LCHS Art Teacher Wins People’s Choice Award at Fashion Show

The next time Serafina Kenwood wants to encourage her students to push their boundaries, she’s got a good example — herself.
Last week, Kenwood, an art teacher at La Cañada High School, won the People’s Choice award at the Metropolitan Fashion Show for her design inspired by the Red Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” The show was staged Thursday at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, where many of Kenwood’s La Cañada Flintridge friends were in attendance. Continue reading “LCHS Art Teacher Wins People’s Choice Award at Fashion Show”

LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.

In Pasadena on Monday, seven Rose princesses — including two from La Cañada High School — and 30 other finalists were celebrated for their goodness, just hours after horror transpired in Las Vegas.
“These young women have shown they believe in the power of kindness, of selfless service, and now they stand ready to make an even greater difference,” said Dave Link, chair of the Tournament of Roses Royal Queen and Court Committee, with a nod this this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Making a Difference.”
“We’re all reading the news about the tragedy in Las Vegas, the senseless deaths,” Link continued, asking his audience to contribute funds or blood to help victims in the nation’s deadliest shooting. “It seems odd having a celebration in the wake of that news, but we have 37 young ladies who have looked forward to this for a very long time and who have worked hard for the past few months. It doesn’t seem right not to celebrate.” Continue reading “LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court”

LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness

School safety, teacher retention and student wellness were on the minds of audience members who submitted handwritten questions at Monday’s candidates forum, where five La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board hopefuls sought to distinguish themselves before voters.
Over the course of 90 minutes, first-time candidates Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh, Christopher Salvo and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia revealed mostly subtle differences in their approach to guiding one of California’s top school districts.
Three seats on the board — each for a four-year term — will be open in the Nov. 7 election, when voters also will weigh in on Measure LCF, a $149-million bond proposal that would be used for campus improvements. The proposal would not increase the tax rate, but would replace expiring bonds. Capped at $60 per $100,000 in assessed property value, it would be paid off within 30 years. Continue reading “LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness”

LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term

For a small district, La Cañada Unified has a lot going on. And Governing Board candidate Kaitzer Puglia, a professor of child development and education, said she savors every aspect of it.
Puglia is running for her second four-year term to retain her place on the LCUSD Governing Board; she is among five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Hey, Kaitzer, how do you like being on the board?’” said Puglia, a Pasadena City College professor and the mother of two recent La Cañada High School graduates. “I tell them, ‘I love being on the board!’ It sounds corny, but I love it. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term”

LCHS Deemed Safe After Arrest

A La Cañada High School student was arrested Monday after authorities were alerted that he made a post on Instagram threatening another student, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Dep. Eric Matejka, who said both juvenile students are in special needs classes.
The student was released to his parents, and after a search of the family’s home, it was determined there was no viable threat, Matejka said.
“There was an image, which appears to be taken from the internet, posted on social media with a threat directed to the other student,” said Matejka, who was notified about the social media post by school security. Continue reading “LCHS Deemed Safe After Arrest”

LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing

In something of a photo finish, La Cañada Unified School District placed third in the most recent statewide CAASPP scoring, released this week by the California Department of Education.
“We were very pleased with the performance and appreciative of all of our staff’s hard work to make sure the scores are so strong,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing”

Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success

La Cañada Unified School District’s superintendent Wendy Sinnette wants to see a district-wide implementation of Challenge Success to educate the community on the upcoming bond measure election, to reorganize the district’s administration and to focus on math instruction.
Sinnette focused on those items in her annual goal-setting presentation to the Governing Board on Tuesday. Board members were receptive to her plans, noting that most of the work has been ongoing. Continue reading “Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success”

LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech

Dan Jeffries
Dan Jeffries

During his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board four years ago, Dan Jeffries was wowed by how well-informed the La Cañada Flintridge electorate was about district-related issues, whether or not they had children in school.
Currently the board’s president, Jeffries, has been looking forward to having similar conversations at campaign stops — and at his son’s baseball practice or while refereeing AYSO soccer matches. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech”

Healey Classes’ Famous Tom Sawyer Quilts for Sale

Photos courtesy Judi Healey Almost every school year, Judy Healey’s 6th-graders worked on quilts inspired by “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” such as this one, which was made by her class in 2000. The quilts are for sale now, with proceeds going to the Palm Crest Elementary PTA.
Photos courtesy Judi Healey
Almost every school year, Judy Healey’s 6th-graders worked on quilts inspired by “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” such as this one, which was made by her class in 2000. The quilts are for sale now, with proceeds going to the Palm Crest Elementary PTA.

The black-and-white spools of thread in Chapter 1, the famous white-washed fence in Chapter 2 … patch by patch, almost every year since 1999, the story of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was stitched together by 6th-grade students in Judi Healey’s Palm Crest Elementary School language arts class.
For years the patches hung like banners in Room 5, and PCR alums would frequently come back and look for their class quilt and their own patch. Now, with Healey’s retirement last summer, the quilts are up for sale. At $75 per quilt, proceeds will go to the PCR PTA. Continue reading “Healey Classes’ Famous Tom Sawyer Quilts for Sale”

Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the  La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the
La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.

Jimmie Myers said he believes students in his zero period orchestra class are benefiting from the extra shuteye they’re getting this school year.
How can he tell?
“They laugh at more of my jokes,” he said.
Spurred by research even more scientific than Myers’ methodology, La Cañada Unified School District opted to start the school day later this year so the adolescents attending La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 have an opportunity to get more valuable sleep. Continue reading “Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time”