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.

‘Gift’ Author Reassures Doubtful Parents

Dear Parents,
Most of you are eager to share the positive and apparent successes of parenting. Fewer of you, however, may be willing to admit to inner doubts of how you measure up in this difficult task of raising children.
In reporting on their child’s school involvements, friendships, sports successes, dance and music lessons, grades and other achievements, parents easily show a sense of pride in what their children are accomplishing and how creatively busy they are. For many parents, this is an outward sign that they are providing every opportunity for their child; proof enough that they are a “good” parent. Continue reading “‘Gift’ Author Reassures Doubtful Parents”

Obituary: Patricia Fulham McKellar

Aug. 29, 1926-Feb. 17, 2017

Patricia Fulham McKellar passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 17 in Claremont. She was born in 1926 in San Francisco to Harvey and Lelia Parr. Her childhood was spent mainly in Glendale after a short stay in Long Beach. Her sister Susan was born in 1932.
Patricia graduated from Hoover High School and entered her beloved USC in 1944. She was an active member of Delta Gamma sorority and remained close with a group of cherished college friends known as the “Bridge Club.” During her high school-college years, she worked three summers at Curry Village in Yosemite, which was a lifelong happy memory.
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LCF Gathers for USC San Gabriel Valley Reception

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Rohit Varma, dean of the Keck School of Medicine; Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH were on hand for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception last week.

Members of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities recently gathered at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception.
The San Gabriel Valley Reception (one of five regional gatherings) was created to engage alumni, parents, grateful patients and friends, while introducing the new Keck leadership and highlighting the exciting academic medical research, teaching and patient care taking place at Keck Medicine of USC.
Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH, hosted the event, welcoming all the attendees, including Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Congressman Adam Schiff.
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Clarkson, Morton, Schwartz are Les Tupper Honorees

The 53rd annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at von Karman Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Christie Clarkson, Sheri Morton and Victoria Schwartz will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Kara Bradley and Shayna Goldstein are set to receive Student Service Awards; Janice SooHoo will be recognized with the Special Service Award and the Assistance League of Flintridge will receive the Organization Award.

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A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

She is an interested, inspired learner. She’s really bright. Special.
That’s been evident for years and was made clear again when
R Cohen, a 17-year-old La Cañada Flintridge resident, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam in February.

Acing the test appears it will present new opportunities. It’s already led to a surge in correspondence from premier colleges and has attracted the attention of local press. But Cohen, proving she’s wise beyond her years, knows this: It’s just a score on a test.
“This is low-key hypocritical coming from me, but so much of us place our self-worth in these standardized tests that are really not a good indicator of how intelligent you are,” she said. “I’ve seen people get lower scores than they wanted and they’re totally devastated, like, ‘I’m not a smart person!’ But these tests are how well you know what the test-makers are going to do.” Continue reading “A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude”

Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied

OUTLOOK photo For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.
OUTLOOK photo
For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.

A coalition of concerned residents last week cheered a judge’s order that, for now, has halted all activity related to the County Flood Control District’s plans aimed at removing 2.4-million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam.
“Judge James Chalfant’s ruling about the deficiencies in L.A. County’s Big Dig EIR for Hahamongna is a big victory,” the Arroyo Seco Foundation proclaimed on its website. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied”

La Cañada Passes First Big League Test

With only two seniors graduating from last year’s third-place squad, Monrovia entered this season as the La Cañada High School varsity softball team’s biggest challenge in the Rio Hondo League.
“Approaching a game like this, we just had to win every inning to win the game,” said LCHS pitcher Holly Stoner. “That’s how we came into it. We were excited for this game, especially because it was our first league game at home.” Continue reading “La Cañada Passes First Big League Test”

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”