Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 10, 2020 



PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald sent the following letter 
to Parents and the Community concerning the resumption 
of In-Person learning:

"In planning for the return to in-person learning, we’ve been 
guided by a commitment to the safety and well-being of our 
students and staff. 

I’m going to get right to the point: I have recommended to the 
Board of Education that we return to in-person learning no 
earlier than January 11, when the second semester begins. 
This recommendation is grounded in the need to keep our students 
and staff safe while ensuring that students get the best 
possible instruction. 

Safety and Consistency

We want to keep instruction consistent for our students and staff. We have watched as colleges and 
schools opened only to close again within days because of COVID-19 cases. The combination of COVID-
19 and the normal flu season also concerns me. We simply have to get better control of the 

Simultaneous Learning 

With regard to our return to in-person learning, we are also exploring a simultaneous learning model. 
Instead of separate in-person and fully online programs, the simultaneous model keeps classes 
intact, whether students return to campus or choose to stay online. This way, students keep access to 
our programs like dual language and Advanced Placement (AP). Starting in January gives us time 
to acquire and test equipment and train teachers and staff before students return to their campuses. 

Phased Return 

Our return to campus will be phased. We are now in Phase 2 of our process, with the LEARNs supervised 
care for open for some students. In the next several weeks, we will offer in-person specialized 
support for small groups of English learners and eligible students with disabilities. 

Once we get clearance from the Pasadena Department of Public Health, we will begin moving towards 
reopening in January, starting with Transitional Kindergarten through 2nd grade, followed by 
3rd-5th grade, middle school, and finally, high school. Again, January 11 is our target but is subject 
to changing circumstances. 

Safety Measures

We have to ensure that all safety measures are in place before students and staff return. Our teams are 
busy installing and testing safety measures and protocols. We are considering thermal cameras and 
UV devices, and testing them on our campuses. 

Student Voices

A couple of weeks ago, PUSD co-hosted a community forum with City leaders to hear from high school 
students about the issues that concern them. I had an opportunity to hear their input regarding when 
they thought we should come back to in-person learning. Their thoughtful responses were impressive 
and had a great influence on my recommendation to the Board that we begin the return in January. 

Measure O

Finally, I want to tell you about Measure O, the general obligation bond on the November 3 ballot. 
If approved by voters, Measure O would provide funding to make sure that students have up to date 
technology and internet access. It would allow us to repair and improve our campuses. Please check 
our website at for more information. 

Thank you. Stay healthy and stay safe.


Brian McDonald, Ed.D. Superintendent"


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: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114


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



Candidate Tina Wu Fredericks has secured the support and endorsement of Assemblyman Chris Holden 
(D-41) to her campaign for board, adding to her dynamic list of elected and community supporters from 
the cities of Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

 Her endorsement adds to her list of major endorsements that includes the Los Angeles County Dem-
ocratic Party and California School Employees Association, Local 434 that represents classified workers 
throughout the District. “I am proud to earn Assemblyman Holden’s endorsement and look forward to 
working with him to ensure PUSD secures the funding needed from the State to continue investing in 
student success.”

 Holden has recently been highlighted in the news for adoption of his landmark legislation requiring 
corporations to honor their recent commitment to racial justice by requiring their boardrooms have more 
diversity by the end of 2021. Holden said, “As a community activist, Tina has demon-strated dedication 
to equity and fairness for all. I am convinced she will be a tireless worker to achieve excellent educational 
opportunities for all of our students.”

 For more information about Wu Fredericks campaign, go to


All Sierra Madre households are invited to create Halloween art for display on our local merchants’ 
windows. All ages from a single address are welcome to draw or paint any Halloween theme 
on a paper ‘canvas’ provided to you by Sierra Madre Civic Club. Create your visions of Halloween using pencils, markers, paint, ink – any medium you 
want. The art will be displayed on pre-approved downtown merchants’ windows from October 23 
until November 2. Civic Club members will mount your artwork on the windows. Sign up on-line at before October 8. High quality craft paper, 36” x 36”, 
and further instructions will be delivered free to your front door. One per address. Important Dates: October 9-10 Paper and instructions delivered to your front door. October 20 Deadline to return completed art in labelled box at 184 South Lima. 
For further questions, please contact Karma Bell, Halloween Chair for Sierra Madre Civic Club, at 

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