Coldwell Banker Gives Back to Community

On behalf of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, Kathy Seuylemezian (fourth from right) recently presented $5,000 to Josh Epstein and Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Pictured are LCFEF Executive Director Yang, Tim Drummond, LCFEF President Epstein, Erik Larsen, Doug Drummond, Seuylemezian, Bettina Rosenfeld, Jo Von Tiehl and Michelle Chen. For more than a century, Coldwell Banker has been committed to improving the world where its agents live and work. Its sales associates are passionate about making a difference in their own communities.

Racial Slur Allegations Leveled at LCHS Students

Members of the Pasadena Blair High School boys’ basketball team said La Cañada High School students directed racial slurs and insults at them during a Jan. 11 game at Hotchkin Gymnasium at LCHS.
La Cañada Principal Ian McFeat said he investigated the allegations but could not verify them. He also said he is prohibited by education code from saying whether any students were punished.
Still, McFeat apologized to the Blair team, which is predominantly black, in their locker room immediately after the game.
“I just said, ‘If that’s true, I want to apologize on behalf of the school. That’s not anything we condone and not anything we want to represent our school.’ I also said I’d be following up directly with our student section,” said McFeat, who also spoke with Blair’s principal about how to ensure acceptable behavior at athletic contests.

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LCHS Celebrates 25th Anniversary of First CIF Basketball Championship

For La Cañada High School boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman, it is hard to believe it’s been 25 years since he guided the Spartans to the program’s first CIF-Southern Section championship, but it’s not difficult to remember.

Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.
Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.

When asked about his 1991-92 team, Hofman didn’t hesitate to say, “They had the best chemistry of any team we’ve had. They really won for the team. That’s why they were so special.”
The unforgettable group that included 7-foot All-American center Richard Mandeville, who went on to play Division I ball for Bob Knight at Indiana, Ryan Asplund, Brent Ballard, Jimmy Evans, Eric Sanchez and Grahame Dicks will be recognized for their accomplishment on Friday evening, Feb. 3. The LCHS athletics department will host a halftime ceremony with members of the 91-92 team, and a reunion after the game will be held in the south gym, giving the La Cañada Flintridge community an opportunity to greet the players.

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Four Cities Identified as Potential Sister Cities Match

About 145 residents attending the inaugural La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities meeting last week learned that their city has a quartet of serious suitors in the diplomatic version of the “Dating Game.”

Photo courtesy Mary Emily Myers | OUTLOOK<br /> La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association
Photo courtesy Mary Emily Myers | OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association Former La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Steve Del Guercio, Sister Cities Association President Vicki Schwartz and City Councilman Dave Spence celebrated the burgeoning program at a fundraising dinner last week. The three were integral in helping to launch the local program that is seeking to establish a sister-city relationship with a foreign municipality, likely in Germany or Spain.

Germany’s Bad Homburg and Oberursel are in contention, as are Spain’s Donostia-San Sebastian and Villanueva de La Cañada, according to Vicki Schwartz, president of the new LCF Sister Cities Association.

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Boosters Club Secures Donation; Anticipates Wine Auction

Whether it’s dining out or working out, the La Cañada High School Spartan Boosters Club has it covered.
The club — which is hosting its annual Winter Wine and Spirits Auction on Saturday, Feb. 4 — recently secured a major donation of fitness equipment for the campus fitness center from an anonymous donor.

Photos courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Photo courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Trainer Ted Armstrong shows off some of the new fitness equipment donated recently by the Spartan Boosters Club.

The donation — valued at $42,000, according to the club’s publicity chair Craig Miller — included 26 indoor Star Trac spin bikes, two Precor treadmills and two Precor elliptical machines for the fitness center, which was renovated by the Boosters in 2014. The space is used by all students in grades 7-12 in their physical education classes as well as student-athletes participating in school sports programs.

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County’s Sagebrush Ruling Postponed

The next big development in the decades-old Sagebrush saga has been rescheduled for March 8.
The Los Angeles County Committee of School District Organization’s meeting that was scheduled for Feb. 1 was canceled late last week because of the substantial amount of information members must read and analyze, according to the leader of the citizens group pushing for the territory transfer. UniteLCF wants the 385-acre westernmost portion of La Cañada Flintridge to be redistricted from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified.

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Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology

Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.
Photo courtesy Christine Castillo.
Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.

An attorney for former La Cañada Elementary School principal Christine Castillo suggested there could be a “happy ending” to his client’s lawsuit charging La Cañada Unified School District with gender discrimination.
“A happy ending is the school district apologizes,” said Ben Meiselas, an attorney handling Castillo’s suit along with Mark Geragos, of the Los Angeles-based firm Geragos & Geragos. Castillo is seeking unspecified damages in the suit. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology”

‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students

Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.
Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki
Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.

Last week, about 10,000 public high school students from throughout L.A. County — including 50 from La Cañada High School — filled USC’s Galen Center for a history lesson unlike any they’ve ever had before.
They were invited by the L.A. Promise Fund, a nonprofit focused on preparing L.A. students for the future, for a mass screening of “Hidden Figures.”
And almost the entire audience, gathered to watch the movie about African-American women who helped NASA achieve some of its greatest achievements, was female.
“It was like watching a football game,” said Gayle Nichols-Ali, a computer science and visual arts teacher at LCHS. “Your team won every time the girls won.” Continue reading “‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students”

Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success

OUTLOOK photo In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.
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In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.

Standing before a full La Cañada High School auditorium, Denise Pope asked the parents and teachers to take 20 seconds and write on a piece of paper how they define “success.”
One said happiness. Another said freedom. One said “the ability to sleep at night” and, of course, there was one man who facetiously said “Ferrari,” which elicited laughter.
Pope, a Stanford University researcher, said that in her experience, too many students seriously give the Ferrari answer, equating success with money. She said she believes this is rooted in overvaluing quantitative measures of success and leaving the development of adolescents to the sidelines.
“Success is not a straight line,” she said. “Success is a squiggly path.” Continue reading “Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success”

School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback

Lindsay Hayward, one of the project designers overseeing the development of La Cañada Unified School District’s building facilities master plan, said she’s never had more early-stage community feedback than on this project.
“Anywhere we left a blank where anyone could fill in an answer, I’ve never received so much input in any district that we’ve worked in,” Hayward told the Governing Board during Tuesday’s meeting. “And it was all fantastic. Whether or not it applied to the question at hand, it was all helpful information.” Continue reading “School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback”