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La Canada High School

Daily PA LCHS Announcements

Can't hear the PA Announcements in class? Did you know that all of the announcements are posted on the school website? Just go to the Student Portal on the upper left corner of the website, then "PA Announcements" on the right gold bar. Click here for the link. Stay informed and never miss an announcement again!

Important upcoming events to help students and families with course selection for the 2016-2017 school year.

The counselors have begun visiting English classes to start the 2016-2017 course registration process. The English class student presentation includes course information, selection, reviewing graduation and a-g college admission requirements, transcript review and summer school. Students will each receive a copy of their transcript and a course selection contract. Students will be given explicit instructions on how to complete the course selection contract, which will be due to their counselor 1 week following the presentation in their English class. Counselors visited junior (rising senior) English classes on February 1st and sophomore (rising junior) English classes on February 5th. The counselors will be visiting freshman (rising sophomore) English classes tomorrow, February 17th. Students will be reviewing their submitted course selection contracts with their counselors during their English classes beginning the last week of February.



  • If you are considering any Advanced Placement class next year, you should attend a lunch informational meeting to find out from the teacher of the class what is expected. AP classes are not offered so you can “try them out” nor should they be taken because they offer the extra grade point. Next year, you may not be able to transfer from an AP class to a college preparatory class. This could jeopardize graduation. Please plan far ahead for these courses. Click here for the lunch schedule of information sessions.


  • Presenting the New Elective Offerings at LCHS 7-12 for the 2016-2107 School Year -Monday, February 22, in the LCHS Informational Resource Center, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All parents of students in grades 6 - 11 are invited.


  • LCHS 7-12 Parent Math Night will give parents the opportunity to meet with the District's math consultant, Heather Dallas, from UCLA who has been working with the LCHS Math Department to design the future course pathways in math. She and Associate Principal, Mr. Jim Cartnal, will describe the process and reasoning behind the course designs and answer parent questions - Thursday, February 25, in the LCHS Auditorium, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All parents of students grades 6-12 are invited.

Continuing to notice, choose and act after Challenge Day, here's this week's Challenge:

The quote of the week is . . .


“Learning without thought is a labor lost.”

–Confucius


Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationship, justice, and sincerity. Confucius’ thoughts have been developed into a system known as Confucianism.


The Challenge for this week is to be especially thoughtful and curious in every class.

LCHS Students in Action!

Spartan News!

Make sure to check out the Spartan Newspaper´s newest video broadcast outlet, LCTV! Every week we will provide highlights of everything Spartan--from sports teams to clubs to school events, we´ve got you covered. If you would like to be featured in one or more of our videos, please contact lchsspartan@gmail.com

http://www.lcspartan.com/lctv.html

9th-11th Grade Announcements

Attention AP Students

AP Exam Sign-Ups have begun and will go through Friday, March 18th. Please see the flyer posted in your AP classes. Sign-ups will not be taken during class time. Be advised that the fee is $95 per exam from February 8th through February 26th, but will increase to $105 per exam from February 29th through March 11th, and again to $115 per exam from March 14th through March 18th. Checks should be made out to LCHS-AP Exams. If paying with cash, please have exact change. Sign up early. ABSOLUTELY NO LATE SIGN UPS WILL BE TAKEN!


PSAT

If you were not able to attend Tuesday's "PSAT Results Night" in the Auditorium where student score reports and analysis information was presented by The Princeton Review, score reports are now available for pick up in the Counseling Office. Only the student or parent of the student may pick up score booklets.

Follow the signs for "PSAT pick up" at Mrs Erickson's desk in the Counseling Office between 12:00-3:30. Please pick them up by Friday.


Claremont College High School opportunity

Are you wanting to learn interesting things from Claremont College students? Splash is a one-day weekend event (February 27th) where you will come to Harvey Mudd College and take some super-cool classes of your choosing taught by students from the Claremont Colleges. The 2015 course catalog can be found here. Link for further information: https://claremont.learningu.org/learn/index.html


TESTING INFO:

-ACT: The deadline to register for the April 9th ACT test is March 4th. Sign up through ACTstudent.org

-SAT II Subject Test: Some universities request students to take the SAT II subject test to show subject proficiency. Consider preparing for 2 or 3 exams in subjects you feel confident in and plan to take the June SAT II test date. To find out whether a university requires subject tests check out the college admissions page for more details.


Summer Programs
Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Please visit http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca. Click on the College tab, then click on Enrichment Programs to see a full listing of programs available.


Scholarship and Financial Aid

For scholarship and other financial aid opportunities, please visit http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca Click on the college tab, then click on scholarships. Mrs. Erickson will also keep hard copies of any local scholarships on file in the counseling office. She is available in the front office between the hours of Noon-3:45 p.m.


NCAA

Thank you for attending a wonderful NCAA Information Night presentation put on by the LCHS counseling department. The presentation and handouts are available in the counseling section of the LCHS website. Here is a direct link in case you were not able to join us and want to learn more about the NCAA eligibility process.

http://www.lchsspartans.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=359200&type=d&pREC_ID=778738


SAT and ACT Prep Opportunities Click here for a list of local options and La Canada student discounts.

Senior Stop

Attention AP Students

AP Exam Sign-Ups have begun and will go through Friday, March 18th. Please see the flyer posted in your AP classes. Sign-ups will not be taken during class time. Be advised that the fee is $95 per exam from February 8th through February 26th, but will increase to $105 per exam from February 29th through March 11th, and again to $115 per exam from March 14th through March 18th. Checks should be made out to LCHS-AP Exams. If paying with cash, please have exact change. Sign up early. ABSOLUTELY NO LATE SIGN UPS WILL BE TAKEN!


PCC Spring Symposium

Want to know how to get from high school to a community college, and/or transfer to a highly selective university? Get these answers and much more as Pasadena City College’s President’s Asian and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee presents the annual “Spring Symposium: “Paving a Successful Pathway: From High School to College, Career and Beyond” event on Saturday, Feb. 27 in PCC’s Creveling Lounge.

High school students who attend the event will have on-the-spot acceptance to PCC’s highly successful Pathways Program. Attendees will also learn about Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) to select four-year institutions and gain valuable information on how to finance college expenses.

Workshops include:

· Parent 101: Understanding the higher education system and how to help your children

· Financial: Laying out a financial plan with cost differences for PCC and four-year institutions

· Transfer: What it is and how it works

· Support services at PCC

A campus tour by PCC’s Mirror Pool will begin at 8 a.m., and the event will convene in Creveling Lounge from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please call (626) 585-7878.


GCC 1st Annual Maker Faire

We invite you to attend our 1st Annual Maker Faire. College and high school students from the LA County Region will showcase their original projects. There will be judging for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. In addition, there will be STEM related workshops and keynotes hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Robotics Academy. Come meet industry professionals and enjoy a FREE continental breakfast and In-N-Out (first come first serve basis) . If you are interested in showcasing your project, please RSVP below and specify your interest by selecting “exhibitor.”

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE: Student Center Conference Room - 1500 North Verdugo Road Glendale, CA 91208


Financial Aid

LCHS is happy to announce that we will be electronically sending the GPA’s for all students this year, so there is no longer a need to submit the Cal Grant GPA verification form. Yay!

What is Cal Grant? Cal Grant is State based aid. It requires the filing of the FAFSA in order for families to be considered. Students must list an eligible in-state (California) college on their FAFSA application to trigger Cal Grant review. The order in which you list the colleges will not impact your eligibility for state aid. Please note that LCHS encourages ALL families to submit a FAFSA.

What deadlines should I mark on my calendar?

  • March 2: The most important deadline for Cal Grants is March 2. Be sure you submit your FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA (LCHS will do this automatically for ALL students) by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline.
  • September 2: If you’ll be attending a California Community College in the fall and missed the March 2 deadline, you have a second deadline of September 2. There are only a limited number of awards available for those who apply in the fall, so try to meet the March 2 deadline.

Keep in mind that your college may have earlier deadlines for its financial aid programs, so be sure to check with each college you’re considering. Also, deadlines for private scholarships may be earlier in the year.

Don’t procrastinate! Start your FAFSA today! www.fafsa.ed.gov


Spring College Tours

Spring break is right around the corner. If you are planning to visit some of the colleges you've been accepted to, please check out these suggestions from Huffington Post on how to make the most of your spring break campus visit:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/how-to-plan-a-college-visit_n_4966229.html

Be sure to take this checklist with you to keep you on track during your visit.

https://drive.google.com/a/lcusd.net/file/d/0B1eLU9CLHNf2TTFTSm9vUnZYTVk/view?usp=sharing




Scholarship and Financial Aid

For scholarship and other financial aid opportunities, please visit http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca Click on the college tab, then click on scholarships. Mrs. Erickson will also keep hard copies of any local scholarships on file in the counseling office. She is available in the front office between the hours of Noon-3:45 p.m.


Winter Timeline Reminders (December-February) from Campus Explorer.com

  • Continue to work hard in your classes. Make your last semester count!
  • Schedule your college interviews to finish up the admissions process.
  • Complete your FAFSA so you can get the most possible financial assistance for college.
  • Request that your high school send your first semester grades to every college that you applied to. Remember, schools will continue to track your grades as you finish out your senior year, so now’s no time to slack.
  • Verify with your counselor that your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores have been sent to your prospective schools.
  • Send an email or make a phone call to make sure your colleges have received your application. While you’re at it, check to see that they have everything else they need, including your transcripts and financial aid material.
  • Continue your hunt for scholarships and apply for scholarships.

Counseling Corner Resources

  • Sleep

    Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Teens often find themselves distracted by electronic devices during their normal sleeping times, which could potentially lead to sleep problems and maybe even lower grades. Please encourage your teen to not only just turn the lights out, but to turn off the electronic devices off as well. Easier said than done, we know, but the more we all promote healthy sleep habits, the better off our teens will be!

    https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157111.html


  • Girl Talk! and Institute for Girls' Development are two local resources for parents of high school girls. (These resources/references are for parent information only. La Canada Unified School District (LCUSD) does not endorse any one specific therapist or treatment center. LCUSD does not claim or make any representation of financial responsibility.)



  • These short video segments featuring Denise Pope and Madeline Levine are based on current research and offer practical strategies to parents on topics such as How Parents and Kids Define Success Differently, Increased Stress in Kids, Developing Self Regulation, Finding the Best Fit College and many more click here