Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 25, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 25, 2020 



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, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

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



 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Pasadena City College first in California 
and fifth in the nation for total associate degrees awarded to minority students. 

 Released in their annual edition of “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers”, Diverse: 
Issues in Higher Education uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data 
System to list the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. It also 
includes rankings of the top institutions awarding degrees by specific disciplines. 

 In the 2019 edition, which uses figures from the 2017-2018 academic year, PCC 
performed very strongly in the following:

1st in California, 5th in the Nation in minority students earning an AA/AS degree

1st in California and in the Nation in the number of associate degrees awarded to Asian 
American students

1st in California in the number of associate degrees awarded to Latinx students

Also notable is among the top five producers in the nation, PCC boasted the strongest 
growth metric, improving 31% over the previous year.

 PCC is an equity-minded institution and is dedicated to empowering our diverse 
community of learners and closing the equity gaps for all student groups. We congratulate 
our students, faculty, and staff whose hard work and contributions made this recent 
success possible.


DUSD Superintendent, Dr. Gordon Amerson, 
shared the progress being made at the Duarte 
schools sites at a recent Duarte Kiwanis Meeting. 
The goals of the continuing Facilities Projects are :

• Prepare students for 21st century success 
Repair and upgrade our aging schools 
Improve student access to science labs, 
classrooms, technology, outdoor education 
spaces and shade structures 
Improve safety and security 
Upgrade vocation and career technical education (CTE) to prepare students 
for career success in a competitive economy.

The corresponding results have been excellent.

Dr. Amerson shared one of the highlights - DHS Culinary Arts Program. They were 
recently featured guest on KFI’s popular radio show, The Fork Report. Pictured, from 
left, Superintendent, Dr. Gordon Amerson and Duarte Kiwanis Club President, Kaye 
Biggs. If you are interested in joining Duarte Kiwanis or being a speaker at a future 
event, contact Tina Carey at



[Nyerges is the author of “How To Survive Anywhere,” “Extreme Simplicity,” “Self-Sufficient Home,” and other books, 
available, bookstores, or Amazon.]


In my “survival Skills” class at Pasadena City College, a student asked me how cities have traditionally obtained 
their water. The answer is that a city can only develop near a water source! Simple. Only in relatively modern 
times have we pushed nature to the limits by creating large cities far from water sources. Such a city, of course, 
is Los Angeles, where about 75% of its water comes from over 300 miles away in three aqueducts. When you 
realize that we have enough local water for only a quarter of the population, it makes you more motivated to store water, and to learn 
about other sources of water. 

For most of us, the biggest largely untapped source of water – available to all city dwellers – is rain.

Historically, there have been many communities and nomads who depended, in varying degrees, on rain for their water supply. The 
technology for capturing rain varies from culture to culture, depending on available materials, the local rainfall patterns, the local 
geology, the presence of other water sources, etc. 

The simplest rain-collecting device that I’ve seen consisted of a large plastic sheet measuring about four by eight feet, a few clothes 
pint, and a few five-gallon jugs. After at least 34 minutes of heavy rain (to clean the air), you’re ready to begin collecting rain.

Attach the plastic sheet to bushes so that it is stretched out somewhat, and secure the one point. Place your water jugs under this 
flow of water, and in a short while, the jugs will be full. A funnel with a clean cotton for a filter will also be helpful. 

The use of clean 30 gallon trash containers is a bit more practical for the average homeowner. If your house has gutters, simply 
remove the lower portion of the downspout and place the trash can underneath where it will collect the water. I place my rain collectors 
under the heavy flow, and during a downpour, the container quickly fills. 

I’ve also used sturdy five gallon buckets with handles and lids to collect my rain water. At a former residence of mine, there was a 
rather large awning. Due to the construction of the house, much of the roof rain flowed onto the awning, and a heavy flow of rain 
always flowed from the entire edge of the awning. I would place a line of about 17 five-gallon buckets at the awning’s drip-line and 
fill all the buckets within 30 minutes to an hour. 

In planning your rain collection system, you simply need to observe the flow of rain off of your roof, and position your containers 

Two things to remember in collecting rain:

1) Always wait at least 34 minutes after a heavy rain has begun before you put out your rain catchers. This allows most of 
the impurities to be washed out of the air, and most of the impurities to be washed off your roof.

2) Always cover the full containers as soon as possible to avoid breeding mosquitoes and other contamination.



The performance of rain water collection systems over a 40-year period at 13 California locations was detailed in Feasibility of 
Rain Water Collection Systems in California by David Jenkins and Frank Pearson, published by the California Water Resources 
Center, University of California, Davis. Quite consistently, it was observed, 88 percent of the annual California rain falls between 
the November to March wet season. The rain during this wet season is fairly well distributed, whereas the scant summer rain is 
highly variable with no observable pattern of distribution. 
The authors of this study pointed out that rain water collection is certainly possible at most homes but that it may not be 
cost-competitive with piped water due to the cost of storage tanks.

Relying on the rain as your only or main source of water is possible if you’ve properly calculated your water needs and have adequate 
storage tanks. Of course, the weather must also be cooperative for you to achieve a goal of rain water self-sufficiency. 

I’ve never attempted to rely entirely on rain water. My concern is simply to save and use some of that freely-falling water from 
heaven. I’ve rarely collected less than 30 gallons in a single storm, and, on occasion. I’ve collected as much as 400 gallons of rain 
water in a single downpour. That’s water that I can use without relying on the piped water which comes to me from afar.

In some tests in urban areas, the rain water contained lead concentrations equal or greater to the limit recommended for drinking 
water. This was primarily in the Northeastern U.S. Microbiological contamination of rain water was found to be primarily from 
bird droppings on the urban roofs.

For these reasons, Jenkins and Pearson recommend that rain collected in urban areas not be consumed, but be used for washing or 
gardening instead.

If I plan to use the rain for drinking, I first clean the containers well before putting them outside. I’ll also cover the opening of the 
collection container with a sheet of cotton to filter out particles that may wash off the roof. If I forget to add the cotton filter, I’ll 
wait a few hours after the rain stops, and then siphon the rain out of the bucket into a clean jar. I may also run the water through a 
filter, many of which are sold as backpacking stores.

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