Seniors Get Celebrity Shoutouts as LCUSD Sets Grade Plan

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The La Cañada Unified School District announced it will allow students grades 7-12 to choose a credit/no credit option or a graded report card this semester.

These unprecedented times have made senior year a non-traditional one for the La Cañada High School graduating class of 2020, a trend that continued last week as students earning their diploma received surprising bits of encouragement from celebrities.
LCHS seniors have been receiving personalized messages of support and encouragement in videos from celebrities, posted on Twitter, including congratulatory shoutouts from Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra, Chris B. Harrison of the “Bachelor” franchise, podcast host Adam Carolla and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.
The viral messages have ranged from funny to heartfelt to cheeky congratulations to the seniors, who’ve missed out on a whole slew of memory-filled events due to the “Safer at Home” order meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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LCHS 7-12 Spring Home Tour Is May 1-31

The virtual La Cañada Spring Home Tour experience, brought to attendees this year in the comfort of their own homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being held from May 1-31.
“While sheltering, be inspired as you are transported into four of La Cañada’s most inviting and unique living spaces,” an event spokesperson said in a statement. “See them for yourself on personal tours led by VIP guides, while raising crucial funds for LCHS 7-12 in 2020-21. If you haven’t been able to attend in the past, you can now. And if you’re a long-time Home Tour devotee, we appreciate your continued support of the new format.
“We look forward to ‘seeing’ you in May. Keep taking care of each other. Let’s do ‘distancing’ and come together at the same time to support LCHS 7-12 as never before. We got this, La Cañada!”
Visit lacanadahometour.com for ticket and sponsorship information through May 31.

LCHS Achieves Standout Ranking in State, Nation

According to U.S. News & World Report, the purpose of compiling a comprehensive ranking of America’s “Best High Schools” is to pay heed to the importance of secondary education: “Recognizing schools that are performing well and providing them as models to other schools will inspire educators and communities to do better.”
Consider La Cañada High School a role model.
LCHS maintained its status among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking, which measures performance on state-required tests and how well schools prepare students for college. In the list released last month (using data from 2015-16) LCHS checked in No. 39 in the state and No. 249 in the nation. Continue reading “LCHS Achieves Standout Ranking in State, Nation”

LCHS Class of 2018 Is College Bound

Brent Kuszyk

By Brent Kuszyk
Special to The Outlook

One of the true highlights of serving on the LCUSD Governing Board is having the privilege of distributing diplomas to our graduating seniors each spring at graduation. Their sense of optimism and excitement is contagious.
The future looks very bright for our class of 2018 graduating seniors. This year our students will be disseminating around the country to 33 states as well as to South Korea and the United Kingdom. Of the 322 who reported matriculating to a college 202 (63%) will be attending institutions in the state of California. The second most popular destination is the state of Washington with 13 students headed to our northern neighbor. Among the students who will be attending two-year schools, Pasadena City College is the most common destination with 60 students. Continue reading “LCHS Class of 2018 Is College Bound”

Leininger Honored for Service to City

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Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and educator Mike Leininger encouraged his audience to find ways to give back as he was recognized by the Noon Kiwanis Club as La Cañadan of the Year on Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.

Mike Leininger challenged the 110 people who came to lunch Wednesday, including grandsons Jeff and Johnny, to get involved in their community, citing a saying he learned as a coach at Bellflower High School: “What you do will speak so loudly,” he said, “I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”
Leininger’s actions since moving to La Cañada Flintridge 30 years ago this month with his family have spoken volumes. Several accounts were shared by fellow community leaders during the Noon Kiwanis Club of La Cañada’s annual La Cañadan of the Year recognition luncheon at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
For 26 years, Leininger was a member of the La Cañada Unified School District, moving up the ranks as a La Cañada High School assistant principal, principal and then as LCUSD assistant superintendent. He earned his doctorate of education from the University of La Verne during that span and was known for hosting homecoming float building sessions in his front yard.
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LCHS Students Walk Out, Observe Columbine Massacre

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Senior Ethan Crane rallies fellow La Cañada High School students last Friday for a walkout in observance of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

About 30 La Cañada High School students joined their peers nationwide on Friday in staging a walkout from school in observance of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School.
The group marched from LCHS starting at 10 a.m. Friday to Memorial Park, where congregants of La Cañada Congregational Church met them with sandwiches, snacks, refreshments and, perhaps most importantly, support. The walkout was a follow-up to nationwide observances at schools on March 14, a month after 17 students and adults were killed during a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Continue reading “LCHS Students Walk Out, Observe Columbine Massacre”

JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering

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Pinky Brandeau and Emily Sleeper were part of the “Skyentists” team, along with David Getzen, which participated in last week’s “final launch” at the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Thirty-five imaginative La Cañada High School students used a variety of contraptions, from bungee cords to hand cranks, to launch a variety of projectiles such as tennis balls, sponges and shoeboxes, skyward on Friday in the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
For the fifth year, LCHS students participated in the JPL Space Academy, an extracurricular program held in the fall that offers participants a real-world experience requiring them to work on their engineering skills — as well as business, communication and collaboration abilities. Continue reading “JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering”

Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the  La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
School starts at 8:30 a.m. on the
La Cañada High School campus this year, 45 minutes later than before. The change was made in an effort to give adolescent students more time to sleep.

Jimmie Myers said he believes students in his zero period orchestra class are benefiting from the extra shuteye they’re getting this school year.
How can he tell?
“They laugh at more of my jokes,” he said.
Spurred by research even more scientific than Myers’ methodology, La Cañada Unified School District opted to start the school day later this year so the adolescents attending La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 have an opportunity to get more valuable sleep. Continue reading “Later Start Reviews Mixed; More Sleep, Less Time”

LCHS Sports Medicine Team Takes 2nd Place

La Cañada High School’s star sports medicine students shone again recently, finishing second in the large schools team division at the 17th annual St. Francis High School Regional Sports Medicine Competition.
Thirty-nine young Spartan trainers participated, alongside representatives of 40 schools from Kansas, Washington and California. They all were tested on a variety of sports-medicine related topics, focusing this year on the lower leg, ankle and foot.
Three LCHS students also were awarded individual medals in the Rookie Division, with Nyree Khachikyan taking second place, Abbey Frederich third and Aiden Phillips fourth. Continue reading “LCHS Sports Medicine Team Takes 2nd Place”