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Mountain Views News Saturday, August 31, 2013 


Registration is now open 
for Sierra Madre Public Library’s 
popular Parent/Child 
workshop series, slated for 
September 5, 12, 19, 26, and 
October 3. 

Sessions will take place at 
the Library on consecutive 
Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 
a.m. and will be interactive 
including toys, crafts, books 
and play in addition to discussions 
of parenting issues 
and concerns. 

The parenting workshop 
will feature noted resource 
professionals from the community 
and each session will 
feature a different aspect of 
parenting, including early 
literacy, speech, hearing and 
language development, child 
development, nutrition, music, 
play, and health. 

Families with children ages 
36 months and younger are 
encouraged to register now 
as past workshops have 
filled up fast. Enrollment 
is free, but in-person pre-
registration at the Library is 
required to ensure a spot in 
the program.

This project is supported by 
the U.S. Institute of Museum 
and Library Services under 
the provisions of the Library 
Services and Technology 
Act, administered in California 
by the State Librarian.

For more information, 
please call Meegan Tosh, 
Youth Services Librarian 
at (626) 355-7186. The Sierra 
Madre Public Library 
is located at 440 West Sierra 
Madre Boulevard in Sierra 


PHS, MUIR, and MARSHALL Present 
the Musical:


 at Pasadena High School


Show Times:

Friday 7:00

Saturday 1:00 & 7:00

Sunday 6:00



Students: $5 pre-sale ~ $7 at the door

Adults: $10 pre-sale ~ $12 at the door


 Please contact Margaret and Larry Lousen 
for more information or call 626-398-8388


 This will be a GREAT SHOW!

Get your tickets EARLY and SEE YOU THERE!

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:



An epidemic is sweeping the nation. Girls are at 
a disadvantage when it comes to success in math 
and science, and the future does not look bright 
if parents don’t act now.

In the next ten years, 80 percent of all jobs will 
require technical skills, according to Labor Department 
statistics. And jobs in the science, 
technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields 
are expected to grow twice as fast as all jobs.

But currently, the ratio of boys to girls enrolled 
in STEM courses is a staggering six to one, putting 
girls at a severe disadvantage to excel in 
these fields in the future. 

STEM jobs require strong mathematical aptitude. 
So when it comes to your daughter’s math 
classes, these statistics should motivate you not 
to let her off the hook. From design to computer 
science, studying math now means enjoying a 
world of professional options later.

How do you steer your daughters toward classes 
that can help them develop the skills and interests 
necessary to pursue these careers?

• Find math role models: Leverage your own 
professional network to educate your daughters 
about these fields. Do you have a friend who 
works in math, science or engineering? Ask 
her to talk to your kids about her job, what she 
studied in school, and how math applies to her 
everyday work and life. This discussion can be a 
great inspiration.

• Take a field trip: Show girls that math can be 
fun through weekend field trips. Visit a science 
museum or take a tour of an architecturally impressive 
building to learn how it was designed. 
Take your daughter’s interests into account to 
plan outings that will spark a deeper interest in 
real world mathematical applications.

• Gear up: It’s not enough to sign up for higher 
level math courses. Be sure your young mathematicians 
are equipped to succeed in their 

A high-quality graphing calculator is crucial. 
Look for models with a high-resolution color 
LCD and full textbook-style display that include 
features and functions that enhance the understanding 
of lessons and bring math to life. For 
example, PRIZM, a graphing calculator from 
Casio, enables students to experiment by creating 
their own graphs over pictures, from a 
library of real-life scenes. The fx-9860GII Pink 
provides built-in spreadsheets, probability functions 
and many types of regressions, and works 
three times faster than previous models. To learn 
more, visit

• Be musical: When you’re listening to your favorite 
tunes, don’t forget that music and mathematics 
go hand-in-hand. Understanding the 
fundamental principles of music may help your 
daughter strengthen her visuospatial reasoning 
and succeed in her math courses.

In a study published by “Nature,” the science 
journal, students improved their mathematics 
test scores significantly after several months 
of musical training. Encourage her to join the 
school band or take piano lessons. 

In today’s economy, having a solid mathematical 
foundation is becoming increasingly important. 
So don’t let historical gender imbalances in these 
fields hold your daughters back. With a little encouragement, 
getting girls hooked on math can 
be easy as pi.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 After seeing ‘The Lightning 
Thief’, I hoped that it hadn’t 
made enough money for a 
sequel to come out. As a big fan 
of the Percy Jackson books, I 
was looking forward to see how 
they would play out on screen. 
The experience was less than 
satisfactory, to put it nicely, and 
‘Sea of Monsters’ was only a little 
bit better.

 Percy (Logan Lerman) and 
the rest of his friends, who 
spend their time training at 
Camp Halfblood, begin to see 
unbelievable events unfold 
around them: the barrier that 
protects the camp crumbles, the 
evil Luke (Jake Abel) makes a 
mysterious comeback, and the 
Oracle speaks of another prophecy concerning the very unlucky 
Percy Jackson.

 While the plot is only slightly better, and follows the book 
more in this movie, the dialogue is completely stilted and actually 
hard to listen to most of the time. And the one-eye effect for the 
Cyclops, Tyson (Douglas Smith), is just horrific. Other than that, 
though, the rest of the effects in the movie are actually decent. I 
would recommend ‘Sea of Monsters’ not for the avid moviegoer 
but for someone who has nothing to do on an August afternoon.