STEAM Night Seeks to Power Interest in Science

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.

The educational concept known as STEAM is, in large part, about giving students the tools to excel in science and technology. So it seemed appropriate that hand drills, saws and other implements figured prominently in the La Cañada Unified School District’s first system-wide STEAM night of the academic year.
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Fostering More Than Skills, LCHS Choral Music Raises Funds

Photo courtesy Leslie Lowes Ashley Knutson, Matthew Baker, Ellie Chapman, Logan Boggs III and La Cañada High School Choral Music Department director and conductor Jeff Brookey attend a late August parent meeting. Brookey is showing parents how the wardrobe for the concerts must be worn.
Photo courtesy Leslie Lowes
Ashley Knutson, Matthew Baker, Ellie Chapman, Logan Boggs III and La Cañada High School Choral Music Department director and conductor Jeff Brookey attend a late August parent meeting. Brookey is showing parents how the wardrobe for the concerts must be worn.

Years from now, when senior Shalini Pullarkat looks back at her three-year tenure in the La Cañada High School choral music department, she’ll vividly remember the feeling of sheer awe while singing in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
And though the trip may be one of the highlights of her choral experience, Pullarkat knows she’ll also remember the group for its tightknit closeness, a key to the program’s resounding success of 50-some years.
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School Board OKs Financial Figures

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve a summary of district revenue and expenditures for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including an unaudited fund balance that increased by about $2.1 million from the previous fiscal year.
The California Education Code requires that unaudited financial information for the previous year be submitted to the board and the county Office of Education by Sept. 15, according to a report from Mark Evans, assistant superintendent of administration and business services.
Even though the previous fiscal year ended on June 30, final totals are not completed by the district and the Office of Education until the end of August, Evans wrote. A state-approved firm then audits the reports and documentation, and everything is finalized for submission to the LCUSD board and the state by Dec. 15.
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Legislature Passes Portantino’s Bill on School Start Time

California lawmakers have approved Senate Bill 328, the school start-time proposal authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), with the legislation passing the state Assembly and Senate late Friday.
The bill now waits to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to make his decision.
The legislation would require all public middle and high schools in California to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., a policy that the La Cañada Unified School District implemented in 2017-18. Research has shown that the later start helps teens get more sleep, do better in school and have improved mental health.
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LCUSD Back to School; Turns to Safety, Security

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members praised local schools for successful back-to-school events at their Tuesday meeting, the first the board has held since breaking for part of the summer after its Aug. 7 session.
“We’ve had a great start to the school year,” said LCUSD President Kaitzer Puglia, noting the successful PTA meeting kick-offs district wide and plentiful participation. “I cannot thank the families of this district enough for all that you do to make this place a wonderful learning environment.”
The board kicked off the meeting by honoring the La Cañada High School sports medicine team and its coach, who crowded the room in their red team shirts to receive certificates of achievement. The team recently placed fourth in the National Sports Medicine Competition, and students claimed individual places as well, with Allison Mueller taking first place. More than 3,500 sports medicine students from 300 high schools participated.
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LCHS Parents Make a Game Effort to Bolster Football, Lacrosse

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Tobias Humphrey (4) was a standout on the football team, whose 0-10 record last season isn’t helping attract new players, although team-building events sponsored by the LCHS Spartan Football Foundation could increase interest.
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Tobias Humphrey (4) was a standout on the football team, whose 0-10 record last season isn’t helping attract new players, although team-building events sponsored by the LCHS Spartan Football Foundation could increase interest.

A national sports trend has touched down on La Cañada High School’s home turf, where two groups of parents have dedicated themselves to promoting participation in their kids’ sport of choice — one an American tradition whose safety is being questioned, the other an upstart fighting for a foothold in a crowded athletic landscape. Continue reading “LCHS Parents Make a Game Effort to Bolster Football, Lacrosse”

LCHS Grad Nominated for UC Student Regent Role

Hayley Weddle
Hayley Weddle

Hayley Weddle, a La Cañada Flintridge native and UC San Diego doctoral student, has been nominated to be the 2019-20 student regent by a University of California Board of Regents special committee.
If approved this month, the 2007 La Cañada High School graduate would become the 45th student regent since the position was established in 1975. She would serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year and be able to participate in all deliberations, then will have voting privileges when her one-year term begins in July 2019. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Nominated for UC Student Regent Role”

Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery

Photo courtesy Once Upon a Room A young patient shows off his superhero skills beside Thomas Gonzalez, a Pasadena resident who serves as Junior Room Crew treasurer, during one of the group’s recent room-decorating events.
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A young patient shows off his superhero skills beside Thomas Gonzalez, a Pasadena resident who serves as Junior Room Crew treasurer, during one of the group’s recent room-decorating events.

Jenny Hull gathered 30 energized teens around her in the lobby of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital: “The most important thing today is that we have to be super, super quiet, OK? And really wash your hands as you go in and out.”
And with that, the teens in Junior Room Crew — many of them students at area schools, including St. Francis, Westridge, Mayfield Senior and Flintridge Sacred Heart — went to work transforming 24 hospital rooms from impersonal, cold spaces into personalized, colorful rooms incorporating the interests and tastes of the patients inhabiting them. Continue reading “Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery”