Challenge Success Elementary School Introduction

Building upon the work that La Canada High School and La Canada Middle School began in the 2016-17 school year, this video introduction by Jim Cartnal shares the big ideas of Stanford University's Department of Education program called Challenge Success. Look for more announcements regarding evening presentations regarding the Challenge Success implementation at the elementary schools, as well as information regarding student wellness.

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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Collaboration Summary - February 16, 2017

Kindergarten: The Kindergarten team participates in full day collaboration five times during the school year.  February 16th was not a collaboration day for Kinder teachers.

1st grade:  

2nd grade: 

3rd grade: We met today to review the Unit 7 Assessment that will be given after the break. We also discussed our upcoming space research projects. Our team looked at  tentative dates for our Charlotte’s Web end of the year party. Rachel also updated us on the ELA meeting that was held the other day. We also looked at certain projects that we would like to complete before Open House.
4th grade:  

5th grade: The fifth grade team was in Valley Forge this week.

6th grade: We spent our afternoon collaborating with Carrie Hetzel about our upcoming career day. We also were able to meet with David Pasz to go over CAASPP Testing, which begins right when we return from spring break. 

We also spent our time discussing our end of the year activities which include our talent show, finals week, fun day, and open house. Our final math section was also discussed. We reviewed our tests and projects.

Collaboration Summary - December, 22, 2016

Kindergarten: The Kindergarten team participates in full day collaboration five times during the school year.  January 27th was not a collaboration day for Kinder teachers

1st grade: The first part of the day first grade met as a grade level to discuss the upcoming math unit and projects for February. The second part of the day we met with the other first grade teams to discuss F&P assessments.  

2nd grade: Second grade met to discuss and plan for special upcoming grade level events and activities.  These included planning for Global School Play Day (february 1) and Read Across America (March 2) to celebrate reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

3rd grade: Third grade met with Debra who presented the plans for the proposed site changes at PCY. We discussed our opinions and made suggestions for the future construction. We then met as a team to plan our Living Wax Museum dates. We also discussed our upcoming fields for the Chumash Museum and Eaton Canyon. We then followed up on the MobyMax program. Finally, we collaborated on a research project for the next nonfiction story in our ELA.
4th grade: Fourth grade met with Debra to discuss the proposed facilities changes for PCY.  We gave our input as to what we agreed with and liked, as well as gave suggestions for things we thought should change.  Our team also discussed how we’ll “wrap-up” our ELA piloting in the next two weeks, and how we’ll transition back to the HM series.  Lastly, we went over the next EDM Unit Test and decided what changes we felt needed to be made to the assessment.

5th grade: Fifth grade met with Debra to discuss the proposed facilities changes for PCY.  We gave our input as to what we agreed with and liked, as well as gave suggestions for things we thought should change. Our team discussed and planned for NGSS science standards for the following unit. We also collaborated on our ELA pilot.

6th grade: My team met to discuss our new math unit and the introduction of Algebra. We created lesson plans and took the upcoming two chapter tests in order to become aware of any hurdles we may face .We spent some time discussing our upcoming 6th grade field trip to Pali and reviewing our groups and upcoming activities. 

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.   

LCUSD Welcomes Stanford's Dr. Denise Pope

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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.

 Superintendent Wendy Sinette

I hope to see you there.

Wendy Sinnette
LCUSD Superintendent

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

PCY Collaboration Day Summary November 18th, 2016

Kindergarten:  The Kindergarten team participates in full day collaboration five times during the school year.  Nov. 18th was not a collaboration day for Kinder teachers.

First Grade:  The first grade team went over our December themes and projects, discussed how Everyday Math is going. We also discussed our Common Assessment #2.

Second Grade:  The second grade team discussed language arts materials that are being considered for adoption next year by the district.  They also discussed math instructional pacing.

Third Grade:  The third grade spent the afternoon determining the components of our next EDM common assessment. We aligned our assessment to mirror those of our district counterparts. We also discussed review questions that we will be administering to the students. In addition to math, we also discussed plans for certain grade level functions over the course of the next month before the winter holidays. These plans included details for: 1) the Cabrillo Beach Museum field trip;  2) The Christmas Carol field trip; 3) and our Holiday Feast Party.

Fourth/Fifth Grade:  The fourth and fifth grade teams met to discuss the transition for students in relation to assignments, homework, tests, grading and classroom expectations.  The discussion was informative for both teams as they adjust their programs moving forward to help students become more independent as they progress in upper grades.

Sixth Grade:  The sixth grade team met to discuss our math program and updating our technique on teaching. We created math stations and put together math activities and games that we feel will greatly impact learning. 

ELD:  The elementary ELD teachers met with the director, Lindi Dreibelbis to finalize the reclassification criteria.  We invited Carrie Hetzel to provide more in-depth information regarding appropriate grade level cutpoints.  The finalized criteria will be presented to the elementary principals and the Board for approval.  They also discussed some successful iPad apps for newcomers.

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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