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Mountain Views News Saturday, September 28, 2013 



Although Pasadena 
Unified School 
District President 
Renatta Cooper 
declared the state 
of the schools as 
“hopeful” during 
the district’s annual 
address on Tuesday 
night most of the 
parents, teachers 
and residents that 
packed the Jackson 
Elementary School 
auditorium were 
there to get an 
update on Measure 
TT spending.

Jonathan Fuhrman, 
chairman of the 
Citizen’s Oversight 
Committee, said 
a recent Measure 
TT audit was clean, 
“Every penny of 
the bond fund 
could be tracked 
and accounted 
for.” Fuhrman 
explained the audit 
also looked at 
performance, “The 
district followed 
all appropriate 
internal controls 
and policies.” 

He said the money so far, nearly $125 million, has been spent only on capital projects. Another $70 million has been committed but 
not yet spent. In 2008 voters in Pasadena passed the $350 million Measure TT bond initiative to repair and upgrade Pasadena Unified 
Schools. The audit looked at all four years Fuhrman said. 

Current projects underway include rebuilding Sierra Madre Middle School, a new gym and science classrooms at McKinley School, and 
work at Blair High School, Marshall Fundamental School, as well as, John Muir High School.

According to reports, Sierra Madre Middle School, demolished two years ago, and replaced with temporary classrooms, will receive 
$32 million from Measure TT. McKinley received $36.2 million. Fuhrman gave the update after Cooper’s 30 minute address.

Cooper said the district’s budget was far from “out of the woods,” but was easing. Even during a difficult year, they were able to have 
an academy for innovation and technology partnering with UCLA, JPL, Caltech and the Art Center among others. Cooper later said 
robotics were the new form of “shop class.” 

Cooper said each High School and Middle School now has one 3D printer on campus. She also noted that essential for students 
to become multilingual. “We are far behind the rest of the world in terms of being multilingual,” she said. She also talked about 
Common Core Learning that will focus on explanations, encouraging creativity, rather than right and wrong. 

During the event Superintendent Jon Gundry also talked about teaching in the 21st century saying that future students will graduate, 
finding a jobs world that does not exist today, “how do we teach to that” he said. 

Gundry said they are implementing what has become known as the “Four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and 

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
THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


IMAX 3D Review

 When I was much 
younger, I saw ‘The 
Wizard of Oz’ for the first 
time. At the time I didn’t 
think much of it and, over 
the years, I forgot a lot of 
the events that took place. 
When I saw it again, 
everything came back to 
me and I realized how 
wonderful this movie 
really is.

 Dorothy (Judy Garland) lives on a simple farm in Kansas. 
Her life there is not all that interesting and she dreams of visiting 
a far off land of magic and joy. She gets more than she wishes 
for when a tornado strikes and she finds herself in the magical, 
disturbing, and amazing land of Oz.

 The only aspect of this movie that really stayed with me 
over the years was that there were very few computer effects; 
for the most part, everything you saw was real. This made the 
film look very dated from other movies at the time. However, 
now that I’ve seen it in IMAX 3D, I have a whole new respect for 
‘The Wizard of Oz’. Instead of generic looking CGI that we see 
in every blockbuster made today you get to see real set pieces, 
real costumes, and real people in those costumes. 3D makes 
this movie shine and I would recommend it to anyone, whether 
you’re a long time fan of this movie or someone experiencing it 
for the first time. 

BEER, BRATS & BINGO - Friday, October 18, 2013

HARVEST FESTIVAL - Saturday, October 19, 2013


Come and Join the Fun!

Great Rides – Ferris Wheel, Tea Cups, Obstacle Course,

 Video Game Truck, Eurobungee, Super Slide!

Silent and Live Auction Live Music and DJ

BBQ, Mexican, Pizza Gelato and Baked Goods

Beer Garden with Televised Football Games!

Carnival Games and Face Painting