LCHS Boasts 9 National Merit Finalists

All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”

PTA Home Tour to Feature Tudor, Ranch Houses on April 28

La Cañada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tours will take place Friday, April 28, featuring four beautiful homes. The homes range in style from a historic Tudor to a contemporary ranch, and will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
The 2017 Home Tour Committee includes Karen Levin (front row, from left), Karyn Perez, Tanya Pereira, Kristine Ragusa, Apala Parikh, Christine Chant and Ellen Portantino. Middle row: Sue Auther, Lee Chumo, Leanne Forshager, Mindy DiPaolo, Tamar Tujian, Christie Clarkson, Lisa Dick, Donna Burdick, Maral Chatoyan and Pam Heiberg. Back: Sharon Grey, Frances Delgatty, Jennifer Ferry, Kelly Chamberlain, Jenny Stern. Not pictured: Marwa Moustafa, Stephanie Wiley, Laila Stroben, Betsy Asher Hall, Sheryl Madonna, Katie Norton, Jill Chapman, Leslie Kevorkian, Natalie Kouyoumdjian, Jennifer Fox, Lisa Macho and Heather Ehrhart.

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LCE’s Early California Explorers

Photo by Chris Sutton / OUTLOOK
Fourth-graders in Laurie Hopkins’ class are Stephanie Cheung (front row, from left), Jack Grigorian, Siena Babaian, Brandon Lee, Julian Morillo, Savannah Rogan, Mila Wittenberg, Dani Corbert and Zoe Koskenmali. Middle row: Diyon Silva, Patrick Chumo, Wayne Miao, Lily Oliverez, Julie Berner, Conner Knudsen, Carson Kelly, Beckett Sheffield, Warner Ibsen and Lily Bingham. Back: Paige Perkins, Syema Bangash, Katie Kelly, Cody Mora, Rae Jhun, Eliana Loos, Namoi Hossful, Harrison Schloessman, Mikayla Doud and Cade Asplund.

La Cañada Elementary School’s 4th-graders enjoyed taking a walk through California history.  Students prepared for the history presentation by being assigned words related to the historical period. When the presenter said the expert word, the student associated with the word came forward, put on a costume and portrayed one of the historical figures. All the students agreed it was a great way to learn history.

LCHS Orchestra Students Go on Weekend Retreat

Rachel Gill, Maya Vasisht and Kayla Pereira were among the La Cañada High School Advanced Orchestra students at a weekend retreat in early February.

Fifty-six LCHS Advanced Orchestra students, their music teacher and four chaperones went up to the Angeles Crest National Forest for a recent two-night retreat.
Students prepared for upcoming performances with rehearsals headed by teacher Jennifer Munday as well as other professional sectional coaches. Students also enjoyed delicious hot meals prepared by Angeles Crest Christian Camp staff, zip lining, basketball, archery and snow play.
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PCR 6th Graders Try on New Class Shirts

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Members of Palm Crest Elementary School’s 6th-grade class of 2017 donned their new class shirts and gathered for a photo. The students from the classes of Debbie Bedell-Au, Jane Chang Hur, Judi Healey and Christina Okland enjoyed being young again and climbing all over the playground equipment.

PCY 5th Grader Hosts Soccer Tournament for Cancer Research

Montana LaBarge

Montana LaBarge, a 5th-grader at Paradise Canyon Elementary School, is inviting the community to come kick around a soccer ball for a good cause.
With the goal of raising $2,000 to donate to City of Hope for cancer research, she is organizing a soccer tournament to raise funds. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 4, at La Cañada High School. The entry fee is a tax-deductible donation to City of Hope, suggested to be between $10-$100. All are welcome to play; sign-ups are open for individuals and teams of seven.
LaBarge, a club soccer player with L.A. Premier FC, started raising money for the tournament in December, when she collected $212 by selling soccer jerseys printed with her logo at the Montrose Farmers Market.
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LCUSD Could Feel State Education Financial Squeeze

La Cañada Unified School District officials took a hard look last week at a tightening financial outlook.
Chief Business and Operations Officer Mark Evans warned that it appears several years of an unprecedented boost in statewide education funding will end in 2017-18. That financial influx was an effort, Evans said, to “close the gap,” or to get districts back to the level of funding they had before the 2008 recession. But those levels did not account for technology modernization expenses. Continue reading “LCUSD Could Feel State Education Financial Squeeze”

Miss LCF Paints Picture of a Dream Come True

The crown fits.
Sarah Ann Settles celebrated her 17th birthday last month with great fanfare: At the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce’s 105th Installation and Awards Gala, she was named 2017 Miss LCF — a dream come true for a girl who grew up being inspired by members of past LCF Royal Courts.

OUTLOOK photo Miss La Cañada Flintridge Sarah Ann Settles (center) is flanked by her family: Megan Spitler, Ian Smith, and Carol, Jim and Shannon Settles.
Miss La Cañada Flintridge Sarah Ann Settles (center) is flanked by her family: Megan Spitler, Ian Smith, and Carol, Jim and Shannon Settles.

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LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension

For at least the next two years, the Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club will continue to call La Cañada High School home.
The Governing Board agreed at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to license the La Cañada High School football field — where the turf was replaced last summer as part of a $1.3-million upgrade — to the soccer club already associated with the lease. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension”