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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.

Glendale school officials look to expand boundaries to alleviate Balboa Elementary growth

Glendale school officials look to expand boundaries to alleviate Balboa Elementary growth

To alleviate an ongoing influx of students into Balboa Elementary, Glendale school officials are eyeing Mark Keppel and Benjamin Franklin elementary magnet schools and making plans to revert back to their former geographic attendance boundaries, which were larger.

Thanksgiving supplies delivered to families in need

Thanksgiving supplies delivered to families in need

Employees who work in an office that oversees mental-health counseling for Glendale Unified students have put together 100 bags of food and gift cards for families in need this Thanksgiving.

Parents raise concerns over report cards

After new report cards were sent home with elementary students last week, some parents raised concerns about the new language identifying students’ achievement levels as “thorough” and “adequate” at best.

Thanksgiving serves up lessons and a feast

Thanksgiving serves up lessons and a feast

John Marshall Elementary hosted an early Thanksgiving feast on Friday for students and young adults with special needs who have been bonding for months and learning valuable lessons from each other.

Glendale High dance team to perform at Rose Parade

Glendale High dance team to perform at Rose Parade

This coming New Year’s Day will mark the first in 100 years that the city of Glendale will not have a float in the Rose Parade, but Glendale will still be represented by 90 Glendale High students who will dance in the parade’s opening show.

Local school officials march toward new voting system

Glendale Community College officials this week listened to input from an attorney as they begin to plot voting districts for upcoming elections.

Lawsuit alleges special needs student sexually assaulted by schoolmate

A parent filed a lawsuit against the Glendale Unified School District last week alleging that her 7-year-old daughter, a first-grader at John Marshall Elementary School with special needs, was sexually assaulted multiple times by another student.

La Cañada school board meets over GUSD's Sagebrush pitch

Still reeling from sticker shock after receiving a $23-million proposal from Glendale Unified for the transfer of Sagebrush students to La Cañada Unified, backers of the move are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.

Young robot builders get help from older kids

In less than four months, about 30 kids from Crescenta Valley High School have put in about 950 hours mentoring young La Crescenta students who built robots to compete in the FIRST LEGO League against other Los Angeles student-built robots.

Glendale school board awards building contract for permanent classrooms

The Glendale Unified school board recently awarded a $32.2-million contract for construction of three multiple-classroom, two-story buildings — one each at Balboa, Verdugo Woodlands and R.D. White elementary schools.

Glendale school officials seek input

Glendale educators are looking to hear as many different opinions as possible about what local parents, community members, teachers and students think about where the school district is excelling and where it could use improvement.

Glendale PTA: It's time for the Hoover High PTA Tour of Homes

The office for the Early Education and Extended Learning Programs has moved to 520 E. Wilson Ave., Suite 215, in Glendale. It will be open today in the new location. The department provides high-quality preschool and before- and after-school care to the children in our community.

Glendale students show healthy flexibility, test results show

Glendale students show healthy flexibility, test results show

Glendale students have healthy levels of flexibility, but have room for improvement when it comes to aerobic and upper body strength, according to results of a fitness test released this week.

Louis Zamperini remembered at middle school Veterans Day event

Louis Zamperini remembered at middle school Veterans Day event

The late Louis Zamperini, the World War II veteran who will be honored as grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade, was remembered fondly...

GUSD receives grants for academy programs

GUSD receives grants for academy programs

Glendale Unified School District was again awarded this year a total of nearly $215,000 for three academy programs it offers to students interested in science and medicine, construction technology and cosmetology at two of its high schools.

Glendale Community College fetes veteran center's growth

Student veterans and Glendale Community College officials on Thursday celebrated the expansion of a student veteran center on campus that opened its doors for the first time last year with a small office and conference room.

Transformation expected at school's Kairos retreat

Transformation expected at school's Kairos retreat

Seniors at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school atop the San Rafael hills, piled into two big yellow buses Tuesday and readied themselves for the school's Kairos retreat in Rancho Palos Verde.

La Cañada Unified reacts to Sagebrush proposal

La Cañada Unified reacts to Sagebrush proposal

In response to the Glendale Unified school board approving a proposal to transfer the Sagebrush territory Tuesday night — at a potential $23-million cost to La Ca&...

Glendale ups price for Sagebrush to $23M

Glendale ups price for Sagebrush to $23M

It will cost La Cañada about $23 million to have the Sagebrush area under that city's primary school district's control, the Glendale Unified school board voted Tuesday.

Educators, business leaders launch partnership

Glendale Community College on Wednesday hosted the launch of a new partnership between businesses in the Verdugo region and educators in the Burbank and Glendale school districts, the college and Cal State Northridge to build pathways for students entering careers into highly-skilled jobs that pay...

School board rejects county claim seeking indemnity

The Glendale school board has rejected a claim filed by Los Angeles County officials seeking indemnity from the school district in a case stemming from a former Glendale student who was sexually assaulted by a vocational instructor at Hoover High.

Crescenta Valley PTA: Valley View accepting golf event registration

The Valley View golf tournament will be held in two weeks. To register and pay for a round, visit vveagles.com and click on the link for the golf tournament.

Fewer students sign up at GCC

Glendale Community College officials project they will serve nearly 150 fewer full-time equivalent students than they did last fall, according to a recent report.

Titans run through obstacles for Toll Middle School

Titans run through obstacles for Toll Middle School

Toll Middle School students hopped, skipped and jumped their way through a series of obstacles Thursday as part of the school-wide “Dash of the Titans” fundraiser.

Glendale Community College trustees vote to initiate new voting system

Glendale Community College trustees vote to initiate new voting system

The Glendale Community College Trustees voted to pass a resolution on Tuesday initiating the switch from an at-large voting system to a district-based one.

Glendale teachers share exam hurdles

Three Glendale teachers confronted school officials this week, expressing discontent over an academic-diagnostic exam implemented this school year that took much longer than expected for many students to complete.

Parents express concerns over safety of artificial turf

Parents express concerns over safety of artificial turf

Parents told the Glendale Unified school board on Tuesday they’re concerned about the materials that make up artificial turf, following a recent NBC News report.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

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