Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Sierra Madre Middle School Service Club is sponsoring a Food and Hygiene Kit 
Donation Drive for the Foothill Unity Center, which provides food to the homeless 
and under-served populations residing in Sierra Madre and surrounding 

Our Service Club is collecting food items for the homeless lunches that they provide, 
in addition to hygiene kits as they have started to provide mobile showers for the homeless at 
their sites in Monrovia and Pasadena. Hygiene (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste) items can 
be travel size. 

The donation box is outside the office at SMMS and labeled Foothill Unity. For questions contact 
Maria Decker: 

Soup with pop-topTop Ramen1 salty snack1 sweet snack 
Oatmeal cups2 granola barsFruit cupWater 

2 pair socksShampooConditioner 
Hand Sanitizer or wipesComb 
Towels (for mobile showers) 


ARCADIA-- Less than 4% of 
California’s more than 2,650 public 
middle and high schools have 
been named in this year’s 2021 
California Distinguished Schools 
Program, and Arcadia Unified’s 
Dana Middle School is one of the 
distinguished few. 

“In a year unlike any other for 
public education, it’s wonderful 
news to have Dana Middle 
School recognized as a 2021 
California Distinguished School,” 
said Arcadia Unified Superintendent 
Dr. David Vannasdall. 
“For over a year now, educators 
and school staff have been called 
upon to go above and beyond in 
adjusting and adapting to delivering 
instruction and supporting 
students and families no matter 
the setting. Fortunately for us, going 
above and beyond is second 
nature for our Arcadia Unified 
team, making this recognition 
something shared and celebrated 
across our entire district.” 

Dana Middle School last received 
this distinction in 2013. The Arcadia 
community also recently 

had a chance to take an inside 
look at Dana Middle School 
through Arcadia Unified’s new 
School Spotlight series. During 
this spotlight, the school’s students, 
teachers, staff, and administrators 
shared more about the 
work, learning, and community-
building that has continued on 
through distance learning. 

"I think that Dana creates a safe 
community for all students regardless 
of their background,” 
shared Dana Middle School 7th 
grader Sophia Ren when asked 
what she likes most about her 
school. “The teachers are dedicated 
to helping students reach their 
full potential. Dana is a nurturing 
and fun environment that I look 
forward to going to every day, 
even online!" 

Over the years, every Arcadia 
Unified elementary and middle 
school has been named a California 
Distinguished School. 
Most recently, Arcadia Unified’s 
Holly Avenue Elementary and 
Longley Way Elementary Schools 
were named 2018 California 
Distinguished Schools. The California 
Distinguished Schools 

Program recognizes elementary 
and middle and high schools 
in alternate years, which means 
honorees hold their California 
Distinguished School title for two 

Sponsored by the California Department 
of Education (CDE) 
and presented by California 
Casualty, the California Distinguished 
Schools Program recognizes 
schools for one of two accomplishments: 
significant gains in narrowing the 
achievement gap or achieving exceptional 
student performance. 

The 2021 California Distinguished 
Schools honorees will be 
recognized via a virtual ceremony 
that the CDE will announce 
at a later date. Additional details 
on the California Distinguished 
Schools program may be found 
at For information 
about Dana Middle School, visit and for more information 
about the Arcadia Unified 
School District, visit www. 


Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. FanaraE-mail address: 
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: 

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent 

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 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 School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Dr. William Walnerwebsite: www. 

Clairbourn School 

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

Holy Family Catholic School

1301 Rollin Street South Pasadena Ca 91030 
(626) 799-4354 •
Transitional Kindergarten - 8th GradePrincipal: Mrs. Darcie GirmusWebsite: info@holyfamily.orgFacebook & Instagram @HFSKnights 

Foothill Oaks Academy

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

Frostig School

971 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 Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon RoadPasadena, 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 JacksonEmail: 
Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
Pasadena High School

2925 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 School

141 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 School

1434 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 

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