Young Filmmakers Learn From Pros at LCHS

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Diego Osorio-Lowery, Sam Hernandez and Gage Johnson are the founding members of the Young Filmmakers Association at La Cañada High School. Hernandez is the president, Osorio-Lowery is the vice president and Johnson is the treasurer.
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Diego Osorio-Lowery, Sam Hernandez and Gage Johnson are the founding members of the Young Filmmakers Association at La Cañada High School. Hernandez is the president, Osorio-Lowery is the vice president and Johnson is the treasurer.

Entertainment professionals Rachel Ramras, Larry Dorf and Hugh Davidson, known for comedy shows such as “Robot Chicken,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and “Nobodies,” recently gave some La Cañada High School students real-life advice on navigating the industry.
The latest program of the Young Filmmakers Association featured the three professionals discussing their various shows to a group of about 15 students.
Davidson told the youths that while writing for “Robot Chicken,” he realized that writing was more satisfying than being an actor.
“In acting, you have to wait for a lot of people to say yes,” Davidson said. “It’s a powerless position. Even for the most famous ones, they still have to wait for someone to call them. With writing, you can just do it. You’re in the young filmmakers club; you’re already on your way. You can make stuff on your own.”
Davidson, who worked at Warner Bros. animation, wrote for the animated sitcom “The Looney Tunes Show” with Ramras and Dorf that ran from 2011-14. Continue reading “Young Filmmakers Learn From Pros at LCHS”

Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories

Photo courtesy of Jarrett Gold Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.
Photo courtesy of Jarrett Gold
Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.

Pleading with their audience not to forget the horrors inflicted by Nazis during the World War II era, two Holocaust survivors recently shared their stories with about 400 people at the La Cañada High School Auditorium, including LCHS 7/8 students.
La Crescenta resident Leon Prochnik shed tears frequently as he recalled how his family, which he said owned the second-largest chocolate factory in Poland, escaped from its homeland to safety in Lithuania, then to Japan and Canada.
“It was a life-and-death drama,” Prochnik said. “I didn’t know the murder part, because that’s not what my parents talked to me about. My sister knew there was a great danger of that” — of the dangers of Jews being killed at the hands of the Nazis. Continue reading “Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories”

Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued

The La Cañada High School administration on Tuesday said it has concluded its investigation into language and behavior by some student fans at an LCHS basketball game on Feb. 23, and determined that frequent profanity and “a slur” were used at the game. Discipline has been issued, officials said.
The administration conducted an “extensive investigation” that included interviews with more than 35 witnesses, Principal Jim Cartnal said in an emailed statement to LCHS 9-12 parents. Continue reading “Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued”

LCHS Students Get to Speak Their Minds to Administrators

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK LCHS junior Grey Ingrassia, Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons and interim Principal Jim Cartnal took part in a recent Student Speak Sessions event in which students could discuss with administrators any concerns they have.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
LCHS junior Grey Ingrassia, Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons and interim Principal Jim Cartnal took part in a recent Student Speak Sessions event in which students could discuss with administrators any concerns they have.

Students speak, indeed.
Some La Cañada High School students were recently able to speak to campus administrators in an intimate setting about homework, classes, lunch, teacher attitudes and much more. That’s because LCHS has started a program, Student Speak Sessions, that allows students to meet with administrators for frank discussions during lunch.
The program’s most recent installment was held last Thursday at the school library, and was to include only juniors and seniors until interim Principal Jim Cartnal, speaking over the intercom, invited all students to come and speak their minds to administrators. The program began Feb. 6, when it focused on freshmen and sophomores. Continue reading “LCHS Students Get to Speak Their Minds to Administrators”

Advanced Math Class at LCHS Takes Step Forward

An advanced math course at La Cañada High School is a step closer to reality as the La Cañada Unified School District and Pasadena City College are making plans to collaborate.
“We are excited at the possibility of partnering with Pasadena City College to offer advanced math classes as well as possibly other subjects at La Cañada High School,” said LCUSD Governing Board President Brent Kuszyk in an email. “This will come before the board for discussion at our March meeting and we will be considering a MOU [memorandum of understanding] with Pasadena City College.” Continue reading “Advanced Math Class at LCHS Takes Step Forward”

Students Impress With Innovation at LCHS Science Fair

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK LCHS student Jonah Garland, 16, won first place in the La Cañada High School Science Fair on Feb. 8 for his project “Applying Neural Networks to Breast Cancer Classifications.”
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LCHS student Jonah Garland, 16, won first place in the La Cañada High School Science Fair on Feb. 8 for his project “Applying Neural Networks to Breast Cancer Classifications.”

La Cañada High School sophomore Jonah Garland said the inspiration for his first-place science fair project came from machine learning, artificial intelligence and, maybe most important, breast cancer.
At LCHS’ Science Fair last Friday evening, Garland presented a different way to break down data on breast cancer mammogram compilations, classifying images into different categories such as negative, benign or malignant mass, using computer-aided diagnoses to “increase speed, accuracy and precision.”
Garland, who will compete at the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair in late March at the Pasadena Convention Center, took home a blue ribbon and a certificate last week for his project “Applying Neural Networks to Breast Cancer Classifications.”

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School Campus Projects Still on Course, Officials Say

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK At a school district Governing Board meeting this week, La Cañada High School Booster Club President Jeremy Milbrodt, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, club Treasurer Randy Scoville and LCHS interim Principal Jim Cartnal display a $41,000 check from the club to help fund the high school’s new Wellness Center.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
At a school district Governing Board meeting this week, La Cañada High School Booster Club President Jeremy Milbrodt, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette, club Treasurer Randy Scoville and LCHS interim Principal Jim Cartnal display a $41,000 check from the club to help fund the high school’s new Wellness Center.

Some of the construction projects at local schools that are being funded through Measure LCF bond revenue are expected to cost more than first anticipated but are still within the budget, officials said this week.
Improvements that have been or will be made possible by the $149 million general obligation bond, passed in November 2017, were discussed on Tuesday night at the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board meeting. Continue reading “School Campus Projects Still on Course, Officials Say”

Governing Board Leader Sets Challenges, Goals for 2019

Brent Kuszyk
Brent Kuszyk

Brent Kuszyk may have only recently been selected to become the La Cañada Unified School District board president, but he’s no stranger to the governing board and boasts a long list of previous volunteer experience from other community roles.
Since joining the board in 2015, he has served on a number of panels including the Bond Oversight Committee, the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, the Joint-Use Committee, the NGSS (for Next Generation Science) Committee and many others. He was unanimously selected as board president on Dec. 13, having served the previous year as vice president. Continue reading “Governing Board Leader Sets Challenges, Goals for 2019”

LCUSD Board OKs Settlement With Ex-Principals, Dives Into Pool Plans

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night unanimously ratified settlements worth more than $500,000 involving former principals Christine Castillo and Ian McFeat.
Board members did not discuss the issue before or after the vote, but local resident David Haxton rose to object after the settlements were approved in open session that they were not truly “confidential,” as they were revealed to newspapers. The Outlook reported on them after making a public records request. Continue reading “LCUSD Board OKs Settlement With Ex-Principals, Dives Into Pool Plans”