LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report

And now, for some good, if not unexpected news: In its annual report ranking American high schools, U.S. News & World Report identified La Cañada High School among the top in its class.
Out of more than 22,000 high schools evaluated nationwide, LCHS came in 147th. In California, LCHS ranked 18th overall and fifth-best among public schools, its best result since at least 2012, according to the publication. Continue reading “LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report”

Interfaith Baccalaureate Service on May 30

All seniors attending La Cañada High School, their families and community members are invited to the La Cañada Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. A reception follows the program.
This year’s baccalaureate keynote speaker is Aziza Hasan, a passionate advocate for coalition building, peacemaking and interfaith relations. As executive director of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish partnership for change, Hasan is a bridge-builder and conflict-resolution practitioner.
Ian McFeat, principal of La Cañada High School will deliver opening remarks. As a celebration of students’ faith, baccalaureate includes the reading of scriptures and testimonies by seniors who are active in local Islamic, Jewish and Christian congregations. Musical offerings will be provided by the LCHS Choral Artists and the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Youth Worship Band.

Local Students Win in ‘Water is Life’ Art Contest

Palm Crest Elementary 2nd-grader Lauren Park won first place.

Foothill Municipal Water District (Foothill) recently concluded its 6th annual “Water Is Life” student art competition, with three local elementary students named as winners.
Lauren Park, a 2nd-grader at Palm Crest Elementary, won first place; PCR 6th-grader Chia Matsuka took second place; Arra Cho, a Paradise Canyon Elementary 2nd-grader also took second place; and Chloe Calix, a 1st-grader at PCY, garnered honorable recognition.
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La Cañada 7/8 Recognized for Digital Citizenship

Kaitzer Puglia and Jamie Lewsadder display Common Sense Award.

Common Sense, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families navigate digital media and technology, has recognized La Cañada High School 7/8 with a distinction called, “Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.”
LCHS 7/8 has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.
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Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness

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Members of La Cañada High School’s active Armenian Club include Kaitlyn Markarian, Hrag Badalian, Annie Abnous, Emily Grigorian, Osheen Abnous, Haig Manoukian, Melody Sagarian, Michael May, Raymond Turchan, Alec Tujian, Noy Chatoyan and Alex Manoukian. The club’s display includes maps and literature all related to Armenian history and culture.

At a colorful, well-stocked display set up in the quad last week, a rotating collection of the 50 La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club members lured their peers with pastries and sandwiches and then opened up about some of their culture history.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about the culture, maybe diminish stereotypes,” said Haig Manoukian, a junior who is the club’s president. “But also to raise awareness of the genocide.” Continue reading “Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness”

Architects Finalizing LCUSD Facility Upgrades

The big picture is almost in focus. Architects for LPA Inc. are finalizing La Cañada Unified School District’s Facilities Master Plan, a document that will help the Governing Board identify upgrades and specific projects for the district’s needs.
The board will likely give highest priority to the projects that need to get done “no matter what,” Board President Dan Jeffries said. The district’s two most pressing concerns aren’t flashy, but they’re necessary, bond or no bond, he noted. Continue reading “Architects Finalizing LCUSD Facility Upgrades”

Film Festival Fun for Young Directors

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As a part of the School-X Young Directors program, participants made movie posters (left) to promote their films. A short film about the movie-making class preceded the student films Sunday at Lanterman Auditorium.

The movies that premiered at Sunday’s film festival at Lanterman Auditorium touched on serious subject matter that ranged from refugees to animal adoption and bullying. Naturally, the heavy emphasis was on fun: pizza, pre-show games of tag and popcorn lofted skyward and caught (often) in the mouths of the young directors.
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7/8 Students of the Month Recognized

Photo courtesy Christi Matarese
March Students of the Month from La Cañada High School 7/8 are (in alphabetical order) Eric Ahn, Maggie Bates, Ella Bogen, Leilani Burke, Declan Crehan, Sofia Eleftheriou, Jonah Garland, Ethan Godby, Emily Klapmust, Jordan Lay, Charlie Park, Artis Phillips, Ty Reynolds, Peter Terry, Ionnais Tsotras and Sydney Wang. The students were nominated by their teachers.

LCFEF Hosts Major Donor Reception

Carrie Martin, Joseph Langton, Karen Clark, Stephanie Weber, Gina Ricci, Matt Weber, John Clark, Kevin Martin, and Jill and Eric Weinlein

The Board of Directors and Executive Director Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation  hosted a reception for its major donors recently at Malbec in Pasadena. The donors were thanked for their generous contributions for the 2016-17 gifts given to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Their dedicated support ensures that the children of La Cañada Unified School District will continue to achieve excellence in one of the finest educational systems in California. They were thanked by LCFEF President Josh Epstein, who spoke at the dinner, for their commitment to maintaining the community’s high quality of education.

Charles and Jannifer Tran, Nancy and Josh Que, Marcotte Anderson and Kaiser Yang

Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
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Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”