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.

Sincerely,
Wendy Sinnette
LCUSD Superintendent

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

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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.

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The Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement that a Boy Scout can reach, is only attainable after a scout creates, plans, develops, and leads a service project that demonstrates leadership and benefit to their community.  According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5% of  scouts earn the rank of Eagle  Scout.  Since 2012, Palm Crest has been the fortunate recipient of numerous creative and well-designed Eagle Scout projects that have enhanced the campus.  All of the projects have been led and donated by PCR alumni wanting to give back to their elementary school.

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