Bears Defeat Downey, Advance To CIF Semifinals

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Burroughs head coach Victoria Oganyan has guided the girls’ basketball program to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances.

History repeated itself for the Burroughs High School varsity girls’ basketball team on Wednesday when it outlasted host Downey, 49-47, in a CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinal.

The Bears (14-8 overall record) advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year and will host undefeated San Bernardino Cajon tonight at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to the championship game and face the winner of the other semifinal between Mission Hills Alemany and Lawndale Leuzinger. The championship game is scheduled for Thursday, June 10.

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BUSD Bolsters Policy Against Racial Slurs in School Materials

After two readings and hours of discussion, the Board of Education approved on Thursday the revision to selected board policies that bans the N-word from any instructional materials that are mandated for all Burbank Unified School District students to read. 

The five-member board unanimously approved the new policy with an amendment that states supplemental material given by teachers that includes offensive language or racial slurs must be approved by Superintendent Matt Hill.

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Students’ Stress Rose in 2020, Survey Finds

Burbank high schoolers and district employees felt more stress and anxiety in 2020 than in previous years, according to a survey presented during a Board of Education meeting last week.

John Paramo, Burbank Unified School District assistant superintendent of education services, unveiled the findings of a survey of 1,323 staff and students from Burbank and Burroughs high schools that was administered by Hanover Research between September and November. The number of participants was less than half compared to the previous year. 

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School District Grapples With a Derogatory Word

A proposed revision to policy could change instruction and materials used by teachers in the Burbank Unified School District.

While no decision was made, board member engaged in a lengthy discussion on the revision. Sharon Cuseo, assistant superintendent of instructional services, presented to the Board of Education a first reading of a draft policy that would prohibit the N-word from being said or read aloud in any class. Any instructional material, such as novels or textbooks, that use the derogatory word would be accepted only if it fit specific criteria.

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Flintridge Prep Defeats LCHS to Remain Unbeaten

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team won bragging rights for La Cañada Flintridge by defeating intracity rival La Cañada High School, 47-39, in a nonleague game on Monday.

It wasn’t easy for the Wolves, who struggled with the Spartans’ size and trailed 10-6 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter. La Cañada boasts two players six feet or taller on its roster, including senior standout Lauren Scoville.

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LCUSD Diversity Plan Takes 
a Step Forward

After much work, deliberation and delay, the La Cañada Unified School District took a monumental step in its diversity, equity and inclusion initiative and is ready to push forward the plan that has been in the works since last August.

The LCUSD Governing Board unanimously adopted two documents pertaining to DEI during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, including one that details the district’s objectives, guiding principles, DEI definitions and commitment statement.

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Barnett Leads CV’s Strong Performance

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Crescenta Valley’s Mia Barnett (right), pictured with San Gabriel Valley standouts Ellaney Matarese of La Cañada and Audrey Suarez of Mayfield Senior, was named one of the Arcadia Invitational’s athletes of the meet after winning the 3200-meter event. Barnett, who signed a letter of intent with the University of Virginia, posted a winning time of 10:01.18.

The Crescenta Valley High School track team continues to impress this season with its athletes shining at two different meets last weekend.

The biggest victory came from none other than senior Mia Barnett, who won the 3200 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. The Virginia-bound standout finished in 10 minutes, 1.18 seconds and was named one of the top two athletes of the meet, the other being Newbury Park’s Colin Sahlman.

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School Board Meets Today Over BUSD’s 2021-22 Goals

The Burbank Unified School District will have a virtual special meeting today to discuss with the Board of Education the districtwide goals for the 2021-22 school year.
Superintendent Matt Hill will present a draft of the objectives and then receive guidance from board members about any revisions or additions to the list.
The discussion will center on BUSD’s four main goals: providing students with high-quality instruction to prepare them for college and careers; keeping them healthy physically, emotionally and mentally; recruiting and retaining highly qualified employees; and maintaining efficient and effective operations.
To achieve its No. 1 goal of a high-quality education, the district staff hopes to “continue promoting a culture of academic success and implement proactive interventions” to decrease the number of low grades, such as Ds and Fs, by 3% at all grade levels.
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Bears’ Offense Stagnant in 3-0 Loss to Arcadia

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Burroughs pitcher Kelsey Acosta winds up as third baseman Kiley Christopher (back left) and left fielder Kaitlyn Cisneros (far back, right) stand positioned on defense during Burroughs’ loss to Arcadia.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

After scoring 10 or more runs in each of their five consecutive victories entering Thursday, John Burroughs High School’s win streak — and their hot hitting — came to a halt as the Bears were shut out, 3-0, at home by Arcadia.
Tiara Westbrook threw a complete game shutout for the Apaches, allowing only two hits and four baserunners over her seven innings of work.
That left zero margin for error for Burroughs starter Kelsey Acosta, who also pitched well in a complete-game effort. But Acosta was done in by one big inning for Arcadia. She allowed back-to-back bloop singles with one out in the fifth, hit the next batter to load the bases, and gave up the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly from Arcadia shortstop Morgan Howey. The next batter, center fielder Averi Wong, hit a two-run triple over the outstretched glove of Kaitlyn Cisneros, scoring two more.
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Baffert’s Kentucky Derby Win Could Be in Jeopardy

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Bob Baffert has been defending his Kentucky Derby victory after his winning horse Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test. The horse, pictured with Baffert and jockey John Velazquez, has been permitted to race in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, this Saturday.

Bob Baffert’s historic Kentucky Derby victory earlier this month is in jeopardy after winning horse Medina Spirit failed a drug test.
Churchill Downs issued a statement on Sunday saying a postrace blood sample indicated a violation of Kentucky’s equine medication protocols and results of a split sample test are pending. A second positive test would disqualify Medina Spirit from the Derby and make runner-up Mandaloun the official winner.
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