April 13, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- Twenty-five percent of first-year teachers across the state don't return to the classroom after their first year of teaching, according to a Department of Education study. Another 37 percent don't come back after five years. The local Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment program hopes to change that. Through evening and weekend workshops, guest speakers and one-on-one help from experienced teachers, BTSA's goal is to support new teachers.
September 8, 2007
CITY HALL — Parents of Providencia Elementary School students were up in arms at Thursday night’s school board meeting over a lack of air conditioning in classrooms. “Classroom temperatures have reached over 105 degrees in my daughter’s classroom,” parent Rachel Salinas said at the meeting. Last week’s triple-digit heat collided with the first week of school in Burbank, creating a stiflingly hot environment for students at the school, said parents, who along with Salinas held a news conference last week to air their frustrations.
December 2, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Programming robotic arms to assemble products and learning how to work sophisticated machinery has been a three-week adventure for John Muir Middle School students. The site of the high-tech learning has been a 36-foot-long mobile technology laboratory that will hit the road in two weeks -- but not before exposing students to hands-on experience with computer-aided drafting and manufacturing. Provided by the nonprofit Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, based in Van Nuys, the lab is estimated to be worth $500,000, said Kenn Phillips, a spokesman with the alliance.
September 5, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Educators and students at the Burbank Adult School will be relocating often this year, but it will all pay off when soundproofing installation at the school cuts out airport noise. Tim Buchanan, principal of the Adult School, said moving around between air-conditioned classrooms as construction proceeds at the school isn't so bad. "We had a plane go over so low the other day that all of the car alarms went off in the parking lot," Buchanan said.
March 24, 2001
Josh Goldstein CIVIC CENTER -- Peering down from his bench, Burbank Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lubell's job, sometimes, is to teach a lesson to someone who has broken the law. But Lubell also teaches a different sort of lesson in the courtroom. While not part of his mandated daily duties, Lubell believes introducing students to the courts and the legal system before they get into trouble is one of the most important lessons he can be a part of. "I want to take the fear factor away from someone who wears a black robe," Lubell said.
March 8, 2006
Leprechauns are tricky creatures, and the students at Thomas Edison Elementary know it. They can be found hiding out in the grass, in Ireland, and even in outer space, explained the students in Sandra Solis' kindergarten class. "They wear green so they can hide in the shamrocks," said 5-year-old Maximus Salvidor. "Because there are people that try and smoosh them." Maximus, along with his 8-year-old "big buddy" C.J. Erasme, spent Tuesday afternoon coming up with a more humane way to capture the crafty little people.
April 22, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Finding alternatives to the drab, rectangular-shaped portable classrooms often found on schoolyards was a challenge nine Woodbury University students were eager to undertake. Utilizing movable chalkboards, intricately placed windows to enhance the lighting and solar powered roofs, the Woodbury architecture students came up with a variety of models designed to improve comfort, aesthetics and conserve energy. Funded by a $21,000 grant from Southern California Edison, the advanced students spent much of the semester coming up with fresh concepts for portable classrooms and the past couple of weeks building five wooden models.
October 18, 2013
Elementary school students in Burbank will be coached by professional artists in a few months - some may gain experience that could lead to careers, others may simply grow from a nudge to come out of their shells. A $10,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will help fund a program in which artists from the 24th Street Theatre and the Music Center's department of education will work with the students for five weeks beginning in January. The county's grant was matched by $6,000 from Burbank Unified, paving the way for the artists to visit each elementary school in the district.