December 15, 2012
Glendale Unified plans to request an extension of the three-year federal grant that officials say has bolstered the success of its three magnet elementary schools over the past three years. In late 2010, Glendale schools won a grant worth more than $7.4 million to convert Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Keppel elementary schools into magnet campuses, each with different emphases. Officials plan to request an extension to use any money left over at the end of this year to continue to support the magnet schools.
November 20, 2012
How many of you parents receive regular robo-calls from your child's school, those automated phone messages sent home? I receive three of them a week: one from my son's elementary school principal, one from my other son's middle school principal, and one from my principal. What began as an efficient way to communicate with parents about school events has turned into a regular running show that intrudes into one's personal life, the calls occurring on the same day at the same time. Almost all of the messages are of the non-emergency kind (thankfully)
May 7, 2012
Toll Middle School was briefly locked down this morning after a student reported seeing a man with a gun on campus who turned out to be an armored vehicle driver on routine business, officials said. The student was walking through the campus when he spotted the man and immediately alerted school officials, who locked down the campus about 9:55 a.m., said Steven Frasher, spokesman for the Glendale Unified School District. The lockdown was lifted about 10:10 a.m. after police discovered the man's identity.
April 24, 2012
Flanked by her family and colleagues, President Obama today called Burbank Unified teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki - the 2012 national Teacher of the Year - “the definition of 'above and beyond.'” Mieliwocki, a Glendale resident who teaches English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, was given the national prize Monday by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Known for an unconventional teaching style that emphasizes critical thinking, Mieliwocki beat out more than 50 other nominees.
April 6, 2012
Toll Middle School has been identified as a model campus by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its efforts in building an inclusive culture. It was one of 77 schools nationwide, and eight in California, to be named a “Mix It Up Model School,” a title awarded to schools that have embraced and implemented the center's Teaching Tolerance project. “We are delighted to recognize each of these schools,” Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello said in a statement. “Mix It Up Model Schools have found innovative ways to create a school environment where respect and inclusiveness are core values.
December 7, 2011
Burbank firefighters are responding to a minor gas leak at Jordan Middle School, but no evacuations have been ordered. The school's principal said the leak was minor and that the Fire Department was called out to the scene as a matter of protocol. -- Jason Wells and Maria Hsin, Times Community News Twitter: @JasonBretWells
November 21, 2011
Longtime Wilson Middle School music teacher Sarah Gianos died Thursday due to an undisclosed illness, according to Glendale Unified officials. She was 40. The location and cause of death were not immediately available on Monday. “She was a very good teacher, a wonderful part of our staff [and] was loved by her students,” Wilson Principal Rich Lucas said in a statement. “She was quiet, reserved and respected.” Gianos started her career with Glendale Unified in 2000 at Wilson Middle School, where she taught instrumental music to nearly 250 students each year.
November 3, 2011
In a tribute to the sacrifices of an earlier generation, Wilson Middle School students welcomed three U.S. military veterans to campus Thursday as part of their annual Veterans Day Assembly. The guests included World War II veterans Joseph Pietroforte and Joe Govea, and Korean War veteran Maury Starr. A fourth, World War II veteran Peter Howenstein, was honored in absentia. Veterans Day is officially celebrated on Nov. 11. The Wilson Middle School Veterans Day Assembly has become one of its most anticipated events of the year, creating a link between the history that students study in class and the personal experiences of the veterans, organizers said.
September 23, 2011
Twenty years ago, Linda Hamilton thrilled female audience members when her character emerged in the movie “Terminator 2,” doing amazing pull ups with a clearly defined muscular physique, never seen on a woman in a blockbuster movie before. Dallas Malloy, then 14, was impressed and began lifting weights the day after seeing the film. “I immediately started strength training after seeing that movie and then I saw, “Pumping Iron 2,” starring Bev Francis, who was one of the first really big females from Australia.
August 26, 2011
More than 100 people gathered Wednesday morning at South Pasadena Middle School to celebrate its new gym and library. The two new buildings are the jewels in the crown of a campus expansion effort that began with a school construction bond in 2002. Former Los Angeles Lakers star A.C. Green, who holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192, was on hand to make the ceremonial first basket in the expansive new gym. The facility has a 144-foot by 80-foot play space and eight retractable basketball hoops, accommodating full-court team play allowing four simultaneous smaller-scale games.