LCHS Students to Simulate Drunk Driving Risks

OUTLOOK photo As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program two years ago, students watched as their peers performed in a graphic simulated drunk driving crash in front of La Cañada High School.
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As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program two years ago, students watched as their peers performed in a graphic simulated drunk driving crash in front of La Cañada High School.

Before he was an attorney prosecuting DUIs, La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Dan Jeffries worked on an ambulance crew while he was in college and law school. He witnessed, first hand, often tragic results of drunk driving. Continue reading “LCHS Students to Simulate Drunk Driving Risks”

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.
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.

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”

La Cañada Elementary Places First at Science Olympiad

Photo courtesy Tricia Riesberg
La Cañada Elementary School Science Olympiad team members include Ben Riesberg (front). Second row: Tanishka Dhariwal, Gayane Khachatourian, Cami Do and Ryan Geng. Third row: Joey McCord, Aikam Singh and Preston Luk. Back: Audrey Riesberg, Braden Dhillon, Matthew Park, Winston Cho, Kaitlyn Beltz, Elisa Booth, Kerianne Bourdu and Bryce Kim.

The Science Olympiad team from La Cañada Elementary School earned a Gold Medal for its efforts at the recent Los Angeles Science Olympiad Regional Competition at Occidental College.
The competition is a series of 20 events in which teams of students test their knowledge or application of scientific concepts.
La Cañada Elementary scored first place among 60 other elementary schools for the third year.

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.

Continue reading “Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools”

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.

LCE Parent World Fair Volunteers

Photo courtesy Rosana Chen
Parents responsible for the 2017 La Cañada Elementary School World Fair are co-chair Rosana Chen (front row, from left), co-chair Nellie Yacoubian Yeretsian, Farrell Foley and Jamie Do. Middle row: Clara Ulloa Severino, Tony Davis, Kristine Markovic, Julie Nong, Keisha Wilcox, Catherine Hsieh, Grace Tsao Mase and Stephanie Duchene. Back: Arleen Chen, Angelito Bayug, Octavia Thuss, April Davila, Cathy Kleinahlbrandt, Trevor Kleinahlbrandt, Jimmy Zhang, Karen Thurston, Michael Duvall and Christian Frandsen.

LCE Reflections Participants Recognized

Photo by Chris Sutton / OUTLOOK

Students who participated in the PTA Reflections Program at La Cañada Elementary School include (in alphabetical order) Willow Becker, Sharani Bhattacharya, Srijani Bhattacharya, Elisa Booth, Andrea Chen, Lauren Chen, Michelle Choi, Brooke Jamison, Eugenia Kang, Caroline Kelly, Katie Kelly, Hannah Kiang, Isabelle Kurs, Eden Lee, Tyler Lee, Zoey Logan,  Risha Mandal, Charlie Matarese, Katelyn Matarese, Luca Matarese, Jacqueline McArthur, Kevin Mofid Sa Vinhas, Evie Perez, Sarah Quan, Tessa Quan, Katelyn Redfern, Nicholas Redfern, Gya Rodriquez, Charlotte Rothman, Claire Rothman, Ashani Ruwan, Shiyana Ruwan, Angel Song, Marios Tsotras, Inessa Wenn, Anneke Wolpert and Hanelle Yang. All received ribbons at their luncheon reception. Dorothy Chen was chair of the event.

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”