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By Megan O'Neil, | March 8, 2011
Rabbi Richard Flom stood on the bema — the raised platform at the front of the synagogue and proceeded with a crash course in conservative Judaism. Addressing 115 John Muir Middle School students, he explained the 12 tribes of Israel, the ark, the presence of the Israeli flag and the Torah. “You will notice unlike the books you are used to this goes from right to left,” Flom said. “Hebrew is written right to left. You will see the Hebrew on the right-hand side and the English translation on the left-hand side.
By Rachel Kane | January 26, 2008
Burbank’s high school show choirs are more than used to competition. But this weekend’s Burbank Blast Show Choir Festival, where six of Southern California’s top show choir groups will sing on the same stage, is not about winning. About 500 students of different skill levels from five high schools and one Burbank middle school, John Muir, will run through their competition material and receive critiques from three nationally known judges. The festival, which precedes the choirs’ competition season, will be an opportunity for the students to hone their skills, learn new ones and get friendly with their soon-to-be rivals.
By Rachel Kane | January 20, 2007
Students flooded onto the lower playing field of John Muir Middle School on Thursday to watch a grudge match, 12 years in the making, unfold. Blue sky and sunshine saturated the scene at this year's Muir Bowl, the annual flag-football game that pits teachers against students on the last day of finals. "It's a muddy field today," teacher and announcer-for-the-day Stephen James said over the loud-speakers. "This could be the students' opportunity to get some of the teachers a little bit dirty."
By Rachel Kane | October 31, 2007
BURBANK — Administrators at John Muir Middle School jumped ahead of a few other schools this month by cementing plans to install new auditorium curtains by the end of November. Burbank Unified School District board members approved a list of purchase orders at their Oct. 18 meeting that included more than $15,000 for rigging, installation and materials for new stage drapes at Muir. The funds for the project are being taken out of the school’s share in a one-time grant from the state for physical education, art and music, per the wishes of its council and leadership teams, while other schools in the district that also need new drapes are waiting for district administrators and officials to research costs and find funding methods.
By Rachel Kane | August 4, 2007
For most people, flying happens only on commercial airplanes or in their dreams. John Muir Middle School teacher Stacie Crowther has made dreams come true for hundreds of children while following her own as a volunteer pilot in the National Young Eagles program at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. Crowther has been taking young people interested in learning more about aeronautics into the wild blue yonder once a month for the past two years as part of the program. She's now cleared to fly commercially but said she really loves donating her time helping youngsters realize their piloting potential.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | February 25, 2014
Burbank residents wishing to share any concerns or complaints with the city's elected officials can do so at a town hall meeting next week. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at John Muir Middle School, located at 1111 N. Kenneth Road, and is an opportunity for the public to meet with the Burbank City Council in a casual setting away from City Hall. “It's healthy for us to just go out and listen,” said Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, adding that she hopes the meetings can continue regularly every six months.
February 2, 2000
Robert Blechl HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Early registration for Burbank American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Region 254, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at John Muir Middle School. Children 4 1/2 to 8 years old are eligible to sign up for the 2000 season. The fee for those who sign up Saturday is $65. The fee for signing up during regular registration, which will be held Sunday through March 15, is $75. After March 15, registration is $85, officials said.
May 24, 2003
Tim Willert Bruce Osgood, a longtime Burbank resident and former Burbank High assistant principal, is returning after three years to become the school's new principal. The school board voted unanimously this week to reassign Osgood from John Muir Middle School, where he has served as principal since 1999. "As a parent and a longtime administrator, Bruce is committed to improving student learning achievement and supporting staff," Supt. Gregory Bowman said.
January 9, 2002
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- After more than four years of work and $50,000 in modernization spending, the school district is entering the third phase of its comprehensive construction program. New classrooms, parking, playgrounds, lunch shelters, amphitheaters and window replacements have been added to seven Burbank schools in the last two years. New windows, air conditioning, insulation and sound mitigation items are aspects of current modernization work underway at the Burbank Adult School.
June 8, 2002
The following incidents were taken from police reports. BURBANK VILLAGE Intersection of North Glenoaks Boulevard and East Palm Avenue: A 22-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia after police stopped him as drove his car with the hazard lights on. MEDIA DISTRICT WEST 4000 block of Warner Boulevard: A woman at Warner Bros. returned to the office Wednesday to find a pair of Los Angeles Lakers tickets missing, police said.
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