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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.

School ushers in holiday cheer

School ushers in holiday cheer

Just minutes before dozens of middle and high school students of Glendale’s Tobinworld broke into their rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” on Friday, the son of the school’s founder startled his mother with an unexpected announcement.

Study focuses on teen smoking, e-cigarettes

More teenagers in middle school and high school reported using electronic cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes within about 30 days of taking a government-sponsored survey recently published by Monitoring the Future, an organization conducting an ongoing study of the behavior of secondary...

High marks for Glendale Community College chemistry teacher, students

There’s one thing that the students who take Sevada Chamras’ organic chemistry class know — that his exams are considerably more difficult than the American Chemistry Society’s standardized test — which may explain why Glendale Community College students scored in the...

City Council approves Glendale Unified's ballot request

The City Council approved a request made by Glendale Unified school officials to ask for voters’ input this April to allow Glendale Unified officials to conduct elections as they wish, ultimately letting them to switch from a current “at-large” voting system to one based on...

Compassionate Cerritos Elementary students rewarded with gifts

Compassionate Cerritos Elementary students rewarded with gifts

During a morning assembly on Wednesday, more than 400 students at Cerritos Elementary School applauded their classmates who were being recognized by teachers for showing compassion and being good friends to others.

Academy trainees learn 'how to read the smoke'

When Max Gurmin’s father died about two years ago, he realized life was too short not to go after his dream.

Cerritos Elementary named award finalist

Cerritos Elementary named award finalist

Cerritos Elementary is one of 22 schools in the country to become a finalist for an award handed out by the National Center for Urban School Transformation, which recognizes schools in metropolitan areas with high student achievement.

Sen. Carol Liu urges community involvement

Sen. Carol Liu urges community involvement

State Sen. Carol Liu urged local business owners, residents and others on Friday during a CV Alliance meeting to join a committee to help guide Glendale school officials on how and where they should spend their money.

Glendale Unified hires attorney to help foreign-language teachers with expiring work visas

In the fall of 2012, four foreign-language teachers began teaching Spanish and Japanese in Glendale schools, having arrived, perhaps unsurprisingly, from Spain and Japan.

Student-to-teacher ratios similar across Glendale

The average student-to-teacher ratio among Glendale schools that receive federal assistance and those that don’t are comparable, according to a recent report released by Glendale school officials.

Glendale school board eyes voting change

The Glendale Unified school board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night initiating the school district’s formal request to the City Council to ask voters this spring whether they want to amend the city charter and let school district officials conduct elections as they please.

Students compete in engineering competition at NASA's JPL

Students compete in engineering competition at NASA's JPL

Most people know what a difference a day makes. But anyone who’s ever been to the annual Invention Challenge at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory knows it’s the milliseconds that count.

Drew Ferraro case will not go to trial

Drew Ferraro case will not go to trial

The case involving former Crescenta Valley High School student Drew Ferraro, who killed himself on campus in 2012 when he was 15 years old, will not go...

Consulates support language programs

Consulates support language programs

Three Glendale schools last month received a total of $18,000 from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, part of a growing trend of diplomatic missions supporting Glendale’s dual language immersion programs.

GCC construction resumes, fights through challenges

GCC construction resumes, fights through challenges

Since construction began last year on Glendale Community College’s largest building yet, the $40-million undertaking has regularly faced unexpected challenges, though the extra spending has only had a minimal impact on the college’s budget.

Glendale PTA: Wilson Middle School has the holiday ticket

This time of year seems to usher in hectic schedules and frazzled nerves. Taking some time to spend with family and friends in an enjoyable activity might be just what the doctor ordered.

Glendale Community College drafts equity plan

To ensure that all students of various economic, gender or ethnic backgrounds succeed at Glendale Community College, officials have been working for months to create a new comprehensive student-equity plan as they adhere to a mandate issued by the state’s two-year college system.

Glendale Community College foundation marks early gains

Glendale Community College foundation marks early gains

The Glendale College Community Foundation, responsible for raising funds to support academic programs, scholarships and facilities, recently reported its first-quarter donations compared to this time last year.

Roosevelt Middle School forms a PTA

Theodore Roosevelt Middle School is one of Glendale Unified’s oldest schools in the district, having been built in 1922. However, for years it has been among a few of Glendale’s 30 schools without a Parent Teacher Assn. That is until last week.

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Learning Matters: Praising examples of two remarkable educators

Learning Matters: Praising examples of two remarkable educators

Parents worry a lot about whether schools are adequately serving their children, and educators do, too. Given the task of instructing students who have increasingly diverse needs, teachers, counselors...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Test scores shouldn't be main factor in rating teachers

The Whiteboard Jungle: Test scores shouldn't be main factor in rating teachers

A lasting legacy of the “No Child Left Behind” federal legislation has been the notion of tying student test scores to teachers’ job evaluations. Due to the controversy of such an...

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