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By Mary O'Keefe | July 13, 2006
A display in front of a Rosemont Middle School classroom reads, "Graphing a linear inequality. Graph the inequality as if it were an equation. y=mx+b." Students listened intently as teacher Kimberly Goffredo reviewed homework. At first glance this may look like an average math class, but a closer look reveals a surprising difference — none of these students are bored or daydreaming. In fact, many of them are actually smiling. This is Rosemont's Introduction to Algebra summer class for new seventh graders.
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By Ralph Saenz | August 19, 2004
Results of the California State Test, which were released Monday by the State Department of Education, indicate that students in the La Cañada Unified School District scored above average in most subjects except mathematics statewide. Because they were attending a retreat, district leaders were unavailable for comment at press deadline. The CST scores and the California Achievement Test, which compares the state student scores to those of students on the national level, are part of the state's Standard Testing and Reporting Program (STAR)
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By Peter Day | August 22, 2012
The numbers are in, and they show that La Cañada Flintridge public school students know their math. La Cañada students made significant strides this year in statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting scores, according to figures released by the La Cañada Unified School District this week. The percentage of La Cañada High School students meeting or exceeding state targets jumped from 2% to 15% in every math subject. The biggest increase was in Algebra I, where 93% of high school students now meet or exceed state standards.
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October 19, 2011
It was with great concern that we read the articles in the Sunday Valley Sun and L.A. Times this week regarding the allegations made of La Cañada High School teacher Gabrielle Leko. We both consider Leko to be one of the finest math teachers at LCHS, and we would be extremely disappointed if she was let go. Her consistently excellent teaching paved the way for both of us to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math, in college and after. Since we feel the article published in local papers expressed predominantly negative views, we would like to address the issues of complaint and to share our own good experiences.
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By Ralph Saenz | September 2, 2004
With fall classes just barely underway and students coming to the realization they have to get back to studying again, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday approved its revised budget for the 2004-2005 school year. The board initially had given a first reading to the budget with the expectation that a second reading denoting final approval would take place at the next regular board meeting on Sept. 21. However, John Kramar, interim assistant superintendent in charge of finances, told the board that if it waited until the next meeting, it would violate the state regulation to have the district's revised budget to the Los Angeles County Office Of Education within 45 days after the state budget is approved.
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July 5, 2013
In response to my op-ed column of two weeks ago, LCUSD President Scott Tracy wrote a rebuttal column last week, “ Reasons to reject a charter district .” It is surprising that he is so unfamiliar with charter schools. Charter schools are popping up all across America. Tracy claims that “there is no charter district in the state of California that includes a high school.” This statement might give the impression that there are no charter high schools in our state. There are dozens of charter high schools in California.
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By Mary O'Keefe | March 23, 2006
There was standing-room only in Rosemont Middle School's cafeteria Tuesday night for parents of students preparing for their children's entrances into seventh grade. "That sweet baby you brought home all those years ago is about to go through a transformation," Ann Amrhein, assistant principal at Rosemont, said. Amrhein, Principal Sally Buckley and Assistant Principal Ron Sowers spoke to an audience of parents about the futures of their children and Rosemont. The first part of the meeting concerned gifted and talented education programs at Rosemont.
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By Joe Puglia | November 5, 2009
Part 2 Who is Mr. Kissel? I asked that question in last week’s write. I was tripping around the La Cañada High 7/8 open house trying to make peace with the fact that Sabine had ventured into Huxley’s “Brave New World,” also known as middle school. I felt like Cornel Kurtz in “Apocalypse Now” and, as I searched for where I was supposed to be, I could hear in the back of my mind his admonitions: “The Horror! The Horror!” It turned out that it wasn’t that bad!
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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | August 27, 2009
It has been a busy week for incoming La Cañada High School principal Audra Pittman. Endless stacks of book line the tables and floor of the school?s Information Resource Center, or IRC as it?s known. Construction is taking place, which has forced the school?s administration to relocate its offices to the IRC. And students were coming in droves Wednesday morning and into the afternoon with paper slips and forms of all kinds, either waiting to be approved, signed, confirmed or looked at by various faculty and staff.
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By Susan Boyd | February 21, 2008
With all of the doom and gloom we have been hearing regarding the governor’s proposed budget cuts and how that is going to affect education, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight some of the positive and exciting programs and achievements happening in our schools. Did you know that two of our La Cañada High School science teachers applied to JPL and were awarded a grant to support students working on robotics? Along with the funding they received, these students are now working with advisors from JPL and Caltech and believe they are going to win the robotics competition in which they will be competing.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 27, 2014
Things just added up perfectly earlier this month when four members of La Cañada High School's Math Team competed and won the top spot at the 27th annual High School Mathematics Competition at Santa Barbara's Westmont College. The Feb. 8 event was designed to test teens' math chops in a wide range of competitions, from a Chalk Talk Derby on the subject of cubics to a written examination. The LCHS team - comprising sophomores William Fu and Colin Um and freshmen Albert Zhai and Daniel Oh - was all geared up to go when they hit a bit of a stumbling block.
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July 5, 2013
In response to my op-ed column of two weeks ago, LCUSD President Scott Tracy wrote a rebuttal column last week, “ Reasons to reject a charter district .” It is surprising that he is so unfamiliar with charter schools. Charter schools are popping up all across America. Tracy claims that “there is no charter district in the state of California that includes a high school.” This statement might give the impression that there are no charter high schools in our state. There are dozens of charter high schools in California.
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By Peter Day | November 2, 2012
It used to be that just when things got interesting inside the classroom at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, the bell would ring. But students and teachers at the 80-year-old school on the hill say a new schedule put in place this year is opening up the learning process. Sacred Heart has moved to a block-schedule program. Instead of six daily 50-minute classes, the new schedule features a rotation of four 80-minute classes Tuesday through Friday. On Mondays, students at the private, all-girls Catholic school attend all seven of their classes for 50 minutes.
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By Peter Day | August 22, 2012
The numbers are in, and they show that La Cañada Flintridge public school students know their math. La Cañada students made significant strides this year in statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting scores, according to figures released by the La Cañada Unified School District this week. The percentage of La Cañada High School students meeting or exceeding state targets jumped from 2% to 15% in every math subject. The biggest increase was in Algebra I, where 93% of high school students now meet or exceed state standards.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 7, 2012
After meeting four separate times behind closed doors, district officials voted unanimously Tuesday to start the process of firing Gabrielle Leko, the La Cañada High School math teacher accused of making ethnic slurs and other derogatory comments to students in her classroom. Formal dismissal proceedings, however, will not begin until Feb. 27, giving the district and the embattled educator time to consider other options. Following the Tuesday vote, school board President Scott Tracy said this could include an agreement for Leko to leave at the end of the school year.
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December 20, 2011
La Cañada Unified School District is advertising an upper-level math position to begin after the holidays, La Cañada Patch reported Wednesday. It was unclear whether or not the job positing was related to Gabrielle Leko's possible dismissal from her job as a math teacher at La Canada High School. Leko is accused of addressing a student as “Jew boy,” among other offenses. As a result of a formal complaint against her, Gabrielle Leko was directed last month to undergo sensitivity and diversity training.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 7, 2011
La Cañada Unified officials admitted during a meeting Tuesday that mistakes were made last year in the handling of complaints against a local math teacher, and promised to sharpen district policies to better address future concerns. The comments came during a presentation on the district's public complaint procedure, requested by members of the community rankled by what they described as a failure by administrators to take past issues seriously. Supt. Wendy Sinnette and outgoing school board President Susan Boyd told audience members that they were legally barred from commenting on the specifics of the complaint against Gabrielle Leko, who was accused of addressing a ninth-grade geometry student as “Jew boy,” among other offenses.
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By Joe Puglia | November 23, 2011
I have a penchant for good literature. It's not only the story that's appealing, it's the opportunity to transcend time and live through history. When I'm reading, my mind allows me to enter past dimensions and speculate who I would be and how I would react. I've seen myself as a Spartan at Thermopylae and as a patriot with George Washington. Good literature takes us into the world of the story. However, there's one literary world that I have refused to enter. The place is near Boston; the setting is circa 1650, and the story is “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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October 19, 2011
It was with great concern that we read the articles in the Sunday Valley Sun and L.A. Times this week regarding the allegations made of La Cañada High School teacher Gabrielle Leko. We both consider Leko to be one of the finest math teachers at LCHS, and we would be extremely disappointed if she was let go. Her consistently excellent teaching paved the way for both of us to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math, in college and after. Since we feel the article published in local papers expressed predominantly negative views, we would like to address the issues of complaint and to share our own good experiences.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 19, 2011
A complaint filed against a local high school math teacher has sent shock waves through La Cañada Flintridge, with some students rallying in her defense and all four school board candidates criticizing the public nature of the accusation. La Cañada school board member Cindy Wilcox filed a formal complaint in June alleging that La Cañada High School math teacher Gabrielle Leko addressed a ninth-grade geometry student as “Jew boy,” and that she regularly discriminated against female students, among other offenses.
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