LCUSD Plan for School Year: More Normal, Still Cautious

The La Cañada Unified School District expects to go back to a full five-day bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year, and Superintendent Wendy Sinnette gave the community a preview of what instruction will look like in the fall, assuming that the coronavirus remains largely at bay.

Sinnette gave a presentation during a virtual LCUSD Governing Board meeting on Tuesday that informed stakeholders and board members of current guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

LCUSD will reopen with a full schedule on Aug. 16 and current health orders require students and staff to wear masks on campus when indoors, though there are exceptions for special education students. Students and staff will not be required to wear masks outdoors on campus, but Sinnette said employees will encourage students to wash their hands frequently and be socially distanced in the hallways and during lunch.

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Planning Panel to Examine Controversial Building Proposal

The Planning Commission tonight intends to discuss a project that is proposed for 600 Foothill Blvd. Possible development at the 1.29-acre parcel has been a contentious issue for concerned residents and the commission over the past few years.

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission will have just two items on the agenda for its virtual meeting scheduled for tonight at 6, and it’s a loaded topic.

The panel will discuss the development proposal regarding 600 Foothill Blvd. that has been contested by many residents as well as commissioners, who balked at backing an earlier plan, the proposed 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility, in January 2018.

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Clark Magnet Graduation Ceremony

Kevin Sarvarian, Romell Shabany, Vardan Mikayelyan, Manuel Vartanian and Meri Sarkisyan

Clark Magnet High School celebrated its graduating senior class of 2021 with an in-person ceremony on the campus field on Thursday, June 10. Nearly 270 students gathered in front of their families, with a limit of four persons per graduate, to receive their diplomas.
There were remarks from ASB President Ani Sahakyan and Clark Magnet Principal Lena Kortoshian. Assistant Principal Brian Landisi presented the candidates for Valedictorian and Salutorian, which were Anaida Haroutiunian, Elen Hovhannisyan, Arpi Keshishian, Cyrus Motallebi and Arno Tatos.


GUSD Expands Summer Offerings to Combat Learning Loss

The Glendale Unified School District will offer a variety of free, in-person programming this summer in an effort to help fill the educational and social gaps created this school year by circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout June, July and August, the district will host programs for all levels of education and expand the offerings from prior programs, which were typically run through third parties outside of the district. In an effort to promote equity throughout the diverse school district, GUSD has taken over operation of those programs, including accelerated programs.
“These are the courses that have typically been offered through the Glendale Educational Foundation,” explained Chris Coulter, director of teaching and learning, at this week’s school board meeting, “which provides additional opportunities for students to take health for free. Health, math, science and history are the most common of the acceleration courses.”
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BPD Arrests Two on Suspicion of Murder Attempt

Two suspects were arrested this week in suspicion of trying to shoot and kill a man in Burbank on April 27.

Burbank police detectives conducted a search warrant in the 10000 block of Bluffside Drive in Studio City on Wednesday, arresting two residents of the city. Sgt. Emil Brimway of the Burbank Police Department said the pair was booked for attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred in the 4200 block of West Kling Street in Burbank last week.

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Biden’s Recognition of Armenian Genocide Praised in Burbank

Photo Courtesy Romik Yaghoobimasihi
Mayor Bob Frutos addresses attendees of last Saturday’s event recognizing the Armenian Genocide and memorializing the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed. Behind him are City Councilmember Nick Schultz, Rep. Adam Schiff, City Councilmember Konstantine Anthony and Reps. Judy Chu, Tony Cárdenas and Jimmy Gomez.

Burbank representatives and a local Armenian community group are commending President Joe Biden’s recent recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Biden’s announcement was the first made by a United States president recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in present-day Turkey. Last Saturday, April 24, 106 years after the genocide began, his statement was echoed by several local leaders during an event in front of Burbank City Hall.
The chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America in Burbank, which is home to a significant Armenian population, placed a genocide memorial outside the building, at which attendees could leave flowers. City hall was also lit that weekend with the red, blue and orange colors of the Armenian flag.
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Burbank’s Defense Stymies Burroughs in ‘Big Game,’ 25-7

Brayon Crawford, who is tackled by Angelo Toscano of Burroughs, rushed for 48 yards and helped Burbank defeat its local rival, 25-7. | Photo by Eric Danielson

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

In Burbank, the “Big Game” means one thing: it’s time for Burroughs and Burbank high schools to meet once again on the football field for city bragging rights.

After a lackluster first half, the Bulldogs caught fire in the second half, surging to a 25-7 victory over Burroughs at Memorial Field Friday night in the final game of the season for both schools.


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LCHS Extols Reopening, but Pandemic Still Looms

Photos by Chris Sutton / Outlook Valley Sun
La Cañada High School students, including Kai Gunderssen (above), returned to campus on Tuesday. However, four positive coronavirus tests forced three classes to shut down. Also, a pipe burst in the main office which flooded the school’s mail room.

The La Cañada Unified School District officially welcomed back students in grades 7-12 on Tuesday but teachers and students were also quickly reminded that COVID-19 has not gone anywhere.
Superintendent told the Outlook Valley Sun Wednesday that three classes at La Cañada High School were shut down due to four positive coronavirus tests — one student, two coaches and one staff member — and the cohorts of students possibly exposed to the virus must quarantine for two weeks.
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LC Track Sets Records at Simi Valley Invitational

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Arielle McKenzie helped the LCHS girls’ distance medley relay win its race at the Simi Valley Invitational with a time of 12 minutes, 40.33 seconds.

The La Cañada High School girls’ track team continued its record-setting streak last week at the Simi Valley Invitational while the boys’ squad notched a podium finish and numerous personal records. The meet drew hundreds of athletes from more than 60 schools in Ventura and adjoining counties.
The LCHS girls’ distance medley relay (DMR) opened Thursday’s distance events with a bang by winning the race in 12 minutes, 40.44 seconds, which is a school and meet record. The DMR includes legs of 1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters (one lap is 400 meters), in that order.
Freshman Arielle McKenzie ran leg one, opening a 50-meter lead. Artis Phillips maintained the lead on her one-lap leg. Ellaney Matarese, saving energy for a second race later in the day, cruised the 800 and freshman Katelyn Matarese anchored the 1,600 in a breakout performance, running 5:12 to fight off a challenge from second-place Redondo Union High from Redondo Beach.
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LCF Trails Game Runs Through April 30

Photo courtesy George Kamar
Phil Klemmer and his brother, Stellan, take a break at Cherry Canyon trail.

The month-long LCF Trails Games, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the LCF Trails Council, launches today and runs through April 30. The LCF Trails Game is for all ages; admission is free.
“Whether you’re a beginner wanting to try hiking, or a mountain biker who loves the thrill of competing, this game is for you,” an event spokesperson said.
“We hope the LCF Trails Game encourages kids and families to go outdoors and exercise – given this time of COVID – so go out and enjoy the trails,” said LCF Trails Game Committee Chair Linda Fors. “It’s a proven way to boost your health and wellbeing and get you smiling, plus you could win some great prizes!”
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