March 29, 2006
Students at George Washington Elementary School proved on Monday that, in music, if there is a beat they will find it. As Brass Pacifica, a visiting brass ensemble, demonstrated styles of music from as far back as 400 years ago, students found a way to clap along. They clapped to a piece of Dixieland jazz, to snippets of movie soundtracks and discovered a rapid beat to a piece of music from the Renaissance. "Don't let anyone tell you music is dead in our schools," Principal Jane Clausen said.
October 13, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The John Burroughs High School Marching Band took top honors at a Sept. 29 field show competition in Thousand Oaks, hosted by the Western Band Assn. The Burroughs High band -- which has 87 students -- won a sweepstakes award, which places it first overall in several divisions. The band also placed first in its division and received individual first-place awards for music, visual, color guard and drum line. The Burroughs High band competed against four divisions from Southern California, comprised of at least 20 schools each.
July 16, 2008
I have been reading what seems to be an inordinate number of letters and commentaries that express dissatisfaction with the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education. I have to agree with the concerns of our community members. William McIntyre’s recent letter (“Firing people seems to be top priority,” Mailbag, June 25) about the obtuseness regarding the supposed “goals” and the reality of the situation is right on. I attended the state of schools luncheon to hear about all the healthy changes that are being implemented in the schools, but I know that the cafeteria is still offering nonfat chocolate milk as a choice for both snack and lunch.
September 12, 2001
Gary Moskowitz HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Burbank's Woodbury University was rated No. 1 in select categories by U.S. News & World Report last week. Out of about 1,400 schools the magazine rated, Woodbury was rated No. 1 for freshman retention rate and average graduation rate among western regional colleges and universities. Don St. Clair, vice president for enrollment management, attributed Woodbury's high ranking to the school's small size, committed students and personal attention given by the teaching staff.
February 8, 2013
Burbank voters are weighing two distinctly different proposals this election season that carry the same name, “Measure S.” How could such a confusing turn of events come about? We're told it's by accident. At about the same time Burbank Unified School District moved forward on a $110-million bond vote in hopes of improving its schools, the city decided to ask voters to approve a special tax on trash and sewer bills to subsidize those fees for low-income seniors and disabled people.
March 17, 2010
In journalism school we’re taught not to play favorites. It’s a journalist’s job, we’re told, not get too attached to the people we’re dealing with, and we have to do everything in our power to try and remain impartial. In the sports world, that primary directive can be difficult to adhere to, especially when it comes to coaches. In dealing with the group of area coaches from the four local high schools, it’s hard not to like some more than others.
December 19, 2001
Jeff Tully There is an epidemic running rampant through our schools and not much is being done to eradicate the problem. It has gotten to the point where teachers and administrators are primarily concerned about whether Johnny can read and write. But along with a strong concentration on academics, what educators should also be focusing on is whether Johnny will be able to make it past his 40th birthday before he dies of heart disease. In an era of video games, MTV and Super Sized fast food, children are more out of shape and obese than ever.
March 16, 2002
More often than not, I sit down to read Will Rogers' column and the responses it generates with not just a grain of salt, but with the entire 1-pound paper can. Now it appears I need to go to the new Costco and buy one of those 25-pound salt sacks used in colder climates to de-ice driveways and sidewalks. If one reads Mr. Rogers' column detailing what he describes as an abuse of children by the Burbank schools during fund-raising promotions, then reads the reply of Scott Green, it becomes apparent that something is amiss.
November 15, 2008
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Stevenson Elementary School students in teacher Kelly Clarke’s fourth-grade class ducked under their desks for about a minute and, immediately after, evacuated the classroom. But student Connor Boulais, 9, remained in the classroom because he had suffered a pretend broken ankle after slipping on broken glass as he was trying to leave the room. He had practiced his role in the earthquake drill Monday. Connor waited for a search-and- rescue crew to remove him from the classroom and take him to a medical triage that was set up on the school’s grass field.