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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LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.
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Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.

A simulation of a gruesome crash was staged in front of La Cañada High School on Thursday, April 13, as part of “Every 15 Minutes,” a nationwide program meant to increase awareness among teenagers about the high-stake dangers of drinking and driving.
“It’s about having our students — and adults — pause and question their own behavior,” Principal Ian McFeat said. Continue reading “LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers”

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.

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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Women of Eagle Scouts Brunch on May 6

Guest speaker Raymond Bell

Guests at the 19th annual Greater Los Angeles Area Council of Boy Scouts of America Women of Eagle Scout Brunch will be treated to an elegant and motivating event on Saturday, May 6, at the San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel. A reception will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon and the program at 11:15 a.m.
Boy Scouts from various troops in the San Gabriel Valley will lead the pledge of allegiance, followed by a memorable rendition of the national anthem played by Life Scout Henry Vaughn, a sophomore at La Cañada High School from Troop 507, on the bugle. There will also be instrumental and vocal musical entertainment throughout the reception and luncheon provided by students from La Cañada High School, led by Eagle Scout Sean Segal, a senior from Troop 509. Segal, who will attend USC in the fall, plays the guitar, piano, and drums.
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Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day

Name another high school that can pool an Oscar winner, head of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, state Senator, former Major League Baseball player, NASA engineer, deputy district attorney, pilot and philharmonic oboist and have them all on the same campus, on the same morning.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.
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Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.

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