Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 18, 2017 




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 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

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:

Pasadena, CA.—The Frostig Center is pleased to announce that the S. 
Mark Taper Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Frostig to support 
its work to improve the lives of children and youth who have learning 

 The Frostig Center operates a school that enrolls 125 students in 
grades 1-12 who have learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD 
and high functioning autism. It also trains hundreds of public, private 
and parochial school teachers to better serve the struggling learner.

 “The generous grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation will help 
us help the children and teen-agers who battle every day to overcome 
their learning challenges,” said Frostig Executive Director Dean 
Conklin. “I am grateful and proud that the foundation has chosen to 
partner with The Frostig Center.”

 The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private 
family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s 
lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our 

 The Frostig Center was founded in 1951 by Dr. Marianne Frostig, a 
pioneer in the study, diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. 
Frostig continues to honor her vision of inclusiveness by providing 
services that are accessible to children and families of all backgrounds 
and incomes.



ARCADIA-- With tax season underway, everyone is busy crunching 
the numbers. Niche, an influential school and neighborhood review 
website, has been busy calculating data of its own. According to 
Niche’s 2017 Best Public High Schools in California, Arcadia High 
School is among the top 2 percent of the best public high schools in 
the state. 

 With more than 1,300 public high schools in California, landing 
the number 30 spot on Niche’s list is no small feat. According to Niche, 
it performs a comprehensive data analysis on information collected 
from the U.S. Department of Education and from millions of reviews 
from students and parents to arrive at its rankings. Arcadia High has 
moved up five spots from its number 35 ranking last year to 30 on 
this year’s list. 

 “When you consider how many quality public high schools there 
are throughout the state, this is really impressive. I’m very proud 
of our students, teachers, staff, and parents who all work tirelessly 
to make our schools among the best in the country,” said Arcadia 
Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Fenton 

 In addition to its stellar Niche ranking, Arcadia High has been 
named a U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal School three 
times. This is an honor bestowed on less than 3 percent of the more 
than 19,000 schools in the country. Similarly, the College Board 
placed Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) on its 7th Annual 
AP® District Honor Roll. Only 22 districts in California were placed 
on this honor roll, with AUSD being recognized for its impressive 
Advanced Placement and Honors curriculum. 

 Arcadia High’s 2016 graduating class had a student accepted 
into every Ivy League school in the country this fall. There are 
currently several Arcadia High School alums attending Harvard, 
Princeton, and the other prestigious Ivy League schools. Arcadia 
High’s academics, however, are just one factor leading to its elevated 
ranking. All of its fall 2017 sports teams qualified for the CIF playoffs, 
with Arcadia High Girls Tennis winning a CIF championship title in 
Doubles a year after both the Girls and Boys tennis teams won CIF 

 Adding another “A” to the academics and athletics for Arcadia is its 
storied arts program. The Arcadia High School Marching Band was 
selected once again this year to participate in the prestigious Rose 
Parade. This was the 16th time the Apaches have marched in the Rose 
Parade, serving as the crescendo of a season filled with countless 
field show competition victories. Arcadia High also showcased two 
Rose Princesses on this year’s Rose Parade Royal Court. 

 The home of the Apaches also has a unique offering of more than 
60 academic teams and clubs for its students. These highly successful 
clubs include the Academic Decathlon, History Bowl, Math Team, 
Ocean Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Physics Team, Science Bowl, 
Science Olympiad, Constitution Team, Robotics Team, and Speech 
and Debate, to name a few. The Constitution team recently qualified 
for its third consecutive trip to compete in Washington D.C. at the 
national championships. 

 Also just announced, 25 Arcadia High School students were 
named National Merit Scholarship finalists. For more information 
on Arcadia High School, please visit


(Duarte, CA) - More than 200 
educators will converge on Duarte 
High School and Northview 
Intermediate Schools Feb. 25-26 
to enhance their skills with the 
technology applications offered by 

 The teachers, about half from 
Duarte schools and the other half 
from other districts in the San 
Gabriel Valley, will spend two free 
days of their own time attending 
the Google Summit to enhance 
their teaching skills and methods 
through technology.

 The Summit, one of many such 
events held around the country 
but a first for the San Gabriel 
Valley, focuses on how educators, 
administrators and students can take 
technology to a new level. Instead of 
being just a tool for the classroom, 
technology is now becoming a 
platform to drive learning in the 
modern educational arena.

 Duarte Unified School 
District, under the guidance of 
Superintendent Allan Mucerino, 
has pledged to form a district of 
21st Century Learners learning 
from highly motivated 21st 
Century Teachers, using the tools 
now available through technology.

 “This educational summit, in 
partnership with the EdTech Team, 
will help our teachers embrace 
the options now offered through 
Google,” said Dr. Mucerino. “This 
is a great tribute to our district, and 
our staff, that so many of them are 
willing to participate in professional 
development on two weekend 

 Duarte USD’s commitment 
started with the district 
commitment to fund the tuition 
for each of the educators who 
volunteered to attend the event. 
Additionally, Duarte High School 
Principal Mark Sims is funding 
the tuition for 15 students who will 
become technology change agents 
and help guide their peers in using 
the tools.

 The Google Educational Suite 
of tools which form the basis for 
the curriculum for the two-day 
event include the follow products 
or applications: Drive, Docs, 
Slides, Sheets, Drawings, YouTube, 
Classroom, Maps and more. 

 The seminars will be taught by 
Google Certified Teachers, Google 
Education Trainers and Google 
Innovators, all of who have taken 
extensive training in the use of 
technology in the classroom. 

 Duarte High School teacher 
Joe Kenney was one of the driving 
forces for taking the district’s use 
of technology to a new level, and 
will be among the class leaders at 
the Summit. In preparation for this 
event, Kenney attended a similar 
event at Google’s headquarters in 
Mountain View, CA.

 “I was able to see top-notch 
presenters offering their knowledge 
of Google and other cloud-based 
platforms to equally motivated 
teachers and came away inspired 
with the prospects for our Summit,” 
said Kenney.

 Some of the seminar topics are 
illustrative of the drive towards a 
more tech-savvy classroom:

 No More Worksheets: creating a 
more digital classroom.

 Google Maps: The map is your 

 Personalize your YouTube 
channel for personalized learning.

 Think Global – Act Google

 Duarte’s commitment to 
technology goes back to decisions 
made by the Board of Education and 
placed in motion in recent years by 
Dr. Mucerino, including a decision 
that every student will have access 
to computers, tablets and other 
devices. The district’s management 
team has also committed resources 
to having bandwidth and Wi-Fi 
capability for a technology based 

 Teachers will come away from 
the seminar with the ability to take 
the tools available through the 
Google Suite and turn them into 
lessons for all levels of students. 

 An example might be a world-
history class focusing on the Great 
Wall of China, with students using 
Google Earth to create interactive 
maps and projects showing the 

 “Our education professionals 
will come away with a better 
understanding of the technology 
available to them and should be 
able to see the way these platforms 
will drive learning in the 21st 
Century classroom,’’ summed up 
Dr. Mucerino.

 Limited enrollment is still 
available for the Feb. 25-26 event. 
For information, visit https://

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