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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 4, 2014 



 The Sierra Madre Woman’s Clun announces its fine arts competitions for 2014. There are four categories: Creative Writing, Music 
Performance, Music and Art - Photography. 

CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION: Please submit story, up to 8oo words or poetry 8 to 30 lines printed one side 8 and one half 
x 11" white paper with author's name, grade, SMWC, name and phone # of school, Title of entry, # of words, or lines printed on top right 
corner of each page submitted. Due online to on or before January 10, 2014.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Scholarships of $500.00 are offered Grade 12 students in each of 4 categories: instrumental and vocal in both 
classical and pop/musical theatre. Email SMWC with name, category, name and phone number of music teacher for application


MUSIC: performance application. Due January.

Grade 12 only. Sooner is better. Request online.

ART - PHOTOGRAPHY: Entries are DUE at 
school for pick up mid February. Kdg-12 Display 
at library March and April. Awards in May.

 Please email indicating your area of interest. 
Details will be sent to you. Winning entries will 
be on display at Sierra Madre Library in March.

Ribbons and awards are presented in May at student's 
school or SMWC Clubhouse.

Submitted by Jayne Thomas, Sierra Madre Woman’s 

Pictured: 2013 Winners - Right, Ethelyn Traeger, 
3rd place Academics, Chair Jayne Thomas and 
Sara Rupp, 1st place winner Academics. Left George Richardson - 1st place Art

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:


Families encouraged to explore 
options, find best educational fit 


Pasadena, CA --- Making the choice 
on where to send a child to school 
can be a daunting and stressful task 
for families. To make this decision 
a little easier, the Pasadena Unified 
School District (PUSD) will be hosting 
the inaugural First Choice Festival 
January 14, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. 
to 7:30 p.m. at the PUSD Education 
Center, 351 South Hudson Avenue 
(Corner of Hudson Avenue and Del 
Mar Boulevard), in Pasadena. The 
First Choice Festival will be a one 
stop shop for parents and the community 
to meet and speak to representatives 
from every PUSD school. 

 Whether families are considering a 
PUSD signature program school or 
simply want to learn more about the 
campus down the block, this festival 
is an opportunity to find the best 
educational fit for each individual 

“I would like to invite residents 
of Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra 
Madre to the festival to learn more 
about their public schools and the 
exciting programs that are being offered,” 
said PUSD Superintendent 
Jon R. Gundry. “The First Choice 
Festival will showcase the multitude 
of educational options in PUSD, including 
programs that prepare students 
with global and enduring skills 
for the 21st century.”

At the festival there will be information 
and presentations about PUSD 
signature programs such as Mandarin 
and Spanish Dual Language Immersion, 
International Baccalaureate, 
College & Career Pathways, and 
the district’s new magnet schools. 
There will also be activities for kids, 
information about preschool and 
afterschool programs, and free immunizations 
required for students 
to attend school (for uninsured or 
Medi-Cal eligible children). Festival 
attendees can enter a raffle to win 
a family membership to Kidspace 
Museum or a full scholarship to the 
Pasadena Educational Foundation 
Summer Enrichment Program.

The timing of the festival coincides 
with the district’s Open Enrollment 
process which runs from January 
9-February 6. Open Enrollment is 
an opportunity for district students 
to apply to a school other than the 
one they attended in 2013-2014 or 
for those enrolling in PUSD for the 
first time and interested in applying 
to a school other than their neighborhood 
school. Staff will be available 
at the festival to help parents 
complete the online Open Enrollment 
application. Open Enrollment 
applications can also be submitted 
online at

More information about the festival 
will be posted at 
or call 626-396-3606.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 When I saw the first trailer 
for this movie, it looked like 
an action-packed joyride filled 
with interesting fight scenes. 
However, when I saw the full 
movie, it turned out to be one 
of the most boring and depressing 
movies I have ever seen.

 Kai (Keanu Reeves), a young 
“half-breed” appears mysteriously 
out of a dark forest and 
is reluctantly taken in by Lord 
Asano (Min Tanaka) and his 
daughter, Mika (Kô Shibasaki). 
When he grows up he must face 
a rival lord, his strange mistress 
and even the Shogun himself in 
order to save his home.

 This movie could have been so much better than it was. 
Rather than making each character stand out, they all seemed to 
blend, with the exceptions being Reeves, who gave one of his better 
performances, and Rinko Kikuchi, who played the witch who 
turned into a dragon. The action scenes were few and far between. 
In short, there were not enough to save the movie. If you were 
thinking about seeing 47 Ronin, just stay home and watch the 
trailer. It will save you time and money.