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Free lunches to be offered to young Glendale library visitors

Free lunches to be offered to young Glendale library visitors

City and school officials are offering free lunches to children who visit the Glendale Central Library this summer.

Glendale Unified hires Realtor to examine potential property swap

Glendale school officials agreed to hire a Realtor for a potential property exchange, a few months after Burbank-based development firm, Chandler, Pratt & Partners expressed interest in the district’s headquarters and surrounding property.

Glendale school board sticks with search firm

The Glendale school board agreed to stay with the search firm it hired earlier this month after momentarily reconsidering and hearing proposals again from three firms for a second time Wednesday night.

New principal named for Tobinworld's school of autism

New principal named for Tobinworld's school of autism

Fourteen years ago, when Ray Hairapatian was in his early 20s, he was working as a teaching assistant at Tobinworld school in Glendale helping developmentally disabled and autistic students when he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his career as an educator.

Glenoaks Elementary students, parents rally to keep principal

Glenoaks Elementary students, parents rally to keep principal

Parents and students attending Glenoaks Elementary marched in front of the school Monday afternoon to rally against the school’s principal, Kristine Siegal, taking an assignment to oversee Mark Keppel Visual & Performing Arts Magnet for the next school year.

Local students raise nearly $50K for American Heart Assn.

During the past academic year, students enrolled in the majority of Glendale’s 30 schools combined their efforts to raise $46,000 for the American Heart Assn.

Former Glendale Unified administrator hired as interim superintendent

Former Glendale Unified administrator hired as interim superintendent

Donald Empey, a former longtime Glendale Unified administrator, will fill in as the district’s interim superintendent as school officials launch a search for their next full-time leader, who is expected to take the district’s reins by October.

GCC grads journey onward

GCC grads journey onward

Last night’s graduating class for the 2014-15 academic year at Glendale Community College ranged in age from 18 to 84 years old as students continued their education in pursuit of a better future.

Glendale PTA: GUSD, city to provide free lunches for children

Classes in the Glendale Unified School District are dismissed for the summer, with lessons resuming on Aug. 10. During this time, summer fun is the focus for most students, with summer school classes scheduled in for others.

Tobinworld graduates meet their dreams

Tobinworld graduates meet their dreams

Dustin Cuellar never pictured himself wearing a cap and gown, walking across a stage to receive a high school diploma.

Onward and upward for the Class of 2015

Onward and upward for the Class of 2015

Across Glendale and La Crescenta, graduates in the collective Class of 2015 took time to reflect on their past few years, the challenges they've overcome and the relationships they've developed during their respective commencement ceremonies.

Glendale High graduates look to next chapter

Glendale High graduates look to next chapter

Flight was a recurring theme during the commencement ceremony at Glendale High School, with the north end of the football field inside Moyse Stadium serving as the symbolic launch pad for the future of the more than 650 students who received their diplomas Wednesday night.

Crescenta Valley High students turn tassels

Crescenta Valley High students turn tassels

When Sameen Islam entered the gymnasium at Crescenta Valley High School on Wednesday moments before graduating, his roughly 700 classmates burst into applause and cheers.

Graduation is a time of reflection, looking ahead for Hoover High

Graduation is a time of reflection, looking ahead for Hoover High

Approximately 390 Herbert Hoover High School seniors gathered on Ferguson Field Wednesday evening for one last hurrah and send-off before they embark on the rest of their lives.

Clark Magnet seniors aim for their potential

Clark Magnet seniors aim for their potential

About 270 seniors at Clark Magnet High School walked off with their diplomas and into the next chapter of their lives during graduation on Wednesday.

Paralyzed teen achieves goal of walking across graduation stage to receive diploma

Paralyzed teen achieves goal of walking across graduation stage to receive diploma

For weeks, Katarina Stankovich had practiced walking.

La Cañada city officials ask to join Sagebrush transfer talks

La Cañada city officials agreed Monday to chip in $5,000 for a Sacramento-based consultant to reinvigorate talks between La Cañada and Glendale school officials over a possible Sagebrush transfer — in exchange for a seat at the bargaining table.

Daily High students remember the past, look to the future

Daily High students remember the past, look to the future

Stories of making good on second chances took the stage for the annual graduation ceremony for Allan F. Daily High School students Wednesday.

Franklin Elementary features new mosaic

Franklin Elementary features new mosaic

The stairs leading up to Benjamin Franklin Magnet Elementary School now feature an ocean-themed, glass art piece welcoming visitors and students in the foreign languages taught at the school: German, Italian, French and Spanish.

Learning Matters: Past ways of learning should not be forgotten

Learning Matters: Past ways of learning should not be forgotten

"What was considered a good education 50 years ago… is no longer enough for success in college, career and citizenship in the 21st Century."

Sheehan hired by Covina school district

Sheehan hired by Covina school district

The Covina-Valley Unified School District hired Glendale Supt. Dick Sheehan Tuesday evening, returning the veteran educator to his roots but also to a district under fire for a series of recent sex scandals.

GUSD superintendent expected to leave district

GUSD superintendent expected to leave district

Glendale Supt. Richard Sheehan is expected to accept a job to head up the troubled Covina-Valley Unified School District this evening. 

Students put patriotism on display during Memorial Day assembly

Students put patriotism on display during Memorial Day assembly

First- and second-grade students serenaded their fellow classmates and parents at John Marshall Elementary School Friday morning with patriotic songs such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land” during the school’s annual Memorial Day assembly.

First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

Two years ago, Glendale Community College officials embarked on a multimillion-dollar endeavor to reduce energy costs, and their efforts appear to be proving successful.

Disabled students, peers at Jewel City find sharing facilities to be mutually beneficial

When some of Glendale’s students with moderate to severe disabilities were displaced to another campus two years ago, it marked the beginning of a new relationship between them and fellow middle school and high school students who attend Jewel City Community Day School, where they work to...

GWP to help Glendale Unified recycle water

As Glendale city officials look to make drastic cuts in the amount of potable water consumed in the city, school officials are looking to tap into recycled water as one way to deal with the state’s severe drought.

Glendale High Cluster PTA: Graduation ceremonies are on the horizon

The school year is coming to a close for students in the Glendale Unified School District and with the sunset of lessons and homework comes graduation ceremonies and promotion events celebrating educational milestones.

State PTA supports local initiative seeking to include LGBTQ perspective in health education

State PTA supports local initiative seeking to include LGBTQ perspective in health education

The Burbank school district’s Parent Teacher Assn. is one step closer to influencing change across California with a resolution seeking to incorporate clear health standards into the state’s curriculum to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, in addition...

Art contest takes aim at water awareness

Art contest takes aim at water awareness

An annual art contest established four years ago to expand awareness of California’s drought recently among young people had more than 120 submissions from students in elementary through high school, and two of its top three winners are Rosemont Middle School students.

Glendale Unified, Rio Hondo College partnership opens up opportunities for auto-shop students

Glendale students will have more opportunities to learn about vehicle engines and electronic systems this fall when Hoover High School dusts off tools in its auto garage and expands the number of auto classes it offers.

Glendale school board OKs extra costs for classroom buildings

Glendale school board OKs extra costs for classroom buildings

Three La Crescenta schools slated for construction of new permanent classroom buildings early next year received the OK from Glendale school officials to spend an additional $1.8 million to cover anticipated higher construction costs for Lincoln, La Crescenta and Fremont elementary schools.

Youth get free cleanings at annual Dentistry from the Heart event

Youth get free cleanings at annual Dentistry from the Heart event

A local dental clinic for youth provided free teeth cleanings and other treatments on Monday, but the youngsters also walked away with a complimentary lesson on how to maintain a bright smile in between visits.

On Campus at GCC: Summer session slated to start June 22

The summer session at Glendale Community College will begin June 22. Priority registration will end on Saturday. Then, open registration will begin on Monday. To see the credit and noncredit course listings go to glendale.edu/schedules. The...

Crescenta Valley PTA: Monte Vista to hold open house Thursday

An open house and “Recorder” program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, and a volunteer breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. on May 21. Contact the school’s office for more information about either of these events.

Dual-language immersion teacher at John Muir Elementary receives Fulbright award

Dual-language immersion teacher at John Muir Elementary receives Fulbright award

Early next year, Angela Palmieri is bound for New Zealand as one of 49 teachers who recently received a coveted Fulbright award to conduct research.

Retired Glendale Unified superintendent's $277K pension among highest in the state for educators

Former Glendale Unified Superintendent Michael Escalante received a pension of $277,833 in 2014, making him the highest pension earner among former Glendale Unified employees as well as the majority of retired state educators, according to data released this week by the California Policy Center.

Glendale Unified middle, high schools all receive state's Gold Ribbon Award

Glendale schools won significant recognition this week as state officials announced all eight of the school district’s comprehensive middle and high schools earned the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award.

Complaint alleges Glendale Unified violating California Voting Rights Act

Malibu attorney Kevin Shenkman has filed a complaint against the Glendale Unified School District for allegedly violating the California Voting Rights Act, 10 days after voters rejected Glendale Unified’s measure that would have paved the path for them to adopt a district-based voting system.

Local students honored at art competition hosted by Rep. Schiff

Local students honored at art competition hosted by Rep. Schiff

Three local students were honored recently at the annual 28th District Congressional Art Competition Exhibit in Van De Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

Fathers gear up to produce the annual 'Fathers' Follies'

Fathers gear up to produce the annual 'Fathers' Follies'

A nearly 70-year tradition that features local fathers producing a light-hearted display of shenanigans will take to the stage again next week at Glendale High School for the 68th annual “Fathers’ Follies.”

Wilson Middle School honors its English learners

Wilson Middle School honors its English learners

For many students, it takes at least two years to become proficient in English after moving to the United States from another country as they also learn to adapt to a new school and community.

Glendale cluster PTA: GHS yearbook available for online purchase

Glendale High School's 2015 yearbook is now complete, thanks to the work of editors-in-chief Doug Schowengerdt, Laura Tabanyi and Maddie Wills, along with their staff. A yearbook costs $85 and can be purchased online at the school store. The yearbook's purchase price will increase after the books...

Glendale Unified school board members Freemon, Nahabedian sworn in

Glendale Unified school board members Freemon, Nahabedian sworn in

New school board member Jennifer Freemon and incumbent Nayiri Nahabedian were sworn in to new four-year terms on the Glendale Unified school board on Monday as their families sat in attendance and board members bid farewell to interim member Sandy Russell.

Graduation rates in Glendale show steady improvement

Of the more than 2,100 seniors who were on the path to graduate at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, about 91.5% of them went on to earn their high school diploma, while a little more than 4% of them dropped out.

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.

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Learning Matters: Dealing with change can be a stressful experience

Learning Matters: Dealing with change can be a stressful experience

For involved parents and school district personnel, a change in superintendent or principal is like getting a new choir director for a singer: emotionally unsettling and personal.

The Whiteboard Jungle: The contributions of fathers should be appreciated

The Whiteboard Jungle: The contributions of fathers should be appreciated

Sunday will mark my 17th Father’s Day, a special accomplishment for me considering that I have been a dad longer than my father was for me.

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