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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
By Nathan Cambridge | September 12, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - For the first time in the last 37 years, the Burbank High School girls' volleyball program begins a new season with the title of defending Pacific League champions. But the Bulldogs' defense of that championship will have to wait until next week when they open league play against Arcadia, with whom they split last year's title. The first order of business to open the new season was a tough nonleague matchup on the road against South Pasadena, which sits just outside the top 10 in the Division II-A rankings.
By Joyce Rudolph | July 31, 2013
Walking down the street, I couldn't remember which house it was, but suddenly I heard the familiar trombone and it guided me to my destination. Students of Harold "Hal" E. Wetherwax had made a circle around the grand piano in the living room and they were remembering their teacher by playing lively music after the morning funeral. The piece was "Sunny. " Wetherwax passed away on July 18. Family members, including his wife, Virginia, and daughter Leslie were seated around the room.
July 25, 2013
Mikeila Fujimoto, 16, sat patiently as Sean Conklin, an artist from Burbank's Make-up Designory, applied bloody gashes onto her face. It was one of the many activities scheduled Wednesday for Mikeila and her 11 other classmates from Ota, Japan on their two-week visit to Burbank. PHOTOS: Japanese visitors get made up Each year, Burbank families host students from one of four sister cities while sending local high school students to another. This summer, a dozen Burbank students visited Incheon, Korea, and another eight visited Gaborone, Botswana to volunteer on its malaria elimination campaign, said Library Services Director Sharon Cohen, whose department partially funds the program.
By Kelly Corrigan, | June 8, 2013
Seniors, parents and staff at Monterey High School celebrated 51 high school graduates Friday evening. For many of the graduates, earning a high school diploma had been an out of reach dream because of adversity endured by many of them during their high school years. PHOTOS: Monterey High School commencement and graduation ceremony   Samuel Regalado began attending Monterey - Burbank Unified's alternative school - after his grades dropped when he was a sophomore at Burbank High School.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | May 25, 2013
Thousands of camera-clutching family members and friends flocked to the Starlight Bowl Friday evening to watch the roughly 700 Burbank High School graduates rearrange the tassels on their mortarboards. It was a bittersweet evening for many graduates, who while ready to tackle the next stage of their lives, were emotional about the friends and memories they were leaving behind. PHOTOS: Burbank High School graduation   "I feel like I might cry," said graduate Angel Guerrero, 17. "Because this family is really close.
By Joyce Rudolph | May 23, 2013
Nickelodeon Animation Studios has formed a partnership with Muir Middle School to help get its media program running, said Carson Smith, human resources manager. Nickelodeon's media technology services team, under Director Boris Beaubien, worked with Muir's Principal Greg Miller to develop a three-session, one-hour class that serves as an introduction to the role of the computer in the animation process. The media technology team brought computers into the classroom and instructed the students on how to safely install hardware and trouble-shoot potential issues during the first class.
By Joyce Rudolph | May 21, 2013
Ceramic artists are making a statement with their pottery pieces while raising funds to help homeless families. The third annual Empty Bowl fundraiser benefits Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley. The event is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Proceeds provide safe shelter, meals and support to homeless families. Area artists are creating one-of-a-kind bowls and donating them to the fundraiser.
May 6, 2013
Glendale High Associate Principal Mike Bertram will leave the Nitros this summer to become Burbank High School's new principal. One of 20 people who applied for the position, Bertram replaces current principal Hani Youssef, who was recently appointed as director of student services for Burbank Unified. Bertram comes with 25 years of experience as an educator, having also worked for South Pasadena and La Canada school districts. He isn't new to Burbank Unified either. From 2001 through 2008, Bertram worked as a high school assistant principal.
By Kelly Corrigan, | March 30, 2013
After spending 10 years at Burbank High School, Principal Hani Youssef will leave his post to become director of safety and student services for Burbank Unified. But leaving the school to work at the district's headquarters is bittersweet for Youssef. "It's very hard for me to leave Burbank High," Youssef said. "You really feel like you're leaving a very special place where you have this bond with students. " "The good thing is, I get to continue to work with Burbank students," he added.
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