Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 12, 2022

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EDUCATION AND YOUTH & MORE10 Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 12, 2022 EDUCATION AND YOUTH & MORE10 Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 12, 2022 

Dear PUSD Community, 

To keep you fully informed, I’m writing to explain upcoming 
changes to COVID-19 protocols which were discussed at last night’s 
PUSD Board of Education meeting. Following guidance from state, 
county, and local public health authorities, masks will no longer be 
required but strongly recommended indoors at Pasadena Unified 
schools and childcare sites starting this Monday, March 14, 2022. 
The relaxed rules come in response to declining COVID-19 cases, 

fewer hospitalizations, and increasing vaccination rates. 

The PUSD team presented and discussed changes with the Board of Education last night so that all 
opinions could be heard. Our decisions are guided by science and influenced by parents, teachers, staff, 
and, above all, our students. Your well-being will always be our top priority. 

While we’re lifting the mask mandate in PUSD, we must remain vigilant as new variants of the virus 
develop. If conditions change, it is possible that the mask mandate could be reinstated, so we must keep 
masks within easy reach. 

We strongly encourage parents/guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. The State 
of California has announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be a required vaccination (with options 
for personal exemptions) once it receives full FDA approval. We know that vaccinations are a key component 
to preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

PUSD Vaccine Clinics 

Mondays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the PUSD Education Center(351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena). To register, visit 


Although masks are not required but still strongly recommended in many cases, mask mandates remain 
in place in the following circumstances: 

• Exposed students, identified as close contacts, must wear masks for 10 days after exposure. 
• Exposed students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated must wear masks upon returning to school from quarantine from Day 6 through Day 10. 
• Students and staff members on a bus or other PUSD transportation must wear masks at all 
• Students and staff on a field trip at a public facility must wear masks while indoors. 
• Students, staff, and community members at a PUSD testing or vaccination clinic must wear 
• Masks will also be required in the school Health Offices and the PUSD Primary Clinic as 
these offices provide health care. 
I want to state clearly: it’s imperative for everyone to feel safe on PUSD campuses. We have a diverse 
population with differing views and health conditions and we ask that our parents, students, and staff 
be respectful of each other’s views. We know that some students and staff may have concerns about 
removing their masks indoors and may choose to continue wearing one. That’s ok. After two years, we 
know there are individual and private reasons for staff and students to keep wearing their mask. Please 
be respectful of each others’ decisions. 


PUSD Student Quarantine protocols may also be changing since revised State TK-12 guidance was 
recently published and we anticipate similar revisions to county and local guidance. Once county and 
local guidelines are released, we will review and make adjustments to PUSD’s protocols as needed. We 
will keep you informed. 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

Best regards,

 Brian McDonald, Ed.D. Superintendent 


Bethany Christian School 7th and 8th graders were thrilled to be able to take their traditional 
East Coast tour which had been postponed for 2 years due to the pandemic. 

The tour was led by Bethany’s 7th/8th grade history teacher Katherine Spinelli in conjunction 
with Joshua Expeditions. 

The tour had almost 30 participants, including six chaperones and featured a packed 
schedule full of educational activities and sites in three different states. 

In Philadelphia the students viewed the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National 
Constitution Center. They then went on to visit Valley Forge, an Amish farm, Gettysburg 
and Mount Vernon in Virginia. 

In Washington DC Bethany students toured the Holocaust Museum, the Ford Theater, the 
Capital Mall, the Spy Museum, the National Archives and the Museum of the Bible. They 
took in many national monuments including the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial 
and the Korean War Memorial as well as seeing the Supreme Court, White House 
and Capitol Building. 

They also were privileged to meet and pray with the Senate Chaplain on the East Steps. 

Four Bethany students were selected to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the 
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. 

The trip was an excellent educational opportunity for Bethany students to enhance their 
studies of American history. 

For more information on Bethany Christian School visit 


Alverno Heights Academy200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. FanaraE-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 ClarkeE-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 
La Salle College Preparatory3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Dr. Jamal Adams 
Monrovia High School325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 
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 
1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 
626-574-8229/626-574-0805Email: inquiry@acslions.comPrincipal: Cindy Harmonwebsite: 
All Things By Jeff Brown 


 In order to form a picture, one must visualize a little village lying on the foothills of the 
Sierra Madre mountains. It might have been called the village of sunshine and sage brush 
for there was sage brush everywhere and sunshine flooded everything. Stretching far to 
the south lay the broad San Gabriel Valley- a wonderful panorama. 

Sometimes on a clear day we could see through the “Gap” in the Puente Hills, the ocean 
glittering in the sunlight. Then 30 miles out to sea rose the two highest peaks of Catalina 
island. No factory smoke obscured the view and the air was clear and sweet and healthful. 

It was a peaceful village in the 1880’s; a rooster crowing or the distant tap of a hammer, 
and now and then a clatter of horses hooves and wagon wheels were the only likely noises 
to disturb the afternoon siesta. 

The silence of the long summer evenings was broken only by concerts of frogs and crickets, 
the tinkle of a piano or the bark of a dog. There were few trees in the valley and only 
the occasional glow of a light in some window. 

We had no gas, no electricity, no telephone, but we were happy even though our lamps 
were trouble-some to fill and trim, and we baked our bread in wood stove. Recreation was 
healthy and simple. Church suppers and sociables, bazaars, amateur theatricals, concerts, 
dances and tennis parties brought people together. 

The early inhabitants of Sierra Madre were no “country jakes” they were an intelligent 
group of people transplanted from their homes in New England, The Middle West, the 
British Isles, Norway and Canada; doctors, lawyers, musicians , professors, business men 
and farmers. 

They all came with their families to California to settle and a start a new life in Sierra 




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