Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Dear Parents and Guardians: 

Good news! We have now received our supply of rapid antigen COVID-19 tests which will allow PUSD 
to adopt a less restrictive QUARANTINE Protocol so that students may return to in-person learning as 
soon as possible. The new guidelines will maintain protective measures to continue reducing the risk of 
transmission in our schools and will take effect Monday, January 31, 2022. 

Please be aware that these changes do NOT affect ISOLATION protocols for students who test positive 
for COVID-19. As a reminder, students who have COVID-19 must still isolate (stay in their home or 
other residence) for a period of at least 10 days. They may return to school if: 

10 days have passed from the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test 

No fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of medication 

Other symptoms have improved 

For students who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are identified as close contacts, the QUARANTINE 
pro-cedures have changed. However, if the student is fully vaccinated, they are exempt from 
quarantine and can remain in school. Unvaccinated students who are identified as close contacts and 
directed to quarantine will now be allowed to return on Day 6 from the last date of exposure to the positive 
case if they meet the following criteria: 

At least 5 days have passed from their last known contact to the infectious case 

Are asymptomatic 

Receive a negative result from an FDA-authorized viral COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) taken 
on Day 5 or later at the PUSD Primary Clinic (located at 351 S. Hudson, Pasadena, California 91109), 
which will be observed and verified by a PUSD Nurse 

Monitor for symptoms for 10 full days from the last known contact to the infectious case, 

Wear a non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire at all times when 
around oth-ers both indoors and outdoors, 

Must eat outdoors when possible and with distance from others. 

Exposed persons who were previously infected with COVID-19 within the past 90 days are exempt from 
quaran-tine and can remain in school. 

The revised PUSD Quarantine Protocol is an option for schools and is outlined in further detail in the 
Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidance in TK12 
Schools. Our new guidelines are aligned to PPHD quarantine procedures and will shorten the time 
students are away from in-person learning. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our 
top priorities when making decisions regarding our health protocols. We will continue to monitor the 
spread of the Omicron variant and send updates as proce-dures change. We appreciate your patience 
and cooperation as we work together to navigate these rapidly changing guidelines. 


Brian O. McDonald, Ed.D.



Alverno Heights Academy200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara
E-mail address: 
Arcadia High School180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent 

Arroyo Pacific Academy41 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) 446-5588Head of School: Ethan Williamson 
Kindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 

Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Jonathon Haweswebsite: www. 

Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 

Foothill Oaks Academy822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010(626) 301-9809Principal: Nancy 

Frostig School971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 
(626) 791-1255Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 

The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-2410Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner 

High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon RoadPasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 


Odyssey Charter School725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
Pasadena High School2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca.

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandezwebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114solis@st-ritaschool.orgWebsite: 

Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUISE-mail address: 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett NewsomE-mail address: 
Walden School 
74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 

Weizmann Day School1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 797-0204Lisa Feldman: Head of School 

Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth EsselnE-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) 471-2000Website: 

Duarte Unified School District 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 

Arcadia Christian School 

Fall Semester 2021 

8th Grade 

4.0 Grade Point Average 
Peipei Alexander, Sophia Alpuche, Siri Baldrica, 
Anastasia Besoli, Danica Chen, Hailey 
Chen, Jayden Cheng, Zoe Chiu, Kyla Dancel, 
Miriam Elghefari, Frances Farnam, Matthew 
Floresca Tom, Emily Fong, Jared Gavel, Scarlett 
Glick,Toby Hom, Jonathan Hong, Dayton 
Johanssen, Maria Karpetyan, Caleb Kodama, 
Alyssa Lewis, Trinity Liang, Nathaniel Llana, 
Michael Manoukian, Ryan Manzanero, Zalea 
Nunes, Anne Perkins, Ishan Prabhu, Nathan 
Reaves, Ella Rogokos, Robert Shema, William 
Shema, Megan Sinclair, Dhiren Swamy, Annika 
Tamppari, Ethan Wiles, Jonathan Yoon 

3.5 GPA or Higher 
Kaeden Alkhadra, Noah An, Sebastian Boiles, 
Nicholas Boyadjian, Jackson Brad-ley, Yemaya 
Bruce, Mia Bugarin, Katarina Carr, Rylan Cho, 
Payton Chung, Evyn Clayton, Nathan Decker, 
Diego Espana, Chance Espinoza, Peyton Fox, 
Justin Gar-cia, Thomas Garcia, Cade Garlett, 
Jane Graff, Ryan Guerra, Harrison Gwaltney, 
Peter Herb, Dylan Hoang, Yunmei Hu, Layla 
Huang, Lucy Hunt, Zhurong Jin, Carter Johns, 
Gwendolyn Kathol, Annabella Kellerman, 
Rian Kinney, Ava La-mond, Leo Luster, Kaiya 
Masuda, Ava McGarry, Jack McWade, Harout 
Mitilian, Noah Moore, Finneas Moser, Paloma 
Murga, Mia Perez, Andreas Peterson, Eleni 
Portillo, Mark-Anthony Rodriguez, Lilian 
Su, Jaya Swamy, Maliha Syeed-Miller, Aidan 
Thomas, Aniyah Tiggle, Charlevoix Torrence, 
Matthew Vasquez, Michael Vu, Jake Walkup, 
Olivia Walters, Taylor Wu, Karla Yacoub, Nathan 

7th Grade 

4.0 Grade Point Average 
Ali Abu Rayyan, Bela Ayala, Leynah Barcarse, 
Louis Barna, Madeleine Bertsch, Joshua Chen, 
Joshua Chin, Micah Ching, Danielle Choi, Micah 
Clauson, Kayla Dayman, Mason Del Rosario, 
Marisol Fernandez, Tiffany Fink, Kayla 
Gavel, Em-erald Green, Harvey Green, Josiah 
Himsl, Jasmine Hsiung, Michael Hudick, Julietta 
Hutt, Bailey Keith, Collette Kiesel, Alexander 
Klein, Lacy Kong, Madeline Korman, 
Connor Lam, Melinda Lansford, Christian 
Lee, Paul Lee, Penelope Lina-res, Jesse Liou, 
Andrew Lopez, Megan Ly, Onederful Martin, 
Namya Mehra, Ruby Meyer, William Milla, 
Tyler Nguyen, David Ohlson, Jack Orense, 
Ethan Parker, Stellan Pearson, Kovas Radvenis, 
Thiago Rivero, Nathan Sanchez, Eero 
Schmunk, Aiden Serr, Angelleen Sie To, Ruby 
Sprague, Ian To, Noah Tsui, Aditya Ve-lusamy, 
Megan Vuong, Liam Wahlstrom, Wan-Hsing 
Wang, Miles Waters, Olivia Widman, Madelyn 
Wilson, Gabriel Wong 

3.5 GPA or Higher 
Adam Abdelwahed, Arthur Acosta, Jane Anderson, 
River Axelrod, Sungjo Bang, Vivienne 
Barcarse, Peyton Batt, Samuel Bortnik, Dylan 
Brooks, Jordan Chang, Ryan Chen, Oliver 
Clark, Nicky De Necochea, Declan Denison, 
Aiden Eusebio, Lucas Fackrell, Kyra 

Fletcher, Remy Gaskell, Guohua Ghiloni, Anya 
Gnanapra-gasam, Lawton Gray, Tatyanna 
Hanna, Carnell Harvey, August Heinsen, Moira 
Heintz, Joseph Hernandez, Kaden Higashi, 
Ares Ho, Own Ho, Isabella Hyoun Bo-rolla, 
Marissa Ibarra, Eula Johnson, Cash Kelley, 
Tyler Knight, Agnesa Kreakopyan, Zacharias 
Kuo, Aubrey Lee-Ho, Elizabeth Mandigo, Atticus 
McDon-ald, LaTonio Miller, Trenton 
Nam, Sabrina Nessman, Elizabeth Nieberg, 
Ethan Ong, Jayden Ong, Aldo Ortiz, Elliott 
Park, Sienna Park, Charlie Renk, Rebecca Sanchez, 
Adam Schneider, Andrew Soultanian, 
Colin Sweeney, Macsen Wallis, Alyssa West, 
Atticus Williams, Ethan Woo 

6th Grade 

4.0 Grade Point Average 
Hana Abu Rayyan, Nicholas Adams, Kaelyn 
Almonte, Adriana Arias, Saija Bal-drica, Ava 
Barrios, Elise Barrios, Molly Brickner, Tyler 
Brown, Sebastian Broy, Brandon Budianto, 
Miles Burk, Kyle Chia, Ethan Chow, Hayul 
Chung, Harry Daniels, Gavin Dillingham, Juliette 
Garvey, Charlie Henderson, Walter Herrera, 
Evan Hill, Minuet Hong, Jillian Jepson, 
Micah Johansen, Calvin Jones, Nareg Ka-rakossian, 
Rose Kim, Natalie Kreakopyan, Chet 
Leavitt, Sion Lee, Allison Leo, Brendan Lercel, 
Juliet Levine, Logan Lewis, Kiara Liang, Kylie 
Lin, Chase Liston, Caleb Liu, Camron Liu, 
Arundhati Marchetti, Brixton McDonald, Nigel 
Morris, Kassia Ng, Katelyn Ng, Pishon Nkanu, 
Atticus Pham, Araceli Prasarttongosoth, 
Peter Reaves, Alexander Richter, Maximiliano 
Roman, Jane Sivertsen, Morris Steinberg, Lila 
Stevens, Jack Stewart-Oaten, Aneira Tamppari, 
Sophie Tan, Leila Tfaily, Felix Thompson, 
Jeffrey Vodnoy, Vincent Vu, Penelope 
Vuong, James Walsh, Audrey Wood, Zachary 
Wortham, Arden Yang, Addyson Yi, Casey Yoshida, 
Aya Yoshitake 

3.5 GPA or Higher 
Jacob Abelar, Ranuki Abeywickrama, James 
Barrie, Luis Barron, Rosalie Beck, Eloise Beesemyer, 
Victoria Belova, Carter Bradley, Sebastian 
Bugarin, Lucas Carl-son, Allison Chung, 
Kai Cunningham, Ruby Daniels, Violet Den-
man, Joaquin Duval, Santiago Duval, Sofia 
Espana, Nicolas Fargnoli, Stefon Feagin, Zoe 
Fearon, Joshua Fernandez, Ava Frankovich, 
William Garibay, Luciano Gomez, Yura Harden, 
Sophia Harney, Kaiden Hsu, Aura Huang-
Anacleto, Henry Hunt, Gavin Jarvis, Thomas 
Jones, Emily Kiang, Ruth Klinman, Vivian 
Kroese, Evah Lee, Hannah Lee, Magdalyn Leong, 
Ashton Lewis, Ethan Leyland, Mariano 
Llana, Ennis Lo, Sydney Lo, Keian Ly, Grace 
Mallord, Gabriel Medina, Camilla Moncayo, 
Kalyan Mukhopadhyay, Isaiah Najarro, Zoe 
Navarro, Daisy Negron, Jaylon Nesbitt, Emma 
Nguyen, Giada Pena, Samuel Perez, Erik Portillo, 
Violet Prince, Max Romaniw, Emilio 
Roybal, Zoe Schachtel, Annara Smith, Jacob 
Smith, Andrew Tellez, Bloo Timon-Hill, Ruby 
Vallejo, Julian Vickrey Trinh, Bronson Willis, 
Hunter Yamamo-to, Lucas Yeh, Yoraan Zhang 

La Salle College Preparatory 1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006 
3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 
(626) 351-8951 website: 626-574-8229/626-574-0805Principal Dr. Jamal Adams Email:

Principal: Cindy Harmon 

Monrovia High School 


325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 

Arcadia High School’s victorious Regional Science Bowl team after winning the JPL-hosted 
event on Jan. 22, 2022, clockwise from top left: coach Cherryl Mynster with students Sonia 
Zhang, Jeshwanth Mohan, Brian Lam, Xing Liu, and Selena Zhang. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

The team heads to the national championship 
after an intense virtual competition that also 
marked a milestone for the Lab. 

After months of training till midnight and hours 
of anxiety amid fast-paced competition, five 
Arcadia High School students took back their 
crown and are headed to the National Science 
Bowl in Washington, D.C. 

The Arcadia team was victorious at the Jan. 
22 regional competition, which marked the 
30th year NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Southern California has hosted the tournament. 
The event brings together science- and math-
minded high schoolers from across Los Angeles, 
Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Santa 
Barbara counties. Arcadia last won the bowl in 
2015; this year marked its eighth victory since 
the competition began. 

The San Gabriel Valley school narrowly defeated 
Irvine’s University High School, which 
came in second after winning for the past four 
years; another former winner, Troy High School 
in Fullerton, placed third. Twenty-two teams 

“It was pretty intense throughout,” said Arcadia 
senior Sonia Zhang, who has competed in the 
bowl alongside her twin sister Selena since they 
were sophomores. “It was just a lot of hard questions. 
… The pacing was really quick.” 

The team credits their victory in part to the 
“power of friendship,” which regularly led to an 
extra hour of chatting after study sessions that 
ended at midnight. That closeness showed up on 
competition day. 

“After every round, we were complimented 
about our teamwork,” said Jeshwanth Mohan, 
also a senior. 

Regional Science Bowl tournaments take place 
across the country in the lead-up to the National 
Science Bowl, which is coordinated by the U.S. 
Department of Energy and includes an all-expenses-
paid trip to Washington for participating 
teams. The first national competition took place 
in 1991; JPL has been hosting the regional annual 
event since 1993. 

“It’s like the Super Bowl of science,” said Arcadia 
High coach Cherryl Myster, who teaches advanced 
placement chemistry.
Since the beginning, Kim Lievense, who manages 
the Lab’s Public Services Office in the Communications 
and Education Directorate, has 

been at the helm for JPL. She coordinates some 
35 volunteers, largely from JPL and Caltech, 
which manages JPL for NASA, to run the 

“I love this competition. I love interacting with 
the students, and I love interacting with the volunteers,” 
Lievense said. “It’s just fun.” 
The questions have gotten harder over the years, 
she said. 

The students are quizzed at a first-year college 
level in biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, 
energy, math, and physics in a fast-paced 
verbal format. Teams have just seven seconds 
to answer questions like this sample from the 
chemistry category: 

Dr. Ecniecs, who loves riddles, gave the following 
riddle about the periodic table: Element A 
is left-right adjacent to element B. Element A 
never shares what it holds. Element B is always 
taking from other elements. Both elements are 
a clear gas. Both elements are nonmetals. Combined, 
they have a mass less than that of gallium. 
What are the identities of elements A and B? 
The answer: neon and fluorine. 

Students, who competed from home, had two 
cameras on them: one showing their faces and 
another monitoring their workspace in an effort 
to ensure they’re not cheating. Each team joined 
with three volunteers in a private virtual Zoom 
“room” for individual rounds of the event, and – 
unlike the in-person tournament – never went 
head-to-head with other teams. 

Competing remotely increased the pressure, 
members of the Arcadia High team said. 

“In this format, you’re under more pressure to 
know the information well because you can’t 
rely on the other team to screw up,” Sonia Zhang 

And you don’t have the fun of interrupting, her 
sister Selena said. 

It’s not quite the same when the events are online 
only, Lievense agreed, but it’s still a unique challenge 
for the students. Next year, she hopes, the 
competition will be held in person. 

The Arcadia High team will face dozens of teams 
from other high schools at the national championship 
competition, which may also end up 
being virtual and is currently slated to begin in 
late April. Before that, there is plenty of time for 
more studying and late-night chatting. 

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