A meeting with Ian McFeat, the new Principal of , was delayed for about 20 minutes recently, when the school's fire alarm blasted throughout the hallways and classrooms.
As students, teachers and administrators exited buildings to gather on the football field and designated safe areas, McFeat investigated the cause of the unplanned fire drill.
Turns out, McFeat is on a mission to make sure the high school is cleaner than its been in years. He commissioned the custodial staff to power wash all the walkways to remove grime and chewing gum.
"The vapors from the water tripped the fire system," shared McFeat to a group of parents eager to meet him.
Growing up in the small town near Yakima, WA, McFeat left his previous post as Vice Principal at Kentlake High School near Seattle to replace last year's principal, Dr. Jackie Luzak.
He is very impressed with the community of people in La Canada. "I've never seen a school so ready for instruction the first day of school," said McFeat. "Parents were so involved and helpful during registration. It helped the students go straight to their classes and start learning."
He has visited every teacher and classroom, but two, since the first day of school. "I'm planning on sitting in on the last two classes today." This is something that wasn't done by the past principals. McFeat will periodically sit in on their classes throughout the year.
"Learning is fundamental. Not teaching, but learning," stressed McFeat. He believes that the administrators and the teachers must work together. "We will sit in teams to align the classroom and curriculum."
McFeat is arriving at an exciting time for the high school. Superintendent Wendy Sinnette from LCUSD announced excitedly that the standardize test scores are at an all time high for the high school and district. She added that a wireless infrastructure was installed in the high school over the summer. Every teacher has an iPad to use as a teaching aid to improve learning.
Some of the $2.1 million raised by the LCF Educational Foundation has added sections to math, language arts and P.E. classes at LCHS.
McFeat is currently in talks with partnering with the sciencetific experts at JPL to work on projects with the students. Something past principals didn't promote.
Walking away from the PTA meeting, I truly believe that McFeat and LCUSD are committed to the quality and excellence of our 21st century learners.