LCUSD Prepares Wider Campus Return Amid Cautious Rollout

‘They’re So Tall!’ 3rd Grade Welcomed Back

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Energized students are dismissed from La Cañada Elementary School on Wednesday, the first day of an optional return to in-person instruction for 3rd graders. LCUSD is one of the few districts in Southern California to offer on-campus instruction.

The sight of 3rd-graders having their temperature checked before entering campus might not be a normal one for La Cañada Elementary Principal Emily Blaney, but it certainly is a welcome one. Her school, along with Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest, provided in-person instruction to children in 3rd grade for the first time in 11 months on Tuesday.
“We haven’t seen them in a whole year,” Blaney said of the 3rd-graders. “They’re so tall. We just noticed how much they grew.”
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PCR’s ‘Panthercast’ Broadcast Delights Audience

The hardest part of putting together the Weekly Panthercast isn’t writing the scripts or interviewing students and teachers, or even producing the show — it’s trying not to laugh.
“It’s always fun and it’s never hard, it just sometimes gets somewhat out of hand,” said Finn Valderhaug, who with Jaidon Gupta, recently anchored one of Palm Crest Elementary’s increasingly popular video bulletins.

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Student council advisor Mariana Valderhaug discusses a script with Panthercast anchors Finn Valderhaug and Jaidon Gupta before they record an episode of the popular student bulletin videocast in her classroom.

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A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
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R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

She is an interested, inspired learner. She’s really bright. Special.
That’s been evident for years and was made clear again when
R Cohen, a 17-year-old La Cañada Flintridge resident, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam in February.

Acing the test appears it will present new opportunities. It’s already led to a surge in correspondence from premier colleges and has attracted the attention of local press. But Cohen, proving she’s wise beyond her years, knows this: It’s just a score on a test.
“This is low-key hypocritical coming from me, but so much of us place our self-worth in these standardized tests that are really not a good indicator of how intelligent you are,” she said. “I’ve seen people get lower scores than they wanted and they’re totally devastated, like, ‘I’m not a smart person!’ But these tests are how well you know what the test-makers are going to do.” Continue reading “A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude”