Church Leaders, Educators Discuss Youth Challenges

Photo courtesy Todd Reynolds
Among those who attended a recent summit of church and educational leaders are (front row, from left) Wendy Sinnette, Kip Glazer, Rosemary Johnston, D.J. Severin, Tanya Wilson, Sister Celeste Botello, Allison Clay, Father Christopher Iwancio, Will Moffitt, Lucinda Guarino and the Rev. Chuck Osburn. Back: Connie Knight, Peter Bachmann, Ian McFeat, Katie Phillips-Rector, David Gill, Jim Cartnal, the Rev. Anthony Keller, Rick Callister, Kyle Sears, Andrew Shaw, Eddie Mariel, the Rev. Msgr. Antonio Cacciapuoti and the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer.

Church leaders in La Cañada Flintridge recently invited educational leaders to lunch at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. The purpose was to better understand the challenges facing today’s youth and to identify some ways the local churches can be more helpful to students and their families.
Principals, headmasters, counselors and disciplinarians shared many of the most acute and many of the most pervasive challenges their students are facing in their learning experience. The collective wisdom of these educational leaders proved valuable to church leaders and will help them reshape their efforts with young people and their families going forward.
Representatives from La Cañada Unified School District, St. Francis High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Flintridge Preparatory School and the Community Prevention Council had unique perspectives and shared some common challenges — stress, anxiety and depression were common, as were various destructive coping mechanisms (substance abuse, technology and social media abuse, and self-isolation).
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LCHS Student ‘OK’ After Being Hit By Car

A La Cañada High School student was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk at Oak Grove Avenue and Foothill Boulevard before school on Wednesday morning, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka.
Three CV Sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the Pasadena Police Department responded to the incident, which Matejka said caused significant traffic congestion in front of the school. He said a traffic investigation into the cause of the incident is pending. Continue reading “LCHS Student ‘OK’ After Being Hit By Car”

Interfaith Baccalaureate Service on May 30

All seniors attending La Cañada High School, their families and community members are invited to the La Cañada Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. A reception follows the program.
This year’s baccalaureate keynote speaker is Aziza Hasan, a passionate advocate for coalition building, peacemaking and interfaith relations. As executive director of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish partnership for change, Hasan is a bridge-builder and conflict-resolution practitioner.
Ian McFeat, principal of La Cañada High School will deliver opening remarks. As a celebration of students’ faith, baccalaureate includes the reading of scriptures and testimonies by seniors who are active in local Islamic, Jewish and Christian congregations. Musical offerings will be provided by the LCHS Choral Artists and the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Youth Worship Band.

LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.

A simulation of a gruesome crash was staged in front of La Cañada High School on Thursday, April 13, as part of “Every 15 Minutes,” a nationwide program meant to increase awareness among teenagers about the high-stake dangers of drinking and driving.
“It’s about having our students — and adults — pause and question their own behavior,” Principal Ian McFeat said. Continue reading “LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers”

Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day

Name another high school that can pool an Oscar winner, head of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, state Senator, former Major League Baseball player, NASA engineer, deputy district attorney, pilot and philharmonic oboist and have them all on the same campus, on the same morning.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.

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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”

‘We Are Still the Mountain’

By Ian McFeat, Special to the Outlook

Ian McFeat
Ian McFeat

From 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were taken from their homes and businesses and systematically annihilated by the then Ottoman government.

The sheer number of deaths is enough for us to pause and reflect. Of the 2 million Armenians living under the Ottoman Empire, 1.5 million were massacred — 1.5 million lives, taken forever. Continue reading “‘We Are Still the Mountain’”

Crime-Fighting Custodians Honored

The custodians claimed it wasn’t a big deal, but school officials and community members at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting disagreed, lauding four men for thwarting a carjacking attempt on Feb. 15 in the La Cañada High School parking lot.

OUTOOK photo Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.
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Eliseo Williams, Alvin Jones, Melvin Jones, Principal Ian McFeat, Carl Payne, Deputy Eric Matejka and Pat Anderson attended Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, where the four custodians were honored for intervening in an attempted carjacking last month.

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LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly

Ready for take-off, Gaines McCollum, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, sat comfortably behind the controls of a Boeing 737, plotting his course from KLAX to KLAS.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.

For the benefit of a guest in the cockpit on this particular afternoon, the 16-year-old explained that was pilot-speak for Los Angeles International to Las Vegas’ McCarran International: “And once I’ve been cleared, I’ll have to find my Loop Eight Departure and my Daggett Transition. I plan my entire flight because just like how there are lanes on a highway, there are lanes in the sky, so I’ll get waypoints I have to go on ….”
This flight, like hundreds of others like it, would be a virtual trip. Continue reading “LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly”

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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