Category Archives: Schools

Optimist Oratorical Contest Draws 9 Contestants

Even though Covid-19 took away the live version of the Palisades Optimist Club Oratorical Contest, nine contestants competed via Zoom in early April. This year’s contest theme was “Just Image a World Without Boundaries” and each student wrote and delivered … Continue reading

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Yay! The ACT and SAT Tests Are Optional! Or Are They?

Anyone who has a high school student is aware of the ACT and SAT standardized tests that are part of the college admission process. A May 2020 L.A. Times story (“UC Makes Landmark Decision to Drop ACT and SAT Requirement … Continue reading

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Learn How to Make Photos Look Professional with a July Course Taught by Rick Steil

Almost everyone is snapping photos on their iPhones and posting them on social media sites, but most are not really good. This summer, residents and (nonresidents) will have a chance to learn from a professional how to take and produce … Continue reading

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Optimists Award Scholarships to Six PaliHi Seniors 

  The Pacific Palisades Optimist Club, through its foundation, and with financial support from realtors Michael Edlen, Anthony Marguleas, Alexandra Pfeifer and Dan Urbach, was able to offer $2,000 scholarships to six graduating seniors at Palisades High. Rich Wilken, who … Continue reading

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Library’s Annual Summer Writing Contest Is Underway, And Now Citywide

The Friends of the Palisades Library organization has launched its annual summer creative writing contest, which for the first time in the contest’s history is now available to students who attend school (private or public) in Los Angeles. Youth and … Continue reading

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Canyon Elementary Classroom Replacement Project to Start

Residents, parents and staff of Canyon Charter Elementary School received a notice that LAUSD will begin work on the first phase of replacing Department of Housing (DOH) portable buildings on that campus. Portable buildings were brought onto LAUSD campuses in … Continue reading

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Palisades High School Applies for Federal Paycheck Program; Salaries for 78 Teachers Top $95,000

Palisades High School is a fiscally independent charter high school that rents its facilities from the Los Angeles Unified School District Unlike LAUSD regular schools or affiliated charters, such as Palisades Elementary,Marquez Charter and Canyon School, PaliHi receives funding directly … Continue reading

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PaliHi Teacher Jamie Agius Fulfills Goal of Becoming A Humanitarian–By Making Covid-19 Masks at Home

If your dream is to be a humanitarian and work for the United Nations, the quest ought to be attainable with the right motivation, the proper college degrees and hard work. Then life intervenes, and instead you become a different … Continue reading

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Pacific Palisades Parent Pleads Guilty in Ongoing College Admissions Scandal

According to Sunday’s Washington Post (“Another Parent Is Charged in College Admissions Scandal, Will Admit to Efforts to Get Son into Georgetown”) Pacific Palisades resident Peter Dameris is the 54th person charged in the admissions scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” and the … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing and How (and Why) to Encourage Kids to Do More Writing

For Mother’s Day, I requested a dessert called “Blarneys” that my grandma Agnes Sazama used to make. This tasty little yellow cake is wrapped in a buttercream frosting and then rolled in peanuts. I recently re-discovered the recipe in a handwritten … Continue reading

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