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Glendale parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale 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.

Chamlian wins approval to increase enrollment

Chamlian wins approval to increase enrollment

Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School won approval from the Glendale Planning Commission to increase its current enrollment cap from 500 to 700 students, reversing an earlier city-mandated cap of 500.

Glendale High PTA: Wilson Middle School to host Solar Discovery Faire

Wilson Middle School, 1221 Monterey Road, will be the location for this year’s Glendale Solar Discovery Faire from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Relay for Life volunteer says 'cancer never sleeps and neither do we'

Relay for Life volunteer says 'cancer never sleeps and neither do we'

More than 200 people spent their weekend walking laps around Clark Magnet High School’s athletic field for the annual Foothills Relay for Life. One of them was 74-year-old Elaine Collins, a breast cancer survivor.

L.A. River Rover teaches students to appreciate an urban habitat

L.A. River Rover teaches students to appreciate an urban habitat

The contrast between nostalgia for the Los Angeles River and the reality of it today could not be sharper than at its confluence with the Arroyo Seco, a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards.

Common Core testing begins in local schools

Glendale and Burbank students recently began taking the new computerized exams that have replaced the pencil-and-paper standardized exams across California.

Glendale resident appointed to serve on state community college board

Glendale resident appointed to serve on state community college board

Glendale resident and retired Col. Nancy Sumner was recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Community College Board of Governors, a 17-member group responsible for helping guide and set policy for the state’s 112 community colleges.

Glendale Unified recognized for music commitment

Glendale Unified recognized for music commitment

Access to music programs in Glendale schools recently won the district recognition from a music industry group.

Hoover High debuts new track and field

Hoover High debuts new track and field

Glendale school officials celebrated the completion of the Hoover High track-and-field renovations last week, ushering in a new era for the school that has finally attained what other Glendale and neighboring high schools have — a level playing field.

Glendale Unified looks to make energy upgrades

Glendale school officials will spend $1.1 million updating three sites in the district that consume the most electricity.

Court rules in city's favor regarding school shutdown

A California appellate court has reversed a lower court’s decision to award damages to a private Armenian school that fought to operate in Glendale after it was temporarily shut down for serious health and safety violations.

Learning Matters: Taking a ride on life's elective wheel

Learning Matters: Taking a ride on life's elective wheel

As regular readers may have noticed, I’ve written a number of columns on school-to-career education. In another part-time job, I’ve also been assisting with an effort to extend and “articulate” career pathways to high-wage, high-growth industries.

St. Francis HS hosting sports medicine event

St. Francis High School will host the 13th Annual Sports Medicine Competition from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, when students from across the Western U.S. will test their knowledge of sports medicine and athletic training.

Crescenta Valley PTA: Rosemont to host Parent Information Night

Did you know that alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs among youth ages 12 to 17? Nationwide statistics show that 73% of youth report that at least one of their four closest friends used alcohol in the past year and 60% of youth report that at least one of their four closest...

CVHS teacher observes sea turtles during fellowship

For eight days last month, Crescenta Valley High teacher Christina Engen took night hikes in a Costa Rica jungle, observing leatherback sea turtles that were laying eggs along the coastline of the Pacuare Nature Reserve.

New president to lead Glendale school board

New president to lead Glendale school board

Mary Boger assumed the position of president of the Glendale Unified school board Tuesday during its annual reorganization meeting.

Youngsters let their inner artist blossom at the Glendale Central Library

Youngsters let their inner artist blossom at the Glendale Central Library

Several children visiting the Glendale Central Library on Friday created tin-can men using recycled objects such as tin cans, pipe cleaners and milk caps under the library's Art Cart program that uses donated and recycled items for young children to create art.

Movie icon, GHS alum John Wayne honored

Movie icon, GHS alum John Wayne honored

While family members of “The Duke” looked on, Glendale High School’s auditorium was officially renamed the John Wayne Performing Arts Center on Friday to honor the 1925 graduate of the school.

Group hosts suicide prevention talk in Glendale

A Glendale Unified psychologist and a mental health services coordinator offered parents direction Thursday night in recognizing depression in teens in order to better prevent suicide.

Glendale looks to increase bond payment

Glendale school officials are looking to increase the current bond tax rate, charging property owners more per year, but saving more than $200 million in interest over the life of the bond.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

A while ago, my fellow Friday columnist Joylene Wagner lamented that “most of our elementary students don't receive...

Residents support transfer at town hall meeting

Residents support transfer at town hall meeting

The majority of about 40 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Tuesday night favored a potential plan to transfer La Cañada's Sagebrush territory from Glendale...

School community rallies around Chamlian student

School community rallies around Chamlian student

It has been nearly one year since 10-year-old Grace Kesablak was diagnosed with cancer, and to honor her fight against the disease, hundreds of Glendale residents attended an event Monday night to celebrate her courage.

GCC educators prepared to meet workforce demands

Glendale Community College educators said this week they are confident they are meeting the demands for the workforce needs of the region.

Learning Matters: Preparing students for the real world

Learning Matters: Preparing students for the real world

Employers have been talking for years about their challenges finding young employees who are ready for the workplace. They complain of high school and college graduates who lack problem-solving skills, can't work independently or don't function well on a team. They report new hires lacking soft...

Trustees extend GCC leader's contract

Glendale Community College trustees voted this week to extend Supt./President David Viar’s contract through 2017 and bump up his salary by 2%.

Glendale PTA: Hoover, Toll and Keppel to host block party

Hoover High School, Toll Middle School and Keppel Elementary will host their annual block party celebrating the arts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 5.

Glendale school district hires firm to enhance camera security

Roosevelt Middle School and Glendale Unified’s headquarters will be among the first sites in the school district to receive new camera systems in a district-wide effort to enhance security on campuses.

GCC unveils fifth donor wall

GCC unveils fifth donor wall

Glendale Community College officials unveiled a donor wall Monday afternoon that has already raked in $21,000 for the college’s Garfield campus that hosts continuing education and certificate programs.

Toll, La Crescenta school heads to retire

Two Glendale Unified principals, each with more than three decades as educators, will retire at the end of the school year, officials announced this week.

Glendale school board extends superintendent's contract

Glendale school board extends superintendent's contract

The Glendale school board unanimously voted this week to extend Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan’s contract through 2018.

The Whiteboard Jungle: The SAT exam adapts to modern times

The Whiteboard Jungle: The SAT exam adapts to modern times

The high school experience includes several rites of passage for students: getting a driver’s license, going out on a first date, and taking the SAT. Now the SAT journey has just gotten a little smoother.

School board lays down foreign language pathways

With a formal vote this week, the Glendale school board established the paths that students in dual-language immersion classes will take...

District looks for input from Sagebrush residents

District looks for input from Sagebrush residents

Following months of meetings and closed-door negotiations, Glendale Unified officials are seeking input from Sagebrush residents on...

Applications accepted until May 1 for scholarship offered by developer Rick Caruso

Applications for a $10,000 college scholarship offered by the developer of the Americana at Brand are being accepted through May 1.

Chamlian Armenian School looks to expand enrollment

Chamlian Armenian School looks to expand enrollment

Citing a long waiting list, Chamlian Armenian School officials are looking to increase enrollment to 700 students, up from its current cap of 500.

GCC instructor and family's reality TV show attracts viewers

GCC instructor and family's reality TV show attracts viewers

A Glendale Community College instructor and his wife, who have adopted six children, have turned the love and chaos of their family life into that most American of pursuits: reality television.

Hoover High in Glendale wins annual Scholastic Bowl

Hoover High in Glendale wins annual Scholastic Bowl

Hoover High School won the 24th annual Glendale Unified Scholastic Bowl this week.

GCC educators prepare for state law

Glendale Community College educators are gearing up to implement a state law that aims to improve students' graduation and transfer rates.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Hoover High produced an infamous graduate

The Whiteboard Jungle: Hoover High produced an infamous graduate

On March 28, Glendale High School will rename its auditorium the John Wayne...

County makes Rosemont Middle School crossing-guard plan permanent

County makes Rosemont Middle School crossing-guard plan permanent

To the delight of parents and students, a unique crossing-guard program at a Crescenta Valley middle school has not only been extended but may expand throughout the county.

For young magician, being herself is no illusion

For young magician, being herself is no illusion

In all of Burbank, London Ruff may be the only high school girl to beg her mom for a tarantula, only to settle for a snake instead.

Man with cerebral palsy shares his story at GCC

Man with cerebral palsy shares his story at GCC

A 25-year-old man born with cerebral palsy, whose first doctors predicted his abilities would keep him from talking, shared his story on Monday with students and educators at Glendale Community College about overcoming his life’s multitude of obstacles.

Glendale High students carry on 105-year-old school tradition

Glendale High students carry on 105-year-old school tradition

Glendale High students carried on a 105-year-old tradition on Friday when freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors competed against each other in a contest that featured elaborate tableaus where students recreated scenes with themes such as immigration, compassion and ambition.

GCC hires firm to assist with redistricting

A law firm was recently hired by Glendale Community College officials to help the school on an “as-needed” basis with redistricting matters.

Glendale Community College predicts enrollment increase

Glendale Community College predicts enrollment increase

Glendale Community College officials estimate that enrollment of full-time students won’t reach their expected goal this year as the college continues to recover from years of tightening its budget to respond to financial cuts made by the state.

First Black Student Union forms at FSHA

First Black Student Union forms at FSHA

This school year marked a special time in history for the students of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, as a small contingent of women have formed the first Black Student Union at the high school.

Franklin Magnet School dropped from Title 1 program

Franklin Magnet School dropped from Title 1 program

A Glendale elementary school that was once nearly shuttered for its declining enrollment -- only to make a major comeback through its popular dual-language immersion programs -- has reached another milestone.

Glendale Unified may ponder name change for College View School

Glendale Unified may ponder name change for College View School

Glendale school officials will soon begin gauging if there is any interest to change the name of College View School to better reflect its mission as crews prepare to demolish the school and build a new one in its place, starting next month.

Learning Matters: A student's comfort could be another's affliction

Learning Matters: A student's comfort could be another's affliction

I first heard the phrase, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” in church. A pastor used it to describe the responsibilities of church pastors. I thought it a fitting description of pastoral duties.

Schiff launches student challenge to create math- and science-based apps

The creator of the next Instagram, Snapchat or Spotify could be from Burbank or Glendale as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) launches a first-ever congressional challenge for students to create software applications that demonstrate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

State superintendent of schools visits to talk Common Core, state exams

State Supt. Tom Torlakson was in town on Wednesday, but not to speak at a large rally.

Application period open for scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos seeks students to apply for scholarships before March 7.

Glendale students get a big bad earful

Glendale students get a big bad earful

Five members of the jazz and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy woke up earlier than normal Tuesday morning to give musical advice to about 250 Glendale...

Bill would boost reports of child abuse in schools

On the heels of criminal cases involving California teachers and district employees who failed to report alleged child abuse on campus, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has proposed a law that would require public schools to adopt uniform procedures for detecting and reporting such crimes.

Sandoval performs an energetic show

Sandoval performs an energetic show

Every time trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval plays, he gives a tutorial. The same can be said of many musicians, of course, but what sets Sandoval apart is his example as a man and as an American. Those qualities were on full display Saturday, as he performed with his renowned big band and a high...

Antibullying talk in Crescenta Valley focuses on the positive

An antibullying program that’s being introduced in Glendale Unified schools was in the spotlight Thursday during a discussion on the topic at Crescenta Valley High School.

Update: Glendale, La Cañada school officials negotiate Sagebrush

Update: Glendale, La Cañada school officials negotiate Sagebrush

The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La Cañada — an area whose students have historically been served by Glendale Unified — is still ongoing, school board members confirmed this week.

An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived them and their appearance Saturday, Feb. 22,...

Hoover tornado marching band wants your unwanted electronics

Hoover High School's marching band will collect unwanted electronic items Saturday to raise money for the band.

Glendale schools look to recovery

Glendale schools could receive $16 million more in revenue during the next fiscal year compared to the current one, according to school officials.

Glendale school district announces dual-language program's high school offerings

As Glendale school officials continue to review a plan to offer the district’s popular dual-language immersion classes through the 12th grade...

Arturo Sandoval to perform a benefit concert at Glendale's Alex Theatre

Arturo Sandoval to perform a benefit concert at Glendale's Alex Theatre

Classical musician and composer Arturo Sandoval, who discovered his love for music as a boy growing up in Cuba, will share his talent at the Alex Theatre later this month in a concert aimed to cultivate music education in today's youth.

Daily High students win approval to plant garden

Daily High students gained approval from the Glendale school board this week to build a garden that will grow fruit trees and vegetables to sell to school officials and fuel the school’s bistro program.

Learning Matters: The world of education is wide open

Learning Matters: The world of education is wide open

Parents have a lot to decide about their children’s education. From a child’s earliest years to adulthood, parents grapple with the choices they or their child must make in the pursuit of success and happiness.

"Abe Lincoln" visits John Marshall Elementary

"Abe Lincoln" visits John Marshall Elementary

Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to students at John Marshall Elementary School on Wednesday in the form of actor J.P. Wammack, who told second graders of the early life, presidency and assassination of the nation’s 16th president.

Two Glendale schools named international academies

Franklin Magnet Elementary and Toll Middle School received a significant honor this week with an announcement from the Spanish government naming the schools international academies.

Mashdots leader to lead visit to Western Armenia

Mashdots leader to lead visit to Western Armenia

Later this year, Mashdots College President Garbis Der Yeghiayan will take nearly 30 people to visit historic Western Armenia — which now lies within Turkey’s boarders — on a pilgrimage that leads Armenian descendents back to their roots.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to perform at the Alex

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to perform at the Alex

A concert to benefit the arts and music programs in Glendale Unified later this month will feature Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a swing band that’s had major national hits and has local ties — the children of two of its members attend Glendale schools.

Area students to test science knowledge

Area students to test science knowledge

Students at Hoover and Crescenta Valley high schools will compete Saturday in a regional competition to determine which team from across Southern California will compete in the National Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. in April.

GCC lab completion is postponed

The completion of what will become Glendale Community College’s largest building may be pushed back after crews discovered groundwater while working on the site, delaying construction by more than a month at least, officials said.

Young Glendale singing group makes its presence felt

Young Glendale singing group makes its presence felt

There’s a new show choir in town, and unlike the majority of groups across the state, and even the country, this 45-member choir is made up of children as young as 9 years old.

GCC meeting to talk disability services

For prospective college students with disabilities, the transition from high school to college can bring many challenges, so a meeting at Glendale Community College Thursday aims to outline what can be expected when those students make that educational leap.

Brain talk for teens is food for thought

Local parents asked an expert for tips Thursday night on how to better guide their teens through the vulnerable years in which their brains are still developing.

Burroughs High PTA homework survey leads to push for quality over quantity

After a local PTA conducted a survey of parents, the results sparked district officials to move forward with guidelines that emphasize quality over quantity when it comes to students’ homework — and state PTA officials are taking notice.

Learning Matters: College, career serve as beneficial goals

Learning Matters: College, career serve as beneficial goals

If education guru Dr. Bill Daggett had his way, the declared goal of the Common Core curriculum would be to prepare students to be career-ready.

NASA astronaut speaks at La Crescenta Elementary

NASA astronaut speaks at La Crescenta Elementary

NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson told a large group of La Crescenta Elementary students on Thursday what it’s like to be in space, sharing everything from what type of food she ate to how she exercised in zero-gravity.

Common Core gets overview in Glendale

During a meeting with the Glendale Unified’s superintendent on Tuesday, several local parents said their main concern about the state’s new curriculum is the new tests students will take in April and May.

Annual Shakespeare production attracts many students

Annual Shakespeare production attracts many students

About 1,300 students packed the Alex Theatre on Wednesday morning to get a modern-day look at five of Shakespeare’s classic plays, including scenes featuring sword fights, young lovers and tragic death — as well as an opening set to a chart-topping music hit by Pitbull and Ke$ha.

Glendale's Grandview Library celebrates 50th anniversary

Glendale's Grandview Library celebrates 50th anniversary

Grandview Library held a week-long celebration for its 50th anniversary, culminating with a birthday bash for the library on Friday with games, storytelling and children decorating 100 cupcakes.

Glendale High School to change auditorium name to honor movie legend John Wayne

Glendale High School to change auditorium name to honor movie legend John Wayne

In honor of one of the most famous icons who has ever lived in the city, Glendale High School will change the name of its auditorium to the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, after the legendary actor who is not otherwise recognized in the city where he came of age.

Gatto forwards bill to limit record of student posts

New legislation introduced this week by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) aims to restrict how long school districts can keep students’ social media data.

Retired educator Paula Devine wants seat on Glendale City Council

Retired educator Paula Devine wants seat on Glendale City Council

A longtime resident, retired educator and member of numerous local nonprofit boards has announced her plans to run for City Council, a move that would make her the sole woman in the race.

Glendale teacher, student to travel to Normandy for 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion

Glendale teacher, student to travel to Normandy for 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion

A Glendale High School teacher and student will travel to Normandy, France, this summer for an institute marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces on the territory’s beaches.

Glendale Latino Association names man, woman, business of the year

Glendale Latino Association names man, woman, business of the year

In keeping with its stated mission of inclusion, the Glendale Latino Assn. chose a top city official, one of its own, and a hospital for its top honors.

Glendale Unified on pace with new state law to protect transgender student rights

A new California law that took effect earlier this month expands the rights of transgender students, allowing them to participate on sports teams and use school facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to each student’s gender identity, and not necessarily the gender...

Learning Matters: A different perspective on the word Christmas

Learning Matters: A different perspective on the word Christmas

When Glendale News-Press Editor Dan Evans introduced us new columnists to his staff and each other last August, he expressed a wish for some lively exchanges of perspective between Hoover High School...

Glendale High students hear story of Holocaust survivor

Glendale High students hear story of Holocaust survivor

Kalman Aron was 21 when he was freed after being held in several Nazi camps for four years, still determined to live his life after losing most of his family during the Holocaust.

Cerritos Elementary hits education milestone

Cerritos Elementary hits education milestone

For the first time in its history, Cerritos Elementary is eligible to apply for the California Distinguished Schools award, a program that honors schools across the state for closing the achievement gap.

GCC police cadets support campus safety, earn real-badge experience

GCC police cadets support campus safety, earn real-badge experience

The sun shone at Glendale Community College as Art Darbinian, 19, waived to fellow students and maneuvered the tram he uses to help monitor the campus as a cadet at the school’s police department.

GUSD plan to increase enrollment and expand dual-language program ignites debate

A Glendale Unified School District plan to increase enrollment at La Crescenta-area elementary schools to allow for the expansion of dual-language immersion programs has ignited an intense debate among foothill neighbors regarding potential changes to their communities.

Donation goes to students' mental health needs

Glendale Unified has hired a psychological services provider to work full-time between Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School to offer mental health support for students, thanks to a large donation to the school district.

Tobinworld names longtime teacher as new principal

Tobinworld names longtime teacher as new principal

Chris Lougheed, the new principal at Tobinworld in Glendale, didn’t have to learn much about the nonpublic school that serves children with special needs and autism.

Learning Matters: Public educational reforms can sometimes lead to unintended outcomes

Learning Matters: Public educational reforms can sometimes lead to unintended outcomes

Most Christmas seasons since I was a child, I’ve sat down to watch “Miracle on 34th Street,” one of my all-time favorite movies. To me, it’s a story about people doing the “right” things for the “wrong” reasons: acts of generosity or kindness...

Glendale Community College wraps up first smoke-free semester

Since Glendale Community College officials turned the college into a smoking-free campus last spring, turnout at the weekly nicotine anonymous meetings has been slim.

Glendale students choose Chromebooks

The Glendale Unified school board recently approved spending $750,000 in state funds to purchase 1,300 Google Chromebooks and other technological accessories to fill a computer gap before state standardized testing begins in the spring.

GCC to partner with districts on adult education effort

Local education officials are starting to collaborate to improve adult education in Burbank and Glendale and hope to tap into a multimillion-dollar state grant available to school districts and colleges that agree to work together toward that goal.

'Fuddles' gets a second tale

'Fuddles' gets a second tale

“Fuddles” the cat is back again in Frans Vischer’s latest book, “A Very Fuddles Christmas.”

Sparks fly over use of Wi-Fi

School officials addressed parents’ concerns about Glendale Unified’s use of wireless Internet this week, vowing to continue using the technology during an impassioned meeting that had one school board member speak out against local parents’ allegations.

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Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

This year’s annual track competition among Glendale’s middle schools took place last Friday at Glendale’s Moyse Field. I’m so glad I happened upon the notice through the school...

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to take action, not tape it

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to take action, not tape it

A video went viral last week of Santa Monica High School teacher/coach Mark Black restraining a student...

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