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March 21, 2012
Last week the school board issued a statement regarding the La Cañada district's financial future. That statement followed board action approving the budget for next year, which reflects a cut of $400 per student from the state, loss of federal stimulus funds, the release of 19 teachers, and the draw-down of $2.3 million in reserves to cover the amount by which expenses are projected to exceed revenue. Realistically, the only option available to us for the upcoming year is to rely on financial support from the community that would allow reinstatement of the teachers let go, in order to maintain class size at about current levels.
NEWS
September 14, 2012
We all have a lot invested in La Cañada schools - students and parents, certainly, but also alumni, law enforcement officers, real estate agents and the city as a whole. That's why it's refreshing to see the La Cañada Unified School District take on the challenge of seeking meaningful local feedback on its performance. This spring's survey of students, parents, teachers and staffers drew thousands of responses and provide a detailed snapshot of how the district is doing. The results were released on Sept.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
Re: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's master plan for improving the campus . I have lived in La Cañada for 44 years and have been involved in La Cañada public schools and realize that updating curriculum, buildings, etc., is essential no matter public or private. The quality of the kids' education is what matters. Here in La Cañada there are many examples of updating school facilities. Paradise Canyon Elementary School added a new building about three years ago. St. Bede's added a new building in the past decade.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 30, 2013
A variety of security changes, including the installation of fences and interior door locks, could be implemented at La Cañada Unified School District campuses. The school board presented the possible security additions on Tuesday night and made plans to study the cost of going forward with the measures. Orange County-based T. Davis & Associates conducted a security audit on January 30. Findings were released to the district in March, but officials did not release them to the public, citing security reasons.
NEWS
By Todd Andrews | April 27, 2011
I have attended several La Cañada social events recently. Invariably, cocktail and dinner chatter has included spirited discussions about our local schools in general, and class size and school funding in particular. And while there are differing opinions about specific issues, such as the trade-offs associated with permit students, there is a shared sense of frustration. The fundamental issues facing our blue-ribbon school district are the erosion of funding caused by our state budget issues and shrinking enrollment.
NEWS
January 16, 2013
Regarding the front page article, “District aims to boost security,” Jan. 10, I am reminded of the frequently heard airline cabin announcement on arrival of a flight, “Welcome to Los Angeles. The safest part of your journey is now over; drive safely.” That message is as true for going to school as it is for flying: more children (and their parents) are killed or injured in car accidents going to and from school than are involved in mass killings in schools. Let's not get all wrought up over what turns out to be a minuscule risk.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
What a stellar year it has been for our La Cañada Unified School District: Girls CIF Softball Champions (again!), the “Hello, Dolly!” and “Dear Edwina” productions, a top rating for our high school in two national magazines, smaller class sizes, an L.A. County Spelling Bee champion (from Palm Crest Elementary) and improved API scores, among many other exciting things. It has truly been an honor for me to represent the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation as president this past year.
NEWS
By Wendy Sinnette | November 14, 2012
The dust continues to settle given the results of last week's election. The passage of Proposition 30 brings some measure of immediate relief to school districts throughout California, but it also creates an unprecedented urgency for pervasive communication and messaging from local districts - because the financial problems facing our schools have only been mitigated, not eliminated. No new funds for La Cañada schools The marketing campaign from Sacramento associated with Proposition 30 was oversold to the public.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
LCHS shines in report’s national rankings La Cañada High School is the top performing open-enrollment high school in Southern California, according to recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings. Open-enrollment schools are defined as schools that educate any student who lives within district boundaries as long as those students meet basic eligibility requirements. The category excludes charter schools or schools that have specific admissions requirements.
FEATURES
November 5, 2009
Students attending all three of La Cañada’s public elementary schools are getting ready for the annual La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Jog-A-Thon on Friday, Nov. 13. It is one of several fundraisers held throughout the year by the LCFEF to help pay for important programs in the schools. Last year, the students’ efforts raised $150,000. The LCFEF Jog-A-Thon takes place at school during physical education time, involving all students who choose to participate.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
Students of La Cañada Elementary School were treated to a special spirit rally Friday, when Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) made an on-campus appearance to congratulate them on being named a National Blue Ribbon School. In November, school administrators traveled to the nation's capitol to receive an award during a recognition ceremony. Friday's event was a schoolwide celebration of the honor. Schiff presented the school with a flag he had flown over the Capitol in honor of the achievement, and spoke with students about the excellence they - and the school - had demonstrated.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District officials examined their field trip supervision guidelines Tuesday night after learning that more than one student participating in La Cañada High School's annual trip to Yosemite National Park in February was caught in possession of marijuana. Discussion on the matter arose during a first reading item of the details of next year's trip, planned for February 2015, during which 46 students will explore parts of the park through the science education program Nature Bridge.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
On Tuesday morning, while their fellow schoolmates played outside during recess, a class of Palm Crest Elementary School first-graders was engaged in a different sort of play. They were playing with iPads - frolicking through desktop apps that allowed them to squash bugs, recycle cans and solve mazes with the simple tap and swipe of a fingertip - in the school's newly opened iPad Learning Lab. That lab is one of three built at La Cañada Unified's elementary schools with funding from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.
NEWS
By Joe Puglia | March 26, 2014
I enjoy the La Cañada High School open house. It's a chance to hang with my buddies Bill Decker, Mike Riley and David Vaughn. All we need is a bottle of Jack Daniels, a few cigars, and we'd be in hog heaven. This year I was more serious. I didn't want to embarrass my wife, Kaitzer, in case she decides to run for president. I thought of “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu: “The plan is useless; but planning is essential.” So I made a plan. I would start at the top and keep on walking till I came to the end. That didn't work, since I didn't have a clue where I was going.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
People often ask me how La Cañada schools do it. The answer has always seemed obvious: No one understands the school/community partnership better than La Cañada. We take very seriously our collective ownership of the education of the city's children, and we demonstrated this - once again - with the successful passage of Measure LC . California's persistent underfunding of public schools is an outrage, and new funding formulas put La Cañada on track to be one of the five lowest-funded districts in California - the 49th lowest funded state in the nation.
NEWS
By Michael Bruer | March 12, 2014
The second interim financial report was approved by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on March 11, with an updated version to be presented at next month's meeting after the results of the March 4 parcel tax election have been certified. The report, created by Diane Clinton, director of Fiscal Services, and Stephen Hodgson, the district's financial consultant, included tweaks to the previous version. A state increase in the teachers' retirement system contribution and public employers' retirement system contribution increase were introduced to the report.
NEWS
By Michael Bruer | March 12, 2014
The Tologs of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy welcomed a graduate of 1937 onto their campus on Wednesday, when Beverly Beesemyer arrived to speak. As a former WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) who flew during World War II, Beesemyer was invited to address students gathered as part of the Suegene Kim Lecture series. PHOTOS: FSHA alum, former WASP, visits alma mater   She told the teens to “be yourself and do what you want to do, and don't ever hesitate going gung-ho for what you desire.
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