Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 29, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 29, 2018 


--Arcadia High Standouts in STEM and College Prep--


Alverno Heights Academy

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 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

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. 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: Lindsay Lewis

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:

Arcadia 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 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


Arcadia High Principal Dr. Forsee with 2018 Grads Lauren Buehner and Darius Jing

ARCADIA-- Out of more than 19,000 public high 
schools in the nation, Arcadia High School ranks 
in the top 1 percent of the best public high schools 
in America. According to’s 2019 list for 
Best Public High Schools, Arcadia High School not 
only receives this national honor but is also in the 
top 1 percent of best public high schools in the state 
of California and in the Los Angeles area. 

 Scoring an overall A+ Niche grade, Arcadia High 
has also secured top placement in numerous other 
Niche categories at the local, state, and national 

 Arcadia High School’s Niche Distinctions:

 Top 1% Best Public High Schools in America, 
California, and the Los Angeles Area 

 Top 1% Best College Prep Public High Schools in 
America, California, and the Los Angeles Area 

 Top 1% Best Public High School Teachers in 
America, California, and the Los Angeles Area 

 Top 3% Best High Schools for STEM in America 

 “Our teachers, counselors, and staff take great 
pride in making sure all of our students feel 
prepared, heard, and inspired through their high 
school journey and in their post-high school 
endeavors,” said Arcadia High School Principal Dr. 
Brent Forsee. “We really have the best team and 
the best students, and we are grateful to receive 
recognition that affirms that.” 

 In addition to its stellar Niche numbers, 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 on its 
prestigious annual AP® District Honor Roll for two 
consecutive years (2017 and 2018) in recognition 
of its continued, impressive offering of Advanced 
Placement and Honors curriculum. 

 Arcadia High’s Class of 2018 had a 100 percent 
graduation rate, with numerous grads starting at 
Princeton, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, and 
other prestigious Ivy League schools this fall. While 
Arcadia High alums are thriving in top universities 
across the nation, academics is just one factor 
leading to the high school’s elevated ranking. 

 Arcadia High Girls Tennis won back-to-back CIF 
championship titles in Doubles in the 2016-17 and 
2017-18 school years. The Apache Badminton team 
also saw a CIF championship title in Boys Doubles 
last season. Additionally, two Arcadia High track 
student-athletes from the Class of 2018 were invited 
to join the Columbia and Yale University track and 
field teams. 

 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 Future Business Leaders of America, 
Academic Decathlon, History Bowl, Math Team, 
Ocean Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Physics Team, 
Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Government 
Team, Robotics Team, and Speech and Debate, to 
name a few. Students also have numerous Career and 
Technical Education pathways for sports medicine, 
computer science and programming, engineering, 
graphic design, dance, and more. Likewise, 
the district boasts internship opportunities for 
students, one of which is the award-winning AUSD 
Digital Communications Internship, which has 
also been recognized by the City of Arcadia for its 
exemplary work in the fields of public relations and 

 For more information about Arcadia High School, 
please visit, and for more information 
on the Niche rankings, you can visit 




HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …. September Birthdays

Clem Bartolai, Pat Hall, Donna Anderson, Teresa Chaure, Cathy Gunther, Esther Macias, 
Sheila Pierce, Nancy Sue Shollenberger, Yvonne Osti, Patti O’Meara, Judie Cimino, Mary 
Steinberg, Geri Wright, Parvin Dabiri, Denise Reistetter and Nehama Warner. 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. YEAR 
of birth not required but you must be over 60.

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at YEAR of birth not required

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities 
are at the Hart Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the 
art of Hula.

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome 
to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays 
of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary.

Brain Games: Join us on Thursday, August 16th at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for Scattergories, a 
creativethinking game by naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building 
challenge that keeps you stacking and balancing your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience 
is needed. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends. Games facilitated by 
Senior Volunteers.

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, August 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem 
Makupson is available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and 
Injury. Please call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394.

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include

Yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed! * Voluntary Donations 
of $5.00 per week per participant are suggested but not required.

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free 
birthday cake provided by the Senior Community Commission!

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic 
class utilizes light weights, low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class equipment 
is provided.

Dear Savvy Senior,I’m considering making changes 
in my Medicare coverage during the open-enrollment 
period. Can you recommend any free resources that 
can help with my choices?

Swapping Senior 

Dear Swapping,There are a number of good resources 
you can turn to that can help you choose Medicare 
coverage that better suites your needs, that’s completely 
free to use. As you may already know, each year during 
Medicare’s open enrollment – Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 
– all Medicare beneficiaries can change their coverage 
without penalty. Doing so, given that insurers are 
constantly tweaking their plans and offerings, could 
help lower your premiums and/or give you access to 
better care. Any changes you make to your coverage 
will take effect January 1, 2019. Important ToolsTo 
get help with your Medicare decisions, a good 
starting point is to get re-familiar with the primary 
parts – traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, 
supplemental (Medigap) policies and prescription-
drug coverage – Medicare publishes an excellent 
guide called “Medicare & You” that you can access 

 If you are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage 
or a Medicare Part D prescription-drug plan, it’s very 
important that you read and understand your “Annual 
Notice of Changes” and “Evidence of Coverage,” 
which should have arrived in the mail in September. 
These documents explain how your existing coverage 
will change in 2019 and how much you’ll pay for that 
coverage. Your next step is to go Medicare’s online 
“Plan Finder” tool at Here 
you can enter some basic information – your Medicare 
number and prescription drugs (name and dosage) – 
and it will produce a list of possible health-care plans 
in your area, the costs involved, drug coverage and 
customer-satisfaction ratings. Or, if you don’t have 
Internet access, or don’t feel confident in working 
through the information on your own, you can also 
call Medicare at 800-633-4227and a customer service 
representative will do the work for you over the 
phone. Free AdviceIf you want personalized help with 
a Medicare specialist, contact the Medicare Rights 
Center or your State Health Insurance Assistance 

 The Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit group 
( that offers a national 
helpline (800-333-4114) where staff members answer 
questions about Medicare, and can help you choose 
coverage, at no charge. And your State Health 
Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which may 
go by a different name in your state, provides free 
one-on-one counseling in person or over the phone 
to beneficiaries, as well as family members and/
or caregivers. SHIPs are federally funded programs 
that are not connected to any insurance company or 
health plan. To find a SHIP counselor in your area, 
see or call the Eldercare Locator 
at 800-677-1116. 

 Another good resource, if you’re interested 
in choosing a new Medicare Advantage plan, is 
the HealthMetrix Research Cost Share Report This free website lists 
the best Advantage plans by area based on your 
health status. Agent AssistanceAnother way to 
get free assistance with your Medicare Advantage, 
prescription drug or Medigap plans is to use an 
agent or broker who specializes in Medicare-related 
insurance in your state. These people get paid a 
commission to sell you a policy from the insurance 
providers they represent. There are federal rules 
and state laws governing agents or brokers who sell 
Medicare plans, which include things like barring 
them from showing up uninvited at your house to 
pitch a plan or trying to lure you with a cash offer. 
They also cannot legally charge you a fee to process 
your enrollment. It’s also important to understand 
that commission-based agents and brokers will 
present only the Medicare plans they represent, rather 
than all the plans in your market. So, you may miss 
out on some plans that could benefit you. 

 Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 
Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.
org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show 
and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

SENIOR MOVIE: August 15th at 1:00 p.m. RACE (2016) 

Young Jesse Owens becomes a track and field sensation while attending Ohio State University in the 
early 1930’s. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics inNazi Germany. 
Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the 
world he is the fastest man alive! Rated PG-13. Run Time: 2h 14m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL Thursday, August 23rd, 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Hart Park House Representative from Anthem BlueCross will have free information on Medicare Benefits 
and Medicare extras. Come learn about their programs, ask questions, and enjoy ice cream

with syrup and toppings! Call 626-355-7394 at the Hart Park House if you plan on attending.

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