Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 9, 2020 



Annually, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association 
is proud to award a scholarship to a 
qualified college-bound student who meets 
the following qualifications:

1. Applicants must currently be a student 
in their senior year of high school or be 
a college freshman with a minimum GPA of 

2. Applicants must have been active in one or more Sierra Madre Rose Float 
Association activities such as fundraising, design, construction, decorating or as a 
past or present float rider.

The Application and Reference forms can be downloaded here:

2020 Scholarship Application

2020 Service Request Form

All forms must be postmarked or sent by e-mail to scholarship@sierramadrerosefloat.
org NO LATER than May 20, 2020.

You may also e-mail any questions to


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 LUIS

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



Dear Pasadena High School Class of 2020 Parents/Guardians, 

We understand you would like to know as much as possible about how COVID-19 is affecting 
high school graduations. Our high school seniors are living a year that none of us 
ever imagined for them. You and your families have been very much in our thoughts and 
our hearts these past weeks. We know that you and your students are feeling the loss of 
special times with friends, classmates, and teachers. We feel that loss with you. We held out 
hope that we could hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies as scheduled at the 
end of May. But based on the senior survey results and taking into account public health 
concerns, we have instead planned virtual live-streamed graduation ceremonies in June. 
We are fully committed to celebrating seniors with this online ceremony and will plan an 
in-person event when the Governor and public health au-thorities determine it is safe to 
do so. For our virtual graduation, PUSD has contracted with School Shine to create an 
event that will be live-streamed June 24-26. High schools will arrange for the distri-bution 
of caps and gowns, photos, and other arrangements for graduations. We will send you 
details with dates and times. We grieve with you that your child’s senior year is ending this 
way. Please know that we would love nothing more than to see them and you in person 
again soon. Until then, we are wrapping our arms and hearts around you. The world will 
return to normal soon and we know that with their courage and indomitable spirit, our 
seniors will be ready to meet and embrace it and all its beautiful possibilities.



[Nyerges is the author of “Self-Sufficient 
Home,” “How to Survive Anywhere,” 
and other books, available at 
Eaton Canyon Nature Center book 
store, Amazon, or www.SchoolofSelf- Nyerges can be reached 
at Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041.]

If you’ve grown tired of the “survival experiences” packaged 
neatly on TV, meet the Real McCoy, Ed Parker of Altadena. 
Parker is an avid outdoor professional who has been teaching 
environmental outdoor education for over 30 years. He 
has taught for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, 
Crossroads School in Santa Monica, and several charter 
schools. He has been a rope course facilitator, certified wilderness 
first responder, certified top rope site manager from 
American Mountain Guides Association through the ‘90s. 
He’s been a backcountry Ranger for the forest service, and 
he currently teaches Wilderness First Aid as an instructor 
for the Outward Bound Adventures program, located on 
the John Muir High School campus in Pasadena.


“I love mountaineering and ice climbing, snow shoeing and 
cross country skiing, sea kayaking and just anything that 
has to do with the outdoors. That's why I also like bicycling. 
I’m out in the elements all year round. That’s how I 
get away with wearing shorts all year because I acclimate to 
the season from my daily bicycle rides.”


As a child of a military family, Parker’s family moved 
around -- from Los Angeles to New Jersey to Germany to 
Texas to Washington State and back to California. His father 
was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany for two and half 

He was a Webelo Scout in Texas, and back in California, 
got Scout training through Troop 70 of Altadena, which 
furthered his knowledge and experience in backpacking.


Parker began his outdoor education training in the 1970s, fresh out of high school, participating in two trips 
in the Sierra, and one backpacking trip to Mexico.

For seven years he worked as one of the lead instructors for A-16 outdoor sporting goods store, where he had to 
get certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

He has also led rock climbing classes, where he had to get certified with the American Mountain Guide 


He leads outdoor awareness walks into the local canyons above Altadena, typically leading trips for under-
served communities, such as inner city youth who never have the opportunity to get into the wilderness. According 
to Parker, one of his greatest pleasures comes from hearing the excitement from inner city youth after 
their first exposure to the outdoors, and hearing their comments as they see the Milky Way for the first time.

He's not had many bad experiences during his time as a nature guide. He recounts one episode where he was 
one of two instructors, and the ten teenagers “went on strike” half way through the trip. “These were privileged 
kids who no longer wanted to carry their backs. We just told them to work it out on their own. Eventually, they 
realized that they had to eat, and they had to walk out with their packs if they ever wanted to get home.”

Parkers’ agenda when he guides youth is very specific. “Planning and preparation is the key,” says Parker with 
his gregarious smile. “In our planning trips, we go over the maps, use of the compass, weather observation, fire 
safety, and how to dress properly.” First aid is a big part of Parker’s training.


Besides his outdoor teaching, Parker is also a life-long bicyclist who – until just a few years ago – rode his bike 
every day of the week except Sundays, when he typically hiked in the local mountains. He averaged about 1750 
miles a year on his bicycle.


“I have been a cyclist my entire life,” says Parker. “Even as a boy, I loved my bicycle adventures around Altadena 
and Pasadena, to the Arboretum in Arcadia and down into the Arroyo Seco before ‘mountain biking’ 
was even invented. 


Parker, who is now 62, has only owned one car in his adult life. “While living in Germany, I received a three 
speed Raleigh bicycle which I rode all over. My mother would ride us to town which meant an hour or so ride 
to get there, and then back. Back in Altadena, I rode my bicycle to school every day, through my days at John 
Muir High School,” he explains.

Though Parker has never competed in cycling, he has trained and ridden with first class racers like the Gomez 
brothers of Pasadena and Altadena resident Ricci Strange.


According to Parker, “Cycling is freedom. I can beat the bus from minutes to hours. When I go out with my 
friends, I am the one who's there first picking a nice table for dinner while the others are still trying to find a 
parking space for their cars.”

Parker adds that cycling is an excellent form of soft exercise to start with especially if you have not exercised 
in some time. It is easy on your muscles, and anyone can get a good cardio workout which helps firm the legs, 
arms, and other parts of the body.


Ed Parker can be reached at

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