Sagal’s School Board Term Ends, Radabaugh’s Begins

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board swears in (from left) Joe Radabaugh, Kaitzer Puglia and Dan Jeffries.

Following last month’s election, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday welcomed Joe Radabaugh, welcomed the return of Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia and bid farewell to David Sagal, who opted not to run again and finished his first and only four-year term.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette thanked Sagal, a Warner Bros. executive and music arts proponent, for efforts that included serving as board president during a contentious and ultimately successful contract negotiation with teachers in 2016. She also announced that he and his wife, McNally, will receive the district’s distinguished Golden Apple Award later this year in recognition for their service. Continue reading “Sagal’s School Board Term Ends, Radabaugh’s Begins”

Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats

Voters on Tuesday elected Joe Radabaugh and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia to sit on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board for the upcoming four-year term.
Jeffries, the current board president and a longtime prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney’s office, was the leading vote-getter with 2,104 votes as of Wednesday morning, according to preliminary results posted by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder. Continue reading “Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats”

LCFEF Awards District $2 Million

It’s become a tradition, and for that, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said she and her colleagues are most grateful.
For the seventh consecutive year, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation raised $2 million for the district, money that will be used to help fund smaller class size, to recruit and retain talented teachers and staff, and to fund programs in visual and performing arts as well as provide an array of math and science courses. Continue reading “LCFEF Awards District $2 Million”

LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term

Kaitzer Puglia
Kaitzer Puglia

For a small district, La Cañada Unified has a lot going on. And Governing Board candidate Kaitzer Puglia, a professor of child development and education, said she savors every aspect of it.
Puglia is running for her second four-year term to retain her place on the LCUSD Governing Board; she is among five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Hey, Kaitzer, how do you like being on the board?’” said Puglia, a Pasadena City College professor and the mother of two recent La Cañada High School graduates. “I tell them, ‘I love being on the board!’ It sounds corny, but I love it. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term”

SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown

For the third straight year, San Marino Unified School District produced the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state-administered CAASPP, the district announced this week.
With 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards in the English language arts tests and 86% doing so for the math tests, SMUSD’s average of 88% led all unified school districts in California this year. Immediately following were Piedmont Unified School District with an 85% average and La Cañada Unified School District, also with an 85% average. Continue reading “SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown”

LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing

In something of a photo finish, La Cañada Unified School District placed third in the most recent statewide CAASPP scoring, released this week by the California Department of Education.
“We were very pleased with the performance and appreciative of all of our staff’s hard work to make sure the scores are so strong,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCUSD Scores 3rd Statewide in Student Assessment Testing”

LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County

With some minor updates requested by L.A. County, the La Cañada Unified School District finished its required Local Control Accountability Plan on Friday before the state’s July 1 deadline.
The LCAP is a three-year plan identifying specific actions the district’s educators are taking to achieve goals and measures by which progress will be identified. The 257-page LCAP document — which is developed with input from teachers, staff members, administrators, parents and pupils — has to include goals according to eight state priorities and additional local priorities.
The LCUSD Governing Board reviewed the plan at its June 6 meeting and adopted it at its June 20 meeting, after which the Los Angeles County Office of Education requested minor modifications and the inclusion of required state metrics in adjusted goal areas. Continue reading “LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County”

LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education

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Chief Technology Officer Jamie Lewsadder leads a discussion about “Thinking Routines With Technology,” one of several sessions hosted by La Cañada Unified School District educators at last week’s Arcadia Innovation Summit.

School’s out, so you might imagine that La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers are kicking back on a beach somewhere, sleeping in or catching up on their favorite TV shows — but sitting attentively in classrooms at Arcadia High School?
Well, yes. A handful of LCUSD representatives participated in the annual Arcadia Innovation Summit last week. They were there either to absorb important information related to technology in education, or to give it away.
“We have some awesome teachers,” said David Pasziewicz, an instructional technology specialist. “So this is a good opportunity to share a lot of the really innovative work our teachers have been doing in class. Continue reading “LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education”

After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write

Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.
Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.

As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”

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”