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.
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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.
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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”

LCUSD Settlements With Ex-Principals Stir Mixed Parent Response

La Cañada High School students are beginning an academic year’s second half without Principal Ian McFeat for the first time since 2013 as a result of six-figure legal settlements involving him, the school district and his wife, Christine Castillo, a former La Cañada Elementary School principal.
McFeat, who was hired as principal in July 2012, became the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of student services on Dec. 10, a move that district officials had said was a promotion. Later, it was revealed that he and Castillo had signed settlement agreements on Dec. 4 that stemmed from a Castillo lawsuit and determined his employment is terminated effective June 30.

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Ian McFeat, former La Cañada High School principal, and Christine Castillo, an ex-La Cañada Elementary School principal, agreed in December to separate six-figure settlements from LCUSD.

Since The Outlook reported last month that McFeat has left and details of the settlement have been disseminated, the community has engaged in spirited discussion — in particular on a closed Facebook page, with more than 100 comments on the topic. Some parents have said they are glad the lawsuit has ended, albeit with questions regarding the cost and divided opinion over the unforeseen changes in leadership. In several Facebook posts, writers voiced displeasure that LCUSD had settled at all in a case that they said was bogus and declared that the hiring process for McFeat and Castillo had been flawed from the beginning.
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County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal

Supporters of a transfer of La Cañada Flintridge’s Sagebrush area into the local school district were on hand Wednesday when the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization took up the issue, which appeared to remain far from a resolution.
Sagebrush, located in the LCF’s western-most corner, is part of the Glendale Unified School District. Continue reading “County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal”