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May 8, 2013
A Crestview Preparatory School teacher is headed to Ecuador this summer to study climate change and caterpillars. Ryan J. Bache, who teaches 6th grade at the La Cañada private school, won an Earthwatch Institute fellowship to conduct his research. He is set to depart in July and will document his experiences through a daily blog. "I am looking forward to undertaking this research assignment," Bache said in a statement, "and then applying my knowledge to the classroom and our greater community.
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COMMUNITY
May 1, 2013
Faculty and staff members of La Cañada public and private schools are being offered free servings of coffee the week of May 6-May 10 at the town's new restaurant, Flintridge Proper, 464 Foothill Blvd. The offer is being made in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week and educators are welcome to visit the restaurant more than once during the week to take advantage of it. "Our community has some of the finest schools in the country and some of the finest faculty anywhere," said co-owner Mary Caverly.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | April 10, 2013
Parents will have to do their back-to-school shopping a week earlier this summer and make sure vacations wrap up sooner, thanks to a new calendar that starts La Cañada Unified School District's 2013-14 school year Aug. 20. The calendar also calls for 13 early-release Fridays at elementary school sites and once-weekly late-start days for all La Cañada High School students. The school board on March 26 unanimously approved calendars for the next two school years. They feature 180 days of instruction, adding two days by breaking up teacher collaboration days into smaller, occasional periods throughout the school year.
NEWS
By Peter Day | November 2, 2012
It used to be that just when things got interesting inside the classroom at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, the bell would ring. But students and teachers at the 80-year-old school on the hill say a new schedule put in place this year is opening up the learning process. Sacred Heart has moved to a block-schedule program. Instead of six daily 50-minute classes, the new schedule features a rotation of four 80-minute classes Tuesday through Friday. On Mondays, students at the private, all-girls Catholic school attend all seven of their classes for 50 minutes.
NEWS
By Peter Day | September 22, 2012
Newly hired La Cañada Elementary Principal Christine Castillo will go out on maternity leave in mid-December. Susan Kobilarcsik, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the school from 1996 to 2005, will serve as interim principal until Castillo returns. La Cañada Unified School District Supt. Wendy Sinnette shared the news with La Cañada Elementary parents in a Sept. 14 memo. Sinnette wrote that she hopes the transition will prove “smooth and seamless.” Kobilarcsik would have the opportunity to work with Castillo on campus over the next few months, Sinnette added.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Peter Day | September 8, 2012
La Cañada Unified School District board of education members are crediting the community for helping spike a state Assembly proposal that would have eliminated student test results as a measure of teacher performance. Backed by several large teachers unions, AB 5, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) would have trumped a recent judicial decision that the Los Angeles Unified School District must include student scores in annual teacher reviews. Members of school boards throughout California - including all five LCUSD board members - expressed concern that AB 5 would erode their ability to maintain their districts' quality of education.
COMMUNITY
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 25, 2012
Longtime La Cañada Flintridge educator Kathleen Seiler Borrowman died on Aug. 16 after a lengthy illness, according to her family. She was 83. Seiler Borrowman started as a fourth-grade teacher at La Cañada Elementary School in 1954. She later worked as a resource and reading specialist at since-closed Oak Grove Elementary School and led the La Cañada Teachers Assn. She retired in 1989. Following her retirement, she served on a part-time basis as a specialist at Paradise Canyon Elementary.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 11, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation officials this week confirmed a $2.1 million donation to the local public school district, capping a banner fundraising year that will translate directly to the classroom. The money will allow the La Cañada Unified School District to hire back seven temporary elementary school teachers for the 2012-13 school year, meaning that no kindergarten through third-grade classes will have a student-teacher ratio higher than 22 to 1, Supt. Wendy Sinnette said at a school board meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 9, 2012
La Cañada Unified School District parents should prepare to double-check their datebooks before scheduling work commitments and family getaways. The district and teachers union officials have announced tentative calendars for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years that shift forward the first day of school and include a total of six student-free teacher collaboration days. In 2012-13, school will start on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and end on Thursday, June 13, 2013, a calendar comparable to that of the current year.
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