Education

Scholarship committee welcomes applicants

The La Cañada Thursday Club is offering two scholarship opportunities for high school seniors living in the 91011 Zip Code.

 Students shift over to keyboards in preparation for Common Core exams

Students shift over to keyboards in preparation for Common Core exams

With little more than two months to go before the state's rollout of online-only Common Core testing, La Cañada school officials are scrambling to make sure students have mastered a foundational, but largely forgotten, skill — typing.

Students abuzz over Science Bowl contest

La Cañada High School is prepared to compete in a regional science competition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory this Saturday, following months of preparation in hopes they'll compete in the National Science Bowl.

Sixth-grader's pacing and  practice help spell success

Sixth-grader's pacing and practice help spell success

At the La Cañada Unified spelling bee last week, some competitors spelled words in bunches of three letters at a time. Others plodded through the word's beginning, then rushed through the last several letters in relief.

Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Lexie Dreyfuss took Chloe, a black Labrador retriever, everywhere for 18 months. The 17-year-old junior had the dog lay by her side in class at La Cañada High School, walk through the aisles at Ralphs and resist other furry friends while volunteering at Petco.

Fun as a catalyst for learning science

Fun as a catalyst for learning science

Mountain Avenue Elementary students gladly went to school on a Saturday to play catch with a robot, use Red Vines to create DNA helixes and get a hair-raising lesson on electrical fields — all in the name of science.

Panel to address high school enrollment, planning questions

For parents of students about to enter high school, there can be many questions about how to plan and navigate those four years. A discussion taking place Thursday seeks to provide answers to some of those questions.

Crescenta Valley High gears for science event

Crescenta Valley High School students spent this past summer meeting up to twice a week to study science facts and answer questions at a high rate of speed in preparation for a shot at competing in the National Science Bowl.

School district appoints community liaisons

In order to make sure the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board stays connected to the community it serves, the district annually appoints members to work as liaisons and representatives on several local groups and committees.

Teachers turn to the web for funding help

Teachers turn to the web for funding help

After dipping into their own pockets to enrich their classes, local teachers are turning to a crowd-funding website for help with classroom materials.

New Common Core math courses, drug-sniffing discussed at LCUSD's first meeting of the year

In their first meeting of 2015, La Cañada Unified board members prepared for big changes coming up, acknowledging that challenges surely lie ahead as the district weathers massive shake-ups in state funding, academic standards and student assessment.

YouTube star Jacob Whitesides performs at Flintridge Prep for suicide prevention fundraiser

YouTube star Jacob Whitesides performs at Flintridge Prep for suicide prevention fundraiser

Hundreds of teenage girls shivered in the rain on Saturday — some since 5 a.m. that day — to have YouTube singing sensation Jacob Whitesides croon to them.

Locals react to end of YES

Locals react to end of YES

About 12 years ago, La Cañada mom Jan Crane was in need of a baby-sitter for her two small children when a friend referred her to Youth Employment Service.

La Cañada, Glendale board members to meet over transfer

La Cañada, Glendale board members to meet over transfer

La Cañada Unified School District officials will soon return to the negotiating table with Glendale Unified to see if any agreement can be reached regarding a possible transfer of the Sagebrush territory...

LCUSD reviews drug-sniffing dog policy, Common Core progress

The use of drug-sniffing dogs to deter illegal activity at La Cañada High School may soon be a reality, but not until the district has ensured students are aware of their constitutional rights to privacy.

School board shuffles seats

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Ellen Multari and Vice President Andrew Blumenfeld swapped seats Tuesday night, as the board reorganized and elected its new officers for 2015.

A frank talk on gang life, faith and redemption

A frank talk on gang life, faith and redemption

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy freshmen received a little insight Monday when Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle visited the campus with former gang member and “homie” Steve Avalos, who shared his experience in a special assembly.

Students compete in engineering competition at NASA's JPL

Students compete in engineering competition at NASA's JPL

Most people know what a difference a day makes. But anyone who’s ever been to the annual Invention Challenge at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory knows it’s the milliseconds that count.

Government students visit courthouse

Government students visit courthouse

Fifty La Cañada High School seniors who are students in Kristina Kalb’s advanced placement government class visited the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena to hear oral arguments in a case. Afterward, they were able to speak to the attorneys, federal public defender Mat Larsen and assistant U.S....

Former LCHS teacher dies

Former LCHS teacher dies

Lourene "Lou" Vail — an educator who taught in every La Cañada school and was a longtime history teacher at La Cañada High School — died Nov. 2 after suffering a stroke in Alhambra. She was 95.

Students inducted into honor society

Students inducted into honor society

Three students from the Hillside School and Learning Center were inducted into the National Honor Society in an on-campus ceremony earlier this month. Juniors Leland Glauz and Daniel Jun joined sophomore Gemma Tuna in being the first Hillside students to join this new chapter of the prestigious...

Elementary students put on Thanksgiving feast with a dollop of learning

Elementary students put on Thanksgiving feast with a dollop of learning

La Cañada Elementary School fifth-graders continued a long-standing tradition Friday, joining parents and teachers in a costumed feast to commemorate America’s first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago.

Fund hosts lunch with LCUSD superintendent

Fund hosts lunch with LCUSD superintendent

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Endowment Fund on Nov. 13 hosted its second semiannual “Breakfast with Wendy,” geared to provide parents and key donors with an update on the state of La Cañada Unified School District and featuring Supt. Wendy Sinnette.

La Cañada school board meets over GUSD's Sagebrush pitch

Still reeling from sticker shock after receiving a $23-million proposal from Glendale Unified for the transfer of Sagebrush students to La Cañada Unified, backers of the move are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.

La Cañada elementary students raise money on their feet

La Cañada elementary students raise money on their feet

La Cañada Unified elementary school students laced up their sneakers for a good cause Wednesday, participating in the 17th annual Jog-A-Thon, a fundraiser sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation in support of local public schools.

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