LCUSD Visits Topic of Student Stress at Conference

La Cañada Unified School District officials hope an overnight trip to Stanford University will lead to a lasting change in their school community’s culture.
A small contingent of educators, administrators, teachers, parents and students from La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 traveled to Stanford last weekend to talk about student stress.
Attending along with similarly high-achieving districts from across the United States, LCUSD was selected to be part of at the 13th Challenge Success conference, which, yes, asked its guests to challenge the typical notion of success.
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Pasadena Woman Relishes Second Chance at Life

It wasn’t Melissa Ziebell’s first time running a half marathon. She was an active athlete at the time, someone who also enjoyed kickboxing and CrossFit. In her mind, this was simply training for a full marathon. As Ziebell headed into the last mile of the Paris Half Marathon in March 2015, the current Pasadena resident readied for her photo finish as an overhead camera was about to capture a souvenir snapshot. Then she looked down. There would be no picture. Continue reading “Pasadena Woman Relishes Second Chance at Life”

SMPD Alters Tactics After Wave of Burglaries

Exasperated by a surge in burglaries in the last week, San Marino Police Chief John Incontro wants to employ an eye in the sky to foil the crooks.
San Marino has an arrangement with the Pasadena Police Department for use of its helicopter, for which the city will pay $13,019 in the current fiscal year. To this point, it has been deployed primarily in the pursuit of fleeing suspects. But now the SMPD wants to use the chopper on the front end of crime: for surveillance. Continue reading “SMPD Alters Tactics After Wave of Burglaries”

Police Patrols Ensure Safe Passage to Schools

The chaos was barely controlled on Winston Avenue one recent weekday morning. It serves as a primary entry point to San Marino High School, and at 7:50 a.m., students streamed down the sidewalks, over the parkway, through the alley. They crossed in the middle of the block, between idling vehicles in the clogged traffic. They walked, pedaled bicycles, rolled by on skateboards.
If there was any semblance of order at all, it was surely because Police Officer Kevin Cordischi was parked at the curb in his patrol SUV, surveying the scene from southbound Winston. Continue reading “Police Patrols Ensure Safe Passage to Schools”

Governing Board Discusses Upcoming Bond Campaign

By this time next year, a local get-out-the-vote campaign could be in full swing.
For now, planning has begun for what the La Cañada Unified School District hopes will be a successful bond measure. The district took a preliminary step at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting when Charles Heath, a consultant who previously helped orchestrate a pair of winning parcel tax measures for the district, offered a walk-through of a proposed timeline for a bond. Continue reading “Governing Board Discusses Upcoming Bond Campaign”