Holidays Spark Concerns of Possible COVID Surge

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As California continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic largely resulting from having a majority of its population vaccinated against the disease, people are reverting back to normalcy.
A return to holiday traditions was evident on Halloween with more trick-or-treaters out on the streets, and with more gatherings being planned for the Thanksgiving holiday. Though COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are lower in California compared to last year, health and government officials still worry about the possibility of a winter surge similar to 2020.
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Sinnette: Teachers Have Raised Their Game Amid Pandemic

Superintendent Wendy Sinnette

There are many words one could use to define the difficult year that was 2020, but one in particular quickly came to mind for La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
“I guess you could say unprecedented,” she said recently. “It is overused, you know, because the challenges have been immense. But we’ve met them, and for the most part, have been successful. The amount of work is relentless because we care so much about our kids.”
Nearly 10 months in, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought incessant trials and tribulations to all, and the small city of La Cañada Flintridge hasn’t been immune to them.
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Signs Depicting Hate Speech Spark Debate

Photo courtesy La Cañada BLM
Six signs displaying racist hate speech that were left at the Town Center recently were said to quote some of the hateful slurs current or former LCUSD students have heard.

A group of signs that recently were displayed at La Cañada Flintridge Town Center depict racist and hurtful slurs that La Cañada High School students say they have heard and that students have also anonymously posted to the Instagram page at racism_at_lchs, a local activist group said.
The signs were left near the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after a La Cañada BLM demonstration and were taken down the next morning by Town Center staff.
According to a statement by La Cañada BLM, which was formed as part of a local outcry after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis in May, the messages on cardboard were left by current or former LCUSD students.

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LCHS Boasts 10 National Merit Semifinalists

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Arjun Aron, Blake Northrop, Veronica Backer-Peral, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk, Yiyin Hu, Cora Wu and Erica Lee are among the 10 La Cañada High School seniors who remain in the running to earn National Merit Scholarships next spring. Not pictured: Christos Menemenlis and Harrison Min.

Ten La Cañada High School seniors are among the 16,000 semifinalists — less than 1% of all high school seniors nationwide — in this year’s 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced this week.
LCHS’ talented students continuing in the competition for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships next spring include Arjun Aron, Veronica Backer-Peral, Yiyin Hu, Erica Lee, Christos Menemenlis, Harrison Min, Blake Northrop, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk and Cora Wu.
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