Gooden School Appoints New Head

The Gooden School will welcome its sixth head of school, Carl Parke, this summer. Parke, currently head of school at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, Ga., begins his tenure on July 1. Parke will succeed interim head of school Merrily Dunlap.

Carl Parke

“After an extensive nationwide search for a head of school, we are pleased that Parke will be joining us,” said Nadilee Russell, chair of the Gooden School board of trustees. “The combination of his experience as head of school, service to the independent school community, and understanding of a small and nurturing school atmosphere made him an ideal fit for Gooden.”
Parke previously served as head of the upper school and dean of students at the Altamont School in Birmingham, Ala.; as a faculty member at the University of South Florida and Tampa Preparatory in Florida; and as dean of students at Oxbridge Academics in Cambridge, England.
He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University and a master’s in history from the University of South Florida. In addition, he has been a presenter at regional and national independent school conferences and attended the Klingenstein Center Heads of School program at Columbia University.
Parke is also an active volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange and a Rotary Club member.

Pasadena Water and Power Opens College Scholarships Worth $7,500

Pasadena Water and Power is providing Pasadena-area high school seniors with an opportunity to win a college scholarship. A $5,000 and a $2,500 award will be given to the top two high school seniors who write the most creative and thoughtful essays on the topic of water and energy efficiency.
To apply, students must submit an application, academic transcripts and write an essay. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live within PWP service territory, be currently enrolled as a high school senior in the city of Pasadena, and provide proof of acceptance for the 2017-18 school year at an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary institution. The application deadline is April 10.
PWP started the education scholarship program in 2014 as part of its commitment to empowering and investing in Pasadena’s youth. To learn more, visit or call (626) 744-4172.

Poly Captures League Basketball Title


Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto
The Polytechnic varsity boys’ basketball team recently captured its first Prep League title in six years with a 7-1 record. Head coach Brad Hall guided the Panthers to an overall record of 19-5, including CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoff victories over Santa Barbara Bishop Diego and Vista del Lago of Moreno Valley. The squad includes (front row, from left) Mateo Taylor, Ryan Bowen, John Genske, Jackson Hayes and Brendan Fong. Back: Nicholas Tu, Justin Fong, Graham Olson, James Olson and Nicholas Richard-Craven.

Flintridge Prep Wins League Championship

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team recently clinched its fourth straight Prep League championship. The Rebels won the crown with a 12-0 record and finished the season with an overall record of 24-3. Co-coaches Kevin Kiyomura and Jayme Chan guided Prep to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals, where the Rebels fell to La Salle, 68-61. The league-winning squad includes (front row, from left) Andie Kim, Noelle Tamura, Natalie Dale and Natalia Matossian. Back: Alex Kyriakakis, Kaitlyn Chen, Taylor Yoshida, Natalie Benn, Renae Tamura, Alison Fujimoto, Madison Manning and Haley Allen.

Chandler School Athletic Teams Win League Crowns

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The Chandler School ‘A’ boys’ basketball team recently won the Middle School Independent School League championship with a 9-1 record. The team includes (kneeling, from left) Aden Lee, Guarav Law, Zach Bechthold, Logan Sobel and manager Alexander Albrecht. Standing: Marcos Moline, Chad Johnson, Andrew Choi, Brandon Szeto, Ben Lee, Dylan Tracy-Lindenbaum and head coach Bill Anderson.
Photo courtesy Jessie Brumfiel
The Chandler School ‘A’ girls’ soccer team recently captured the Middle School Independent School League title with a 6-0 record. The squad includes (kneeling, from left) Ashley Ahn, Alyssa Christopoulos, Jennifer Spinoglio, Ava Gray, Caity Wackerly, Heather Thomasian, Emily Hsieh and Olivia Bulow. Standing: head coach Nathan Mook, Courtney Gangi, Madison Bradford, Emma Stellar, Eryn Mitchell, Mohona Ganguly, Hailey Lam, Arianna Stavropoulos and Natalie Hewlett.

PUSD Young Musicians Shine at Festivals

Pasadena Unified All District Music Festival showcased performances by middle and high school musicians.

The two-day All-District Secondary Music Festivals brought together more than 1,000 6-12th grade students in bands, orchestras, and choirs from schools across the district recently. Demonstrating that performing and visual arts education is thriving in Pasadena, students awed audiences with their talent and creativity. Performances were conducted by Pasadena Unified School District music teachers and staff, with Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale serving as guest conductor.

Lauren Buckley of the Pasadena Master Chorale was guest conductor of
Pasadena Unified All-District Choral Festival.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Huntington Gardens

Kids at the Huntington Gardens

Pasadena Unified School District 2nd-graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to orchards, nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library and its gardens. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program, 2nd-grade field trips this spring focus on the seed-to-table cycle that is part of the district’s garden curriculum. The field trips bring to life classroom lessons on plant life cycles and the cultivation and harvesting of food. Students learn about edible gardens, herbs, orchards, and the connection between the land and farming.
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Marshall Seniors Picked as Scholar Candidates

Benjamin Burnette and Christian Tran, both seniors at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, have been chosen as candidates for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Established in 1964, the program recognizes and honors some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program recognizes exceptional academic achievement, talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Semifinalists will be named in April, with finalists honored with medals at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Taper Foundation Awards $50K Grant to Frostig

The S. Mark Taper Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Frostig Center to support its work to improve the lives of children and youth who have learning differences.
The Frostig Center operates a school that enrolls 125 students in grades 1-12 who have learning differences, such as dyslexia, ADHD and high-functioning autism. It also trains hundreds of public, private and parochial schoolteachers to better serve the struggling learner.
“The generous grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation will help us help the children and teenagers who battle every day to overcome their learning challenges,” said Frostig Executive Director Dean Conklin. “I am grateful and proud that the foundation has chosen to partner with the Frostig Center.”
The Frostig Center is at 971 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena; (626) 791-1255.

Poly Winter Formal

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Robyn Lee, Jesse Clem, Sophia Terrile, Claire Gershon and Gwen Hashimoto were among the Polytechnic School students who enjoyed a night of dancing at the school’s Winter Formal. See additional photos, page 21.