Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Board Agrees to Smaller Raise

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Glendale Unified board member Shant Sahakian proposed a friendly amendment that cut the board’s pay raise from 5% to 1.5% for the upcoming year. The increase is in line with teacher raises. By Andrew J. Campa A desire for equity led Glendale Unified school board members to unanimously vote to reduce a scheduled pay raise for themselves to match increases agreed upon for the district’s teachers. The board voted, 5-0, for a friendly amendment that slashed its 5% allotted pay bump to 1.5% for the upcoming fiscal year, the same pay rate hike agreed upon by Glendale Unified and the…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified’s Mathematics Gridlock Continues

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By Andrew J. Campa The slow-moving saga over the future of Glendale Unified’s high school math curriculum was elongated another two weeks following a 5-0 vote by school board members Monday. Board members rejected the recommendation of Supt. Winfred Roberson Jr. and his district staff for the single adoption of the less-conventional College Preparatory Mathematics system, or CPM, three hours after dozens of members of the public spoke passionately for and against the curriculum. The move further exasperated months of gridlock as the district had hoped to secure a system for implementation over the next three years for integrated math…

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Glendale News-Press: Cerritos Elementary to Become a Computer Science Magnet School

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By Mark Kellam Cerritos Elementary will become a computer magnet school at the beginning of next school year, making it the fourth magnet school in the Glendale Unified School District. There was no discussion — just cheerful chuckles — before the Glendale Unified school board approved the change Tuesday after Cerritos entered into a five-year contract in July with Code to the Future, a program that provides schools with on-site coaching, lesson plans and project-based units, among other materials. Through the partnership, Cerritos students learn fundamentals of computer coding as part of their daily curriculum. In 2013, school officials were unsuccessful…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Adopts its First Technology Sustainability Plan

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By Priscella Vega New laptops will be phased into Glendale Unified schools this year as part of the district’s adoption of its first technology sustainability plan to replace aging computer equipment districtwide. School officials unanimously approved a five-year lease of 1,200 Lenovo Yoga 370 laptops with Lenovo Financial Services, amounting to roughly $1.75 million, during a school board meeting last week. New devices will be distributed in multiple phases to allow time for staff training, said Kristine Nam, district spokeswoman. In addition, the school board approved the technology sustainability budget, which designates $3.66 million in one-time funding received in 2017-18 from the state to…

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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified Showcases its Accomplishments During State of Schools Breakfast

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By Priscella Vega Glendale Unified School District leaders showcased its accomplishments and shared its road map to student success Thursday morning during the 13th Annual State of the Schools Breakfast. Hundreds of teachers, administrators, principals and donors attended the 90-minute celebration hosted by the Glendale Educational Foundation at the Pacific Community Center. Supt. Winfred Roberson Jr. and school board President Nayiri Nahabedian thanked and commended all in attendance for their leadership and financial dedication toward helping students thrive. “We rely on you and your commitment to our schools and kids,” Nahabedian said. Roberson highlighted award-winning teachers, campuses recognized as Gold Ribbon…

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Glendale News-Press: GUSD Participates in Walk to School Day

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By Priscella Vega Students, parents and Glendale Unified School District leaders met at nearby parks and shopping complexes to walk together toward Mark Keppel Elementary School Wednesday morning as part of International Walk to School Day. The event promotes physical activity — teaching children safe walking skills and concern for the environment — and helps reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Supt. Winfred Roberson Jr. and board member Shant Sahakian joined parents and students on their walk to the visual arts and performing arts magnet school. Fourth-grader Tyler Hong, 9, carried a Walk to School Day sign and led his peers and…

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Glendale News-Press: Roosevelt Middle School Teachers Use Alternative Methods to Help Students Manage, Express Their Emotions and Behaviors

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By Priscella Vega Students in Pam Zamanis’ class at Roosevelt Middle School know Wednesday mornings are dedicated to community-building circles, where sharing is a key part of the activity. Zamanis listed questions on a whiteboard and her seventh- and eighth-grade students were given a few minutes to write down their answers. Then they all pushed their desks to the sides of the room and stood in a circle, waiting for their teacher to begin the exercise. “If I could change anything in the world, it’d be to get rid of racism because I believe racism is the cause of many…

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Glendale High Hosts First On-Campus College Fair

Glendale News-Press: Glendale High Hosts First On-Campus College Fair

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By Priscella Vega Glendale High School hosted its first on-campus college fair Wednesday, where 33 university representatives from throughout the country, such as UC Irvineand the University of Michigan, met with students. The two-hour event was open to all grade levels, and nearly half of Glendale High’s students attended. Joining the hundreds of students were the school’s faculty and school board member Shant Sahakian, who all congregated inside the school’s north and south gyms to hear what college representatives had to offer. Linda Guzik, director of communication for the school’s parent teacher student association, began planning the fair in June with help…

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Glendale News-Press: Under State Mandate, Glendale Unified Adopts Policy on Suicide Prevention

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By Priscella Vega Secondary teachers in the Glendale Unified School District must take part in mandatory training about suicide awareness this school year, specifically addressing youth with mental disabilities, those facing homelessness or those who are part of the LGBTQ community. The training comes after Assembly Bill 2246 put forth a mandate requiring school districts adopt a policy on suicide prevention for students in seventh through 12th grades, local school officials said last week. As a result, the Glendale Unified school board adopted its 2017-18 Suicide Prevention Policy last week after hearing a presentation by Scott Anderle, principal of Rosemont Middle School and…

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Girl Scout Paints Mural for Columbus Elementary

Glendale News-Press: Girl Scout Paints Mural for Columbus Elementary

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By Priscella Vega When students arrive at Columbus Elementary School on Wednesday to start the new school year, they will have a new piece of art to admire while on the playground. On one of the walls on the handball court, a mural depicts six eagles of varying heights looking over a fence to watch a baseball game. On one half of the mural, three eagles are standing on top of a three equally sized boxes, leaving the shortest eagle unable to see the game. The word ‘equality’ is written underneath. The other half shows three eagles successfully viewing the game,…

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