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By Julia Paccone
La Cañada High School was reinstated as one of 285 public Blue Ribbon Schools across the nation on the morning of Tuesday, September 29. Within California, there are 29 public schools with the honor of National Blue Ribbon, and out of those schools, only 12 are high schools.
Every five years, a school can be nominated by the state to receive the Blue Ribbon honor. The school cannot re-apply within those five years, but is usually recognized as a Blue Ribbon school for those five years. Despite receiving the honor in 2004, La Cañada High School wasn’t awarded the Blue Ribbon again until 2015.
To apply to become a Blue Ribbon school, a lot of paperwork must be completed. This includes submitting students’ test scores, providing proof of eligibility, as well as essays summarizing curriculum, instruction, and the nature of the school. Mr. Justin Eick and Mrs. Susan Moore, two outstanding teachers and writers, along with Principal McFeat, contributed to filling out the mandated paperwork.
Being a Blue Ribbon School means that the high school has high test scores. However, the Blue Ribbon doesn’t just revolve around academics and also looks for schools that have stellar extracurriculars, strong faculty, and a high graduation rate.
Wendy Sinnette, the district superintendent, said, “It is quite a significant and deserved distinction. I am so very proud and appreciative of LCHS and all of [our students and faculty].”
Mr. McFeat echoed the sentiment, saying, “I just want to thank all of the faculty and all of our students and families for contributing to help gain our Blue Ribbon status again.”
To reward the amazing accomplishment of La Canada High School, Ms. Sinnette is sending 6 representatives to Washington D.C. to tour the nation’s capital and accept the award. These include the two teachers who helped complete the application, Mrs. Moore and Mr. Eick, plus two past Teachers of the Year, Mr. Richard Weld and Dr. Jeff Brookey, along with Mr. Mcfeat and Tanya Wilson.
Between November 6 and November 10 the group of staff will be updating a blog. They will upload pictures of the Spartan Mascot everywhere they go, including national monuments, conferences, and a tour of the White House. The blog will also include live feeds of the events and places they attend.
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