PCR’s ‘Panthercast’ Broadcast Delights Audience

The hardest part of putting together the Weekly Panthercast isn’t writing the scripts or interviewing students and teachers, or even producing the show — it’s trying not to laugh.
“It’s always fun and it’s never hard, it just sometimes gets somewhat out of hand,” said Finn Valderhaug, who with Jaidon Gupta, recently anchored one of Palm Crest Elementary’s increasingly popular video bulletins.

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Student council advisor Mariana Valderhaug discusses a script with Panthercast anchors Finn Valderhaug and Jaidon Gupta before they record an episode of the popular student bulletin videocast in her classroom.

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Outlook Earns 11 Journalism Honors in Statewide Contest


The La Cañada Flintridge Outlook newspaper was recognized four times and the Outlook Newspaper group a total of 11 times in the statewide California Journalism Awards contest, which is conducted annually by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards were announced at a luncheon Saturday, April 14, in Sonoma.
Deputy editor Mirjam Swanson’s story about La Cañada High School’s later start time (Sept. 21) took third place in the Coverage of Youth & Education category, as did her sports feature about Walker Cup golfer Collin Morikawa (Sept. 7).
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LCUSD Outlines Wide Range of Security Measures

The crowd was smaller than at the past few meetings, but the main topic remained the same — safety and security at school.
La Cañada Unified School District officials spent much of Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, which had a large number of discussion topics, focused on security measures, from fencing to the formation of a task force.
Safety concerns were front of mind recently following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and also some drug-related incidents at La Cañada High School that resulted in arrests or hospitalization.
LCUSD detailed plans to dedicate funds from the $149 million Measure LCF bond — the first $30 million issuance of which could be approved by the County Board of Supervisors on May 9 — to begin the process of installing perimeter fencing at its three elementary school sites.
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PCR’s Golfing Gnome a Real Ace

Photo courtesy Brian Parker

The Dads’ Committee is hosting the Palm Crest Golf and Tennis Open on Monday, April 23, to raise money for the school’s PTA STEAM projects — and 6th-grader Troy Parker is helping out.
To promote the tournament, Parker is up early every morning wearing his golf outfit, waving to drivers and passengers in the car line. His dad, Brian Parker, made four cutouts of Troy to put in front of Palm Crest families’ houses with an invitation to donate — and then move — to another family’s front yard.
“We are calling them the ‘Roaming Gnomes’ and if you get one you have been ‘gnomed’!” wrote Brian Parker in an email.
The “gnoming” will continue until April 21. The tournament, at La Cañada Country Club, is a daytime adult golf and tennis event, followed by a social hour, dinner and awards ceremony. For kids, dinner and a movie will be available at the club starting at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit birdeasepro.com/palmcrest.

Spring Home Tour Benefits LCHS

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
Committee members of the La Cañada Spring Home Tour, who are gearing up for the April 27 fundraiser, include (front row, from left) Sharon Grey, Karyn Perez, Cathy Steward, Leanne Forshager, Gillan Frame, Suzanne Jensen, Maral Chatoyan, Mindy DiPaolo, Apala Parikh, Tamar Tujian and Lisa Dick. Back: Jill Chapman, Jennifer Ferry, Sue Auther, Frances Delgatty, Lee Chumo, Christine Chant, Laura Buchanan, Pam Heiberg and Jill Weinlein. Not pictured: Jennifer Fox, Jennifer Jewell, Heather Scherbert, Donna Burdick, Laila Stroben, Stephanie Wiley, Lori Beagle, Hayley Dziak, Betsy Asher Hall, Nicole York Bogen, Heather Ehrhart, Christina Conwell and Stuart McKinney.

The La Cañada Flintridge community has an opportunity to tour a variety of beautifully appointed homes during the upcoming La Cañada Spring Home Tour on Friday, April 27. Tours of four homes are from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Attendees can shop at the all-day Marketplace in the gardens of a fifth home. Food trucks will be at this home during the lunch hours. Afternoon tours resume from 3:30-6 p.m. In the evening, a sixth home opens for a festive outdoor reception featuring live music, food and drinks from 6-8 p.m. This annual fundraiser benefits programs for La Cañada High School grades 7-12.
To pre-purchase tour tickets or business and family sponsorships, go to lacanadahometour.com.

LCUSD’s Mathematics Battle Rages On

La Cañada Unified School District 4th- through 6th-grade students are diligently preparing for the fifth annual Mathzilla competition from 4:45-7:30 p.m on Thursday, May 3, at Palm Crest Elementary School.
About 200 students will vie for medals in the individual competition, which consists of a speed round and a problem-solving test.
After the individual competition, teams from each of the district’s three elementary schools will compete in the always exciting team relay competition. Palm Crest Elementary hopes to defend its title and the coveted Mathzilla team trophy on its home turf.
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LCHS Announces Franey as Girls’ Basketball Coach

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Jordan Franey

La Cañada High School has officially found the coach to take over its varsity girls’ basketball program after the La Cañada Unified School District approved the hiring of Jordan Franey on Tuesday.
Franey succeeds Sarah Beattie, who resigned as varsity girls’ basketball coach last month after three successful seasons.
Dean of Athletics Kristina Kalb said Franey’s knowledge of the school and community gave her an edge over the other candidates.
“It amazes me what people don’t know going into an interview,” Kalb said. “She was smart and had seen us in tournaments. She knew who we were and what makes us special and different. That’s important because not all schools are the same. What she shared with us matches our own vision of where we see the program going.”
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LCHS Concert Choir Wins Top Award in Seattle

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The senior members of the La Cañada High School Choir on last week’s trip to Seattle included (front row, from left) Lucia Rizzo, Haley Flynn, Cherlynn Ha, Casey Cheng, Makenna Christensen, Elin Paichuk, Lynette Aslanian, Sue-Ling Kaiser, Kamryn Creighton. Middle row: Grace Mekikian, Mike Broberg, Laura Andersen, Georgia Cervenka, Sarah Anne Settles, Carly Horne, Nicole Alexander and Claire Murray. Back: Ethan Salter, Jason Del Fierro, Ryan Van Slooten, James Graf and Garrett Loter.

The La Cañada High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Jeff Brookey, returned Sunday from a five-day tour of Seattle. The tour featured workshops with two college choir conductors as well as the WorldStrides National Festival, at which 500 students from 13 choirs went before judges to perform and receive feedback. Continue reading “LCHS Concert Choir Wins Top Award in Seattle”