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Alverno High School Community Service Fair demonstrates importance of giving back

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

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Chris Schnieders, PhD


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 626-798-8989


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 


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:

Sierra Madre, CA (January 15, 2015) � Alverno High School recently hosted its 
Fifth Annual Alverno Community Service Fair, which showcased the senior 
class� self-created service projects ranging from fighting abuse and cancer to 
providing funds for schools and art programs. 

 The fair grew out of Alverno�s senior theology course, Contemporary Social 
Issues, which asks students to explore the social justices that taint our world. 
To respond to these injustices, Alverno seniors have committed themselves to a 
service project molded by their own passions, ideas and care for the social issues 
in today�s world. 

 At the service fair, members of the Alverno and local community came 
together to learn about and support the projects of these exemplary seniors at the 
Fifth Annual Alverno Community Service Fair. Individuals were asked to visit 
the tables for each project to learn more about the organization and the work that 
each senior did to support them. 

 In addition to philanthropic support of the organizations at the fair, attendees 
were also given the opportunity to learn more about volunteering with local 
organizations that included Adopt-A-Family, Compassionate Rescue, Operation 
Foot Soldier, St. Vincent De Paul Society, and Young and Healthy. Alverno High 
School students are expected to contribute 20-50 service hours each to the local 
community each year, for a school wide total of more than 6,000 hours. However, 
last year Alverno students exceeded their goal by contributing more than 11,000 
service hours to the local community and they are once again expected to exceed 
their goal. 

 Many students have created their own small projects, ranging from educating 
individuals on illiteracy, fighting to end hunger, supporting individuals in 
recovery, those with incurable diseases, and cleaning up our canyons. 

 �The Service Fair was a wonderful success and we are so proud of our 
seniors. All of our students as well as faculty, staff and community members, 
were able to browse over two dozen service projects. Each project was built to 
spread awareness and encourage action in regards to a specific social issue,� 
said Corinne Jimenez, Campus Minister. �The seniors were so passionate 
about these injustices and that excitement was spread to the younger 
students. It is often easy to lose sight of how powerful and intelligent a teenager 
can be in our society today. This service fair showed how wonderful, creative 
and socially aware high school students are and how much they can inspire 
those around them. It was a beautiful reminder of the solidarity and justice 
that is very alive in our world.� 

 Julia V. Fanara, Head of School, said �The Service Fair is a perfect example 
of how one individual can make a tremendous impact on her community. Each 
of these young women chose a project that meant something to her and in turn 
made that project important to our entire community. A commitment to service 
and community is a basic tenet of our Franciscan and Immaculate Heart roots 
and just one of the ways Alverno empowers each young woman to be exactly the 
person she wants to be.� 

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young 
women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, 
knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement 
mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its 
Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots 
of its founders, Alverno�s program�academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and 
physical�is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world 
for which the students are being educated. Alverno�s mission is to empower 
each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, 
Alverno has empowered more than 4,200 women to meet that goal. For more 
information about Alverno High School, please call 626-355-3463 or visit www. 


Dear PUSD Parent/Guardian,

I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season with your loved ones! Thank 
you for the hard work, dedication and energy your students have given to their 
studies throughout the first semester.

I want to start the New Year out right as PUSD�s new Superintendent. 

We are a community of educators working together to best support the students 
whose families chose us to educate their children. You entrust us every day to not 
only provide an education that will prepare your child for college and career, but 
to nurture them in a safe and caring environment. 

We have chosen the Baldridge Education Criteria for Performance Excellence to 
guide us through the next few years. This model is a proven roadmap to success 
and these efforts will serve as an overarching guide for PUSD to be one of the best 
public school districts in the country. Baldrige Criteria empowers organizations 
to reach their goals, improve student learning and become more competitive by 
aligning plans, processes, decisions, people, actions, and results. 

The first step of this process is Organizational Profile which addresses the essence 
of the organization, why it exists, and where we want to be in the future. As I have 
said before, we are a good district, but we can and will be a great district. We want 
to be a high functioning, highly efficient organization where students perform at 
high levels and where everyone has a sense of pride to be a part of the Pasadena 
Unified School District. 

My first two goals are to foster a positive culture and climate for staff AND 
ensure that PUSD is an effective and efficient organization. I realize that it takes 
all of us to make this a great school district. Every person in our district matters 
and contributes to assuring that our students receive the best education possible.

While we are working to provide a more effective and efficient central office to 
support the schools, I want your feedback because I value your opinions. 

As I previously stated, we are working on the organizational profile of the district 
which includes a sentence/phrase that best sums up who we are and what we are 
working to accomplish. In other words, we want a tagline so the community 
knows quickly what PUSD is all about. This will sum up what we try to do every 
day for our students. 

Below is the link to the survey. Please take the time to respond so we can best 
represent you. I thank you in advance for taking the time to do this. You are 
a critical part of this process. We want our communications efforts to reflect 
what your schools do daily to educate our students and to shape the future of 
our community. 

I look forward to ending this year with you. We have much to accomplish, but 
I know we have the best team to make it happen. Thank you for all you do for 

Link to survey:



 The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was created to provide residents 
and the community an opportunity to be a part of the planning process for 
aquatic services at the Sierra Madre Aquatic Center. 

 The CAB consists of seven distinct positions representing: swim lessons, 
swim team, lap swimming/water aerobics, recreation swim/social user, a 
Waterworks Aquatics staff, Community Services Department staff and 
Community Services Commission liaison. 

 Each of the community positions serve one year terms and are appointed 
by the a selection committee consisting of the Waterworks Aquatics 
staff, Community Services Department staff and Community Services 
Commission liaison. The CAB meets on a once a month basis throughout the 
year. Upon completion of the one year term, members of the CAB can reapply 
for appointment. 

 Applications can be turned in to Sierra Madre Aquatic Center, located in 
Sierra Vista Park at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. For 
more information on the CAB please contact the City at 626-355-7135 ext. 
703 or Waterworks Aquatics at 626-836-1200.


Sierra Madre Woman�s Club offers MUSIC and ACADEMIC Scholarships to grade 12 area students. 

MUSIC Performance Scholarships are available for Instrumental or Vocal, Classical or Pop. Email name, high school, music teacher�s name 
and phone number to Mrs. Thomas. Applications due January 22, 2014. 

ACADEMIC Scholarship inquiries requested immediately. Completed Applications are due April 1, 2015. Contact Mrs. Thomas via email 
with name, high school, counselor�s name and phone number. Applications due April 1, 2015

Mrs. Thomas, SMWC Scholarships Chair. Contact:

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


Musicals are hit or miss for me. The songs can sometimes be extremely 
distracting, taking the audience out of the moment and pausing story 
development just for a character or two to sing their hearts out. When 
seeing trailers for �Into the Woods�, and having not seen the theatrical 
production, the fact that it was a musical was the aspect of the film I was 
most worried about. 

 The stories of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), 
Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), and Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel 
Huttlestone) are brought together through the Baker�s (James Corden) and 
his wife�s (Emily Blunt) quest to lift a curse so they can have a child. 

 This film is surprisingly dark and complex. Put bluntly, this is not the 
average Disney fairytale. However, the biggest surprise in this film is the 
music. None of the musical numbers feel unnatural or annoying; they fit 
naturally into the scenes. 

 �Into the Woods� is one of the better, modern, live-action Disney films, 
sticking closely to the source material (so I have been told) while giving it a 
distinct Disney spin.