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Mountain Views News Saturday, September 21, 2013 



If you are a student 
between the ages 
of 9-17 and you are 
interested in helping 
the City of Sierra 
Madre decorate for 
Halloween, then 
it’s time to begin 
thinking about 
filling out your 
application for this 
year’s Halloween 
Downtown Window Painting Contest. If you are a local 
merchant, you will be looking forward to having your windows 
painted by our local youth artists! 

Applications were distributed this past week to all local schools. 
They can also be picked up from the Community Services office 
at the Rec Center and at the Front Desk at City Hall.

Applications are due back to these City locations by 5pm on 
Monday, October 14th. Teams of up to 4 students of the same 
age group can work on a window design. At least one participant 
must be a Sierra Madre resident. 

Window painting will occur on Friday, October 25th from 
2:30pm to 6pm and on Saturday, October 26th from 8am to 
11am. Judging will follow and prizes awarded by age groups 
at 12:15 that day. Additional information and guidelines are 
available with the applications. 

Our local merchants are critical to the success of this event! Please 
show your support in one of the following ways: a monetary 
donation to cover the cost of paint and decorations, use of your 
window(s) for the painting contest or a donation of other items 
that will enhance the experience of the participants.

This year’s contest is sponsored and underwritten by the Sierra 
Madre Civic Club and is free to participants. Please direct specific 
questions to Marcia Bent, Event Chair, Sierra Madre Civic Club, 
626-355-5372. The community looks forward to this annual 
tradition when Sierra Madre’s talented youth decorate our 
downtown windows! 

(Photos are from past Halloween Window Painting contests)



(NAPSI)—Many believe that one of the benefits of using the Internet 
is the opportunity for what’s known as social learning—a 
chance to discover videos, books, blogs and other media assembled 
by category experts. A few sites present valuable information, 
whether you’re going back to school or simply want to keep 
your mind active.

For example, Learnist is a new social platform focused on peer-
to-peer learning. It’s designed to help anyone, anywhere, discover 
fresh ideas, collaborate and share valuable insights with like-
minded individuals. It achieves this by offering a series of lessons 
on a particular topic that can enhance the user’s learning process. 

What You Can Learn

Users have added close to 500,000 posts to Learnist, which has 
yielded a million page views each month. Education, technology, 
food and beverage, and health and fitness are leading categories of 
interest, but users can also learn about science, business, art and 
design, travel, music, crafts, sports, games, politics, homemaking 
and much more. 

Many of those who use the site are teachers who have benefited 
from applying the material taken from Learnist in their classrooms, 
given that 100 percent of the new U.S. Common Core national 
curriculum for grades 7-12 is available on the platform. It 
also provides an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge 
of certain subject matter, or get a little extra tutoring outside 
of the classroom. 

However, while the benefits for educators are evident, you don’t 
have to be in academia to appreciate the site. Learnist is a customized 
learning experience that can accommodate both the casual 
user and the serious learner who wants to know more about 

How It Works

Anyone, regardless of income, education or geography, can learn 
a new skill or talent and share what he or she knows by creating 
“Learnist Learnboards” from the best blogs, videos, audio, Twitter 
feeds, slide shows and other Web resources. 

The platform allows users to simply click on the title of the “learning,” 
which takes users directly to the original Web page and allows 
them to leave comments, ask questions and share the things 
that interest them. 

The platform is also available on the iPhone, iPad and Android. 
The platform allows users to easily browse the site and add content. 

Learning Is The Point

Learnist is designed to enhance a visitor’s learning experience 
by providing instantaneous access to a rich social network that 
makes use of a variety of resources and media. 

Learn More

To learn more, visit



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:

Saturday, October 12th11am - 4pmEveryone welcome93 N. Baldwin AvenueSierra 
@BethanyLionsBethany Christian School’s2nd AnnualFall Family FestivalCarnival Games • Petting Zoo • Live Music 
Photo Booth • Face Painting • Silent AuctionArts and Crafts • Food Boothsand More Family Fun!
Portion of 
to benefit 
Department of Community Services 
THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 Being a big fan of horror 
movie, I was very excited for 
this movie to come out, even 
though I had not seen the first 
‘Insidious’. I had heard good 
reviews about the first one, so I 
hoped this one would be just as 

 Taking place after the events 
of the first movie, ‘Insidious: 
Chapter 2’ follows continues 
to follow the Lambert family. 
After retrieving their son from 
the Further, Josh and Renai 
Lambert (Patrick Wilson and 
Rose Byrne) move their family 
to Josh’s mom’s house. At first 
the family is able to get past the 
horrible events but soon, new 
horrors unearth themselves, as 
we are told the terrifying past of the Lamberts. 

 While I am a fan of horror movies, I have yet to see one 
that truly scares me. This is mostly because of how unbelievable 
the events in horror movies seem. That is the case with ‘Insidious: 
Chapter 2’. Not only does it borrow so much from past horror 
movies, that originality is lost. And, to top it off, there are scenes 
that are so ridiculous that I thought, ‘How could the director take 
this seriously?’ While ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is not the scariest 
movie ever, I would recommend it to those who have seen the 
first and even those looking for a good laugh.