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Pasadena, CA – An estimated 17,000 Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) students will head back to school Monday, August 
15, as the 2016-2017 academic year kicks off at the district’s 28 

 “We are excited to welcome students and families to the new 
school year, which promises to ignite creativity by engaging 
children and youth in a rich area of learning opportunities,” said 
Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. “PUSD teachers and staff 
are ready to receive students and prepare them not only to graduate 
and be successful, but to first be authentic learners, readers, and 
critical thinkers.”

 PUSD is focusing on strengthening elementary school-level 
literacy and writing, with classrooms getting more than 230,000 new 
books this year as the district deploys its Balanced Literacy initiative. 
Balanced Literacy trains teachers to help students think critically 
and be prepared for the future. The approach features engaging and 
balanced instruction in reading and writing in a variety of settings 
within the elementary classroom, including reading and writing 
workshops, reading aloud, phonics, and small group instruction. 
To prepare for Balanced Literacy, teachers participated in Writing 
Institutes to study the teaching of writing, grow as writers themselves, 
and experience the process their students go through as writers.

 Pasadena Unified has expanded options for young children 
this year with a new preschool at Altadena Elementary School, 
a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion preschool at Jefferson 
Elementary, and a new Mandarin Dual Immersion preschool at the 
district’s Burbank campus in Altadena.

 School meals have also gotten a boost, with school lunches and 
breakfasts featuring exciting menu options, fresh local produce, 
antibiotic-free chicken, and whole grains. Menus and online pay 
options are available at Free or reduced-price 
meals are available for those who qualify. Applications are available 
in the 2016-2017 Parent/Student Handbook and online at gopusd.

 Pasadena LEARNs offers exciting new afterschool programs such as 
coding, Spanish Immersion, and tennis. This year, LEARNs expands 
services to Don Benito Elementary, Sierra Madre Elementary, and 
Sierra Madre Middle School. To register for afterschool programs, 
go to

 The redesigned Parent/Student Handbook has useful information 
to help students and their families make the school year a success. 
The Handbook includes a directory of schools and offices, school 
calendars, college fair event information, expectations for behavior 
and attendance, graduation requirements, and more. Get the 
Handbook at

 Finally, PUSD reminds students, families and neighbors to safely 
share the roads with school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

 Stay connected to the Pasadena Unified School District!. Visit 
us online at; follow us on Twitter@PasadenaUnified,; like us on Facebook at www.; and subscribe to our 
YouTube channel at Or call the 
Communications Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 
(626) 396-3606.

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: Dr. William Walner

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: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Interim Head of School, Merrily Dunlap 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Headmaster John Higgins 626-798-8989


La Salle 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: Roberto Hernandez


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:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

rcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:

Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:

Tips to Prevent 
the Spread of 

(StatePoint) Back-to-school is an 
exciting time of year for families, but 
it also means new exposures to germs.

From school desks found to have 
400 times more bacteria than the 
average toilet, to personal items like 
backpacks and cellphones, germs are 
everywhere. Taking steps to reduce 
exposure can make for a healthier 
school year ahead.

Remember to wash hands and your 
items frequently -- did you know that 
backpacks have 10,000 germs per 
square inch? Then, use shelf liner in 
areas of your home where school items 
are stored for extra protection. Try 
using Easy Liner brand shelf liner by 
Duck brand with Clorox antimicrobial 
protection, which protects the liner 
from the growth of mold and mildew. 
Plus, the liners can be tossed in the 
wash for easy cleaning. 

Parents can help keep classrooms 
cleaner by providing teachers with 
disinfecting wipes and shelf liner to 
protect desks, drawers and shelves.

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