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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Altadena Library Teen Workshop Presents Making the Most of Your College Visits with Ashley Sim

Altadena Library Teen Workshop Presents Making the Most of Your College Visits with Ashley Sim

Altadena Library presents Making the Most of Your College Visits with Ashley Sim on Saturday, March 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. offered by the Library as part of its teen programming.

Spring break is right around the corner, and that is a great time to visit colleges if you are a high school student. Please come join Ashley Sim, former admissions officer for Caltech, as she explains why visiting colleges is crucial before you start the application process and how to get the most out of your college visits. She will discuss the role college visits play in the admissions process, the types of visit opportunities offered by colleges, and how you should go about conducting them.

Ashley Sim is an educational consultant who provides individualized academic advising and college and law school admissions counseling to students and parents. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, she has worked in college admissions for more than 15 years as an alumni admissions representative of Stanford and as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the California Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pasadena-Altadena Links Inc. Holiday Affair Raises $20,000 for Scholarships

Pasadena-Altadena Links Inc. Holiday Affair Raises $20,000 for Scholarships

Recently the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links Inc. hosted their annual holiday gathering, “Holidays with the Links” in Paseo Colorado’s Noor Ballroom.

At the sold-out affair, over 250 guests enjoyed a lively cocktail reception, savory brunch fare, and greetings from Chapter President Yvonne Hill and Event Chair Mildred Dockery. Four Pasadena area community champions were honored: Lucille Bartlett, Chapter Charter Member of 53 years; Sylvia Wiggins, Alumnae Member of 48 years & long term co-chair of the chapter’s annual Senior Talent Show; Billy Mitchell, jazz musician and producer of various music programs for San Gabriel valley students, and PUSD’s 2016 Principal of the Year, Timothy Sippel, John Muir High School.

Guests from as far away as Dallas, TX to San Francisco, CA along with Pasadena natives marveled as Marissa Dodd, a previous Links Up for Success mentee & 2013 Scholar of Excellence chapter scholarship recipient, described her appreciation in being able to purchase her quarterly textbooks and the overall positive impact the chapter has had on her educational pursuits.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Altadena Library Presents ‘Maker Mondays’ for Teens

The Altadena Library Presents ‘Maker Mondays’ for Teens


The Altadena Library District is proud to kick off Maker Mondays, a new series of STEAM programs. The series starts on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Teen Space.

Participants will create catapults out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands. The newly created catapults will be tested to see who can shoot a marshmallow higher and further. Participants will explore the impact of different structures and angles on the trajectory of their marshmallow. The winner earns a prize for his/her efforts. Snacks will be provided.

“STEAM activities are a great way to explore scientific theories through cause and effect,” says Kate Shumaker, Teen Librarian.

The series will continue the second Monday of every month with a different project each meeting.

Altadena Library District, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, (626) 798-0833 or visit www.altadenalibrary.org.

 

 

 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Aveson Charter Schools Launch Local #GivingTuesday Campaign

Aveson Charter Schools Launch Local #GivingTuesday Campaign

Students and teachers of Aveson Charter Schools in Altadena will join more than 45,000 partners worldwide for #Giving Tuesday on November 29, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide.

Aveson calls their campaign #Giving TWOsday, which will be centered at the Aveson Global Leadership Academy, at 575 W. Altadena Drive, and Aveson School of Leaders at 1919 Pinecrest Avenue in Altadena.

“Our #GivingTWOsday campaign recognizes Aveson’s commitment to making a difference for everyone in our greater Altadena community,” said Kate Bean, Executive Director of Aveson Charter Schools. “Collaboration and social leadership are cornerstones of Aveson’s personalized mastery learning vision and it is a pleasure to give back to two outdoor spaces that enrich our students’ lives as well as the lives of all Altadena-area residents.”

During the event, Aveson will share a portion of the funds raised with two Altadena outdoor recreation spaces – Loma Alta Park and Eaton Canyon Natural Resource.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

“It Ain’t All Roses”

“It Ain’t All Roses”


Letter to the Editor by LORENA MARTÍNEZ, M.Ed. Former Principal, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy and Altadena Elementary School

Dear Community:

I send much love and good wishes as you embark on a new school year. It has been my distinct honor to serve as a Principal and Instructional Leader with the local school district, in the Altadena community since 2012. I have had the pleasure of collaborating and working with your public school community, law enforcement and local business friends; capping a personal twenty-five year career in public schools. I never worked harder, and I never had such dedicated colleagues.

I want to share some positive things going on in your public schools and to say farewell to this beautiful community. I hope that in some small way I have contributed by laying a foundation of dignity, respect and admiration for public schools, educators, parents, and for all who work with children and contribute positive lessons to children every day,

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View

Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View

As part of an ongoing series of college counseling workshops, Altadena Library will host Ashley Sim’s Free workshop for teens: Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. Points discussed will include: Standardized tests can often be the most stressful part of a high school student’s career, especially as he or she ponders how they’ll impact his or her college applications. What standardized tests should be taken and when? How do colleges evaluate them? What are the current trends in testing?

Ashley Sim, former admissions officer for Caltech, is an educational consultant who provides individualized academic advising and college and law school admissions counseling to students and parents. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, she has worked in college admissions for more than 15 years as an alumni admissions representative of Stanford and as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to advising her own clients, Ashley works as a consultant for College,

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fifty Years On, These Former Students Still Love Their Sixth-Grade Homeroom Teacher

Fifty Years On, These Former Students Still Love Their Sixth-Grade Homeroom Teacher

Having learned in harmony during a time of racial strife, they gathered at Mijares Restaurant last Saturday evening to thank the man who guided them in their youth and enriched their lives forever.

Dr. Mel Beech, a former sixth-grade Pasadena Unified teacher no one from his homeroom class of 1967-68 will ever forget, said he remembers that year of national social and political unrest as “a good one” for him and his students at Altadena Elementary School.

His former students clearly agree. So much so that some flew in from across the country to let him know how important he has been to them.

Alumnus Tod Dawson hatched the idea with classmate Warner Session of throwing a party for Dr. Beech by taking advantage of the class reunion at John Muir High School, saying the timing was perfect.

The Connecticut-based business executive explained why he made the effort: “Did you ever have that one teacher that kind of opened the blinds and lit a spark?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stratford School Hosts Family Friendly Events at the New Altadena Allen Campus

Stratford School Hosts Family Friendly Events at the New Altadena Allen Campus

Before Stratford School welcomes its first preschool through second grade matriculating classes at the new Altadena Allen campus in August, this Silicon Valley based, award-winning independent private school will hold an Open House and two family-friendly events in July.

All July events are free and will be held at the Altadena Allen Campus – 2046 Allen Avenue, Altadena.

As space is limited, early registration is suggested at www.stratfordschools.com/find-your-campus/altadena.

Potty Training Workshop
Date: Friday, July 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This hour-long Potty Training Workshop is for parents eager to learn both the basics of potty training and valuable expert tips to ease the transition from diapers, to pull-ups, then to underwear without struggle. Children are welcome.

Open House
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Prospective families are invited to preview the enriched preschool and elementary programs, meet Stratford’s leadership,

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stratford School Hosts Commissioning Event for New Altadena Allen Campus

Stratford School Hosts Commissioning Event for New Altadena Allen Campus

Stratford School, a Silicon Valley based, award-winning independent private school, recently recognized as a leader in Early Childhood STEM education by the White House, recently announced the opening of their new preschool through sixth grade Altadena Allen campus.

On Wednesday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m., Stratford will hold a commissioning ceremony to officially mark and celebrate the commencement of renovations at the new Altadena Allen campus. Local dignitaries, school officials, honored guests, founding families and their children, will be invited to place a hand on a tile creating a commemorative piece that symbolizes the little and big imprints of all in attendance, to be displayed when the campus opens in August.

Led by Judy Burbank, head of school, the first matriculating classes will consist of students in preschool through second grade.

Stratford provides an exceptional STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, where children are inspired to be creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders.

Immediately following the reception,

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Collaborative Group Holds Parent, Teacher Forum to Discuss School District Issues

Collaborative Group Holds Parent, Teacher Forum to Discuss School District Issues

Collaborate PASadena — the “A” is for “Altadena” — continued its ongoing dialogue with local parents Tuesday evening at McKinley Elementary with its “Parent Voice Workshop.”

Collaborate PASadena is a school-city-community work plan aimed at streamlining and bettering services for children and families in Altadena, Sierra Madre and Pasadena.

The event was the first in a series of free parent engagement forums which are designed to deepen connections between parents and to provide them with ideas, relationships and avenues to help them to better navigate the challenges of parenting.

According to Mercy Santoro, Associate Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District, the evening was designed to “engage parents to help improve their own skills and abilities to lead parents’ organizations and groups.”

“Tonight,” she continued, “is centered around the district’s understanding of key issues from parents that will help the Pasadena School District better service its students.”

The plan was born as the School/City/Community Work Plan in 2013,

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Teen Program: “Making the Most of Your College Visits” with Ashley Sim

Altadena Public Library Presents Teen Program: “Making the Most of Your College Visits” with Ashley Sim

Monday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library.

Visiting colleges effectively before applying to them is essential for success in the admissions process. Please come join Ashley Sim, former admissions officer for Caltech, as she explains how to get the most out of your college visits. She will discuss how the college visit fits into the admissions process, the types of visit opportunities offered by colleges, and how you should go about conducting them.

This free college counseling workshop is the third one in a series being offered by the Altadena Library District this school year as part of its teen programming. “Altadena Library is excited to host Ashley Sim’s workshop. We are committed to providing free, informative programs that prepare community teens and their parents for their college journey.” – Teen Librarian Carrie Wilson

Ashley Sim is an educational consultant who provides individualized academic advising and college and law school admissions counseling to students and parents.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Free 3D Printing Workshop for Teens

Altadena Public Library Presents Free 3D Printing Workshop for Teens

Beginning Friday, April 1st at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Teens are encouraged to register for Altadena Library’s first free workshop to learn the basics of 3-D printing. Experience is not required. This workshop is designed for beginners, but more advanced users are welcomed as well. Registration begins March 7th and closes March 25th. Attendance on April 1st is mandatory to participate in April 2nd and April 8th workshops. To sign up, call Altadena Library Youth Services Department at (626) 798-0833 ext. 108 or email Carrie Wilson cwilson@altadenalibrary.org. Class sizes are limited to 20 attendees. The workshops are for teens ages 12-19.

At the first workshop, teens will be introduced to 3D printing technology. Altadena Library has just acquired a 5th generation Makerbot and 2 Makerbot minis, and workshop participants will be able to select and print designs from Thingiverse, where 3D designs are shared with the community. Participants will learn to design their own 3D objects with 123D Design,

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Paella for a Great Cause

Paella for a Great Cause

Learn the language of love through food and celebrate Día del Amor y la Amistad with a paella fundraiser for the Rayuela School.

This immersive Spanish-English School helps students acquire useful language skills and expand their horizons.

Rayuela will serve traditional dishes including, paella, tortilla de patatas and gazpacho by Chef Pablo Scarpellini. Wash the meal down with a glass of Spanish sangría and feel good about promoting cross cultural learning.

The fundraiser will take place on February 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. and will support Rayuela’s classrooms and playground

Tickets for the fundraiser cost $65, email rayuelaprogram@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Rayuela School is located at 850 East Mariposa Street in Altadena.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

​Saint Elizabeth School in Altadena Holds Open House

​Saint Elizabeth School in Altadena Holds Open House

The Saint Elizabeth School in Altadena is holding its annual open house on Sunday, January 24, and Thursday, January 28, 2016, for prospective students and parents to get to know about the school’s programs and activities and meet faculty members and staff.

Saint Elizabeth School is a Catholic parish school of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church serving kindergarten through 8th grade.

“The school, within a diverse community, exists to serve and proclaim Christ, through a commitment to service, justice and peace,” says an announcement on the school’s website. “The administration, faculty and staff, in collaboration with parents, prepare our students to become responsible life-long learners. We also provide an atmosphere where Christian values are modeled and developed.”

Saint Elizabeth offers a “challenging academic curriculum, technology, fine arts and physical education program provide a liberal arts education for the whole child.”

The school’s open house is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 24, and from 9 to 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-waste Recycling Event

Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-waste Recycling Event

The public is invited to drop off their electronic waste at Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena.

Electronic Items accepted are computers, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, televisions, LCDs, PC peripherals, VCR/VCD Players, Facsimile Machines, Power Supplies, Auto/Rechargeable Batteries, and Cell/Landline Phones.

We do not accept: Light bulbs, Oil, Household batteries likd (AAA, AA, C, D), Hazardous Waste, and All Medical Waste. **$5 fee for microwave ovens.

For more information, contact 1-909-591-8408 or visit attanrecyclingcorp.com.

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, 2184 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, (626) 396-5680 or visit eliot.pasadenausd.org.

 

 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Altadena Library District Presents Paying for College: Finandial Aid and Scholarship Workshop

Altadena Library District Presents Paying for College: Finandial Aid and Scholarship Workshop

Altadena Library is sponsoring a workshop, Paying for College: Financial Aid and Scholarships, on Monday January 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Affording a college education is a challenge for most families these days. Learn about financial aid and scholarships from the perspective of a college admissions office at our free workshop with Ashley Sim, former admissions officer at Caltech. She will discuss common misconceptions, types of aid available, and questions all parents and students should be asking the financial aid offices of colleges they are considering.

Ashley Sim is an educational consultant who provides individualized academic advising and college and law school admissions counseling to students and parents. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, she has worked in college admissions for more than 15 years as an alumni admissions representative of Stanford and as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to advising her own clients, Ashley works as a consultant for Colledge,

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

4-H Club to be Organized in Altadena, First Meeting is Tonight

4-H Club to be Organized in Altadena, First Meeting is Tonight

4-H is coming to the foothills! Tuesday, October 20 will be the first, organizational meeting for a new 4-H Club, to be based in Altadena. The meeting will be held at the Main Altadena Library Barbara J. Pearson Community Room, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Altadena residents Lynette Wiebe and Meredith McKenzie have been working over the past few months getting the foundation ready for this boys and girls club to open its doors.

“I am one of those many Altadenans who loves her garden, her chickens and her children,” states Wiebe on why she wanted to start a 4-H Club here. “My husband and I moved up here in 2013 and dove right in to the urban agriculture thing. And our kids love it too!” But it isn’t always obvious how to connect families and interests.

That’s where 4-H comes in. Started in the American Midwest in the early 20th century, 4-H touts itself as “the nation’s largest youth-development organization.”

Although many urbanites haven’t heard of 4-H,

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Altadena Library Holds ‘Read for the Record’ Event on Thursday

Altadena Library Holds ‘Read for the Record’ Event on Thursday

The Altadena Library District is joining the nationwide Read for the Record literacy awareness event on Thursday, October 22nd, a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in what is said to be the world’s largest shared reading experience.

During the event, readers throughout the country will try to set a new world record for the most number of people reading the same book on the same day.

Read for the Record is now on its 10th year and has been organized by Jumpstart, an organization that conducts a national supplemental program that leverages the power of community and adult-child relationships to build the key language and literacy skills children need to take on the world.

On Thursday, anyone can take part in any of the multiple readings of “Not Norman,” by Kelly Bennett at the Altadena Main Library, and join the record-setting event. Readings will take place every hour on the hour from 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

College Trustee Board Candidates Gather at PCC Election Forum Tuesday

College Trustee Board Candidates Gather at PCC Election Forum Tuesday

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor

Following a tumultuous few years in which a troubled “porn professor” resigned after being threatened with firing, a Superintendent President was asked to resign at a cost of $403,000 to the district, and Pasadena City College was placed on probation by a regional accreditation review board, six candidates who have emerged to run for two vacant trustee board seats in the upcoming November 3 election.

Pasadena City College was placed on probation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in July for failing to comply with its own ethics, planning and communication policies. It has until October of 2017 to rectify its problems, or the college faces losing its academic accreditation entirely.

The six candidates appeared at Pasadena City College Tuesday evening for a candidates’ forum, hosted by the PCC Faculty Association.

Three of the six candidates — social scientist Martin Enriques, businessman and adjunct professor Tom Selinske, university professor James Osterling — are vying for the seat of resigned 30-year veteran Jeanette Mann in Area Two,

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Monday, October 5, 2015

AltadenaElection.org to Live-Stream Candidate Forum

AltadenaElection.org to Live-Stream Candidate Forum

AltadenaElection.org will be live-streaming the forum for Pasadena Area Community College District Trustee Area 2, held at the Altadena Library on Wednesday, October 7, 7:00-8:30 pm.

The forum features area 2 candidates Martin Enriques, James A.Osterling and Tom Selinske, and is hosted by Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) and The League of Woman Voters Pasadena Area.

Pasadena Area Community College District Area 2, encompasses Altadena east of Lake Avenue, most of east Pasadena and all of Sierra Madre. Area 2 is one of three districts with seats up for election on November 3, 2015.

AltadenaElection.org is providing a live-stream of the event to enable voters who are unable to attend, but want to be able to make informed choices on Election Day. The live-stream will be through Altadena Election’s USTREAM channel, and can be viewed at www.AltadenaElection.org.

AltadenaElection.org is an independent source for Altadena Town Council election information. AltadenaElection.org is not affiliated with the Altadena Town Council.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Two PCC Board Candidate Forums Scheduled for Altadena Voters

Two PCC Board Candidate Forums Scheduled for Altadena Voters

Two candidate forums that will help Altadena’s residents decide who to vote for during the upcoming Pasadena City College Board of Trustees election are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6th and 7th.

Area 2 encompasses East Altadena, East Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

The first Candidate Forum will feature both Area 2 and Area 4 candidates at the Westerbeck Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts on the PCC campus. It is co-sponsored by the PCC Faculty Association and the Pasadena Area League of Women Voters. The forum is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Julie Kiotas, Faculty Association president, said PCC has faced unprecedented challenges, including recent sanctions by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and “tumultuous relations between faculty, staff, administrators and the Board.”

“The November election offers the college a chance to begin the renewal process so that PCC can regain its equilibrium, begin to bring together as a team the faculty,

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Pasadena Unified’s 2015 State of the Schools Event to be Held Tuesday at Eliot Arts Magnet

Pasadena Unified’s 2015 State of the Schools Event to be Held Tuesday at Eliot Arts Magnet

The public is invited to attend the 2015 State of the Schools event on Tuesday, September 22nd from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Eliot Arts Magnet Academy located in the beautiful town of Altadena. The State of the Schools event will be held in the Carl D. Roeder Auditorium, 2184 North Lake Avenue.

There will be art exhibits on display, Eliot Arts Magnet programs will be showcased, and light refreshments will be served by the Blair Culinary Arts Academy students.

PUSD welcomes the community to come celebrate its many successes and hear about how PUSD is moving the district forward in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

For further information, visit www.pusd.us/pages/PasadenaUSD.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Neighbors Building A Better Altadena Announces Candidate Forum for PCC Board of Trustees for District 2

Neighbors Building A Better Altadena Announces Candidate Forum for PCC Board of Trustees for District 2

Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) announces a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. for Pasadena Area Community College District Area 2, a district which encompasses Altadena east of Lake Avenue, most of east Pasadena and all of Sierra Madre.http://www.pasadena.edu/board/districtmap2.cfm

Area 2 is one of three districts with seats up for election on November 3, 2015.

All three District 2 candidates, Martin Enriques, James Osterling and Tom Selinske, have accepted the invitation to participate in the candidate forum which will be held at the main branch of the Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa St. in Altadena.

“NBBA is pleased to offer this free public service event in partnership with the Altadena Library and League of Women Voters Pasadena Area,” said Nicole Moore, a member of the NBBA leadership team. “PCC is a tremendously important educational institution for our entire community. PCC is going through a very tumultuous time and this candidate forum will be extremely helpful to voters as they try to decide who best can provide the leadership the college needs.”

Founded in 2012,

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Beijing Students Arrive at Altadena’s Aveson School for Their American Immersion

Beijing Students Arrive at Altadena’s Aveson School for Their American Immersion

By EDDIE RIVERA

Fresh from seeing a few of the sights in California, including Yosemite National Park, 56 happy and eager Chinese fifth-graders from Beijing, began the first day of their six-week attendance at the Aveson School for Leaders in Altadena yesterday.

It is the second year Chinese fifth-graders have attended the school.

The school day began with a noisy assembly in the school auditorium as the students learned about their new campus. After the assembly, small groups of the new Chinese students, dressed in green and white school outfits, were led on tours by confident and knowledgeable Aveson students.

Zhu Hongbing, Principal of Fang Cao Di International School, explained the relationship: “The United Nations Educational and Cultural Foundation originally helped us to build this partnership, and this is part of our philosophy. We want our students to have an international insight and perspective.”

The Fang Cao Di International School community contacted a number of schools all over the US before choosing Aveson and,

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Altadena Public Library Celebrates Free Library Card Sign-up Month For September

Altadena Public Library Celebrates Free Library Card Sign-up Month For September

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Altadena Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Altadena Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax with peers. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Brainfuse, Khan Academy and EBSCOhost which contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues,

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Over Half Million Kids Go Back to School Today in L.A. County

Over Half Million Kids Go Back to School Today in L.A. County

Today, over half a million children go back to school in Los Angeles County. Many of these kids will be either walking, bicycling, skateboarding and boarding/unboarding school buses.

Here are some friendly reminders for not only our kids, but everyone driving during the school year:

Pedestrians
-Cross at the corner or crosswalk (no jaywalking).
-Always walk on the sidewalk.
-Pay attention. Do not walk while talking on a cell phone or listen to music while crossing a street.
-Stop before you cross, look both ways when you cross.
-Never cross or enter the street from in between cars.
-Obey all traffic signs and signal lights.

Bicyclists, skateboarders and scooters
-All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride.
-Anyone under 18 who uses a skateboard, non-motorized scooter, rollerblades, roller skates and bicycle must use a helmet.
-Ride your bicycle in the same direction as other vehicles.
-Be visible.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Muir Grads Grateful for McDonald’s Men’s Group Scholarships

Muir Grads Grateful for McDonald’s Men’s Group Scholarships

Passing the hat for Muir High School graduates who have overcome obstacles is an annual tradition for an informal group of retirees who meet daily at the McDonald’s on Lincoln Avenue (at Woodbury) in Altadena.

By chipping in together and hitting up a few friends (including recently elected District 1 City Councilmember Tyron Hampton), the McDonald’s Men’s Group raised $2,400 which was divvied up into $300 scholarships for eight college-bound young men from Muir’s Class of 2015.

“This is our way of showing these young men that we’re proud of them and that we support them as they move ahead into the future,” stated group member Ernest Johnson. Another of the McDonald’s Men, Keenan Selico, added, “Our goal is to help these young men realize the importance of graduating high school and going on to college so that they can make their mark on the world.”

Summing up the effort, William Bradley stated, “This is about ordinary men stepping up to support and inspire the youth.”

The 2015 recipients of the McDonald’s Men’s Group scholarships are: Dorrell Caldwell,

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free, Noncredit Courses: PCCs Best-Kept Secret

Free, Noncredit Courses: PCCs Best-Kept Secret

Two years ago, when the Rose Bowl Stadium was nearing the tail end of a $182 million makeover, Leah Whetstone witnessed the large-scale construction firsthand, affording the local resident a newfound perspective that would change the course of her life.

“The construction trucks rolled in and out and all of the rebar was being put up,” Whetstone said. “I saw all that activity and I said to myself, ‘I want to be a part of that.’ ”

At the time, Whetstone was working part-time as a flagger, directing traffic to and from the worksite. But watching all the construction activity from afar made her realize that she wanted more of a challenge.

“I wanted a career where I could grow and challenge myself,” she said. “So I looked into the construction industry.”

Finding a regional school that offered a formal construction program wasn’t too difficult. But as a grandmother of two with a part-time job, finding courses that would fit into her busy schedule complicated the search.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

End of Summer Reading Finales on Tap for the Altadena Public Library

End of Summer Reading Finales on Tap for the Altadena Public Library

The Altadena Library District is holding a series of Summer Reading Program finales this coming weekend until Tuesday, August 4th, to mark the end of the annual reading program that started in late June.

The Teens Reading Program ended today, Thursday, July 30th, 3 p.m. Candy sushi for the participants; sundaes were served along with games for the participants. The finale also featured the announcement of who won the grand prize for the Teen Summer Reading Program and raffle prizes including the tabletop games King of Tokyo and King of New York.

For adult participants, their own Summer Reading Finale will be on Saturday, August 1st, from 2 to 3 p.m. Every adult who completes his or her reading log will receive a goodie bag at the event. Winners in the bookface and sleeveface photo contest will also be unveiled. In this contest, participants take pictures of themselves holding a book cover or record sleeve obscuring or augmenting any part of the body,

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Club Where Every Day is Mother’s Day

A Club Where Every Day is Mother’s Day

It’s summertime, and nobody needs more support than Mom, with kids (of all ages) knocking (or crawling) about the house.

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or managing a part-time/full-time career, the MOMS Club of Altadena would like you to know they are here to support your journey through motherhood.

The MOMS Club of Altadena is a chapter of MOMS Club ® International. The name stands for Moms Offering Moms Support. We provide many activities for our members such as:

• Weekly Playgroups
• Monthly Family Outings
• Monthly All Member Meetings
• Monthly Moms Nights Out
• Weekly Altadena Farmer’s Market Picnics
• Biweekly Fitness Club
• Movie Club
• Support for families of newborns
• Charity Events
and much more!

“All of our monthly all-member meetings are held at the Altadena Public Library and are open to the public. They are a fantastic place for moms and children to meet while we go over club business,”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Local Teens Become Crime Scene Investigators at Week-Long Altadena Sheriff’s Camp

Local Teens Become Crime Scene Investigators at Week-Long Altadena Sheriff’s Camp

Photography courtesy DEPUTY DAN PAIGE

Twenty three youngsters from Altadena graduated Friday, July 10 from a week-long Teen Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp sponsored by the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

The CSI camp is a project initiated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the hope that it would inspire participants to maintain an interest in a CSI career or other investigation-related jobs.

While at the camp, the kids were given the opportunity to learn about crime scene investigations in a realistic setting and actually performed hands-on training on questioning witnesses, examining fingerprints and conducting polygraph or lie-detector examinations. These were all done with the supervision of deputies and LA County CSIs.

“They had a CSI expert come in and taught the kids about how to fingerprint,” Altadena Deputy Sheriff Dan Paige said. “And we actually give them objects to lift fingerprints from and record and talk about what we look for. We also have the kids do three shoe impressions,

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

School District Considers Monitoring Students’ Social Media Accounts

School District Considers Monitoring Students’ Social Media Accounts

By MIKE BRANOM

The Pasadena Unified School District is considering the monitoring of students’ social media accounts for threats against safety, following the lead of nearby districts embracing the technology.

“There have been very preliminary conversations,” PUSD spokesman Adam Wolfson said Tuesday.

Currently, the topic is under discussion in the district’s Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety Department. But, Wolfson added, “there is no timetable for a decision on whether to use such software.”

In 2013, the Glendale Unified School District made national news by buying software designed to sift through the posts of its hundreds of middle- and high-school students made to Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. When the software detects content about threats to safety, such as bullying, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse, school administrators can be notified.

According to legal experts, students posting to their accounts can have no expectations to privacy as long as the content is viewable to all.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

25 Pasadena Unified School District Trucks Broken Into

25 Pasadena Unified School District Trucks Broken Into

Police said 25 Pasadena Unified School District maintenance trucks were broken into and hand-held equipment and tools inside the vehicles were stolen Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Lt. John Mercado said the breakins occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 and 5 a.m. Thursday, July 9 at the District’s maintenance yard facility in the 700 block of West Woodbury Road.

Mercado said the initial estimate of the loss was put at $6,000.

There are no security video cameras at the facility and no description of the suspects is known.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Altadena Chamber Awards Wullschlager Scholarships to Madeleine Lepesant and Bryson Moore

Altadena Chamber Awards Wullschlager Scholarships to Madeleine Lepesant and Bryson Moore

Article and Photography by LAURA MONTEROS

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Bryson Moore and Madeleine Lepesant received $1,000 scholarships from the Marion Lee Wullschlager scholarship fund on Tuesday morning. The awards were presented by Altadena Chamber of Commerce president Meredith Miller and board member Billy Malone.

The Wullschlager scholarship is given to two graduating senior students who attended PUSD schools and live in Altadena. For the past two years, the Chamber has worked with Dr. Sandra E. Thomas, CEO of Quality of Life Center to choose students from the Bright Future Scholars program.

Wullschlager’s daughter, Kathryn Wullschlager, spoke about her mother’s involvement in the public schools and the community. She said her mother would be “honored and proud” that after a hiatus, the scholarship program was restarted last year.

“I know it was meaningful to Mom,” she said. “She was always involved in the schools, since I was in kindergarten.” Marion, a real estate broker, had intended to start a music foundation to help keep music in PUSD schools,

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Saint Mark’s School Board Chair Announces New Head of School

Saint Mark’s School Board Chair Announces New Head of School

The Board of Trustees of Saint Mark’s School is delighted to welcome Jennifer Foley Tolbert to her first day of employment as the new Head of School.

Tolbert is the sixth Head of School, and takes over from Doreen Oleson after her 25-year tenure. Jenn’s professional credentials and experience can be found at http://www.saint-marks.org/page/786135_Head_of_School_Transition.asp.

The Board said in an announcement that “Many of you have already had the pleasure of meeting Jenn at the various events she has attended at the School and Church since the announcement of her appointment last June. Jenn will also be holding a number of gatherings this summer to meet members of our community in smaller groups, and we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to introduce yourselves and to get to know Jenn better.”

In addition to Jenn Tolbert, the Board announced the appointment of three new Trustees to the Board. Doug Jolly is the Dean of Student Life and Varsity Boys’ Soccer Coach at Polytechnic School,

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New School Board Member Adrienne Mullen Brings College, Work Force Focus

New School Board Member Adrienne Mullen Brings College, Work Force Focus

Adrienne Ann Mullen, chosen by the Pasadena Unified Board Saturday to fill its District 3 seat left vacant by Tyron Hampton’s election to the City Council, is a community college dean who has been an educator for 25 years and is the mother of four.

“I wanted to be part of the team that leads the district and brings schools together. One of the most important jobs that a community has is to educate their young people and make sure that they’re college ready and work force ready,” Mullen said.

The past 13 years Mullen has worked for Los Angeles Community College District, currently as Dean of Adult Education. She has resided in Pasadena for 17 years and has taught in the past at Pacific Oaks College.

Mullen’s youngest daughter participates in the dual immersion Mandarin language program at Field Elementary School. She also has a seventh grader enrolled in Marshall Fundamental High School and two recent graduates of Marshall.

Mullen said her family enjoys feeling at home in the “small town feel” of Pasadena where they often bump into friends at the supermarket or their favorite restaurants.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Altadena Students Graduate from Sheriff’s VIDA program

Altadena Students Graduate from Sheriff’s VIDA program

Several Altadena students graduated from the Sheriff’s VIDA Program last Saturday, June 6. The Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives program, where youth ages 11 to 17 ½ take part in activities that are meant to encourage the kids to making good decisions in their young life, and realize the possibilities for a better future.

This particular class that graduated last Saturday started their immersion on February 11 this year, and went through 16 weeks of activities designed for the participants to increase their academic performance, improve family relations, and develop positive social behavior.

Actor and LA native Efren Ramirez, who starred in the indie film series “Napoleon Dynamite,” was the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony.

Capt. Christopher J. Reed, station commander of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, dropped by to congratulate the graduates. It was Capt. Reed’s team that facilitated most of the training sessions under the program.

The VIDA program was conceived by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as an avenue for deputies who wanted to help troubled youths and their families.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pasadena Waldorf School Hosts Class of 2019 Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

Pasadena Waldorf School Hosts Class of 2019 Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

On Saturday, June 6, in the shadows of the majestic deodar trees and historic Scripps Hall, Pasadena Waldorf School honored the 17 students in the Class of 2019 at the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.

Eighth grade teacher Aleide Murray, who has been the class teacher since the students were in the first grade, hosted the event.

The ceremony featured speeches by Mrs. Murray, and parents Jeffrey Bernstein and Roxanne Spear. Also part of the program were speeches by eighth grade class president Celia Rose Deming-Bernstein and class member Matthew Puls. Celia and Matthew took the audience on a touching and humorous look back at some of the memorable moments the class has experienced since many of them were together in kindergarten.

The class also performed instrumental and chorale musical numbers.

The day after their promotion, the entire class boarded a plane bound for Oregon for their class trip to Ashland, OR. For over a year, the class has been fundraising for the annual eighth grade trip.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

National Congress of Black Women Hosts Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event for Youth

National Congress of Black Women Hosts Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event for Youth

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Loma Alta Park in Altadena, the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., San Gabriel Valley Youth Chapter, took the lead by hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking awareness event featuring Rachel Thomas of Sowers Education Group and Angelic Gomez, both human trafficking survivors.

It is estimated that each year, hundreds of thousands of persons are forced into slavery, but
the numbers are not exact as many victims go unreported and many survivors fail to report the crime out of fear of retaliation or shame. As human trafficking continues to affect our communities at a growing rate, education awareness is the key to prevention.

The event was well attended by parents, youth members of private and public schools within Pasadena/Altadena and the surrounding areas. The youth are committing to bring awareness
to this critical issue by sharing their education awareness with their friends, families and communities for the safety of all.

For further information, email info@ncbwinclac.org

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Altadena Free School to Hold Open House Saturday, June 27

Altadena Free School to Hold Open House Saturday, June 27

Parents who are interested in learning more about the Altadena Free School are encourage to see for themselves what kind of learning environment awaits children during the school’s first Open House at its new home – the Children’s Country House on 2821 Santa Rosa Avenue.

The school recently signed a new lease on the building, which is just one block away from the originally planned campus. Altadena Free School will be using the upper floor as well as the south side of the exterior which includes a garden, where children could play with the goats, ducks, and a pony named Starbright.

The Open House will be on June 27, a Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will also be the last Open House before school starts on September 8th.

The Altadena Free School, the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley, uses the model of successful democratic schools or alternative schools where every student “is free to pursue his or her own interests at any time,

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pasadena Unified Announces 11 Have Applied for Vacant Board of Education District 3 Seat

Pasadena Unified Announces 11 Have Applied for Vacant Board of Education District 3 Seat

Eleven applicants have submitted paperwork to fill the vacancy of the District 3 Board of Education seat created by the resignation of Board Member Tyron Hampton after his election to the Pasadena City Council.

Pasadena Unified spokesman Adam Wolfson released the list this morning:

1. Debra Sylvester, retired PUSD security guard
2. Samuel Estrada, retired Deputy Sheriff, Altadena Sheriff’s Office
3. Ivan Elder, retiree
4. Carol Potter, retired PUSD teacher
5. Andrew Vasicek, Attorney, State Bar of California
6. Stephen Acker, Deputy Director, LA County Workforce Investment Board
7. Michelle Bailey, PUSD Secretary
8. Ruben Hueso, LAUSD Teacher
9. Keith Russell, CalTech Graduate Research Assistant, former Muir teacher
10. Guillermo Arce, Human Services Administrator, LA County
11. Adrienne Mullen, Ed.D., Dean, LA Community College District

The District has not verified the qualifications of any of the applicants as of yet. Each must be registered to vote in and reside within the boundaries of the PUSD Board of Education District 3.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Presents Scholarships at the LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Presents Scholarships at the LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon

The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) hosted its annual LAMP Mentor Program luncheon on May 31 at the Altadena Town and Country Club, honoring the LAMP Mentor Class of 2015 before a packed house of some 260 family members, friends and supporters.

The Honorable Chris Holden, California State Assemblymember, 41st District, the keynote speaker, gave an inspiring presentation on the importance of mentoring youth in order to attain future success. He also shared stories about influential leaders who mentored him on his path to high achievement.

Actor, producer and director Wren T. Brown, noted for his appearances in such films and television shows as “Waiting to Exhale,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” hosted the event.

Richard Allen Williams, MD, received the Leadership Award for his achievement as a compassionate humanitarian and outstanding physician. Dr. Williams is also the founder of the Minority Health Institute and the 2014 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Lifesaver Award.

The Honorable Judy Chu,

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Leads VIDA Kids on Hike

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Leads VIDA Kids on Hike

With thanks to Deputy Dan Paige, Altadena Station

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team led Temple Station VIDA kids on a hike in the US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

VIDA serves kids between the ages of 11 and 17½ at eight locations across the county. Over the course of the 16-week program, VIDA participants focus on increasing academic achievement, improving family relationships, developing positive social behaviors and realizing the possibilities for a better future.

The program includes regular visits with VIDA staff members, a Saturday component and weekly sessions with the child and parent to facilitate communication and understanding. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion and are referred to other programs to continue their growth.

To learn more about VIDA, please visit see http://www.vida.la for more information.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pasadena Unified’s Dina G. Perez Honored as L.A. County’s Preschool Teacher of the Year

Pasadena Unified’s Dina G. Perez Honored as L.A. County’s Preschool Teacher of the Year

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich honored Dina G. Perez, of the Pasadena Unified School District’s Child Development Program as 2015 Los Angeles County Preschool Teacher of the Year for the 5th District.

Perez focuses on providing young children with the life skills necessary to succeed by developing a customized learning experience for children and encourages parents to get involved in their child’s education.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sierra Club Presents an Evening of Great Pictures Wednesday Night at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Sierra Club Presents an Evening of Great Pictures Wednesday Night at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Photo Credit: Carol Scurlock

The Sierra Club Forest Committee will present an evening of great pictures, from historic black and white shots of the San Gabriels to the latest of wildlife and wilderness.

The program, called “Photographing the San Gabriel Mountains,” will feature the adventure behind the pictures, and tips on how to take better ones.

It all starts with a reception at 7 p.m. and theprogram following at 7:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. The event will be held in the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena 91107.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Over 50,000 “Gently Read” Books On Sale This Weekend at Altadena Library Bookstravaganza

Over 50,000 “Gently Read” Books On Sale This Weekend at Altadena Library Bookstravaganza

Chillier, damp weather is just the perfect backdrop for the Friends of the Altadena Library super sale of books this weekend both today, Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Check out the deals, buy a bunch and settle down for great reads…

The sale will be held in the Main Library’s Barbara J. Pearson Community Room and the parking lot.

This is one of the largest used book sales in the LA area. The sale features over 50,000 fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback books for all interests and age groups, plus DVDs, CDs and other items, all at great prices!

Proceeds from the Friends book sale and book store go toward sponsoring Library programs that are available for free to all ages, such as the Summer Reading Program for kids and teens, and the Distinguished Speaker Program for adults. Proceeds also go toward the purchase of furniture,

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Group Sponsors Wednesday Forum Focused on Family Well-Being in Altadena

Group Sponsors Wednesday Forum Focused on Family Well-Being in Altadena

Residents, business leaders, teachers, students and parents are invited to participate in Collaborate PASadena’s Community Forum Wednesday, May 13th to advance child and family well-being in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

The forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Payton Hall (Room 101), 135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The forum is sponsored by the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Fuller Theological Seminary.

All residents, including those who participated in previous Collaborate PASadena workgroup meetings, are invited to attend the Community Forum. The purpose of the forum is to update the community on Collaborate PASadena and next steps in the implementation of what had been previously known as the School/City/Community Workplan.

Collaborate PASadena is a collaboration of residents, youth, parents, city officials, educators, school district leaders and nonprofit agencies initially formed to improve city and school board collaboration. The initiative has evolved to be a process for community planning built on common agenda,

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s Spring Fling on Saturday Will Honor Retiring Principal Dr. Debra DeBose

Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s Spring Fling on Saturday Will Honor Retiring Principal Dr. Debra DeBose

Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s fifth annual Spring Fling will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the lovely Giordano family estate in Alta­dena.

A special ceremony to honor retiring principal Dr. Debra DeBose will highlight an evening of dining and dancing.

Among the items at a silent auction, which is open to the publis, are a hotel stay and restaurant packages, tickets for Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Dodger games, Star Wars toys, baskets and more.

Participants do not need to be present for the auction, as all bidding takes place online and the auction is now open. To preview items and bid, go to willardspringfling.clickbid.me.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

To purchase, visit tinyurl.com/WillardAuction2015Tickets. For more information, contact Tina Fredericks at www.facebook.com/willardibpasadena.

 

 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Brainfuse! New Help for Homework for Students from the Altadena Library

Brainfuse! New Help for Homework for Students from the Altadena Library

The Altadena Library District offers many useful online research and educational tools for our patrons, including Brainfuse for students.

This database provides one-on-one homework help from live, online tutors for students in grades K-12. Subject areas include math, science, social studies and English/language arts.

Writing lab specialists help students produce better term papers and reports. Tutors are available Monday-Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in English and Spanish.

Login at www.altadenalibrary.org and click on Online Databases and scroll down to Homework Help. All you need is your Altadena Library card number to access Brainfuse.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Call us at (626) 798-0833. Online at www.altadenalibrary.org

 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Three School Board Members Take Office; Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy Elected President

Three School Board Members Take Office; Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy Elected President

Roy Boulghourjian, Patrick Cahalan and Larry Torres were sworn into office Monday as new members of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education at the board’s annual organizational meeting Monday. All three board members were elected to office March 10, 2015. Also at the meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy was unanimously elected president of the PUSD Board of Education by a vote of 6-0.

“I am truly honored to be in this role as board president and will give it my very best,” said Board President Pomeroy. “I plan on following the words of former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard to ‘first listen’ and I hope to carry on in that same vein.” Dr. Pomeroy was originally elected to the board in 2009 and currently represents District 5.

Following the election of Dr. Pomeroy as board president, Kim Kenne was re-elected as board vice president and Roy Boulghourjian was elected board clerk.

Roy Boulghourjian has been a resident of Pasadena for over 30 years.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lori Touloumian Named Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School

Lori Touloumian Named Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. has named Lori Touloumian as the principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School, pending board approval. She has served as the school’s interim principal since January. The announcement was made during the school’s grand re-opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly-refurbished auditorium and the naming of the student art gallery after local artist Charles White.

“With her experience in secondary schools and her commitment to providing program choices for students and families, Lori Touloumian is the ideal person to lead Eliot’s transformation into a world-class arts magnet school,” said Superintendent McDonald.

Prior to her position as interim principal of Eliot, Touloumian served as the magnet program coordinator for PUSD since 2013 where she led the management of a $7.9 million federal grant to create magnet schools at Eliot Arts Magnet, Washington STEAM Magnet Academy, Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet and Washington Elementary STEM Magnet.

As the magnet program coordinator, Touloumian oversaw the implementation of all facets of the magnet program including student recruitment,

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation to Hold Lamp Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation to Hold Lamp Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) announced that they will hold their annual LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon, on Sunday, May 31st, at the Altadena Town and Country Club.  Actor, Producer and Director Wren Brown, will be the host for this celebration.

California Assemblymember and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, District 41, will be the Keynote Speaker for the event.  In addition, Richard Allen Williams, MD, will be honored for outstanding leadership.

The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation will also recognize high school seniors graduating from the GZBF LAMP Mentor Program.  The GZBF values academic achievement and is committed to ensuring that students have the resources necessary to further their educational pursuits.

About Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation

Founded in 1998, the GZBF is the social action vehicle of the Gamma Zeta Boulé. The GZBF partners with professionals, practitioners and educational institutions, in support of high school students who are committed to both attending and graduating from the college or university of their choice.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Altadena Mountain Rescue Visits Waverly Elementary School

Altadena Mountain Rescue Visits Waverly Elementary School

Last week the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team visited the Waverly Elementary School in Pasadena.  Team members spoke with kindergarten through 2nd grade students about basic first aid, hiking safety and recognizing dangerous plants and animal life.

The students were asked what items to bring into the forest for a typical hike.  The students gave excellent answers from food, water, map, but a favorite answer was, “pajamas”.

The students were also shown the tools used by the team members, various ropes, climbing gear, harnesses, and safety equipment.  The students had an opportunity to learn mechanical advantage using ropes and pulleys as one student was able to pull against three students and win.

 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Altadena Children’s Center Announces May 30 Gala Themed “I Love Altadena”

Altadena Children’s Center Announces May 30 Gala Themed “I Love Altadena”

Altadena Children’s Center (ACC) will be hosting their annual fundraising gala, “It Takes a Community,” on May 30th, 2015 at Mijares Restaurant in Pasadena. The theme will be “I Love Altadena!” as they celebrate where they have been providing early learning that inspires for more than 30 years.

This year, the Center will honor The Rotary Club of Altadena and The Kiwanis Club of Altadena/Crown City for their long-time volunteer and financial support of ACC.

Because of the support from people like you, ACC is upgrading its facilities, installing a brand new Outdoor Learning Center, and providing tuition assistance to families in need.

Tickets are $80 per person ($40 for parents of students enrolled at ACC) and include dinner, entertainment, laughter, and friends. You can click on this to purchase your tickets today. 

There are also incredible sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Send them a private message or contact ACC to learn about the ways you can invest in the future by investing in ACC’s children.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Edward William is New Literacy Coordinator at Altadena’s Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center

Edward William is New Literacy Coordinator at Altadena’s Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center

The Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center is happy to welcome Edward William as its new literacy coordinator.

William also works in the literacy program at the Monrovia Public Library. His background includes eight years in public libraries, five years in literacy programs and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

He will be responsible for bringing new learners and tutors into the program, providing the resources and materials for learners to reach their literacy goals, conducting tutor training, and helping the program grow with the support of volunteer tutors.

“I have met with many of our tutors and learners, and I look forward to working with anyone who would like to join our program,” said William. “We always need volunteer tutors for our team. Our next tutor training is Saturday, May 30 by reservation. If you are interested in becoming a tutor or if you would like to improve your reading and writing in English,

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Teens: Henna Tattoos at the Altadena Library’s DIY Club

Teens: Henna Tattoos at the Altadena Library’s DIY Club

On May 15th at 4 p.m. teens and tweens, ages 11-17, can get gorgeous, personalized henna tattoos from guest artist Lernie Bueler. These designs are applied with a special henna paste, which is not permanent, but can stay on the skin for 1-3 weeks.

While waiting for your design, browse through our literature on the art of mehndi, practice sketching your own designs, and learn to make henna paste for home use! Lernie Bueler has been practicing the art of mehndi for over 10 years, sharing her talent and passion for this traditional art form with others at special private events as well as at colleges and libraries.

Teen DIY Club is a monthly pop-up makerspace for teens and tweens. What’s a makerspace? It is a place where we provide tools for creating all sorts of arts and crafts projects. We invite you to make what you love, share what you know, and learn something new. Each month, a new project is introduced!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Filled the Gallery, Music Filled the Air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday

Art Filled the Gallery, Music Filled the Air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday

 

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Art filled the gallery and music filled the air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday as hundreds of children with their families, school officials and other dignitaries celebrated the school’s transformation into an arts magnet with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium.

Charles W. Eliot Middle School in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform into Eliot Arts Magnet, a middle school focused on visual and performing arts.

Over the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts.

Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium underwent a major modernization which was unveiled Thursday.

The auditorium is now named after Carl Roeder, an industrial arts teacher who taught at Eliot for most of his 41 years with PUSD and never missed a day of work.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gallery: Altadena NAACP Awards Talented Students at ACT-SO Event

Gallery: Altadena NAACP Awards Talented Students at ACT-SO Event

The NAACP Altadena branch’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition took center stage last Sunday at the Altadena Community Center as talented local young people were rewarded for their skills in a variety of activities, all part of a national competition.

This “Olympics of the Mind” event featured extraordinary students who competed in 26 categories as varied as chemistry/biochemistry, entrepreneurship, mathematics, music composition, oratory, photography and playwriting.

Winners will participate in a national, judged event, this year to be held in Philadelphia. Since 1998, more than 20 Altadena NAACP students have been ACT-SO National Metal winners.

Shown above are winners collected their well-deserved certificates and medals.

The ACT-SO Committee is headed again by Wilberta Richardson and includes Ilene Clingmon; Andrea Mills; Phyllis Harris; Angelica Reid; Barbara Johnson; Nate Haynes; Virtrice Nolan; Barbara Bigby Pamela Burton; Brittany Johnson; and Daniel Richardson.

For information to find out how you may become involved with ACT-SO, please call Wilberta Richardson,

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Former PCC President Mark Rocha Loses $403,000 Severance Package as Judge Nullifies Deal

Former PCC President Mark Rocha Loses $403,000 Severance Package as Judge Nullifies Deal

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell Wednesday nullified the $403,000 severance package paid out to former Pasadena City College President Mark Rocha after finding PCC trustees violated the state’s Brown Act opening meeting laws in their deliberations and negotiations with Rocha.

Rocha left PCC last August after tumultuous tenureship at the college.

The lawsuit to invalidate the payout was mounted by Californians Aware, a nonprofit.

Californians Aware, a non-profit organization, originally filed the suit against the board in September.

Kelly Aviles, Californians Aware’s legal representative in this case, told the PCC Courier that she was pleased by the outcome of the case.

“We can only make sure that PCC follows the right process,” Aviles said. “Far too often are these decisions made without properly disclosing what the closed session items are. That is usually because the organization wants to do this without anyone knowing.”

“The Board is aware of the Court’s ruling and is considering next steps,” board president Berlinda Brown said in an email to the Courier.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet is Ready for an Exciting Thursday Grand Re-Opening

Eliot Arts Magnet is Ready for an Exciting Thursday Grand Re-Opening

Eliot Arts Magnet is ready to reveal exciting changes to the community during its Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 P.M. This event will celebrate the school’s transformation in becoming an arts magnet with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly-refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium and the naming of the student art gallery after renowned local artist Charles White.

The new state-of-the-art auditorium will be named after Carl Roeder, an industrial arts teacher who taught at Eliot for most of his 41 years with PUSD and never missed a day of work. Following the ribbon-cutting, guests are encouraged to stay for Metamorphosis, the annual spring open house and arts showcase featuring student performances and tours of the new arts facilities from 6:00 p.m.

 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pasadena Education Network to Award Inaugural Rodney E. Goodwin Scholarship to Muir Student

Pasadena Education Network to Award Inaugural Rodney E. Goodwin Scholarship to Muir Student

The Pasadena Education Network (PEN) is pleased to announce that in May 2015, the inaugural Rodney E. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one John Muir High School boy who will enroll in a 4-year college in the fall 2015, is the first in his family to go to college, and demonstrates both need and academic success in high school. Scholarship applications are available at www.penfamilies.org and are due no later than May 8, 2015.

Rodney E. Goodwin passed away on March 12, 2014. A resident of Altadena since 1987, Goodwin was known for his generous nature and loving spirit. Professionally, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Operating Engineers Trust Funds/IUOE Local 12 in Pasadena.

Goodwin was raised in the rural South, and because of the guidance he received while growing up, he was the first in his family to go to college. He was a proud graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone,

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Friends of the Altadena Library Announce Their Annual Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Altadena Library Announce Their Annual Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Altadena Library have announced their annual sale will be Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  Sunday, May 17  from 1 to 4 p.m.

There will be a Friends of the Library member pre-sale on Friday, May 15 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (if you are not yet a member, you can join at the door for as little as $10!).

The sale will be held in the Main Library’s Barbara J. Pearson Community Room and the parking lot.

This is one of the largest used book sales in the LA area. The sale features over 50,000 fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback books for all interests and age groups, plus DVDs, CDs and other items, all at great prices!

Proceeds from the Friends book sale and book store go toward sponsoring Library programs that are available for free to all ages, such as the Summer Reading Program for kids and teens,

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

John Muir Student, Altadenan Kimberly Mejia Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

John Muir Student, Altadenan Kimberly Mejia Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

College Access Plan (CAP), a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has announced that Kimberly Mejia of Altadena has officially been named a Gates Scholar.

CAP has had the honor of supporting hundreds of underserved students who attend Pasadena’s public schools as they reach for their college dreams. This year, CAP assisted three students, Mejia, Logan Patton and Cecilia Valle, who were all selected as finalists for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS).

Kimberly, who attends John Muir High School, first came to CAP as a freshman participant in CAP’s Footsteps to College leadership program, which encourages students to be leaders around the issue of college attendance at their school and provides participants with college readiness resources and individualized staff support. Logan and Cecilia began attending CAP as juniors, and all three students regularly attend CAP’s drop-in after school program at Muir, which runs in partnership with the PasadenaLEARNs after school program. The Gates application process includes writing eight personal essays and submitting transcripts and multiple recommendation letters,

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Altadena NAACP’s ACT-SO Competition Takes Center Stage Sunday Afternoon

Altadena NAACP’s ACT-SO Competition Takes Center Stage Sunday Afternoon

[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified as contestants the list of judges. This has been corrected below. We apologize for this error — James Macpherson]

The NAACP Altadena branch’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition takes center stage Sunday at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E Altadena Drive, as talented local young people show their skills in a variety of activities, all part of a national competition.

This “Olympics of the Mind” event will extraordinary students who compete in 26 categories as varied as chemistry/biochemistry, entrepreneurship, mathematics, music composition, oratory, photography and playwriting.

Winners will participate in a national, judged event. Since 1998, more than 20 Altadena NAACP students have been ACT-SO National Metal winners.

Sunday’s show will start with a 2 p.m. luncheon at the Altadena Community Center before the awards ceremony starts at 3 p.m. guided by Master of Ceremonies Jesse Lewis.

The following are Judges for Sunday’s event:

MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CLASSICAL Daniel Richardson;

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet Students Photograph, Then Artistically “Interpret” The Huntington Library

Eliot Arts Magnet Students Photograph, Then Artistically “Interpret” The Huntington Library

With thanks to Shannon Mumolo

This past year, students from Altadena’s Eliot Arts Magnet together with Mayfield Junior School students engaged with The Huntington Library on a two-month collaborative venture that yielded the artwork you see above — as well as other surprising results.

Through the lens of their theme, “Harmony,” Eliot and Mayfield students photographed The Huntington. After examining and critiquing the work, a student leadership team selected the photos they thought best represented the chosen theme. Small groups of students then worked collaboratively in mixed school groups to interpret those photographs. Each piece they made brings together the work of multiple working in a range of media to depict the concept of Harmony.

Approximately 144 middle school students experienced what it was like to work as professional artists. They participated in conversations and critiques that required refining their ideas and their product. They knew ultimately that the work they created would become a public installation. Images of their works were displayed at their schools and are being incorporated into school day planners for the Eliot students.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Altadena Library District Announces It Is Looking for a Public Services Director

Altadena Library District Announces It Is Looking for a Public Services Director

The Altadena Library District is looking for a Public Services Director who is ready to “ignite staff ” and “take community library services to the next level,” a new job posting says. The salary range is $5,798.23 to $7,223.82 (presumably, per month).

The listing says in full:

“In your role of overseeing and evolving all aspects of our public service you see the big picture and you will guide the team of experienced and dedicated library staff through change and growth.

“You have an innate understanding of the changing role of the library in the community and are excited about the opportunities and challenges these changes will bring. You are a natural leader who is knowledgeable on all library operations and respected for your ability to help staff navigate the path of change. You are an active listener and you are intuitive to people’s needs. You are a team player who thinks quickly on your feet.

“As a public services director you understand the role of education and the library and are committed to providing our community with every opportunity to learn,

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

School Board Meets Tonight, Will Consider Laying Off 30 Staff

School Board Meets Tonight, Will Consider Laying Off 30 Staff

Declining student enrollment, departmental restructuring and the loss of categorical and other funding is prompting the Pasadena Unified School District to consider issuing lay off notices to a number of District employees at the School Board’s Thursday meeting this week, a District spokesperson said.

The item before the Board at the Thursday meeting would advise 30 employees that they could be laid off.

PasadenaLEARNS, which offers after school and summer school programs, would be hardest hit, with 20 positions slated for possible elimination.

Last year PasadenaLEARNs served students daily at Eliot, Altadena, Marshall Fundamental, Pasadena High School and 19 other district school sites, according to the district’s websites.

The layoff action comes as one of a number agenda items to be heard tonight. Also on the agenda for approval is a new evaluation system to analyze the competence of all district administrators.

Yolanda Mendoza, Pasadena Unified’s Chief Human Resources Officer, said on the agenda that this new Administrative Evaluation System ” required six months and “a great deal of time and effort” to create.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for everyone in May at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events listed are free.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

iPad Basics – Fridays, May 1 and 15 and June 5 and 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. If you’re new to an iPad and its functions, you’ll become well-versed in touchscreen capabilities, navigating the device and learning the basics of Internet browsing and searching. iPads will be provided for in-class use, or bring your own.

Friday Movie Matinees– Fridays, May 1, 8 and 15, at 1 p.m. Great films captivate us with imaginary worlds brought to life. May 1: Diana(2013, PG-13) starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. May 8: The Imitation Game (2014, PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. May 15: Annie (2014, PG) starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

Cardmaking Workshop – Monday,

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dr. Rajen Vurdien Reportedly Selected as PCC’s New Superintendent-­President

Dr. Rajen Vurdien Reportedly Selected as PCC’s New Superintendent-­President

Dr. Rajen Vurdien, president of Fullerton College, has reportedly been selected to become Pasadena City College’s 15th superintendent-­president at a Sunday afternoon meeting of  the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees.

The decision comes after three finalists were selected to fill the position vacated by Dr. Mark Rocha. The trio were given the opportunity to meet with students and faculty is a series of forums over recent weeks.

Dr. Vurdien was chosen over Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College, and  Dr. Robert Miller, interim superintendent-president of PCC.

Next, an employment contract will be negotiated with Vurdien and his retention will be ratified.

Vurdien was appointed president of Fullerton College in May of 2010. Prior to that post, he served as vice president of Instruction at Saddleback College. In the 1980s, Vurdien worked for the United Nations Development Program, where he was positioned in China and led the U.N. language programs. He earned a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological Studies in Education at Temple University.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Local Lawyers’ Association Offers $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Local Lawyers’ Association Offers $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

A local lawyers’ association is offering Altadena students the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship.

The Pasadena Bar Association (PBA) is accepting student applications for its 5th annual Speech Scholarship Contest. Interested students should submit applications as soon as possible. This year the preliminary round will be held on May 9th from 9 a.m.to 4p.m. at La Salle High School.

The contestants will be expected to give a speech on their choice of one of three topics that the PBA provides. At the completion of the preliminary rounds, three students will move on to compete during the PBA’s Law Day luncheon on May 28, 2015 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium’s Gold Room.

During the final round, two finalists will be given seven minutes to present their speech to approximately 150 lawyers and dignitaries. Judging by attendees will occur during the PBA lunch, with the winner announcement shortly after. Speakers will be judged by a variety of factors including, but not limited to,

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elected Officials Honor John Muir High School’s “Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development” at 7th Annual Benefit Gala

Elected Officials Honor John Muir High School’s “Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development” at 7th Annual Benefit Gala

High-ranking federal, state, county and city elected officials were among the celebrants at a benefit dinner saluting Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a long running character education and academic support organization for male students at John Muir High School.

Approximately 300 people attended the gala at Brookside Country Club which raised funds to support MPYD’s programs which include one-on-one mentoring, college and career preparation, a four-day summer camp and an on-campus motivational speaker series known as “Lunch With the Future.”

Presenting MPYD with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, U.S. Rep. Judy Chu stated, “Obstacles can be daunting but the fact that you provide these (programs) really allows youth to succeed.”

California State Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden saluted MPYD leaders for “fighting hard to make sure the resources are available for this very important organization to perform its mission to…build character and integrity in our young men.”

Speaking on behalf of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Mayor Michael D.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Call for Altadena Teen Musicians

Call for Altadena Teen Musicians

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is calling all Altadena Teen Musicians to sign up for its 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands.

Showcase one’s music in PEF’s online voting competition, plus get heard by PEF’s expert panel of judges, and you might get chosen, organizers say.

Selected bands will be chosen to play at the Battle of the Bands concert on September 20, 2015 at the Levitt Pavilion in Old Pasadena.

The Winner of the Battle of the Bands will be the opening act for the Second Annual ROCK 4 PEF concert on October 4, 2015, and more.

Those don’t have a band yet can still win a spot to play ROCK 4 PEF with America’s Got Talent’s Taylor Mathews, so give this a try, they urge.

Key Dates:
– Pre-registration through July 6
– Registration & Create Online Profiles: July 6-August 24
– Song Submission Period: August 26-September 7
– Battle of the Bands: September 20

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet School to Host Grand Reopening

Eliot Arts Magnet School to Host Grand Reopening

Charles W. Eliot Middle School in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform into Eliot Arts Magnet, a premier middle school focused on visual and performing arts. In the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built lasting partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts. Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium has undergone a major modernization which will be unveiled Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. as part of Eliot’s Grand Reopening.

The event will celebrate the school’s transformation in becoming an arts magnet with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium. The auditorium will be named after Carl Roeder, an industrial arts teacher who taught at Eliot for most of his 41 years with PUSD and never missed a day of work. Following the ribbon-cutting, guests are encouraged to stay for Metamorphosis, the annual spring open house and arts showcase featuring student performances and tours of the new arts facilities from 6:00 p.m.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Students Discuss and Learn About Bullying, Cyberbullying and to Deal With Them

Students Discuss and Learn About Bullying, Cyberbullying and to Deal With Them

Students at the Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School spent time Thursday thinking, discussing and learning about bullying and cyberbullying as they were led through a presentation by Deputy Scott Rule of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

The students were separated into smaller groups and were shown a PowerPoint presentation and had a discussion with Deputy Rule.

Rule explained what Cyberbullying consists of, and the different types of media that bullying can take place. The students were also given the tools on how to prevent all forms of bullying.

Approximately 200 students participated in this presentation.

The Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School is located in the 2500 block of Maiden Lane.

Pictured is Deputy Rule at the assembly, talking with the students.

2501 Maiden Ln, Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 798-5020

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pasadena Unified Launches Parent Survey: “We want to hear from parents and caregivers”

Pasadena Unified Launches Parent Survey: “We want to hear from parents and caregivers”

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) parents and guardians will be able to have their say about school climate and parent-school relationships as part of the California School Parent Survey. The parent survey is one of three interrelated surveys for students, parents and staff that make up the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CAL-SCHLS), a district initiative taking place at all PUSD schools this spring.

Responses to the survey will help PUSD to create a better climate on school campuses, build positive learning and working environments, and better target parent engagement efforts, officials say.

“We want to hear from parents and caregivers to assess the need for teaching and learning support when it comes to parent involvement at our schools,” said PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald. “Parent responses combined with the data collected from students and staff will be used for program, school and district planning to make PUSD a great district.”

Parents and guardians can complete the survey either online or on paper.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

VIDA Program Youngsters, Sheriff’s Deputies and Altadena Mountain Rescue Hike to Echo Mountain Today

VIDA Program Youngsters, Sheriff’s Deputies and Altadena Mountain Rescue Hike to Echo Mountain Today

Story and Photography Courtesy Deputy Paige

Altadena station VIDA program youths and deputies, with help from the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, led 22 kids into the Angeles National Forest today. The group hiked almost 6 miles from Altadena to Echo Mountain.

The students saw some amazing scenery this morning, and learned about hiking safey and basic first aid.

Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) is a structured 16-week program for non-violent, at-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 17½. Through collaboration between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, community-based organizations, volunteers, schools and families, the program teaches youth the value of effective decision-making and taking responsibility for their futures.

If you want more information visit: http://www.vida.la

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Aveson featured in new book on personalized learning

Aveson featured in new book on personalized learning

Aveson Charter Schools has garnered national attention for its personalized learning approach through a new book titled, Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom.The book, co-authored by educational consultants Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis and Diane Ullman, features Aveson as one of the only schools implementing personalized learning, a way of teaching and learning that is catching on in public education across the country.

 Aveson’s contributions to Learning Personalized came after Denver education leaders visited the school last year and witnessed what they called, “one of the most authentic” personalized learning models in the country. Upon hearing this, Zmuda visited Aveson for a firsthand look at the school and to explore including their work in Learning Personalized.

“There is a significant interest in personalized learning around the nation,” says Zmuda. “But Aveson is remarkable both in their design and their commitment to create this learning environment with their students and families every day.”

The book,

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet grand re-opening April 30

Eliot Arts Magnet grand re-opening April 30

Eliot Arts Magnet received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform Charles W. Eliot Middle School into a premier arts magnet. In the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built lasting partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts. Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium has also undergone extensive modernization which will be completed this month.

Eliot Arts Magnet is ready to reveal these exciting changes to the community during its Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 P.M. This event will celebrate the school’s transformation in becoming an arts magnet with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly-refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium and the naming of the student art gallery after renowned local artist Charles White.

The Grand Re-opening celebration on Thursday, April 30 will include an address from Dr. Brian McDonald, Superintendent of PUSD, and Lori Touloumian, Interim Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet. There will also be recognition of local artist honoree,

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Parkinson’s education group at Pasadena Senior Center

Parkinson’s education group at Pasadena Senior Center

The Huntington Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Department will present a free, three-week Parkinson’s education and support class Wednesdays, May 6, 13 and 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.
Participants will explore diagnosis, treatment, mobility maintenance and quality of life. Speakers will include speech, physical and occupational therapists.

Registration is encouraged for Parkinson’s patients caregivers and family members at the Welcome Desk, by calling 626-685-6730 or emailing dianem@pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

For more information about the Pasadena Senior Center visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.

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