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Mountain Views News Saturday, May 18, 2013 



Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) 
Board of Education voted to 4-2 to re-elect Renatta Cooper to 
a third term as its 
president at its regular 
board meeting on 
May 14, 2013. 

“I am honored to be 
selected for a third 
year as this board’s 
president and look 
forward to working 
with my colleagues 
for the academic 
achievement of all 
children in the district,” 
said Cooper. 
“I would also like to 
discuss the possibility 
of adding a president-
elect to work 
collaboratively for 
our students.”

Since her election to 
the board in 2007, 
Cooper has focused 
on early childhood 
education, closing the achievement gap between groups of students, 
increasing the proficiency English language learners and 
a stronger engagement of parents and the community. An expert 
on early childhood education, Cooper formerly taught graduate-
level child development programs at Pacific Oaks College and has 
been a member of the First 5 Los Angeles Board of Commissioners. 
She was first elected President of the PUSD Board of Education 
in 2011.

At its organizational meeting on May 6, the board elected Tyron 
Hampton as Vice President and Kim Kenne as Clerk. There is 
currently one vacancy on the board that will be filled by board 
appointment in June.


Sierra Madre, CA 
(May 17, 2013) 
– Alverno High 
School, in association 
with several local 
alumnae hairstylists, 
will host a Pantene’s 
Beautiful Lengths 
event on campus on 
Wednesday, May 22 
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 
p.m. Alverno’s Campus 
Ministry class, the 
event organizers, is 
hoping to collect more 
than 1,000 inches of hair from 
students, faculty and staff, 
family members, friends, and 
community members to donate 
to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths 

Founded in 2006, Beautiful 
Lengths is a partnership 
between hair care giant 
Pantene and the American 
Cancer Society, the largest 
non-profit health organization 
committed to saving lives from 
every cancer and improving 
the quality of life for people 
facing the disease. The role of 
Pantene is to help women grow 
long, strong, beautiful hair 
and provide the funds to turn 
this hair into free, real-hair 
wigs for women with cancer. 
So far, Pantene has donated 
24,000 free real-hair wigs to the 
American Cancer Society’s wig 
banks, which distribute wigs 
to cancer patients across the 

Next Wednesday’s event will be 
the fifth time Alverno has held 
an event of this type. Since 2003, 
Alverno has donated nearly 
7,000 inches of hair to Locks 
of Love, an organization that 
provides wigs and hairpieces 
to financially disadvantaged 
children suffering from long-
term medical hair loss. Students 
chose to donate to Beautiful 
Lengths this year after spending 
a year focusing on issues that 
deeply affect women including 
education and healthcare. 

Every person who donates 
on Wednesday will receive 
a special gift bag, an angel 
hair pasta lunch, and an “I 
Donated” badge to show off 
their great commitment to the 
cause. Additionally, there will 
be a special raffle for anyone 
who participates. 

In order to donate, individuals 
must meet the following 
criteria: at least 8 inches of 
straight hair or 10 inches 
of curly hair; hair that is no 
more than 5 percent gray; and 
hair that has not been over 
treated although colored hair 
is acceptable if not drastically 
different than your natural 
color. Hair that has been 
bleached will not be accepted. 

Alverno High School is located 
at 200 North Michillinda 
Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 

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 www. 


Alverno’s Campus Ministry program hopes to donate 1,000 inches of 
hair to the organization

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 program is FREE Monday - Thursday to all PUSD students at 
schools with PasadenaLEARNs. 

If students want to attend the Friday field trips, the cost is $85 for 
the entire summer (all 4 trips). 

LEARNs is also hiring PUSD credentialed teachers to teach the 
language arts and mathematics portion of our program. 

Help spread the word about this enriching, fun-filled summer 
program which includes math, art, science, language arts, performing 
arts, and more. 

Visit for more details.


No Boundaries 8, the annual all-district student art exhibit, continues 
through May 19 at the Shops on South Lake, 345 S. Lake 
Ave. (next to the Corner Bakery), Pasadena. The exhibit features a 
selection of K-12 student artwork from every school in PUSD. For 
more information, visit

 Two John Muir High School filmmakers won top honors in the 
Bear Aware Youth Film Contest organized by the California Department 
of Fish and Wildlife. Jose Nuño and Alex Burgos won 
the first-place prize of $500. The students’ Bear Aware Films are 
now posted on CDFW’s YouTube page and will be used for Bear 
Aware Outreach in the San Gabriel Valley. To view the films, 
please go to

 Alejandro Lopez, a ninth grade student at Pasadena High School, 
has been chosen to participate in the University of Southern 
California’s “Sea Grant Program”. USC’s Wrigley Marine Science 
Center sponsors this summer program that allows high school 
students to spend one week on Catalina Island studying environmental 
science and exploring the Earth’s ocean. This year, 97 students 
from all over the United States applied to be admitted into 
the program; only 20 students were chosen: 6 from out of State; 
4 from Northern California; and six from Southern California. 
Alejandro was the only student chosen from the Pasadena area. 
Alejandro was recommended for admission to this program by 
Ms. Hines, his chemistry teacher.

 Pasadena High School’s swim team ranked in the top five at the 
CIF Pacific League Swimming Championships May 2. The girls 
varsity place second, boys varsity placed fourth and both girls and 
boys junior varsity ranked fifth.

 The Pasadena Educational Foundation is once again offering 
its popular Summer Enrichment Program to local K-8 and high 
school students, with classes ranging in everything from Creative 
Writing to Chess. Registration is open and classes are filling up 
fast, so visit to enroll today.

Spots are still available for incoming kindergarten students to 
enroll in Jackson Elementary School’s Spanish Dual Language 
Immersion Program (SDLIP). This program integrates native 
Spanish speakers with non-native Spanish speakers to promote 
bi-cognitive academic achievement. Students in the program 
learn to listen, speak, think, read and write fluently in English 
and in Spanish. The program at Jackson is also uniquely complemented 
by a science, technology, engineering and math academy 
at the school. Call (626) 396-5700 to schedule a tour or for more 


ROSEMEAD, CA. – May 17, 2013 – Four Don Bosco Technical 
Institute (Bosco Tech) students have been selected to participate 
in an eight-week summer internship program sponsored by the 
Boeing Company. The internships will take place at the aerospace 
and defense corporation’s satellite division in El Segundo where 
each student will work under the direction of an engineering 

The goal of Boeing’s program is to provide high school students 
with hands-on experience and increase their exposure to science, 
technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. In addition 
to being assigned job responsibilities, the students will attend 
workshops and training sessions in several topics including 3D 
printing, STEM careers, and team building, all conducted by Boeing. 
The interns will also be treated to a one-on-one meeting with 
an astronaut.

The Bosco Tech students, all juniors, were selected to participate 
in the program based on high academic standing, strong communication 
skills, and excellent problem solving abilities. Donovan 
Gonzales, Adam Jang, Alexander San Miguel, and Patrick Williams 
will begin their responsibilities on June 24. Each was given 
their choice of work experiences, from designing aerospace modules 
to developing employee communication tools.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and their commitment 
to excel in the internships,” said 
Bosco Tech President Alberto 
Pimentel. “They will certainly 
use this experience as a reference 
point as they plan their 
university and career paths. 
We’re grateful to Boeing for 
providing this very valuable 
educational opportunity.”

Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic 
high school that combines 
rigorous college-preparatory 
and innovative technological 
education. The science, engineering, 
technology and math 
(STEM) curriculum allows 
students to exceed university 
admission requirements while 
completing extensive integrated 
coursework in one of several 
applied science and engineering 
programs. For more information 
about Bosco Tech, call 
(626) 940-2000 or visit www.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


Not having read the book 
and with only the previews to 
go on, I expected ‘The Great 
Gatsby’ to be a joyful romp. 
However, what I discovered 
was a beautifully dark 
love story that completely 
consumes a group of friends, 
family members, and partiers 
in the 1920’s New York.

 Nick Carraway 
(Tobey Maquire) has just 
moved to New York and has 
found a tiny cottage to stay 
in. The house is a tiny place, 
squished between two giant 
mansions, one belonging to 
the mysterious Mr. Gatsby 
(Leonardo DiCaprio). Nick 
soon discovers a twisted past 
between Gatsby and Nick’s 
cousin, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), and learns that there 
is a dark reason behind all of Gatsby’s immense wealth and 
fabulous parties.

 Starting off light and carefree, ‘The Great Gatsby’ leads 
you to believe that it is a fun movie. It then twists you into the 
obsessive world of Mr. Gatsby and how, if life is played correctly, 
the past can become your future.