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August 14, 2013
I applaud the decision to invite Joylene Wagner to write a column on education, “Learning Matters.” No one knows this topic better than Wagner does or has fought harder on behalf of public education and the Glendale school children than Wagner has in the eight years she served on the school board. Wagner wears many hats in our community. Most importantly, she is an expert on the subtle changes and shifts that our community has experienced in its quest for excellence during very trying economic times.
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NEWS
By Joylene Wagner | August 11, 2013
There I was, in the forecourt of the Alex Theatre a few weeks after April's election, sampling my first bites of Glendale Healthy Kids' annual "Taste of Downtown Glendale," when News-Press Editor Dan Evans approached and asked me to consider becoming an education columnist. "Great idea!" chimed in my husband. "You've had eight years on the school board; you have a lot to share. " So I began to think of the many newsworthy topics and stories to be told: school-to-career opportunities and arts instruction, the benefits and drawbacks of standardized testing, what all those education acronyms mean and don't mean, what we've done - and must still do - to keep our children safe.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 3, 2013
Plans to shut down Stengel Field for renovations have been postponed, along with a plan to shift management of the field from the city of Glendale to the Glendale Unified School District. The home field for the Crescenta Valley High, Glendale Community College and Glendale Angelenos baseball teams will be closed from mid-August through October for renovations, Glendale Director of Community Services and Parks Jess Duran said. Originally, the city planned to shut down Stengel in July, which would have left the Angelenos without a home field and possibly ended their season a month early.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
All the happy children in the Glendale Unified School District will soon be out of school for the summer. Looking forward to sleeping in, playing outside with friends, going to the pool or perhaps to the beach. Maybe some will enroll in a summer camp of some sort. Hope springs eternal for the youth, right? Not so fast now. What the kids don't know and I don't suggest we tell them, and what most of the parents don't know is that these same healthy and happy children and youth will be walking into a toxic classroom in the fall.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 6, 2013
A group of La Cañada Flintridge residents have resurrected an effort to transfer students who live in the westernmost section of the city, but attend Glendale public schools, into the La Cañada Unified School District. Last month, the residents wrote city officials, asking them to endorse a resolution in support of moving the so-called Sagebrush area, which the Glendale Unified School District has historically fought hard to keep, into schools within their own city. On Monday night, the City Council approved the resolution, which they called the first step of a lengthy process.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 29, 2013
A plan to give Stengel Field an extended rest this summer could drastically cut short the Glendale Angelenos' summer collegiate baseball season . Jess Duran, the Director of Community Services and Parks for the city of Glendale, said his department is planning on doing some resurfacing maintenance at Stengel in July and resting the field the rest of the summer. "This past year there were some questions about the condition of the field," Duran said, "and we think part of it is because it doesn't have enough down time where no one is on the field for it to regenerate.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 17, 2013
Glendale Unified students and teachers will have next April 24 off in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, following an agreement signed by school officials and the teachers union this week. Thousands of students of Armenian descent typically skip class on April 24 to participate in commemoration events, but the high truancy rates can decrease the school district's funding, which is tied to attendance. For years, parents, teachers and school officials have been discussing making April 24 a non-work day, and finally next school year the day off will be official.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 11, 2013
A Glendale Unified educator who began teaching in the district 23 years ago will take on a new leadership post in July as assistant superintendent of educational services. Kelly King will take the position that was held by John Garcia, who left Glendale Unified in March to become superintendent of the Downey Unified School District. "There were amazing candidates for this position," King said. "I'm honored and humbled that I was selected. " King began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Balboa Elementary in 1990 before becoming a teacher specialist at Glenoaks and Dunsmore elementary schools.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 9, 2013
The Glendale Unified School District is going after a grant of almost $3 million to boost its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. The federal grant became available this spring as most states prepare to adopt new federal standards that further emphasize the programs, commonly known as STEM. Worth $2.99 million, the five-year grant would benefit Clark Magnet High School as well as Roosevelt, Rosemont, Toll and Wilson middle schools. As Glendale school officials wait for federal approval to turn in the grant's full application, they have submitted a seven-page pre-application and started considering how millions of dollars could benefit Glendale schools.
SPORTS
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | April 27, 2013
LA CRESCENTA - Ryan Muir let out a yell for all of the athletes at the CV CAN Games to hear. Muir had just finished a throw in the shot put competition at the Special Olympics qualifying event and was as thrilled as any other athlete, no matter where his shot put landed. He had reason to celebrate. He walked away with an award, as did all of the other athletes competing at the games Saturday at Crescenta Valley High. “You have to realize that 40 years ago, these guys never left the house,” said Sherry Netherland, Muir's shot put coach from Westside.
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