Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
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Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”

LCHS PTA Celebrates 31st Annual Spring Home Tour

The La Canada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tour is celebrating its 31st year by featuring four exquisite and well-appointed homes and grounds and an evening reception with a mini tour of another beautiful residence on Friday, April 28. In addition, one of the tour homes will be the site of boutique shopping, with eight vendors selling apparel, accessories and home décor items.

The homes will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The separately ticketed evening reception is from 6-8 p.m. and will offer enticing opportunity baskets and venues for festive parties hosted by PTA members. Tickets are available online at lacandahometour.com and can be purchased at pre-sale prices online or at Printefex, Flintridge Bookstore and the Apple Cart until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. The Apple Cart is the site for same-day ticket sales, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Proceeds from this event will benefit the LCHS 7/8 PTA and the LCHS 9-12 PTSA programs, technology, library and campus support. Contact hometour@lchs78.org with questions.

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La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.
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Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.

Sophomore pitcher Connor Buchanan turned in his best performance of the season against South Pasadena last Friday and led the La Cañada High School varsity baseball team to a 7-0 victory. Continue reading “La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play”

LC Secures League Crown

History repeats for the La Cañada High School varsity boys’ golf team as it defeated Temple City, 199-215, at Eaton Canyon Golf Course to claim a share of the Rio Hondo League crown on Tuesday.
First-year head coach Derrick Williams has guided the Spartans to a perfect 8-0 record (6-0 in league) so far with two more regular season contests remaining. La Cañada, which has won 13 consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, has defeated every league opponent, as well as Valencia and St. Francis.
The squad includes Matt Choi, Dylan Choi, Jason Del Fierro, John Hickman, Christian Kim, Maxwell Kinsel, Andrew Koerber, Brendon Paek, Nicolas Perez, Andrew Ricci, Jay Singh, Clyde Toland and Eduardo Torres.
The Spartans will host Monrovia in a league match on Tuesday, April 25, at 3 p.m.

Spartans, Rebels Softball Win Big

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The La Cañada varsity softball team shut out visiting South Pasadena, 10-0, last Friday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
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The La Cañada varsity softball team shut out visiting South Pasadena, 10-0, last Friday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.

The La Cañada High School varsity softball team blanked visiting rival South Pasadena, 10-0, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
The Spartans, guided by second-year head coach Chuck Gunter, improved to 10-3 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 record in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada, which has won 15 consecutive Rio Hondo League games dating back to last year, will travel to Temple City this Friday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans, Rebels Softball Win Big”

LCHS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship

Jennifer Yoon

A La Cañada High School senior is among the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
La Cañada High School’s Jennifer Yoon was named among about 1,000 high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards, financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.
Yoon garnered a scholarship from the National Distillers Distributors Foundation. She’s identified medicine as her probable career field.
Winners were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit competition and met criteria of the scholarship corporate sponsors, who provide scholarships to children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or scholars who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Most of these awards are renewable for as many as four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Others provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.
Pasadena Westridge School for Girls’ Samantha Khalsa Mendenhall, who lives in LCF, also was a winner. She is eyeing a career in international law, and was the recipient of the National Merit Rockwell Automation Scholarship.
Separately, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce a $2,500 Scholarship on May 10, and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarships awards will be June 7 and July 17.

Technix Academy Students Toss Around Eggs

Photo courtesy the Learning Ladder
St. Francis students Lenny Pieroni, Alexi Garcia, Michael Frost and Stephen Chavez volunteered to instruct younger students about robotics and coding at the event.

Learning Ladder preschool and Technix Academy recently hosted an Egg Toss Robotics and Minecraft Mania event at the La Cañada Unified School District Rotunda Room. Programmed robots collected eggs in a “robot arena” before tossing them in baskets.
Technix Academy is an educational partner with Learning Ladder, teaching kids coding, robotics and computer science. Four members of St. Francis’ Robotics team volunteered to help with the event and students on laptops enjoyed playing the Minecraft game.
Technix Academy was created by Nicholas Schwaegerlehner, a co-founder of the St. Francis Robotics team, which has achieved international recognition in VEX robotics competitions.

LCHS Students Graduate From Space Program

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This year’s graduates of the La Cañada High School Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science Academy include Lucas Chmielewski (front row, from left), Lucille Park, Natalie Petrosian, Breanna Chan, Cassie Park, Mia LeClere, Kushal Kolli, Derek Hu, Gregory Pan and Art Chmielewki. Back: Harry Coleman, Principal Ian McFeet, Andre Varatanians, Shivam Patel, Hakob Shamilian, Cameron Cheung, Ryan Chen, Nicholas Lysek, Shaan Sandhu, Harrison Min, Miles Yun and Nate Fulmer. Since 2014, the prorgram has offered students the opportunity to practically apply engineering, science and business lessons in a way that mirrors NASA projects.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center Scores ‘A’ for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Glendale Adventist Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
“GAMC is proud to have earned its fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog national ratings program, recognizing hospitals for their commitment to patient safety,” said Dr. Despina Kayichian of Medical Affairs and Quality at GAMC.
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LCF Educational Foundation Begins Spring Phone Drive

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising money each year for La Cañada Flintridge public schools, is beginning its spring phone campaign. LCFEF volunteer directors will man the phones to make the case for community members to give, or give more, to the 2016-17 LCFEF annual fund supporting local schools. Once again, local real estate company Dilbeck has generously offered the use of their offices for the effort.
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