Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 28, 2017 



The class enjoyed a field trip to learn more about the 50th anniversary of planetary exploration


200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

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:

Sierra Madre, CA – On Monday, January 23 the Alverno Heights 
Academy Honors Physics class had the opportunity to visit 
Pasadena’s own Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on an exciting 
field trip. During their trip, the class was encouraged to “Dare 
Mighty Things.” “Dare Mighty Things” is a current exhibit and 
program at JPL that celebrates the 50th anniversary of planetary 

 While on the field trip, the class particularly enjoyed hearing 
about JPL’s plans for ARM (Asteroid Redirect Mission), a mission 
to capture and move an asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon. 
The mission, planned for around 2020 also will demonstrate 
planetary defense techniques to deflect dangerous asteroids from 
crashing into Earth, as well as providing resupply and operational 
support for manned missions to Mars.

 The girls also learned more about the Juno Mission, which 
entered orbit around Jupiter on the 4th of July, 2016. For the first 
time, this project will allow scientists to see below the dense cloud 
cover to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of 
our solar system. Alverno’s own Ad Astra Astronomy Club plans 
to build a radio telescope to monitor radio emissions from Jupiter, 
so it was very exciting to see a model of the spacecraft and learn 
more details of the mission.

 Finally, the students were introduced to the Voyager Missions, 
which they found exceptionally interesting. The Voyager Missions 
feature 12-inch golden records with sounds and music of Earth, 
destined to perhaps be heard by intelligent spacefaring civilizations 
in interstellar space. The Voyagers have now moved beyond our 
solar system and are still transmitting information from outer 
space to “the center of the universe” at Mission Control of the 
Deep Space Network at JPL.

 The visit was awe-inspiring for the young scientists and 
engineers of a spacefaring civilization from a small planet.

 “Over the past few years, Alverno Heights Academy’s STEM 
program has grown exponentially and has provided so many of 
our alumnae and current students with exceptional opportunities 
like this one,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School, of the field 
trip. “We are incredibly grateful to JPL and Caltech for working 
with Alverno and our students to instill in our young women 
that they can be who they imagine themselves to be whether 
that’s biologists, astronauts, engineers, or astrophysicists. We 
look forward to seeing the work that these young women will 
accomplish in these important fields and the future impact they 
will have at these institutions.” 

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 www. 


(StatePoint) All parents want to feel 
confident that their children are happy, 
healthy and focused on the future. The 
unfortunate reality is that drug use can 
derail these goals and put a strain on 

Parents can do a lot to curtail their 
child’s risk. Here are three tips to help 
keep kids drug-free this school year 
and beyond.

1. Get kids active in extracurricular 

Adolescents aged 12 to 17 who 
participate in extracurricular activities 
are less likely to use alcohol, cigarettes 
and illicit drugs, according to the 
National Survey on Drug Use and 
Health (NSDUH).

Many extracurricular activities are 
known to have positive effects on 
students’ grades, attention span and 
behavior. Afterschool activities will 
keep kids engaged in something 
positive while they are outside the 
classroom and also provide an incentive 
for staying healthy. If your school lacks 
a particular activity in which your 
child expresses interest, investigate 
offerings at local community centers.

2. Open the lines of communication.

The importance of communicating 
with your child can’t be overstated. 
A regular, open dialogue will make 
children more likely to talk to you 
about peer pressure and stress—the 
kinds of factors that can lead to drug 

You can foster communication by 
regularly sitting down to dinner as a 
family and checking in on homework 
and school projects. Encourage 
children to invite friends over, so you 
know more about others with whom 
they spend their time.

3. Test your child.

If you suspect your child is 
experimenting with drugs, there 
are tools that can help you find out 
for certain in the privacy of your 
own home. Seventy-five percent 
of high school students have used 
addictive substances, according to 
CASAColumbia. Additional research 
by NSDUH showed that 1.8 million 
adolescents had used marijuana in the 
past month since the time of the study.

Home drug testing kits are readily 
available at your local pharmacy 
so you can get answers quickly and 
confidentially. For example, First Check 
home drug tests detect up to 12 of the 
most commonly abused drugs in five 
minutes with over 99 percent accuracy. 
Testing tips and resources for parents 
can be found at

Be proactive. You have the power to 
help kids make healthy choices this 
school year and beyond.

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