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By Max Zimbert | October 1, 2009
Dawn Brookey had a career change after dropping by a friend’s class at Luther Burbank Middle School. The attorney would often visit Anita Schackmann’s class as students read the play “12 Angry Men.” Brookey would speak about juries, the legal system and what she does as a lawyer. Then she became a history teacher. “It inspired me to go back to school,” she said. On Tuesday, that decision paid off in spades, and a $1,000 prize, when she was honored at the Universal Hilton as one of 16 people named Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year, and the only one from Burbank Unified School District.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | August 5, 2006
BURBANK - Luther Burbank Middle School is nearing completion of the first phase of its modernization process, and it's doing so on schedule, officials said. The first phase, which includes four renovated science rooms, three classrooms, a new culinary-arts room, locker rooms and gymnasium, is scheduled to be completed in November, the district's Chief Facilities Officer Craig Jellison said. The school will also have a 20-year maintenance-free roof for every building, and underground infrastructure complete with electrical, sewer and water lines, he said.
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By Max Zimbert | October 10, 2009
Students danced, posed and strutted their way down a red carpet in front of Luther Burbank Middle School on Friday to celebrate their recent progress on pivotal statewide tests. A few students made several trips down the red carpet, and two students intentionally tripped on the celebrity matting as students, faculty, parents and administrators praised their achievements. The school’s results have increased by about 100 points the last five years, pushing Luther Burbank past an important threshold in the Academic Performance Index.
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By Rachel Kane | November 10, 2007
BURBANK — Math and science students at Luther Burbank Middle School clamored for a chance to make marks on a new whiteboard last week, without the use of ink. Teachers and students in three classrooms got their first cracks at a new tool called the Smart Board, an interactive whiteboard that incorporates touch-screen technology and Internet access, among other capabilities. “There are so many different applications,” said Joe Reed, sixth-grade science and math teacher.
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By Rachel Kane | July 28, 2007
BURBANK — Contractors at Luther Burbank Middle School are struggling this month to recover from several foul-ups that have left the school's modernization project behind schedule. Senior Facilities Director Craig Jellison reported to the School Facilities Oversight Committee on July 10 that the project was 4 1/2 weeks behind schedule. Board of Education Vice President Larry Applebaum walked the premises last week and said the project, which includes an overhaul of the entire school, seems to be almost caught up. "By the time [students]
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By Rachel Kane | February 2, 2008
Romancing the Bean coffee shop was the site of more than a few serenades on Friday night. About 30 performers from Luther Burbank Middle School sang to a packed audience of mostly parents and family members as a fundraiser for their Vocal Music Assn. The coffee shop on San Fernando Boulevard opened its stage to the singers, all between the ages of 12 and 14, and gave the association 10% of its proceeds for the night. As Elizabeth Chadwick, 13, the first performer of the evening, grabbed the microphone, patrons were still gathering their soups, salads, sweets and specialty coffee drinks.
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By Christopher Cadelago | January 31, 2010
Liam Taylor surveyed a large pile of conked-out computers, televisions and cell phones like a fisherman admiring his catch. As the founding president of Imagine Green Eco Club, he spent weeks imploring the community to drop off unused or spent appliances at the club’s inaugural e-waste collection and recycling event Saturday at Luther Burbank Middle School. The goal, he said, was to prevent toxic and hazardous materials from clogging landfills and polluting the environment.
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December 21, 2002
The following incidents were taken from police reports. NORTHWEST DISTRICT 1000 block of Florence Street: A 20-year-old Burbank man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing a handmade pistol that police found in a dresser at his home. TOLUCA LAKE 100 block of Pass Avenue: A Burbank couple told police Tuesday a diamond wedding ring was stolen from their home. NORTHWEST DISTRICT 3700 Jeffries Ave.: A 13-year-old Burbank boy, a student at Luther Burbank Middle School, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday after pointing a replica handgun at another boy in a school bathroom.
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November 7, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The school board officially recognized seven Burbank teachers as Teachers of the Year at the board's Oct. 18 meeting. The seven teachers, who were selected by their peers, were awarded for their exceptional service, teaching excellence and dedication to children and the profession during the 2001-02 school year. Pictured is Joe Peterson of Monterey High School, Randy Badders of Magnolia Park School, Carol Flesher of John Muir Middle School, Valerie Beidelman of Burbank High School, Joanne Naus of David Starr Jordan Middle School and Lisa Raluy of Luther Burbank Middle School.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
After 38 years as an educator, McKinley Elementary Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh will step away from the school office and into retirement at the end of the school year. “Education has changed a lot,” said Kavanaugh, who's been head of McKinley the past seven years. “We're expecting more and more of the children.” Kavanaugh, who has worked for Burbank Unified for 17 years, took the helm at McKinley after serving as principal at Disney and Washington elementary schools. She said she will miss the students the most, but she is planning to spend time with her grandchildren and traveling in the fall.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
About 1,300 students packed the Alex Theatre on Wednesday, including several from Burbank, to get a modern-day look at five of Shakespeare's classic plays, including scenes featuring sword fights, young lovers and tragic death - as well as an opening set to a chart-topping music hit by Pitbull and Ke$ha. “Shakespearience,” a production by Theatrical Education Group, has performed for about 70,000 students during the last 16 years in Glendale. PHOTOS: Students get a Shakespearience at the Alex Theatre “They come year after year after year,” said director Justin Eick of the many schools that have annually brought students to the production, which aims to introduce students to the Bard.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 2, 2013
As the new face of the Burbank Parent Teacher Assn., Steve Frintner is the first man in the history of Burbank Unified to oversee all 16 PTA organizations in the district. Frintner tries to downplay that fact when he can, already familiar with receiving special attention for his involvement in the PTA as a male. "I'm proud to be the first one, I guess," he said. "Sometimes I feel like I've gotten recognition just for being a man … I feel like I'm being celebrated for doing something that lots of moms and women have been doing for a long time, and doing well.
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 24, 2012
David Meyerhof of Burbank is a published poet, and now everyone in his hometown knows it. Meyerhof received recognition from the city of Burbank, the State Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday at the Little White Chapel during the first public presentation of his book of poetry, “Look Beyond.” It is now available on more than 100 websites around the world, he said. The event included a piano recital by Sophie Wiegand, who is an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Middle School.
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January 25, 2011
BOYS' BASKETBALL Yeshiva, 88, Providence 84 : Despite 50 points and 16 rebounds from Patrick Gonzalez, the Pioneers lost the Liberty League game Saturday on the road Tyler Kidd added 18 points for Providence. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Muir 67, Burbank 51 : Burbank couldn't muster a win against second-place Muir in a Pacific League game Monday on the road. Burbank (12-9, 4-4 in league) fell behind, 23-11, after one quarter and was at a 39-18 disadvantage at halftime.
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By Max Zimbert | March 13, 2010
A Burbank middle school is on a list released Thursday of schools that have not met federal proficiency targets on standardized tests. Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank Unified and Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale Unified were among the roughly 2,500 schools statewide that are being monitored for not meeting either math or English student achievement standards two years in a row. If the campuses do not meet their benchmarks within...
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By Christopher Cadelago | February 4, 2010
Liam Taylor surveyed a large pile of conked-out computers, televisions and cell phones like a fisherman admiring his catch. As the founding president of Imagine Green Eco Club, he spent weeks imploring the community to drop off unused or spent appliances at the club’s inaugural e-waste collection and recycling event Saturday at Luther Burbank Middle School. The goal, he said, was to prevent toxic and hazardous materials from clogging landfills and polluting the environment.
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By Max Zimbert | January 20, 2010
DOWNTOWN— As the U.S. prepares to expand its aid in and outside Haiti, students across Burbank and Glendale are gearing up to do their part with donation drives throughout the next two weeks. Nearly every school in Burbank Unified School District will be donating goods to one or several charities involved in the relief effort. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have said money is the most sorely needed commodity, and students from Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta will send every penny donated to UNICEF’s Haiti relief fund, the U.S. Fund.
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