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Students Graduate With High School Diploma and Associate Degree in Information Technology


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:

(Duarte, CA) – Dr. Terry Nichols, 
Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School 
District (DUSD) announced today that 
DUSD is partnering with City of Hope and 
Citrus College to create a customized version 
of the Pathways in Technology Early College 
High School (P-TECH) model, the first of 
its kind in California, which will launch 
at Duarte High School this Fall. Named 
The T.E.A.C.H. Project (Train, Educate, 
and Accelerate Careers in Healthcare), this 
academy will serve grades 9 to 12 and enable 
students to graduate with both a high school 
diploma and a low, to no cost, Associate in 
Information Technology Degree that will 
equip students with the marketable skills 
needed to secure skilled positions in the 
highly competitive health industry. 

 The T.E.A.C.H. Project is an adaptation 
of the version originally created by The 
International Business Machines Corporation 
(IBM). P-TECH schools are innovative public 
schools that bring together the best elements 
of high school, college, and career. The first 
P-TECH school started by IBM and partners 
opened in Brooklyn, NY in 2011. Its success 
prompted President Obama to applaud the 
model in his 2012 State of the Union address. 
IBM’s second P-TECH school, called Sarah E. 
Goode STEM Academy, opened in Chicago 
in 2012 and was featured in a Time magazine 
cover story. Inspired by the P-TECH model, 
The T.E.A.C.H. 

 Project is proud to join the ranks of these 
cutting-edge institutions.

 The T.E.A.C.H. Project will be customized 
to incorporate a curriculum specifically 
designed to engage the district’s unique 
student body, which is comprised of high 
percentages of traditionally underrepresented 
minority populations in the information 
technology field that include Hispanics/
Latinos and African Americans.

 Once completing the program, The 
T.E.A.C.H. Project graduates will have 
priority interviews with City of Hope and 
other healthcare partners for job placement.

 Students will participate in an integrated 
sequence of high school and college classes 
provided by Duarte High School and Citrus 
College instructors. Currently, Duarte 
High School is the only high school in the 
area offering an Early College program 
partnership with Citrus College. In 
operation since 2007, the program provides 
students the opportunity to complete a 
high school diploma and 30 college credits 

 The T.E.A.C.H. Project is an extension of 
this unique and successful collaboration.

 Students enrolled in The T.E.A.C.H. 
Project will also engage in workplace learning 
activities such as mentoring, job shadowing 
and internships offered by City of Hope, a 
comprehensive cancer center located in 


Duarte, California. Students will learn the 
processes, procedures and skills necessary for 
success in the health information technology 
field through interactions with scientists, 
healthcare professionals and educators 
who are experts in the industry. Classroom 
teachers will also participate in on-going 
professional development opportunities with 
the assistance of City of Hope professionals 
to ensure they are teaching students the 
most cutting-edge skills needed to attain 
occupations in this sector.

 “There is a shortage of skilled health IT 
professionals and we need to help children 
and their parents better understand that 
the healthcare industry offers great career 
options. We believe The T.E.A.C.H. Project

will be a game changer in how we invest in 
and develop the youth of our community 
and introduce them to possible careers they 
may never have become familiar with” stated 
City of Hope’s Chief Human Resources & 
Diversity Officer, Stephanie Neuvirth.

 Based on industry research, trends indicate 
in the next decade, half the new jobs will 
be “middle skills” high-tech occupations 
suited for those with associate’s degrees. “We 
are thrilled to be the first school district in 
California to partner with City of Hope to 
develop this program,” said Dr. Terry Nichols, 
Superintendent of DUSD. “The opportunities 
that will be available through The T.E.A.C.H. 
Project fit perfectly with our initiative to 
create Shoulder Tapped Graduates, students 
who are prepared to reach their highest 
potential and are actively 

recruited by both colleges and businesses. 
Graduates of The T.E.A.C.H. Project will 
develop skills and gain experiences that are in 
demand today, and this program will put our 
graduates first in line for globally competitive 
jobs and success in our 21st Century society.”

 The T.E.A.C.H. Project will be joining an 
elite group of less than 20 schools modeled 
on IBM’s P-TECH blueprint currently in 
operation nation-wide to improve the ability 
of high school students to simultaneously 
earn a high school diploma and associate’s 
degree and “first shot” at jobs in the industry. 
An important component of the program is 
that each T.E.A.C.H. Project student will be 
matched with an industry mentor who will 
help the student understand how classroom 
learning has real-life application to the 
workforce. The T.E.A.C.H. 

 Project students will gain both a rigorous 
academic education and the workplace and 
technology skills that many top employers 
require as well as To ensure the successful 
design and launch of The T.E.A.C.H. 
Project, a Steering Committee comprised 
of key leaders and staff from each member 
organization has been established. Advisory 
panel members include Ann Miller - City of 
Hope Senior Director of Talent Acquisition & 
Workforce Development, Dr. Jim Lancaster - 
Citrus College Dean of Education, Dr. Terry 
Nichols - Superintendent DUSD and Kevin 

– DUSD Director of College, Career and 
Community Services and T.E.A.C.H. Project 

 “We are excited to be in partnership with 
City of Hope and Citrus College in developing 
this innovative program. The mission for The 
T.E.A.C.H. Project is to provide programs 
that extend beyond the traditional goals 
of any new school to provide students with 
a personalized and customized pathway 
towards mastery of the skills and knowledge 
that they will need to make the transition 
from education to industry. Students learn 
better when they understand the direct link 
between what they are learning today and the 
worlds of college and work” said Dr. Terry 
Nichols, Superintendent DUSD.


Enrollment in The T.E.A.C.H. Project is 
open to all interested students in grades 
9-12. There are no required assessments, 
screenings or lottery to participate in the 
program. For more information, please 
contact Kevin Morris, (626) 786-1306 or


(StatePoint) Unfortunately, the pace of 
classroom learning can’t be tailored to every 
student’s individual needs -- particularly 
these days, as class sizes are growing and 
funding for special enrichment programs 
becomes limited. In fact, at least 35 states 
provided less funding per student for the 
2013-14 school year than they did before the 

 Many children will need to spend some 
time outside the classroom going beyond 
their regular homework to keep up or get 
ahead in school. No matter what your child’s 
education goals are, there are great ways you 
can help make this school year the best one 

 Math practice: Square roots, polynomials, 
quadrilaterals. Learning these terms and 
concepts can get dicey quickly. Keeping up at 
home is important, and sometimes requires 
more than just doing the day’s take-home 

 Consider supplementing homework with 
online tools. For example, Shmoop, an online 
learning and test prep provider, provides 
free study guides for review and courses for 
remedial work in many academic topics, 
including social science, arts and music, 
science and English. Their math tutorials cover 
everything from Pre-Algebra to Calculus and 
the step by-step explanations that the program 
offers can be helpful to any student looking for 
an extra edge.

 Read the classics: Kids who read for 
pleasure can improve their grades. Not only 
will the exposure to literary giants like John 
Steinbeck, Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher 
Stowe build vocabulary and improve reading 
comprehension, there is much to be learned 
about history and culture from picking up 
a great book, such as “The Adventures of 
Huckleberry Finn.”

 Be sure to use tools that can help clarify 
some of the denser material. Online learning 
guides can be a great place to get synopses and 

 Use flashcards: It may sound quaint, but 
there is really no substitute for quizzing 
yourself with a flash card. Even the act of 
creating the flashcard can help reinforce 
concepts and facts.

 Extra Help: A little extra academic help after 
school can sometimes mean the difference 
between struggle and success. But between 
school and soccer practice, ballet lessons and 
getting dinner on the table, adding a tutor or 
after school class to the list might be a logistical 

 Consider online courses that can be 
completed from the comfort of home and are 
common core aligned. For example, Shmoop’s 
offerings are diverse, ranging from 7th grade 
math to second semester 12th grade British 
Literature. For those students taking Advanced 
Placement courses this fall, check out their AP 
test prep courses. These courses help students 
nail the important, for-credit, year-end exam. 
More information can be found at www.

 With a bit of extra effort and the use of savvy 
learning tools, kids can gain a competitive 
edge this school year.




Sierra Madre, CA. – July 24, 2014 – The Sierra Madre Public 
Library Summer Reading Program Grand Finale on August 2. 

 Join us on Saturday, August 2 for free library fun for the whole 
family. “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” Puppet show starts at 11:00 
am, and chamber music will be performed by Barbara and Alan 
Geier from 2:00-4:00 pm. 

 August 2 is also the last day of our “Paws to Read” Summer 
Reading Program. Adults and Teens, log all the books you’ve 
read for a chance to win a grand prize! Children, make sure to 
submit your completed trackers by this date in order to guarantee 
a prize, and Challengers who complete the program by August 2 
will enjoy pool party.

 Thank you to the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library, 
the Volunteer Firefighters Association, and the Kiwanis Club for 
supporting the Summer Reading Program!

Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library

440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024, (626) 355-

(StatePoint) When it’s time for the kids 
to head back to school, they’ll often 
find themselves buried in binders, 
folders and enough loose-leaf paper to 
transcribe “War and Peace.” Your son 
or daughter might be able to keep these 
supplies neat and tidy for a couple of 
days, maybe even a week or two, but 
eventually, organization is going to fall 
by the wayside.

 Unless, of course, you were to find 
a way to store it all in a space the size 
of say, a hard drive. Remember folks, 
it’s 2014 -- technology rules the day. 
So stop treating back to school like 
they did last century and take a look at 
some techno-savvy tips that can keep 
your kids organized year-round. 


APPly Yourself

 A variation on a familiar parental 
refrain. We’re not talking about effort, 
however, we’re talking about the power 
of applications. Sure, when you were in 
school, you’d write your assignments 
down in your notebook -- but you also 
walked to school uphill, both ways.

 There are plenty of great mobile apps 
that can help your young student keep 
their ducks in a row, and the most basic 
is an iteration of a classic: the to-do 
list. While your son or daughter might 
lose that sheet of paper they wrote 
their assignments on, they won’t be so 
cavalier about the phone that connects 
them to their friends and to the world 



 We’ve established that sheets of 
paper can disappear, but notebooks 
and binders can vanish as well. Problem 
is, to lose one of those, is to lose much 
more than just a day’s homework. 
Luckily, it’s a little more difficult to lose 
a computer.

 If you decide to digitize, look 
for something that’s both portable 
and durable. Consider HP’s Next 
Generation PC and Print Portfolio, 
which has some great choices for 
students. The HP ENVY x360, for 
instance, is a convertible PC offering 
up to a terabyte of storage and a unique 
hinge that shifts from notebook to tent 
or tablet mode; it’s powerful enough 
for work and versatile enough for 
play (not during class, of course). 
The HP Split x2 is another option. A 
sleek, lightweight model, this 2-in-1 
detachable PC enables users to easily 
switch from notebook to tablet and 
back, and its fan-less design allows it 
to run quietly, meaning it won’t disturb 
the rest of the class.

 Before going this route, just be sure 
to find out whether your local school 
district allows such devices in the 

 Ink and Paper Have a Purpose


While having all your course materials 
in one place is convenient, most 
teachers don’t accept assignments sent 
as email attachments.


A multi-functional printer is a staple in 
any modern household, so you’ll want 
to make sure your kids have access to 
one. Try the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-
One printer if you’re in need. It doubles 
as a copier/scanner and features HP 
Instant Ink, a monthly service that 
automatically orders replacement 
cartridges before your ink runs out, 
saving you time and up to 50 percent 
on ink. Plus, it can print from most 
smartphones and tablets.


For more info, visit http://www.


Staying organized the old-fashioned 
way can be cumbersome, so why not 
use all the technological tools at your 
disposal? When your son or daughter 
heads back into the classroom, make 
sure they’re well-equipped and that 
they can never use the excuse: “my dog 
ate my homework.”

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


When it comes 
to summer movies, 
they have to be big, 
loud, and shiny. 
‘Lucy’ is all three 
of these things, 
but, unlike other 
this film has the 
brains to back 
up the When 
Lucy (Scarlett 
Johansson) gets 
dragged into a 
drug deal by her 
odd ‘boyfriend’, it 
immediately goes 
bad. She soon gets 
dragged into the 
dark world of a 
Chinese drug lord 
who follows her around the world as she slowly expands her 
conscience through the drug that she got implanted with. 

 ‘Lucy’ plays like ‘Kill Bill’ if it were directed by Michael 
Bay, with the pacing of a ‘Fast & the Furious’ movie, and the 
strangeness of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. This film is a special 
journey, one that questions humanity’s origins, and leaves you 
with a happy feeling that will have you thinking about it for a 
long time.

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