Education

Muir debuts namesake mural

Muir debuts namesake mural

John Muir Middle School unveiled a mural of Yosemite Valley on Monday, which also marked the birthday of the school’s namesake on April 21, 1838.

District reports fewer students

Burbank school officials reported this week that about 100 fewer students are currently in the district compared to this time last year.

McKinley Elementary School takes on dual language immersion program

McKinley Elementary School will house a portion of Burbank Unified's Spanish dual-language immersion program beginning in the fall with a kindergarten class half made up of native English speakers and the other half native Spanish speakers.

Police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Burbank police investigated a threat made by a John Burroughs High School student Wednesday afternoon after the student – who has not been identified – alluded to a teacher that the next day could hold potential danger.

Gardening is for the birds at Burbank's Jefferson Elementary School

Gardening is for the birds at Burbank's Jefferson Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary has a new hummingbird garden on its campus, which also features a butterfly habitat.

School board hears concerns over shortage of nurses in Burbank schools

The Burbank Unified school board offered few assurances to the district’s head nurse Lenora Aguilera last week when she asked school officials to consider hiring...

L.A. River Rover teaches students to appreciate an urban habitat

L.A. River Rover teaches students to appreciate an urban habitat

The contrast between nostalgia for the Los Angeles River and the reality of it today could not be sharper than at its confluence with the Arroyo Seco, a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards.

Common Core testing begins in local schools

Glendale and Burbank students recently began taking the new computerized exams that have replaced the pencil-and-paper standardized exams across California.

Students' works recognized at Youth Art Expo

Students' works recognized at Youth Art Expo

Roughly 20 Burbank students were recognized for their artistic talents this week as part of the annual Youth Art Expo, which featured the drawings, sketches and sculptures of more than 200 students.

Burbank student survives fiery bus crash in Northern California

Burbank student survives fiery bus crash in Northern California

A female student from Burroughs High School was on the bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday evening, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more.

Glendale resident appointed to serve on state community college board

Glendale resident appointed to serve on state community college board

Glendale resident and retired Col. Nancy Sumner was recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Community College Board of Governors, a 17-member group responsible for helping guide and set policy for the state’s 112 community colleges.

Special meeting to focus on Burbank school nurse staffing

Special meeting to focus on Burbank school nurse staffing

The staffing of nurses in Burbank Unified is expected to be discussed during a special school board meeting on Friday and the district’s head nurse plans to tell board members that additional nursing staff is needed.

Mieliwocki to lead Burbank on Parade

A Burbank teacher honored by President Barack Obama in 2012 after being selected as National Teacher of the Year was chosen this week as the grand marshal for this year’s Burbank on Parade.

Burbank school district weighs funding priorities

Burbank Unified is one of thousands of school districts across California in the midst of creating plans for how best to spend additional state funds on students, and they're seeking input from educators and parents as well as through an online survey.

Jordan Middle School students bag recycling honors

Jordan Middle School students bag recycling honors

David Starr Jordan Middle School is one of three middle schools that are finalists in a countywide competition to reduce the amount of trash schools send to landfills.

Group hosts suicide prevention talk in Glendale

A Glendale Unified psychologist and a mental health services coordinator offered parents direction Thursday night in recognizing depression in teens in order to better prevent suicide.

Burbank kids learn how to build robots

Burbank kids learn how to build robots

A group of children gathered at the Verdugo Log Cabin in Burbank on Thursday for the first day of a two-month course in which they’ll learn to build mini-robots, which eventually can function as an elevator, catapult or ski lift — all using Legos.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

A while ago, my fellow Friday columnist Joylene Wagner lamented that “most of our elementary students don't receive...

Burbank Unified considers offering additional online courses

Burbank school officials are considering expanding the online classes offered to students, following a period of a few years when the district offered several online courses for students seeking to recover credits.

GCC educators prepared to meet workforce demands

Glendale Community College educators said this week they are confident they are meeting the demands for the workforce needs of the region.

For some Burbank students, extra graduation tickets will come at a price

For some Burbank students, extra graduation tickets will come at a price

To recoup the costs of the graduation ceremonies at Burbank and Burroughs high schools, officials will now charge $10 per graduation ticket, beyond the handful of free tickets that seniors receive each year.

'The world' comes to John Muir Middle School

'The world' comes to John Muir Middle School

Seventh graders at John Muir Middle School participated in their annual “Around the World Day” that had outside drummers and dancers bring their music and performances to the students in a daylong event on Friday.

Burbank decides against funding more campus police

Burbank decides against funding more campus police

Burbank students won’t be seeing three more cops on campus next year, as the Burbank City Council on Tuesday voted to decline a partial grant — which came with a steep local match — to fund the three school resource officer positions for three years.

Trustees extend GCC leader's contract

Glendale Community College trustees voted this week to extend Supt./President David Viar’s contract through 2017 and bump up his salary by 2%.

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