FSHA Collaborates on Prom Dress Campaign

For the ninth year, the student body at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy collaborated with the Salvation Army for its “Cherished Memories” campaign. This campaign collects prom dresses and distributes them to less fortunate students who attend local Pasadena high schools. It provides many young women with the opportunity to attend their prom in the dress of their dreams.
For the past several years, FSHA has consistently donated more than 100 dresses. Emphasizing the importance of generosity, the school uses this campaign as an opportunity to further develop a philanthropic spirit among the community.
As in previous years, there was a competition among the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes to see who would donate the most dresses. This year, the freshman class dominated, receiving acknowledgement for their charitable giving. Eloise Whitford, freshman class president, presented the 121 dresses to the Salvation Army on behalf of FSHA.
The Pasadena Salvation Army invited guests earlier this month for their “Cherished Memories” event.

Crime-Fighting Custodians Honored

The custodians claimed it wasn’t a big deal, but school officials and community members at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting disagreed, lauding four men for thwarting a carjacking attempt on Feb. 15 in the La Cañada High School parking lot.

OUTOOK photo Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.
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Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.

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USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS

Mary Virgallito visited her former teacher Mark Ewoldsen and some of his AP biology students on Monday, delivering a presentation meant to inform and inspire.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.
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La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.

The La Cañada High School graduate brought an important, powerful friend with her. Continue reading “USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS”

Hillside School Students Show Artwork at Design Exhibit

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High school students Tanner Soohoo, Bill Recabaren, James Siebels and Nick Terry

Hillside School art students got an opportunity to display their work at the Hillside Gallery in La Cañada Flintridge during the Art and Design Exhibit ’17 reception. The work on display was a culmination of months of working and choosing the best of each student’s portfolio.
The primary focus of the projects was the creative process and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, challenging both the student’s and viewer’s preconceived notion of what “high school art class” means. Teacher Torsten Keller led high school students through the processes of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Middle school projects ranged from drawing techniques, collage and assemblage, industrial and product design, mixed media and photography.

Alex Smith (front row, from left), Isaiah Crews, Lennon Bryden and Daniel Park. Back: Winnie Crews, Spencer Kim, Connor Dawson, Jet Thornton and Tenley Bruni.

Portantino Visits LCHS, Encourages Participation

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited the ASB class at La Cañada High School, encouraging students to attend school board meetings, to call their local representatives and to take on leadership roles themselves. “He answered lots of questions from the audience, which was spellbound and appreciated his accessibility, honesty and camaraderie,” said Marian Price in an email. The ASB director had her students write an essay about what they learned from the exchange.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, was formerly the city mayor and served as a state assemblyman before being elected in November to serve as senator for the California’s 25th District.

LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly

Ready for take-off, Gaines McCollum, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, sat comfortably behind the controls of a Boeing 737, plotting his course from KLAX to KLAS.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.

For the benefit of a guest in the cockpit on this particular afternoon, the 16-year-old explained that was pilot-speak for Los Angeles International to Las Vegas’ McCarran International: “And once I’ve been cleared, I’ll have to find my Loop Eight Departure and my Daggett Transition. I plan my entire flight because just like how there are lanes on a highway, there are lanes in the sky, so I’ll get waypoints I have to go on ….”
This flight, like hundreds of others like it, would be a virtual trip. Continue reading “LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly”

Hogg’s Hollow Students Get Green Thumbs

The recent rains have not stopped Hogg’s Hollow preschool and kindergarten students from studying gardening. Thanks to an aeroponic tower garden, they have been growing vegetables such as lettuce, kale, herbs and tomatoes, and learning some early lessons in botany and self-sufficiency in the process.
Rather than planting seedlings in standard dirt-filled garden beds, the plants are growing in a tower system that circulates nutrient-infused water to feed the vegetables’ roots. Parent Christopher Lay, who is leading the class project, says they’re already seeing some success — both with the greenery and the kids’ response.

“The lesson is different with a water garden merely by the fact that there are alternatives to the norm. The kids already know about dirt gardens, now it is time to discover alternative processes that are nevertheless functionally equivalent,” said Lay. “So far the kids seem to be curious and excited.”
Hogg’s Hollow will host an open hose for prospective families and students on March 12 from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call the school at (818) 790-1700.