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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.

Students join to fight cancer

Students join to fight cancer

Alabang, Philippines remains a place 15-year-old Dannah De Jesus won’t forget. That’s where she met her childhood friend, or as Dannah says, her sister.

Glendale school district sees new enrollment trend

For the first time in more than 10 years, Glendale school officials are reporting an enrollment boost.

Glendale PTA: Red Ribbon Week 'Parent Night' meeting slated

Children whose parents talk with them regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than teenagers whose parents don’t bring up the topic. Despite this, only a quarter of teens indicate having these conversations.

College View to go solar

College View to go solar

After committing about $12.7 million to install solar panels at 13 campuses in the last two years, Glendale school officials are now looking to to add them to College View School.

Glendale educators grow technology courses

The Glendale Unified school board recently voted to adopt two new courses for middle and high school students centered around technology — another step toward the district’s expanding focus on career-technical education.

Keppel principal secures $2M arts education grant

Keppel principal secures $2M arts education grant

Glendale Unified was recently awarded $2 million to spend through 2018 on arts education at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School and its next door neighbor, Toll Middle School.

Glendale school officials applaud speech pilot program

Glendale school officials this week embraced the successful results of a pilot program they embarked on earlier this year that targeted more than 100 students with minor speech delays and offered specific instruction in an effort to address students’ speech challenges early.

With survey results in, Glendale students feel 'hopeless'

Results of a survey commissioned by district officials last year showed 21% of Glendale seventh graders, 25% of freshmen and 28% of juniors last year had experienced chronic sadness or hopelessness within 30 days of taking it.

Russell appointed to vacant seat on Glendale School Board

Russell appointed to vacant seat on Glendale School Board

Glendale school officials appointed Sandy Russell to its board Wednesday night with a 3-1 vote after a series of televised interviews with five applicants vying for the seat.

Students hoof it to class as part of International Walk to School Day

Students hoof it to class as part of International Walk to School Day

Nine-year-old Sienna Rothrock started walking to school as a kindergartner.

Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

Burbank school officials approved spending more than $800,000 on various technology-geared projects and personnel on Thursday as the district continues to expand on its technology use.

Third graders get a visit from the mayor

Third graders get a visit from the mayor

Mayor Zareh Sinanyan visited third-graders at Franklin Magnet School on Friday where he stressed the importance of voting and answered questions from the students who are currently learning about government.

GUSD files complaint against county

After a Hoover High instructor was sentenced to three years in prison in May for sexually assaulting a female student on campus, the teen filed a...

Glendale Educational Foundation unveils new campaign

The Glendale Educational Foundation hosted its 10th annual “State of the Schools” breakfast Thursday morning, where organizers announced a new focus on raising money to support science and technology programs.

GCC could be among 15 colleges in the state to begin awarding BAs

GCC could be among 15 colleges in the state to begin awarding BAs

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation earlier this week allowing some community colleges to begin awarding bachelor's degrees in fields not offered on the UC and Cal State campuses.

Cow and calf visit Horace Mann Elementary

Cow and calf visit Horace Mann Elementary

The Dairy Council of California brought its mobile classroom to Horace Mann Elementary School on Wednesday with a 1,500-pound cow named Buttercup and a 100-pound bull calf named Chip.

Social-media bill dealing with student activity signed into law

Social-media bill dealing with student activity signed into law

Students' public posts on social media collected by school officials must be discarded within a year after a student leaves the district and parents must be notified that school officials are analyzing social-media posts under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday.

Five to vie for Glendale's open school board seat

Five to vie for Glendale's open school board seat

Glendale school officials released the names of the five candidates looking to be appointed to the school board this week following school board member Mary Boger's resignation due to...

Edison students enjoy access to water

Edison students enjoy access to water

Each September, students at Thomas Edison Elementary spend the month honing their swimming skills as the only school of Glendale's 20 elementaries with access to a swimming pool.

District names Win Saw 'teacher of the year'

District names Win Saw 'teacher of the year'

More than 20 years ago, Win Saw accepted his first teaching job at Crescenta Valley High School when he hadn't yet graduated from UC Santa Barbara. Since then, he has taught classes from entry-level math to second-year calculus and now, after more than two decades as an instructor, he's been named...

 The story doesn't end at the library

The story doesn't end at the library

Usually when story time is over at a library, the children leave with their parents and go home, but not at Pacific Park Branch Library. Once the stories are over, the fun continues at the adjacent Pacific Park Community Center, where kids bounce into the gym and enjoy playtime. It's great for a...

School district to continue deficit spending

Glendale Unified spent more than $10 million they didn't have during the last fiscal year in an ongoing trend of deficit spending that will continue, although at a lesser amount, this year.

Keppel show choir back in business

Keppel show choir back in business

Members of Glendale's youngest show choir at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School — who made a name for themselves during a major competition last year — are preparing again for a full slate of musical performances.

Police respond to alleged suicide attempt at Glendale High School

[UPDATED 3:50 p.m.] A 15-year-old Glendale High School student reportedly attempted suicide on campus Tuesday by jumping from the top of an outdoor ramp as tall as a second story, injuring her ankles and knees, police said.

Glendale students' exit exam scores decline

Glendale students' exit exam scores decline

A lower percentage of Glendale students passed the California High School Exit Exam during the 2013-14 school year compared to the year before, according to data state officials released Friday.

District comes out ahead on property swap

Glendale school officials have sold the district's employee training facility on Central Avenue for the $7.2 million, months after a period of closed-door negotiations to swap the property for an apartment complex.

Six vie for open school board seat

Six vie for open school board seat

Six candidates have tossed their hat in the ring, so far, to become an appointed member of the Glendale Unified school board.

Teachers, students adjust to new exams

Glendale school officials said Tuesday that educators and students are adjusting to new computerized diagnostic tests that the majority of Glendale students have taken since the beginning of the school year.

Group fosters art, health and science programs for Glendale schools

Group fosters art, health and science programs for Glendale schools

A year ago, a student in Gregg Boyadgian's fifth-grade music class at Horace Mann Elementary School stopped speaking. She had lost a parent and fell into a deep depression. After the school provided her with a violin, she began to open up again.

Glendale Community College gets new wings

Glendale Community College gets new wings

The aviation department at Glendale Community College is celebrating a new addition this week in the form of a 1983 Cessna, the third plane the campus has acquired for its pilot training program.

Glendale Community College eyes new voting system

Glendale Community College eyes new voting system

Glendale Community College officials are joining other government entities in the city in taking the first steps toward adopting a district-based voting system to avoid litigation and pressure under the California Voting Rights Act.

 Glendale Unified to upgrade network center

Glendale Unified to upgrade network center

The Glendale Unified school district is closer to improving its technological infrastructure with the school board's recent approval of spending $1.7 million to remodel the district headquarters' basement, which serves as its technical hub.

State officials approve GCC lab reimbursement

State officials approve GCC lab reimbursement

Glendale Community College officials are breathing a little easier after state officials agreed to pay them over $1 million, which the college spent in unexpected...

Resident asks about later school start times for Glendale's middle school, high school students

A Glendale resident asked school officials this week to explore implementing later start times for middle and high school students.

Residents converge on local teen drug use

More than 100 residents tied to the Crescenta Valley and the prevention of drug and alcohol use among local youth met during the CV Alliance's quarterly meeting on Friday, where Glendale school officials and county health officials discussed ongoing efforts to keep teens from using controlled...

GUSD's voting system could be altered

Glendale school officials are moving to change the district’s voting system from an at-large one to a district-based system to remove the school district from scrutiny under the California Voting Rights Act and the potential for litigation.

Consultant predicts growth's effect on schools

Consultant predicts growth's effect on schools

In response to Glendale's recent residential development boom, the Glendale Unified School District commissioned a study that projects more than 600 additional students could live in those new units and attend local schools 10 years from now.

GUSD reports boost in enrollment

GUSD reports boost in enrollment

Glendale school officials this week reported an overall enrollment boost this year, an indicator that the school district is moving away from recent trends of slight declines the past few years.

Board moves to fill empty seat left by Mary Boger

Board moves to fill empty seat left by Mary Boger

The Glendale Unified school board will interview applicants early next month to fill a seat left open when former member — and past president — Mary Boger resigned.

GCC aims at state transfer goal

State community college officials unveiled a new goal this week to increase the number of students who transfer to four-year schools, or earn certificates or degrees, and Glendale Community College will need to make some gains to reach the target.

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

A silent film set to the music of composer of George Gershwin that details a teenager's attempts to win the heart of his dream girl and another film that follows an introverted teenager as he recounts his life to the toy robot he's repairing recently won honors at a local film festival.

Parents filled in on Sagebrush transfer

Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan is making the rounds to three elementary schools that could be affected if the Sagebrush area of La Cañada is transferred to that city's school district.

Settlement talks break down in Ferraro case

Attorneys representing the family of the 15-year-old boy who killed himself at Crescenta Valley High said in court Tuesday that settlement talks broke down after Glendale...

Fall semester starts at GCC

Fall semester starts at GCC

Thousands of students returned to Glendale Community College on Monday, the first day of the fall semester that saw plenty of incoming freshmen getting acquainted on campus, which is nestled in Glendale's hills.

Judge to weigh Drew Ferraro claim

Judge to weigh Drew Ferraro claim

A judge is set to consider next week whether to dismiss a case brought against the Glendale Unified School District by the family of a Crescenta Valley High School student who killed himself on campus in 2012.

Glendale school district prescribes additional school nurses

Glendale school officials recently made room for more nurses to join the staff as they move to address students' health concerns and slowly recover from past budget cuts.

Learning Matters: Some ideas for the school board appointee to consider

Learning Matters: Some ideas for the school board appointee to consider

Some friends have asked about my intentions for next April's election. As I've told them, I'm not seeking another term on the Board of Education. And I don't plan to submit my name for the interim appointment to the seat being vacated by my good friend Mary Boger, though I pondered the possibility...

Glendale Community College aims for growth

Glendale Community College aims for growth

Glendale Community College officials hope to increase the number of full-time equivalent students by nearly 1.5% this academic year, and they are also concerned about the impending end of Proposition 30, which saved the college from making drastic budget cuts two years ago.

Glendale PTA: Schools seek members as PTAs get started

With classes into their second week, PTAs are gearing up for activities.

City of Glendale issues open call for public art projects

Glendale is looking to spruce up well-known areas with original works by area artists starting this fall.

GCC students to return for fall

GCC students to return for fall

Thousands of students will return to Glendale Community College next week when the fall semester begins on Monday.

Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally

Editorial: Geo Listening in the light, finally

When it first hired Geo Listening in late 2012 to monitor the public social-media postings of students for signs of, among others, depression or suicide, Glendale school officials were less than transparent. In fact, they were opaque, failing to acknowledge it publicly in any manner.

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Learning Matters: Pageants can teach lessons outside of school

Learning Matters: Pageants can teach lessons outside of school

Last Saturday, I was at church for the opening rehearsal of the annual children’s Christmas pageant. I’ve spent the majority of my December Saturday mornings in this activity since our...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the legacy of 'The Christmas Song'

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the legacy of 'The Christmas Song'

For years now on most Fridays, I begin class not with a grammar or writing exercise but with a music lesson as a way to broaden my students’ musical knowledge by playing for them some of the...

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