LCHS Challenge Success Set to Confront Student Pressure

Trying to get through school under the pressure of teenage social norms, good grades, high test scores and multiple extracurricular activities, all with the aim of gaining acceptance to a top-tier college, can feel a little like Sisyphus rolling a boulder uphill for La Cañada Unified School District students.
“LCHS is a very competitive school,” said Nicole Johnson, a 17-year-old senior. “We take pride in our grades and all of that. But it gets to the point where we’re like enemies. It’s not a very healthy environment. That’s why I really like Challenge Success. Because I want to create that community environment where we’re all trying to help each other and we can get there together.” Continue reading “LCHS Challenge Success Set to Confront Student Pressure”

LCHS Orchestras to Spotlight Work of Women Composers

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Jennifer Munday, La Cañada High School advanced orchestra director, instructs her musicians as they perform Yoko Shimomura’s “Kingdom Hearts.” They’re preparing for a concert on Oct. 17.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Jennifer Munday, La Cañada High School advanced orchestra director, instructs her musicians as they perform Yoko Shimomura’s “Kingdom Hearts.” They’re preparing for a concert on Oct. 17.

Toward the end of last year, La Cañada High School music instructor Jennifer Munday and LCHS 7/8 instrumental colleague Jimmie Myers were discussing the possibility of a concert featuring the music of women composers only.
“It’s just a thing that came up,” said advanced orchestra director Munday after a recent rehearsal. Both agreed it would be a great idea, and she later determined that “we really need to do this.” Continue reading “LCHS Orchestras to Spotlight Work of Women Composers”

Student Wellness, Safety Upgrades Figure in LCUSD Goals

Wendy Sinnette
Wendy Sinnette

Ensuring students’ mental and emotional health as part of their overall safety, allocating money from bond measures and retaining accreditation for La Cañada High School were key goals that gained the approval of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, who presented the goals for the academic year, said she and the board had worked on them since July, adding that they incorporated ideas that came from subcommittees.
Such subcommittees tackle issues including campus security, parking and traffic; whether to open or close the LCHS campus during lunch; and how to communicate with the community. Continue reading “Student Wellness, Safety Upgrades Figure in LCUSD Goals”

Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.

Lately, everybody wants to pick the brain of La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold.
That’s what can happen when you win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, said this week that she has been stopped on the street in front of her home since her Oct. 3 win, sharing the prize with two other researchers.
“I’m on the front page of newspapers all over the world, so people who don’t know me are stopping me. But the ones who do know me send many notes — lovely notes — and congratulations,” Arnold said. Continue reading “Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner”

U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny

Drivers who cross a double yellow line while making a U-turn in the area of Gould Avenue and Knight Way near Paradise Canyon Elementary School could soon see the red and blue flashing lights of a sheriff’s patrol car.
“If it was a single double line, you can make a left,” Pat DeChellis, La Cañada Flintridge’s director of public works, said recently while pointing to a flat median where drivers like to turn around, near the school. “A double-double, you can’t cross it. We even put the hatching [shading] in to make it look like a raised median.” Continue reading “U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny”

Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision

A Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization leader said the panel will take 30 to 60 days to make a decision on the Sagebrush territory transfer petition, taking into account a new environmental study completed under the California Environmental Quality Act.
“We will be reviewing this at an upcoming meeting,” said Chairman A.J. Willmer on Wednesday about the CEQA study and additional information about the petition to transfer the territory in La Cañada Flintridge from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. “We also just received the CEQA report late last week. We take comments sent to us very seriously. We take your public comment very seriously. I also want to emphasize that despite some impressions out there, there has been no binding vote by this committee.” Continue reading “Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision”

LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Photo courtesy Caltech La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.
Photo courtesy Caltech
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.

Caltech chemical engineering professor and La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold has won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, her institution’s first female recipient in that category.
Arnold is credited with half of the prize, with the other half split between George Smith at the University of Missouri and Gregory Winter at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K. She was awarded, according to the Nobel Committee, for “the directed evolution of enzymes,” a process she pioneered during the 1990s and continues to improve today even after its wide implementation. Continue reading “LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry”

LCUSD Scores Big in California Student Assessment

La Cañada Unified School District has outdone itself once again, continuing its upswing in academic performance and outpacing other high-achieving local school districts to top the statewide charts in English and finish second in math, according to test scores released this week by the California Department of Education.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System mean scale score results show that LCUSD scored in first, second or third place in the state in all grade levels in the testing for English language arts. The district improved its overall English score from 2017 by 1.89 percentage points. Continue reading “LCUSD Scores Big in California Student Assessment”

LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam gasped and Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi began to cry after they were announced as the last two members of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
The excitement of the moment could still be seen on their faces as they joined the other five members of the court on a stage at the Tournament House in Pasadena on Monday and local television stations and newspapers interviewed them.
“It’s such an honor to be here,” said Kadam, standing next to the other teenagers who had been chosen from among 44 finalists.
Added Rossi: “I’m so excited to represent my community.” Continue reading “LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court”