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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 19, 2012
La Cañada High School students had a short and sweet school day Monday, as a power outage prompted administrators to turn students loose at 11 a.m. A nearby transformer failed at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to Southern California Edison, knocking out power to the school and more than 1,200 other customers. Power to all customers except one returned by 11 a.m. Monday. Electricity was restored to the last customer, a residence, at around 9 p.m. La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat said the power outage made life difficult in myriad ways, prompting the decision to go to a shortened schedule.
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September 27, 2007
Openings in Assistance League of Flintridge Fine Arts Academy Instrumental Music Program are still available for students enrolled in La Cañada Unified School District elementary schools grades four through six. Classes in beginning brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments, as well as orchestra and concert band are scheduled before and after school hours at local elementary schools. For more information, call (818) 790-1328, e-mail alfmusic@sbcglobal.net or visit www.alflintridge.
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By Susan Stefun | September 11, 2008
La Cañada High School Principal Damon Dragos answered school board members? questions Tuesday night regarding the Student/Teacher Enrichment Program (STEP), which will be introduced at LCHS during the second quarter of the current school year. The enriched focus instruction period will be part of the regular school day and will draw three-to-four minutes from instructional periods and one minute from passing periods. Dragos said students may choose from a number of enrichment offerings such as calligraphy, instrumental music focus and essay writing assistance.
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August 23, 2007
Ten Years Ago In honor of the centennial anniversary of the Church of the Lighted Window, the Rev. Philip Longfellow Anderson officiated at the renewal of wedding vows for couples who had been married at the church. More than 70 couples, young and old, took advantage of the offer to repeat “I do” in the historic setting. Twenty Years Ago A search consultant was hired to find a replacement for the longtime superintendent of La Cañada Unified School District, Donald Ziehl, who was poised to retire in September 1988.
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By Ron Dietel | August 6, 2009
As a former La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member and president, I am pleased that we will have a governing board election this fall. The foundation of a democracy, elections help to bring important issues to light that might otherwise be overlooked. One of those issues is the LCHS STEP program. Last fall, STEP (Special Interest Enrichment and Academic Support) created mini-classes like Hearts (the card game), Needle Work, Ultimate Frisbee and Culinary Prep.
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May 19, 2004
Drunk driving kills. This realities of this fact will be driven home today (Thursday, May 20) at La Cañada High School with "Every 15 Minutes." This program on drunk driving will involve the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, CHP, Coroner's Department and the high school. Just before 10 a.m. a horrific car collision will be simulated in front of the high school. Student volunteers will represent victims of the collision, including a fatality. Emergency response units from the Fire Department, Sheriff's Department and the Highway Patrol will speed to the site.
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By mary o’keefe | January 31, 2008
Two separate incidents on Friday at La Cañada High School left three students facing legal and district disciplinary procedures. The first incident occurred during school hours and involved a 16-year-old student who allegedly brought marijuana on campus. According to a Crescenta Valley Sheriff report, school security reported that she was contacted by a teacher who found a plastic bag containing what looked like marijuana under a student?s chair in a classroom. Deputies located the student on campus and found another plastic bag, containing a similar substance, in his pocket.
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By Michael Bruer | February 19, 2014
Following up on state requirements, La Cañada High School has updated its campus safety plan, according to a report given to the school board Tuesday by Assistant Principal Jarrett Gold. The components of the plan, approved by the School Site Council in January, include assessment of the current status of the school or school-related crimes; child abuse reporting procedures; disaster procedure, routine and emergency; policies related to suspensions and expulsions; sexual harassment policy; provisions for safe ingress and egress to and from school; and hate crime reporting procedures, among other items.
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By Mary O’Keefe | August 28, 2008
La Cañada elementary age students at some schools will notice an obvious change while others will see more subtle ones. The most obvious will be at Palm Crest Elementary, where the construction of a new multi-purpose room is well underway. ?It is to be completed by next year,? said Principal Anais Wenn. With its completion, the school will change its lunch schedule from three lunch times to two. ?Our Spanish program will be changing too,? Wenn said. ?We will have one Spanish teacher, Mary Ellen Walker, who will teach at all three elementary schools.
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By Michael Bruer | February 19, 2014
Following up on state requirements, La Cañada High School has updated its campus safety plan, according to a report given to the school board Tuesday by Assistant Principal Jarrett Gold. The components of the plan, approved by the School Site Council in January, include assessment of the current status of the school or school-related crimes; child abuse reporting procedures; disaster procedure, routine and emergency; policies related to suspensions and expulsions; sexual harassment policy; provisions for safe ingress and egress to and from school; and hate crime reporting procedures, among other items.
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By Michael Bruer | January 15, 2014
Plans to renovate Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy that have met with considerable resistance from neighbors remain in limbo while the city continues to prepare an environmental impact report for the extensive project. Although environmental scoping meetings to gather public input were held a year ago, the report is not expected to be released until March, according to Fred Buss, senior planner for the city. “We have the application in, we have studied the specific plans. [Flintridge Sacred Heart]
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 19, 2012
La Cañada High School students had a short and sweet school day Monday, as a power outage prompted administrators to turn students loose at 11 a.m. A nearby transformer failed at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to Southern California Edison, knocking out power to the school and more than 1,200 other customers. Power to all customers except one returned by 11 a.m. Monday. Electricity was restored to the last customer, a residence, at around 9 p.m. La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat said the power outage made life difficult in myriad ways, prompting the decision to go to a shortened schedule.
NEWS
October 5, 2011
Yesterday I was forwarded an email by LCUSD Supt. Wendy Sinnette in which she called our teaching staff's activities on the first pupil-free collaboration day “highly productive.” I am a working parent and I had to take the day off. During the day our children went to the library, where we were greeted by other parents. In the afternoon some of the neighborhood kids went to the movies. Do you think children between the ages of 9-12 learn more from watching a movie or from having an in-school day with an hour of math, science, history and English?
NEWS
September 7, 2011
It was a great year for La Cañada schools. What is next? We can certainly be proud of our schools and last year's academic results. The teachers did a great job, and they can give themselves a well deserved pat on the back. With elections coming up, there may be some changes on the school board, and hopefully we may get an even better board. They will face some significant challenges that must be overcome if we are to have another great academic year. I understand that the four additional student-free days for the teachers this new school year is part of the contract with the teachers union.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
A group of La Cañada Unified parents spent Sunday evening in Memorial Park asking Music in the Park concert attendees to sign a petition asking the school board to rescind its decision to eliminate four days of school next year. The move to increase the district teacher’s pupil-free days from three to seven for 2011-12 came out of the district’s contract negotiations with the La Cañada Teachers Association in February. A handful of minutes were added on to each school day to account for the missed days.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
Teachers in La Cañada Unified could receive four pupil-free days next year for professional development and collaboration next year if the school board approves a recommendation that first appeared on its agenda Tuesday. A final decision is expected May 31. The recommendation for providing teachers with four pupil-free days came out of negotiations between the district and La Cañada Teacher’s Association. Both parties agreed to increasing the length of the school day in the district by a few minutes to account for the missed instructional time created by the pupil-free days.
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By Ron Dietel | August 6, 2009
As a former La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member and president, I am pleased that we will have a governing board election this fall. The foundation of a democracy, elections help to bring important issues to light that might otherwise be overlooked. One of those issues is the LCHS STEP program. Last fall, STEP (Special Interest Enrichment and Academic Support) created mini-classes like Hearts (the card game), Needle Work, Ultimate Frisbee and Culinary Prep.
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By Susan Stefun | September 11, 2008
La Cañada High School Principal Damon Dragos answered school board members? questions Tuesday night regarding the Student/Teacher Enrichment Program (STEP), which will be introduced at LCHS during the second quarter of the current school year. The enriched focus instruction period will be part of the regular school day and will draw three-to-four minutes from instructional periods and one minute from passing periods. Dragos said students may choose from a number of enrichment offerings such as calligraphy, instrumental music focus and essay writing assistance.
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By Joe Puglia | September 4, 2008
In a completely rational society teachers would have the most acclaim and be afforded the most reward; the future of the world sits in their classrooms. “You’re the wind beneath my wings,” most assuredly reflects the influence of a teacher. Teaching is an art. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It is not histrionics nor melodramatic delivery, but rather a moral investment of concern, of loving delight and pathos in exposing one’s consciousness to the full horrific and magnificent implications of the very possibility and potential of teaching.
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