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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation unanimously voted to continue with its plan to host a summer school program Thursday night, despite the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board's decision not to set a standard for instructional minutes until 2012 on Jan. 11. The Educational Foundation began researching the possibility of starting a fee-based summer school program for high school students more than a year ago. The Foundation...
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
Legal concerns were raised Tuesday by the La Cañada Teachers Association as the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation took another step in the process of stepping in as operator of the summer-school program at La Cañada High School. The foundation's summer-school program would replace the district's program, which was eliminated for summer 2011 to save the district $85,000. Foundation officials attended the school-board meeting to present a one-year contract that would allow the foundation to use district facilities and educational materials for the summer program.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
The La Cañada Unified School District isn’t running a summer school program this year, but La Cañada students are still taking summer classes at LCUSD campuses, Paradise Canyon Elementary and La Cañada High School, thanks to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation and Assistance League of Flintridge. La Cañada Unified eliminated its summer school program for high school students last July, a move that saves the district $87,405 annually. The Educational Foundation stepped up to provide a summer-school program to La Cañada residents, much like the Assistance League of Flintridge did 33 years ago. The Assistance League’s summer school program, which offers 80 classes to about 700 students, began Monday.
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October 21, 2010
On Sept. 30, an article titled "Teachers challenge summer school," was published stating that the La Cañada Teachers Association is blocking the efforts of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation to host a summer school program at La Cañada High School. As a teacher in this district, I am a member of this union. However, I had no idea that this action had been taken. I was dismayed to see this, particularly in the economic climate in the state of California. Our administrative team and elected school board have been fiscally responsible while giving the teachers here a supportive, quality environment in which to work.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
Faced with parents who are up in arms over a proposal that La Cañada High School's standard of 6,960 instructional minutes per summer-school class be applied to non-district summer schools, the school board Tuesday tabled a decision on the recommendation. Of particular concern to some parents is the fact that if the district requires 6,960 instructional minutes per summer-school class taken off campus — the same number of minutes currently met at La Cañada High School — courses taken at Hillside School and Learning Center, which each amount to 3,480 instructional minutes, will not be accepted at LCHS.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 27, 2012
La Cañada schools are setting a new policy for accepting summer school credits from non-district programs, ending more than a year of discussion and controversy. La Cañada Unified School District officials this month unveiled a proposal to allow students to apply credits from programs approved by the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges. WASC is one of six commissions around the nation that sets standards for schools, junior colleges and universities. La Cañada school officials have spent more than a year trying to establish minimum standards for accepting academic credit from agencies outside the district, arguing that they need to preserve the integrity of the La Cañada High School transcript.
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By Chris Sutton | August 5, 2004
Eight hundred smiling students exited their classrooms at La Cañada High School and La Cañada Elementary School, carrying projects they completed, saying good-bye to their teachers, as summer school ended Friday. Nika Mabson, incoming seventh grader said, "I signed up late for summer school, so I only took two classes, sculpture and comedy club. They were fun classes. I wanted to go, so I would know where everything was when I start in September. I have been to summer school before, but this was the best.
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By Bianca P. Gallegos | July 20, 2006
Mixed water colors and gold tempera paint keeps La Cañada children's creative minds occupied. "Summer school is great. The kids get to take elective classes they like every day of the week that they normally would not be able to do during the normal school year," said art teacher Mary Cashen of the second and third grade students in class who created Pablo Picasso-inspired paintings this week. Art allows students improve their motor skills which in turn helps with improving their handwriting, Cashen said.
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July 19, 2007
Slightly more than 600 students arrived on the premises of La Cañada Elementary School and La Cañada High School three weeks ago to begin summer enrichment classes offered by Assistance League of Flintridge. This summer's sessions mark the 29th year that the League has developed and administered the program, which includes new classes in pottery, jazz improvisation, the world of Harry Potter and Frisbee golf. The annual summer school program is the League's largest philanthropic community project, requiring hundreds of volunteer hours and many different skills to bring the program to fruition, according to ALF member Linda Johnson.
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October 18, 2013
Our La Cañada public school district allows its employees - teachers - to teach classes at other non-LCUSD schools during the summer, and tutor students when not enrolled in their classes. These classes are sometimes ones that are offered at LCUSD, though not necessarily in the summer. However, summer school courses can be a full substitute for regular school-year courses. The school board, and the community, has never had an issue with this because it is legal and allowed under policy, and it has helped many students over the years.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
LA CAÑADA - It never gets old for Tom Hofman to teach the young. For the past 28 summers, Hofman, a successful boys' basketball coach at La Cañada High, has made the most of reeling in participants to the annual Spartan Basketball Camp to teach the finer points of the game. It's left him young at heart, knowing he can provide instruction in areas ranging from passing to shooting to defending. “It's always great to teach the younger people some different areas in the game,” said Hofman, a former All-Area Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year who has guided La Cañada to 21 Rio Hondo League championships and a pair of CIF Southern Section crowns since taking over the program in 1986.
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By Peter Day | September 1, 2012
Two years ago, La Cañada Unified School District's summer school program was on life support, a victim of shrinking state financing for public education. The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation revived it, taking financial responsibility from the cash-strapped district and increasing enrollment. Meanwhile, a block away from La Cañada High School, the private Hillside School and Learning Center offers a summer school program used by local families for years, with the classroom credits that students earn accepted by La Cañada Unified.
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August 29, 2012
Why is the school board looking to disqualify Hillside summer courses? Some claim Hillside gives easy A's, although data and accrediting agencies tell us Hillside provides a quality education and fills a need for alternative instruction, such as smaller class sizes. Families often choose Hillside due to various issues at La Cañada High School, so it's troubling that the board would consider limiting valid alternatives. Hillside's accreditation for summer classes has recently been confirmed by Western Association of Schools & Colleges and its courses are University of California-approved.
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August 29, 2012
La Cañada High School usually receives the highest level of accreditation. However, in the most recent accreditation review, La Cañada experienced a hiccup. Well, more than a hiccup, actually. In 2007, La Cañada High received a six-year accreditation with an intermediate three-year revisit - the best accreditation available. The purpose of the revisit was to monitor progress on the improvement plan. The 2010 revisit was not successful. That visiting team required another visit in 2011.
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August 8, 2012
I understand that the La Cañada Unified School District has been grappling with questions about which summer school courses can be applied to graduation requirements. The discussion has focused largely on the discrepancy in total instructional minutes between most local summer school options and those of the most popular option: Hillside School & Learning Center. Some have suggested that La Cañada High School should only recognize courses taken at schools with a minimum number of instructional minutes.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 27, 2012
La Cañada schools are setting a new policy for accepting summer school credits from non-district programs, ending more than a year of discussion and controversy. La Cañada Unified School District officials this month unveiled a proposal to allow students to apply credits from programs approved by the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges. WASC is one of six commissions around the nation that sets standards for schools, junior colleges and universities. La Cañada school officials have spent more than a year trying to establish minimum standards for accepting academic credit from agencies outside the district, arguing that they need to preserve the integrity of the La Cañada High School transcript.
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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.
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June 16, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge's commitment to public schools is on display today, and it reflects well on the whole city. All around town, signs are planted on front lawns and curb strips - not to promote a politician or a campaign measure, but to mark the homes of donors to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Generous families give donations each year that total into the millions of dollars, with the foundation paying for summer school and a variety of other essentials that help keep local public schools top-notch.
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April 11, 2012
Jim Stoker's April 1 letter to the editor regarding the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation was a hodgepodge of baseless allegations and flat out untruths that illustrate the old maxim, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Stoker is wrong when he alleges our school district cannot ask community members to donate to the foundation. The law absolutely permits this. At the risk of restating the obvious, donations to the LCFEF are entirely voluntary. That's while we call them “donations.” Stoker alleges the LCFEF is “too involved in the politics of the district.” Nonsense.
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