LCHS Principals’ ‘Cartnal and Gold’ Podcast Debuts

La Cañada High School Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold
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La Cañada High School Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold have a new podcast titled “Cartnal and Gold” available on the LCHS and LCHS 7/8 websites as well as Spotify.

La Cañada High School has officially joined the podcast craze with its new show, “Cartnal and Gold,” a tool to spread news about school activities and objectives as well as students’ accomplishments, using a medium with which youth are familiar.
LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold’s podcast debuted recently on both schools’ websites and Spotify.
The show’s name, displayed in its logo over a crossed-out “Cardinal,” arose from La Cañada Unified School District webmaster Toby Lewsadder’s inspiration.
“The school colors are cardinal and gold,” Cartnal said in a recent interview. “That was Toby’s idea. We have heard positive feedback so far.” Continue reading “LCHS Principals’ ‘Cartnal and Gold’ Podcast Debuts”

LCHS Is Losing Two Assistant Principals, Will Hire Just One

Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer
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Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer are leaving La Cañada High School to become principals in Carmel and the Santa Barbara area, respectively.

With some big administrative changes already undertaken this school year, La Cañada High School is prepping for yet another.
Assistant principals Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer are set to leave, having accepted jobs in other districts, and the district will look to fill the vacancies with just one person, administrators said.
“Historically, the LCHS team is two assistant principals and one principal,” said LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal, who was confirmed in his role in March after briefly serving on an interim basis. Former Principal Ian McFeat has left the district since reaching a settlement of a dispute with the school system. Continue reading “LCHS Is Losing Two Assistant Principals, Will Hire Just One”

LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.
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La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.

In a unanimous vote, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board named a new executive director of special education and psychological services during a special meeting last week.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity and I want to thank you,” Derek Ihori told the board after he was voted in last Thursday. Ihori’s salary will be $151,080, said Debra Cradduck, executive director of personnel services.
Ihori replaces Tamara Jackson, who is set to retire on June 30. Jackson has been with the LCUSD since 2003, always as special education director, she said in a previous statement.
District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said Ihori, who has been the director of pupil services for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, was selected out of a strong candidate pool. He oversees 120 special education teachers and specialists for Las Virgenes. Continue reading “LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education”

Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
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Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement

More than a year after a $2 million settlement between the school district and a former special education student who was injured in a fall, guardrails protect bleachers at a La Cañada High School gym where the accident occurred and the young man is trying to put the episode behind him.
Attorneys for Ethan Kalnins, a former LCHS student who has cerebral palsy, settled with the La Cañada Unified School District after Kalnins fell off the side of the bleachers in the north gym at LCHS. Guardrails were not affixed to the bleachers at the time. Continue reading “LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement”

LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th

Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.
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The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex and claimed its first title since 2009.
The Spartans tallied 336 points, which was more than enough to defeat La Verne Damien (235 points) and bring home the program’s fifth crown in school history. Continue reading “LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th”

STEAM Night Energized by Robotics, Lego Fun

La Cañada Flintridge resident Brandon Cipes, his son Everett and STEM World’s Joe Huprich listen to LCHS student Nathan Yun talk about his robot. Yun belongs to the Golden Gears robotics team.
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La Cañada Flintridge resident Brandon Cipes, his son Everett and STEM World’s Joe Huprich listen to LCHS student Nathan Yun talk about his robot. Yun belongs to the Golden Gears robotics team.

Robotics took over the final STEAM night of the La Cañada Unified School District’s academic year.
A district-sponsored event at Palm Crest Elementary on Monday featured hands-on activities with robotics at two of several stations. STEAM, the educational concept that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, is aimed at giving students the tools to succeed in all of those disciplines, and some of the stations showed how they sometimes overlap.
“We’re super big on recruiting or giving a lot of younger kids opportunities in robotics,” said Nathan Yun, a 16-year-old junior at La Cañada High School, who is on the Golden Gears 9881 robotics team made up of LCHS students.
His Golden Gears teammate Ethan Cohen added that the squad, which recently competed in Houston in an event that included two other LCHS robotics teams, composed almost entirely of juniors with a few sophomores and seniors, and is looking for new blood. Continue reading “STEAM Night Energized by Robotics, Lego Fun”

Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.

Trucks used in the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project will begin rolling on Monday, May 13, a Los Angeles County official said this week — though that’s not etched in stone.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the L.A. County Department of Public Works cited that date while speaking to The Outlook after he and other officials delivered a progress report Tuesday to a gathering at the La Cañada High School auditorium. Burger, who said he has been put in charge of the project known as the Big Dig, had said during the presentation that trucks would start hauling in “mid-May.” Continue reading “Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13”