GUSD Expands Summer Offerings to Combat Learning Loss

The Glendale Unified School District will offer a variety of free, in-person programming this summer in an effort to help fill the educational and social gaps created this school year by circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout June, July and August, the district will host programs for all levels of education and expand the offerings from prior programs, which were typically run through third parties outside of the district. In an effort to promote equity throughout the diverse school district, GUSD has taken over operation of those programs, including accelerated programs.
“These are the courses that have typically been offered through the Glendale Educational Foundation,” explained Chris Coulter, director of teaching and learning, at this week’s school board meeting, “which provides additional opportunities for students to take health for free. Health, math, science and history are the most common of the acceleration courses.”
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BPD Arrests Two on Suspicion of Murder Attempt

Two suspects were arrested this week in suspicion of trying to shoot and kill a man in Burbank on April 27.

Burbank police detectives conducted a search warrant in the 10000 block of Bluffside Drive in Studio City on Wednesday, arresting two residents of the city. Sgt. Emil Brimway of the Burbank Police Department said the pair was booked for attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred in the 4200 block of West Kling Street in Burbank last week.

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Biden’s Recognition of Armenian Genocide Praised in Burbank

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Mayor Bob Frutos addresses attendees of last Saturday’s event recognizing the Armenian Genocide and memorializing the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed. Behind him are City Councilmember Nick Schultz, Rep. Adam Schiff, City Councilmember Konstantine Anthony and Reps. Judy Chu, Tony Cárdenas and Jimmy Gomez.

Burbank representatives and a local Armenian community group are commending President Joe Biden’s recent recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Biden’s announcement was the first made by a United States president recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in present-day Turkey. Last Saturday, April 24, 106 years after the genocide began, his statement was echoed by several local leaders during an event in front of Burbank City Hall.
The chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America in Burbank, which is home to a significant Armenian population, placed a genocide memorial outside the building, at which attendees could leave flowers. City hall was also lit that weekend with the red, blue and orange colors of the Armenian flag.
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Burbank’s Defense Stymies Burroughs in ‘Big Game,’ 25-7

Brayon Crawford, who is tackled by Angelo Toscano of Burroughs, rushed for 48 yards and helped Burbank defeat its local rival, 25-7. | Photo by Eric Danielson

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

In Burbank, the “Big Game” means one thing: it’s time for Burroughs and Burbank high schools to meet once again on the football field for city bragging rights.

After a lackluster first half, the Bulldogs caught fire in the second half, surging to a 25-7 victory over Burroughs at Memorial Field Friday night in the final game of the season for both schools.


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LCHS Extols Reopening, but Pandemic Still Looms

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La Cañada High School students, including Kai Gunderssen (above), returned to campus on Tuesday. However, four positive coronavirus tests forced three classes to shut down. Also, a pipe burst in the main office which flooded the school’s mail room.

The La Cañada Unified School District officially welcomed back students in grades 7-12 on Tuesday but teachers and students were also quickly reminded that COVID-19 has not gone anywhere.
Superintendent told the Outlook Valley Sun Wednesday that three classes at La Cañada High School were shut down due to four positive coronavirus tests — one student, two coaches and one staff member — and the cohorts of students possibly exposed to the virus must quarantine for two weeks.
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LC Track Sets Records at Simi Valley Invitational

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Arielle McKenzie helped the LCHS girls’ distance medley relay win its race at the Simi Valley Invitational with a time of 12 minutes, 40.33 seconds.

The La Cañada High School girls’ track team continued its record-setting streak last week at the Simi Valley Invitational while the boys’ squad notched a podium finish and numerous personal records. The meet drew hundreds of athletes from more than 60 schools in Ventura and adjoining counties.
The LCHS girls’ distance medley relay (DMR) opened Thursday’s distance events with a bang by winning the race in 12 minutes, 40.44 seconds, which is a school and meet record. The DMR includes legs of 1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters (one lap is 400 meters), in that order.
Freshman Arielle McKenzie ran leg one, opening a 50-meter lead. Artis Phillips maintained the lead on her one-lap leg. Ellaney Matarese, saving energy for a second race later in the day, cruised the 800 and freshman Katelyn Matarese anchored the 1,600 in a breakout performance, running 5:12 to fight off a challenge from second-place Redondo Union High from Redondo Beach.
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LCF Trails Game Runs Through April 30

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Phil Klemmer and his brother, Stellan, take a break at Cherry Canyon trail.

The month-long LCF Trails Games, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the LCF Trails Council, launches today and runs through April 30. The LCF Trails Game is for all ages; admission is free.
“Whether you’re a beginner wanting to try hiking, or a mountain biker who loves the thrill of competing, this game is for you,” an event spokesperson said.
“We hope the LCF Trails Game encourages kids and families to go outdoors and exercise – given this time of COVID – so go out and enjoy the trails,” said LCF Trails Game Committee Chair Linda Fors. “It’s a proven way to boost your health and wellbeing and get you smiling, plus you could win some great prizes!”
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Hillside School Reopens for In-Person Learning

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Edward Shanaughy, James Romans, Roman Moretti-Hitchcock and Josh Silverman are among the students who returned to The Hillside School’s campus recently for the first time in more than a year.

It was an exciting, long-awaited, unusual and emotional day on March 31 as the doors of The Hillside School reopened for in-person learning after the school had been closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hillside welcomed juniors and seniors on campus for in-person instruction on March 31 and will alternate grade levels for
upcoming days. It was not business as usual as students lined up six feet apart, wearing masks, getting their temperature checked and were asked a set of health questions before entering the school.
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Pasadena Food Hug Delivers 500 Meals to Huntington Hospital ‘Healthcare Heroes’

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Trisha Muse (left), founder of the Pasadena Food Hug program, delivered more than 500 meals to Huntington Hospital’s Stacy Miller to help feed the hospital’s “Healthcare Heroes.” The program, which received a recently $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club, is presented by the Latino Restaurant Association.

The Latino Restaurant Association’s (LRA) Pasadena Food Hug Program recently delivered meals to more than 500 healthcare heroes from Huntington Hospital. The meals were made possible thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club to the program. Since its launch last August, the program has raised nearly $80,000 and delivered more than 5,300 meals to essential workers across Pasadena in more than 30 industries, including healthcare, first responders, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes, and nonprofits.
“Pasadena Host Lions Club is honored to serve the community by providing the Latino Restaurant Association this grant in support of its Pasadena Food Hug Program,” said Donna Pomerantz, president of the Pasadena Host Lions Club. “Our motto is, ‘Together We Serve.’ What an exceptional way to make our corner of the world a better place by recognizing our frontline heroes while supporting small business simultaneously.”
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Vaccines Help County Move to Orange Tier

Los Angeles County residents will soon see more of the normality they were used to before the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year.
The L.A. Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday that the county has met the threshold for the orange tier — indicating moderate infection of the coronavirus — of the state’s blueprint for a safer economy. The next-to-lowest tier loosens restrictions on businesses and allows theme parks to open. The new health order will go into effect this coming Monday, April 5.
“After a year of fear, anxiety and tragic loss, we’re seeing glimmers of hope once more,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a virtual update on Tuesday. “But this didn’t happen just by accident. This was because of our collective hard work.”
According to data from the state, the adjusted case rate in L.A. County went down from 3.7 per 100,000 to 3.3 per 100,000 and the seven-day positivity rate dropped to 1.5% and 2.1% in underserved communities. The positivity rates are good enough to qualify for the yellow tier — the least restrictive in the state’s reopening plan — but the county would have to maintain those numbers as well as record less than one new daily case per 100,000 for three consecutive weeks to move into the minimal infection tier.
Unlike Orange County, which also qualified for the orange tier and updated its health order on Wednesday, L.A. County officials elected to wait for the full three weeks before transitioning into a less restrictive tier.
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