Education

Burbank's Community Day School wins $10K IKEA grant to revamp kitchen

The kitchen at Community Day School in Burbank, where students learn to cook with vegetables they grow in the school’s garden, will undergo a major renovation thanks to a $10,000 grant from IKEA.

Lower test scores expected with new, computerized exams

Two years ago, state school officials abandoned a pencil-and-paper, multiple-choice test in favor of new computerized exams to measure California students’ knowledge of English language arts and math, with scores they’ll compare against students in other states.

 'Puppy Tales' enlists furry friend

'Puppy Tales' enlists furry friend

At a luncheon last month, the city of Burbank honored 215 volunteers who provided more than 12,000 hours of their time to the Burbank Public Library last year with certificates and a small gift.

Older college student proud of her academic success

Older college student proud of her academic success

Lyn Ribisi spent nearly 25 years in medical consulting before she left her career behind and enrolled at Glendale Community College.

GCC keep eyes on construction delay

GCC keep eyes on construction delay

Glendale Community College officials are putting pressure on construction workers to finish the job they started in constructing a $40-million, three-story building on time, as the college's general contractor recently admitted work was running behind schedule.

Macias takes helm of Luther Burbank Middle School

Macias takes helm of Luther Burbank Middle School

Monday may have just been another school day for 1,100 students at Luther Burbank Middle School, but for Oscar Macias, it was his first full day taking the helm of the campus as principal.

Stough Canyon Park trail to bear name of late Burroughs High student, hiking enthusiast

Stough Canyon Park trail to bear name of late Burroughs High student, hiking enthusiast

Shane Colin Proffitt, who started his senior year at John Burroughs High School last fall, loved to bowl at Pickwick Gardens on Wednesdays. He loved to cook on Thursdays. And every weekend, he loved to hike with his mother.

Jordan Middle School parents, educators surpass $100K fundraising goal to upgrade auditorium

Inside David Starr Jordan Middle School’s auditorium, the concrete floor near the stage is uneven, many tiles are missing from the walls, and the lobby is drab.

Students get free dental care, brushing tips

Students get free dental care, brushing tips

Hundreds of students at Joaquin Miller Elementary received free dental care and tips recently through the Burbank-based Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, which provides free care to children at up to 60 schools each year.

Burbank students come together for a field day

Burbank students come together for a field day

More than 400 Burbank students participated in dance, science, cooking and sporting competitions Thursday afternoon at an annual after-school field day event.

Officials certify results from primary election

Officials certify results from primary election

Burbank officials on Friday certified the election results from the city’s Tuesday primary, which had school board candidates Roberta Reynolds and Steve Ferguson winning two of three open seats on the board outright by securing more than 50% of the vote each.

Reynolds, Ferguson elected to school board

Two Burbank school board candidates won election outright for three open seats Tuesday night, cutting a field of six down to two for the general election in April.

Britz talks district turnover rates

Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz shed light on the recent turnover in administrators in school districts throughout California, citing curriculum changes and retirement as factors affecting Burbank Unified as well.

Council, school candidates release third round of campaign financial reports

With ballots in the Burbank municipal primary due Tuesday, the latest campaign finance reports filed with the City Clerk’s office show City Council candidates Juan Guillen and David Nos each received a funding boost in recent weeks.

Educators report success of pilot guidance program

Burbank educators may provide more guidance counselors across its 11 elementary schools, following positive preliminary findings about the impact one guidance counselor has had at Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt elementary schools this year.

School board candidates weigh in on Common Core

School board candidates weigh in on Common Core

The six candidates for Burbank school board expressed similar thoughts about Common Core, with most expressing optimism about the multistate curriculum, but noting that the board needs to keep a watchful eye on implementation.

School board hopefuls continue push

School board hopefuls continue push

As Burbank’s election primary approaches, school board candidates continue to push for votes and campaign cash.

Facilities upgrades, tech projects dominate first $41M in Measure S funding

A year and a half after voters passed Burbank Unified’s $110-million Measure S bond, school officials have made headway into spending the first $41 million they were issued.

School board hopefuls participate in forum

School board hopefuls participate in forum

The six Burbank school board candidates vying for three open seats opened up about past mistakes and gave insight into their fundraising strategies during a forum at Woodbury University Wednesday.

Book lands Burbank High School teacher in the hot seat

A Burbank High School teacher and coach remains on leave as school officials interview students about a book he wrote and shared with students containing passages on teenage sexual encounters, according to...

Woodbury president to step down

Woodbury president to step down

After fewer than three years in the position, Woodbury University President Luis Ma. R. Calingo announced Thursday he will be stepping down from the helm of the private Burbank college.

Program plants green goals

Program plants green goals

Karen Gibson retired from teaching Burbank students in 2012 after spending 19 years at Bret Harte Elementary, but she hasn’t thrown in the educational towel just yet.

Hopes outlined for the district leader

As Burbank’s current school board plans to make an offer to the person they hope will become the Burbank schools’ next superintendent in early April, the current field of school board candidates recently offered their take on the qualities that person should have.

BUSD honors Nickelodeon  for partnering with schools

BUSD honors Nickelodeon for partnering with schools

In the past five years, Nickelodeon Animation Studio has donated more than $200,000 worth of technology to Burbank schools, in addition to having its artists visit local schools and create mentorship programs.

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