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June 6, 2012
Elissa DeAngelo came to La Cañada Elementary School in 2008 for what was supposed to be a six-month stint as principal while the district sought a permanent replacement. Instead, she stayed long enough to finish her 25-year career in school administration. On Monday afternoon more than 60 teachers, staff, parents and children came together to celebrate DeAngelo's retirement with songs, speeches and cake. DeAngelo looked around her and said it was easy to see why she loved her job. “These beautiful children that I had to work with, that is my joy and my mission,” she said.
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October 24, 2012
Ten Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation announced a new program to support local schools: The organization had partnered with a charity service to accept donations of used vehicles. Twenty Years Ago Members of the La Cañada High School Spartan Marching Band were going door-to-door in La Cañada selling Goblin Insurance, which entitled the bearer to swift cleanup of any messes left in their yards by tricksters on Halloween night. Thirty Years Ago The JPL/Caltech Art Fair in October 1982, featuring handcrafted items by employees and their family members, raised funds to benefit the Oak Grove site of the Child Educational Center.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 25, 2013
La Cañada Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon school on Tuesday, the first time it has received the honor. The Blue Ribbon program recognizes public and private schools that perform well or have made a significant improvement. The campus was one of 15 Blue Ribbon schools in the state and 286 in the nation so named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I'm so proud of this prestigious award,” said La Cañada Elementary Principal Christine Castillo. “It's such an honor.” La Cañada Elementary remained tops in the district this year with an Academic Performance Index score of 970 out of a possible 1,000.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 24, 2008
Twelve elementary students will be moving on to the district spelling bee at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the La Cañada district office. Each elementary school conducted spelling bee competitions at their schools last week where four winners from each school were chosen. “One winner will then move on to the [Los Angeles] county competition, then from there to the state,” said Ivette Ellis, principal of La Cañada Elementary. “This is only the third year that the county has done [the competition]
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By Peter Day | September 22, 2012
Newly hired La Cañada Elementary Principal Christine Castillo will go out on maternity leave in mid-December. Susan Kobilarcsik, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the school from 1996 to 2005, will serve as interim principal until Castillo returns. La Cañada Unified School District Supt. Wendy Sinnette shared the news with La Cañada Elementary parents in a Sept. 14 memo. Sinnette wrote that she hopes the transition will prove “smooth and seamless.” Kobilarcsik would have the opportunity to work with Castillo on campus over the next few months, Sinnette added.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | March 7, 2012
La Cañada Unified school board members Tuesday approved the elimination of 18 employee positions while simultaneously outlining plans to restore them with money generated through community fundraising efforts. With member Joel Peterson absent, the board voted 4-0 to lay off one permanent physical education teacher and to released 18 temporary teachers who collectively are filling the equivalent of 16 full-time positions. They also did away with a classified support staff position at La Cañada High School that is currently vacant.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
I think I bring a unique perspective when it comes to endorsing candidates for the upcoming LCUSD school board election. I grew up in La Cañada, attended La Cañada schools K-12, have been teaching at Paradise Canyon Elementary for the past 18 years, have a daughter who attends 7th grade at LCHS, will have a daughter entering kindergarten in 2014, and I am a La Cañada resident. Please join me in supporting Dan Jeffries, Kaitzer Puglia and David Sagal for the LCUSD Governing Board.
COMMUNITY
March 20, 2013
Ten Years Ago The first La Cañada Flintridge All City Track Meet was held in March 2003 on the fields at the St. Francis and La Cañada high school campuses. St. Francis captured the overall competition with a decisive win. Other schools fielding teams were Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada High School orchestra was preparing for its tour of Hawaii during spring break. The 30-member group had been holding fundraising activities to help defray the costs of the trip.
NEWS
By Lauren Oakes | September 7, 2006
Tests, once they have been graded by the teacher, are of no use to the teacher other than to eliminate the need for that teacher to regularly update his tests. Tests should be updated, changed, shuffled and sometimes completely rewritten, regularly. This is part of the teachers' job. But that same test is of enormous value to the student and that student's family in terms of tracking the student's progress, understanding what is being taught and tested in that class, that year, and at what point in the semester(s)
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May 1, 2014
All three of the elementary schools in the La Cañada Unified School District State Schools were named to the California Distinguished Schools for 2014, it was announced Wednesday by State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Palm Crest, La Cañada and Paradise Canyon elementary schools were among the 424 public schools named to the list “ for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” according to a news release. “I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson stated in the release.
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NEWS
October 24, 2013
I think I bring a unique perspective when it comes to endorsing candidates for the upcoming LCUSD school board election. I grew up in La Cañada, attended La Cañada schools K-12, have been teaching at Paradise Canyon Elementary for the past 18 years, have a daughter who attends 7th grade at LCHS, will have a daughter entering kindergarten in 2014, and I am a La Cañada resident. Please join me in supporting Dan Jeffries, Kaitzer Puglia and David Sagal for the LCUSD Governing Board.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 25, 2013
La Cañada Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon school on Tuesday, the first time it has received the honor. The Blue Ribbon program recognizes public and private schools that perform well or have made a significant improvement. The campus was one of 15 Blue Ribbon schools in the state and 286 in the nation so named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I'm so proud of this prestigious award,” said La Cañada Elementary Principal Christine Castillo. “It's such an honor.” La Cañada Elementary remained tops in the district this year with an Academic Performance Index score of 970 out of a possible 1,000.
COMMUNITY
March 20, 2013
Ten Years Ago The first La Cañada Flintridge All City Track Meet was held in March 2003 on the fields at the St. Francis and La Cañada high school campuses. St. Francis captured the overall competition with a decisive win. Other schools fielding teams were Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada High School orchestra was preparing for its tour of Hawaii during spring break. The 30-member group had been holding fundraising activities to help defray the costs of the trip.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Leapin' Lizards! The sixth-grade class from Palm Crest Elementary School will stage the musical "Annie Jr. " at 7 o'clock Thursday night at Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave. PHOTOS: Palm Crest Elementary students perform Annie Based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” this one-act show, written by Thomas Meehan, is rated for audiences of all ages. The music is by Charles Strouse and the lyrics by Martin Charnin. The lead character, Annie, escapes an orphanage and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his personal secretary, Grace Farrell.
COMMUNITY
October 24, 2012
Ten Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation announced a new program to support local schools: The organization had partnered with a charity service to accept donations of used vehicles. Twenty Years Ago Members of the La Cañada High School Spartan Marching Band were going door-to-door in La Cañada selling Goblin Insurance, which entitled the bearer to swift cleanup of any messes left in their yards by tricksters on Halloween night. Thirty Years Ago The JPL/Caltech Art Fair in October 1982, featuring handcrafted items by employees and their family members, raised funds to benefit the Oak Grove site of the Child Educational Center.
NEWS
By Peter Day | September 22, 2012
Newly hired La Cañada Elementary Principal Christine Castillo will go out on maternity leave in mid-December. Susan Kobilarcsik, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the school from 1996 to 2005, will serve as interim principal until Castillo returns. La Cañada Unified School District Supt. Wendy Sinnette shared the news with La Cañada Elementary parents in a Sept. 14 memo. Sinnette wrote that she hopes the transition will prove “smooth and seamless.” Kobilarcsik would have the opportunity to work with Castillo on campus over the next few months, Sinnette added.
NEWS
By Peter Day | September 15, 2012
Palm Crest Elementary School appears to be leading the pack among La Cañada Flintridge public schools. Although all three La Cañada Unified School District elementary schools received high marks in a survey of parents, teachers and students released last week, the campus on Palm Drive received several top scores. Ninety-two percent of parents said Palm Crest creates a caring and supportive environment, compared to 87% at Paradise Canyon and 82% at La Cañada elementary schools.
COMMUNITY
September 5, 2012
Ten Years Ago Four days of triple-digit heat in early September 2002 were blamed for power outages that affected some 200,000 Southern California Edison customers. An Edison spokesman said that La Cañada Flintridge was one of the communities that was especially hit hard by the outages. Twenty Years Ago Church of the Lighted Window announced it would mark the opening of its fall 1992 season with the 16th annual “Launch Day,” which would feature the release of white homing pigeons.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Elissa DeAngelo came to La Cañada Elementary School in 2008 for what was supposed to be a six-month stint as principal while the district sought a permanent replacement. Instead, she stayed long enough to finish her 25-year career in school administration. On Monday afternoon more than 60 teachers, staff, parents and children came together to celebrate DeAngelo's retirement with songs, speeches and cake. DeAngelo looked around her and said it was easy to see why she loved her job. “These beautiful children that I had to work with, that is my joy and my mission,” she said.
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