Dear Spartan Students and Families,
Welcome to La Canada High School! For some of you, this is the beginning of an exciting journey for your student as they embark on a four-year education full of promise and opportunities. For others, this is the next step in that journey that will bring new adventures. For our seniors, that journey is coming to its conclusion and will yield the next step in the great adventure of life. In all these cases, the LCHS staff is excited to be a part of this experience. It is our intent to provide the highest quality instruction through a community built on student curiosity, growth and integrity.
The context of this year will bring demands that are known and unanticipated. La Canada High School will begin the academic year in an online format, the goals of which ensure student and staff safety and the prospect of making our community and state safer by contributing to lessening the transmission and expansion of Covid-19. Our online learning schedule will mirror our traditional schedule, with a combination of days where all class periods will meet and days where classes will be structured as block periods. We have also organized times at the end of each day where teachers and students can come together in small groups to help promote student/teacher rapport development and to help promote school connectedness. As California and Los Angeles County sees lower Covid-19 numbers, we will examine the possibilities of bringing students back to campus in a manner that allows us to ensure student and staff safety along with continuing student learning and academic progress. I ask that each student and her/his family takes seriously the need to adhere to a routine schedule that includes being ready to start the instructional day, dressed, with breakfast eaten, and ready to learn. Also central to academic and personal success while we learn online is the need for daily exercise and remaining connected to friends and family. Please emphasize social-emotional health, take every advantage to participate in campus activities, even if virtual, for our students are members of a dynamic and vibrant campus community that will continue to remain relevant and active, even while we are physically distant from one another.
The on-going challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic will demand much from us, but you have an engaged and excellent team of staff members at the ready to continue to support your academic success and social-emotional health. Counselors and the Wellness Center are in full operation with meetings being conducted through teleconferencing platforms like Google Meet and Zoom. LCHS faculty and staff will continue to promote student wellness and school-life balance in partnership with Challenge Success. While physical school closure slowed some of the efforts of our Challenge Success school improvement committees, that work will continue again this year, continuing to look at schedule and other school policies and practices, like weighted grades. LCHS administration will continue to promote the Family Learning Series, monthly parent and student-oriented talks that explore various facets of the school experience, from college and career information sessions to how to help students establish habits of self-regulation with respect to technology use. All of these are part of our intentional efforts to promote thriving behaviors in our students, so that they work toward building a strong foundation of academic effectiveness, in addition to strong, interpersonal and social-emotional skills. We want your student’s high school success to be that which propels him or her toward success across his or her entire life and working at distance to one another due to the pandemic puts a keen emphasis on the importance of this work.
As we rush toward the end of the summer break, the school staff has been rounded out with new teachers and staff that are all committed to the idea of maximizing instruction to embed creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication into the heart of their work. Many have engaged in extensive professional development to meet the demand of teaching a new group of Faculty and staff will also begin the work of implementing the recommendations for school-wide improvement that came for our WASC accreditation self-study. This work will focus on improvements to the professional learning communities and collaboration that our teachers routinely engage in and focus on instruction and learning. Administration will continue to promote stakeholder engagement through student, faculty, and parent-listening series, to ensure that school leaders are hearing about both school strengths and targeted areas of growth. I ask that our students take every advantage to contribute their voice and energy to making our campus kinder, more inclusive, and a positive learning environment for each individual who comprises our Spartan Nation.
LCHS is a unique place to learn. An important attribute of the uniqueness of LCHS is the engagement and support that parent groups give to our students. Please continue this beautiful and caring support. I am grateful to you for your commitment and dedication to the LCHS community. I am excited about the upcoming school year and welcome all of you to the 2020-21 school year.
LCHS Principal - The Home of the Spartans