PTA News: High school students attend leadership conference

The Youth, Leadership and the Future Conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at Glendale Community College. The 26th annual Conference matches 100 high school students from the Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada school districts with adults from the various communities. Participants discuss characteristics of effective leaders and ethical scenarios drawn from the experiences of the districts' student leadership team and news headlines.

This year's program begins with a keynote address by John Nicoll, deputy chief executive officer, County of Ventura, then divides into breakout rooms for facilitated small group discussions. Participants will re-convene in the large group for lunch to share their experiences.

Adults interested in participating should contact Susan Hunt at (818) 241-3111, Ext. 566,, or Ardy Khassakian at (818) 548-2090,


Happy New Year to all La Crescenta families. You are invited to the next PTA and Foundation Meetings at 6 p.m. Jan. 12. Free childcare is provided.

The School Spelling Bee will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in the auditorium.

The sixth-graders leave for winter camp on Jan. 17 and return on Jan. 21.


The first PTA meeting of 2011 will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the auditorium.


PTA is bringing a production of "Treasure Island" to Mountain Avenue through Missoula Children's Theatre Tour Company. Auditions will be held after school on Jan. 18 in the auditorium to cast 60 students in the show. There will be two free performances at 3 and 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the R.D. White Elementary School auditorium


The culmination of the November Jog-a-thon event was celebrated with special acknowledgments to the following students: Tyler Carlson, Cadie Carlson, Camie Ellingford and Ali Bayard as the top fundraisers. Each received a Universal Studios Hollywood or Legoland pass to congratulate them. Mrs. Nagao's kindergarten class and Mrs. Miller's fourth/fifth grade class also were awarded a pizza party for bringing in the most pledges. The top lap runners were Nolan Costin, Andrew Boyle, Ben Allen, Gavin Landreth and Daniel Yedgarian.


The next PTA meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the auditorium.


Nominations for Honorary Service Awards are still being accepted. E-mail your nomination to Carole Mulder at jacksqd@gmail.


Congratulations to the following Reflections winners at the Council level: Noah Sonderling – first place in music; Jennifer Kennedy - third place in music; Amanda Mulder - fourth place in photography; Richard Santarsiero - first place in film; and Alina Sarkissian – second place in film. Entries by Richard Santarsiero and Noah Sonderling will move on to the competition at First District PTA and we wish them the best of luck.

JO ANN STUPAKIS covers the Crescenta Valley cluster and her column appears every three weeks. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (818) 248-8507.

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