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December 14, 2006
Students and teachers of Crescenta Valley High School last week delivered approximately 7,000 cans of food for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station's 19th Annual Christmas Toy and Food Drive. The very generous donation will allow each of the 186 families being assisted by CVSS to receive not only food for their holiday dinner but for many more meals. Teacher John Pehar organized the food drive but gives much of the credit for the success of the effort to teachers Matt Schick, Pat Rabe, Kimberly Mathias and Vanessa Blackwood, who really spurred their homeroom students to actively support the drive and encourage their friends to "get with the program."
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 9, 2006
Outdoor classrooms as a way to combat childhood obesity is a continuing discussion for the Child Educational Center in La Cañada Flintridge. Throughout the year the center has planned on gathering teachers and administrators along with professionals in the area of childhood development and outdoor planning. "It is about using outdoor environments to support children in learning," said Elyssa Nelson CEC's executive director. In January over 200 teachers from Los Angeles County attended a day-long conference at the CEC where they heard speakers such as La Cañada landscape artist Ronnie Siegel.
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By Wendy Sinnette | June 29, 2011
Delivering quality instruction to students requires that teachers take concentrated time to look at the outcomes of students’ work. In a quality school system, teachers must collect and review student the results of students’ daily tests, quizzes, activities, project and other assessments and apply that information to their instructional practices. It is imperative for effective teachers to incorporate the results of student learning into how they teach the next lesson and into the ways in which they pace and plan the whole unit of instruction.
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By Megan O’Neil | September 17, 2009
With the last remnants of summer waning, approximately 250 families gathered on the La Cañada High School girls? softball field Monday evening for the annual LCHS 7/8 Back-to-School picnic. Parents dined in the grass, and mingled with friends, teachers and administrators, while children competed in games such as the potato sack race. Burger Continental of Pasadena catered the event. Robbie Finnigan, chair of the event and the mother of a new 7th grader, said the picnic has been running for several years and that she has been planning throughout the summer.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 20, 2010
Thomas Moran has been the principal at St. Francis High School in La Cañada for the last 18 years. Still, he can't help but get excited when the new school year arrives. "The last couple days [before school starts] are quiet, kind of like the calm before the storm," Moran said. "It's energizing to have more people here, especially when the students come back. " St. Francis, founded by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1946, began classes Thursday for the 2010-11 school year looking to carry on a 64-year tradition.
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By Mary O'Keefe | October 12, 2006
A sea of white hair covered the campus at Crestview Preparatory School last Friday. Kindergartners to sixth graders, teachers and parents all donned white wigs in a creative salute to Marge Hanna, the head of the school. Hanna is retiring as head of the school after 21 years, said Alex Kopelevich, the school's business manager. In a surprise ceremony for Hanna, who is easily recognizable by her pure white hair, everyone at the school wore brilliant white wigs as they greeted her entrance into the school's courtyard.
NEWS
September 8, 2005
In recent years, teachers in LCUSD have been made to feel as though we were working for health benefits and generous paychecks. Most teachers do not enter their profession for the paycheck. In fact, the majority of teachers I know are seeking a feeling of fulfillment, of service to others, and the satisfaction of inspiring a young mind make sense of a complicated world. We truly care about your children; we are inspired by working with others for a common goal. Nobody in the school district has asked for me to speak for them, but I feel driven to report to the community of LCF that the La Cañada Unified School District is UNIFIED once again.
NEWS
October 19, 2011
I am the former chairman of the La Cañada School Site Council, former representative to the La Cañada Unified Curriculum Council, and a La Cañada High School graduate. I was recently informed of a complaint filed against Gabrielle Leko regarding actions taken during the 2010-2011 school year. Cynthia Wilcox has insinuated that Leko is both anti-Semitic and sexist toward the female members of her class. As a former student of Leko's AP Calculus BC class during the school year in question, I can assure you these claims are unfounded and false.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
The first La Cañada Unified School Board meeting I attended as a newly hired administrator was slightly contentious because of controversy over four collaboration days negotiated in this year's school calendar. I assure you that the concerns voiced in that meeting have been seriously taken into consideration as we have moved forward in planning and executing these days. When teachers returned to school in August, they completed a template that outlined objectives, activities and projected outcomes for the first two collaboration days.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
We are voting for Andrew "AJ" Blumenfeld for school board. Both of us are personally aware of AJ's qualifications for this position - Joanna, a junior at University of San Francisco, was a classmate of AJ's at La Cañada High and a member of the same class at the YMCA's Youth and Government program, and Bob taught AJ in his Law and Mediation ROP class at LCHS. Andrew has observed the variation in teachers, especially at our high school. Some of the teachers are fabulous, while others are in dire need of improvement, or even dismissal.
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