May 7/8 Athletes Skip P.E.? LCUSD Studies Issue

Whether LCHS 7/8 students in competitive sports should be granted their request to be excused from physical education because of injuries or other health concerns was an issue taken up by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board this week.
How to offer an independent study education course to support such student athletes — if that’s even possible — was a related question at the board’s meeting on Tuesday night.
The amount of time the athlete trains, the athlete’s objective (to reach the Olympics, play in college, etc.) and participation in three sports all figured into questions asked at the meeting.
“We can at least start a conversation,” said board President Kaitzer Puglia.
There is no alternative to a physical education class and excusing students from P.E. does not comply with the California Education Code, according to the meeting’s agenda report.
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LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest

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LCHS 8th-graders Sophia Ponce, Esme Salzman and Chloe Morgan emerged as finalists from thousands of entries this year in Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Thirty La Cañada High School middle-schoolers signed up this year for a homeroom that, instead of allowing them to catch their breath in the middle of a hectic school day, asked them to ponder and engage with some of the world’s most difficult subject matter.
The period was geared toward completing projects for Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, which, in partnership with the 1939 Society, invites middle school and high school students from around the world to create works of art in response to recorded oral testimonies from survivors.
Each school was permitted only three submissions into the competition, which in its 19th year asked participants to consider the theme, “Messenger of Memory.” Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest”

Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity

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La Cañada Unified School District launched the Spartan Tip Line largely in response to recent events involving drugs and threats to campus, said Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services.

The “tip line” that district officials promised at a Governing Board meeting last month went live last week and immediately began receiving reports, La Cañada Unified School District administrators said.
“It’s being used,” said Jim Cartnal, the district’s executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services. “It’s being used somewhat regularly, and in particular with the events leading up to the [walkout] on March 14, it was a venue where various people and students reported concerns related to rumors they heard on social media about possible negative behavior toward the school.”
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week that rumors were unsubstantiated, that there was no threat to campus on March 14 and, with additional security on site, the walkout proceeded peacefully. Continue reading “Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity”

LCHS 7/8 Principal, Students Engage in Honest Dialogue

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Principal Jarrett Gold told LCHS 7/8 students, “This is you guys being part of the conversation and having a voice,” and they responded by sharing thoughts on a range of topics, including vaping, bullying and school safety.

Principal Jarrett Gold went on a listening tour in 7th-grade English classes and 8th-grade history classes over the past few days, inviting a dialogue with all 700-plus students enrolled at La Cañada High School 7/8. Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Principal, Students Engage in Honest Dialogue”

Measure LCF: What You Should Consider – Vote YES

By Josh Epstein and Stephanie Fossan
Special to the Outlook

On Nov. 7 you will have the opportunity to vote yes for Measure LCF. This ballot measure will provide funds to upgrade and modernize classrooms and infrastructure at each of the LCUSD campuses — Palm Crest, Paradise Canyon and La Cañada Elementary Schools, as well as La Cañada High School and 7/8. We believe this measure represents an incredible opportunity for the future of our district and are pleased that it is supported by a broad coalition of La Cañada parents, business leaders, seniors and civic leaders. Continue reading “Measure LCF: What You Should Consider – Vote YES”

Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the  La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the
La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.

Jimmie Myers said he believes students in his zero period orchestra class are benefiting from the extra shuteye they’re getting this school year.
How can he tell?
“They laugh at more of my jokes,” he said.
Spurred by research even more scientific than Myers’ methodology, La Cañada Unified School District opted to start the school day later this year so the adolescents attending La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 have an opportunity to get more valuable sleep. Continue reading “Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time”

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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Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers

When the group of strangers came barging in this week, cameras in tow, the classes they interrupted were in the midst of starting work on a math packet, passionately reciting Shakespeare, studying spelling words.
None of the teachers, who had to take a timeout mid-lesson, was expecting the visit.
“He had no idea we were coming,” La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat promised Andy DiConti’s students, “right?”
“Haven’t a clue,” agreed the LCHS 7/8 visual arts teacher, adding, in jest, “in general.” Continue reading “Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers”