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By Kelly Corrigan, | November 15, 2013
The family of a former Rosemont Middle School student filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Glendale Unified School District after the girl allegedly suffered a traumatic head injury and memory loss after falling on campus in October 2011. Five weeks into her seventh-grade year, Emily Richardson fell into a brick wall during a physical education class after another student allegedly tripped her, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in June. The fall, the suit stated, caused Emily to fracture her clavicle, scrape her chest and face, break her braces and endure memory loss.
By Kelly Corrigan, | April 25, 2013
With the groundbreaking of Glendale Unified's new aquatic center still a year away, school officials have hired a firm to explore adding renewable energy sources to the pool's design to save on future operating costs. The outdoor pool will be built at Glendale High School, but will serve the entire district. The $9.4 million project is still in the design phase. School officials have estimated the pool will cost Glendale Unified $200,000 to $300,000 per year to heat, maintain pumps and purchase chemicals.
By Andrew Shortall, | September 17, 2013
The Glendale Unified School District and city of Glendale entered a joint-use agreement for the use of Stengel Field at the district's board of education meeting Tuesday. With a vote of 4-1, the district approved a memorandum of understanding with the city that put the district in charge of the maintenance, operations and management responsibilities of Stengel Field. The move alleviates some cost on the city and secures a “true home field” for the Crescenta Valley High baseball team for the district.
By Andrew Shortall, | September 24, 2013
GLENDALE - With no resistance at all, the Glendale City Council handed over management of Stengel Field to the Glendale Unified School District by approving a memorandum of understanding between the two parties at Tuesday's council meeting. “Rarely do we have an opportunity to bring you an item that makes sense to so many different stakeholders as we do tonight,” said Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa in introducing the item to the council before it was unanimously approved, 5-0, with Frank Quintero and Laura Friedman absent from the meeting.
November 18, 2008
The board will review the district?s performance in the Great Southern California Shakeout, a state-wide disaster drill that took place last week. No vote is expected. WHAT TO EXPECT Administrators will explain the district?s strengths and weaknesses in reacting to the simulated magnitude 7.8 earthquake. ? The Glendale Unified School District might endure $8.8 million in losses if the Legislature approves the governor?s proposed $2.5-billion midyear budget cut to public education.
By Kelly Corrigan, | May 2, 2014
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. So, Barbara Melone, then senior administrative secretary at the school, made an announcement she had grown used to making, often in her disgruntled, irritated or sarcastic tone. "Bus 106 has just arrived," she told the entire student body over the school's intercom. Then, only to her colleagues in the school's front office, she joked, "I'm going to put 'Bus 106 has just arrived' on my tombstone.
By Brian Crosby | April 24, 2014
For the first time in Glendale Unified School District's history, April 24 is no longer a school day. Previously, school remained open on the day that commemorates the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. Finally, Glendale Unified has acknowledged the obvious that with such a large Armenian population in the city, educators teaching to half-empty classrooms no longer made sense. Berdj Karapetian, chairman of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, said he is “pleased” that Glendale schools will be closed, considering a third of its students are of Armenian descent.
By Sameea Kamal, | April 21, 2014
Solar ovens. Solar artwork. Solar phone chargers. Out of electricity? No problem. You can still power up. That was the lesson many took away at the third annual Solar Faire, hosted by Glendale Water & Power in partnership with Sebastopol, Calif.-based nonprofit the Rahus Institute and the Glendale Unified School District. This year's festival, which took place on Saturday at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, featured hands-on workshops where participants could build their own solar ovens, create solar etchings and watch demonstrations of solar power, such as how to power up a solar fountain.
March 14, 2014
Having found success with its nascent language-immersion programs at elementary school campuses , Glendale Unified School District has now established a solid set of pathways that will allow the youngsters flourishing in a second language to take it with them throughout their middle and high school careers. For those unfamiliar with dual-immersion, students enrolled in these elementary school programs spend half the day speaking and learning in a language that is not native to them.
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 7, 2014
GLENDALE - Throughout its first half-decade of play, the Stars Shooting For Hope charity basketball game, featuring a squad of celebrities versus a team of teachers representing the Glendale Unified School District, has featured close contests while raising money for the Desi Geestman Foundation. The sixth installment, played Friday night on the court at Hoover High School, yielded more of the same. “It's just great to come out here for a good cause,” Hoover football Coach Matt Andersen said.
February 28, 2014
A power outage was reported in the La Crescenta area at 9:25 a.m., affecting 1,396 customers, according to Southern California Edison officials. Officials have not determined a cause, Robert Villegas, a spokesman for the utility, said.  The boundaries of the impacted area are Whittier Drive to the north, Verdugo Boulevard to the south, Loma Vista Drive to the east and Rosemont Avenue to the west. “We expect restoration in the early afternoon,” Villegas said. Rosemont Middle School Asst.
By Veronica Rocha and Arin Mikailian | February 28, 2014
Despite a heavy downpour that saw some parts of the Foothills receive more than two inches of rain, Glendale weathered the second storm system of the week with mostly minor incidents and inconveniences. According to the National Weather Service, the wet is expected to remain through Saturday and into Sunday afternoon. Friday's commute was a challenge on the Foothill (210) Freeway. A big rig collided with the center divider on the eastbound side near La Tuna Canyon Road at about 5 a.m., closing two lanes until almost noon, according to officials from the California Highway Patrol.
February 14, 2014
I think it's great that Glendale Unified School District will be adding dual-language programs to our high school, however I do have some questions about how the schools and the neighborhoods around them will be affected. What is the current enrollment at the high schools versus the projected enrollment when the dual-language programs are in full swing? Will we have overcrowding and additional traffic issues like we have had at the elementary schools? Will more temporary classroom bungalows need to be added?
By Kelly Corrigan, | February 14, 2014
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. The decades-old battle on behalf of La Cañada residents to match that city's school boundaries with its city limits was reignited by Sagebrush resident Tom Smith last year. For La Cañada school board President Ellen Multari, the end goal is to incorporate the La Cañada territory into that city's school district.
By Ruth Sowby | February 11, 2014
Guests at the Dancing with Diamonds gala rocked the night away on Friday at the Glendale Educational Foundation's annual ball. Representing the diamond theme, two half-carat diamond rings were given to drawing winners, who purchased champagne flutes for a chance to win. But the three Hope Diamond awardees, all having graduated from a Glendale high school, were the most sparkling diamonds of the evening. At the Glendale Hilton, some 400 guests gathered to honor Hoover High School 1938 graduate Paul R. Ignatius , Crescenta Valley High School 1974 graduate Ron DePompa and Hoover High School 2003 graduate Shant Sahakian . Eric Hamilton , foundation vice president and master of ceremonies, welcomed his audience and introduced Foundation President Lynn Miyamoto , who began her remarks by announcing that the foundation has contributed $3 million to Glendale Schools.
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