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 Mountain Views News Saturday, December 15, 2012 

McDonald Appointed 
PUSD Administrator For 
Duration of Gundry 

At its December 11 
meeting, the Pasadena 
Unified School 
District’s (PUSD) 
Board of Education 
named Chief Academic 
Officer Dr. 
Brian McDonald as 
Administrator in 
Charge until Superintendent 
Jon Gundry 
returns from 
medical leave in 

The Board also approved 
the First Interim 
Budget Report, 
discussed the process 
for future school 
consolidation and/
or redrawing school 
boundaries, and honored Pasadena High School Student and 
Tournament of Roses Princess Nicole Nelam. To see a video of 
the meeting, go to 

Other PUSD News:

The PUSD priority open enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year 
ends December 18. Priority open enrollment is only for siblings of 
students already enrolled at a school of choice, children of current 
PUSD full-time employees and Willard Elementary fifth grade 
students who wish to continue in the International Baccalaureate 
program at Blair Middle School. General open enrollment will 
begin on January 23, 2013. Please visit 
to learn more about the open enrollment process. 

College-bound seniors and their families can begin submitting 
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting in 
January for state and federal grants, loans and work-study funds. 
For more information, go to The filing period 
begins in January and ends March 2, 2013. 

Three students from the Creative Arts, Media and Design Pathway 
at Pasadena High School were winners in the Ten Thousand 
Villages holiday poster contest promoting free trade. The winners 
are Nancy Gomez ($100 gift certificate), Jasmine Reza ($50 gift 
certificate) Emmanuel Rebollar ($50 gift certificate) and Brenda 
Delgado ($50 gift certificate). 


Friday, December 21 

Shortened day schedule at PUSD schools. Dismissal varies by 

December 24, 2012 - January 4, 2013 

PUSD schools closed for annual winter recess and Christmas and 
New Year holidays. Many district offices will also be closed. 

December 26-30 

It’s going to be a winter wonderland at Kidspace Children Museum 
in Pasadena as 60 tons of snow is trucked in for the 5th Annual 
Snow Days winter celebration. Snow Days at Kidspace takes 
place from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 
30, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 
weekends. 480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. 

Monday, January 7, 2013 

School resumes. 



Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Chief 
Academic Officer and Administrator in Charge Dr. Brian McDonald 
issued the following statement regarding the shooting at 
Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut today: 

“All of us in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) are 
horrified by the tragedy that occurred today in Newtown, Connecticut. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy 
Hook Elementary School.” 

“The safety of our students is the top priority at PUSD. The district 
takes many precautions to ensure that students remain safe 
while at school. All schools have school safety plans that detail 
the proper response to a variety of emergency scenarios. Students 
participate in shelter in place and other emergency drills several 
times a year. PUSD campuses are closed campuses and any visitors 
to a school are required by state law to register when walking 
onto campus. The district has a zero tolerance policy regarding 
weapons on campus. PUSD can also activate its emergency operations 
center at a moment’s notice to coordinate emergency response 
efforts. Finally, we maintain a very close relationship with 
the Pasadena Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department 
and the Sierra Madre Police Department to provide immediate 
assistance should any problems arise.” 

“Crisis counseling and support is available to PUSD students in 
the wake of this tragedy. Although there is no threat to any PUSD 
campus, all principals have been instructed to take precautionary 
measures to ensure student safety. We also encourage staff and 
principals to re-familiarize themselves with emergency and security 
policies in light of this incident.” 

“To keep people informed in an emergency, the district is able to 
send critical information via text message. Text PUSD to 888777 
to receive this service from the district.” 

“PUSD recognizes the tremendous trust that parents place in us 
when they send their children to school each day. We take this responsibility 
very seriously. I want to reassure students and parents 
that our schools are safe.” 

“Please join me and the entire PUSD family in mourning the loss 
of the innocent victims in this senseless tragedy.” 

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:

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


‘Lincoln’ is a masterpiece. 
I’ve seen many other movies 
about our 16th President, some 
through school, and some on my 
own time, and none of them have 
been as interesting as this or, by 
what I’ve been told, as accurate as 
how it was during the final parts 
of the Civil War.

 This movie covers how 
Abraham Lincoln handled the 
damage of the Civil War, not 
only on the battlefield, but in the 
hearts of Americans. Against all 
odds, he is faced with the task 
of passing the Emancipation 
Proclamation, which he believes 
will not only end the war, but also 
stop slavery forever.

 Unlike other historical films, ‘Lincoln’ kept me interested 
the whole time. One aspect about the movie that I did notice, 
was the comparison between America’s Congress back then and 
how it operates today. It is suspenseful, as well as just an amazing 
movie that will make every American proud, and leave you with 
a warm feeling inside.