Kiwanis Continues to Support LCUSD

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada hosted representatives of the La Cañada Unified School District last week at lunch, where 19 new teachers and three new administrators were introduced at the service club’s annual “Apple for the Teacher” event.
Keeping with the Kiwanis international motto, “serving the children of the world,” the club not only offered new hires a warm welcome but handed over a $1,500 check to help fund scholarships for the annual 5th-grade trip to Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge.

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Kiwanis Club President Mike Leininger hands a check to Paradise Canyon Elementary School Principal Debra Cradduck, Paradise Canyon Elementary’s Karen Hurley and La Cañada Elementary’s Emily Blaney during last week’s “Apple for the Teacher” luncheon at Descanso Gardens. The club’s $1,500 donation will help support the district’s annual Valley Forge trip.

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LCHS Hires Two New Assistant Principals

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette is flanked by new La Cañada High School Assistant Principals Kip Glazer and Jonathan Lyons, who were introduced Tuesday.

The administration at La Cañada High School is back at full strength entering the 2017-18 school year with the hiring of two new assistant principals
Jonathan Lyons will take over as the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction, stepping in for Jim Cartnal, who was promoted to executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services. Kip Glazer will serve as assistant principal of athletics, activities and discipline, replacing Mary Hazlett, who resigned to take a position at Agoura High School.
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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”

LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7

It’s official: La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to approve $149 million in general obligation bonds that La Cañada Unified School District would use to fund campus repairs and modernization efforts included in the facilities master plan.
LCUSD Governing Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to support both the bond election and the facilities plan.
“This is exciting,” board member Ellen Multari said. Continue reading “LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7”

LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure

On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”

Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day

Set your alarm later next year if you’re a student at either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to start the school day at 8:30 a.m. for the 2017-18 school year, a departure from the current 7:45 a.m. first-period start time. The school day will end at 3:14 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 3:13 p.m. during Wednesday and Thursday block schedules. Continue reading “Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day”

LCUSD to Decide on Later Start to School Day

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board will decide next week whether to set a schedule so that every school day is like Tuesday on the La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 campus.
Tuesday — when first period begins at 8:40 a.m. rather than the typical 7:45 a.m. start time — is the happiest, most productive day of the week, according to the testimony of multiple students and teachers advocating for a later start every day. Continue reading “LCUSD to Decide on Later Start to School Day”

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.
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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”