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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
Some changes are being served up for lunch at Paradise Canyon Elementary. A new lunch-seating policy has been installed at the school. Students sit at a table with their own class for about 15 minutes while they eat lunch. Tables are dismissed for recess once the majority of the students are finished eating and the surrounding area is clear of food or trash. In the beginning of the year, Paradise Canyon's administrators examined the school's strengths and where they could improve.
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November 15, 2007
La Cañada High School   Nov. 16 The Turkey Bowl flag football competition.   Nov. 26 Reflections Projects due   Palm Crest Elementary School   Nov. 8 Pizza Night for the fifth grade at 5 p.m.   Nov. 15 to 16 Volunteers are invited for a “Sandwich Bar” in the cafeteria.   Nov. 16 PTA reflections contest entries due.   Nov. 30 The Spirit Rally will take place on Nov. 30.   Paradise Canyon Elementary School   Nov. 30 The Spirit Rally will begin at 10:15 am.   La Cañada Elementary School   Nov. 15 PTA Pizza Night from 5 to 10 p.m.   Nov. 16 Fifth grade Thanksgiving feast.
NEWS
July 26, 2007
Palm Crest and Paradise Canyon elementary schools, along with La Cañada High School, are the beneficiaries of modernization projects brought about by bond funds approved in 2004. According to a press release issued Wednesday from the La Cañada Unified School District office, 14 classrooms, including three computer labs, are being updated during work now underway on the second and third floor of the "B" Building at La Cañada High School. A proposed 5,000-square-foot multipurpose room set on the playground at the east end of the Paradise Canyon playground is in the planning stages.
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 11, 2007
The pumpkin truck is being prepared as once again the Paradise Canyon Elementary Harvest Festival gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday. The festival includes fun activities including the Pumpkin Patch fundraiser that is sponsored by local Realtor Carey Haynes. Haynes began this pumpkin tradition when her son was in fifth grade. He is now 25 years old. ?[Former PTA president] Char Adams and I decided we would do a harvest festival [at the school],? Haynes said. ?It has just grown every year and is more and more fun.?
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By Megan O’Neil | June 4, 2009
During Open House night May 28 at La Cañada Unified School District’s three elementary schools, it was difficult to tell who was more excited, the teachers, the students, or the parents. “I think that the teachers can’t wait to have the night to happen because they have been preparing and anticipating all this time,” Palm Crest Elementary School principal Anais Wenn said. “Students are truly excited, saying ‘Come come, let me show you what I have done.
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By Elaine La Marr | October 5, 2006
Superintendent Jim Stratton this week reported to the school board on several new curriculum courses that are being taught for the first time at La Cañada High. The courses include a third year Korean language course; Spanish 4; English 3 and 4 in separate classes; AP language and literature and a seventh grade semester speech class in conjunction with a semester of journalism. In addition there is a University of California approved discreet mathematics course and AP computer science JAVA.
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By Chris Sutton | February 17, 2005
"Hola, Señora Parks. Buenas tardes," is what 20 students from La Cañada, Palm Crest and Paradise Canyon elementary schools say as they enter their Spanish class after school every Thursday. For the hour-long class, Spanish is the primary language spoke by both the students and Señora Parks. The class is one of the GATE After School Academic classes available to fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the district. "This is a good opportunity for students to see if they enjoy learning Spanish, before they decide to take it in high school," teacher Analily Parks said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 18, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation is looking to break its own record in this year's Jog-A-Thon. The Foundation raised more than $179,000, a record high, during last year's Jog-A-Thon. This year the organization is setting the bar even higher. It's looking to generate $180,000. "That's obviously a main goal, but the other goal is to have everybody participate," said Tracy Stewart, chairman of the event. "If everyone would participate I'd be very happy. " The Jog-A-Thon, the Foundation's second-largest fundraiser each year behind its spring gala, is staged in two phases.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2007
Ten Years Ago Neighbors of Paradise Canyon area resident Helen Huff were on edge after the 82-year-old Huff was found murdered in the master bedroom of her Gould Avenue home. A manhunt was on for Phillip Jimenez Sifuentes, aka Sha-Ahwa Sebastian Parker, who had been accused in an earlier police report made by Huff of draining $3,000 from her bank account, using her ATM card. Twenty Years Ago The Descanso Gardens Guild was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for 30 years of dedicated service to the gardens.
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By Elaine La Marr | February 1, 2007
Students at Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest Elementary schools are enjoying newly repaved playground surfaces thanks to the La Cañada Unified School District. "Paving came from deferred maintenance projects which were approved by the LCUSD board late last year," said Assistant Superintendent Mike Leininger. "The cost for both projects was $227,000." In addition to new paving at Palm Crest, the school's PTA worked with school and district officials to relocated or purchase new pieces of equipment.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
Among the 14 local students who participated Sunday in La Cañada Unified School District's TEDx event, where students shared their hopes, dreams and ideas with the community, one speaker caught the attention of the audience - 10-year-old Ray Wipfli. The Paradise Canyon Elementary School fifth-grader explained in his talk, "The Game of Life," how a recent trip to Africa helped him realize the power that global sports, like soccer, have to unite people from different backgrounds and cultures.
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COMMUNITY
December 26, 2013
Ten Years Ago La Cañada High School 7/8 students who were interested in planes and flying were attending meetings of a new group on campus, the Aviation Club, which formed in December 2003. Activities included building model planes and learning the ins and outs of how a plane operates. The club adviser was science teacher Tom Traeger, a licensed pilot. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada boys' varsity basketball team got revenge on rival St. Francis and captured the championship of the third annual La Cañada Ticket Palace Holiday Classic.
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November 27, 2013
Nina Lidar, 10-year-old La Cañada resident, first place in the annual Valley Sun Thanksgiving Art Contest with her work executed in colored markers that judges deemed best captured the essence of the overall theme, “Thanksgiving in the United States.” Nina is a student in Mr. Hajek's fifth-grade class at Paradise Canyon Elementary School. Her entry was one of 162 hand-drawn and colored works received by the paper, which saw participation not only from her school, but also from La Cañada and Palm Crest elementary schools.
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February 13, 2013
Most people in our community are familiar with the opportunity provided for the La Cañada Unified School District fifth-graders to go on the Valley Forge/Freedoms Foundation trip. Each year, approximately 250 students from La Cañada, Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest elementary schools attend this major field trip to the East Coast. After 26 years as an administrator in our schools, I added this experience to my list and joined the La Cañada Elementary team with their 85 students and 11 parent chaperons.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011
Paradise Canyon Elementary School parent volunteers Lisa Dick, Christine Chant and Sandi Smith will join teachers Shaun Apffel, Edita Khanlarian and Kathy Selsor in accepting awards for service to their school when the La Cañada PTA Council holds its annual Founders Day ceremony on March 7. The Paradise Canyon honorees were named Friday during special events held on campus.    
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 28, 2011
There wasn't a second of hesitation in Sarah Bhaskaran's voice. In a perfect, intentional rhythm, the sixth-grade Paradise Canyon Elementary student spelled out, "t-e-r-r-a-z-z-o" and it was all over. Sarah, 11, had won the 2011 La Cañada Unified School District Spelling Bee, which was held at the district's Round Building Thursday night. Sarah didn't pause to collect herself before spelling the word, even though she knew it was the deciding factor in who would be crowned the district's spelling-bee champion.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
The California Healthy Kids Survey, released Nov. 16 by the La Cañada Unified School District, shows that generally, La Cañada students are above state-wide student averages when it comes to drug and alcohol use. Among the facts revealed by the survey is that 13% of La Cañada High's seventh graders, 17% of its freshmen and 20% of its juniors reported that they'd been offered, sold or given an illegal drug on school property within the 12...
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 18, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation is looking to break its own record in this year's Jog-A-Thon. The Foundation raised more than $179,000, a record high, during last year's Jog-A-Thon. This year the organization is setting the bar even higher. It's looking to generate $180,000. "That's obviously a main goal, but the other goal is to have everybody participate," said Tracy Stewart, chairman of the event. "If everyone would participate I'd be very happy. " The Jog-A-Thon, the Foundation's second-largest fundraiser each year behind its spring gala, is staged in two phases.
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