Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 6, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 6, 2017 




Newly elected and re-elected board members sworn in


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 Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

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 - At its annual 
organizational meeting on May 1, 2017, 
the Pasadena Unified School District 
(PUSD) Board of Education elected 
Roy Boulghourjian as its president. 
Larry Torres was elected vice president 
and Patrick Cahalan was elected clerk. 
Newly elected board member Michelle 
Richardson Bailey and reelected board 
members Kimberly Kenne, Elizabeth 
Pomeroy, and Scott Phelps were sworn 
into office.

 “It is my honor to serve the children, 
families and community of our schools 
as president of the board,” said Mr. 
Boulghourjian. “I look forward to 
teaming with Board Members and 
Superintendent Brian McDonald 
in leading the district to continue 
delivering strong educational choices 
for all families who value academic 
excellence, innovation, and diversity in 
both programs and students.”

 Mr. Boulghourjian was elected to 
the Board of Education in 2015 and 
represents District 2. He has previously 
served as Board vice president and 
clerk. A 30-year resident of Pasadena, 
he is a professor and Dean of Academic 
Operations at Mt. Sierra College in 
Monrovia, California. He has served 
as a Board member on the Pasadena 
Educational Foundation and the 
Measure TT Citizens’ Bond Oversight 

 Mr. Torres, who was named vice 
president of the Board, was also elected 
to the Board in 2015 and represents 
District 6. A National Board Certified 
Teacher, Mr. Torres grew up in nearby 
Eagle Rock before moving east to attend 
college. Mr. Torres has served on school 
site councils at Sierra Madre Elementary 
School, Sierra Madre Middle School and 
Pasadena High School since 1999. He 
lives in Sierra Madre.

 Mr. Cahalan, named Board Clerk, 
was elected to the Board in 2015 and 
represents District 4. He is Manager 
of Technical Operations for the 
Computational and Mathematical 
Sciences (CMS) Department at Caltech. 
Mr. Cahalan has a long career in 
education and technology and has taught 
technology classes and workshops for 
high school and college-level students, 
faculty, and staff. He served on the 
PUSD District Advisory Council and 
the Longfellow Elementary school site 

 Newly elected and re-elected board 
members took the oath of office and 
were sworn in by Judge Dorothy Nelson. 

 Ms. Bailey, who was elected to 
represent District 3 in March 2017 was 
sworn in and is the Board’s newest 
member. Until her recent retirement, 
she was a classified employee of PUSD 
for the last 14 years, most recently at Blair 
High School. She has served as a city 
commissioner and as a member of the 
district’s Equity and Access Committee. 
Mrs. Bailey and her children are products 
of PUSD schools.

 Ms. Kenne was originally elected 
to the Board in 2011 and represents 
District 1. She served as the president of 
the board in 2016-2017. Ms. Kenne has 
been actively involved as a parent leader 
at the school site, district, and state levels 
since her children started kindergarten 
at Burbank Elementary.

 Dr. Pomeroy was originally elected 
to the Board in 2009 and represents 
District 5. She served as president of 
the board in 2015-2016. A Stanford 
University graduate, she holds a Ph.D. in 
English from UCLA. Dr. Pomeroy has 
taught English at Pasadena City College, 
UCLA, UC Irvine, and California State 
University Los Angeles. Dr. Pomeroy 
began her career teaching in middle and 
high school.

 Mr. Phelps was elected to the Board of 
Education in 2005 and represents District 
7. He served as president of the board 
in 2014-2015 and as its vice-president 
twice. Mr. Phelps is an instructor of 
mathematics and astronomy at the 
University of La Verne, Mt. San Antonio 
College and Chaffey College, and serves 
as a consultant for external evaluations 
of federal and state school reform grants 
received by school districts.

 “I welcome new board member 
Michelle Richardson Bailey and new 
Board President Roy Boulghourjian and 
look forward to working together as a 
team of eight to truly make a difference 
in the educational outcomes of the 
children we serve,” said Superintendent 
Brian McDonald.

(left to right) Elizabeth Pomeroy (District 5), Scott Phelps (District 7), Kim 
Kenne (District 1), Superintendent Brian McDonald, Board President Roy 
Boulghourjian (District 2); Board Vice President Larry Torres (District 6), 
Board Clerk Pat Cahalan (District 4), Michelle Richardson Bailey (District 3).

CLASS OF 2019 
2019 ENJOYS 

Sierra Madre, CA (April 26, 2017) – On 
Tuesday, April 25 Alverno Heights 
Academy’s Class of 2019 received their 
class rings during their Ring Ceremony. 

 The time-honored tradition of 
Ring Ceremony at Alverno Heights 
Academy took place on the terrace 
of the historic Villa del Sol d’Oro and 
provides the class with the opportunity 
to look back at their first two years at 
Alverno while looking forward to their 
last two as upper classmen. 

 Sophomore State Governor Cami 
Lee ’19 and Lieutenant Governor Zeinab 
Hemdan ’19 began the Ring Ceremony 
with a welcome to the Class of 2019 and 
their guests. This was followed by a prayer 
presented by Elisia Bendy ’19. 

 Letters were then read to the Alverno 
Community by Kate Bolin ’19 and 
Caroline Dragos ’19, to the parents of the 
Class of 2019 by Aaliyah Solis-Castillo ’19, 
and to the Class of 2019 by Beatriz Rivas 

 After listening to these beautiful and 
intentional letters, the Class of 2019 were 
presented with their rings by Julia V. 
Fanara, Head of School, who spoke not 
just about the memory of Ring Ceremony 
but also the memories that each ring will 
carry for these young women for the 
rest of their lives. Each member of the 
class received a ring she had personally 
designed herself, which included aspects of 
her personality as well as her life at Alverno 
Heights Academy. 

 Following the presentation of the rings, 
Briana De Anda ’19 sang “Lemonade” 
by Jeremy Passion for the reflection as 
Precious Perlas ’19 accompanied her on 
the ukulele. Maritza DiRito also performed 
a song, choosing to dedicate the song “The 
Climb” by Miley Cyrus to her classmates. 

 Governor Cami Lee ’19 and Lieutenant 
Governor Zeinab Hemdan ’19 closed the 
ceremony with a final prayer and a special 
thank you to Mr. Tim Lewis P’19 and Ms. 
Lisa Primero-Solano, Sophomore State 
Moderators, as well as Ms. Julia V. Fanara, 
Head of School. The girls concluded the 
evening by holding their rings up high as 
they proudly sang the Alverno Heights 
Academy Alma Mater. 

 “Ring Ceremony is such a wonderful 
part of the tradition at Alverno Heights 
Academy,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of 
School. “In two short years, these young 
women have grown into exceptional 
leaders and scholars who have found 
an empowered voice at Alverno. We 
congratulate them as they transition to 
a new part of their student life here. We 
cannot wait to see what they accomplish 
over the next two years and the incredible 
women they become!” 

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