To the Class of 2016

Ms. Sinnette: I feel so privileged to have gotten to know many of you over the course of the last year or two.  You are an amazing class - intelligent, talented, kind, and compassionate, and I am so proud of your accomplishments.  I wish you success and happiness in your college and career endeavors.  We are blessed by the promise of the future with you as its leaders.

Nicole Morrison: Congrats to the Class of 2016! I cannot believe that I have known many of you when you were in preschool or elementary school. It has been a pleasure watching you grow and seeing what you all have accomplished this far. Good luck with your adventures after high school!

Ms. Basmajian: Keep learning, moving, growing and evolving! You all have incredible talent in your own way and potential for greatness in your days ahead. Albert Einstein once said, 'Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.' Congratulations and best of luck to each and every one of you!

Sarah Beattie: Now more than ever live your truth! Venture out of this space, be bold, take risks, embrace who you are, and remember you are enough.

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

Jamie Lewsadder: Be brave. Get outside. Read everyday. Ask questions. Explore the world. Find a way to make a difference and never stop learning. 

Ms. Lauxen: Thank you for some of the best years of my career. To my LCE family, I will continue to cherish our sixth grade memories as you were ending one chapter in your life and preparing for the next. And to the Class of 2016, thank you for reminding me why I love guiding students as they set goals and achieve success.  You have all taught me more than I ever could have imagined. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to see you all soon when you return to share about all the adventures and successes that I am confident await you. 

Mrs. Salmi: You are on your way! Remember to be kind and gentle to those around you as often as possible. Our lives travel along different paths, and we never know what successes and burdens a person might be carrying. Great kids like you will definitely do well! Congratulations on your achievements now and in the future! Love and Hugs to All.

Bill Lively: Don't lose your dinosaur!

Jason Stone: Always go through life with a song in your head and a smile on your face.

Principal Blaney: I wish you the best of luck on what will be some of your most memorable years! 

Justin Valassidis: "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages... In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”

Jan Rappleye - L.C.E. First Grade Teacher: Always know that you are truly amazing.  Hold on to your dreams even in the darkest of times, and, when times are good, soar as high as you dare!  Congratulations and Happy Trails!

Mr. Hajek: Have a wonderful time creating new memories for the next chapter in your life.  Nicely played Class of 2016!  

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Jeff Davis: Live your life by taking action... by doing... by being an active participant in life. Be the person that makes things happen and changes the world, not the person who thinks about making things happen, never acts, and allows the world to change them. 

Sara Gardner: "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" It's that simple! Check this book out and you will stay on the right track in life :) Best wishes on all your future endeavors! 

Jenny Kazak: Congratulations to the class of 2016!  I just finished reading the list of colleges you plan to attend.  I am beyond impressed with your accomplishments and future plans.  You all have many talents and gifts to share with our world.  As Dr. Seuss would say, "...you're off to Great Places!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... Get on your way!"

Mrs. G: Don't cling to a mistake because you spent a lot of time making it. Iteration is learning. 

Señora Price: I was fortunate enough to enjoy some of you throughout the year 2015-16 and to bond and have fun with a lot of you over the Yosemite trip.  You guys were great and full of energy and motivation. Thank you for all the life you brought back to us, your chaperones, and all the very best in your new enterprise!

Kristina Kalb: Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots. If you achieve this, you will be successful. 

Judi Healey: You may already know Steve Jobs' words at a graduating Stanford class ten years ago: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." Maybe I can further explain by adding a bit more from that speech. Jobs said, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." Special congratulations to those of you I had in sixth grade! 

Ms. DiFiore: Congratulations to the Class of 2016! On to the next thrilling chapter in life!

Mrs. Roberts: To all of those smiling faces (most of the time) that wander through my office. I will miss all of you. Remember to Live to the Fullest, Laugh Often, Be Kind to one another, Have Fun and Enjoy Your Life. High school is an ending...a time that is now finished...but now you BEGIN the rest of your life.  Cheers!!!!!to all of you.  I love you all!

Brent Beaty: I am honored to have been a small part of this great class. You are smart, talented, funny, wise, clever, successful, and altogether wonderful. I will miss you profoundly, and I hope that your future is as memorable as your past. Good luck out there in the big wide world!

Mr. Traeger: Experience is life's best teacher. Go out and explore the world and expand your view of what it's really like outside of La Canada. Whatever you do in life, make sure it's something you want to wake up to every morning. Commencement is not an end. It's just the beginning of starting your adult life. Try to make good decisions, treat people as you would want to be treated, have respect for our natural world, and never forget what and who got you there in life. You are made of star stuff. Now go embrace the future.

Dr. E: SENIORS!!! Congratulations on finishing your work at La Canada Unified!  It has been great watching you grow, mature and start to take on the world.  Continue the road to greatness and make all of us proud.  But remember to beware of the Lion King.