Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 13, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 13, 2020 


MONROVIA – Over 60 seniors from Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study 
School were cheered on as they walked the stage to receive their diplomas during a drive-thru commencement 
ceremony on June 3 at Monrovia High School.

“It was an absolute honor to see our seniors’ hard work pay off as they walked that stage to experience 
a moment that was almost taken away from them,” Board of Education President Rob Hammond said. 
“Congratulations to our graduates. We wish them success as they move toward the next chapter in their 

When the ceremony began, cars lined up and graduates exited their vehicles 
with masks on and lined up 6 feet apart from one another. Teachers were invited 
on stage to share their memories of each student and ended with words 
of encouragement for the future.

“Our Canyon Oaks and Mountain Park graduates have demonstrated the characteristics 
that lead to success: persistence, creativity, and hard work. These 
are qualities that we hope to cultivate in all our students,” Superintendent Dr. 
Katherine Thorossian said. “Monrovia Unified is dedicated to the achievement 
of every student and I am certain that our graduates will continue to be a 
source of pride for our community.”

As they picked up their diploma and elbow-
bumped their teachers, some students were also 
surprised as they were presented with scholarships. 
Before reaching the pick-up zone at the end 
of the graduation stage, students met with Flint 
Fertig, Director of Alternative Schools, who directed 
them to turn their tassel from right to left.

“The Class of 2020 was presented with many obstacles 
this school year, but not once did they let 
the hardships discourage them,” Fertig said. “They 
pushed through everything and have fulfilled all of 
the graduation requirements to be here today. Congratulations 
to every single one of them.”

A complete overview of the commencement ceremony is available on the schools’ website


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


A Canyon Oaks High 
School graduate 
celebrates as he walks 
on stage to pick up his 
diploma during the 
school’s commencement 
ceremony at 
Monrovia High School 
on June 2

Mountain Park Independent School graduate shows off her diploma during 
the school’s drive-thru graduation at Monrovia High School on June 2.

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