Kiwanians hear from schools superintendent

The La Cañada Unified School District has plans to improve science, technology and math education while also preparing high schoolers for college and grooming star athletes.

Wendy Sinnette, superintendent of schools, discussed the district's goals during a recent Kiwanis Club meeting at Descanso Gardens.

Money from the La Cañada Educational Foundation will be used to buy textbooks and improve the math program, according to a Kiwanis news release. The club also reported that the school district will create a program for star athletes that will help the students improve their skills.

Sinnette also told Kiwanis members and parents that the STAR testing will be replaced with Common Core State Standards, which will help prepare students for higher education, according to the release.

"We want to be on the cutting edge and maintain the highest levels of educational excellence," she told Kiwanis members and parents, according to the release.


La Cañada Elementary School students were named Terrific Kids at a recent meeting of the noon Kiwanians.

Julia Powers, John Lytle, Mallory Wilkenson, Melony Wu, Tyler Reese and Juan Grases were all treated to a lunch at Descanso Gardens' Van de Kamp Hall. Each student received a certificate deeming them Terrific Kids.

Kiwanis member Pat Flynn leads the program.

-- Tiffany Kelly,

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