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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.

Ice challenge makes its way to Glendale High

Ice challenge makes its way to Glendale High

Glendale High Principal Monica Makiewicz agreed on Friday to have a bucket of ice water poured over her head as part of a trend that has recently swept the country to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ESL in Glendale schools is the norm, numbers show

New data shows that a majority of students in Glendale Unified — 66% — speak a primary language other than English.

Roosevelt Middle School unveils new seventh period

Roosevelt Middle School debuted an extra period this week, a move educators say will give students more time to take electives or receive targeted intervention in math or English.

Social media monitoring policy elicits mixed reaction

Parents and students weighed in Thursday on a recent decision by Glendale school officials to continue monitoring students' public social media posts this school year.

Mary Boger bids GUSD board farewell

Mary Boger bids GUSD board farewell

When Mary Boger adjourned the school board meeting Tuesday, she closed the chapter of her 12 years of service as a board member and many more years as a volunteer with...

La Crescenta Library showcases teen-designed chairs

La Crescenta Library showcases teen-designed chairs

County teens took "reading from a chair" to a new level this summer with an exhibit at the La Crescenta Library this week.

Glendale Unified students start new school year

Glendale Unified students start new school year

About 26,000 students returned to Glendale public schools on Monday with the start of the new school year.

Fresh faces to lead Glendale schools

When school resumes in Glendale Unified on Monday, five of the district's roughly 30 schools will have new principals.

Montrose Film Festival seeks student entries

Montrose Film Festival seeks student entries

As the Montrose Film Festival gears up for its fifth year later this month, the popular event is looking to showcase the works of area students.

Girl Scouts work to come in 'FIRST' in international robotics challenge

Girl Scouts work to come in 'FIRST' in international robotics challenge

Lisette Jones, 14, remembers who piqued her interest in robots — her next-door neighbor, a teenager, who was on a high school robotics team.

Taking a creative shot on aging

Taking a creative shot on aging

Photography consumed Mike Legel. He focused his work on portraits and live concerts. But a fire, more than 30 years ago, destroyed his equipment and every photograph to his name.

Students engineer success with 3-D printer and robotic arm

Students engineer success with 3-D printer and robotic arm

Students at Glendale Community College met a major milestone this week when they unveiled a robotic arm and 3-D printer they spent months designing and building.

Sagebrush cries foul over Glendale-produced informational document

Sagebrush cries foul over Glendale-produced informational document

Saying it underplays local support, Sagebrush residents are crying foul about an informational document posted by Glendale Unified regarding negotiations to transfer the area to La Cañada Unified.

Drew Ferraro case moved to Burbank

Drew Ferraro case moved to Burbank

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge relinquished the case involving a former Crescenta Valley High student who killed himself after deeming it "too complicated," court records show.

GCC officials hopeful over state assistance

GCC officials hopeful over state assistance

Glendale Community College officials are increasingly hopeful that state officials will give them money to cover the funds spent on unforeseen costs that have added up since breaking ground last year on a new lab and classroom building.

$50K in scholarships awarded to students

Twenty young people from ages 18 to 27 received scholarships totaling $50,000 during a ceremony at Glendale’s Camp Max Straus earlier this week — an event that celebrated how the recipients overcame adversity in their lives.

College educators examine success rates

At Glendale Community College, 54% of students who were tracked from 2007 through 2013 went on to earn a certificate, degree or transfer to a four-year school, according to data released this week showing the college’s student-success rates.

School board recommends crossing guards reassignments

Glendale school officials made recommendations last week for placing crossing guards at several new schools.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy files EIR with planning board

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy files EIR with planning board

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy filed a draft Environmental Impact Report Monday with the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Department regarding a series of campus improvements and expansions, including a 99,000-square-foot parking structure.

Monna Johnson steps into new role as head of Glendale Council PTA

Monna Johnson steps into new role as head of Glendale Council PTA

On July 1, Monna Johnson officially stepped into a new volunteer position as president of the Glendale Council PTA. In that role, she'll represent Glendale Unified parents involved in 26 PTA groups across the city who work closely with educators to advocate for kids' success in the classroom.

Mary Boger prepares to sign off

Mary Boger prepares to sign off

When Mary Boger adjourns her last Glendale Unified board meeting on Aug. 12, she will leave behind a legacy more than 30 years in the making.

GCC trustee publishes photographic journey of Armenia

GCC trustee publishes photographic journey of Armenia

Although Vahe Peroomian was born in California, he has always felt a connection to the landscape of his ancestral homeland: Armenia. That link, and his many visits to the country, inspired him to publish "A Photographic Journey of My Homeland, Armenia," which includes hundreds of photographs the...

School to keep name as 'College View'

School to keep name as 'College View'

Glendale educators have decided against changing the name of College View School, citing a survey that...

GUSD may remove students' class rankings

Glendale school officials will likely remove students' class rankings from transcripts, due to certain colleges and universities automatically turning students away for not falling within the top 10% of their class, even though those kids still attained a high GPA.

Glendale school officials delay Sagebrush vote

Glendale school officials delay Sagebrush vote

The Glendale school board postponed a vote regarding a controversial transfer of the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified after Supt. Dick Sheehan asked...

GUSD board president to step down, citing illness

GUSD board president to step down, citing illness

Mary Boger, a longtime member of the Glendale Unified school board, announced her resignation Tuesday evening, citing a chronic condition she said made it impossible to do the work. 

Giligia Charter Academy misses deadline to disclose location

Burbank school officials said they had not yet received an address where Giligia Charter Academy would operate, though that information was due Monday.

Tobinworld students check out the surf

Tobinworld students check out the surf

This Thursday, 15 Glendale autistic and developmentally disabled students will surf the waves off Santa Monica, some for the first time ever.

Glendale Adventist to close child-care center

Glendale Adventist Medical Center will close its children community center in Montrose next month, citing ongoing revenue losses it can no longer afford to endure.

GCC official suggests acquiring Civic Auditorium

GCC official suggests acquiring Civic Auditorium

A man who has represented faculty at Glendale Community College campus for four years suggested college officials turn the Glendale Civic Auditorium into updated classrooms.

Young Presidential Scholar follows her dreams to NYC

Young Presidential Scholar follows her dreams to NYC

For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Gabriela Campo knew she wanted to make a living performing musical theater, and she reached a milestone recently on her journey to a theatrical career.

Glendale Community College sees summer enrollment boost

More than 850 students have enrolled in Glendale Community College's summer session, the largest the college has had in two years.

Glendale school officials plan for property exchange

Glendale school officials are looking into swapping a training facility on Central Avenue for a nearby apartment complex, a move that may bring in cash to the district.

Newly approved charter school says no to proposed location

The lead petitioner to open a new charter school on Burbank Boulevard said on Thursday its proposed location isn’t going to work out, but two public...

Glendale educators embrace new student assessments

To better enable Glendale educators to identify students’ skills and areas for improvement, Glendale Unified will pay more than $3.4 million for a new program to track students’ progress in math and reading.

Verdugo area consortium wins digital media grant

Glendale and Burbank educators are looking to further prepare students for working in the Verdugo region, thanks to a $6 million grant aiming to equip students with training to meet local industry needs.

Glendale school district approves spending plan

The Glendale school board approved a 60-page, three-year plan for how to spend state dollars this week.

Glendale students surveyed on computerized testing

Across California, more than 3 million students spent 12 weeks sampling the new state computerized exams, and Glendale educators have surveyed their students to gather input on how prepared they were.

Glendale Unified plans to issue $70M in bonds

Glendale school officials are preparing to issue their second round of Measure S bond funds, totaling $70 million with a majority of the money going toward replacing bungalows with permanent one- and two-story classroom buildings.

Young readers open up to Montrose Library's dogeared guest

Young readers open up to Montrose Library's dogeared guest

House rules at a library call for silence, but surprisingly, one of the most quiet patrons at the Montrose Library Tuesday afternoon was a very well-behaved dog.

Glendale, La Cañada school officials continue Sagebrush talks

Glendale, La Cañada school officials continue Sagebrush talks

Glendale school officials are continuing negotiations with La Cañada officials regarding the Sagebrush territory.

Enrollment still a concern for Glendale Community College

Enrollment still a concern for Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College officials predict they will receive $2.3 million more in revenue for 2014-15 than they did the previous year, but a remaining concern centers on student enrollment.

Woman sought for allegedly stealing electronics from school

Woman sought for allegedly stealing electronics from school

Police are asking for help in identifying a woman who allegedly stole two Apple Macbook laptops and an iPad from Edison Elementary School during a graduation ceremony.

Former Hoover grad calling on alums to send birthday cards to 90-year-old teacher

Leon Wiskup will turn 90 next week, and unless he reads this paper, is unaware about a campaign underway to get as many of his former students as possible to send him a birthday card.

Burbank school officials vote in favor of new charter school aimed at Armenian immigrants

Burbank looks to be getting a new charter school — one aimed at recent Armenian immigrants — following a vote by school board officials last week.

Learning Matters: Kudos to workers trying to close the gap

Learning Matters: Kudos to workers trying to close the gap

It seems wherever I go in the realms of education and career, I'm being urged to "mind the gap."

GCC honors its graduates

GCC honors its graduates

Glendale Community College celebrated more than 700 graduates Wednesday during its commencement ceremony, and the evening was dedicated to John Davitt, who passed away last month after serving as the college's superintendent and president for over 20 years, from 1985 to 2006.

New report cards to debut in Glendale Unified School District

Glendale educators recently unveiled a draft version of a new elementary report card that will be used to measure the success of students, including their effort in various subjects and behavior skills, during the upcoming academic year.

Tobinworld holds graduation ceremony

Tobinworld holds graduation ceremony

Nearly 30 students graduated from Tobinworld last week, with three of them earning a high-school diploma.

Vapor devices come up at CV Alliance meeting

The CV Alliance attracted nearly 100 people Friday morning to hear a discussion on recent drug trends and services available to Glendale Unified students.

Franklin Elementary to receive new look

Franklin Elementary to receive new look

After working for more than a year, parents at Franklin Elementary secured a $1-million grant that will enable the campus to undergo an environmental transformation.

 Butterflies and brushwork: Hoover High grad earns scholarship for artwork

Butterflies and brushwork: Hoover High grad earns scholarship for artwork

Jasmine Trinidad had applied for several college scholarships before nearly giving up on the idea she would receive any funds to help pay for school — until the day she opened a letter mailed to her house and read, "I am pleased to inform you…"

 The Whiteboard Jungle: Writers may be happy to hear from you

The Whiteboard Jungle: Writers may be happy to hear from you

This fall, when my students study "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," it won't be the same due to the passing of Maya Angelou last week.

FSHA seniors hold commencement

FSHA seniors hold commencement

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy held its commencement exercises on Sunday afternoon, which concluded with graduating seniors, all dressed in white, participating in the school's long-standing tradition of tossing red roses into the air.

Hoover graduates look to the future

Hoover graduates look to the future

As Principal Jennifer Earl said goodbye to her "first graduating class" at Hoover High School on Tuesday, she said the students and staff have become like family since she took the helm at the school four years ago when the now-graduates were freshmen.

Clark Magnet has a three-way tie for valedictorian

Members of Clark Magnet High School's graduating class will have many memories of their senior year, including one word that students think best describes them: "boost."

Hard work pays off  at Glendale High

Hard work pays off at Glendale High

More than 600 seniors, clad in red and black gowns, turned their tassels on Tuesday as they graduated from Glendale High School.

Crescenta Valley grads say goodbye

Crescenta Valley grads say goodbye

About 750 students graduated from Crescenta Valley High on Tuesday evening, and senior Neil Cho was passing out new pennies to fellow classmates as part of one last prank.

Daily High students overcome challenges to achieve

Daily High students overcome challenges to achieve

When 18-year-old Androu Zorabians graduated with his high school diploma on Tuesday afternoon, he accomplished something he thought was out of reach just a couple years ago.

Glendale PTA: Ceremonies mark the end of the school year

Glendale PTA: Ceremonies mark the end of the school year

The last day of school in the Glendale Unified School District, including graduation and promotion ceremonies, is June 3.

Learning Matters: GCC choir provides a fun outlet

Learning Matters: GCC choir provides a fun outlet

I have written and spoken many times — including in this column last September — about the academic and social benefits of music education for children. Learning to read music is learning a new symbolic language. Learning rhythms is an exercise in mathematic fundamentals. And music is...

Assistant principal to take the lead at Toll Middle School

Assistant principal to take the lead at Toll Middle School

This summer, Matt Dalton will become only the 11th principal to lead Toll Middle School since the campus opened to students in 1926 in the middle of a grape vineyard.

Two CV students among app honorees

Two CV students among app honorees

La Crescenta students dominated in a first-ever science, technology, engineering and math competition that asked students in the 28th Congressional district to create digital applications.

St. Francis fetes its graduates

St. Francis fetes its graduates

One hundred and sixty-four young men from the St. Francis High School Class of 2014 graduated on Saturday on the school's Foothill Boulevard campus.

GCC hopes for boost in summer enrollment

Glendale Community College hopes to increase the number of summer students this year to make up for a shortfall in spring enrollment figures.

Glendale schools to offer free summer meals to children

Glendale Unified will offer free meals to children under age 18 at several schools this summer starting June 9.

Glendale Unified reports funding increase

Glendale school officials estimate they will receive $16.1 million more from the state for the 2014-15 school year, and plan to add 12 full-time educators across its middle schools and high schools.

Survey shows Sagebrush residents support transfer

Survey shows Sagebrush residents support transfer

The majority of residents support transferring Sagebrush from Glendale to La Cañada Unified, Jewel City school officials announced this week.

GCC employee wins statewide award

GCC employee wins statewide award

State education officials named Hoover Zariani as a 2014 "Classified Employee of the Year" after being nominated by Glendale Community College earlier this year.

GCC ceremony commemorates Memorial Day

GCC ceremony commemorates Memorial Day

Glendale Community College student and Army veteran Kristel Vear told fellow veterans on Tuesday that every Memorial Day is a somber one for her as she remembers the fallen.

Keppel students perform 'The Little Mermaid'

Keppel students perform 'The Little Mermaid'

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School performed a theatrical adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" at Hoover High School this week under the direction of Keppel teacher Jennifer Epstein.

California State PTA adopts homework resolution initiated by Burbank parents

The California State PTA adopted a resolution this month that stems from work developed by parents at John Burroughs High School who examined...

UC system seeks to increase number of 'origin schools' for transfers

Noting the majority of transfers from community colleges to University of California campuses come from relatively few of the states' two-year schools, state and local officials this week applauded a move by the university system seeking to increase the number of transfers' origin schools.

Learning Matters: Educate yourself about end-of-life issues

Learning Matters: Educate yourself about end-of-life issues

I spend a lot of column space writing about the Common Core Curriculum and preparing our students for their future. But what about preparing them for ours?

New job, new school, new age for Wilson Middle School assistant principal

New job, new school, new age for Wilson Middle School assistant principal

The school day was in full swing around 9 a.m. Wednesday at Wilson Middle School as students made their way to second period, and making her rounds with walkie-talkie in hand to prevent tardiness was Assistant Principal Josephine Bixler.

Burglar allegedly targets Chamlian School

Burglar allegedly targets Chamlian School

Police are searching for an underage suspect who allegedly broke into Vahan & Anoush Chamlian School in La Crescenta after hours and made off with sports equipment and a small amount of money, police said.

'Musical petting zoo' makes its stop at Grandview Library

'Musical petting zoo' makes its stop at Grandview Library

The Grandview Library took on an unusually musical tone Thursday afternoon as kids played the flute, banged on drums and strummed guitars.

Community discusses plans to improve Glendale schools

Since the beginning of the year, teachers, parents, students and community members have collaborated on what Glendale Unified's priorities should be for the next three years, and the results are in.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Recognize teachers every day of the year

The Whiteboard Jungle: Recognize teachers every day of the year

May is “thank your local teacher” month: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5 through 9), National Teacher Day (May 6) and California’s Day of the Teacher (May 14).

Glendale Unified continues to mull over Sagebrush

Glendale Unified continues to mull over Sagebrush

The Glendale school board is looking to make a decision next month on whether to transfer the Sagebrush territory to the La Cañada Unified School District.

Glendale school district makes building plans

Glendale school officials plan to adopt a new timeline for constructing classroom buildings on select campuses to relieve overcrowding and do away with portable bungalows.

Glendale High cluster PTA: Ceremony surprises former school leader

A flag ceremony at R.D. White Elementary was anything but ordinary as former principal Suzanne Risse was surprised by an unveiling of a statue in her name. The piece depicts a girl lying on her stomach reading a book.

Clark Magnet honors former secretary

Clark Magnet honors former secretary

On a typical morning at the beginning of this school year, a bus known as "Bus 106" carrying dozens of students to Clark Magnet High School from Glendale was late to school again.

Three Glendale schools earn 'Distinguished' title

Three Glendale elementary schools were among hundreds named as 2014 California Distinguished Schools on Wednesday, including one that was eligible for the first time.

Glendale Unified reports higher graduation rate

Glendale Unified reports higher graduation rate

Of nearly 2,300 Glendale Unified students who began high school in 2009, 90.4% went on to earn their diplomas as part of the class of 2013, according to data that state officials released this week.

Glendale High School archery students bow to an expert

Glendale High School archery students bow to an expert

Just weeks before Glendale High’s archery team competes in a state championship, five-time Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig dropped by Tuesday to offer advice to team members on their form, footing and follow-through.

'Queen of Katwe' visits Clark Magnet

'Queen of Katwe' visits Clark Magnet

After Phiona Mutesi lost her father to AIDS when she was 3 years old, she grew accustomed to always feeling hungry and searching for food in one of the world’s worst slums.

Hoover cluster PTA: Mark your calendars for Teacher Appreciation Week

With the 2013-14 school year starting to wind down, it's a good time to check your school calendars for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Gatto's social media bill headed to a vote

A state bill that sets social media-monitoring standards for schools is now heading to the full State Assembly for a vote.

GCC transfer rates down

Fewer Glendale Community College students transferred to four-year universities in California during the 2012-13 academic year compared to the year before — a decrease blamed on state education funding cuts that educators say impacted the Glendale campus.

With construction hurdles, GCC officials seek state assistance

Glendale Community College officials are hopeful the state will give them more than $1 million to pay for unexpected costs tied to the school's lab/college services building, which is under construction.

Glendale High School dance and drill team excels at national event

Glendale High School dance and drill team excels at national event

The Glendale High School dance and drill team returned from a national competition recently with six first-place wins, the most a Glendale High team has secured at one time in the school’s history.

Crescenta Valley cluster PTA: Taste of Montrose scheduled for May 4

The annual Taste of Montrose, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4, is a wonderful opportunity to sample the culinary delights offered by an array of participating Montrose restaurants and support an important student program.

Garrett Ohara takes over as athletic director at Flintridge Prep

Garrett Ohara takes over as athletic director at Flintridge Prep

Garrett Ohara is used to following in Alex Rivera’s footsteps down the career path at Flintridge Prep.

 Parents signal traffic concerns

Parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale school and city officials are reevaluating where crossing guards are assigned throughout the city due, in part, to concerns raised by parents.

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Learning Matters: Taking a look back at Boger's achievements

Learning Matters: Taking a look back at Boger's achievements

I met Mary Boger, president of the Glendale Unified Board of Education, in 1990, in...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Meeting amplifies divergent ideas on education

The Whiteboard Jungle: Meeting amplifies divergent ideas on education

This summer has not been kind to California educators with increased deductions from their paychecks to pay for the pension fund, and tenure and job protection ruled illegal by a Superior Court judge.

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