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”

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”

Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision

A Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization leader said the panel will take 30 to 60 days to make a decision on the Sagebrush territory transfer petition, taking into account a new environmental study completed under the California Environmental Quality Act.
“We will be reviewing this at an upcoming meeting,” said Chairman A.J. Willmer on Wednesday about the CEQA study and additional information about the petition to transfer the territory in La Cañada Flintridge from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. “We also just received the CEQA report late last week. We take comments sent to us very seriously. We take your public comment very seriously. I also want to emphasize that despite some impressions out there, there has been no binding vote by this committee.” Continue reading “Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision”

LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam gasped and Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi began to cry after they were announced as the last two members of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
The excitement of the moment could still be seen on their faces as they joined the other five members of the court on a stage at the Tournament House in Pasadena on Monday and local television stations and newspapers interviewed them.
“It’s such an honor to be here,” said Kadam, standing next to the other teenagers who had been chosen from among 44 finalists.
Added Rossi: “I’m so excited to represent my community.” Continue reading “LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court”

Portantino’s Bill on Start of School Day Is Vetoed by Governor

A bid to help students statewide get a bit more sleep and do better in class was derailed when state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s bill requiring high school and middle schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 was vetoed recently.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his veto of Senate Bill 328 and explained his decision.
“This bill would prohibit middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 in the morning, unless in a rural area,” Brown wrote. “This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards. Several schools have already moved to later start times. Others prefer beginning the school day earlier. These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community.”
The bill would have taken effect sometime between January 2019 and July 2021.
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National Merit Semifinalists Win Honors, Could Gain Even More

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School seniors who recently became National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include Kevin Mo (front row, from left), Kyle Lee, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Andrew Kwon and Justin Hyon. Back: Ryan Choi, Amanda Laus, Diya Razdan, Jared Ahn, Veronica Muller and Andrew Chae.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada High School seniors who recently became National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists include Kevin Mo (front row, from left), Kyle Lee, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Andrew Kwon and Justin Hyon. Back: Ryan Choi, Amanda Laus, Diya Razdan, Jared Ahn, Veronica Muller and Andrew Chae.

The 12 La Cañada High School seniors named semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program recently had some tasty treats — think small cartons of orange juice, blueberry muffins and Smarties — to recognize their talents. But they could be in line for a greater award.
Students who were honored recently included Jared Ahn, Andrew Chae, Jared Cheng, Harrison Cho, Ryan Choi, Justin Hyon, Andrew Kwon, Amanda Laus, Kyle Lee, Kevin Mo, Veronica Muller and Diya Razdan.
They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, or less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, according to an announcement from National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists, who include the highest-scoring entrants in each state, took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the release. Those who later become finalists would be eligible for scholarships through the program and other sources.
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