Members of the Palm Crest Elementary School community can expect to see a lot of Principal Cory Pak today, his first school day at the campus.
Pak, who was approved by the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board as principal on July 17, plans to meet every student and greet each of them.
“You won’t see me in here,” he said in a recent interview in his spacious office on campus, which at the time was mostly empty except for a desk, table and some signs left behind by previous Principal Karen Hurley, who has moved to a district-level post. “I won’t be in the office. I’ll be where the kids are almost every day. But certainly on the first day.” Continue reading “New Principal to Greet Every Palm Crest Student”
Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday agreed on a general layout for Palm Crest Elementary School, which is set for a major modernization, but asked the district’s staff for a more detailed plan for the endeavor, due for a groundbreaking in 2021.
The board unanimously voted for more information on an option that includes two two-story buildings forming a V shape, with open space in between, and outdoor corridors. Continue reading “Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover”
After a summer respite, La Cañada High School students will return today to resume their studies in a setting known for high achievement and expectations — conditions that can compound stress, as do social complications young people often experience.
No wonder, then, that student Riley Trowbridge sees the Wellness Center as a real need at LCHS. Continue reading “LCHS Opens Wellness Center, an Oasis Amid Stress”
The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted to approve a contract with the firm that led the successful effort to pass a 2014 parcel tax to assess the feasibility of renewing the measure.
The contract with San Francisco-based Terris Barnes Walters Boigon Heath Inc. was approved on Tuesday night at a regular governing board meeting. The consulting firm’s Charles Heath, who helped the district orchestrate the campaign for Measure LC several years ago, will again lead the effort. Continue reading “LCUSD Explores Parcel Tax Renewal”
A parent group is attempting to raise money to build a 50-meter pool at La Cañada High School, despite the local school district board’s approval of a smaller, 40-meter one in April.
LCHS swimming team supporter Margaret O’Grady said in an email the group consists of about 25 parents and is growing.
“Our understanding is that a 50-meter pool for the LCHS campus is still a possibility if the right financials are in place,” O’Grady said. “This seems to be a financial issue more than a design/space issue.” Continue reading “Parents Keep Up Quest for 50-Meter Pool at LCHS”
La Cañada High School senior Ashlyn Oh owns a laptop computer — but not a smartphone. Even so, she said, she experiences stress and escapism through technology just like other teenagers do.
Oh, who plans to double major in psychology and neuroscience at Williams College, is specifically interested in seeing how technology affects one’s mind and how that correlates with a rise in depression and anxiety. Continue reading “‘Angst’ Documentary, Panel Discussion at LCHS Tackle Anxiety”
St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente, 69, started out his career in La Cañada Flintridge by sweeping floors and wiping windows.
“True story,” Valente laughed. “I like to say I started out as janitor and worked my way down.”
There’s a back story, of course, as there often is with Valente, whose much-loved, energetic charisma nourishes a reputation that precedes him in the community. But back in 1973, he’d just graduated from USC with a master’s degree in teaching during what was then one of worst recessions in modern history. He’d applied for jobs, all kinds of jobs, to no avail. Continue reading “Beloved St. Bede Principal, ‘Mr. V,’ Retires After 46 Years”