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September 6, 2013
Re: “ School breaks 900 API mark ,” Aug. 31. Why this incessant need to associate high scores with academic achievement? High scores are fine and dandy, but what does it really prove? Someone can practice test-taking strategies to elevate their score. We have to stop putting so much emphasis on a score that may or may not help a person succeed in life. We definitely must not attach a student's success or failure on these standardized tests as a qualification of a teacher's success or failure in educating and reaching out to their students.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | August 7, 2012
This is the first in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools during the 2011-12 year. This installment is Burbank High: ¿ It didn't take long from the beginning of the school year for a Burbank High team to enjoy a successful season, as the Bulldogs boys' cross-country squad surprised many during the fall campaign. It had been nine years since the boys' program qualified for the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
There was a great deal of success enjoyed by the four local softball teams during the 2012 season. Burroughs High and Bellarmine-Jefferson captured league championships. Providence remained in the running for a share of a league title until the final regular season contest and Burbank was still in contention for a crown up until the final week of the Pacific League campaign. Bell-Jeff went on to play in its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division VII championship game and the Bulldogs made an impressive run to the Division III quarterfinals Heading into the 2013 season, three of the squads are dealing with their share of departures.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
It was a pairing that might never have happened. When Alexa Gregorian began her senior season for the Crescenta Valley High girls' tennis team, she came in as a successful singles player, advancing to the Pacific League tournament semifinals as a junior. "I had played singles, so I just expected that I was going to be playing singles my senior year," Gregorian said. "I had always been a singles player and I liked playing singles. " Jackie Dilanchyan started her final season with the Falcons as a strong doubles competitor, having teamed up with partner Viktoriya Shumakova a year earlier to earn a spot in the league doubles semifinals.
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By Jeff Tully | March 1, 2008
BURBANK — It was a good sign last season when three of the four area baseball teams qualified or the CIF Southern Section postseason. Only Providence was left out of the playoffs. However, neither Burbank, Burroughs or Bellarmine-Jefferson could make it out of the first round of the playoffs. With their share of returning players, and a sprinkling of new athletes, all four programs are looking forward to successful seasons this year. Here is how the teams are shaping up:   BELLARMINE-JEFFESRON There is no doubt which area program has enjoyed the most success in recent years.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | June 6, 2007
The success of 110 seniors who graduated from Providence High School on Saturday will not be judged today or tomorrow, but in a few decades, said commencement speaker Michael Madden, vice president for advocacy and development at Providence Health and Services. The list of renowned universities and colleges that graduates will attend next year is only an interim measure of the class' success, he said. "The long-term measure is how you become leaders in your community," Madden told graduates.
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By Story by Gabriel Rizk ?Photo by Tammy Abbott | January 2, 2008
It?s not the first time that Sam Orlandini has been named All Area Girls? Volleyball Player of the Year. The sports writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, Crescenta Valley Sun and La Cañada Sun unanimously voted the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy setter to that award last year as well. The Tologs? highly successful 2007 season also was not the first in which Orlandini garnered co-Most Valuable Player honors for the Mission League ? it was the second consecutive time ?
NEWS
August 21, 2002
Thank you for the wonderful article about Patty Smola and her success at BTAC. When Pat took the position, everyone who knew her knew that she would be a success. No one becomes a director of a nonprofit organization because it is a path to fame or fortune. You take the position because you have a real passion for the mission of the organization. Pat Smola has that passion. She brings to BTAC her intelligence, her experience, her integrity and, most of all, her compassion for others.
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March 17, 2004
Looby making opposition loopy Burroughs High boys' golfer Jeff Looby is doing a good job driving opposing players crazy with his fine play this season. Just a sophomore, Looby's perfection on the golf course has been paying dividends for himself, and the Indians. In seven matches, Looby had captured low-medalist honors in five, as Burroughs has a 4-3 record. He also finished first in the Serrano Golf Tournament March 8 at the Spring Valley Lakes Country Club in Victorville.
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By Jonathan Raber | July 25, 2007
One second. That was the only thing that separated Mike Sheridan from obtaining his season-long goal. That goal was to reach the Masters Meet in the 1,600 meters, a feat that eluded him by the narrowest of margins. While coming up just a bit short stung at first, the Crescenta Valley track and field standout can take pride in knowing the rest of his season's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. For his success, Sheridan has been named the All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year as voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun. "When I found out I was really excited, it was something I didn't expect at all," Sherdian said.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
An update on local athletes competing in college. Emily Tubert (Burroughs High, 2010), Arkansas women's golf, senior : The former Leader Female Athlete of the Year received an impressive conference honor last week when Tubert was selected as the Southeastern Conference Women's Golfer of the Week. Tubert had a solid performance April 5 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, helping the No. 4 Razorbacks to a runner-up finish. She opened with a 76 in stroke play, and then won three matches in the match- play portion of the tournament.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
It was something that Brandon Gerlach had done hundreds, maybe even thousands of times since he took up soccer as a boy. In a nonleague match in December, the Burroughs High senior midfielder slid a few times on the artificial turf, opening a sizable wound on his thigh. “I was wearing my old sliders because I couldn't find my new ones and those ones had a hole in them,” Gerlach said. “I ended up sliding a couple of times and I opened up my leg pretty good. But I just thought 'OK, I'll just put some bandages over it and it should be fine.'” Patched up, Gerlach didn't miss his next start for the Indians.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
After moving from the Las Vegas area last summer, Yazzy Sa'Dullah had little difficulty adjusting to the culture Burbank had to offer. What she found very appealing was playing for the Burbank High girls' basketball team. It didn't take long for Sa'Dullah to make an impression after trying out for the team during the first week of school in August. After meeting Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden, she made a favorable impression on the Bulldogs following the first practice session. “We had a five-on-five session and you could see she was quite a player within about five minutes,” Breeden said.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
The tradition continues. The machine that is the Burroughs High boys' soccer program continues to churn out All-CIF Southern Section players. This season, senior midfielder Brandon Gerlach is the latest Indians recipient, as he was named to the Division III first team when the first-team members from seven divisions were released by the Southern Section Office on Monday. "It is always nice to see players from our program recognized," Burroughs veteran Coach Mike Kodama said.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
It might be difficult for the three local boys' golf teams to look forward this season without thinking a little about the past. That's because all three squads, Providence High, Burbank and Burroughs, all enjoyed their share of success during the 2013 season. Leading the way were the Pioneers, who, despite having a program for just three seasons, captured a share of the Liberty League championship. It was the program's first title. The Bulldogs competed well in the Pacific League, finishing second, while the Indians placed third in the final league standings.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
It was a banner year in 2013 for the local softball teams. Leading the way was Bellarmine-Jefferson High, which won the program's first-ever CIF Southern Section championship after nailing down its fourth straight Santa Cruz League title. Burbank also had a breakthrough season, going undefeated in the Pacific League and securing its first league crown in 26 years. Burroughs and Providence also enjoyed their share of success, as both qualified for the postseason. The good news this season for the quartet is that they all have a solid group of players returning and only the Bulldogs suffered a substantial hit from graduating seniors.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 14, 2014
WHITTIER - While most teams would probably still be basking in the glory after winning a league championship, the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team went right back to the pool looking to fine tune some areas of their game Friday. After capturing the Pacific League championship for the fifth season in a row on Thursday, Crescenta Valley enjoyed a brief celebration before making the trek to meet host La Serna in a nonleague match Friday. Crescenta Valley passed its final regular-season test before beginning defense of its CIF Southern Section Division V crown, as Ashley Taylor collected a team-high four goals and Elissa Arnold added two goals and four steals to earn a 10-5 victory.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
The success of the Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Basket Program is due to the participation of many hundreds of people along with service clubs, PTAs, scout troops, churches and more. You are all so wonderful and amazing! A lion's share of the participation is from two special heroes. First is the Little White Chapel. Pastor Bill Thomas and the board allow us to use their classrooms to store and sort out all donations from the two food drives when drivers come in several times a day, so we were busy there Oct. 12 and again on Dec. 7. On Dec. 11, we filled the church when we assembled the bags of food for unadopted families.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Burbank educators say that the Spanish dual-language immersion program they started this year has been successful so far, and they hope to expand it in the fall. Twenty-nine kindergarten students belong to Burbank Unified's inaugural dual-immersion class in which they spend 80%of the day speaking and learning math, science, language arts and social studies in Spanish. The district launched the program with unanimous support from the board last year because school officials were seeing a demand for it. In 2012, Burbank Unified granted about 200 permits for Burbank elementary students to enroll in dual-immersion programs outside of the district.
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