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La Canada High School

Schedule Changes for December

No Block Days the week of December 7-11


1st Semester Final Exams Schedule:


MON, DEC 14th

Regular Schedule

Periods 0 - 6


TUES, DEC 15th

7:50-9:55 am Period 2 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 5 Exam

12:25 –12:55 Lunch (not mandatory)

12:55-2:47 Study Period (not mandatory)


WED, DEC 16th

7:50-9:55 am Period 1 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 6 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch (not mandatory)

12:55-2:47 Study Period (not mandatory)


THURS, DEC 17th

7:50-9:55 am Period 3 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 4 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch (not mandatory)

12:55-2:47 Study Period (not mandatory)


FRI, DEC 18th

Teacher Work Day (No School)

Begin winter break and relaxation!

LCHS Students in Action!

CLUB SPOTLIGHTS THIS WEEK:


Investment Club serves to educate those who are unfamiliar with the process of investing in order to allow for any student to participate in group discussions and individual research within the club. As we are working with actual money, we want our members to develop a sense of management with their funds through careful risk analysis and prior research of a company before the purchase of a stock. In the scheme of things, our goal is to be profitable as group. More importantly, our aim is for the students to gain a holistic grasp on the concept of investing, stocks, and personal finance so that they can make the personal decision if this would be a field that they would think about pursuing in the upcoming years of their lives. At the end of the year, the club will be providing a scholarship that all seniors can apply for. More info will be supplied towards the end of the year. We meet every other Wednesday in Mr. Beaty's Room, Room 301. Contact Ryan Herron for more information about the club.


French Club is dedicated to enriching students on both the French language and culture. We have monthly meetings where we discuss different French holidays, traditions, and lifestyles. Many of these meetings also include samplings of French cuisine! Our next meeting is this Wednesday at lunch, in Ms. Sadler's room, 609. We will be discussing Saint Nicholas and winter holiday traditions in France! For more information, contact our president, Paulina Stein. Thanks!


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


The student voice of La Cañada High School. Check out www.thelclens.com for a community perspective of the student, by the student, and for the student. Contributions and ideas are welcome and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their perspective.

Freshman Forum

With finals around the corner, here are a few simple tips in preparation for a successful week:

  • Talk with your teachers about expectations and format of the final, possible missing work, and questions about study guides and/or other resources

  • Focus on classes where your grade is on the borderline

  • Sleep!

  • Eat a healthy breakfast to fuel your body and mind


Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Sophomore Scene

With finals around the corner, here are a few simple tips in preparation for a successful week:

  • Talk with your teachers about expectations and format of the final, possible missing work, and questions about study guides and/or other resources

  • Focus on classes where your grade is on the borderline

  • Sleep!

  • Eat a healthy breakfast to fuel your body and mind


Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Junior Junction

With finals around the corner, here are a few simple tips in preparation for a successful week:

  • Talk with your teachers about expectations and format of the final, possible missing work, and questions about study guides and/or other resources

  • Focus on classes where your grade is on the borderline

  • Sleep!

  • Eat a healthy breakfast to fuel your body and mind


Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


***PRESENTATIONS***

New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes



***TESTING***

Free Resource to prep for the current SAT: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat



Free Mock Exam Practice This Saturday!

ACT: 12/12 10 am San Marino Crowell Library – hosted by C2 Education

How to register: Call the library directly - Phone: (626) 300-0777


New SAT: 12/12 1:30 pm Pasadena Hastings Library – hosted by C2 Education

How to register: Call the library directly - Phone: (626) 744-7262



Official ACT

The next official ACT test date that’s open for registration is February 6th


Official SAT (current SAT) and Official SAT II Subject Test

Sign up for the January 23rd SAT exam. This will be the last time the current version is offered.




***SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES***

· Sign-up on websites to earn scholarships!

o www.fastweb.com

o www.Scholarships.com

o www.ScholarshipExperts.com

o www.StudentScholarships.org


A great quick scholarship reference sheet.

http://www.csac.ca.gov/training/scholarships_references.pdf



Mascot Design Contest

Ever thought about designing your own Mascot … or bobblehead? You can do both and win great prizes. The 1st prize winner will receive $500 scholarship and a trip to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the unveiling of the new mascot.The deadline is December 31st. Click here for more details: http://www.bobbleheadhall.com/mascot/


Love Your Body Poster Contest

The Love Your Body Poster Contest is open to female students. To enter, you must create a poster that may be used as part of a national campaign to counteract the media's use of narrow, unrealistic, negative images of women; and / or challenge advertisers that profit from women's dissatisfaction with their bodies. Posters should be graphically attractive and use a dynamic message. Images that demonstrate that beauty is not limited by body size, body type, ethnicity, age or physical appearance are preferred. Winning posters will be displayed in schools and other public settings. Scholarship award of $250 and the deadline is January 16th. Please see the website for more details.

http://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/posters/contest-guidelines/


Make a Video. Win a Scholarship. Save a life.

Targeted towards Juniors and Seniors; Scholarship Award of $1000 - $5000. Deadline is April 1, 2016 - Sponsored by Mazda and U-Haul. For more information check out the website: http://projectyellowlight.com/


JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1000 words. The winner received $10,000 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The winner and his or her family are invited to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept his/her award. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for. A second place winner received a $1000 cash award and up to five finalist each received $500 cash. The contest deadline is Wednesday January 6, 2016. For more information click here: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Eligibility-and-Requirements.aspx



***PORTFOLIO BUILDERS***

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant

$400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day - April 15-17, 2016 - and beyond. Youth ages 5-25 that live in the United States are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on January 15, 2016. Click here for more info: http://www.ysa.org/sodexoyouth



NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest


This annual contest, co-operated by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS) is for all students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six or more are judged separately. Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging. The age groups are 7th and under, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Submissions must be received by March 1. Click here for more details: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/

Senior Stop

Yearbook Ads

Attention senior parents! Have you purchased your senior tribute ad yet? Time is running out to dedicate a personalized page to your student in this year’s much anticipated yearbook! Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight your student’s accomplishments. The deadline to purchase an ad is December 15th. For more information, please contact Ad Eaze:

On the web: www.adeaze.net/lacanadahs

By phone: (323) 821-8125

By email: lacanada@adeaze.net


Challenge Day Opportunity

Beginning this week, seniors who have not had an opportunity to participate in Challenge Day yet here at LCHS will be receiving an invitation and permission slip. Deadline for permission slip and donation is Thursday, December 17th. Thank you for your prompt attention in this participation opportunity!


Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are a great time to unwind and relax. It can also be a rewarding time to participate in volunteer work. If you can find time to volunteer in the community, it could be a wonderful way to boost your spirit as well as boost the spirits of those you are able to help. There are many local organizations looking for teens just like you! If it does not work into your schedule, that is okay too! Whatever you end up doing over winter break, we hope you enjoy the time off and have a wonderful holiday season!

Volunteer resources:

· http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/volunteer-opportunities-in-los-angeles

· http://www.volunteermatch.org/

· https://www.teenlife.com/category/volunteer/

· http://www.bygpub.com/books/tg2rw/volunteer.htm


Dealing with Stress

Holidays can be a joyous time, but they can also cause stress, but don’t worry: stress is actually normal! According theMental Health Associates of the Triad, stress is “the body's way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina and heightened alertness. During the holidays, our routines change, different people are around, and we sometimes have to do things we don't want to do to make other people happy. This can lead to a feeling of stress.” (http://mha-triad.org)

The MHA offers the following suggestions for dealing with the stress of the holidays:

· Practice MANY Random Acts of Kindness. They will not only help those around you, but you will feel better too! For some ideas, please visit the Random Acts of Kindness website: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas

· Smile (or make a funny face) at yourself in the mirror every morning when you wake up

· When nobody else is home, crank some tunes and sing and dance with reckless abandon

· Take a relaxing bubble bath or a nice walk

· Read a book for fun

· Exercise and stretch, even if it's only running on the spot and doing some lunges for 10 minutes before bed

· Watch a few of those classic holiday specials or a favorite movie

· Get lots of rest to avoid catching a cold or the flu

· Make a point of phrasing everything in a positive light, even your gripes. Your positivity will be contagious!


Final Exams

Tips on Studying for Final Exams (from last week’s Counselor Connection)

Final Exam Semester 1 Schedule


Tips on Last Minute College Applications

http://www.wnyc.org/story/five-tips-completing-last-minute-college-applications/



***SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES***

· Sign-up on websites to earn scholarships!

o www.fastweb.com

o www.Scholarships.com

o www.ScholarshipExperts.com

o www.StudentScholarships.org


A great quick scholarship reference sheet.

http://www.csac.ca.gov/training/scholarships_references.pdf


Important Dates:

· Students can still meet with their counselors through December 11th to order transcripts or go over any last minute college questions or any other topic. What to do and what not to do when your college tells you they haven’t received your transcript, but you know you sent it: CollegeWise

· Final Exams will be the week of December 14th. There will be no school on Friday, December 18th.

· SAT and ACT testing must be completed by December for college admissions

o www.collegeboard.org www.actstudent.org

o Scores should be sent directly to the colleges from the ACT or SAT websites. Remember: colleges will review your scores and select the highest, therefore you need not stress about which scores to send.

· FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)opens on January 1, 2016 www.fafsa.ed.gov

· Financial Aid Night Part 2: Filling Out Your FAFSA will be on January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. at LCHS and is intended for an audience of seniors and their parents who will be filing a FAFSA for the 2016-17 college term

Challenge Day at LCHS will be taking place January 12-14. Students will be invited to attend if they have not already participated. More information to follow

Counseling Corner Resources



  • LCHS has been talking about "Developmental Assets" including a recent staff training/refresher presented by Wendy Sinnette and Jim Cartnal



  • 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


  • FYI: Mark your summer calendar! The counseling department has confirmed our fall registration dates. Incoming seniors, juniors, and sophomores will register on Monday, August 8th. Incoming seniors will register from 8:00-10:00 am, incoming juniors will register from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, and sophomores will register from 1:00-3:00 pm. Incoming freshman will register on Tuesday, August 9th @ 8:00-10:00 am.