LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette addresses the newly formed community task force at its first meeting last week on Thursday, May 24. The task force was created to help the La Cañada Unified School District improve its safety, security and student wellness policies.

The especially sobering thing about discussing safety, security and student well-being is how deep those conversations go, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week during the first meeting of the district’s task force to address those topics.
“Everything’s connected,” she said. “And as soon as you talk about one thing, it makes you think of another. The work will never be done, but it’s really empowering to have such wonderful people here committed to doing the work.”
Twenty-three members of the community — including parents, students, administrators, teachers and staff members — joined district administrators and Governing Board members in the district’s meeting room on Thursday, May 24. They signed up for subcommittees and got an overview of what they’re expected to accomplish in the next year. Continue reading “LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness”

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 Swept Up in National Walkout

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Senior Ethan Crane tells his peers that they’re there together “to honor the 17 lives lost during the Parkland shooting and to honor all victims of gun violence — not with thoughts and prayers, but with action!”

Sara Kahn was moved by the sight of so many students spilling out of classrooms and into the La Cañada High School quad at 10 a.m. Wednesday. They arrived in bunches, some toting signs, the majority of them wearing orange, the color a symbol of what hunters wear to protect themselves from being shot at by other hunters. Continue reading “LCHS Swept Up in National Walkout”

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”

LCHS Students Send Heartfelt Letters to Florida School Survivors

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Freshman Maggie MacKenzie collected about 90 letters of support for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from her peers at LCHS.

Students were silent for a few moments Friday during Jeff Brookey’s third-period Concert Choir class, focused on the task of writing notes of encouragement to students they’d never met but wholeheartedly support at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people were killed during a mass shooting there on Feb. 14. Continue reading “LCHS Students Send Heartfelt Letters to Florida School Survivors”

LCHS Students Plan Walkout to Honor Florida Victims

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Members of the La Cañada High School club Activism USA, whose members are supporting a walkout on Wednesday, March 14, and the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, include (front row, from left) Gaby Lichuki, Olivia Garland, Faith Florez, Haley Flynn and Nicole Son. Back: Cole Schute, Jonah Bernstein, Adam Goodman, Jack Weirick, Noah Jongeling, Courtney Culver and Bella Gardina.

The adults in the room at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting still were deliberating about how best to handle a student walkout planned on March 14, but students on campus at La Cañada High School already had plans in motion. Continue reading “LCHS Students Plan Walkout to Honor Florida Victims”