The black-and-white spools of thread in Chapter 1, the famous white-washed fence in Chapter 2 … patch by patch, almost every year since 1999, the story of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was stitched together by 6th-grade students in Judi Healey’s Palm Crest Elementary School language arts class.
For years the patches hung like banners in Room 5, and PCR alums would frequently come back and look for their class quilt and their own patch. Now, with Healey’s retirement last summer, the quilts are up for sale. At $75 per quilt, proceeds will go to the PCR PTA. Continue reading “Healey Classes’ Famous Tom Sawyer Quilts for Sale”
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”
Who doesn’t love their crossing guard?
“I think all crossing guards are personable,” said Evelyn Harris, who is a member of the fluorescent tribe that offer safe passage to students and accompanying pedestrians. “They’re not in it to get rich; they’re in it because they enjoy the socialization and doing something good for kids.”
Eighty-one percent of students on the La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 campus report that bullying is unacceptable at their school. And 90% of 4th- through 6th-graders at La Cañada Unified’s three elementary schools say they feel safe on their campus. Continue reading “LCUSD Survey Says Students Feel Safe; Pinpoints Other Concerns”
This might not come as a surprise to La Cañada Flintridge residents, but the city’s public schools get good marks — and quantifiably so, according to a recent ranking by the data website Niche.com.
Powerful winds knocked down at least 10 trees Friday morning in La Cañada Flintridge. Felled trees of varying sizes crashed onto parked cars, damaged at least one home’s roof and rattled nerves. No injuries were reported.
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”