April 16, 2008
BURBANK — School and city officials broke ground Monday on the future site of a garden and tortoise habitat at the Community Day School, which they said will be a boon for students’ self-confidence and the city. Kobe, an African tortoise that officials said is between 3 and 5 years old, will be the sole resident in the $20,000 project to bring a garden and habitat to the school. “Kids here might not have anything to hold on to,” said James Dobkowski, a science teacher at the school for at-risk seventh- through 12th-graders.
November 1, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- It may have been a Halloween project to build scarecrows, but in the process, St. Francis Xavier School students learned some valuable lessons. On Monday morning, about 35 life-sized scarecrows, created out of "trash" and recyclable items, were displayed at the school. The scarecrows, which were built by students and their families, were placed around the school Sunday evening to surprise students Monday morning. The idea came to first-grade teacher Nan Lazzaretto as she visited the city of Caen on the Normandy coast of France last year.
November 24, 2004
Jacqui Brown As millions of people prepare for this Thanksgiving holiday, Anita Nemoy's third-grade class at Disney Elementary School was looking back to the very first Thanksgiving and sharing it with their schoolmates as they performed on stage in the school's auditorium. In a short but sweet performance, the pilgrims and their Native American counterparts told the tale of suffering through long winters, and the lessons learned that helped them survive.
June 8, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Henry Thompson sent his apprentice to fetch his sword and then stood bravely as Braddock Sandoval demonstrated the strength of chain-mail armor by slashing the sword across his chest. "'Tis made of thousands of galvanized, tiny rings," said Henry, 13, who knighted himself with the title of "Sir" on Friday. Henry made himself a suit of flexible armor out of chain mail, just one of the items he traded at Luther Burbank Middle School's Renaissance Olde World Faire Friday.
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.
March 22, 2014
Burbank school officials are considering expanding the online classes offered to students, following a period of a few years when the district offered several online courses for students seeking to recover credits. The school district began offering online classes to students about two years ago, so they could recover credits in core subjects such as English, math and social studies. By this fall, the district could offer credit classes to high school students in art appreciation, creative writing, geography/world cultures and media literacy, school officials said.
December 26, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- It's not going to be easy for Ken Tada to leave John Burroughs High School. Even after graduating in 1964, Tada never really left Burroughs. He was an assistant coach for the school's football teams while attending Cal State Northridge and returned to Burroughs as a full-time teacher in 1970 to teach American and world history, African American Studies and government. But in February, Tada will leave the halls of Burroughs and fully devote his time to Christian mission work with Joni and Friends, a Christian mission project founded by his wife, Joni Eareckson Tada.
September 4, 2004
Mark R. Madler On the desk in Traci Fellman's classroom at Luther Burbank Middle School was a receipt for supplies she had recently bought at a store in Northridge: books, posters, construction paper, and bulletin board letters. The bill for $67.92 was just one of several the English teacher had collected in anticipation for the new school year, which starts Tuesday for Burbank Unified School District students. Last school year, she estimates she spent about $1,200, and that was just the receipts she had saved, Fellman said.
July 21, 2004
Mark R. Madler As a high school social studies teacher, Dan Hacking had told himself that if he ever became an administrator he would make regular classroom visits and get involved with the learning process. Now as principal at John Muir Middle School, Hacking has a goal to be more visible in the classroom to observe teachers and students. "It's so good for teachers that administrators care about their craft and what they are doing," Hacking said.