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Mountain Views News Saturday, June 22, 2013 



Forty-seven Alverno seniors celebrate a moment four years in the making

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:

Sierra Madre, CA – On Friday, June 8, Alverno’s 
Class of 2013 took their final walk 
across the Alverno terrace as part of their 
graduation ceremony. Their graduation 
served as Alverno’s 50th commencement 
exercises and they now join the more than 
4,200 Alverno alumnae who have graduated 
from Alverno since the school’s founding in 

After their final walk as students, the Alverno 
seniors were seated for the last time 
on Alverno’s “Senior Steps.” These are the 
stairs on the Alverno terrace where the seniors 
have bonded, created memories, and 
enjoyed the final moments of each other’s 
company over the past year—an important 
part of their final year at Alverno.

Following a welcome and invocation, Co-
Salutatorians Lindsay Fisher and Ileana Vior 
made their address to their fellow graduates. 
Both Salutatorians will be studying 
at schools in the Los Angeles area the fall; 
Lindsay, who will attend Occidental College, 
will major in history and Ileana, who 
will be attending Loyola Marymount University, 
plans to major in business. During 
their address, Lindsay and Ileana took the 
time to remind their classmates of many of 
the memories they created, the friendships 
they have built, and the challenges that all 
of them have overcome.

The salutatorian address was followed by a 
speech from Cleo Wong, the Class of 2013 
Valedictorian. In her address, Cleo spoke on 
many of the memories her class has shared 
over the past four years and her hope that 
these would be memories that lasted a lifetime. 
She thanked her classmates for the impact 
they had made in her life and encouraged 
them to continue to be who they are. 
In closing, Cleo quoted a few lyrics from 
“We’re All In This Together” from High 
School Musical, which has been an important 
theme for this senior class during their 
years at Alverno. Cleo will be attending UC 
Berkeley in the fall where she will be majoring 
in biology.

During the graduation ceremony, Alverno 
graduates were also recognized for their 
academic achievements at Alverno and the 
scholarships they had been offered by various 
colleges. More than 100 scholarships 
were awarded to the 47 members of the 
Class of 2013 from among the 150 colleges 
to which they were accepted. In total, more 
than 350 awards were received by the 47 seniors 
at graduation.

Alverno’s commencement speaker was Ada 
Gates Patton, female farrier and owner 
of Harry Patton Horseshoeing and Farrier 
Supplies. In 1978, Ada became the first 
woman farrier licensed to shoe thoroughbred 
horses in the United States and Canada. 
During her speech, Ada discussed her 
own challenges of being a woman in a “male 
profession” and many of the hardships she 
faced along the path to success. She congratulated 
each of them on their incredible 
achievements and encouraged them to continue 
to work towards their goals because 
they can be accomplished. Today, Ada is the 
official horseshoe inspector for the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses Parade and an 
inductee into the American Farriers Hall of 
Fame. She congratulated each of them on 
their incredible achievements and encouraged 
them to continue to work towards 
their goals.

Graduation ended with a time-honored Alverno 
tradition, the singing of the Alverno 
Alma Mater. However, as new alumnae the 
graduates were no longer able to hold up 
their four fingers to represent their status as 
seniors but had to hold up one to represent 
that brand new beginning awaiting them as 
college freshmen.

“This senior class was filled with incredible 
young women with a multitude of talents 
and ambitions,” said Ann Gillick, Head of 
School. “Tonight, they joined the ranks of 
the more than 4,200 young women who 
have graduated from Alverno over the past 
50 years. Among them are future doctors, 
lawyers, teachers, mothers, and so many 
other things; however, most important is 
that all Alverno alumnae and each of these 
new graduates was empowered by their experience 
at Alverno to become exactly the 
person she wants to be.”

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

Conductor: Dr. Paul J. Sherman 
Daniel Hsiao, Violist 
Vera Hong, Violinist 
Justin Cheung, Cellist 
Eva Polgar, Pianist 
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM 
LAKE AVENUE CHURCH (in the chapel) 
“An Italian Girl in Algiers”by Rossini 
Concerto in G for viola by Telemann 
1st movement of Concerto #9 in A minor for violin by de Beriot 
1st movement of Cello Concerto in E Minor by Elgar 
Piano Concerto #2 in A Major by Liszt 
admission free 
Concert made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission 
and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and funds received from 
Tournament of Roses ®Foundation 
Web site: psycochamberorch.orgCall Roberta Wilcox, manager at (626) 797-1994 


(StatePoint) Each summer, parents 
look for ways to combat 
“summer brain drain,” which 
occurs when children lose some 
of the knowledge they gained 
during the school year because 
they’re not regularly exercising 
their brains. According to research 
from the Center for Summer 
Learning at Johns Hopkins 
University, students typically 
lose one to two months of reading 
and math skills during summer 

“Children’s brains develop at a 
remarkable pace, and don’t take a 
break from learning just because 
school is out,” says neuroscientist 
Dr. Lise Eliot, an early childhood 
development expert and author. 
“Parents should offer children 
fun experiences that encourage 
learning and exploration, allowing 
them to absorb new skills and 
expand their knowledge.”

To help parents avoid summer 
setbacks, VTech, a world leader 
in age-appropriate and developmental 
stage-based electronic 
learning products for children, is 
offering fun suggestions for summer 

• Look for teachable moments: 
Our daily lives are filled with 
opportunities to teach children. 
Following a recipe? Let your 
child read and measure the ingredients. 
Balancing your checkbook? 
Put your child’s math skills 
to use. Going on a road trip? Let 
your child look for specific signs 
along the way and follow along 
on a map.

• Use learning toys: Learning toys 
are a great way to help children 
stay mentally sharp out of the 
classroom, while also having fun. 
On the go? Instead of waiting for 
kids to ask “Are we there yet?”, 
look for an educational, developmental 
toy like InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi 
Learning App Tablet by VTech, 
which combines a camera, interactive 
e-books, creative activities, 
tilt sensor learning games, and a 
rich collection of applications.

While in the car or during downtime, 
children can use their 
tablet to play games, create art, 
take notes, or use the onboard 
calendar. Parents can track their 
child's progress on learning milestones 
and lessons and download 
high-quality, educational content 
wirelessly at the online Learning 

• Read: The benefits of reading to 
children are enormous, including 
helping language and speech 
development, expanding vocabulary 
and building a lifelong 
love of reading. Children who 
read more also perform better 
academically, so visit the library 
often and let children choose 
books that interest them, or consider 
downloading an e-book on 
InnoTab 2S.

• Plan educational outings: You 
don’t have to plan an extravagant 
vacation to teach children about 
science and culture. Visit museums, 
historical sites, the zoo or 
aquarium. Take advantage of free 
summer concerts to expose children 
to new styles of music and 

• Encourage savings: Saving 
money is a great way to put math 
skills to use. Let your children 
count coins in their piggy banks. 
Show them how much they’ll 
need for something they’re saving 
for, and teach them to create 
a budget to reach their goals. 
Clip coupons together, putting 
the money saved into their piggy 
banks. Play “store” with your 
child to practice math.

More great parenting tips can be 
found at

This summer, give kids the tools 
they’ll need to retain their knowledge 
for the next school year.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


Having not seen any of the 
previous Superman movies, I 
went into ‘Man of Steel’ with 
high hopes. Christopher Nolan 
did an excellent job with the 
Dark Knight and the trailers 
made it seem like he did the 
same thing for Superman. 
And, in fact, he did.

 After being sent away from 
his dying planet Krypton, Kal-
El (Henry Cavill) must take 
on the role of a human being. 
He blends in with us until he 
grows up. When an ancient 
chunk of ice is unearthed, 
he and famous reporter Lois 
Lane (Amy Adams) are drawn 
together. Kal-El finally learns 
of his past and the truth about his race, but the evil General Zod 
(Michael Shannon) appears from the ruin of Krypton with a 
vengeance that brings Earth to its knees.

 This film is just an all around wonder. Not only is the 
casting perfect but the story flows flawlessly with only few slow 
spots. Both acting and screenplay are accompanied by great CGI 
and an absolutely gorgeous score. ‘Man of Steel’ is the perfect way 
to kick off the summer movie season.