researchers, educators, law enforcement, 
and faith-based leaders). The winning 
slogan will also be recognized via Red Ribbon 
Week®’s national media relations and social media 

About Red Ribbon Week® and the National Family 
Partnership (NFP)®

Red Ribbon Week® is the nation’s largest and oldest 
drug prevention campaign, reaching 80 million 
people each year. The NFP spearheaded the 
national campaign in response to the 1985 death 
of DEA agent Kiki Camarena, who was abducted 
and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. The 
NFP was established in 1980, and is a national 
leader in drug prevention, education and advocacy. 
Its mission is to lead and support our nation’s 
families and communities in nurturing the full 
potential of healthy, drug-free youth. For more 
information, please visit or 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


 This is a new classic. It brings 
life back into the fairy tales that 
seemed to have lost their magic. 
Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter 
Bunny, and the Sandman get a 
modern take, as well as gain a 
powerful new ally.

 Jack Frost (Chris Pine) has no 
idea where he came from or what 
his purpose is. All he knows is his 
name. The only problem is that no 
one believes in him, so no one can 
see him. For 300 years he wanders 
the Earth, bringing snow days 
and winter fun to children, even 
though he is unseen, until one 
day when he is summoned to the 
North Pole to become a Guardian. 
However, as he soon learns, the 
only reason he is there is because 
an ancient enemy, Pitch Black (Jude Law), aka the Boogeyman, 
has returned to frighten children worldwide with his Nightmares. 
How can his new power be beaten?

 This movie is laced with magic and will make anyone a 
true believer in the Big Four, as they are referred to in the movie. 
I believe that ‘Rise of the Guardians’ is a modern day children’s