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Mountain View News Saturday, July 26, 2014 



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) 396-5880 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) 396-3600 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:

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Unified 
School District (PUSD) Board Master 
Plan/Boundary Committee will meet next 
week to continue their work examining 
current school attendance boundaries and 
how they can be improved to better serve 
all of PUSD’s students and schools. The 
discussions at these committee meetings 
will lead to recommendations to the full 
board about the realignment of attendance 
boundaries for district schools. The next 
meeting will take place Tuesday, July 29 at 
6 p.m. in the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board 
Room (Room 236), 351 South Hudson 
Avenue, Pasadena. Click here for the July 
29 meeting agenda.

Members of the PUSD community and 
residents of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra 
Madre are invited to attend and provide 
input on potential school attendance 
boundary changes at the committee 
meetings. Parent and community input is 
critical to the committee as they develop 
their recommendations.

With an eye toward shifting residential 
demographics within PUSD and the 
lopsided distribution of students at 
district campuses, the PUSD Board of 
Education created a Master Plan/Boundary 
Committee to study possible school 
attendance boundary scenarios and other 
master planning issues for the district. 
The board subcommittee is chaired by Dr. 
Mikala Rahn with Ms. Kimberly Kenne 
and Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy also serving on 
the committee.

This limited term subcommittee has been 
tasked with the following:

• Examine feeder patterns and enrollment 
data, population data and school 

• Maximize school size/facilities, specialty 
programs and neighborhood capacity

• Examine where specialty programs are 
needed based on district value statements

• Examine strategies for increased 
enrollment at secondary level

• Focus on strategies for under-capacity, 
small schools

• Community outreach and public input on 
various boundary scenarios

The committee will develop 
recommendations for the full board by 
September 2014 for school attendance 
boundaries starting in the 2015-16 school 


Kathy Onoye, Ed.D. Announces Retirement After Four-Decade Career

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Unified 
School District (PUSD) today announced 
that Don Benito Fundamental Elementary 
School Principal Julianne S. Reynoso has 
been named Executive Director of the 
district’s elementary schools. She replaces 
Kathy Onoye, Ed.D., who retires July 31 
after 43 years as an educator, administrator 
and teacher.

 “Ms. Reynoso takes a position that 
is critical to the continued success of 
our elementary schools,” said Deputy 
Superintendent Brian MacDonald, Ed.D. 
“I am pleased to have her as part of our 
executive team that is working to achieve 
academic excellence for all students.”

 As Executive Director of PUSD elementary 
schools, Reynoso will be responsible 
for managing the district’s elementary 
instruction, curriculum and professional 
development. Reynoso served as principal 
of Don Benito twice: in the 2004-2005 
academic year and again since 2009. In 
between, she coordinated the district’s 
acclaimed Pasadena Math Pipeline, a 
professional development program for 
PUSD math teachers. She first joined PUSD 
in 1994 as a teacher at Cleveland Elementary 
and later moved to Hamilton Elementary 
and Franklin Elementary. Reynoso has 
a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State 
University, a master’s degree in Human 
Development from Pacific Oaks College and 
an administrative credential from Azusa 
Pacific University.

 “I look forward to continuing positive 
relationships with school administrators, 
teachers, staff, district leaders and the 
community to improve teaching and 
student outcomes and to ensure that the 
common core and 21st century learning 
initiatives are implemented effectively at all 
schools,” said Reynoso. 

 Dr. Kathy Onoye has served as the 
district’s Elementary Executive Director 
since 2008. Over the course of her four-
decade career as an educator, Onoye 
spearheaded educational programs that 
have proven that every child -- regardless 
of their socio-economic status -- can 
learn and achieve at high levels. She was 
responsible for initiating what have become 
some of PUSD’s most vaunted programs: 
the dual language immersion programs 
in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, early 
education programs and the International 
Baccalaureate Programme.

 “On behalf of the district, I am grateful 
to Dr. Onoye for her service and her 
championship of PUSD students,” said 
PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry. “While 
I wish her wish her a well-deserved 
retirement, we will miss her expertise, 
knowledge and unflagging support for the 
students, teachers and staff of this district.”

As principal of Willard Elementary School, 
Onoye led the school’s historic closure of 
the achievement gap among all student 
groups by moving English learners, socio-
economically disadvantaged student and 
other subgroups into academic proficiency. 
By combining inquiry-based learning 
practices with standards-based curriculum, 
she inspired teachers to delve deeply into 
subjects while meeting requirements to raise 
the school’s academic achievement. In 2004 
Willard Elementary became the first school 
in PUSD and one of the first urban public 
schools in the country to earn authorization 
as an International Baccalaureate school.

 Onoye began her career as a classroom 
teacher at PUSD’s Audubon Elementary 
School in 1971 and moved to Willard in 
1975, where she remained until 2008.

 “I would like to thank the students, 
teachers and fellow educators of PUSD for 
43 years of inspiration and learning,” said 
Onoye. “It has been my privilege to work 
with colleagues who are deeply committed 
to teaching children so that they can succeed 
as adults.”

 Along with her leadership positions in 
education, Onoye is a long-time Pasadena 
resident and takes an active interest in her 
community. She is a member of the Board 
of Directors of the Pasadena Educational 
Foundation, is clerk of the Board of 
Directors of All-Saints Church in Pasadena, 
serves on the advisory board of Young 
& Healthy and volunteers at Huntington 
Memorial Hospital. To honor Onoye for her 
service to the Pasadena Unified community, 
the Pasadena Educational Foundation has 
established the Kathy Onoye Principal’s 
Award to be awarded annually to a PUSD 
school principal for a specified project.

 The search for a new Don Benito principal 
will begin immediately. Former Jefferson 
Elementary School Principal Jill Girod will 
serve as interim principal until the position 
is filled.


(StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or 
teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic 
performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of 
exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well.

In fact, kindergarteners who participated in Build Our Kids’ 
Success (BOKS), a free before-school program involving physical 
activity and nutrition education, had significantly improved 
memory skills as rated by teachers, compared to their peers who 
did not participate. A study of the children’s performance also 
concluded that those who participated in the program exhibited 
good behavior in the classroom.

“A sedentary life and poor eating habits can lower kids’ 
performance in the classroom and start a cycle of health problems 
later in life,” says Kathleen Tullie, Founder and Executive Director 
of BOKS and the Director of Social Responsibility for Reebok. 
“Simply stated, a healthy body and a healthy brain go hand in 

So how can you incorporate more healthy habits into your 
family’s routine?

• Active weekends: Instead of a lazy Saturday or Sunday, get 
outside and get moving. Take a soccer ball to the park for a pick-
up game or hike a local trail. Make exercise on the weekends a 
regular habit for your family, and those habits will extend to the 
rest of the week as well.

• Fuel throughout the day: A hearty breakfast sets kids up for a 
great day. Follow that up with a healthful, satisfying lunch and 
snacks such as nuts and fruit, to help kids avoid the pitfalls of the 
junk food machines.

• Cook together: Take-out is great when you’re crunched for 
time, but be sure to cook at home at least a few times a week. 
Not only are homemade meals one of the only ways you can be 
exactly sure of what you’re feeding your family, but the act of 
cooking together is a great opportunity to impart some lessons 
about nutrition and eating right.

• Bed time: Adequate sleep is crucial for a healthy, functional 
mind and body. Setting a regular bedtime and sticking to it is 
best to ensure kids get a full night’s rest.

• Volunteer to get your school involved: Children should have 
one hour or more of physical activity daily, according to the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, 
physical education class may not be sufficient. Investigate what 
other opportunities your child’s school has for physical activity, 
such as before school programs like BOKS or after school sports. 
If your school doesn’t have such a program in place, look into 
starting BOKS at your school.

BOKS, for example, can be run by anyone -- parents, teachers, the 
school nurse or a community activist. To learn more, visit www.

Healthy habits will not only reduce your child’s risk for such 
problems as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, they can help 
prime children for more success inside the classroom and beyond. 
So give your children a leg up and encourage them to get moving.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


With most shows off for the 
summer hiatus, there really is 
not that much to watch. Reruns 
and trashy reality shows, as well 
as movie reruns, take up most 
of the airtime. However, every 
Wednesday night, the tv event 
of the year airs an hour long 

 Molly Woods (Halle Berry) 
has just spent the past thirteen 
months in space. Returning to 
Earth means facing the difficulties 
of everyday life again, as well 
as reuniting with her husband 
John (Goran Visnjic) and her 
android son, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). But right when life seems to 
be back to the way it used to be, she makes a discovery that will 
change her and the rest of the world forever: she is pregnant.

 Everything about this show is what all other shows should strive 
to do. The idea is original, and very interesting, not only dealing 
with several science fiction topics, but also real world questions of 
humanity and tolerance. Every episode gets more interesting, constantly 
messing with your mind with one conspiracy theory or another. 
And the acting is movie quality, definitely deserving of some 
Emmys. ‘Extant’ is a sci-fi show with a twist that will hopefully 
make it past the first season. 

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