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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!

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

Quote of the week:

“There is no lack of love on this planet. There is a lack of courage to speak it.”

–Yvonne St. John-Dutra

A mother of four daughters and the co-founder of Challenge Day, a nonprofit organization, St. John-Dutra has been a visionary for peace and love across the planet for the past 20 years. Together with her partner and husband, they have launched the Be the Change Movement, which teaches youth and their communities to follow the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Challenge of the week:

Stand up for someone or something you believe in.

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

9th-11th Grade Announcements

Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship 2016

The Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program for 2016 was introduced to sophomores and juniors at assemblies held during STEP on March 9 for Juniors and on March 10 for Sophomores in the Auditorium. The Chamber of Commerce has arranged for six local businesses to sponsor one student each for a six-week internship, Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Summer Internship will begin on Monday, June 20 and conclude on Thursday, July 28. Student interns earn ~$1200 for the internship; the student chosen as 'Intern of the Summer' earns a bonus of $800.

The application is posted under ‘scholarship list’ on the Naviance website. Members of the Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Committee will screen applications and selected students will be invited to interview with representatives of each of the participating companies in April. The application must be turned in to Mrs. Claudia Alequin by the deadline of April 1. Please download the application for further information.

Essay Scholarship Opportunity

California Legislators Announce Essay Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide Deadline for essay submission is April 1st.

LCF Sister Cities Association Opportunity

The City of La Cañada Flintridge recently partnered with the newly-formed LCF Sister Cities Association to offer local high school students a fantastic opportunity to learn about international affairs and citizen diplomacy. Four students will be selected to represent the City of La Cañada at the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. this summer from July 13-16, 2016. The selected students will experience a unique opportunity to represent our community, learn about different cultures, make new friends from around the world, and develop leadership skills. Applicants must be a resident of LCF and currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school. For more information on the leadership summit, please see: Applications to become a student member of the LCF Sister Cities Association and the Application to Represent LCF at the International Youth Leadership Summit are available at LCF City Hall and at the LCHS Counselors’ Offices. If you are interested in participating in the Sister Cities program, please review both documents with your parents. The deadline to submit the Youth Leadership Summit Application is Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 5:00 pm. The application may be submitted in person or mailed to the City Clerk at 1327 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. You may also submit the application by mail to the address on the application form. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Schwartz at Click here for specific information and application.

Career Technical Education Opportunities

This year the CTE Transitions and Verdugo Creative Technologies Consortium (VCTC) grants are hosting CTE/STEM Day at Glendale Community College on Thursday April 7, 2016, in Plaza Vaquero from 10:30 am-1 pm and 3:30 pm-6 pm. We are including a special Media industry panel to give students an opportunity to learn about careers in media. This is a great opportunity for K-12 students to meet and listen to a writer, producer, editor, and a marketer. This portion is scheduled to begin at 9am-10:30am in the Student Center. A light morning snack and refreshments will be served at 8:30 am. Click here for for more information.

UCSB Spring Insight Open House
The UCSB Spring Insight Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am - 3pm PST. During Spring Insight, the UCSB campus welcomes visitors for a full day of events including faculty lectures, informational presentations, campus tours, tabling by student organizations and much more. Spring Insight is an excellent way for students to meet faculty and staff while getting a true taste of UCSB. Register now!

STEM Summer Opportunity for female sophomores and juniors

Montana Tech will be hosting the MINES (Making Innovations in Engineering and Science) again this summer. The camp will run from June 19th through June 24th, 2016.

This week long camp introduces young women to a variety of careers in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They will participate in hands on experiments, field trips and lab based activities.If you know a high school sophomore or junior that would benefit from this amazing opportunity please view the tentative agenda, dates and costs at

The deadline for applications is Friday April 15th, 2016, and the camp is expected to fill with young ladies from across the country.


-Register for May 7th (Redesigned SAT) by April 26th at

-April 9th ACT test is closed for registration. See for dates and info for upcoming tests

GREATER LOS ANGELES National College Fair

Find your perfect college with one stop shopping at the National Spring College Fair, hosted by NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling!

  • When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Pasadena Convention Center

Free to Students and Parents! The list of schools attending each fair is available online at:

At the fair, students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with college representatives who can answer questions. There will also be a variety of workshops on topics including: Making College Affordable One Family at a Time; 40 College Application Tips in 40 Minutes; How to Write an Amazing College Essay; Choosing a College Major; Student-Athletes; and much more!

Register today at

Click here to view the College Fair Newsletter: click here

Second Annual Latinas in STEM 101 Conference

GCC’s 2nd Annual Latinas in STEM 101 Conference is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 30 from 8am to 3pm. The conference is designed for ANY interested female middle and high school students who may be considering STEM careers. Click here for more information.

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 Click on the College tab, then click on Enrichment Programs to see a full listing of programs available. Some tips from Collegewise for families considering summer program invitations

Scholarship and Financial Aid

For scholarship and other financial aid opportunities, please visit 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.

Attention Juniors:

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

Colleges Still Accepting Applications

There are a great many colleges and universities who are still accepting applications for fall admission. This is a great resource for those of you who thought you missed the boat or who are looking for another option to add to your list now that admission decisions are starting to roll in.

College Simply


Common App’s Search by Deadline


2. Click “Explore Colleges”

3. Click “Browse all colleges”

4. “Deadline: On or After” < select today’s date

5. Click “Search”

Universal College App’s Still Accepting Applications


2. Click “Fall”

NACAC’s College Openings Update:


2. This typically goes live the first week of May.

Rolling Admission Colleges:

1. In general, these are schools accepting students throughout the year until their class is full.


Local community colleges:

1. Pasadena City College:

2. Glendale Community College:

3. California Community College Database:

Gap Year Programs

For some students, college is not necessarily the right choice immediately following graduation. These students might be ready, but feel there is something else they want to do before heading off to college. Students such as these may want to consider a “Gap Year.” Why take a Gap Year? “A life-changing gap year experience can be the answer for a teen who asks, ‘What should I do after high school?’ Learning a new language, volunteering in another country, earning college credit while studying abroad, and more—there are hundreds of gap year programs out there.”

Some students may want to spend a year expressly devoted to service. What is a service year? “A service year is a paid, full-time position for young Americans looking to improve people’s lives and make a lasting impact in communities across the country. From fighting poverty to working with kids to responding to natural disasters — a service year is a meaningful and fulfilling way to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our nation.” -Service Nation. Students who want more information on spending a year in service are encouraged to request more information from Service Nation using the website below. Signing-up will not obligate you to Service Nation in any way.

When pursuing a Gap year, it is recommended that students still apply to colleges in the senior year of high school, but then ask the college if they can defer admissions for a semester or a year, depending on the Gap Year program. What if you did not apply to college but want to do a Gap Year? That is okay too, just be prepared to spend some of your Gap Year time exploring colleges and preparing applications.

For more information on Gap year programs, please review the following websites:

General Information

Service Nation



La Canada Teachers Association Scholarships (Due April 8)

LCTA is proud to provide scholarships to our wonderful LCHS students. Applications are available online on Naviance (go to the colleges tab, then click scholarship list). Some are also available from Mr. Kauffman, Mr. Eick, Mr. Stone, or Dr. Brookey. Several of these scholarships are related to the performing and visual arts. Please read the descriptions on Naviance. Applications are due to Mrs. Hicklin in the office by NO LATER THAN APRIL 8, 2016. If you have questions about any of these scholarships, please contact Mrs. Bozzani at

LCTA Scholarship List:

The Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship

The Fred Stuhr Memorial Scholarship

The Dorothy Griffin Memorial Scholarship

The Marjorie Pursel Memorial Scholarship

The Patrick Rappleye Memorial Scholarship

The Ryder Buck Memorial Scholarship

The Steven R. Orr Memorial Scholarship

The Future Teachers Scholarship

Upcoming scholarships from Naviance for March 30 through April 10:


Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Odenza Marketing Scholarship


Lighthouse Guild College Bound Scholarship
Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship
San Gabriel Valley Jr. All-American Football Conference, Inc.

Oakmont League Scholarship

Knights of Vartan
4/8 (LCTA Scholarship Deadline)

Dorothy Griffin Memorial Scholarship
Fred Stuhr Memorial Scholarship
Future Teacher Scholarship
Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship
Marjorie Pursel Memorial Scholarship
Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors Scholarship
Patrick Rappleye Memorial Scholarship
Ryder Buck Memorial Scholarship
Steven R. Orr Memorial Scholarship

CATA Scholarship

For applications to these scholarships or to look up more scholarships, please visit, click on the colleges tab, then click on scholarship list. 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.

Scholarships OUTSIDE of Naviance

There are many search engines available. The first and most important item to note is that applying for scholarships should NEVER cost you money. If you come across a site that requires a fee, move on to the next. You should never have to pay for free money. Applying for scholarships WILL require work on your part, however. Some will require lengthy applications and some will require essays, but remember, the more scholarships you apply for, the more chances you have at free money! Some site to consider:





This year the CTE Transitions and Verdugo Creative Technologies Consortium (VCTC) grants are hosting CTE/STEM Day at Glendale Community College on Thursday April 7, 2016, in Plaza Vaquero from 10:30 am-1 pm and 3:30 pm-6 pm. We are including a special media industry panel to give students an opportunity to learn about careers in media. This is a great opportunity for K-12 students to meet and listen to a writer, producer, editor, and a marketer. This portion is scheduled to begin at 9am-10:30am in the Student Center. A light morning snack and refreshments will be served at 8:30 am. Click here for for more information.

Counseling Corner Resources

For anyone who missed "District Response Team Presents: Supporting Student Mental Health" held March 10th at 6:30pm (LCHS Auditorium), an overview of the topics and resources presented is available by clicking here (and also handouts and more handouts)

Collegewise Tips for Students to Consider When Preparing for College

  • What is a successful college education?

  • 5 traits of students who stand out:

  • Asking too much from activities: