LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education

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Chief Technology Officer Jamie Lewsadder leads a discussion about “Thinking Routines With Technology,” one of several sessions hosted by La Cañada Unified School District educators at last week’s Arcadia Innovation Summit.

School’s out, so you might imagine that La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers are kicking back on a beach somewhere, sleeping in or catching up on their favorite TV shows — but sitting attentively in classrooms at Arcadia High School?
Well, yes. A handful of LCUSD representatives participated in the annual Arcadia Innovation Summit last week. They were there either to absorb important information related to technology in education, or to give it away.
“We have some awesome teachers,” said David Pasziewicz, an instructional technology specialist. “So this is a good opportunity to share a lot of the really innovative work our teachers have been doing in class. Continue reading “LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education”

LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold

Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux
Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

After absorbing about three hours of resident testimony about Flintridge Prep’s proposed campus improvement plans at its meeting Tuesday night, La Cañada Flintridge’s Planning Commission opted early Wednesday to continue discussion of the 10-year, multi-phase project at a later date.
That will allow time for the private school’s personnel to revise its proposal in accordance with feedback from commissioners, city planning staff and the public, including perhaps eliminating a controversial request to build a two-story parking garage.
“The applicants can come in as soon as they want,” Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said. “And if the applicant chooses to omit portions, that’s their prerogative, or they can amend it to reflect what it is they’d like to do.” Continue reading “LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold”

Community Center Summer Sports Camp Kicks Off

Ethan Gruel holds off defenders (from left), Rhys Petroc, Ryan Repp and Ludovico Cordara during a scrimmage.

As summer camp season began in La Cañada Flintridge, students participated in Assist Athletics summer blitz camps at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 have the opportunity to improve their flag football skills, as well as their baseball and soccer aptitude.
The program uses drills to improve speed and agility and incorporates scrimmages to ensure young athletes are having fun. Programs such as this are designed to promote teamwork, confidence and character-building.
The Community Center holds a variety of camps, running into August. For more information, visit

— Max Zeronian

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Daniel Mahoney runs a handoff in for a touchdown in a scrimmage at the La Cañada Community Center.

LC Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Water Polo in New Playoff Divisions

The CIF Southern Section recently updated its playoff divisions in football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, and only two La Cañada High School teams were affected by the new placements.
Using a formula to develop a power ranking that is based on regular-season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons, CIF moved up the LC girls’ volleyball and boys’ water polo squads.
The LCHS water polo team was bumped up to Division 3 after head coach Josh Rodriguez guided the Spartans to a stellar playoff run that ended in in the Division 5 semifinals. They are the highest-rated team in the Rio Hondo League. South Pasadena is the next best team in the league and was placed in Division 4. San Marino moved down to Division 5, Monrovia is in Division 6 and Blair will be competing in Division 7. Continue reading “LC Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Water Polo in New Playoff Divisions”

LCHS Twins, Dad Publish Comedic Coming-of-Age Novel

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Daylen and Kai Larsen (front row, from left) got help from Shiu Shiu, Seth and Sumo Larsen as they teamed up to write, illustrate and publish their first book, “The View From Mars.”

If you’re looking for a good summer read, don’t look too far. La Cañada Flintridge’s first-time authors Daylen and Kai Larsen — La Cañada High School 7th-grade twins — and their dad Seth Larsen have just put out a book: “The View From Mars.”
It’s a coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old boy named Mars who invites readers along as he learns about the importance of family, friendship, speaking your mind and the quest for a perfect comeback.
The results are downright funny, with a poignancy that sneaks up.

Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.
Actually, it’s best that you don’t walk a mile in my shoes. You’d just be tired, and I’d probably want my shoes back.

Continue reading “LCHS Twins, Dad Publish Comedic Coming-of-Age Novel”

Community Scholarship Foundation Honors Star Students

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The Community Scholarship Foundation award recipients celebrated Monday at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club with members of the organization, including (front row, from left) Evan Chersi, Riana Lui, Paige Grande, Paige Baker, Charis Gee, Samantha Gilmore, John Lee and Malley Musso. Back: Mary Emily Myers, Analily Park, Rose Linda Gonzales, Karen Mathison, Larry Bryant, Michelle Strassburg, Martha Burns, Sheri Creger and Phil Wyatt.

A class of five joined an esteemed list of local scholars who’ve been celebrated and supported by the Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge.
Since 1964, the volunteer organization has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship money to help high school seniors fulfill their dreams, whether those aspirations require training at a college, university or technical school.
This year, the five La Cañada Flintridge seniors who were selected — Steven Bertram, Samantha Gilmore, Paige Grande, Riana Lui and Malley Musso — each received $4,500 to pursue their education.
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LCHS Sports Medicine Team Takes 2nd Place

La Cañada High School’s star sports medicine students shone again recently, finishing second in the large schools team division at the 17th annual St. Francis High School Regional Sports Medicine Competition.
Thirty-nine young Spartan trainers participated, alongside representatives of 40 schools from Kansas, Washington and California. They all were tested on a variety of sports-medicine related topics, focusing this year on the lower leg, ankle and foot.
Three LCHS students also were awarded individual medals in the Rookie Division, with Nyree Khachikyan taking second place, Abbey Frederich third and Aiden Phillips fourth. Continue reading “LCHS Sports Medicine Team Takes 2nd Place”

St. Francis Graduates

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Local residents Max Tenney, Hagan Harvey, Nicholas Orlando, Aidan Marick, John Murphy, Danny Maya, Will Mudie and Spencer Shackel were among the 160 young men who graduated from St. Francis High School recently. See additional photos, page 29.

Hillside School Grants Diplomas to 7 Students

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Steven Bertram, Nicholas Roukes, Taylor Pascal, Gemma Tuna, Alanah Nunez, Cameron St. Louis and Jared Mason

In its annual Graduation and Awards Banquet held at the Angeles National Golf Course, Hillside School granted diplomas to seven seniors. The dinner banquet was attended by more than 120 family members, friends, staff and guests.
Executive Director Bob Frank stated what an incredible group of young men and women the Hillside School was privileged to work with and thanked parents for their trust and the opportunity to work with their children. In addition to maintaining their grades and passing all graduation requirements for the state of California, six of the students worked part-time and all accomplished nearly 80 hours of community service through various nonprofit groups in the community during their high school experience.
Graduates included Steven Bertram, Jared Mason, Alanah Nunez, Taylor Pascal, Nick Roukes, Cameron St. Louis and Gemma Tuna.
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Hola From LCFEF Spanish I Class

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On the first day of Spanish I class, offered at the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation summer school program, students were ready for a photo op. From left are teacher Ana Berver, Sonika Vaze, Eden Radulescu, Alison Landa, Matthew Vu, Benjamin Aydin, Samuel Salit, Ray Wipfli and Aidan Robinson.