LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness

School safety, teacher retention and student wellness were on the minds of audience members who submitted handwritten questions at Monday’s candidates forum, where five La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board hopefuls sought to distinguish themselves before voters.
Over the course of 90 minutes, first-time candidates Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh, Christopher Salvo and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia revealed mostly subtle differences in their approach to guiding one of California’s top school districts.
Three seats on the board — each for a four-year term — will be open in the Nov. 7 election, when voters also will weigh in on Measure LCF, a $149-million bond proposal that would be used for campus improvements. The proposal would not increase the tax rate, but would replace expiring bonds. Capped at $60 per $100,000 in assessed property value, it would be paid off within 30 years. Continue reading “LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness”

LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term

Kaitzer Puglia
Kaitzer Puglia

For a small district, La Cañada Unified has a lot going on. And Governing Board candidate Kaitzer Puglia, a professor of child development and education, said she savors every aspect of it.
Puglia is running for her second four-year term to retain her place on the LCUSD Governing Board; she is among five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Hey, Kaitzer, how do you like being on the board?’” said Puglia, a Pasadena City College professor and the mother of two recent La Cañada High School graduates. “I tell them, ‘I love being on the board!’ It sounds corny, but I love it. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term”

LCHS Deemed Safe After Arrest

A La Cañada High School student was arrested Monday after authorities were alerted that he made a post on Instagram threatening another student, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Dep. Eric Matejka, who said both juvenile students are in special needs classes.
The student was released to his parents, and after a search of the family’s home, it was determined there was no viable threat, Matejka said.
“There was an image, which appears to be taken from the internet, posted on social media with a threat directed to the other student,” said Matejka, who was notified about the social media post by school security. Continue reading “LCHS Deemed Safe After Arrest”

Miss LCF Court Program Seeks Applicants for 2018

Applications for the 2018 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court are now available. Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, youth leadership and LCF community and high school involvement.
A member of the current LCF court, La Cañada High School senior Julianne Lauenstein, was selected  as a member of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
Applications are available on the LCF Chamber of Commerce website at lacanadaflintridge.com, in the chamber office at 4529 Angeles Crest Highway, Suite 102, or by e-mail at exec@lacanadaflintridge.com.
To be eligible, an individual must be a high school junior and live within the city of LCF.
Interviews will be held the second week in November. Finalists will be notified to appear at Festival in Lights, Friday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Park, where the five selected to become the 2018 Miss LCF Court will be announced.
The coronation will take place at the chamber’s 106th Gala on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at the LCF Country Club.
Call the chamber for more information at (818) 790-4289.

LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing

In something of a photo finish, La Cañada Unified School District placed third in the most recent statewide CAASPP scoring, released this week by the California Department of Education.
“We were very pleased with the performance and appreciative of all of our staff’s hard work to make sure the scores are so strong,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing”

Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success

La Cañada Unified School District’s superintendent Wendy Sinnette wants to see a district-wide implementation of Challenge Success to educate the community on the upcoming bond measure election, to reorganize the district’s administration and to focus on math instruction.
Sinnette focused on those items in her annual goal-setting presentation to the Governing Board on Tuesday. Board members were receptive to her plans, noting that most of the work has been ongoing. Continue reading “Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success”

LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech

Dan Jeffries
Dan Jeffries

During his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board four years ago, Dan Jeffries was wowed by how well-informed the La Cañada Flintridge electorate was about district-related issues, whether or not they had children in school.
Currently the board’s president, Jeffries, has been looking forward to having similar conversations at campaign stops — and at his son’s baseball practice or while refereeing AYSO soccer matches. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech”

Healey Classes’ Famous Tom Sawyer Quilts for Sale

Photos courtesy Judi Healey Almost every school year, Judy Healey’s 6th-graders worked on quilts inspired by “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” such as this one, which was made by her class in 2000. The quilts are for sale now, with proceeds going to the Palm Crest Elementary PTA.
Photos courtesy Judi Healey
Almost every school year, Judy Healey’s 6th-graders worked on quilts inspired by “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” such as this one, which was made by her class in 2000. The quilts are for sale now, with proceeds going to the Palm Crest Elementary PTA.

The black-and-white spools of thread in Chapter 1, the famous white-washed fence in Chapter 2 … patch by patch, almost every year since 1999, the story of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was stitched together by 6th-grade students in Judi Healey’s Palm Crest Elementary School language arts class.
For years the patches hung like banners in Room 5, and PCR alums would frequently come back and look for their class quilt and their own patch. Now, with Healey’s retirement last summer, the quilts are up for sale. At $75 per quilt, proceeds will go to the PCR PTA. Continue reading “Healey Classes’ Famous Tom Sawyer Quilts for Sale”

Local Student Wins Young Heroes Prize

Ray Wipfli

La Cañada Flintridge resident Ray Wipfli has been named a national winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference. Wipfli was among the 20 top winners who received a $5,000 cash award to support his service work or higher education. La Cañada Flintridge resident Ray Wipfli has been named a national winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference. Wipfli was among the 20 top winners who received a $5,000 cash award to support his service work or higher education.

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Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the  La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the
La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.

Jimmie Myers said he believes students in his zero period orchestra class are benefiting from the extra shuteye they’re getting this school year.
How can he tell?
“They laugh at more of my jokes,” he said.
Spurred by research even more scientific than Myers’ methodology, La Cañada Unified School District opted to start the school day later this year so the adolescents attending La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 have an opportunity to get more valuable sleep. Continue reading “Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time”