Volunteer Community Service by the Students at Beaver Creek

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the students of Southwestern Academy's Beaver Creek Ranch Campus participated in a day of community service. Students were organized into three separate groups, each with a particular location the Coconino National Forest. Students volunteered at the annual Water Festival at the Dead Horse Ranch, in Cottonwood, Arizona. Southwestern students could also be seen picking up trash along the Beaver Creek, which runs through Rimrock's Starlight Canyon. Students also walked over four miles picking up trash along the highway leading into the Beaver Creek. Southwestern's multinational student body participates in community service efforts as part of Southwestern's development of feature leaders and global citizens.  

Students volunteered at the annual Water Festival at the Dead Horse Ranch, in Cottonwood, Arizona.


Enjoy a very entertaining video by Southwestern Academy student, Mark Song: 


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

In a small town, a brewing romantic rivalry with a local tough guy, Brom Bones and a schoolteacher, Icabod Crane, culminates in a terrifying ride in the night. Mr. Bornt's drama class performs, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in the Chapel for the Halloween Season.

Randy Bruno as Icabod Crane and Daisy Barrios as Katrina Van Tassel .

Brom Bones, played by Jonas Kern teases Icabod Crane.

Icabod Crane riding a horse through the woods.

The Headless Horseman and the rest of the cast.

Southwestern Arts Society

On Friday, Oct. 12th, about a dozen Southwestern Academy students participated in the annual Pasadena Art Night. As in past years, They started at the Pacific Asia Museum, and continued on to the Pasadena California Art Museum around the corner, then ducked into the Pasadena Public Library to check up on our classmates doing community service and see an exhibit of artwork done by a class of disabled adults. Then we hopped on the shuttle bus to Art Center, where we observed a sculpture class in progress. Under heavy security, a trove of rare books and artifacts from The Huntington Library were on display there.

Tianna and Alexandra Brouke at the Pasadena Museum of California Art on Art Night. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

Pasadena City Hall, lit up for Art Night. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

The Southwestern Arts Society has sponsored five field trips during the first month of the school year, and we are pleased with the interest shown by our fellow students. Our opening trip was to see Carson McCullers's "The Square Root of Wonderful" in a small theater called The Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood. Next came two musical hits, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at the performing arts center in La Mirada, and "Ain't Misbehavin'," at the International City Theater in Long Beach. Last Friday, a van full of curious students accompanied Mr. Pierpoint's English IV Honors group to a performance of the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar at the New American Theater in Hollywood.

Tianna and Isaiah Glenn at the Raven Theater in North Hollywood after a pizza dinner, waiting for the show to start. Photo by Nancy Ruiz.

Looking ahead, we have scheduled two classical music events. The first will take place on the 27th at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, where we'll hear the Colburn Symphony Orchestra perform works by Strauss, Debussy, and Mahler.  On the following Friday (11/2), we'll have dinner in Los Angeles and then hear an all-Brahms program at the Colburn School of Music.

International Dinner: Korean

The students get to learn about the different cultures and their food from their peer's native countries. A group of students provide the entertainment and make a traditional meal to share.

Students at Beaver Creek Hike Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ

There were 22 students who started the hike and 16 of them finished up to the top of Cathedral together with Mr.Kennedy and Mr.Huber.

Students Perform in Veronda Place.

Listen to some Halloween music.... 
performed by the Southwestern Jazz Trio, Randy Bruno, Charles Mathias and Kim Ni


The local parents of the San Marino campus had a chance to meet and greet with the faculty of Southwestern Academy on October 2, 2012.

Faculty, Ms. Williams and Dean, Ms. Jarchow
meets with Mrs. Amenya at Back to School night.

Mr. Herbst shares a laugh with the Mathias family.

Math teacher, Mr. Nord and parents.

ESL teacher, Mr. Pulgencio discusses
the courses with a parent.