LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair

Neither winner felt as though he or she played particularly well at all. The judges heard it differently.
At the recent Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, a keen-listening panel anointed Michael Smith (who lives on Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge) and Sabrina Tsoi (who attends Flintridge Prep, a few blocks down Crown) as the best players in their respective age groups at the seventh annual version of the prestigious contest, which was held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading “LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair”

LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options

Over the course of this school year, administrators at La Cañada High School made it a point to keep misbehaved students on campus whenever possible, said Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett, who is in charge of discipline.
There were fewer suspensions in 2016-17, she told La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members Tuesday. She said there have been 13 “out-of-school” suspensions for a total of 41 days, and 13 “in-school” suspensions, totalling 26 days. (A year ago, there were 34 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 86 days.) Continue reading “LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options”

LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day

State Sen. Anthony Portantino might be close to winning support from school leaders in his own city for a bill that would require middle schools and high schools to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Finding the benefits of later start times compelling, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette hopes to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the proposal at a public workshop, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the district office round building.
The Governing Board is weighing whether to support a resolution backing the bill, but at its meeting Tuesday night, its members sought a dialogue with parents before deciding. Continue reading “LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day”

Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards

A trio of promising young scholars from La Cañada Flintridge recently received National Merit Scholarship awards worth $2,500 each.
The local recipients are Kamala A. Durairaj, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City; Ankur Jain, a senior at Flintridge Prep; and William McConnell, a senior at Pasadena Poly.
Durairaj lists her probable career field as law. Jain is interested in computer engineering and McConnell identifies quantitative analysis as a potential field of study. Continue reading “Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards”

Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.

It wasn’t pretty, but for proponents of the Sagebrush territory transfer, it was sweet.
After complicated, confused deliberation, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 8-1 on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the transfer of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified School District.
“We’re delighted at this outcome,” said Tom Smith, one of the chief petitioners behind the request to transfer the 385 acres of LCF, where he lived when this latest attempt to redistrict the territory was initiated four years ago. Continue reading “Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval”

LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report

And now, for some good, if not unexpected news: In its annual report ranking American high schools, U.S. News & World Report identified La Cañada High School among the top in its class.
Out of more than 22,000 high schools evaluated nationwide, LCHS came in 147th. In California, LCHS ranked 18th overall and fifth-best among public schools, its best result since at least 2012, according to the publication. Continue reading “LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report”

Interfaith Baccalaureate Service on May 30

All seniors attending La Cañada High School, their families and community members are invited to the La Cañada Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. A reception follows the program.
This year’s baccalaureate keynote speaker is Aziza Hasan, a passionate advocate for coalition building, peacemaking and interfaith relations. As executive director of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish partnership for change, Hasan is a bridge-builder and conflict-resolution practitioner.
Ian McFeat, principal of La Cañada High School will deliver opening remarks. As a celebration of students’ faith, baccalaureate includes the reading of scriptures and testimonies by seniors who are active in local Islamic, Jewish and Christian congregations. Musical offerings will be provided by the LCHS Choral Artists and the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Youth Worship Band.

Local Students Win in ‘Water is Life’ Art Contest

Palm Crest Elementary 2nd-grader Lauren Park won first place.

Foothill Municipal Water District (Foothill) recently concluded its 6th annual “Water Is Life” student art competition, with three local elementary students named as winners.
Lauren Park, a 2nd-grader at Palm Crest Elementary, won first place; PCR 6th-grader Chia Matsuka took second place; Arra Cho, a Paradise Canyon Elementary 2nd-grader also took second place; and Chloe Calix, a 1st-grader at PCY, garnered honorable recognition.
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La Cañada 7/8 Recognized for Digital Citizenship

Kaitzer Puglia and Jamie Lewsadder display Common Sense Award.

Common Sense, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families navigate digital media and technology, has recognized La Cañada High School 7/8 with a distinction called, “Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.”
LCHS 7/8 has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.
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Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Members of La Cañada High School’s active Armenian Club include Kaitlyn Markarian, Hrag Badalian, Annie Abnous, Emily Grigorian, Osheen Abnous, Haig Manoukian, Melody Sagarian, Michael May, Raymond Turchan, Alec Tujian, Noy Chatoyan and Alex Manoukian. The club’s display includes maps and literature all related to Armenian history and culture.

At a colorful, well-stocked display set up in the quad last week, a rotating collection of the 50 La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club members lured their peers with pastries and sandwiches and then opened up about some of their culture history.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about the culture, maybe diminish stereotypes,” said Haig Manoukian, a junior who is the club’s president. “But also to raise awareness of the genocide.” Continue reading “Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness”