December 2, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- George Washington Elementary School will receive a Golden Bell Award at the California School Boards Assn. annual convention in Long Beach today. Washington is the only elementary school in the state to receive a Golden Bell in the science category, for its environmental garden, school Principal Joan Baca said. She will accept the award on behalf of the school. "It's a classroom without walls," Baca said about the garden.
February 23, 2002
Maya Kukes NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Social studies and math were traded for Picasso and Monet for a while Friday at Bret Harte Elementary School. Students studied the notable artists and others, and created art as part of "Art at Harte" day. For several hours, students attended classes with teachers other than their usual ones. Each teacher focused on one artist, discussing style and history. The students then made some of their own art, inspired by the artists they studied.
May 4, 2002
Maya Kukes HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- A falcon, a hawk and an owl were just a few of the creatures on hand at the Medieval Faire at John Muir Middle School. The Wednesday fair was part of a seventh-grade unit about European history that focuses on the time between antiquity and the Renaissance, from 476 to 1453. The event came complete with medieval-inspired art projects, music, dancing, games and theatrical performances. Many of the teachers and 480 students dressed up in traditional period garb.
April 21, 2001
Gary Moskowitz HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Students at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School will be teaching their peers about foreign countries at an annual social studies fair later this month. The fair, which will run for family viewing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Cross Hall in the upper school building, will feature students acting as ambassadors for a country of their choice. A student viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the school, 3801 Scott Road.
September 26, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- When Michael Marcos heard that an Egyptian friend of his had been shot to death in San Gabriel last week, he decided he had to do something about it. Marcos, a world history and advanced placement government teacher and girls' varsity soccer coach at John Burroughs High School, rallied other social science teachers at Burroughs and organized a schoolwide presentation titled "The...
November 3, 2004
Jacqui Brown BURBANK --Students cast their ballots in this heated presidential election, along with millions of Americans. Unfortunately, their votes will go uncounted, even though they have diligently studied all the candidates and their issues, the propositions and the electoral process as part of their social studies curriculum at school. Ann Markgraf, a parent volunteer who helped with the election at Roosevelt Elementary School in Burbank, said the election was taken seriously enough to warrant a representative from the League of Women Voters to be on hand to supervise the ballot count.
March 20, 2002
Maya Kukes HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Homework help is just a computer away for local students. Children in fifth through 12th grade can get homework assistance via the Internet at a computer at Burbank Central Library. The program connects students to a tutor for up to 20 minutes of homework help in math, science, social studies or English. Students sign up for an allotted time. The free service is offered to students from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
June 16, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- Thursday was Esmee Labbe's fifth time attending a John Burroughs High School graduation ceremony. After watching two sons, a granddaughter, a grandson and now another grandson, she knows the drill pretty well. "With each graduation, I kept thinking this is the last one," joked Labbe, whose 18-year-old grandson, Christopher, graduated from Burroughs Thursday. "But they just kept coming." Labbe joined family, friends, faculty and district educators on a warm evening at John Burroughs High School's Memorial Field to watch more than 400 seniors receive their high school diplomas.
January 24, 2014
The Spanish dual-language immersion program launched at a Disney Elementary kindergarten class this year has been so well-received by educators and parents alike that Burbank Unified School District officials are looking to expand it next fall. The district started the program on a small scale, with just 29 kindergartners, who spend 80% of their school day speaking and learning, math, science, language arts and social studies in Spanish. Officials are now looking to add two more kindergarten classes at Disney to the dual-language immersion program.
October 6, 2007
It was almost 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when a classroom of middle school students broke out into the chorus of “Lean on Me.” The 30-person sing-along was the culmination of social studies teacher Anthony Dima’s second “Rock the Classroom” course, a program that incorporates literacy fundamentals into music instruction. Students at John Muir and Luther Burbank middle schools as well as Emerson Elementary will participate in the Rock the Classroom courses for 12 weeks.