LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama

Charlie DePew was walking across the playground at La Cañada Elementary School, back to class, when his life changed.

Photo courtesy Alison DePew Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.
Photo courtesy Alison DePew
Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.

He’d just clowned his way through a tryout for a part in the 6th-grade production of “Charlie Brown,” and it was bothering him, this sense that he might be squandering an opportunity.
“So I ran back to the cafeteria and I was like, ‘I want to really try!’” said DePew, whose second take got him the part, and whose performance earned applause that triggered another notion: “‘I’m going to do this!’”
Good grief, Charlie DePew, you weren’t joking. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama”

Girl Scouts Robotics Team Goes to Championships

Photo courtesy Renee Heinrichs The area Girl Scouts team headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships includes (in alphabetical order) Kemi Ashing-Giwa, Katelyn Biesiadecki, Maddie Braun, Breanna Chan, Britney Gallego, Desiree Gunnoe, Bella Heinrichs, Renee Heinrichs and Elizabeth Wu.
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The area Girl Scouts team headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships includes (in alphabetical order) Kemi Ashing-Giwa, Katelyn Biesiadecki, Maddie Braun, Breanna Chan, Britney Gallego, Desiree Gunnoe, Bella Heinrichs, Renee Heinrichs and Elizabeth Wu.

A trio of La Cañada High School students are members of a Girl Scouts robotics team that’s headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships in Houston from April 19-22. Continue reading “Girl Scouts Robotics Team Goes to Championships”

Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold free eye screenings for amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” at local preschools this April.
About 3% of children have some form of this condition. It is not an eye disease and is fully curable if detected early. Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye does not develop properly. Standard eye tests for 3- and 4-year-olds do not test for this condition, which is one reason these eye screenings are so important. The good news is that amblyopia is curable until approximately age 6. After that age, the child’s brain learns to ignore the blurry image from the weaker eye and amblyopia becomes almost impossible to reverse.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club members include (from back, left) co-chair Stephanie Ryan, Christy Ferguson, Gayle Hagegard, Georgina Mueller, Karen King, Libby Shiner, Maria Strong, Laura Ploude and co-chair Kyle Grimes. In front are Lincoln Rowan and Derek Grimes.

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LCUSD to Accept New Parcel Tax Committee Members

La Cañada Unified School District is updating membership on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee to monitor the parcel tax which was approved in the March 2014 election.
The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the special tax funds are spent for their authorized purpose and to report annually to the Governing Board and the public regarding expenditures of such funds. The committee meets twice each year and reports to the Governing Board in the spring.
The committee consists of seven community members. A member of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board will serve as liaison to the committee. Members of the committee will be representative of the following categories: parents or guardians of current students, a representative of the business community, a senior citizen and a member at large. The term of a committee member will be up to five years.
Applications are available at the district office at 4490 Cornishon Ave., or may be requested via email at kbergner@lcusd.net. The application deadline is Friday, April 14. For more information, contact Kim Bergner in the superintendent’s office at (818) 952-8381.

A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

She is an interested, inspired learner. She’s really bright. Special.
That’s been evident for years and was made clear again when
R Cohen, a 17-year-old La Cañada Flintridge resident, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam in February.

Acing the test appears it will present new opportunities. It’s already led to a surge in correspondence from premier colleges and has attracted the attention of local press. But Cohen, proving she’s wise beyond her years, knows this: It’s just a score on a test.
“This is low-key hypocritical coming from me, but so much of us place our self-worth in these standardized tests that are really not a good indicator of how intelligent you are,” she said. “I’ve seen people get lower scores than they wanted and they’re totally devastated, like, ‘I’m not a smart person!’ But these tests are how well you know what the test-makers are going to do.” Continue reading “A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude”

Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit

Christine Castillo
Christine Castillo

Christine Castillo, the former La Cañada Elementary School principal, has amended her lawsuit against La Cañada Unified School District to include wrongful termination, her attorney Ben Meiselas said Wednesday.
Late last year, Castillo filed suit against the district, alleging that officials discriminated against her by subjecting her to unfair treatment that included demotion and reassignment when she told them she was pregnant shortly after being hired in 2012. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit”

Club LC is Coming Soon

Enjoy listening and dancing to jazz at Club LC, the La Cañada High School Jazz Band and Chamber Singers’ annual fundraiser, on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This always-popular event has moved to a new location: La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 626 Foothill Blvd. Club LC combines big band instrumentals by the LCHS Jazz Band with a variety of vocal standards performed by members of the school’s Chamber Singers for a memorable musical evening.
Ticket prices are $50 for adults and $25 for students and include a light dinner catered by Colombo’s. Sponsorships are available for $250 and include two adult tickets, reserved parking, two Club LC mocktails in souvenir glasses, event recognition and early admission to the venue (6:30 p.m).
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be held at the will call table.
For tickets, contact Mikaho Hara at lchsmpa@gmail.com or order online at lchsmusic.org. Questions about Club LC can be directed to Sue Wright at wrightsue@sbcglobal.net.

Photo courtesy LCHS
LCHS Jazz Band members Michael Seuylemezian, Brandon Deguzman, Matthew Miller, Charlie Reynolds and Rei Chavez take a break at a recent Club LC.

 

Buck, Urata Headline ‘Challenge Success: Building Your Path’ Event

La Cañada High School, in conjunction with the LCHS Alumni Association, is sponsoring the first “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at LCHS.

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It will feature two highly acclaimed keynote speakers: Chris Buck, an Academy Award-winning director of the Disney animation feature “Frozen,” and Dr. Mark Urata, a renowned surgeon and head of the Plastic Surgery Division at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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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.