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Burbank High graduates celebrate triumphs, embrace challenges ahead

Burbank High graduates celebrate triumphs, embrace challenges ahead

Before more than 650 Burbank High graduates walked across the stage to accept their diplomas at the Starlight Bowl Friday night, one item of business was in order.

Schiff visits John Muir Middle School

Schiff visits John Muir Middle School

In a visit to John Muir Middle School, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), had a few words of encouragement to impart to students — namely, “be tenacious.”

Burroughs graduates ready for 'chapter two'

Burroughs graduates ready for 'chapter two'

Nearly 600 seniors graduated from John Burroughs High School Thursday evening, culminating the end of a dozen years of school that went by too quickly for some.

Bell-Jeff graduation highlights faith

Bell-Jeff graduation highlights faith

In his homily reflecting on Saint Paul the Apostle’s two-year imprisonment, Msgr. Sabato Pilato, superintendent of high schools for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, called on the Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Class of 2015 to remain courageous as they transition into the next chapter of their...

Burbank school board says OK to Burroughs student's Air Force graduation sash

Burbank school board says OK to Burroughs student's Air Force graduation sash

A 17-year old Burroughs High senior received tentative approval to wear a U.S. Air Force sash during her graduation, a reversal of district policy that forbids wearing honors unrelated to school during the ceremony.

New garden at Disney Elementary honors former student

New garden at Disney Elementary honors former student

Drops of rain fell in Burbank the day before Danielle Granados passed away, but her spirit will live on through a new garden at Disney Elementary School, where she was a second-grader.

Local school choirs take top honors at a cappella festival

Two Burbank school choirs earned top prizes at the A Cappella Scholarship Festival presented by Glendale-based Verdugo Hills Chorus on Saturday at Glendale High School.

John Burroughs senior laments policy that won't allow military sash to be worn during graduation

John Burroughs senior laments policy that won't allow military sash to be worn during graduation

A 17-year-old senior at John Burroughs High is speaking out against a Burbank Unified policy that won’t allow her to wear a U.S. Air Force sash — indicating she will be joining that military branch upon leaving high school — during her upcoming graduation ceremony.

Woodbury graphic design students win awards

Woodbury graphic design students win awards

Two Woodbury University graphic design students nabbed top honors in recent design competitions.

State PTA supports local initiative seeking to include LGBTQ perspective in health education

State PTA supports local initiative seeking to include LGBTQ perspective in health education

The Burbank school district’s Parent Teacher Assn. is one step closer to influencing change across California with a resolution seeking to incorporate clear health standards into the state’s curriculum to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, in addition...

Woodbury graduation celebrates a diverse class

Woodbury graduation celebrates a diverse class

The themes expressed by a trio of student speakers at the Woodbury University commencement ceremony Saturday focused on celebrating fellow classmates, expressing thanks for the support they offered one another, and a call to continue their altruistic ways in their post-graduate lives.

Schools to tap recycled water to meet city's water reduction goal

Schools to tap recycled water to meet city's water reduction goal

Several Burbank schools will begin using recycled water to irrigate their fields, frontyard areas and planters by June 1 under a request by Burbank Water and Power officials to meet the city's water-reduction goal in response to the state's severe drought.

School board holds first meeting since Hill's hiring

The first Burbank school board meeting since Matt Hill was hired as the district's next superintendent was far more subdued than the mid-April meeting, where teachers who opposed his hiring filled City Council chambers to standing room only and longtime board member Dave Kemp resigned after...

Local students honored at art competition hosted by Rep. Schiff

Local students honored at art competition hosted by Rep. Schiff

Three local students were honored recently at the annual 28th District Congressional Art Competition Exhibit in Van De Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens in La CaƱada Flintridge, hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

Burbank Unified sees slight increase in high school graduation rate

Of the more than 1,300 seniors who were on the path to graduate at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, 93.6% of them went on to earn their high school diploma, while about 4% dropped out.

Students get a lesson on drunk driving

Students get a lesson on drunk driving

Kyle Alvarez was reading his own obituary in front of a full auditorium when he broke down in tears.

Burbank Unified's relationship with food services company Aramark turns sour

The business relationship between Burbank school officials and food and uniform services company Aramark Corp. left school officials with a bitter taste, so Burbank Unified’s food services department is looking to strike out on its own.

GCC holds vigil to commemorate 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

GCC holds vigil to commemorate 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

A giant wreath was placed by the Armenian Genocide memorial plaque at the Glendale Community College on Thursday as a procession of a few hundred students and faculty watched.

School board rejects wireless towers

The Burbank school board voted to send a letter to city officials stating their concerns over proposed wireless antennas about 60 feet from John Burroughs High School.

Air Force honors Burbank High grad

Air Force honors Burbank High grad

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Christina Reuter, a 2010 graduate of Burbank High, was recently named Individual Mobilization Augmentee Airman of the Year, based on her leadership, job performance and personal achievements.

School board hires Hill, but not before board member Kemp scolds teachers, resigns and walks out of meeting

School board hires Hill, but not before board member Kemp scolds teachers, resigns and walks out of meeting

During a heated meeting packed with teachers who opposed the Burbank school board’s proposed choice for the district’s next superintendent, the board made the hire in a 4-0 vote Thursday, but not before longtime board member and retired teacher Dave Kemp submitted his immediate...

Partnerships fill in gaps in arts education

The Glendale and Burbank school districts are among the majority of Los Angeles districts that partnered with more than 100 organizations to provide arts education in schools during the 2012-13 school year, which saw 71% of Burbank schools served by such organizations and 62.5% of public schools...

Teachers' union cries foul on superintendent selection

[UPDATED 4/16 8:50 a.m.] The Burbank Teachers Assn. announced it has asked the Los Angeles District Attorney's office to look into possible violations of the state's open meeting law, the Brown Act, regarding the potential hiring of Matt Hill as Burbank Unified's superintendent.

Aghakhanian wins seat on Burbank Unified school board

Aghakhanian wins seat on Burbank Unified school board

Woodbury Adjunct Professor Armond Aghakhanian handily won a seat on the Burbank Unified school board Tuesday night.

BUSD superintendent finalist grilled at forum

BUSD superintendent finalist grilled at forum

A public forum for Burbank Unified’s likely new superintendent quickly turned to an interrogation, with several of the hundreds in attendance questioning the finalist’s lack of teaching experience.

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