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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LCHS 7/8 Collaboration Day Summary, December

Social Science:

7th - The 7th grade history teachers worked on preparing and perfecting the study guide to reflect the midterm’s questions and documents. Nanor Aghmal took over as Christine Wolfe’s substitute in School 2, and much of the collaboration time was devoted to showing her “the ropes” of Illuminate, Google Classroom, the lesson plans, and LCHS ⅞ procedures in general. The teachers also developed an alternative assessment for IEP students with testing modifications along with the SPED teachers. Finally, we created review games and lessons to help the students with their recall of past chapters that will be covered in the midterm exam. 

8th -The 8th grade teachers worked on creating a rubric for the Final Timeline Performance Task. The teachers also compared the most frequently missed questions between the 2 8th grade small schools on the most recent Chapter 5 test and discussed how the lessons in Chapter 5 might have impacted the scores. The teachers also worked on creating their performance task on skits for Ch. 6 Section 3: Daily Life in Early America. They decided which 9 categories to cover, what questions the students must address in their skits, and how the students would be graded. 


7th -  7th grade science teachers worked on the study guide and final exam for first semester.  Teachers worked on a new protein synthesis and folding activity to illustrate protein production.  

8th - 8th grade science teachers worked on the final exam as a performance activity for first semester.  Students did poster projects and presented their work. 


7th - This month, the 7th grade English teachers spent an entire work day collaborating and refining their 2nd Common Assessment. They also finalized the materials for their final writing assessment of the semester. During their collaboration day, the 7th grade English teachers explored resources and  the possibility of incorporating a media component to their upcoming Holocaust unit. They also discussed their curriculum plans for second semester.

8th - This month, the 8th grade English teachers have designed their 2nd Common Assessment. They have also discussed and implemented strategies for teaching students how to effectively use quotes as evidence in their writing. Also, the 8th grade teachers worked together to refine and implement their Star Wars and archetypes lesson, as well as their Hero’s Journey Unit. Finally, they have begun to plan and prepare for the next semester.


7th - The 7th grade math teachers discussed the pacing for the remainder of the school semester and the first week when we return from break. We also looked at the final exams and the review questions for the final. Finally we discussed the different performance tasks we will be covering in the next couple of weeks. 

8th - In the month of December, we spent our collaboration time finding and creating Desmos activities for current and upcoming units, reviewing results from quizzes for both classes and finalizing the final exams. We also met with Mr. Cyhaniuk to discuss ways to support students in his classes. 

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


LCHS 7/8 Collaboration Day Summary, November

LCHS 7/8 Collaboration Day Summary, November

Social Science  

7th -  The 7th grade teachers have spent the month of November planning the mini-unit for Africa, and the unit on Japan. They discussed new informational videos to use to supplement the lesson on Africa from Crash Course History, and we also discussed the best ways in which to present the Performance Task that discusses Africa’s economic status in the medieval world and its status today. They also began planning the activities for the unit on Japan including explaining the cultural influences of China, India, and Korea on Japan, and the reforms under Prince Shotoku’s Constitution. Finally, they discussed scheduling due to the Digital Citizenship lesson taking place on 11/15 & 11/16.

8th -  The 8th grade social science teachers worked on planning the following week: they updated a quiz, figured out what to assign and looked over a John Marshall task. The teachers readjusted the pacing for the week leading up to the Thanksgiving Bowl. They looked over the Chapter 5 test, created a study guide and decided when to distribute out the study guide and give the test. Finally, they worked on their Common Assessment Vision Plan, the Final Performance Task, and adjusted pacing for the week after Thanksgiving.

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