March 9, 2012
Luther Middle School's Miguel Delgado, 13, left, and Norm Barnett from theWarner Bros.Studio Facilities cut the ribbon during a grand reopening of the school's theater, which took place in Burbank on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Parents, students and staff from Luther Middle School joined together and raised $30,000 for the theater. Warner Bros Studio Facilities also partnered up with the school and helped renovate the theater. -- Cheryl A. Guerrero, Times Community News
October 30, 2004
Jacqui Brown When the middle school graduation requirements for Burbank Unified were changed three years ago, it was intended to gives students as complete an education as possible. That goal has proven elusive, as the 120 unit requirement for graduation has proved difficult for students who face a shortage of summer school options when they must make up classes. Middle school principals and counselors, along with the Assistant Supt. Alexis Sheehy, have been working on how to implement the policy over the past three years, but all agree it can't work as it is written.
September 5, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- For teens with some quirky ideas or creative inventions, the Bayer Corporation, National Science Foundation and Christopher Columbus Fellowship offers some recognition. The three groups are looking for middle school students to enter a national competition aimed at encouraging imagination to solve some of the nation's pressing problems. Last year's winner was an eighth grader in Ohio who, along with three teammates, developed an effective way to heat water using a compost pile.
June 6, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- Burbank sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students are invited to attend a dance Saturday night for all local middle school teens. The dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Verdugo Recreational Center, 3201 W. Verdugo Ave. Students from all of Burbank's public and private schools are welcome to attend. Teens will need to follow normal school dress codes and show a school identification card or have a note from their parents to be allowed in. There will be no reentry.
August 15, 2007
GLENDALE — California’s community college system wants students to start thinking about career paths early. The Career Exploration and Development for 7th and 8th Graders grant, from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, allocates $150,000 to Glendale Community College for training counselors at middle schools in Glendale and Burbank unified school districts. College board President Armine Hacopian, who was a middle school counselor for more than 12 years, said sixth, seventh and eighth grade are the transition years from childhood to the teenage years.
February 4, 2006
PTAs work to promote programs and weave art into the culture and curriculum of the schools.Alexandra Helfrich has always been a creative person, so when she sent her child to a school arts camp during the summer at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, she made a few suggestions. She had no idea what she was getting herself into. "A very wise person once said, 'Don't make a complaint unless you're ready to do something about it,'" Helfrich said. Before she knew what had happened, Helfrich assumed a roll that many parents are playing across the district -- creating what they call an "arts revolution" in the elementary schools.
January 21, 2004
Molly Shore A popular after-school program for elementary-age children operated by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank could soon be expanded for middle school students. "I know that there's a need for programs at the middle school level," said Shanna Vaughan, the club's director of operations. "We know it's a different age range, and their needs are different." Vaughan is eager to bring the after-school program to Luther Burbank, Jordan and John Muir middle schools because it has been given overwhelming approval since its inception in March.
July 8, 2006
The Burbank Woman's Club presented Good Citizenship awards to middle-school students. Sixth-graders Olivia Blomberg and Valery Vasquez; seventh-grader Esther Chung; and eighth-grader Mary Beth Medina from John Muir Middle School were honored. Sixth-graders Sylvia Granados, Monica Paz, Hannah Andrews and Andrew Geronimo; seventh-graders Thotsaphon Vongasavarit and Brandyn Marko; and eighth-graders Kristine Dizon, who has received the award for two consecutive years, and Justin Moon from Luther Burbank Middle School were honored.
May 6, 2000
Irma Lemus RANCHO DISTRICT -- They obviously weren't there to Mickey Mouse around. One of only a handful of middle schools invited to Disneyland to take part in the "Music in the Park" showcase, Burbank's David Starr Jordan Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade mixed choirs emerged as the only groups to receive "superior" ratings, school officials said. The 78 students who make up Jordan's mixed choirs received two trophies for their high ratings at the April 29 event, said Christine DeMore, Jordan music director.
December 12, 2001
Laura Sturza MAGNOLIA PARK DISTRICT -- Burbank sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders can dance to a deejays's pop and hip-hop music at a holiday middle school dance Saturday. Students must bring their school identification or a written note from their parents. School dress code will be strictly enforced. Prizes donated by community businesses will be raffled off, and the Burbank Lions Club will sell refreshments. The event will be staffed by Burbank Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff members, the dance's sponsor.