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List of 12 news stories.

  • Head of School's Message: September 23

    Smog days during the fall and spring were everyday occurrences for seventh-grade English teacher Ashley Laird when she was a student at Pasadena's John Muir High School.
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  • Head of School's Message: September 16

    Psychotherapist Dr. Tina Payne Bryson author of The Power of Showing UpThe Yes BrainThe Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline, spoke to Chandler parents in the Ahmanson Auditorium on Tuesday night.
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  • Head of School's Message: September 9

    In this week’s New Yorker, there is a cartoon of a group of boy scouts sitting outside on a bench their ankles weighed down with a ball and chain looking perplexed at their group leader dangling a carrot over a candle.
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  • Head of School's Message: September 3

    The first Band-Aid of the school year was given to a 5th-grade girl at 9:28 a.m. on Wednesday after she slipped on the gym floor and scraped her knee in gym class.
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  • Head of School's Message: August 26

    Are you ready for school? Chandler’s faculty and staff have spent the past week working together and preparing for the students’ return this week. Let’s enjoy the incredible journey together during the 2019-2020 school year.
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  • Head of School's Message: October 10

    John Finch
    Chandler students deserve excellent teachers and excellent administrators. Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of the highest caliber has always been one of Chandler’s priorities. 
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  • Head of School's Message: October 16

    John Finch
    At Friday night’s second grade parent party, hosted by Shahab and Nadia Shamsi, I asked several parents what points about Chandler they would emphasize to visitors at Saturday’s open house if they were me. The trifecta of community, teachers and program surfaced in everyone’s responses.
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  • Head of School's Message: October 2

    John Finch
    My dad had a dim view of experts. He liked to say, “‘Ex’ is an unknown quantity and a ‘spert’ is a drip under pressure.”
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  • Head of School's Message: September 5

    John Finch
    Triple digit temperatures challenged faculty and students last week. The weather should be more comfortable this week. Air conditioning in most classrooms held up under the stress.
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  • Head of School's Message: August 28

    John Finch
    Chandler School’s mission is to provide each student with the highest quality and most academically challenging education in a nurturing, balanced, and diverse environment. 
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  • Head of School's Message: May 22

    John Finch
    One of the most important lessons we learned from STEAM night was how much the students love to show off their creations to their parents. 
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  • Head of School's Message: May 15

    John Finch
    On May 2, Jill Bergeron, Anneke Emerson and I hosted a seventh grade parent meeting to talk about the high school placement process.
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