Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success

OUTLOOK photo In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.
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In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.

Standing before a full La Cañada High School auditorium, Denise Pope asked the parents and teachers to take 20 seconds and write on a piece of paper how they define “success.”
One said happiness. Another said freedom. One said “the ability to sleep at night” and, of course, there was one man who facetiously said “Ferrari,” which elicited laughter.
Pope, a Stanford University researcher, said that in her experience, too many students seriously give the Ferrari answer, equating success with money. She said she believes this is rooted in overvaluing quantitative measures of success and leaving the development of adolescents to the sidelines.
“Success is not a straight line,” she said. “Success is a squiggly path.” Continue reading “Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success”

Princess Emboldened by Royal Turn

“Oh, man,” said Natalie Petrosian, suddenly struck by inspiration to use her platform as a member of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court to issue a public service announcement. “Can I tell you the biggest lesson that I’ve taken away from this experience?”
Of course. When you’re one of seven young ladies selected from close to 1,000 applicants to serve as an ambassador for the Tournament of Roses, people want to hear from you. Continue reading “Princess Emboldened by Royal Turn”

Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine (Laun) Clark
Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine grew up on Lido Isle in Newport Beach. It was here, in the family home, where she passed away while asleep in her husband’s arms. Always cheerful and positive, the effects over many years of multiple sclerosis finally became too much to overcome.
Kristine graduated from Newport Harbor High School and UC Santa Barbara (Alpha-Chi-Omega). After graduation, she accepted a management position with Travelers Insurance Co. in Burbank. It was here she met her future husband, Scott. Continue reading “Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark”

Spartans Ready for League; Rebels Remain Perfect

A strong first half lifted the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team over host Camarillo, 49-37, in a nonleague game last week.
The Spartans jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and carried over its solid play on both ends into the second. La Cañada led 30-14 at the half, but the Scorpions fought back in the second to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans managed to hold off the home squad and come away with the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Ready for League; Rebels Remain Perfect”

La Cañada, St. Francis Shine in SFV Showcase Games

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team proved its ready to take on the Rio Hondo League by defeating Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, 44-38, in the San Fernando Valley Hoops Showcase at Mission Hills Alemany High last Saturday.
Sean Estes scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Spartans to their 12th victory of the season. Senior guard Justin Kouyoumdjian chipped in with 12 points. Continue reading “La Cañada, St. Francis Shine in SFV Showcase Games”

Spartans Down South Pas

The La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team opened Rio Hondo League play with a dominant 61-18 victory over visiting rival South Pasadena last week.
The league result follows a solid showing at the Blackwatch Tournament hosted by Upland High. Cheyenne Garcia won in her weight class, and her sister Sophie was second. Ben Donoho finished sixth in 160-pound bracket, and Andrew Aghadjanians was eighth in the 145-pound division. Continue reading “Spartans Down South Pas”

School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback

Lindsay Hayward, one of the project designers overseeing the development of La Cañada Unified School District’s building facilities master plan, said she’s never had more early-stage community feedback than on this project.
“Anywhere we left a blank where anyone could fill in an answer, I’ve never received so much input in any district that we’ve worked in,” Hayward told the Governing Board during Tuesday’s meeting. “And it was all fantastic. Whether or not it applied to the question at hand, it was all helpful information.” Continue reading “School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback”

Director’s Body Found in LCF Parking Lot

Authorities identified the body discovered Friday, Jan. 6, in the Town Center parking garage as Travis Peterson, a Los Angeles filmmaker who was reported missing on Dec. 30. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide, according to multiple news reports.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department, homicide detectives responded to the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard after receiving a call at 7:25 p.m. that an adult male was found dead. The body was discovered in a car that was described as a light-colored Volvo, matching the description of Peterson’s vehicle. Continue reading “Director’s Body Found in LCF Parking Lot”