Local Brothers to Teach in Japan

Rikio and Mako Inouye

Local residents Rikio and Mako Inouye recently graduated from UC Berkeley, earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and history, respectively. The twins made the Phi Beta Kappa Society and, after having toured China and Japan last summer with Cal’s band, were hired by the JET program (Japan Exchange Teaching). Both young men will teach English. Rikio will go to Toyama, Japan, and Mako will go to Yoshino, Japan. They both attended Paradise Canyon Elementary School and La Cañada High School and were Eagle Scouts with St. Bedes’ Troop 507.

LCUSD to Decide on Later Start to School Day

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board will decide next week whether to set a schedule so that every school day is like Tuesday on the La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 campus.
Tuesday — when first period begins at 8:40 a.m. rather than the typical 7:45 a.m. start time — is the happiest, most productive day of the week, according to the testimony of multiple students and teachers advocating for a later start every day. Continue reading “LCUSD to Decide on Later Start to School Day”

LCE Gets New Principal for a Day

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Sixth-grader Ryan Avakian was La Cañada Elementary School’s principal for a day. He met with Principal Emily Blaney to discuss his tasks for the day, including visiting the classrooms, filming the 1st- and 4th- graders and making a video of them for a teacher appreciation project. He also made up the agenda for a staff meeting.

2017 Gold Award Recipients

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Gold awardees: Emma Aitelli (seated, from left), Megan Andrews, Hailey Belcher, Emily Clarkson, Caroline Daniels, Eleanor Fausett, Megan Galantai, Audrey George, Ardis Griffin, Caroline Higa, Ashleigh Kazak, Jacqueline Kim, Melissa Klein and Rebecca Klein. Back: Julianne Lauenstein, Brittany Lerian, Elena Melehani, Holly Miller, Lauren O’Brien, Julia Paccone, Allegra Rendina, Gabriella Rendina, Catherine Rickert, Sahar Shirbacheh, Katherine Smersfelt, Olivia Strauss and Holly Stoner.

LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options

Over the course of this school year, administrators at La Cañada High School made it a point to keep misbehaved students on campus whenever possible, said Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett, who is in charge of discipline.
There were fewer suspensions in 2016-17, she told La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members Tuesday. She said there have been 13 “out-of-school” suspensions for a total of 41 days, and 13 “in-school” suspensions, totalling 26 days. (A year ago, there were 34 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 86 days.) Continue reading “LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options”

Pasadena Showcase House Donates $10,000 to LCFEF

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Marilyn Anderson, incoming Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts president; Josh Epstein, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation president; and Lynn Mehl, PSHA president, took part in the recent check presentation ceremomy commemorating a $10,000 Gifts and Grants award from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Those funds will allow the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation to continue to provide early childhood arts education to all La Cañada Unified School District students, according to LCFEF Director Marilyn Yang. “We are very appreciative of PSHA’s support of arts education,” Yang said. “It is invaluable to our children.”

LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day

State Sen. Anthony Portantino might be close to winning support from school leaders in his own city for a bill that would require middle schools and high schools to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Finding the benefits of later start times compelling, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette hopes to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the proposal at a public workshop, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the district office round building.
The Governing Board is weighing whether to support a resolution backing the bill, but at its meeting Tuesday night, its members sought a dialogue with parents before deciding. Continue reading “LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day”

Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards

A trio of promising young scholars from La Cañada Flintridge recently received National Merit Scholarship awards worth $2,500 each.
The local recipients are Kamala A. Durairaj, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City; Ankur Jain, a senior at Flintridge Prep; and William McConnell, a senior at Pasadena Poly.
Durairaj lists her probable career field as law. Jain is interested in computer engineering and McConnell identifies quantitative analysis as a potential field of study. Continue reading “Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards”

Students of the Month Awardees

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Principal Jarrett Gold presents certificates to La Cañada High School 7/8 Students of the Month, including (from left) Andre Karayan, Phoebe Luo, Isabella Oh, Paul Kang, Nicholas Boghossian, Henry Larson, Ethan Lee, Soren Ryssdal, Noah Chun, Rachel Agnew, Stephen Broberg, Charlotte Landon, Mason Pirkey, Angeli Paull, Alex Syrkin and Jakob Torres.