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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
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. Months ago, Jordan students began participating in a competition overseen by Grades of Green, an environmental nonprofit that works with the sanitation districts in Los Angeles County to promote environmental education. Over time, students already involved in a club on Jordan's campus known to pick up trash after lunch began educating other students by informing them in classroom presentations about which bins on campus should be used for recyclables, trash or compost items such as orange peels or salad.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 26, 2013
Jordan Middle School volunteers were up early Saturday morning building tables and benches or setting plants in neat rows for the Betty Steinkolk Literacy Patio and Garden, dedicated to the beloved former principal who died in 2009. The 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of a yearlong partnership between the Burbank Business Partners, Burbank Assn. of Realtors Community Service Foundation and the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, said Sue Georgino, board member of the Business Partners.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 29, 2013
A hot-air balloon that floated above the grassy field at David Starr Jordan Middle School on Monday carried some special passengers - two teachers and three administrators - much to the amazement of the students dozens of feet below. Because the balloon, named “Lofty Idea,” needed to share the skies with traffic from Bob Hope Airport, it didn't get too far above the field, where ropes tethered it to a trio of pickup trucks. The balloon's appearance followed two balloon-themed science projects that math and science teachers Sarah Reed and Catherine Eskandar conducted earlier this year.
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March 1, 2003
It was a brisk spring morning, a Saturday. A crew made up of mostly adults had been asked to give up their precious nonworking time for a worthy cause. They were going to give Jordan Middle School a quick face-lift. It wasn't a cure, just a bandage, really. The facilities were in need of some long-overdue repairs and upgrades. But thanks to a donation of paint and materials, the group of more than 100 people picked up brushes and rollers and began to paint the hallways and restrooms.
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By Rachel Kane | June 6, 2007
When Sharon Cuseo began her career in education 18 years ago, she fostered no plans of becoming a principal. "It never even occurred to me," said Cuseo, who is scheduled to become David Starr Jordan Middle School's principal next semester. "It was kind of just a natural progression, but when I first started, that was not in my mind at all." But come July— when Principal Mary Margaret Kljunak retires after 16 years in the post — Cuseo will take the reins. Kljunak began her career teaching at Jordan Middle in 1969 and has worked in the Burbank Unified School District for 38 years.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The family of a Burbank teenager who had a sexual relationship with his middle school teacher has filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging that it failed to safeguard the student from an aggressive predator. In March, Amy Beck, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, shocked the Burbank community when she turned herself in to police for having sex with her then-14-year-old student, who has not been identified. The liaison took place from March to September 2009, and involved sex acts at the teacher's Burbank home and on the Jordan Middle School campus, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
A Burbank Unified School District teacher turned herself in Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old student from March to September last year, police said. Amy Beck, 33, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, surrendered Monday afternoon to Burbank police with her lawyer, and was being held on $400,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together, what happened, where, what kind of sex acts, how many, and how long it’s been going on,” he said.
NEWS
November 8, 2008
The school board approved a grant from ALL Management Corp. to pay for career and college clubs at Jordan Middle School. Under the terms of the agreement, Jordan Middle School will host two career and college clubs during the school year with mentors for each. The grant will fund the clubs with three installments of $2,000, which will pay for teaching and indirect supplies, trips to colleges, refreshments for club meetings, promotional materials and stipends for teacher advisors that cannot exceed $4,000.
NEWS
April 18, 2007
Board to decide contract approval The Burbank Unified School District board will discuss the collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Burbank Teachers' Assn. The Teachers' Assn. negotiators and district negotiators came to an agreement on a contract settlement March 9. Gabe Soumakian, the district's assistant superintendent of Human Resources Services, will recommend the board approve the agreement to officially end the salary negotiations. The raises consisted of a salary increase that varies between 4% to 7.25% over six pay columns, depending on teaching experience and education level, with the most experienced and educated teachers receiving the highest raises.
NEWS
June 14, 2000
Amber Willard RANCHO DISTRICT -- Several homes were evacuated as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department removed an inert grenade from a residential area near Jordan Middle School. A resident in the 500 block of South Mariposa Street called police at 1 p.m. June 6 after seeing the grenade on a retaining wall that separates her back yard from an alley, police said. It was removed by Sheriff's officials at 3 p.m. and placed in a protective case.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
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. Months ago, Jordan students began participating in a competition overseen by Grades of Green, an environmental nonprofit that works with the sanitation districts in Los Angeles County to promote environmental education. Over time, students already involved in a club on Jordan's campus known to pick up trash after lunch began educating other students by informing them in classroom presentations about which bins on campus should be used for recyclables, trash or compost items such as orange peels or salad.
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THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
David Starr Jordan Middle School's main office remains closed several months after the school's roof was replaced, due to employees at the school site still able to detect lingering fumes . Concerns about the fumes among employees began after school started in August , not long after Jordan's roof was replaced using Measure S bond funds. By mid-October, English teacher Dana Rangle had relocated to another classroom after feeling numbness in her tongue and lips and a burning sensation in her lungs and throat.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 29, 2013
A hot-air balloon that floated above the grassy field at David Starr Jordan Middle School on Monday carried some special passengers - two teachers and three administrators - much to the amazement of the students dozens of feet below. Because the balloon, named “Lofty Idea,” needed to share the skies with traffic from Bob Hope Airport, it didn't get too far above the field, where ropes tethered it to a trio of pickup trucks. The balloon's appearance followed two balloon-themed science projects that math and science teachers Sarah Reed and Catherine Eskandar conducted earlier this year.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 14, 2013
Concerned about a persistent smell following the installation of a new roof at Jordan Middle School during the summer, officials moved a class out of one classroom and relocated 11 administrators and staff members from the campus' main office while they try to determine its cause. Jordan Middle School was one of eight Burbank campuses to receive new roofs over the summer that used materials manufactured by a company called Tremco. The work was paid for with Measure S bond funds. Four other schools, including Luther Burbank Middle School, Disney Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Burbank Adult School, received new roofs that emitted odors after the installation, but the fumes dissipated at those sites, said Craig Bell, the district's director of facilities.
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By Bryan Mahoney | June 19, 2013
Theseus without his Minotaur is like Superman without his Lex Luthor. Otherwise, the hero just gets the girl and lives happily ever after. A happy ending, yes, but not all that dramatic. At Jordan Middle School last year, music students retold the Theseus myth with a musical production that complemented a day of Greek history-themed activities. They wanted a Minotaur with real menace - an ox mask that at one glance represented the life-or-death challenge Theseus faced as he wandered the labyrinth in search of his love, King Minos' daughter.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | February 26, 2013
Jordan Middle School volunteers were up early Saturday morning building tables and benches or setting plants in neat rows for the Betty Steinkolk Literacy Patio and Garden, dedicated to the beloved former principal who died in 2009. The 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of a yearlong partnership between the Burbank Business Partners, Burbank Assn. of Realtors Community Service Foundation and the Burbank Noon Rotary Club, said Sue Georgino, board member of the Business Partners.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | February 5, 2013
Straight-A student Rami Makarem, 11, had three words to say as his fork was poised over two pancakes on the paper plate Friday morning before class. “They taste delicious,” said the Jordan Middle School sixth-grader. The event was the annual “A's Breakfast,” and 750 students who earned an A on their report card were treated to a pancake breakfast beginning at 6:45 a.m., said Principal Stacy Cashman. Administrators, teachers, secretaries, instructional assistants and custodians all did their part to make the students feel special.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 11, 2011
More than a decade of planning and fundraising came to a head Monday as elected officials and community leaders crowded John Burroughs High School Memorial Field to break ground on a long-awaited $12-million renovation of the site. "It is a wonderful feeling, especially for the school district and the community who have worked on this for such a long time," said Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa. The renovation of Memorial Field is the third in an $18.5-million, three-phase capital improvement project designed to modernize decrepit athletic facilities at Jordan Middle School, and Burbank and Burroughs high schools.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The family of a Burbank teenager who had a sexual relationship with his middle school teacher has filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging that it failed to safeguard the student from an aggressive predator. In March, Amy Beck, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, shocked the Burbank community when she turned herself in to police for having sex with her then-14-year-old student, who has not been identified. The liaison took place from March to September 2009, and involved sex acts at the teacher's Burbank home and on the Jordan Middle School campus, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
ENTERTAINMENT
Isabel Adams | June 19, 2010
T he Foothill Civitan Club of Burbank's Philanthropy Fundraising Event on May 8 at the Castaway Restaurant was a great success. The fashion show, "Pretty as a Picture," with members of the club and families as the models was very well done and the clothes were marvelous. The Foothill Civitan Club is extremely proud to have previously underwritten the cost of three Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), assistance dogs, at a cost of $10,000 per dog. Proceeds from this year's event will enable them to continue to support projects like this, along with their other philanthropy projects including: scholarships at local high schools, continued support of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, contributions to the Salvation Army's various programs, sponsoring three families in the Burbank Coordinating Council's Holiday Basket, sponsorship of the Annual Girls Ponytail Jamboree, which includes a parade, hot dog lunch and trophies and continued support of the BCR "a place to grow" and Tierra Del Sol, as well as many other charities.
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