Support a School by Sipping Mathematically Perfect Lemonade

Brothers Parker and Evan Hasbun, pictured above with mom Anna Hasbun, have been selling lemonade in front of Stepping Stones to Learning at 820 Foothill Blvd. Proceeds benefit local schools. (Photo by Adrienne deFaria / OUTLOOK)

By Nadia Chung

Outlook Valley Sun

This is not your average lemonade stand.

Stationed in front of the learning center Stepping Stones to Learning on Foothill Boulevard, the setup is where educators and students have engineered a math solution, small business, summer activity and fundraiser all in one — a refreshing twist on a time-honored summer tradition.

“It started in the kitchen, just making lemonade,” said Anna Hasbun, the owner and director of Stepping Stones. “We were looking for an interesting way to keep kids engaged in the summer and also practice those important math skills. So, as we made recipes, we began working with some pretty early fractions and numbers.”

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District Wants Advice on Construction Work

With the oversight committee for the $149 million Measure LCF bond scheduled to meet for the first time today, June 28, and the first $30 million of bonds having recently been issued, La Cañada Unified School Board President Kaitzer Puglia encouraged the community to continue to offer input.
In an update at Tuesday’s board meeting, Puglia said that the district has begun working with consultants and architects to prioritize which projects would be the best to tackle first, but that nothing “is set in stone.” Continue reading “District Wants Advice on Construction Work”

PCR Math Whizzes Earn Perfect Scores

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Palm Crest Elementary’s Blake Chang, Neal Frankenberg and Thomas Sorensen all scored a perfect 25 on this year’s Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools testing.

A trio of math virtuosos at Palm Crest Elementary School recently pulled off a mind-boggling feat: They all achieved a perfect score of 25 on this year’s Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools testing, for which they will be recognized with the Lenchner Medal, the award named after the late founder of the program.
Of 90,000 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who participated internationally in 2016-17, only 155 earned perfect scores, “a highly improbable 0.2%,” as parent Sugi Sorensen put it.
This year, PCR 6th-graders Blake Chang, Neal Frankenberg and Thomas Sorensen all did it — and then downplayed their accomplishment, which was achieved over the course of five individual five-question tests taken over the span of five months. Continue reading “PCR Math Whizzes Earn Perfect Scores”