Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 16, 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 

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 

Head of School, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 

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: www.monroviaschools.

Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:

Fall is in full effect at St. Rita School with 298 students back to school as of September 5. This year, Principal 
Joanne Harabedian and faculty welcomed four new teachers and a new STEM program (science, technology, 
engineering, mathematics). The new school year was met with some other new items including important 
building updates like air conditioning and heating in all classrooms and beautiful renovations thanks to St. 
Rita’s continuing Capital Campaign project.

Cross country, flag football, volleyball, and Drama Club are all under way at St. Rita School, as well as preparations 
for the annual Harvest Festival on October 14! Sponsorships and tax-deductible auction donations 
are being accepted for this amazing fundraiser. Make sure to get tickets for the Beer, Brats & Bingo event on 
Friday, October 13, as well as the Harvest Festival, which will feature carnival rides, game booths, live entertainment, 
and great food for the whole family. It’s a great way to spend a weekend with the family. 

St. Rita School’s Drama Club will be presenting “Godspell Junior” the weekend of November 17-19. This free 
show is a must-see and the community is welcome! Students look forward to these productions as a great way 
to nurture as well as show off extracurricular skills, like singing, acting and stage production. Look for more 
drama productions throughout the year at St. Rita School. 


Volleyball and Cross Country teams had their jersey blessed during “Blessing of the Jerseys” 

Sierra Madre, CA (September 11, 2017) – As they 
prepare for their official league seasons to get 
underway, the Alverno Heights Academy Volleyball 
and Cross Country teams had their jerseys blessed 
as a part of the annual “Blessing of the Jerseys.” 

 The prayer service was organized by Alverno 
Heights Academy’s Campus Ministry team and 
Campus Minister, Ms. Katharine Guerrero. At the 
beginning of the prayer service, Campus Ministry 
students welcomed the entire school community 
and explained the purpose of “Blessing of the 
Jerseys” and encouraged the Alverno community 
to come out and support the Jaguars during the fall 

 Each team then brought up their jerseys to be 
blessed for a successful season filled with great 
competition, sportsmanship, and of course, one free 
of injuries. Both teams received a small reminder 
of their promise and commitment to their teams 
along with a short prayer that they could attach to 
their athletic bags. 

 “Blessing of the Jerseys is such a wonderful way 
for these teams to begin their Horizon League 
seasons,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. 
“The level of commitment and dedication these 
young women display is a testament not only to 
their athletic interests but also their dedication to 
Alverno. We are so proud of them and the way they 
truly act as empowered women on and off the field 
and court. We look forward to another successful 
year of Alverno Athletics—go Jaguars!” 

 The Jaguar Cross Country team will run in their 
first race of the season on Wednesday, September 
13 at Griffith Park in Los Angeles at 4:00 p.m. The 
Jaguars will be competing 

 The Jaguar Volleyball teams will play in their first 
League games on Wednesday, September 20 at 4:00 
p.m. at Ramona Convent Secondary School. 


Sacramento, Calif. – SB 478, authored by 
State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La 
Cañada Flintridge), passed the California State 
Legislature with bipartisan support and is 
heading to the Governor’s desk. The bill requires 
California Community Colleges to automatically 
award degrees to students who have completed 
their requirements for the Associate Degree 
for Transfer. It further improves the data 
collection system by also adding the students 
to an identification system that is electronically 
available to the California State University and 
the University of California. This measure helps 
students receive what they have earned and 
improves efficiency and data management.

 “When I learned that the community college 
system was not set up statewide to award degrees 
upon attainment, which resulted in many 
students transferring without their degrees in 
hand, it struck me. A bright student who earns 
a degree should get it, and the information that 
follows that student’s journey should be up to 
date and accurate. It’s good for the student and 
will save the state money,” stated Portantino.

 SB 478 is supported by the California 
Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, 
California State Student Association, The 
Campaign for College Opportunity, and The 
Institute for College Access & Success. Senator 
Portantino chairs the Senate Education Budget 

 Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 
people in the 25th Senate District, which includes 
Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, 
Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La 
Cañada Flintridge, 

 La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, La Verne, 
Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, San 

San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South 
Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.

Cross Country Team

Back Row: Paola Munoz ’21, Aaliyah Solis-Castillo ’20, Kate Bolin, ’19, Samantha Torres ’21, Bella Lara ’20. 
Middle Row: Kaitlyn Hammer ’21, Chevelle Velasco ’21, Nancy Alcala ’20 Front: Maddie Petersen ’20, Jessa 
Tiedeman ’18, and Sarah Lopez ’18



“9.25 hours of sleep. A night. That’s what brain researchers tell us your 
teenager needs for regenerating cognitive and body functions.” Dr. Gene 
Block, Chancellor at UCLA and noted sleep expert, offered this insight when 
he spoke at my high school to an audience of intrigued parents and drowsy 
students. “Yeah, right! Fat chance,” a couple of parents shrugged, having 
endured daily battles with sons and daughters about when and how to get to 
bed, when to get up on school days and weekends, how to wrest iphones out 
of the hands of their children after dinner, and related struggles to achieve 
good sleep hygiene. High schoolers often stay up too late and have to arise 
too early. 

 We know more today about the deleterious effects of early school start times on the health and academic 
performance of middle and high schoolers. Though barely 20% of America’s schools have deliberately shifted 
start-times to 8:30 AM or later, there’s a growing trend towards delaying school to better accommodate to the 
simple glandular reality of teen students, whose pineal gland doesn’t time its release of their sleep-inducing 
Melatonin until quite late in the evening. So, if it takes longer to get to sleep and you’re an active high schooler 
with a 7:30 AM team or club responsibility, the day has a pretty groggy start. If you self-medicate with a Venti 
double-shot or an energy drink, your cobwebs might lift, sure, but at an adrenalizing price. 

 Chronic sleep deprivation in teens is life-threatening for the student and many others. Road safety experts 
estimate close to 2000 teen drivers and/or passengers die every year because of drowsy driving. Stress of sleep 
deprivation erodes many body functions, and it’s no accident that as more and more teens sleep less and less, 
they’re vulnerable not only to more colds and flus, but more frequently can experience Mononucleosis, Chronic 
Fatigue Syndrome and other immune challenges once primarily seen as illnesses of college-age students.

 College-age? Yes, the national patterns of sleep deprivation continue with college students, notably those who 
live away in residence halls. Noise and light pollution, disruptive roommates, hallway toga parties, fire drills and 
other forces conspire to make it unlikely most residents can study, let alone sleep, until well after 11 PM. And 
there’s another insidious force in our social media generation that works against developing good sleep rhythms-
-captured conveniently in the slang acronym “FOMO,” or “fear of missing out.” Many college students report 
not only pulling regular all-nighters to get their studies done, but also being hopelessly drawn to interrupting 
or delaying their sleep to hang out, party, make midnight pizza and beer runs (note: alcohol use has a soporific 
effect, but at the expense of undercutting the regular 90 minute cycle of sleep stages that recur during the night).

 So, what to do? Naps? For teens, a nap of perhaps an hour at most can remediate some sleep deprivation. 
Sleeping in on weekends? The experts tell us that you can’t really “catch up”, and as Dr. Block told our audience, 
any extended sleep on weekends beyond two hours will wreak havoc on our circadian rhythms. At that point 
in his talk, a student sitting next to me bolted to attention and said, “hey, I must have a problem with my Cicada 
rhythm!” Hmm, more true than he knew, I guess!

Some resources in the battle for good sleep hygiene:

-- (Our local powerhouse experts with great advice, including on 
health factors in sleep Issues, like Sleep Apnea.) 

-- ( U. Georgia Student Health services with a particularly good student-focused 


(Florida Institute of Technology brochure with excellent tips)

 Dr. Dan Golden was the founding director of Life Planning at the Vistamar School in El Segundo. He was a 
professor, program director and Dean for Work & Service-Learning at Wheaton College (MA), and now consults 
with individuals, schools and educational districts on college access, post-graduate study and career planning 

Volleyball Team

Back: Caitie Godinez ’21, Desiree Castillo ’21, Corina Goss ’21, Emma Alvarez ’21, Emily Combes ’21, Afton Okwu 
’21, Amia Alvarez ’21, Monica Calderon ’21, Precious Perlas ’19, Issy Fyson ’18, Nikki Oberhammer ’18, Skylar 
Robinson ’18, and Natalie Landeros ’20 

Front: Arianna Ubungen ’21, Brynn Higdon ’21, Lizzie Curren ’21, Nicole Sao ’21, Yasmeen Gray ’18, Ashley 
Carranza ’18, Calista Harris ’18, and Abigail Chavez ’20 

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