Challenge Success: Building Your Path Coming to LCHS on April 8th. Sign Up Today

Challenge Success: Building Your Path Coming to LCHS on April 8th. Sign Up Today

On Saturday, April 8th at LCHS, students grades 7-12 and alumni are gathering for the Challenge Success: Building Your Path event.  The goal of the day is for current and former LCHS students to see various professionals showcase their career and/or education paths with the overarching idea to challenge our traditionally narrow definitions of success. 

The day will begin with two short keynotes featuring Dr. Mark Urata of Children's’ Hospital and Chris Buck, animator and director. Then students will be able to choose three speaker sessions before having lunch. The speaker sessions will feature a variety of topics such as career pathway stories; life, education or career lessons learned; current career showcases, and potential how-to talks, all within the big idea of expanding our definition of success.

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Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - January 27, 2017

Kindergarten did not have a Collaboration Day

1st Grade: The first grade team met at LCE to discuss the kindergarten/first grade district plan for reading expectations and assessment, including ESGI assessments and Fountas & Pinnell assessments. The district kindergarten/first grade team will meet at the district on the March Collaboration Day to finalize reading expectations and assessment plans. 

2nd Grade: The first part of the afternoon, the second grade team met and discussed the “Facilities Master Plan” with Mrs. Hurley and the 5th grade team.  For the second part of the afternoon, the  2nd grade team planned a “Famous American” lesson together and finalized arrangements for our field trip to the Natural History Museum and IMAX Science Center.

3rd Grade: The third grade team worked on NGSS notebooks for our upcomimg science unit. We also reformatted practice tests for our Unit 5 EM assessment. 

4th Grade:  The fourth grade team met and discussed our NGSS plan for the rest of the year.  We visited the Science Supply room to plan future science activities.  We discussed the progress of our Mission reports and went over our Math pacing guide to ensure we cover everything before Spring Testing.  We also discussed our CASSPP login and practice tests.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met with David Paszkiewicz to review the components of the administering practice tests on The team then met along with second grade with Karen Hurley to review the Facilities Master Plan. Fifth grade then discussed the logistics for administering the student panorama survey next week. 

6th Grade: The 6th grade discussed the Panorama survey and the logistics of administering it to the students.  We discussed how to best prepare our students for the upcoming SBAC test and using the CAASPP IAB practice exams. The team also started planning 6th grade end of the year festivities: memories assembly, Mountasia and other activities. 

RSP/Special Education: RSP worked on reports with SLP and psych for upcoming IEPs this month. We also worked on schedules for growing caseloads. Next collaboration day, we will meet with other sites to look into technology. OT collaborated and presented foundational skills for visual motor and handwriting to the Preschool and TK team at PCY.

ELD: Due to mid-year staff changes, the three ELD teachers met to ensure program quality and parity among the three schools. They reviewed the currently available support resources, including the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program for identifying specific reading challenges. They also looked in depth at the Wordly Wise vocabulary enrichment program, and the Words Their Way for English Learners phonics program. Discussion included how to effectively use these resources and other supplementary materials to increase English proficiency.  

Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - December 22, 2016

1st Grade: The First Grade PCR Team met to discuss their ongoing piloting of the two ELA programs: Journeys and Wonders, noting the pros and cons for each, as they continue to plan instruction, and prepare to present their experiences with each curriculum to the adoption committee.  They planned EDM Unit 4 activities and completed the online pacing guide for the remainder of the unit. For Science, they shared activities for the Weather unit and planned the first grade Weather Rap. 

2nd Grade:  The Second Grade Team at PCR joined the 2nd grade teams of PCY and LCE at Paradise Canyon to discuss and compare our thoughts from piloting the two new ELA programs.  No decision has been made yet as to our selection.

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned Unit 5 EM activities for the month of January. We also reviewed the two ELA programs being considered for adoption.

4th Grade:  The fourth grade team met and finalized plans for our Pilgrim Overnight field trip.  We discussed the ELA adoption/pilot and how we would implement it into our schedule.  We talked about EDM assessments and our pacing for the rest of the trimester.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met and discussed the schedule for piloting the Language Arts programs. We made a prospective agenda for when we will incorporate Wonders and when we will incorporate Journeys. We also reviewed the recent Colonial Day. We discussed what went well and what possible changes need to be made for the years to come. 

6th Grade: The math teachers reviewed the second benchmark scores and looked at areas of success and areas that need improvement.  The teachers strategized ways to improve for next year and next steps to review and re-teach some material this year.. The ELA teachers met and discussed the upcoming pilot,  The teachers created a plan to integrate parts of the current ELA program and the pilot. 

ELD: The ELD paraprofessionals and teachers met together to discuss program delivery pending an upcoming leave of absence and retirement. We strategized next steps, identified training roles and administrative support needed for the new staff. We also took the opportunity to celebrate our first semester successes and give a temporary farewell to one of our colleagues. 

LCUSD Welcomes Stanford's Dr. Denise Pope

Dear LCUSD Community,

On January 17th I am excited to welcome Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success program, to LCUSD to present research and information on the Challenge Success Program.

As you likely know, both LCHS 7/8 and LCHS 9-12 had applications approved to partner in 2016-17 with Stanford University's Challenge Success program. Challenge Success has for the past 12 years worked with over 130 high performing middle and high schools on how to implement policies and practices which increase academic engagement and wellbeing for their students.

Challenge Success is a research based program whose data compellingly demonstrates that, especially in high performing schools, a narrow definition of success often leaves young people lacking the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  The work Challenge Success engages in with partner schools encourages educators and communities to create school programs which value and foster in their students the interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resiliency, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems.

The January 17th Challenge Success presentation by Dr. Pope is one not to be missed.  We are anticipating a full-house and are asking that attendees RSVP.

Parents 7-12, Elementary Parents, all LCUSD staff and interested students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend.  The program will begin promptly at 6:30 P.M. in the LCHS Auditorium.

I hope to see you there.

Wendy Sinnette
LCUSD Superintendent

Event Details
Date: January 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: La Canada High School Auditorium

Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - November 18, 2016

1st Grade: The First Grade Team completed instructional planning for the remainder of the calendar year. They planned instruction for EDM Units 3 and 4, including the shared common math assessment, and planned instruction for the implementation of the new ELA materials for piloting. 

2nd Grade: The Second Grade team at PCR planned for a field trip to Caltech for the Junie B. Jones play.  We explored the new Everyday Math Skills Book and planned how to incorporate it into our instruction.

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned Unit 4 EM activities for the rest of the calendar year. We used the EM online tool to search for lessons that will help us to differentiate instruction.  We planned Big Woods Day for December 20th and set a timeline for completion of Social Studies projects and assessments prior to the winter break.

4th Grade: The fourth grade team met and went over the upcoming Overnight Field trip (prep work, activities, etc.).  We talked about the Mission Research Report and aligned Social Studies and Science.  We planned our EDM units and discussed activities/lesson plans for upcoming units.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met and discussed the upcoming schedule for Colonial Day on December 16th. The fifth grade team explored the CAASPP digital library. We reviewed the ELA and Math CAASPP interim assessments and created a schedule of assessments to administer by the end of the second trimester. We discussed where we were in terms of pacing guides. The team also reviewed the Journeys ELA Pilot program and decided which unit would be best to pilot during the second trimester.   

6th Grade: The 6th grade team met and discussed trimester activities. We collaborated on the play and schedule. We discussed Pali and finalized groups and activities. The science teachers read over the FOSS kit teacher’s guide.  The ELA teachers talked about how to incorporate the piloting into the current pacing guide.

RSP/Special Education: Met at the District Office with David Lamb for Google trainings.  Session focused on special education and using google to aide in our everyday communication with parents and teachers for IEP meetings and collaboration. 

ELD:  The elementary ELD teachers met with director Lindi Dreibelbis to finalize the revised reclassification criteria. They invited Carrie Hetzel to provide more in-depth information regarding appropriate grade level cutpoints especially related to the District Writing Assessment and the new Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. The finalized recommendations will be presented to the elementary principals and submitted to the Governing Board for approval. We also discussed some successful iPad apps for newcomers at the higher elementary grades.  



PCR Collaboration Day Summaries October 28th, 2016

Kindergarten - Fifth Grade:  Teachers at Palm Crest joined with the teachers from PCY and LCE at the District Office to listen to presentations from the new ELA publishers we are considering for the 2017-18 school year.

Sixth Grade:  The 6th grade team met and discussed the upcoming 6th grade play and end of trimester activities.  Language Arts teachers met at the District Office to hear presentations from ELA publishers. Science teachers met and reviewed FOSS science kits that will be used to teach the next two science units.

Special Ed/RSP teachers researched and created a google document on resources for students and teachers to use in the classroom to support students struggling in the areas of reading, writing, and math.

ELD:  The three elementary ELD teachers met with the director.  They discussed the updating of the reclassification criteria. More information is needed to determine inclusion of DWA scores and Fountas and Pinnell data.  A meeting will be arranged to gain more expertise with Fountas and Pinnell.  A variety of successful supplemental materials were reviewed and considered for re-purchase this year.  Pass/fail grading policies for students at CELDT level 1 or 2 in grade levels 3-6 should be decided as a team with parents involved on an individual basis.

La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

Throughout the year, Kiwanis Clubs all over the world honor students who have been chosen by teachers and classmates to be Terrific Kids. Many students are surprised to discover that they have been chosen, because it is not the kind of award that a person sets out to earn, rather it is an award that celebrates genuine kindness  and helpfulness, especially when they are selfless. 

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