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By Mary O'Keefe | April 20, 2007
On Monday, April 16, Rosemont Middle School was announced as a California Distinguished School. "The district is very proud of Rosemont teachers, administrators, students and parents," said Dr. Greg Franklin, assistant superintendent of secondary schools for Glendale Unified School District. To receive the recognition, schools must meet their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress Report targeted test scores. The state selects a small set of these schools to serve as examples of excellence for other schools.
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June 16, 2006
A new flag now flies at Franklin Elementary School. Students, parents and faculty raised the flag Thursday, designating the school as a California Distinguished School. More than 500 attended the ceremony honoring the school's achievement, Glendale Unified School District spokesman Bill Card said, adding that fewer than 5% of schools across the state receive such a designation. Marshall Elementary School will have a similar ceremony today to celebrate becoming a California Distinguished School.
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April 21, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Students danced in the gymnasium and faculty members dined to orchestra music Friday afternoon at Toll Middle School. The schoolwide events were part of a celebration of Toll being named a California Distinguished School. The school was one of 157 middle and high schools recognized with the honor from the California Department of Education. The award recognizes schools for their programs, community participation and outstanding academics.
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By by mary o’keefe valley sun | May 23, 2008
On Wednesday, Dunsmore Elementary School celebrated being named a California Distinguished School with certificates of appreciation and ice cream sundaes. “You have had opportunities before to apply for Distinguished School, but decided not to,” said Alice Petrossian, Glendale assistant superintendent. “I am so pleased that you decided to apply this time and receive the award. It is so deserved. And now Blue Ribbon Award is only a blink away.” Superintendent Michael Escalante, and board member Mary Boger along with dignitaries from Congressman Adam Schiff and Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office presented the school with certificates of recognition.
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April 17, 2004
Gary Moskowitz It's been an important week for Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School Principal Lynda Christian. Christian, along with her faculty and staff, students, parents and community members, spent Wednesday afternoon participating in an official site visit from state and county educators. The site visit was the last step in the school's efforts to become a 2004 California Distinguished School. "The whole process of having people come here and look at what we do is really a celebration of the excellent teaching and learning that happens here on a daily basis," Christian said.
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April 18, 2003
Janine Marnien Being named a California Distinguished School once is an honor, but receiving the award was definitely sweeter the second time around for members of the La Canada High School community. The California Department of Education announced Wednesday the school was one of the 132 public secondary schools this year to receive the honor. Receiving the award a second time didn't diminish the excitement of the honor, Assistant Principal Cynthia Keech said.
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By Angela Hokanson | June 3, 2008
A block of La Crescenta Avenue was shut down and a jubilant crowd of students, parents, teachers and members of the Crescenta Valley Town Council spilled off the front lawn of La Crescenta Elementary school and into the street Monday to celebrate two of the school’s recent academic achievements. The school was named a California Distinguished School this year for the first time in more than 20 years and received the highest ranking among schools across the state. “For 21 years, we have not been a California Distinguished School, and now we are,” Principal Kim Bishop told the audience.
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April 12, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- The halls of Toll Middle School were buzzing with activity early Wednesday morning. The relative quiet of spring break was interrupted by the announcement that Toll had been named a California Distinguished School. "I'm already planning a schoolwide celebration," said an excited Hasmik Danielian, Toll principal. Phones rang off the hook Wednesday as parents called to congratulate school officials. It is the second time in five years the school has received the award.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
Clark Magnet High School was one of 35 California schools nominated Tuesday for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, widely recognized as a gold standard in public education. The school will have to wait until September to learn if it will receive the honor, which is contingent on hitting all of its 2012 standardized testing targets, including its scores for the overall Academic Performance Index. Last year, Clark earned a score of 909 out of a total 1,000, making it the highest-performing high school in Glendale Unified, despite a large population of low-income students.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | June 29, 2010
GLENDALE — Three years ago, Edison Elementary School was in a government designation for schools where academic achievement is not growing rapidly enough, or at all. Now that the campus has emerged with successful and growing academic performance, the latest iteration of Edison Elementary is what happens when parents and staff work together toward a common goal, they said. After three years of planning, meetings and organizing, the school formalized a Parent Teacher Assn.
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April 10, 2009
From the first stages of planning Clark Magnet High School, the Magnet School Planning Taskforce, including 80 volunteers from the district, community, businesses and institutions of higher education, envisioned a school where the emphasis would be on two instructional themes: science and advanced technology. The vision for the new school was based on the State of California’s plan for secondary schools, Second to None, as well as the SCANS Report, Aiming High, Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution, and the governor’s School-to-Career Task Force.
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March 12, 2009
Either way, it’s a low blow to city Monday’s question “Will allowing professional boxing matches in the city bring in more funds?” is a silly question — how the heck is the ordinary reader going to know the answer to that? We can hope they do just as the city does, but the more meaningful question is whether the reader supports boxing matches in the city. Last weekend, I was appalled at the crowds at the gun show at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
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By Angela Hokanson | June 3, 2008
A block of La Crescenta Avenue was shut down and a jubilant crowd of students, parents, teachers and members of the Crescenta Valley Town Council spilled off the front lawn of La Crescenta Elementary school and into the street Monday to celebrate two of the school’s recent academic achievements. The school was named a California Distinguished School this year for the first time in more than 20 years and received the highest ranking among schools across the state. “For 21 years, we have not been a California Distinguished School, and now we are,” Principal Kim Bishop told the audience.
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By by mary o’keefe valley sun | May 23, 2008
On Wednesday, Dunsmore Elementary School celebrated being named a California Distinguished School with certificates of appreciation and ice cream sundaes. “You have had opportunities before to apply for Distinguished School, but decided not to,” said Alice Petrossian, Glendale assistant superintendent. “I am so pleased that you decided to apply this time and receive the award. It is so deserved. And now Blue Ribbon Award is only a blink away.” Superintendent Michael Escalante, and board member Mary Boger along with dignitaries from Congressman Adam Schiff and Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office presented the school with certificates of recognition.
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By Mary O’Keefe | May 23, 2008
The Glendale Unified School District has announced that Alice Petrossian, assistant superintendent of educational services, will be leaving the district and accepting the position of Chief Academic Officer in the Pasadena Unified School District. Petrossian has been with the Glendale district for over 30 years. “We are really happy for her,” said Mike Escalante, Glendale superintendent. “The chief academic officer position is like a deputy superintendent.
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