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GCC holds vigil to commemorate 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

GCC holds vigil to commemorate 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

A giant wreath was placed by the Armenian Genocide memorial plaque at the Glendale Community College on Thursday as a procession of a few hundred students and faculty watched.

School board OKs more security enhancements at three Glendale campuses

School board OKs more security enhancements at three Glendale campuses

Nearly $400,000 in security upgrades will be made at an elementary and two middle schools following approval this week by Glendale Unified school board members, one month after they agreed to spend almost $290,000 to make similar improvements at Glendale High School.

GCC addresses 'spotty' campus Wi-Fi, outdated software and hardware issues

Until lately, many departments at Glendale Community College were using decade-old software and computer servers, with students frustrated by the campus’ unreliable wireless services. 

Area students commemorate Armenian Genocide with performances

Area students commemorate Armenian Genocide with performances

Glendale High School's John Wayne Performing Arts Center was almost filled to capacity Tuesday night as more than 1,200 people watched a performance featuring poetry, songs and traditional Armenian dances by students during the 14th annual Armenian Genocide commemoration.

School districts seek help with Sagebrush transfer terms

School districts seek help with Sagebrush transfer terms

Glendale and La Cañada school districts are looking for outside help for the potential transfer of the Sagebrush territory after learning a previous proposal would have failed regulatory muster.

Young directors to showcase student films at Franklin Magnet Elementary

The red carpet will soon be rolled out for students at Franklin Magnet Elementary, where 54 of them will showcase short films they produced after being given no restrictions other than to keep them under three minutes and free of violence.

Partnerships fill in gaps in arts education

The Glendale and Burbank school districts are among the majority of Los Angeles districts that partnered with more than 100 organizations to provide arts education in schools during the 2012-13 school year, which saw 71% of Burbank schools served by such organizations and 62.5% of public schools...

Chamlian students find common ground during Armenia trip

Chamlian students find common ground during Armenia trip

For 10 days, more than 40 eighth-graders of Chamlian Armenian School traveled to Armenia, where they spent time exploring the nation’s capital, visiting its countryside, meeting with fellow students, commemorating the Armenian Genocide and stepping inside what is known as the world’s...

Local students show off their science projects to the pros at JPL

Local students show off their science projects to the pros at JPL

Eight local students participated in a science project showcase hosted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday.

GUSD budget worries linger

As Glendale school officials try to navigate an improving economy compared to about seven or eight years ago, they are still cautious about spending money in spite of more positive projections for school district funding across the state.

Franklin Elementary makes way for new building

Franklin Elementary makes way for new building

Construction crews at Franklin Magnet Elementary this week have been making way for a new classroom building that will replace portable bungalows on the campus, where several dual-language immersion programs are taught.

GUSD, GCC incumbents win reelection; Freemon elected to school board

GUSD, GCC incumbents win reelection; Freemon elected to school board

With all 28 precincts counted, incumbents for the Glendale Unified School District school board and Glendale Community College board of trustees were reelected to their posts in the election Tuesday.

On Campus at GCC: College's art show celebrates cultures

The annual student art show will be held April 28 through May 14 in the Glendale Community College Art Gallery.

Glendale High students join in 106th oratorical

Glendale High students join in 106th oratorical

Glendale High School students participated in what is perhaps one of the oldest traditions in Glendale, and unique to the high school, when they performed in the school’s 106th annual oratorical.

Glendale Cluster PTA: Mark your calendars for these two events

A delicious way to help support children and youth with medical and dental services is to attend Glendale Healthy Kids' Taste of Downtown Glendale from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 to add wine) and $10 for children. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted...

Glendale police deliver Easter bags, traffic safety tips to Mann Elementary students

Glendale police deliver Easter bags, traffic safety tips to Mann Elementary students

Glendale police delivered Easter bags on Wednesday to more than 700 students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Glendale.

Latest iReady scores show student improvement across Glendale Unified

A mid-year review of students’ scores on iReady assessments show that they are making gains compared to results from the start of this school year, but across Glendale, 54% of students tested at or above their grade level in math, while 52% tested at their grade level or above in reading.

Organizations offer their endorsements for Glendale candidates

Organizations offer their endorsements for Glendale candidates

Clear leaders in garnering endorsements from key Glendale organizations have emerged in the three upcoming races leading up to election day on April 7.

As election draws near, Glendale candidates collect supporters

As election draws near, Glendale candidates collect supporters

Two City Council candidates — Paula Devine and Erik Yesayan — have locked down the endorsements of three of the five members of the Glendale Community College board of trustees, though not the same three.

Election: Hopefuls' campaign war chests grow

Election: Hopefuls' campaign war chests grow

As the April 7 election approaches, challengers lead in the money race for seats on the Glendale City Council and Glendale Community College’s board of trustees, while the sole incumbent in Glendale Unified’s race has raised the most funds in that contest.

Schools likely to stick with crumb rubber turf

Schools likely to stick with crumb rubber turf

After chemical tests showed there is no hazardous amount of toxic materials in the artificial turf fields installed at several Glendale schools, officials in the Glendale school district are likely to stick with the turf material they’ve been using for the past decade.

School districts may hire consultant to facilitate Sagebrush terms

School districts may hire consultant to facilitate Sagebrush terms

La Cañada and Glendale school officials may soon hire an independent consultant to facilitate terms of an agreement over the potential transfer of Sagebrush families into La Cañada Unified School District boundaries, after a negotiation meeting held Monday.

Glendale school board, GCC candidates forum focuses on finances, student achievement

The Women’s Civic League of Glendale hosted the final forum of the election season for Glendale school board and Glendale Community College trustee candidates on Thursday, quizzing candidates on their financial priorities and solutions to improving student achievement.

English-language students, instructors celebrate citizenship

English-language students, instructors celebrate citizenship

Aliza Garabet was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, the descendant of Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide.

Employees' perceptions of Glendale Community College improve, survey shows

A survey sent out to all faculty and staff at Glendale Community College last November shows that the majority of respondents think that administrators, students, faculty and staff are working together for the good of the college.

Chamlian students commemorate Armenian Genocide with 100 forget-me-not flowers

Chamlian students commemorate Armenian Genocide with 100 forget-me-not flowers

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, eighth-graders and first-graders at Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School planted 100 forget-me-not flowers in garden beds on the La Crescenta campus.

Lutheran school to add grade levels

Salem Lutheran School in Glendale is adding seventh and eighth grades to its campus to meet growing demand.

 School board forum tackles myriad issues

School board forum tackles myriad issues

The five candidates running for two open seats on the Glendale Unified school board talked about several issues Thursday including the Sagebrush area, voting districts and improving communication with parents and students during a forum...

Older college student proud of her academic success

Older college student proud of her academic success

Lyn Ribisi spent nearly 25 years in medical consulting before she left her career behind and enrolled at Glendale Community College.

GCC keep eyes on construction delay

GCC keep eyes on construction delay

Glendale Community College officials are putting pressure on construction workers to finish the job they started in constructing a $40-million, three-story building on time, as the college's general contractor recently admitted work was running behind schedule.

Daily High recognized by state as model school

Daily High recognized by state as model school

Daily High School is one of 480 continuation high schools in California, and, on Wednesday, it was recognized by state education officials as being a model school, becoming one of just 29 campuses statewide to earn that distinction.

Glendale PTA: Community service favored at Glendale High

Glendale High students can use the spring recess to work on community-service hours. School officials encourage students to experience at least 100 hours of community service during their four years of high school.

GCC groups endorse Tartaglia, Peroomian

The faculty guild at Glendale Community College, along with the college’s classified employees union, each separately endorsed incumbents Tony Tartaglia and Vahe Peroomian, two candidates running to keep their seats on the board of trustees in the April 7 election.

School celebrates successful fundraising campaign with obstacle course for students

School celebrates successful fundraising campaign with obstacle course for students

Across Glendale schools, salaries for computer-lab and library assistants are not paid for by the school district. Instead, they are paid using funds raised through months-long, parent-driven campaigns.

School forum teaches parents about social media safety

Social media use — and the unintended harm it can cause — was up for discussion during a parent forum at Glendale High School Thursday night.

GUSD reinstates task force to exam Common Core math curriculum

As Glendale school officials continue to make sweeping changes to implement the new Common Core curriculum, the school district recently reinstated a task force of teachers to closely examine the mathematics curriculum as it relates to elementary students.

Incarnation Parish School takes third in academic contest

Incarnation Parish School took home third place during the Los Angeles Archdiocese Academic Junior High Decathlon on Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, competing against more than 110 schools from across Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

School officials host Internet safety forum

Glendale school officials will host a forum for parents on Internet safety, social media and “sexting” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at the John Wayne Performing Arts Center at Glendale High School, 1440 E. Broadway.

The Y makes room for kids to thrive

The Y makes room for kids to thrive

A converted meeting room at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA officially became a "kid cool" space for youth development on Tuesday, showcased by a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. The flagship athletic activities well known as a destination at the nonprofit took a...

Glendale Unified braces for new, computerized exams

Glendale school officials are gearing up to test students on the state’s new computerized, standardized exam, but they are warning parents and each other that this year’s test — most notably, the students’ scores — cannot compare to the results of the former pencil-and-...

State Community College Chancellor Brice Harris shares optimistic outlook during GCC visit

State Community College Chancellor Brice Harris shares optimistic outlook during GCC visit

The chief of California’s community-college system paid a visit on Tuesday to Glendale Community College, where he toured the facilities and shared his optimistic outlook on the state’s colleges before hundreds of faculty and staff members in the school’s auditorium.

Teachers, local celebrities square off to raise more than $4K for cancer patients and families

Teachers, local celebrities square off to raise more than $4K for cancer patients and families

Teachers were victorious against local celebrities in an annual basketball faceoff at Hoover High School on Friday, but the real winner once again was a nonprofit aimed at helping families coping with cancer.

Clark student organizes  St. Baldrick's fundraiser for cancer research

Clark student organizes St. Baldrick's fundraiser for cancer research

A Clark Magnet High School student's senior project is revolving around haircuts — close shaves, to be exact — not because she wants to become a stylist, but rather to help save children's lives.

Incarnation School to compete in academic decathlon at Sports Arena

Incarnation School’s academic decathlon team is poised to compete in a middle school decathlon competition on Saturday, an event at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena that saw more than 100 middle schools from across Los Angeles County compete last year.

School board candidate forum doesn't shy from heated topics

School board candidate forum doesn't shy from heated topics

During an election forum this week hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, school board candidates were quizzed about their top priorities for Glendale Unified and were asked to answer questions specific to them.

Challengers lead incumbents in campaign fundraising for school races

Challengers in the Glendale Unified and Glendale Community College races have outpaced incumbents in the money race so far, according to an analysis of campaign financial data.

Talk continues between school districts on potential Sagebrush transfer

Talks between La Cañada and Glendale districts remain positive, officials said this week as both sides continue to discuss the possible transfer of the Sagebrush area to the La Cañada Unified school district.

R.D. White Elementary PTA celebrates 100 years

R.D. White Elementary PTA celebrates 100 years

Less than a year after R.D. White Elementary opened its doors to students in 1915, the school’s Parent Teachers Assn. was established, making it among the oldest PTAs in Glendale.

Glendale High students sit in silence for sitar performance

Glendale High students sit in silence for sitar performance

Before sitar and tabla player Sandip Burman performed for 50 Glendale High student musicians on Thursday, the boys were told to take off their hats and all students were told to turn off their cellphones.

New online tool will help teachers spot, report suspected child abuse

A new online training tool debuted this week as part of a renewed effort to help school employees across the state report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Group's charity event aims to donate bikes to orphans

Group's charity event aims to donate bikes to orphans

In 2012, St. Francis High School’s Sebouh Bazikian made a promise to raise $5,000 to provide orphans in Kenya with bicycles that would get them to school safely and potentially change their lives forever.

GUSD's expulsion and suspension rates decline

Two years after state lawmakers mandated that school districts reduce their number of suspensions and expulsions, Glendale Unified educators continue to explore ways to intervene when students express negative behaviors at school.

Hospital's $20K donation will go toward lifelike mannequin for GCC students

Hospital's $20K donation will go toward lifelike mannequin for GCC students

A computerized mannequin named Lucinda who is able to give birth will soon become the newest addition to the nursing department at Glendale Community College, where students have access to 10 lifelike mannequins before beginning clinical work on live patients.

Glendale High Cluster PTA: R.D. White among schools marking Founders Day

Founders Day is celebrated by PTAs across the country to recognize the legacy and commitment that PTA founders had toward bettering the lives of children through education, health and safety.

Glendale Community College officials weigh boundaries, numbers of voting districts

Glendale Community College officials, having reluctantly decided to move to districts from at-large elections, now have more decisions to make: Where will the lines be drawn, and will there be five or seven?

Glendale school officials lament $1.8M loss in funding for job-training programs

Starting next school year, the Glendale Unified school district will be counted among 23 districts in Los Angeles County that won’t receive funding they were anticipating from the county’s Office of Education for classes that provide real-life job training.

Judge sides with school board incumbent to have her name on ballot

Judge sides with school board incumbent to have her name on ballot

[UPDATED 2/19 5:23 p.m.] Glendale school board member Nayiri Nahabedian will have her name on the April 7 ballot, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.

Glendale, La Cañada school districts to continue discussion on potential Sagebrush transfer

As Glendale school officials prepare to meet with La Cañada school officials next week over the Sagebrush territory, Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan reminded residents that Glendale’s proposal over the territory is still active during a school board meeting on Tuesday.

Crescenta Valley PTA: Monte Vista Elementary to hold 'Father-Daughter Dance'

Monte Vista Elementary: The school's "Father-Daughter Dance" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the auditorium. Contact the office for more information.

Local youths make it to state robotics competition

Local youths make it to state robotics competition

Several years ago, two aerospace engineers who were intent on introducing young children to robotics, engineering and computer programming opened Rolling Robots — a place where youngsters can build and design robots and learn computer programming.

Italian consulate donates $19K toward dual-language immersion program

Italian consulate donates $19K toward dual-language immersion program

Antonio Verde, Italy’s consul general stationed in Los Angeles, visited with the students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary recently, and delivered a $19,000 check to spend on the students there who spend the majority of the school day speaking and learning in Italian.

Ten-year-old advances to county spelling bee

Ten-year-old advances to county spelling bee

Ten-year-old June Musurlian will compete in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee next month, after winning Glendale Unified’s district-wide spelling competition in which 20 students competed last week.

Middle school kids learn about 3D animation

In Kent Ganevsky’s 3D animation class at Roosevelt Middle School, students are learning the tools of the trade on software that animation professionals have used to create blockbuster movies, such as “The Hobbit” and “Avatar.”

District to offer Sagebrush students transfer priority

La Cañada school officials made it easier for families living in the city’s western “Sagebrush” territory to seek transfers into La Cañada Unified from Glendale Unified, agreeing those students should have priority in the district’s transfer process over...

Rebuilt College View School will include solar panels

Glendale school officials, who previously earmarked $26 million in Measure S bond money to tear down and entirely rebuild College View School, will use nearly $1 million of that amount to install solar panels on that campus.

Nahabedian files suit to get on ballot

Nahabedian files suit to get on ballot

After election officials denied her nomination papers last week, Glendale school board member Nayiri Nahabedian has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order her to be...

Glendale, La Cañada school districts to meet again on Sagebrush transfer

La Cañada and Glendale school officials will meet later this month to discuss the proposal Glendale Unified officials delivered late last year laying out terms for transferring the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge into the La Cañada Unified School District.

FSHA student, coach see gender bias in debate world

FSHA student, coach see gender bias in debate world

As a debater, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy senior Maddie Collins has a lot going for her — poise, confidence and a clear speaking voice she's polished for years as a member of the school's speech and debate team.

Data shows no alarm needed over math grades

After parents recently shared concerns with the Glendale Unified school board that students’ math grades were taking a significant hit under the new Common Core curriculum, school officials analyzed three years’ worth of data and reported this week that there has been little change in...

Glendale High students meet man saved in part by their blood donations

Glendale High students meet man saved in part by their blood donations

Last April, Brandon Levine was clinging to life when he arrived at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his future in question after a near-fatal accident on his new motorcycle near Los Angeles International Airport.

Glendale PTA: Schools closed twice this month

Roosevelt Middle School's monthly Coffee with the Principal will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 in the school library. Parents can stay in touch with their children's activities and studies over a cup of morning coffee.

Incumbent misses deadline, bounced off ballot

Incumbent misses deadline, bounced off ballot

Glendale school board member Nayiri Nahabedian has missed the nomination deadline and will not appear on the April ballot, city election officials said Tuesday.

Cerritos Elementary celebrates Yellow Ribbon Week

Cerritos Elementary celebrates Yellow Ribbon Week

Students at Cerritos Elementary School celebrated Yellow Ribbon Week this week with a classroom door-decorating contest that encouraged acts of kindness and compassion.

GCC officials optimistic about state budget

Glendale Community College officials are optimistic about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget and how it will benefit the campus.

School board hopefuls join race in narrow field

At the start of the race, the candidate field for those vying for a seat on the Glendale school board and Glendale Community College trustee board appears narrow.

Student shows potential measles symptoms

A child attending St. Mark's Preschool in Glendale showed mild symptoms that "are not yet confirmed as measles," said Susie Fowler Kenny, deacon and head of the school, on Friday.

School dedicates bench in honor of 'Mr. Raffi'

School dedicates bench in honor of 'Mr. Raffi'

Raffi Kasparian would typically show up at R.D. White Elementary with a newspaper tucked under his arm and wearing a tie — and the students would call him "Mr. Raffi."

Former UCLA water polo player from Glendale sentenced to 180 days in jail

Former UCLA water polo player from Glendale sentenced to 180 days in jail

A former UCLA water polo player from Glendale who was accused of rape last year pleaded no contest on Thursday to one count each of assault by...

Online classes at GCC set to expand

As of this week, more than 100 Glendale Community College professors have enrolled in a program to earn certification so they can teach online courses, also known as “distance education,” according to a report presented during a trustee meeting on Tuesday.

GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

Glendale Community College officials were presented with several drafts Tuesday night for various proposed voting districts as the college moves ahead with switching from its current at-large system.

Fun as a catalyst for learning science

Fun as a catalyst for learning science

Mountain Avenue Elementary students gladly went to school on a Saturday to play catch with a robot, use Red Vines to create DNA helixes and get a hair-raising lesson on electrical fields — all in the name of science.

Interest in Glendale Unified's dual-language, magnet programs continues to grow

A computerized program will soon determine which students will be placed in Glendale’s elementary dual-language and magnet-school programs for the next school year, when the window to enroll comes to a close later this week.

Crescenta Valley High gears for science event

Crescenta Valley High School students spent this past summer meeting up to twice a week to study science facts and answer questions at a high rate of speed in preparation for a shot at competing in the National Science Bowl.

Glendale High crowns its 'Mr. Nitro'

Glendale High crowns its 'Mr. Nitro'

Eight young men at Glendale High competed to earn the title of “Mr. Nitro” Wednesday evening, a third annual event that raises money for student organizations on campus.

Three teachers win surprise visit, and $400 each

Three teachers win surprise visit, and $400 each

Three Glendale Unified teachers were each awarded $400 to supplement their classrooms with resources such as books and supplies for art projects after being selected by members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization with a local chapter of current and former educators who work to endow scholarships...

Parents say Common Core standards don't add up

As the Glendale school district continues to implement the new Common Core standards and prepare students to take the first standardized exams this spring testing their proficiency, school officials are also grappling with parents' concerns regarding the math curriculum.

Glendale Community College won't host bachelor programs

Glendale Community College won’t be among the 15 colleges that will begin offering bachelor-degree programs in the fall.

Crescenta Valley PTA: 'Walk and Talk' event to be presented weekly

A “Walk and Talk” event will be held every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta.

Glendale Unified secures $219K grant for tech education

The Glendale Unified school board on Tuesday accepted $219,000 in federal money that will support career-technical education programs throughout Glendale’s middle schools and high schools.

Students begin events in memory of Armenian genocide

Students begin events in memory of Armenian genocide

In the presence of an Armenian Genocide survivor, Glendale students on Wednesday night kicked off commemoration events in a continued effort to honor those lost in the genocide and have the tragedy officially recognized by the Turkish government.

Expulsions, suspensions down in Glendale schools

For the second straight year, both suspension and expulsion rates have declined across California schools, according to data released this week by state officials.

Glendale Unified on track to spend $5.2M

Glendale school officials are nearing the end of their $5-million-plus plan to adopt a new curriculum currently being implemented by the majority of states across the country.

Glendale PTA: R.D. White Elementary celebrating 100 years

Glendale High PTSA President Megan Schowengerdt would like parents of college-bound seniors to know that school counselors are hosting a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Fill Out Night” on Jan. 28.

Police teach bicycle safety lessons

Police teach bicycle safety lessons

Nearly 200 first-graders at Mark Keppel Elementary School on Tuesday got a lesson in bicycle and roadway safety from Glendale police, as well as bright red helmets from the Glendale Kiwanis club during an assembly held at Toll Middle School.

GUSD helps refugees adapt

About 130 Glendale Unified students are in families who fled their native countries as refugees, and local school officials are using state funds to help them adapt so they can call Glendale their home.

Locals react to Obama college plan

Locals react to Obama college plan

President Obama this week made national waves with the announcement of a proposal to offer a free community-college education to students who prove they are on track to earn credits and graduate.

More transfer degrees OK'd at Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College officials approved hosting three more associate-transfer-degree programs last week, bringing the total number of programs to 20 after more than a year’s effort to create improved transfer pathways from the Glendale campus to Cal State universities.

Glendale PTA: 'High School 101' slated for Jan. 12 at Glendale High

Students in the Glendale Unified School District are on winter break through Jan. 6, with classes resuming on Jan. 7.

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Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

I received an email recently from a publicist asking if I intended to write a column about the Armenian Genocide. If so, would I be interested in meeting an author who was coming to town on a book...

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