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By Erna Taylor-Stark | July 5, 2007
La Cañada High School was host last week to a delegation of 30 high school teachers from India and Pakistan. The group is a part of an educational program through UCLA and partnered with the State Department to bring teachers from other countries that wish to understand how schools in the United States work. This particular group are English teachers that have come from all areas and disparate economic levels to share their thoughts and learn from the standards here in the U.S. Schools in India and Pakistan have a very different structure from schools in the U.S. and other countries, including the fact that the school director will sometimes teach in the classroom as well as doing administrative duties, one participant explained.
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November 30, 2006
In October, key staff of the Child Educational Center (CEC), led by founding directors Elyssa Nelson and Eric Nelson, joined over 250 early childhood educators, community planners, playground designers, environmental educators and conservationists from around the world to discuss developmentally appropriate nature education for young children. The event, whose chief organizers included the CEC, the National Arbor Day Foundation, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the World Forum on Early Care and Education, took place at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska, an appropriate setting for the attendees who are trying to promote a world-wide movement to help parents, educators, communities and policy makers understand the vital role nature plays in children's overall health and well-being.
FEATURES
April 20, 2006
A workshop entitled "Need Answers to ADD/ADHD?," a free workshop for parents, educators and others who are concerned with their or other children's education and future well-being, will be offered Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roger Barkley Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. The free workshop is geared for parents and educators to want to learn more about ADD and ADHD. Among the questions to be explored are: How is ADD/ADHD diagnosed?; What is the current status of medical research on ADD/ADHD?
FEATURES
January 18, 2007
Monday, Feb. 5, the Glendale-Foothill Division of the California Retired Teachers' Association will have their luncheon meeting at the Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch follows at noon. The cost is $11 and reservations can be made at 841-1460. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, Feb. 1. All retired educators and administrators are welcomed. The program includes Linda Jonge, head of public information for the Glendale Unified School District, presenting a 125-year history of the GUSD.
FEATURES
May 25, 2006
The Glendale-Foothill Division of the California Retired Teachers' Association will have their June luncheon meeting on June 5 at the Elks Lodge, 120 E.Colorado St., Glendale. Social time begins at 11:30 and lunch follows at noon. The cost is $11, and reservations can be made at 841-1460. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, June 1. All retired educators and administrators are welcomed. The program will be dedicated to the new scholarship recipients. Scholarships will go to four current graduates of Glendale Community College who will attend four-year universities beginning this fall.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | August 2, 2007
As the state of California continued to function without a budget, educators were preparing this week to begin the school year without knowing how much money they will have to spend on programs. "We have a session scheduled for 6 p.m.," said Senator Jack Scott said Wednesday afternoon. "I am told there will be a vote. I am hopeful this will settle the impasse." The vote was not conducted as of press deadline. The wait has been difficult for the La Cañada Unified School District and other districts.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | November 23, 2011
Something has been nagging us in our newsroom for the past several weeks as the controversy unfolded involving the La Cañada High School math teacher accused of uttering at least one ethnic slur, and engaging in other questionable teaching practices, unfolded, for some years. Since the story broke, we've heard loudly from parents and students who know the teacher, Gabrielle Leko. She has received words of support from some and castigation from others. But there's been a deafening silence from district teachers and administrators, regardless of how many times our reporters have reached out. And not just on this issue, but on just about any other school-related matter that has reared its head.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
Parents would be better off accepting that their kids will experiment with drugs and instead focus their efforts on educating them about the real consequences of substance abuse, a local pediatrician told parents at a forum held in City Hall Thursday night. For the past 30 years, parents, educators and law enforcement officials have been telling kids to “just say no” to drugs, but according to Dr. Leonard “Skip” Baker, that approach is destined to fail. Baker, a founding member of the Community Prevention Council and the founder of the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, said during the “Hidden in Plain Sight” forum that the last decade has seen breakthroughs in scientific understanding of how substance abuse and addiction function.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2011
In the award-winning documentary, “In 500 Words or Less,” cameras follow four high school seniors and their families as they spend their final year together navigating the college admission process. The La Cañada Thursday Club will screen this movie at its clubhouse at 4440 Woodleigh Lane at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. “'In 500 Words or Less' is an informative and entertaining film which casts light and humor on a stress-filled and important stage of life,” said Thursday Club President Judy Cooper, whose youngest child recently graduated from high school.
FEATURES
By Megan O’Neil | November 19, 2009
Students at the city’s three public elementary schools laced up their tennis shoes on Friday and raised $152,000 during the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s 12th annual jog-a-thon event. The jog-a-thon took place simultaneously at La Cañada Elementary School, Palm Crest Elementary School and Paradise Canyon Elementary School during school hours. Craig Miller, chair of the jog-a-thon, said that students get parents, family and friends to pledge donations at either a set amount, or per lap completed.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District is in the process of examining the way it provides special education resources for more than 400 students, and wants to hear what parents have to say. In an open meeting held Thursday, April 24, the district invited parents of special education students to give their input on services provided and share their experiences navigating those services. The idea, said consultant Bob Farran, was to find out what could be improved upon and how. "Our goal here is to listen and to learn, to get some input and to help the district refine their approach," Farran addressed the small crowd of parents.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
Community members are asked to nominate outstanding La Cañada Unified School District educators for consideration for the Rose Harrington Educator of the Year Award offered by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation's Endowment Fund. Nominations are due by May 12. The annual award, which comes with a cash prize, was established in 2002 by a bequest made from the estate of local resident Rose Harrington, who herself was an educator. This is the first time since its inception that nominations have been open to the public.
COMMUNITY
April 23, 2014
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money each year for La Cañada's public schools, begins its spring phone campaign next week. Volunteers will be operating in space offered by Dilbeck Real Estate. Community members are encouraged to continue donations of $2,500 per family. Specifically, the foundation plans to earmark funds to reduce class sizes in grades 4-6; further reduce class sizes in ninth-grade English and math; revitalize La Cañada Unified School District campuses, fields and facilities; expand course offerings and complete technological upgrades.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
La Cañada High School was recently recognized by the National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of 96 schools in the nation that set the bar for offering students access to a comprehensive music education program. It was announced late last month that the school will receive a 2014 SupportMusic Merit Award, part of the annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Program, which also recognizes school districts. "These schools and districts make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child," Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation executive director, said in a statement.
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By Michael Bruer | March 19, 2014
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation raised about $500,000 while entertaining hundreds of guests Saturday at its annual spring gala. Community supporters turned out in force at the event, held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. There they bid on auction items that included everything from gardening help and floor seats to a Justin Timberlake concert, tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show and iTunes gift cards. Sold out more than a week ahead of time, the event, themed “The Big Easy,” was complete with New Orleans-style band and a few funky outfits.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Hair today, gone tomorrow - that was the case for five teachers and 15 students at La Cañada High School Monday afternoon, who went under the razor for a worthy cause. Members of the Bridge Program, an on-campus peer counseling group, held a head-shaving event to raise funds for pediatric cancer research through the nonprofit St. Baldrick's Foundation. PHOTOS: St. Baldrick's Day head-shaving at La Cañada High School In front of the North gym, students set up four chairs on a white drop cloth, each with its own electric razor.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
For those not content to wait on the world to change, La Cañada High School offered an alternative Sunday afternoon, when a panel of students shared their ideas, experiences and visions for a happier, more connected world in a TEDx event that was recorded and will be broadcast online. The topics presented by 14 student speakers ranged widely - from the importance of arts education to connecting with other cultures through global sports to building relationships with broader social groups - in tone and format.
COMMUNITY
February 13, 2014
The 35th anniversary celebration for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education program will take place Friday, Feb. 28 at NOOR in downtown Pasadena. The evening gets underway at 6 p.m. Serving as emcees are Chris Erskine and Chuck Osburn. The gala's honorees are Annie Latta Krach, Gail Hanson and Claudia Zentmyer, the trio who founded the program. They will be given the 2014 Shining Star awards. “These ladies had a vision, they had persistence, and they had God whispering in their ears - obviously a great combination for a winning idea that has stood the test of time.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 8, 2014
Courtney Brockmeyer wants to make a difference, one backpack and one child at a time. The former Nestle executive quit her six-figure job on May 31 to start a company named Sydney Paige Inc. that, not unlike Toms Shoes or Patagonia, gives back to its customers. The idea is simple. Buy a Sydney Paige backpack for $40 to $60 and Brockmeyer's company will donate a similar backpack filled with school supplies to a needy child. The business model hasn't made all that much money since the La Cañada Flintridge mother of two began her company in December.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 10, 2013
The crowd erupts in cheers as a Trojan warrior parades a white horse down Foothill Boulevard. “It's Traveler!” shouts a woman, who dashes into the street for a photo with the University of Southern California mascot. GRAPHIC: La Canada's Trojan logo inspired by USC Sounds of excitement ripple like a wave down the boulevard during the city's annual Fiesta Days celebration in May, a showing of community pride in which the horse and its rider are the biggest stars.
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