2017 Gold Award Recipients

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Gold awardees: Emma Aitelli (seated, from left), Megan Andrews, Hailey Belcher, Emily Clarkson, Caroline Daniels, Eleanor Fausett, Megan Galantai, Audrey George, Ardis Griffin, Caroline Higa, Ashleigh Kazak, Jacqueline Kim, Melissa Klein and Rebecca Klein. Back: Julianne Lauenstein, Brittany Lerian, Elena Melehani, Holly Miller, Lauren O’Brien, Julia Paccone, Allegra Rendina, Gabriella Rendina, Catherine Rickert, Sahar Shirbacheh, Katherine Smersfelt, Olivia Strauss and Holly Stoner.

LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options

Over the course of this school year, administrators at La Cañada High School made it a point to keep misbehaved students on campus whenever possible, said Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett, who is in charge of discipline.
There were fewer suspensions in 2016-17, she told La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members Tuesday. She said there have been 13 “out-of-school” suspensions for a total of 41 days, and 13 “in-school” suspensions, totalling 26 days. (A year ago, there were 34 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 86 days.) Continue reading “LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options”

Pasadena Showcase House Donates $10,000 to LCFEF

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Marilyn Anderson, incoming Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts president; Josh Epstein, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation president; and Lynn Mehl, PSHA president, took part in the recent check presentation ceremomy commemorating a $10,000 Gifts and Grants award from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Those funds will allow the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation to continue to provide early childhood arts education to all La Cañada Unified School District students, according to LCFEF Director Marilyn Yang. “We are very appreciative of PSHA’s support of arts education,” Yang said. “It is invaluable to our children.”

LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day

State Sen. Anthony Portantino might be close to winning support from school leaders in his own city for a bill that would require middle schools and high schools to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Finding the benefits of later start times compelling, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette hopes to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the proposal at a public workshop, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the district office round building.
The Governing Board is weighing whether to support a resolution backing the bill, but at its meeting Tuesday night, its members sought a dialogue with parents before deciding. Continue reading “LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day”

Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards

A trio of promising young scholars from La Cañada Flintridge recently received National Merit Scholarship awards worth $2,500 each.
The local recipients are Kamala A. Durairaj, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City; Ankur Jain, a senior at Flintridge Prep; and William McConnell, a senior at Pasadena Poly.
Durairaj lists her probable career field as law. Jain is interested in computer engineering and McConnell identifies quantitative analysis as a potential field of study. Continue reading “Three LCF Residents Earn National Merit Awards”

Students of the Month Awardees

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Principal Jarrett Gold presents certificates to La Cañada High School 7/8 Students of the Month, including (from left) Andre Karayan, Phoebe Luo, Isabella Oh, Paul Kang, Nicholas Boghossian, Henry Larson, Ethan Lee, Soren Ryssdal, Noah Chun, Rachel Agnew, Stephen Broberg, Charlotte Landon, Mason Pirkey, Angeli Paull, Alex Syrkin and Jakob Torres.

Thursday Club Scholarship Awardees

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Awardees include (front row, from left) Scott Carney from St. Francis, attending Northeastern; Emily Carr from La Cañada High School, attending Cornell; Taleen Sarkissian from LCHS, attending UC Irvine; Jenny Wang from LCHS, attending UCLA; Jillian Pih from LCHS attending USC; and Morgan Bowman from LCHS, attending UC Davis. Back: Kendall Kikkawa from Flintridge Prep, attending UCSB; Grace Rickert from LCHS, attending Cornell; Noor Alanizi from CVHS, attending UC Berkeley; Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship recipient Holly Miller from LCHS, attending Scripps; Lilly Maxfield from Flintridge Prep; attending UCLA; and Tyler Borland from LCHS, attending UCSB. Not pictured: Sarah Montgomery from Flintridge Sacred Heart, attending Boston College.

The Thursday Club Scholarship Foundation recently presented 12 local seniors with scholarships and one student with the Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship. The speaker was state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who gave a welcoming speech encouraging the students to be the best that they can be, to remain involved at every level in life and to constantly give back. Becky Lankey presented the awards and mentioned that there were so many qualified applicants that it made the final decisions very difficult. Each student spoke of their high school experiences, sports, art, music and what motivated them to select their college.
After the presentation, the students, parents, mentors, counselors and friends socialized while enjoying traditional tea with sandwiches and desserts. Scholarship committee members include Sheri Morton, Becky Lankey, Sharon Coombs, Kathy Leonard and Patrice Fontes.

LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair

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Michael Smith, a La Cañada High School freshman, practices for at least an hour every day. It paid off when he finished first in his age group at the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.

Neither winner felt as though he or she played particularly well at all. The judges heard it differently.
At the recent Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, a keen-listening panel anointed Michael Smith (who lives on Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge) and Sabrina Tsoi (who attends Flintridge Prep, a few blocks down Crown) as the best players in their respective age groups at the seventh annual version of the prestigious contest, which was held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading “LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair”

Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.

It wasn’t pretty, but for proponents of the Sagebrush territory transfer, it was sweet.
After complicated, confused deliberation, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 8-1 on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the transfer of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified School District.
“We’re delighted at this outcome,” said Tom Smith, one of the chief petitioners behind the request to transfer the 385 acres of LCF, where he lived when this latest attempt to redistrict the territory was initiated four years ago. Continue reading “Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval”

LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report

And now, for some good, if not unexpected news: In its annual report ranking American high schools, U.S. News & World Report identified La Cañada High School among the top in its class.
Out of more than 22,000 high schools evaluated nationwide, LCHS came in 147th. In California, LCHS ranked 18th overall and fifth-best among public schools, its best result since at least 2012, according to the publication. Continue reading “LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report”