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August 21, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, August 21. A big rig crash on I-5 snarled traffic for hours in Burbank on Monday. The early-morning crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Scott Road exit resulted in the closure of three lanes as officials worked to clean up a nearly 1,000 gallon fuel spill. Burbank Leader Recent studies suggest that Central and South American populations are now on the rise in the San Fernando Valley . LA Observed A former LAUSD teacher pleaded no contest to 13 counts of a lewd act on a child and faces 25 years to life in prison . Paul Chapel, who taught third grade at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, is accused of molesting 13 former students.
August 13, 2012
School is back in session for Burbank Unified. At Burroughs High School on Monday morning, teachers prepared to welcome roughly 2,650 students. In the quad, where posters advertised the Back to School Picnic on Aug. 24 and the Sept. 15 talent show, hundreds of students huddled with friends and stood in line for their new class schedules. With a coffee in hand, Principal John Paramo overlooked the students and said the morning, although hectic, was exciting. “It's a lot of energy,” he said.
By Jeff Tully, | June 12, 2012
David Machuca realizes that he will be keeping extremely busy once fall rolls around. Machuca, a 2002 Burbank High graduate, was tabbed to head the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program in December. In addition, Machuca, 27, will also teach a number of biology classes at the school. However, his workload just increased as he has been named Bell-Jeff's new athletic director. Machuca takes over for Jaclyn Johnson, who was the Guards' athletic director for two years while also heading the successful girls' basketball program.
May 23, 2012
This spring at Burbank elementary schools, principals awarded medals to students based on state test results from the prior year. My special needs son did not receive a medal and broke down into tears during his assembly. When my older son brought home four medals from his assembly, there were tears again. There were many children who cried at these medal assemblies; many who were embarrassed when they had to explain to their peers why they did not get a medal. All of this could have been avoided, had principals consulted first with parents at PTA meetings, or with teachers.
May 16, 2012
The class clown from Mr. Gadberry's high school art class has made good - and how. Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches seventh-grade English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank - but not next year. Instead, she'll be on the road as the National Teacher of the Year. It took her a long time to get to the classroom - she once worked as a floral designer, doing the flowers for Elizabeth Taylor 's private jet - and eventually to the White House , where a fellow teacher, President Obama , crowned her as a national teaching treasure.
By Megan O'Neil, | April 27, 2012
The Burbank Arts for All Foundation is following one banner year with another, announcing a new wave of grants totaling $27,250 in support of arts education. The sum is the largest ever issued to Burbank Unified teachers in a single grant cycle, and will impact more than 5,000 students during the next 12 months, said board co-chair Alexandra Helfrich. It also pushes the six-year-old foundation's total contributions to local arts education past the $150,000 mark. “The reason we are able to give more … than ever before is because we are seeing more and more community support,” Helfrich said.
By Megan O'Neil and Jason Wells, Times Community News | April 24, 2012
Flanked by her family and colleagues, President Obama today called Burbank Unified teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki - the 2012 national Teacher of the Year - “the definition of 'above and beyond.'” Mieliwocki, a Glendale resident who teaches English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, was given the national prize Monday by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Known for an unconventional teaching style that emphasizes critical thinking, Mieliwocki beat out more than 50 other nominees.
January 19, 2012
Burbank Unified teacher and longtime Glendale resident Rebecca Mieliwocki was named Thursday as one of four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award. “I have been led by some remarkable people, teachers and administrators alike, from whom I've never felt anything but the utmost dedication and respect,” Mieliwocki said. “I have been pushed to be the best teacher I can be, and given opportunities to push kids in creative, exciting ways. When a school district does that for its teachers, it's no wonder something like this can happen.” Raised in Napa by two educators, Mieliwocki has spent nine years of her 13-year career with Burbank Unified, where she is currently teaching English at Luther Middle School.
By Megan O'Neil, | September 23, 2011
Luther Burbank Middle School teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki on Friday was named a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, joining an elite group of educators recognized for their compelling classroom practices and dedication to students. “It is humbling,” said Mieliwocki, who has lived in Glendale with her family since 1995. “Just when you think you should feel puffed up, you actually feel really humble. I really feel like I am being recognized for just being who I am. I can't be anybody else but me, so to be noticed and nominated … is very exciting.” Mieliwocki and 15 other winners - dubbed the Sweet 16 - were selected from among the county's 75,000 teachers, and automatically advance to the California Teachers of the Year competition this fall.
By Megan O'Neil, | September 16, 2011
Burbank teachers took to city streets Thursday to demand that school district officials return to the bargaining table to finalize the terms of a new contract. Burbank Unified and the Burbank Teachers Assn. have been locked in negotiations for months, trying to work out a successor agreement to the one that expired in June 2010. The parties hit an impasse last month, and state-supervised mediation is scheduled for Friday. Among the points of contention are unpaid furlough days - union representatives said they will accept conditional furlough days that would be implemented only if forthcoming state revenue figures trigger mid-year cuts to education.
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