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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!

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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day History, as Quoted From the Article Titled: Mother’s Day on www.history.com

“The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.”

“Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood. By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.”


Citation: Author-History.com Staff; Website Name-History.com; Year Published-2011; Title-Mother’s Day; URL-http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day; Access Date-May 03, 2016; Publisher-A+E Networks

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-10th Grade Announcements

LCAP Advisory Committee Opportunity

Submit an application to be a part of the LCAP Advisory Committee. It's a great way to represent your peers as well learn how to handle budgetary issues for LCHS! Applications are due this Thursday, May 5, 2016. Click here for the application and details about this opportunity.


SAT and ACT Information

Registration deadline for the June 11th ACT test is May 6th. See actstudent.org for details on the upcoming tests. Registration deadline for the June 4th SAT test is May 11th. See https://www.collegeboard.org/ for more information.


Leadership Opportunity coming to LCHS!

Sophomores and Juniors do you want to make a positive impact on our school? If so, pick up an application to be a Link Crew leader next year. Link Crew is a new program coming to LCHS, and our goal is to help transition incoming freshmen to life at the high school. We are looking for kind, compassionate, energetic students who are willing to put themselves out there to befriend underclassmen and make our school the best place it can be. Applications can be found in Mr. Yoder’s room, Miss Beattie’s Room, Mr. Williams Room, in the Main office, the IRC, and Online at www.lchslinkcrew.weebly.com Applications are due Friday May 13th! Questions? Ask Mr. Yoder or Miss Beattie"


Exploring College Options

Exploring College Options is a unique program featuring five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. At each event, representatives from the five schools will offer brief slide presentations about their institutions and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn about what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.


Sunday, May 22, 7:00 pm

Westin Bonaventure

404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071


Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel Ontario Airport

222 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764


Please visit the website if you would like to register for one of these events. http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/


Syracuse University Summer Opportunity

Summer College at Syracuse University is a chance for high school students to experience college before they graduate from high school! In the summers after their sophomore and junior years, students can spend 2-6 weeks on campus and experience life as a college student - attending class, living in the residence hall and having a roommate, and exploring the city of Syracuse! Applications are available for summer 2016 through June 1st! If you haven't made summer plans yet, check out the 30+ programs they have to choose from for you to explore your possible college major: http://www.summercollege.syr.edu. Apply online! And in the meantime, you can check them out on Facebook: Syracuse University Summer College.


Mock SAT and ACT Results

Results are in from the Mock SAT and ACT tests taken on April 2nd. Students should see Mrs. Erickson in the counseling office between 12pm and 3:30pm to pick up their score reports.


Glendale Community College Baja Summer Program/College Transfer Credit Opportunity

Click here for information on how high school students can earn college credit while taking a field study Marine Biology course in Baja, California, Mexico.


High School Academy at Woodbury University Summer Opportunity

Offered to high school students entering their junior or senior years, this intensive program is offered for college credit (2-3 units) and allows students to explore Woodbury’s various disciplines.

Summer 2016 courses include:

Animation: Introduction to Animation
Architecture: Design Lab: Introduction to Architecture
Communication: Public Speaking
Design Foundation: Drawing Fundamentals & Beyond
Fashion Design: Introduction to Fashion Design
Filmmaking: Introduction to Production
Game Art & Design: Introduction to Game Design
Graphic Design: Introduction to Photoshop
Professional Writing: Writing by Imitations: An Introduction to Professional Writing
Psychology: Introduction to Psychology

For descriptions and specific class times, download the flyer .


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. Deadlines are quickly approaching! Some tips from Collegewise for families considering summer program invitations



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.


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

JUNIOR JUNCTION

LCAP Advisory Committee Opportunity

Submit an application to be a part of the LCAP Advisory Committee. It's a great way to represent your peers as well learn how to handle budgetary issues for LCHS! Applications are due May 5, 2016. Click here for the application and details about this opportunity.


SAT and ACT Information

Registration deadline for the June 11th ACT test is May 6th. See actstudent.org for details on the upcoming tests. Registration deadline for the June 4th SAT test is May 11th. See https://www.collegeboard.org/ for more information.


Pasadena Tournament of Roses Student Ambassadors Program 2016-2017

Are you interested in earning community service hours?

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Student Ambassadors Program gives rising seniors the opportunity to work alongside tournament members and other volunteers for a minimum of 40 community service hours in preparation for the 2016-2017 Rose Parade. Activities include public interaction at float decorating venues, assisting Rose Parade band members at Bandfest and during the Parade, acting as ushers in the Tournament Grandstands on Rose Parade morning and interacting with the public at the Post Parade float viewing venue.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Maintaining at least a 2.0 (“C”) grade point average in both the current and previous academic year
  • Must be at least 17 years of age on or before December 31, 2016 and not older than 19 years of age before January 4, 2017 (exceptions will be considered, if requested by the student’s school)
  • Completing and submitting the Student Ambassador Agreement and other related application materials
  • Selected candidates must serve one year from June 2016 to June 2017 and be available to serve at least 40 volunteer hours between December 26, 2016 and January 4, 2017 (Candidate must be available for assignment on Parade Day (January 2, 2017)
  • Candidates must attend all scheduled training meetings and other scheduled events; no mandatory activities or events are scheduled during school hours
  • Candidates must provide their own transportation to and from all meetings, events and Tournament-related activities

If you are interested in this opportunity, please inform your counselor by May 6th.


Pasadena City College Transfer Center Workshop

Educational Success: A Family Affair on May 12, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Circadian Room at Pasadena City College

“Educational Success: A Family Affair”, sponsored by the PCC Outreach Degree and Transfer Center, is an opportunity to gather the information you need to make the best choices about going to college. You will meet with representatives from California State University, University of California, and Pasadena City College to learn about the advantages of attending community college and the programs and services that can help you transfer from PCC to a four-year university. Topics covered during the event include the following: • CSU and UC Transfer Admission Requirements • Transfer Admission Guarantee Programs • Financial Aid and Scholarships Plan to attend this informative event, and discover how to start your bachelor’s degree at Pasadena City College.


Leadership Opportunity coming to LCHS!

Sophomores and Juniors do you want to make a positive impact on our school? If so, pick up an application to be a Link Crew leader next year. Link Crew is a new program coming to LCHS, and our goal is to help transition incoming freshmen to life at the high school. We are looking for kind, compassionate, energetic students who are willing to put themselves out there to befriend underclassmen and make our school the best place it can be. Applications can be found in Mr. Yoder’s room, Miss Beattie’s Room, Mr. Williams Room, in the Main office, the IRC, and Online at www.lchslinkcrew.weebly.com Applications are due Friday May 13th! Questions? Ask Mr. Yoder or Miss Beattie"


Exploring College Options

Exploring College Options is a unique program featuring five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. At each event, representatives from the five schools will offer brief slide presentations about their institutions and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn about what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.


Sunday, May 22, 7:00 pm

Westin Bonaventure

404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071


Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel Ontario Airport

222 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764


Please visit the website if you would like to register for one of these events. http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/


Syracuse University Summer Opportunity

Summer College at Syracuse University is a chance for high school students to experience college before they graduate from high school! In the summers after their sophomore and junior years, students can spend 2-6 weeks on campus and experience life as a college student - attending class, living in the residence hall and having a roommate, and exploring the city of Syracuse! Applications are available for summer 2016 through June 1st! If you haven't made summer plans yet, check out the 30+ programs they have to choose from for you to explore your possible college major: http://www.summercollege.syr.edu. Apply online! And in the meantime, you can check them out on Facebook: Syracuse University Summer College.


Mock SAT and ACT Results

Results are in from the Mock SAT and ACT tests taken on April 2nd. Students should see Mrs. Erickson in the counseling office between 12pm and 3:30pm to pick up their score reports.


Glendale Community College Baja Summer Program/College Transfer Credit Opportunity

Click here for information on how high school students can earn college credit while taking a field study Marine Biology course in Baja, California, Mexico.


Junior College and Career Presentation

Thank you to all juniors who attended the Naviance College and Career Junior Project Presentation. If you were not able to attend, please click here to see a copy the presentation given by the counseling department. Also, please see Mrs. Erickson in the counseling office between the hours of 12-3 p.m. to pick up your Junior Project task list in preparation for your senior year.


Anthony Portantino for State Senate District 25 2016 Internship Program

Come join our Internship Program! The 2016 Internship with Anthony Portantino for State Senate offers a unique opportunity to learn the inner workings of a campaign, the ins and outs of community organizing, and the chance to meet key figures at both the community and state level. If you have an interest in community service and want to make a difference in the 2016 election, this is the internship for you! Interns will learn how to build a grassroots political organization and how to leverage political action into electoral and legislative victories, gaining valuable real-world experience in a high-profile political operation. This is a fantastic opportunity for students or recent graduates looking to get involved with outreach in their own neighborhoods while adding to their resume and network! Click here for more information.



High School Academy at Woodbury University Summer Opportunity

Offered to high school students entering their junior or senior years, this intensive program is offered for college credit (2-3 units) and allows students to explore Woodbury’s various disciplines.

Summer 2016 courses include:

Animation: Introduction to Animation
Architecture: Design Lab: Introduction to Architecture
Communication: Public Speaking
Design Foundation: Drawing Fundamentals & Beyond
Fashion Design: Introduction to Fashion Design
Filmmaking: Introduction to Production
Game Art & Design: Introduction to Game Design
Graphic Design: Introduction to Photoshop
Professional Writing: Writing by Imitations: An Introduction to Professional Writing
Psychology: Introduction to Psychology

For descriptions and specific class times, download the flyer .


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. Deadlines are quickly approaching! Some tips from Collegewise for families considering summer program invitations



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.


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


Special Announcement: UC is revamping the personal statement section of the admission application.

After almost 10 years, UC is changing the personal statement section of its undergraduate admissions application, replacing the current two personal statement prompts with short-answer questions that students can choose from. The new questions, now called personal insight questions, aim to give applicants a greater say in the kind of information they share with the University. For Personal Insight Questions Worksheet, please click here.

Senior Stop

May Scholarship Deadlines

Canada Auxiliary of Professional (CAP) Scholarship 5/6/16


Bernard Siegel/Bill Tainter Memorial Scholarship Program 5/8/16


The Spirit of American Youth Scholarship 5/31/16: The Spirit of American Youth Scholarship presented by The Americana at Brand has been established to invest in the future of the next generation by honoring outstanding spirit, leadership, and social responsibility. It offers students in our community the opportunity to fulfill their dream of going to college. They will be awarding two $10,000 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors in 2016 that exhibit academic potential, provide examples of how they’ve contributed to the betterment of their communities, and complete an essay based on how they would invest in their communities to create a brighter future for the next generation.


Final Countdown

  • Quarter 4 Progress Reports went out last Friday. Please ensure that you are passing your classes as we enter the final few weeks of your senior year.

  • If you did not turn in your senior packet, please make sure you get it to Mrs. Alequin ASAP!

  • Senior Graduation Survey: Monday, May 16th. Counselors will walk you through the survey in the IRC via your Gov/Econ classes. All students without a Gov/Econ class will be called in individually throughout the remainder of the week.

  • Final Transcripts: First copy is free and is ordered as part of the Senior Graduation survey. Additional copies can be ordered at the Office of the Registrar, Beth Waas, for $5 each.

  • Now is a good time to double check your college files, making sure that you’ve signed all paperwork and sent in all necessary deposits.

  • Please see the school calendar for more specific details on the following events:

Senior Salute: 5/20

Cap and Gown Distribution: 5/20

Senior finals: 5/23 and 5/24

Baccalaureate: 5/24

Senior Awards Night: 5/25 (by invite only)

Graduation rehearsal: 5/26

Graduation: 5/27


La Canada Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

All La Canada high school seniors, their families and community members are invited to the La Canada Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at St. Bede’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm. The evening’s keynote speaker is Sally Spangler, a college consultant and beloved youth mentor who worked with LCHS students for many years. Ian McFeat, Principal of La Canada High School will deliver Opening Remarks. As a celebration of students’ faith, Baccalaureate includes the reading of scriptures and testimonies by seniors who are active in local Islamic, Jewish, and Christian congregations. Musical offerings will be provided by the LCHS Chamber Singers and “The Venerables” from St. Bede’s.
Graduates attending Baccalaureate are asked to arrive at St. Bede’s Catholic Church (215 Foothill Blvd., La Canada) by 6:30pm wearing their caps and gowns. Everyone is welcome to attend a reception following the 7:00pm service.
At a time when there is so much divisiveness in the world, La Canada’s Interfaith Baccalaureate Service celebrates the religious traditions of all graduates and offers prayers for them as they move into adulthood.


Senior Pennants

We want ALL seniors to tell us where you are going to college! Please stop by the front office any day between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and see Mrs. Erickson to get started on your pennant! You will then be able to post the pennant in the front office to celebrate your accomplishments! We want to see everyone, from those going to FIDM, to those going to the military, to those going to community college, trade schools, the Cal states, the UCs, the Ivies and anywhere else! Come fill out your pennant today and be proud of all that you have accomplished as a soon-to-be La Canada High School graduate!


June/July Scholarship Deadlines

Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship 6/1/16

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship 6/10/16

BigSun Scholarship 2016 6/17/16

BBG Communication Scholarship 6/30/16

2016 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship 6/30/16

Richard R. Tufenkian Scholarship 7/31/16

Counseling Corner Resources

Fostering Resilience

http://www.fosteringresilience.com/

"Young people will be resilient when the important adults in their lives believe in them unconditionally and hold them to high expectations."


Half of Us

http://www.halfofus.com/

"Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year."


Making Caring Common

http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/making-caring-common

“Making Caring Common (MCC) helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities.”


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