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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.
By Anthony Kim and Rachel Kane | 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.
By By Lauren Hilgers | 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.
By Kelly Corrigan, | November 6, 2012
It takes Dorothy Hernandez at least five minutes to walk through Washington Elementary's school yard to reach Room 29 where she teaches third grade. In what would normally be a two-minute walk, the delay is in all the students lining up for hugs before the bell rings from the newly named Burbank Unified's Teacher of the Year. Even after school has let out on a recent Friday afternoon, Hernandez' students in the after school program still have their eyes trained on her as they smile and wave back through the windows of her classroom.
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.
By Kelly Corrigan, | 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.
By Kelly Corrigan, | March 21, 2014
Seventh graders at John Muir Middle School participated in their annual “Around the World Day” that had outside drummers and dancers bring their music and performances to the students in a daylong event on Friday. Organized by the seventh grade teachers, Muir Principal Greg Miller said there were Taiko drummers, Peruvian dancers and sword play. The day began with medieval jousting, and throughout the day, performers and dancers invited students participate in the activities.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | March 4, 2014
Four strands of colorful beads dangled from Christopher Wilke's IV pole as he sat on the couch in his hospital room overlooking Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Burbank 12-year-old's battle with rare form of cancer The yellow beads - more than two dozen of them - represented the number of nights the 12-year-old Burbank resident has spent in the hospital in the last two months. The white ones stood for each round of chemotherapy. The black beads: every time he's been poked. Silver: every clergy visit.
By Kelly Corrigan, | 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.
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.
By Kelly Corrigan, | 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.
By Kelly Corrigan, | 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.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | June 7, 2013
A 26-year-old Los Angeles man accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend's son - an 11-year-old student at David Starr Jordan Middle School - pleaded not guilty this week to murder and child abuse charges, officials said. The man, Rineson Adams, was charged with one count each of premeditated murder and child abuse - according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint - and entered his plea on Tuesday. The boy, Jai Lewis, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and neck at around 9 a.m. on Memorial Day at his mother's home in the 200 block of South Carondelet Street in the Westlake District of Los Angeles, police and coroner's officials said.
By Jeff Tully, | April 16, 2013
Local athletes found the themselves in the heat of competition Saturday at the annual Burbank All-City Middle Schools Track and Field Meet. Boys and girls' in the sixth through eighth grades from the three local middle schools - Jordan, John Muir and Luther - took to the track and infield at Burbank High for the friendly event. Nearly 300 athletes took part in the meet. PHOTOS: Burbank All-City Track and Field Meet It was also a good showing as far as new meet records go, as 16 new marks were set across the divisions.
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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