LCHS Challenge Success Set to Confront Student Pressure

Trying to get through school under the pressure of teenage social norms, good grades, high test scores and multiple extracurricular activities, all with the aim of gaining acceptance to a top-tier college, can feel a little like Sisyphus rolling a boulder uphill for La Cañada Unified School District students.
“LCHS is a very competitive school,” said Nicole Johnson, a 17-year-old senior. “We take pride in our grades and all of that. But it gets to the point where we’re like enemies. It’s not a very healthy environment. That’s why I really like Challenge Success. Because I want to create that community environment where we’re all trying to help each other and we can get there together.” Continue reading “LCHS Challenge Success Set to Confront Student Pressure”

LCHS Orchestras to Spotlight Work of Women Composers

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Jennifer Munday, La Cañada High School advanced orchestra director, instructs her musicians as they perform Yoko Shimomura’s “Kingdom Hearts.” They’re preparing for a concert on Oct. 17.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Jennifer Munday, La Cañada High School advanced orchestra director, instructs her musicians as they perform Yoko Shimomura’s “Kingdom Hearts.” They’re preparing for a concert on Oct. 17.

Toward the end of last year, La Cañada High School music instructor Jennifer Munday and LCHS 7/8 instrumental colleague Jimmie Myers were discussing the possibility of a concert featuring the music of women composers only.
“It’s just a thing that came up,” said advanced orchestra director Munday after a recent rehearsal. Both agreed it would be a great idea, and she later determined that “we really need to do this.” Continue reading “LCHS Orchestras to Spotlight Work of Women Composers”

Student Wellness, Safety Upgrades Figure in LCUSD Goals

Wendy Sinnette
Wendy Sinnette

Ensuring students’ mental and emotional health as part of their overall safety, allocating money from bond measures and retaining accreditation for La Cañada High School were key goals that gained the approval of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, who presented the goals for the academic year, said she and the board had worked on them since July, adding that they incorporated ideas that came from subcommittees.
Such subcommittees tackle issues including campus security, parking and traffic; whether to open or close the LCHS campus during lunch; and how to communicate with the community. Continue reading “Student Wellness, Safety Upgrades Figure in LCUSD Goals”

Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.

Lately, everybody wants to pick the brain of La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold.
That’s what can happen when you win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, said this week that she has been stopped on the street in front of her home since her Oct. 3 win, sharing the prize with two other researchers.
“I’m on the front page of newspapers all over the world, so people who don’t know me are stopping me. But the ones who do know me send many notes — lovely notes — and congratulations,” Arnold said. Continue reading “Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner”

Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson. Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson.
Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.

For parents caring for a sick or injured child in the hospital, they’ve known the loneliness and despair that might come in the quiet hours of the night, when staff is reduced and their child is struggling with pain or fear.
When they learned of those parents and their need of support, a group of Pasadena women walked the halls at one of the top pediatric hospitals in California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families”

Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack

Photo courtesy Nancy Ko
Photo courtesy Nancy Ko

They didn’t have a den number, but that didn’t stop the newest members of Pasadena Cub Scout Pack 4 from recording a first at the recent Golden Nugget weekend campout at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island last month.
Theirs was the first girls’ den to attend the campout, sending seven of its 16 Valentine Elementary School girls to the three-day event. Just weeks earlier, they had joined the formerly boys-only pack, which is now coed after Boy Scouts of America decided last year to admit girls. Continue reading “Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack”

Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations

The San Marino Police Department invites residents interested in learning more about law enforcement to sign up for its new Community Police Academy that begins in November.
The academy, also called the CPA, is a six-week program of classes designed to give insight into SMPD operations and background in general law enforcement, in a relatively casual environment. Classes will cover broad topics such as investigative procedures and address contemporary issues such as police officers’ use of force while responding to incidents. Continue reading “Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny

Drivers who cross a double yellow line while making a U-turn in the area of Gould Avenue and Knight Way near Paradise Canyon Elementary School could soon see the red and blue flashing lights of a sheriff’s patrol car.
“If it was a single double line, you can make a left,” Pat DeChellis, La Cañada Flintridge’s director of public works, said recently while pointing to a flat median where drivers like to turn around, near the school. “A double-double, you can’t cross it. We even put the hatching [shading] in to make it look like a raised median.” Continue reading “U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny”