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La Cañada Unified campuses spring to life as students arrive for 2018-19 school year

La Cañada Unified campuses sprang from summertime slumber into vivid life last Thursday as 4,152 students arrived to greet the 2018-19 school year and reconnect with friends and teachers.

In addition to an Aug. 8 new teacher orientation and a teacher workday the day before, LCUSD faculty members participated in an Aug. 14 training on campus safety led by consulting firm Chameleon and Associates.

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“The training was well received by staff, and the district plans to follow up with a similar presentation for parents,” Sinnette said in an email interview.

With the addition of 19 certificated positions and more than a dozen classified employees, schools were fully equipped to manage class-size commitments. Kindergarten back-to-school nights on Aug. 14 helped relieve jitters for parents new to the district.

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At La Cañada High School’s first day, Principal Ian McFeat welcomed the year ahead.

“A lot of people think Jan. 1 is the New Year, but we know that’s not really the case,” he said. “August is our New Year — there should be a firework display or something, because all the work we do all year culminates here.”

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