Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 14, 2017




Pasadena, CA -- The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) 
is accepting applications for a French dual language immersion 
program in the 2017-2018 academic year after a group of parents 
approached district officials with a proposal to add a third language 
to the district’s successful dual language programs. PUSD currently 
offers dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin.

“The ability to speak more than one language can enhance brain 
function, academic performance and business acumen,” said 
Superintendent Brian McDonald. “As a school system committed to 
responding to the needs and interests of Pasadena area families, we 
are expanding opportunities for multilingual education that prepare 
our students to compete on a global scale.”

 Enthusiastic interest from a series of meetings with parents and 
an online survey prompted district officials to propose opening a 
French kindergarten, first, and second grade program in 2017-2018, 
with plans to expand the program into upper grades each year. The 
proposal is scheduled for discussion and action by the Board of 
Education in January.

 Applications for the K-2 French dual language program will be 
accepted during the district’s annual Open Enrollment-School 
Choice process, which is January 12 through February 3, 2017. 
Families of entering kindergarten students can apply for the 
program online at Families of entering 
first and second grade students must schedule an appointment with 
the district’s Language Assessment and Development Department 
at 626.396.3600 ext. 88280. All applicants who identify as French-
dominant will be assessed for language fluency.

 The French program will begin at Altadena Elementary School 
and may be moved to another site at a later time.

 Pasadena Unified’s Dual Language Immersion Program launched 
in 2008 and expands to higher grades each year. The programs pair 
native and non-native speakers of the target language who access 
subject matter content in both English and the target language. The 
programs begin in kindergarten with 90 percent of instruction in 
the target language. Gradually the instruction shifts to 50 percent 
in English and 50 percent in the target language, prompting the 
student to master academic subjects in both. For more information 
about PUSD’s dual language immersion programs, go to

 Pasadena Unified’s proposal reflects a national trend as dual-
language programs grow in popularity across the country. Experts 
estimate there are at least 2,000 in the U.S. — a jump from about 260 
in 2005. A joint U.S. Department of Education-American Institutes 
for Research report shows 39 states and Washington, D.C. were 
offering dual-language education during the 2012-13 school year, 
with Spanish and Chinese programs cited as the most commonly 
used languages.

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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 

Head of School: Gary Stern 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:


Both the Varsity Basketball and Soccer teams won their games

Stories and Photos Contributed by Melissa Campos ’08, Varsity 
Basketball Coach, and Mylene dela Rosa P’15 & ‘19

 Sierra Madre, CA (January 12, 2017) – Both the Alverno Heights 
Academy Varsity Basketball and Varsity Soccer teams are celebrating 
exciting victories over the Holy Family Gaels this week. 

 The Varsity Basketball team faced the Gaels on Tuesday, January 
10 in a nail-biting game that ended with the first league win for the 
team this season. Within the first 2 minutes, junior Hailey Jiang ‘18, 
hit two three-pointers back to back; ending the game with a total of 
four three-pointers made. 

 From start to finish, the game was close; always within six points 
of each other. The Jaguars logged a total of thirty eight rebounds, 
thirteen steals, and eleven blocks. 

 Junior Hailey Jiang ‘18 was the top scorer of the night with thirteen 
points total and senior Allison Joseph ‘17 right behind with a total 
of eight points; Allison also lead the team in rebounds, totaling 

 The game came down to the Jaguars needing to ensure no shots 
and no fouls were given in the last minute and a half to keep the three 
point lead. The game ended 31-28. 

 On Wednesday, January 11 the Varsity Soccer team pulled out a 
5-0 win against the Gaels in their Horizon League home opener. The 
Jaguars dominated in the first half to lead 5-0 at halftime. Tightened 
defense in the second half for both teams prevented any more scoring.

 The Jaguars offense bombarded the Gaels with ten shots on goal 
and three corner kicks in the first half and five shots on goal and 
one corner kick in the second half. Team co-captain senior forward 
Larissa Hernandez ’17 had a shot blocked in the 14th minute, but 
co-captain junior midfielder Subrina Hamdan ’18 was able to put it 
back in for the goal. Hamdan scored again in the 15th minute off a 
free kick. In the 16th minute, junior defender Nikki Oberhammer 
’18 was able to connect with junior midfielder Jazmin Rebollo ‘18. 
Rebollo ‘18 dribbled past defenders to find sophomore forward 
Megan Cavender ’19 in the box for another goal. Hernandez ’17 
assisted a goal with a pass to sophomore midfielder Beatriz Rivas 
’19 who scored in the 19th minute. Hernandez ’17 put the ball in 
the goal herself in the 36th minute off a pass from junior midfielder 
Natalie Scigliano ‘8.

 The Jaguars backline of co-captain senior Nicole Lianto ‘17, 
Oberhammer ‘18, sophomore Elisia Bendy ‘19, and freshman Cassie 
Lianto ’20 did not allow a shot on goal throughout the whole match. 
Junior goalkeeper Ayanna Melin ’18 had only one save of a free kick 
and earned her second clean slate of the season.

 Varsity Basketball will play the Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto 
High School Wildcats on Tuesday, January 17 at Bishop Conaty-Our 
Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles and soccer will face the 
Ramona Convent Tigers on Wednesday, January 18 at the Glendale 
Sports Complex.

About Alverno Heights Academy 

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive 
Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of 
empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants 
to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra 
Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 
by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in 
the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed 
and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School 
and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s 
program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has 
been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights 
Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission 
by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. 
For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit 

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