Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 1, 2023

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Mountain Views News Saturday, July 1, 2023 



Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 

Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - TK - 8th Grade


Principal: Cindy Harmon


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:

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School

Ms. Rose Navarro, Principal

2660 East Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, Ca 91107


Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Tonya Beilstein

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Jonathon Hawes

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 Dr. Jamal Adams

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: Mathew Kodama


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



By a vote of 7-0, the Pasadena Unified Board of 
Education, Thursday night, appointed Deputy 
Superintendent Elizabeth Blanco, Ed.D., as 
Interim Superintendent. Dr. Blanco has been 
with PUSD for a total of nine years and has 
served as Deputy Superintendent since 2022.

 She succeeds Dr. Brian McDonald, who is 
leaving PUSD on June 30, after 12 years in 
PUSD, nine of them as Superintendent.

 “We are fortunate to have Dr. Blanco’s 
leadership as Interim Superintendent during 
this transition,” said Board President Michelle 
Richardson Bailey. “She has been a key leader 
in developing our district’s Strategic Plan, 
budget, and initiatives. With her breadth of 
knowledge and experience, her proven track 
record in working collaboratively with district 
partners, and her focus on equity, inclusive 
practices, and continuous improvement, Dr. 
Blanco will l be pivotal in bringing PUSD to 
the next level.”

 An accomplished executive and servant 
leader with more than 30 years of experience 
in public education, Dr. Blanco is passionate 
about creating dynamic learning environments 
that are engaging and inclusive of all learners.

 “I am honored to serve as the Interim 
Superintendent and I look forward to 
actualizing the District’s visionary Strategic 
Plan,” Dr. Blanco said. “The Strategic Plan 
is unique in that it intentionally includes the 
voices and dreams of the PUSD community. 
I am excited to walk with our students, 
colleagues, and educational partners as we 
put the district’s new vision and mission into 

 Dr. Blanco led the District’s visioning for the 
future through the design and development 
of the District’s Educational Master Plan that 
creates pathways 
for the realization 
of the District’s 
Facilities Master 
Plan and new 
Strategic Plan. Dr. 
Blanco also leads 
the design and 
of the District’s 
Local Control 
Plan (LCAP). 
Her work includes the expansion of magnet 
schools and the establishment of community 
schools and educational equity access 

 Dr. Blanco has served as Deputy 
Superintendent, the District’s second-highest 
role, since 2022; as Chief Academic Officer 
from 2018-2021; and Chief of Specialized 
Instructional Services from 2017-2018. 
She was previously the District’s Executive 
Director of SELPA, Special Education and 
Early Childhood from 2009-2012. Dr. Blanco 
was Chief of Special Education Services and 
the Division of Instruction, Innovation, and 
Social Justice in the San Francisco Unified 
School District from 2012- 2017. She began 
her career in education as a classroom teacher 
in the Rowland Unified School District.

 Dr. Blanco holds a Doctor of Education 
in Urban Educational Leadership from the 
University of Southern California, two Master 
of Arts degrees in Educational Administration 
and Special Education, and a Bachelor of Arts 
in Child Development from California State 
University, Los Angeles.


Camp Raider began on June 26th and will run until July 28th, Monday-Friday.

Academics, Enrichments and fun field trips are just some of the activities offered.

TK-8th grade campers are immersed in the abundance of activities offered in the program.

Campers begin their day with academic exercises including Reading, Writing and


They have especially been enjoying writing stories in our technology lab, all while enhancing 
their typing skills! Camp Raider enrichment programs include Scratch Coding, 
Music, Sports, Art and Spanish, giving students endless opportunities to learn something 

Field trips are all part of the experience! On June 29th, campers enjoyed time outdoors 
and walked to the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments. They walked through the 
facilities, learned about safety, explored the ambulance & fire trucks and counted how 
many seconds it takes for a firefighter to put on their safety equipment in an emergency!

Campers have more fun field trips to look forward to including trips to the Aquarium 
of the Pacific, California Science Center, Rockin’ Jump, and Knotts Berry Farm! When 
students are not on field trips, they are going on scavenger hunts, making home-made ice 
cream, splashing around on water days, and enjoying learning something new from their 
special guest visitors!

They are really excited to cook with Chef Gresik from The Arbour and tie-dye shirts with 
our very own, Coach Tavera!

Camp Raider provides an emotionally safe learning environment where students thrive. 

For more information, contact St. Rita School at 626-355-6114 or visit our website at

Happy Summer from all of us at St. Rita School

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