On the first day of Spanish I class, offered at the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation summer school program, students were ready for a photo op. From left are teacher Ana Berver, Sonika Vaze, Eden Radulescu, Alison Landa, Matthew Vu, Benjamin Aydin, Samuel Salit, Ray Wipfli and Aidan Robinson.
Closing out the school year, Zane Kantar took over as Paradise Canyon Elementary School Principal for a Day. He conversed with Principal Debra Cradduck over the work agenda.
For the first time, La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club was recognized as the “Club of the Year.” The organization experienced increased membership and enthusiasm this year.
Forty-eight students attended the first meeting in longtime faculty adviser Justin Valassidis’ classroom. Over the course of the school year, the group had 10 lunchtime meetings — at which members enjoyed food provided by supportive parents — and heard from a range of speakers, including Arick Gevorkian, LCHS dad and career consultant, who spoke about Armenian cultural and social history, and Tahlene Gourdikian of the Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation, who explained its wide range of service opportunities. Gourdikian’s presentation motivated club members to set aside a Saturday in March to collect medical equipment and daily necessities for underprivileged families and then transport them to the Lighthouse Foundation warehouse in Long Beach.
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On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”
Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”
As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”
La Cañada High School Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett resigned on Wednesday to accept an assistant principal position at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills next school year, according to a news release from La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
At LCHS, Hazlett served as assistant principal of discipline, athletics and activities for two years. In that time, she made several improvements in practices related to student service, Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCHS Assistant Principal Hired at Agoura HS”
Kiwanis of La Cañada will host Clergy Recognition Day on Wednesday, June 14, honoring Sister Carolyn McCormack of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
A native San Franciscan, McCormack has come to enjoy and appreciate life in beautiful Southern California. She attended elementary and high school in San Francisco. After a work experience with the Southern Pacific Railroad, she entered religious life with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, pursuing her bachelor’s from Holy Names University and her master’s from the University of San Francisco. She had spent most of her religious life in Northern California until being assigned to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in 2003.
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La Cañada High School junior Brittany Lerian created a K9 Tribute for the Glendale Police Department. Through donations from family, friends and community members, she purchased a black granite slab and a life-size bronze statue of a German Shepard. She had the granite sandblasted, inscribed with “Glendale Police K9 Tribute,” a Glendale Police Department K9 badge and the K9 prayer. It was recently mounted on a wall the department’s lobby.
Lerian has had a long relationship with the department, as her father is a retired Glendale Police officer. As a young girl, she developed close relationships with several of the department’s K9s. Lerian has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.
Set your alarm later next year if you’re a student at either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to start the school day at 8:30 a.m. for the 2017-18 school year, a departure from the current 7:45 a.m. first-period start time. The school day will end at 3:14 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 3:13 p.m. during Wednesday and Thursday block schedules. Continue reading “Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day”