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Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students willhead back to school Tuesday, August 18 as the 2015-2016 academic yearkicks off at the district’s 29 schools. 

“The excitement and the energy of the first day of school is usuallya reminder of the potential of every one of our students and prospectthat great things will happen during the year,” said SuperintendentBrian McDonald, Ed.D. “We welcome students, parents and staffto the new school year with great enthusiasm and a clear vision forproviding a caring, engaging and challenging educational experiencefor every student, every day, in partnership with our families andcommunities.” 

Under Superintendent McDonald’s leadership, PUSD will focuson five strategic directions in 2015-2016 as its students and schoolscontinue to gain momentum:

Dynamic Instruction - Preparing, inspiring and supporting studentsthrough engaging, relevant and differentiated instruction.
Outstanding Staff - Supporting employees who exemplify our valuesby empowering, retaining and fairly compensating staff in recognitionof their outstanding work.

Quality Learning Environment - Providing facilities that arefunctional, clean, safe, and welcoming for students, staff and thecommunity.

High-Performing, Accountable Organization - Developing clearexpectations and tools for employees so they can deliver top-notchcustomer service to our patrons, instruction to our students and fiscalstewardship for the taxpayers.

Meaningful Collaboration and Partnerships with Students, Familiesand Our Communities Based on our Shared Values and Vision Using 
the abundant resources in the Pasadena area to support studentachievement. 

As families get ready for the start of school, PUSD offers some tips tomake sure students are ready for the first day of school:

Be at school on time and ready to learn Tuesday, Aug. 18. PUSDfamilies are reminded that when it comes to school attendance, everyday really does count—starting with the first day of school. Children 

HEAT ALERT: High temperatures forecast for LA Basin and Valleys 

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has 
declared a Heat Alert as high temperatures 
have been forecast for the following areas:

· San Fernando Valley

· Santa Clarita Valley

· All San Gabriel Valleysfor today, August 13 through at least 
Sunday, August 16. Additionally, a Heat 
Alert will be issued for the Los Angeles Basin 
and Antelope Valley for the weekend. 

The Department of Public Health would 
like to remind everyone that precautions 
should be taken, especially by individuals 
who participate in outdoor activities, older 
adults, caretakers of infants and children, 
and those sensitive to the heat. This alert 
may be extended if weather conditions do 
not improve. 

“When temperatures are high, even a 
few hours of exertion may cause severe 
dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustionand heat stroke. Others who are frail or 
have chronic health conditions may developserious health problems leading to death if 
they are exposed to high temperatures over 
several days,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, 
MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los 
Angeles County. “Thus, it is critically 
important to never leave children, elderly 
people, or pets unattended in homes with no 
air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, 
even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as 
temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-
threatening levels. If you have an elderly or 
infirm neighbor without air conditioning, 
make sure that they get to a cooling center 
or other air conditioned space between the 
hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.” 

For a list of Cooling Centers and 
information on heat-related illnesses and 
prevention, please visit the Public Health 
website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.
gov, or call the LA County Information line at 
2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within 
the county. To locate the nearest cooling 
center, go to 
Call your local Cooling Center for hours of 
operation. Please note, all County Libraries 
will be closed today, August 13, 2015. 

“While it is very important that everyone 
take special care of themselves, it is equally 
important that we reach out to those who are 
especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of 
extreme heat, including children, the elderly, 
and their pets,” said Dr. Gunzenhauser. 
“Extreme heat such as this is not just an 
inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even 
deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our 
families, and our neighbors if we take steps 
to remain cool and hydrated.” 

Schools, day camps, and non-school 
related sports organizations or athletes 
should take extra precautions during 
extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor 
activities should be scheduled for very early 
or very late in the day in order to limit the 
amount of time spent in the sun and heat. 

Additional tips for those 
who must work or exercise 

· Ensure that cool 

drinking water is available. 

· Drink water or 

electrolyte-replacing sports 

drinks often; do not wait 

until you are thirsty.

· Avoid drinking 

sweetened drinks, caffeine, 

and alcohol. 

· Avoid drinking 

extremely cold water as 

this is more likely to cause 


· Allow athletes or outdoor 

workers to take frequent 


Pay attention to signs of 
dehydration which include 
dizziness, fatigue, faintness,
headaches, muscle cramps, and 
increased thirst. Individuals 
with these symptoms should 
be moved to a cooler, shaded 
place, and given water or sport 
drinks. More severe signs 
of heat-related illness mayinclude diminished judgment, 
disorientation, pale and 

suffer academically if they miss school and, according to state law, achild with three unexcused absences in a school year is classified astruant. Parents and guardians have a legal responsibility to get theirchildren to school. 

Be sure children are ready for the first day of school with requiredvaccinations. In order to attend school, state law requires that allstudents entering school to be up to date with their immunizationsand that seventh grade students have proof of a TDAP (WhoopingCough) vaccination. Visit for informationon immunization requirements. PUSD’s Primary Health Clinic isoffering immunizations for students who are uninsured or on Medi-
Cal beginning August 17. For more information, contact the Clinic at626.396.3600 ext. 88180. 
Have a nutritious breakfast and lunch. PUSD Food Services serves 
healthy and nutritious meals including fresh fruit and vegetables atevery PUSD campus. Families can now apply online for school mealbenefits at Whether applying online or onpaper, please complete one form per family and be sure to list all adultsand children living in your home. Remember, families must apply formeal benefits each year.

Learn about transportation options to get to school. PUSD offersbus transportation to select schools. High school students can checkwith their school office to obtain an application for a TAP card. To planyour trip using the Pasadena ARTS Bus visit
artsbus or the Metro Gold Line visit Also remind 
students to be extra cautious on their way to and from school nextweek as Tuesday is the first day back to school for drivers too.

Make plans for after school programs. Pasadena LEARNs offersafter school enrichment at 23 PUSD campuses. Activities complementthe school day, and include homework help, leadership, visual andperforming arts classes, structured recreation, academic enrichmentactivities and literacy development. Apply online here or at your child’sschool. 

Families should check with their school to verify the start time ofschool Tuesday. 

clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or 
fast and shallow breathing.

Coaches, teachers, and employers should 
seek immediate medical attention for those 
exhibiting signs of heat-related illness.

Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as 
vigorous exercise during peak sun hours, if 
you are outside or in a non-air conditioned 

Older adults and individuals with chronic 
medical conditions: 

During peak heat hours stay in an air-
conditioned area. If you do not have access 
to air conditioning in your home, visit public 
facilities such as cooling centers, shopping 
malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.

Do not rely only on open windows or a 
fan as a primary way to stay cool. Use the 
air conditioner. If you’re on reduced income, 
find out more about the Low Income Home 
Energy Assistance Program, by calling (866)
675-6623 or contacting your utility provider.

Older adults and those on certain 

medications may not exhibit signs of 
dehydration until several hours after 
dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by 

frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on 
a special diet that limits liquids, check with 
your doctor for information on the amount 
of water to consume. 

Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be 
in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably 
with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-
colored clothing with long sleeves and 
pants to protect against sun damage. And 
remember to use sun screen and to wear 

Infants and Children: 

· It is illegal to leave an infant or child 
unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle 
Code Section 15620). 
· Infants and young children can get 
dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they 
are given plenty of cool water to drink. 
· Keep children indoors or shaded as 
much as possible. 
· Dress children in loose, lightweight, and 
light colored clothing.
· Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, 
even with the windows ‘cracked’ or open.
· Outdoor animals should be given plenty 
of shade and clean drinking water.
· Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
· Pets should not be left in a garage as 
garages can get very hot due to lack of 
ventilation and insulation. 

Heat-Related Illnesses 
Heat Cramps:

· Symptoms include muscular pains and 
spasms, usually in the stomach, arms or 
leg muscles.
· Heat cramps usually result from heavy 
exertion, such as exercise, during extreme 
· Although heat cramps are the least 
severe of all heat-related problems, 
they are usually the first signal that the 
body is having trouble coping with hot 

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(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. GillickE-mail address: 
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Arroyo Pacific Academy41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 
(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil ClarkeE-mail address: 
Barnhart School 
240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan WilliamsonKindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 
Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527 Principal: James LugenbuehlE-mail address: jml@bcslions.orgwebsite: www. 
Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 
Foothill Oaks Academy822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 
(626) 301-9809Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane 
Frostig School971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 
(626) 791-1255Head of School: Chris Schnieders, PhD 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patanowebsite: 
High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
Headmaster John Higgins 626-798-8989 
LaSalle High School3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: www.lasallehs.orgPrincipal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC 
Monrovia High School325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin JacksonEmail: 
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(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
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(626) 396-5880 Principal: Gilbert Barrazawebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
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(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther SalinasE-mail address: 
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160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett NewsomE-mail address: 
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74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 
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(626) 797-0204Lisa Feldman: Head of School 
Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth EsselnE-mail address: 
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temperatures. Heat cramps should be 
treated immediately with rest, fluids and 
getting out of the heat.
· Seek medical attention if pain is severe or 
nausea occurs. 
Heat Exhaustion: 
· Symptoms include heavy sweating, 
pale and clammy moist skin, extreme 
weakness or fatigue, muscle cramps, 
headache, dizziness or confusion, nausea 
or vomiting, fast and shallow breathing, 
or fainting.
· First Aid: Heat exhaustion should be 
treated immediately with rest in a cool 
area, sipping water or a sports drink, 
applying cool and wet cloths and elevating 
the feet 12 inches. 
· If left untreated, victims may go into heat 
· Seek medical attention if the person does 
not respond to the above, basic treatment. 

Heat Stroke: 

· Symptoms include flushed, hot, 
moist skin or a lack of sweat, high body 
temperature (above 103ºF), confusion 
or dizziness, possible unconsciousness, 
throbbing headache, rapid, or strong 
· Heat stroke is the most severe heat-
related illness and occurs when a person’s 
temperature control system, which 
produces sweat, stops working.

· Heat stroke may lead to brain damage 
and death. 

· First Aid: Call 911. Move victim to a 
cool shaded area. Fan the body, and spray 
body with water. 

Los Angeles County residents and business 
owners, including people with disabilities 
and others with access and functional needs 
may also call 211 LA County for emergency 
preparedness information and other referralservices. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is 
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
211 LA County services can also be accessed 
by visiting 

The Department of Public Health is 
committed to protecting and improving 
the health of the nearly 10 million residents 
of Los Angeles County. Through a variety 

of programs, community partnerships 
and services, Public Health oversees 
environmental health, disease control, 

and community and family health. Public 
Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees 
and has an annual budget exceeding $900 

To learn more about Public Health and the 
work we do please visit www.publichealth., visit our YouTube channel 
at, find 
us on Facebook at
lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: @

by Ben Show 
Each year, the summer movie season finds itself more and morepacked with high-octane action thrillers with big budgets and greatcasts; however, inevitably, some are far better than others. Is ‘RogueNation’ a rare stand out amongst the onslaught of big summerblockbusters, or is it just another cookie cutter action film?

The IMF, which has been disbanded, finds itself caught up in itsmost dangerous mission yet: trying to track down Ethan Hunt (TomCruise), their leader, before the CIA get to him and kill him, whilealso trying to figure out if the Syndicate, an evil terrorist organization,
is real or just a figment of Ethan’s imagination.

‘Rogue Nation’ is the victim of its own formula; everything ispredictable. A high-stakes action sequence will start playing out onthe screen and, because it’s a summer action film where the hero 
always wins and the villain always loses, the thrill becomes lessthrilling. ‘Rogue Nation’, while great having good dialogue and theactors giving good performances, falls victim to the one flaw thatevery summer action movie like this has: predictability. 

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