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November 29, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Wearing a necklace with a musical note pendant, John Burroughs High School teacher Mary Rago said she wants her students to attain a sense of self-esteem from music. And teacher Barbara Eisner said she hopes exposing her Bret Harte Elementary School students to paintings by famous artists such as Van Gogh helps the youngsters gain perspective on the world. The passion Rago and Eisner have shown for the arts in education has paid off. The teachers recently were nominated for the prestigious Bravo Award, given annually by the Los Angeles County Performing Arts Center to teachers and schools that use the arts to revitalize teaching and strengthen student involvement.
By Charles Rich | June 3, 2006
BURBANK ? Meghan Richmond would have been in her social studies class learning about Greece. Instead, she had a date to represent France. Richmond and nearly 330 students from St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School competed in the 10th annual St. Robert Bellarmine Olympics on Thursday at the school. The program is designed to teach and promote teamwork, fairness, competitiveness and responsibility. Richmond, a sixth-grader, competed in several events. She first participated in a free-throw shooting contest before partaking in a water relay and capture-the-flag competition.
By Lauren Hilgers | March 25, 2006
It wasn't religion that drove John Muir Middle School teacher Barry Sarna to take his seventh-grade class to church on Tuesday ? it was education. The social studies teacher led the seventh-grade gifted and talented students on a walking tour of Burbank, stopping by Temple Emmanuel, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and First Methodist Church. The excursion gives students a chance to observe the similarities and the differences between the religions, explained Mary Lou Stefano, a Gifted and Talented Education program teacher who helps organize the excursion.
March 22, 2000
Irma Lemus LOS ANGELES -- They didn't quite reach the top, but they had a good time trying. In the end, facing off against the best schools in California was a great accomplishment for the Burbank High School Academic Decathlon team, members said. Dressed in their trademark black suits and yellow construction hats, the nine-member Burbank team competed against 49 other schools from around the state this weekend in Los Angeles. Burbank placed 12th with a score of 44,783 out of a possible 60,000 points in the competition, which was won by Simi Valley High School of Ventura County.
By Megan O'Neil, | March 8, 2011
Rabbi Richard Flom stood on the bema — the raised platform at the front of the synagogue and proceeded with a crash course in conservative Judaism. Addressing 115 John Muir Middle School students, he explained the 12 tribes of Israel, the ark, the presence of the Israeli flag and the Torah. “You will notice unlike the books you are used to this goes from right to left,” Flom said. “Hebrew is written right to left. You will see the Hebrew on the right-hand side and the English translation on the left-hand side.
By Jeff Tully | May 6, 2009
BURROUGHS HIGH — Burroughs High didn’t waste much time finding its new boys’ basketball coach. Just three weeks after the resignation of longtime coach Art Sullivan, the Indians have named former assistant Adam Hochberg as the program’s new coach, said Burroughs Assistant Principal of Activities and Athletics Jay Gudzin. “[Hoch- berg] did very well in the interview process, and the plus is that he’s a teacher on campus, so we didn’t have to go with a walk-on coach,” Gudzin said.
By Rachel Kane | July 28, 2007
BURBANK — Contractors at Luther Burbank Middle School are struggling this month to recover from several foul-ups that have left the school's modernization project behind schedule. Senior Facilities Director Craig Jellison reported to the School Facilities Oversight Committee on July 10 that the project was 4 1/2 weeks behind schedule. Board of Education Vice President Larry Applebaum walked the premises last week and said the project, which includes an overhaul of the entire school, seems to be almost caught up. "By the time [students]
By By Lauren Hilgers | December 7, 2005
Community members nominate John Muir Middle School's Patty Hirsch for the Teacher of the Year Award.If you see a student dressed like Benjamin Franklin or King Tut wandering down the hallways of John Muir Middle School, they are most likely headed to the classroom of sixth-grade teacher Patty Hirsch. Hirsch, who teaches English and social studies at the school, has so impacted the children she instructs that community members have nominated her for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award -- a national award that recognizes teachers for their creativity and ability to promote a learning environment in the classroom.
By: Sarah Hill | September 3, 2005
Teachers enthusiastically cheered Burbank High School Principal Bruce Osgood after he spoke about his hopes for faculty collaboration in the new school year at the school's final day of staff development workshops on Tuesday. "This week I've seen some of the greatest educators come together over how to educate children," Osgood told the group from a podium draped with a sign that read "How will you up your game?" Staff development took place at the school from Aug. 25 to Tuesday in preparation for student's return on Thursday.
September 27, 2008
STUDENT NAMED AN ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR Nicole Michelle Encarnacion of Burbank, daughter of Dianna Encarnacion and Mark Hallin, who work and live in Burbank, has been named an All-American Scholar by the U.S. Achievement Academy. Nicole is an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Middle School. She was nominated for the honor by social studies teacher Reghan LaBarbara . After attending John Burroughs High School, Nicole would like to pursue a college degree in pediatrics or forensic science, which she said she knows will require high academics.
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