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Former Teacher of the Year, Jon Olin, Passes Away

From the Burbank Unified School District:

Jon Olin

It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of long-time educator and past Teacher of the Year and Mentor, Jon Monroe Olin, whose history with the District stretched from his days as a BUSD student to his service as a teacher, which continued until 2011. Mr. Olin was a graduate of the 1961 class of Burbank High School. He began his teaching career with BUSD in the fall of 1967 at Jordan Middle School, where he taught Adaptive Physical Education to Special Education students. While at Jordan he took two leaves of absence to travel and teach in Greece, 1973–1975, and the Dominican Republic, 1979–1980, providing instruction in P.E. and social studies/world culture. In 1990 he moved to Burbank High School, where he taught P.E. and Health, served as the B-Fit and TUPE Coordinator, and coached many sports including Varsity Water Polo and Swim, leading the team to a CIF Championship. He also taught courses at the Learning Center at the Burbank Adult School. After his retirement in 2005, he returned to the District to work as a substitute teacher for both general education students and adult students from 2007 to 2011. He is survived by his wife Dorothea, daughters Meg and Alexandra, son Christopher, their partners, and five grandchildren. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

An Open House and Memorial will be held in his honor:

Saturday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.

1022 E. Angeleno Avenue, Burbank

RSVP: 818 438 3046


Burbank High Welcomes Dr. Tom Crowther to Top Job

Burbank High School’s new principal, Dr. Thomas Crowther, former Principal of Toll Middle School in Glendale, is ready to take the helm.

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As a former Burbank High School Assistant Principal, it was always a passion of his to return to Burbank High School, so when the opportunity presented itself he readily applied for the position. His children currently attend Burbank schools and he is also happy that they will have the same schedule as the rest of his family. He is also a product of the Burbank school system.

As a previous classroom teacher for ten years and working in school administration for nine years, Dr. Crowther is more than qualified to be Burbank High’s Principal. He said the biggest initial challenge he has at Burbank High School is getting to know the faces of 2500+ students as well as the 100+ staff and faculty and to form a more cohesive family atmosphere.

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Burbank High School just underwent a WASC Accreditation process and received amazing test results which are very exciting news. He is proud of the caliber of the Burbank High teaching staff and administrators and looks forward to working closely with them.

When asked of the growing concern about drugs and vaping, Dr. Crowther said he plans to meet with all authorities concerned to eliminate misinformation and educate parents and students of the legitimate dangers of vape products to curb or reduce usage. “We will work with BPD School Resource Officer Dustin Rodriguez, the District Office, the Director of Student Services, faculty and staff to develop consistent messaging and consequences when students make bad decisions, as well as getting support for those already hooked who want to stop but don’t know how to.”

In a perfect world, social media and cell phones would have their place and not occupy the majority of students free time although he understands how difficult that would be. Addiction is not too strong a word for this usage. Also, students should know that once you put it out there on social media it remains there forever.

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Burbank High School has an excellent sports record and Dr. Crowther, being a big sports fan, expressed the importance of being visible and supportive of the school’s sports programs.

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He was pleased to note that we are already competing for CIF every year. He was also pleased to note that Steven Hubbell (Assistant Principal, Athletics & Activities) is supporting their hard-working coaches. Bruce Breeden and Patrick McMenamin (The Schools Athletic Directors) are also working to support the students

Dr. Crowther expressed the importance of every student making the most of their time at Burbank High School, making every day count, and leaving with a goal, understanding that there is a whole world at their fingertips.

Burbank City Treasurer to Step Down to Take Position With Burbank School District


In a release sent out Friday, May 31, the Burbank Unified School District has hired Burbank City Treasurer Debbie Kukta to replace David Jaynes in the position of Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Jayne had announced earlier that he is retiring.

According to the City of Burbank Charter, because Kukta has already served more then half of her current term, the Burbank City Council will select a replacement to fill out her term.

The full release sent out by the school district:

On June 6, the Board of Education will vote on a contract for Debbie Kukta to become the District’s next Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. After five years with the District, David Jaynes will be retiring. Superintendent of schools Dr. Matt Hill praised Mr. Jaynes for his service. “Mr. Jaynes has been a steadying force within the District over the past five years during very difficult financial times. While it is a major loss to see Mr. Jaynes leave, we feel we have selected an outstanding person to take the baton from Mr. Jaynes. We wish Mr. Jaynes nothing but happiness in retirement.”

Ms. Kukta has an impressive background that will help guide the District in the future. A Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, Ms. Kukta has served as Treasurer for the City of Burbank since July 2012.

A product of Burbank schools, Ms. Kukta earned a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (Accounting) degree from California State University, Northridge, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ms. Kukta started her career with the international accounting firm of KPMG, conducting audits of banks, insurance companies, cities, and school districts; she subsequently joined Trojan Rivet Corporation, working her way up to the position of President. 

With her two sons in Burbank schools, Ms. Kukta volunteered through PTA, Site Council, and the District’s Budget Advisory Committee before running for BUSD’s school board in 2005, serving seven years before her appointment as Burbank’s City Treasurer. 

Ms. Kukta shared that when she heard about Mr. Jaynes’ retirement she felt that she would be the strongest candidate to successfully guide the District through this challenging financial environment. Ms. Kukta said, “I love serving the City of Burbank as Treasurer, but our schools need all the help they can get as we work together to raise additional funding for schools. It is appalling that California funds public schools at the bottom 10 of states in per-pupil spending.” She added, “I have been inspired by the vision of the School Board and the Superintendent and I want to help make that vision a reality.”

Ms. Kukta will resign from her position as City Treasurer and will begin with the Burbank Unified School District on August 1, 2019. Ms. Kukta shared, “I am forever grateful to the City of Burbank, the staff at the Treasurer’s Office, the City Council, and the voters of this community.” She added, “I look forward to continuing to strengthen relationships between the City and School District and I am excited to work with the amazing team at the Burbank Unified School District.

Ms. Kukta stated she was looking forward to beginning the work. “After meeting with Dr. Hill, we have agreed that my first 100 days should be focused on developing a framework for increased financial transparency and accountability. As we explore a potential local funding measure in 2020, it is critical the community understands the funding received and the impact those investments have on the students of Burbank.”

High School Summer Classes Begin June 3

On Monday, June 3rd, secondary summer school programs will begin at John Burroughs High School. All courses, including initial credit and credit recovery, begin on this date.

Daily Schedule:

Classes start: 7:40 a.m.

Nutrition break: 10:10-10:25

Classes end: 1 p.m.


Class Sessions:

Term 1: June 3-June 19

Term 2: June 20-July 11

Class is in session on Friday, June 7

No class on Thursday, July 4



Attendance is mandatory on Day 1.  Any students who do not attend class on June 3 will be dropped from the program. 


PE/General Team Sports:

Students in PE classes will need to arrive at summer school dressed and ready for activity. Water and sunblock are recommended.


Wait Lists:

Some courses have lengthy wait lists. Students may show up on Monday morning to see if any seats are available. Students will be enrolled in the order that applications were submitted. There is no guarantee that any student on the wait list will be moved into a class.


Please contact Matt Chambers mattchambers@burbankusd.org with any questions. 


Dr. Bertram Steps Down as Principal at Burbank High School

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

In a letter to Burbank High Families sent today, May 31, Burbank High School Principal Dr. Mike Bertram announced he is stepping down to focus on his health and family.

Here is what Dr. Bertram sent out to parents Friday:

Dear Burbank High School Families:

Being the principal at Burbank High School has been such a blessing.  It is a rewarding job, however, it is also tough at times.  I have had a rough year personally, and I feel that it is time for me to step down from my position as principal and refocus on my health and my family. I have appreciated all the love and support I have received during my time in Burbank. I will always cherish the relationships I have formed with you and your student(s).  It is all of you that makes Burbank High School a wonderful place to go to school.  I am looking forward to some recuperation over the summer and taking the time to decide where my journey will take me next. 

The Burbank Unified School District will be conducting a search for the next principal of Burbank High School over the next several weeks. The school will be ready to open when the school year starts in August. Have a great weekend …

Thank you for everything, and always remember, “It’s great to be a Bulldog.”

Mike (Dr. Bertram)

Burbank High School Seniors March in Graduation Ceremonies

Congratulations to the following Burbank High graduates who received their diplomas on May 24, 2019 at Burbank High School

Andraine Jeamelle Abad
Eric Abnoosian
Edgar Abnoosian
Sona Abrahamyan
Leilauni Acevedo
Aaron Acosta
Karin Adamian
Rita Adamian
Michael Aghajani
Beniamin Aghajanyan
Maria Aguilar-Barba
Christopher Aguirre
Stacey Aivaz
Pawee Akkharachotmongkhol
Tania Al Boghos
Mackenzie Aladjem
Christopher Alexan
Brianna Alger
Anispetros Al-Hasani
Miguel Almario
Esper Alsayegh
Macheal Altwal
Maile Ambeguia
Grace Amour
Trent Anderson
Dorian Andrei
Isaac Anglade
Mariam Arabyan
Pablo Aragon Maruri
Deric Arami
Jessica Ardgoli
Joaquin Ardon Alvarado
Ivan Aroush
Hasmik Arshakyan
Natalie Arshamian
Vache Artunyan
Tereza Arutunyan
Anzhela Asatryan
Sonya Ashikyan
Dara Ashrafi Saadat
Milena Asilbekyan
Justin Askar
Sofia Aslanyan
Arpine Assadourian
Andre Avagyan
Nazli Avanesian
Mario Avendano
Silva Avetisyan
David Avetisyan
Alice Avetyan
Jeremy Azar
Kristopher Azizkhani

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Jasmine Baccanico
Yuri Badalyan
Aleana Bahy
Aidan Bailey
Katherine Baker
Ryan Ballash
Angela Celynn Baluyut
Ayushi Banerjee
Edita Barakyozyan
Orbel Barooni
Anna Barseghyan
Jasmine Bashian
Molly Bastian
Jazmine Belcher
Christian Benavides
Nailan Benitez Armentero
Sergio Bernal
Angella Bernal
Danna Biba
Varuzhan Bilbulyan
Luca Bily
Brooklynn Bisordi
Conner Blanchard-Kyle
Devin Blazon
Kaleb Bluhm-Sexton
Kazzandra Bolanos
Katelyn Bonk
Savannah Booker Al Baqir
Satchel Bootchk
Kavon Borghani
Francesco Bovelli
Luis Briano Delgado
Alexandros Brice
Amaya Broyls
Regin Buendia
Alen Buniatyan
Melanie Burckes

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Ethan Cabalquinto
Barbara Cabrera
Armilene Cabreros
Kya Cabunoc
John Caldwell
Isaiah alles
Bernard Calzado
Julian Camacho
Carmen Camacho-Platas
Alyssa Dei Canos
Andy Cardenas
Gabrielle Carns
Alexus Carrillo
Erin Carter
Mariela Castaneda
Luis Castellanos
Andrea Castresana
Julian Catello
Hannah Marie Cericos
Aaron Chang
Scarlet Chapman
Stephanie Chau
Zion Chavez
Jasmine Chavez
Alden Choe
Ashley Choy
Terrapin Christensen
Manuel Chu
Esther Chung
Camelia Churchian
Joseph Clark
Isabella Clark
Jalen Clark-Baldie
Margaret Clay
Ciara Reanne Clutario
Henry Cook
Nyeria Cork
Dakota Cortez
Casey Coy

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Miles D’Agostin
Reginald Dallas
Natalie Danao
Michael Danielian
Breanna David
Alexandra Davis
Nicoletta Davis
Olga Davis
Meledit Davoodi
Lia Davoodian
Audrey Dawoodi
Oscar De La Cruz
Andres De La Torre
Nathan DeCamp
Ashley Demirchyan
Aidan Diamond
Alejandra Maria Diaz
Jean Diaz
Esmeralda Diaz Delgado
Kendelle Dickens
Jayleen Dilig
Gariden Dixon
Raymond Dones
Richard Duenckel
Guram Dumbadze
Darren Durnbaugh
Karo Dzhgalian

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Samantha Eaton
Isaac Echeto
Dylan EffleHoy
Ahmed Elkordy
Madison Emi
Justine Dominic Encontro
Katherine Escarilla
Raquel Espinoza
Arman Essaghoolian
Vidalia Estrada
Juan Euan
Kamille Eugenio
Kelin Eyvazi

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Siena Fagiani
Johana Faraj
Georgy Fedirko
Benjamin Fillman
Robert Fleming
Lydia Forsyth
Lisa Fox

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Linsey Gagliardi
Samantha Gallegos
David Galsor
Artavazd Galstyan
Edgar Galvez
Adrian Garcia
Delia Garcia
Hana Garcia
Yulissa Garcia
Shellsy Garcia
Lucia Garcia
Sarah Garelick
Trent Gaskill
Zaven Gasparyan
Artush Gasparyan
Brianna Gatzka
Ashot Gavurmadzhyan
Knar off stage Geghamyan
Charlotte Getz
Greg Gevojanyan
Tigran Gevorgian
Imelda Gharapetian
Garni Gharibian
Armin Ghoolian
Timothy Gibbs
Dylan Giliberto
Nicholas Glover
Austin Gnasso
Ethan Godfrey
Zindel Gogh
Jonah Goldman
Raquel Goli
Alexa Gomez
Kaycee Danice Gonzales
Cesar Gonzalez
Erick Gonzalez Villeda
Aylin Gonzalez-Perez
David Grdilian
Andranik Grigorian
Andrew Guerrero
Chad Guerrero
Daniel Gurieli

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Andre Haddad
Ani Hakobyan
Zhora Hakobyan
Emin Hambarchian
Peter Hartooni
Paolin Hartounian
David Harutyunyan
Erik Harutyunyan
Hovsep Harutyunyan
Aubrey Hayman
Samantha Heintz
Andrea Hernandez
Christian Hernandez
Guadalupe Hernandez Perez
Leo Herpetian Haftvani
Victoria Heyn
Oladele Hospidales
Nairie Hovakimian
Alexander Hovakimyan
Sophia Hudson
Krissy Hunter
Olivia Huntley

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Angel Ibarra
Asadullah Ibrahim
Ennie Ilasco
Ashley Im
Vivian Iniguez
Anne Ishida
Arman Iskikian
Allen Issa
Meream Issa
Avag Issagholian

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Paula Jaramillo Montoya
Maya Jarrah
CJ Jobelle
Luke Micah Johnson
Jasmine Johnson
Kobe Jones
River Jordan
Daniel Juarez

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Alexander Kadian
Lilit Kadzhikyan
Arthur Kadzhikyan
Stuti Kahar
Gevorg Karakulyan
Daniel Karapetyan
Levon Karapetyan
Katelynn Kasitz
Robyn Kassens
Jaylene Kassir
Karen Kasyan
Elizabeth Kazanchian
Griffin Kazanegras
Nshan Kazaryan
Marine Keshishyan
Eric Keshishyan
Averi Kessee
Garooneh Khachatori
Sirak Khachatryan
Eric Khachatryan
Zhora Khalatyan
Marly Khanlerian
Emin Khodadadian
Erin Khodaverdin
Daisy Kim
Benjamin Kim
David Kirakosyan
Carlos Knight Reyes
Mineli Kordijan
Karo Koshkaryan
David Kouyoumdjian
Isaac Kratz
Arpine Kuchuryan
Ava Kuiper
Michael Kunza
Gevork Kvryan
Jason Kwon

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Natalie Landaverde
Shushan Lazaryev
Jae Hyeon Lee
Samuel Lee
Ethan Lee
James Lee
Joshua Lee
Demarco Lee
Gevork Leklyan
Britney Leon
Arnold Lev
Jamie Levin
Anya Lewis
Edenilson Liborio Trujillo
Justin Lim

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Carolina Machuca
Narek Manachian
Jayce Dominique Manlangit
Zahira Manriquez
Nicole Manukyan
Christopher Manvelyan
Chase Marcy
Abrielle Marsden
Alejandro Martinez
Nazeli Martirosyan
Bryan Masuzumi
Nicole Mattera
Nathan Mehta
Ryan Mehta
Shalom Mejia
Ayda Mekikian
Kevin Melkomian
Artin Melkomians
Isabella Mendoza
Nicole Menendez
Fredy Merida De Leon
Ani Merikyan
Davis Mieliwocki
Johnny Mihranian
Patil Minassian
Narek Minasyan
Arkadik Mirzakhanian
Juliana Misirian
Susan Misiryan
Garabed Missirlian
Alexander Mize
Nicolette Mogadam
Rebecca Moke
Erin Monji
Precious Mora
Melody Moradi
Daniela Morejon
Michelle Morlock
Sofia Muller

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Marcos Munoz Aksacki
Ardashes Nalbandyan
Nino Narinyants
Karla Navarrete
Julia Navarro
Sharlene Nazari
Patrick Nazarian
Franchesca Nazarians
Inga Nazaryan
Romeo Nazaryan
Emineh Nercissian
Miles Nevarez
Khuong Nguyen
Veyoncei Dorthee Nino
Jake Noren
Shakira Noriega
Celeste Nunes
Haylie Nutt

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Ilona Oganesian
Albert Ogannisyan
Andrew Ohanian
Tina Ohanian
Daniel Ohannessian
Carly Oldfield
Jahir Olvera
Fatima Orellana
Cynthia Ornelas
Isabel Ortega
Frank Osorio

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Christopher Pakhanyan
Isahak Pampukyan
Alex Papazian
Suzy Papikyan
Kalam Park
Isabel Partida
Dylan Pasco
Percival Jared Pasion III
Hunter Paterra
Amber Paterson
Uma Patil
Muhammad Ali Payind
Jacob Pearlman
Meg Pendarvis
Isaiah Penn
Monica Peregrino
Juan Pereyra
Leah Perez
Santiago Perez
Jessica Perez
Amber Perkins
Christopher Peterson
Melody Petrosian
Kristina Petrosian
Rebeka Petrosians
Natalie Petrosyan
Alisa Petrosyan
Irena Petrosyan
Michelle Pham
Kayla Pino
Yevangelina Poghosyan
Emma Pomes
Alyssa Porras
Matthew Porras
Andrey Postikyan
Serli Pouladian Ghalemamakai
Brandon Powell
Olivia Price
Karine Prusalyan

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Chloe Quattro
Airish Querubin

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Cynthia Racique Gonzalez
Nellie Rafaelian
Safee Rahman
Nidhi Ramesh
Matthew Ramirez
Christian Ramos
Andrew Rangel
Trisha Mae Raymundo
Jackson Raytis
Sheridan Renfroe
Matthieu Resurreccion
Brian Reyes
Anthony Reyes
Kevin Reyes
Max Reynolds
Ryan Rickey
Sophia Rivera
Chloe Roach Fernandez
Jessica Rocha
Clifford Roll
Vincent Romano
Dominic Romano
Emily Rostami
Samantha Ruelas
Daniel Ruiz

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Armen Safarians
Susanna Saghatelyan
Darrin Sahagon
Ani Sahakyan
Gurgen Sahakyan
Karine Sahakyan
Camila Salas
Alan Salciccioli
Lola Salinas
Emilia Salmon
Kamau Samaroo
Isabella Sanchez
Matthew Sanchez
Anthony Sandoval
Arturo Santana
Anahit Sargsyan
Erika Sargsyan
Daniel Sarkisian
George Sarkissov
Christian Scott
Yuri Sedrakyan
Janet Sevilla
Kevin Shahbaziyan
Sydney Shamasyan
Patrick Shamirian
Minkyu Shin
Sophia Shirinyan
Ethan Sicoff
Isabel Silva
Emily Simonian
Karo Simonyan
Lia Sinaei
Duncan Smith
Paulina Smith
Robert Smith
Javier Solis
Christopher Stanis
Matthew Stein
Kodai Stout
Emma Strattan
Aizhan Sulaimanova
Devin Sullivan

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Yzavel Beatrice Tablan
Shinnosuke Tada
Clarense Tahmasian
Daniel Tashchyan
Damon Tate
Monique Telalyan
Ariana Telimi
Ariel Telimi
Ocelotlcuauhtli Tellez
Eduardo Tenorio
Bryan Tenorio
Tigran Ter Stepanyan
Rita Ternakalyan
Nelly Terteryan
Andreas Theoharides
Charlie Thorpe
Osanna Tirityan
Milena Tofanyan
Steven Tom
Mia Tominaga
Analise Torres
Natalia Torres
Vahagn Tovmasian
Keon Tran
Andrew Trigueros
Catherine Trujillo
Arthur Tsarukyan
Alexander Tsaturyan

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Emily Udall
Nicole Urrego

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Neil Vaghashia
Chadz Vang
Chance VanHook
Vahan Vardanyan
Gevorg Vardanyan
Samouel Vaseghyzand
Ruby Vasquez
Linda Vasquez
Renny Vasquez
Nathaniel Vassaux
Ashley Vega
Andrea Velarde
Angelica Verduzco
Alyssa Villa
Brandon Villaflor
Genesis Villalta
Dylan Viyar
Caterina Vosgien
Kevin Vrtani

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Tyler Wahe
Ashton Watts
Chloe Elizabeth Weller
Michael Westwood
Aidan Williams
Cody Winters
Kenneth Won
Isabelle Wong

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Dina Yahoum
Jessie Yang
Michelle Yazdzhyan
Aram Yerkanyan
Vardan Yerkaryan
Paul Yi
Penelope Yokas
Jennifer Younan

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Andrew Zadourian
Shadi Zagheb
Patricia Zambrano
Alexis Zamudio
Celeste Zappaterreno
Leo Zaroukian

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Burroughs High School Seniors March in Graduation Ceremonies

Congratulations to the following Burroughs graduates who received their diplomas on May 23, 2019, on Memorial Field

                                 Reigh Andrew Abaoag

Megan  Abrams

Alexander   Acedo

Riley  Acevedo-Osorio

Michael  Adair

Jaedon Ryan    Adriatico

Jared  Agagas

Elin   Aghakhani

Joseph  Aguayo

Brandon   Aguilar

Anthony  Aguirre

Esteban    Alcantar

Julian  Alejandre

Alexis Allen

Fernando   Alpizar

Michael  Altawil

Kimiko  Alvarez

Malisa   Alvarez

Aaron    Amanios

Izabella Ambartsumyan

Mathilde  Anik

Anthony  Aragon

Bryan  Arreaga Rodriguez

Cheyenne  Arroyo

Jose  Arroyo

Matias  Artiga

Ryan  Austin

Ashley  Avelar

Samantha    Avendano

Narek  Avetisyan

Julio Aviles-Gonzalez

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Tucker  Babchuck

Ashley  Baelly

Drew  Baelly

Cencere Baker

Camilla  Barbaduomo

Martin  Barco

Dalton  Barker

Jake   Barraza

Sharai  Barrera

Trevor  Bates

Kayla  Beals

Kayla  Becker

Sara   Bender

Leander   Benedicto

Amy  Berberyan

Arshak  Berberyan

Simone Beres

LeAnn   Bermudez

Raymond   Berrellez

Jaelynn Bijasa

Noah     Birnbaum

Sophie  Birnbaum

Nicholas  Black

Andrew    Blocher

Isabella Bonino

George Boote

Jacob  Bosco

Jose   Brenes

Owen   Brennan

Deanna   Briseno

Rebecca  Butterworth

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Crystal  Cabanillas

Ericka  Cabungcal

Alexandra Cadena

Aliyah Cain

Alexia Calderon

Kathleen Calugcugan

Santiago  Camacho

Isabelle  Canelo

Ava  Cannon

Elizabeth   Cardenas

Matthew Cardenas

Nicholas   Cardenas

Rose  Carney

Anthony  Casanova

Journey  Cash

Brianna Castaneda

Brandon  Castillo

Miguel  Castillo

Christal Castro

Robert  Ceja

Nicholas Centeno

Kevin  Chan

Omar Chavez

Fredis Chavez Villegas

Dylan Childs

Daniel Cho

Maya Christian

Angela  Christopher

Niccolo Lorenzo Chuidian

Sara Ciani

Timothy  Clark

Benjamin Contreras

Logan  Corcorran

Mia  Corona

Trent  Corona

Deja  Cortes

Luis Cortes Zuniga

Kevin Cortez

Keely Craig

Rylie Cremarosa

Alec  Cruz

Samuel Cruz

Vanessa  Cruz

Veronica  Cruz

Yesenia  Cuchillas

Jackson Cunningham

Noah  Cushman

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Mery Dada

Jalen Dagdagan

Mary  Dagher

Anthony  D’Andrea

Pranathi  Darbhala

Marisa-Belle  De La Torre

Ayumi  DeHerrera

Dominique Christie Del Rosario

Christian   Dela Cruz

Geoff  Denis

Alexzandur  Deptula

Nancy  Devora

Dracko  Diaz

Jonathan  Diaz

Mark  Do

Joshua Anthony Domantay

Dominic  Dominguez

Savannah  Dorris

Caroline   Dowers

Isaack   Dowling

Caden   Dreyer

Adrian   Duarte

Xavier   Dubon

Sophia  Dujovne

Aliah    Duran

Faith    Duston

Davis   Dysthe

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Omid   Ebrahimi

Sarah   Edward

Isaac   Ehring

Lawrence   Eichwald

Emaad  Elhardouzi

McKenzie  Ellingwood

Andrew   English

Isabella Erickson

Kaitlin   Escamilla

Hacel   Escobar Argueta

Isabel  Espinoza

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Jonathan   Factora

Ariana   Farias

Jeanette  Fasheh

Patrick  Fegan

Jayden  Ferrer

Marilyn Fierro

Alexander  Figueroa-Cisneros

Leslie  Figueroa-Lozano

Peter  Filippi

Cory   Fisher

Bronwyn  Fitting

Christian  Flores

Devin  Flores

Cameron  Flowers

Lepara  Flowers

Claire  Flynn

Emma  Fonseca

Trevor  Fournier

Daniel  Foxx

Ethan  Frangella

Luna   Freitas

Alano Kai  Fukumoto

Keely  Funston

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Haroutyun    Gabrielyan

Ethan   Galloway

Alesia  Galvez

Mia   Galvez

Heidi  Garayoa

Ethielin Garcia

Jonathan Garcia

Laura   Garcia

Lorena  Garcia

Melissa Garcia

Julia  Gates

Nathan Gault-Crabb

Gianna  Geary

Etan Goldberg

Alfonso   Gomez

Jesse   Gomez

Cindy   Gonzalez

Hector  Gonzalez

Soraya  Gonzalez

Emily   Goyanes

Steven  Grandinetti

Eleanor Grant

Charles Graves

Jagger   Green

Colin Gressler

Nicole  Grimaldo

Mario  Guadarrama Ocampo

Citlally  Gutierrez

Emily  Gutierrez

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Jariah Haas

Zachary  Hagen-Smith

Caden  Hale

Lynn Hanada

Grey  Hanket

Emma  Harley

Micaiah  Harounian

Nathan Harounian

Andy   Harris

Curtis   Harris

Maggie Harris

Sierra  Harvey

Veronica     Haug

Sara Hawa

Troi  Hawkins

Samuel Hawksworth

Adrian  Hernandez

Allen  Hernandez

Ana   Hernandez

Orion   Hernandez

Tien   Hernandez

Ferdy Hernandez Garcia

Nicholas  Hernandez-Haubenreisser

Kevin   Herrera

Kyle Heyman

Joshua  Hooker

Justice  Howe

Jake  Howick

Ivan  Huerta

Leslie     Huerta-Leon

Rebecca   Huezo

Lillian   Hughes

Ryan   Hunter

Ayaan  Hussain

James   Hutchinson

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Aaron Isago

Kailiana Isley

Carlos Izaguirre

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Ashlee  Jackson

Danielle   Jackson

Leah   Jackson

Joseph  Jaramillo

Julian  Jaramillo

Ella  Jennings

Julian    Jensen

Naomi   Jimenez

Collin Johnson

Steven  Johnson

Alexander  Jones

Jordan  Jones

Kasmira    Jones

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Jaspinder Kahlon

Narek   Kajikian

Amanda    Kang

Vahan   Kasparian

Angelina   Kassenborg

Caroline   Keenan

Robert  Khalulyan

Samantha  Khoury

Skylar   King

Kansas  Klocki

Tyler   Knutson

Katerina Kojababian

Jillian   Kukawski

Luke    Kvarda

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Gerianne   Lacap

Adriana  Lagunas

Peter     Lainson

Brian    Lam

Haley   Lamb

Alexa   Lass

Samy   Lazaar

Michael  Le

Son Le

Samantha  Leano

Alyssa   Ledesma

Haley   Lefevre

Richard Legorreta

Jacques  LeMay

Sandy   LeMay

Preston  Lemus

Isabella Mari  Lepatan

Michelle  Lester

Caitlin  Lim

Anahi  Linares

Mykala Listorti

Israel  Loma

Ashley  London

Alyssa   Lopez

Christopher  Lopez

Jonathan Lopez

Leyla    Lopez

Lorenzo  Lopez

Rio  Lopez

Zarina  Lopez

Zoe  Lorenc

Camryn    Lotka

Nastazia  Lukic

David   Ly

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Hannah   Macaranas

Michael   Macaya


Ethan   Magdaleno

Christopher  Magoon

Christopher  Makarem

Sara  Manzo

Naomi  Marquez Delgado

Alicia  Martinez

Amy  Martinez

Ashleigh  Martinez

Cristian Martinez

Genesis  Martinez

Magaly Martinez

Jada   Martinez-Reese

Maquel   Marzo

Tyler   Mashore

Anika  Maskara

Alexis Mathis

Seth   Matias

Madeline  May

Miriam  Mazo

Jacob  McClure

Natalie  McCollough

Connor McDonald

Darren  McDuffie

Shea   McGovern

Emily  McHorney

Michael  McHugh

Myia   McIver

Sage   McNeely

Jaden  Mejia

Jonathan Mejia

Paige   Mejia

Caitlin  Melgar

Citlali   Mendez

Iliana   Mendias

Bianey  Mendoza

Elijah   Mendoza

Hailey  Mendoza

Jimmy   Mendoza

Brianna Meneses

Julian   Mercado

Josue    Merchan

Morgan  Mersola

Vereena  Metry

Nathaniel  Metz

Darcy   Meyers

Aram  Meymarian

Kyler  Michel

Xochitl  Miele

Walker  Miller

David   Miller  II

Nicholas Minatiskan-Vargas

Edward Minjarez

Naya    Minniti

Edgar   Miron

Coby  Mitchell

Iliana  Mitchell

Arman  Mkrtchyan

Bella  Mochrie

Samuel Mokracek

Sabrina Monterrosa

Jake  Moore

Preston  Moore

Christian Morales Rodriguez

Joelene  Morales-Garcia

Mariam Morcus

Sunhee Morgan

Luke  Muhlenkamp

Kimberly  Munguia

Rafael   Munguia

Kaylee  Munoz

Ana Isa Murguia

Priscilla Murillo

Alessandro  Muro

Hailey Myers

Luke Myers

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Madison Nagashiki

Julianna Navarro

Lakely   Nealis

Kalea Neiviller

Megan  Ng

Joseph  Nguyen

Phuong  Nguyen

Georgiana  Nituleasa

Artur   Noramiryan

Zyla Nyahay

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Bryan  Oasay

Logan  O’Barr

Kimberly Ochoa

Spencer  Ohrt

Hunter  Olson

Leslie     Ordaz

Cassandra   Orjuela

Aleah  Orozco

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Jonathan  Padungyothee

Kyle Sebastian  Paguia

Valeria  Palma Cisneros

Nyilah   Palmer

Matthew  Pando

Sarah   Pando

Jake   Panikowski

Camila Panozo

Ava  Paraszkay

Justin  Pazmino

Lauren  Pellot

Daniela Perez

Ivan  Perez

Jacqueline  Perez

Turner  Perez

Sydney Persaud

Gabija   Petrulis

Alyssa   Phelps

Chavisa Phivnil

Bill Phung

Katherine  Pichaj

Alexis  Pilkington

Nathan Piper

Jhazmin Pitts

Kate   Platten

Carlos    Ponce

Jordan  Powell

Kayla   Powell

Kendyl  Powell

Emmanuel  Preciado

Isabella Primera

Cole  Protzman

Alysson   Prudencio-Menjivar

Sedona Puglisi

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Tarra Isabella     Quiambao

Alison    Quijada

Nicole   Quiterio

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Nicholas  Rabadi

Akila  Rajapaksha

Tobi   Ralph

Ethan  Ramirez

Sara Ramirez

Brianna Ramos

Andrea Ramos Landaverde

Megan  Rangel-Lynch

Danica   Razov

Miranda Reed

Valerie  Reveles

Vanessa Reveles

Caleb  Reyes

Gavino  Reyes

Kimberly  Reyes

Ethan  Ricker

Ryan   Rife

Abigail  Riggs

Carlos   Rivera

Yasleen Robinson

Anthony Rodriguez

Edgar  Rodriguez

Hannah Rodriguez

Jesse  Rodriguez

Dalila Rodriguez-Lopez

Trenton Rogers

Nicole   Rojas

Vivian  Rojas

Dylan  Rolando

Daniel  Roman

Natalie  Romero

Isabel  Rosado

David   Rosales

Milo Rothensee Siles

Dylan  Roy

Jose  Rubio

Andrea Ruiz

Emily  Ruiz

Michael  Rumfola

Nicole   Rumfola

Julian  Ruvalcaba

Dylan Ryan

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Nikki  Sabo

Andres Salazar

Andrea Salazar-Jimenez

Jocelyn Salcido

Syreze-Sky  San Andres

Elena   Sanchez

Enoch  Sanchez

John  Sanchez

Joshua  Sanchez

Lailani  Sanchez

Madelyn Sanchez

Sebastian Sanchez-Amado

Alishia   Sandoval

Johnny Sandoval

Manny  Sandoval

Melody   Santiago

Valery   Saravia

Gabriella  Sassenrath

Virginia Saucedo

Jordan  Savar

Ashley  Sawyer

Megan  Sawyer

Quinn  Sawyer

Kendall Scarone

Sean  Schray

Andrew  Schulman

Yejee  Schulze

Nathaniel  Semsen

Alina  Serpas

Verzhin  Shagrikyan

Duha   Shatila

Phillip Nathan  Shearer

Myles  Sherry

Craig  Shippey

Talin  Silva

Hannah   Skinner

Aidan  Smith

Ruby    Smith

Brian  Sol

Jolene   Soliman

David Solis

Estevan   Solis

Coen  Sosa

Andrew   Souza

Kenneth Spickler

Alexis   Spinello

Japheth  Sta Juana

Liam  Stackhouse

Paris Stacy

Kaleb   Stapelfeldt

Mia  Storer

Brisa  Suarez

Patrick  Suarez

Catalina  Sutter

Rose  Svonkin

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Brian   Tabak

Allison  Takahashi

Matthew  Talisay

Kaitlyn  Talley

Kimberly  Tan

Timothy Taratchila

Zander  Tassart

Peter Tawdros

Xander Taylor

Nicholas  Tchaousoghlou

Alfredo Tejeda

Amber  Tello

Julia Terrano

Grace Thiemann

Joseph Thom

Sarah Thomas

Angelica Thompson

Samuel Tipton

Julian  Tobar

Devin  Tom

Allyson Torrance

Daniel   Torres

Nathaniel Torres

Sergio   Torres

Gabriel Toscano

Alexander  Toth

Jestine  Tovar

Sara   Tovar

Catherine  Tran

Elaine   Tran

Michelle Tran

Maria  Trejo

Joshua  Trevizo

Evan  Troncoso

Nathan Turner


Jakob  Ulrich

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Lauryn  Valencia

Jennifer  Valle

Juliana  Van Loo

Joelle   Vasquez

Natalia  Vasquez

Arcendu Velasco

Harshil  Vijayan

Azucena  Villalta Hernandez

Leslie   Villatoro

Grace  Vinyard

Gabriel Taren  Vitug

Kathryn Vlick

Steve  Vo

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Sophie  Wade

Brandon Wainstain

Kevin   Warendorp

Chloe  Warmoth

Cassandra  Washburn

Maggie Webber

Jack  Weerts

Jacob  Wetzel

Jacob  Whaley

Destiny Whitlock

Marlaina Whitney

Avery  Williams

Gabrielle Williams

Megan  Williams

Jyrnee  Willis

Thomas  Wilson


Dylan  Young


Louis    Zekowski

Kasi Zimmermann

Youssef  Zubi

Burbank Unified To Hold Special Board Meeting On Parcel Tax Polling, District Vision

The Burbank Unified School District Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting and Study Session on Tuesday evening, May 28, to present parcel tax polling results and talk about the District’s vision through 2032.

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The District administrators encourage attendance in person, as the meeting will not be streamed live nor recorded for later viewing, according to Superintendent Matt Hill.

Following the defeat of parcel tax Measure QS in 2018, the District continues to explore the idea of putting another parcel tax measure on the ballot in 2020.

In the meantime, BUSD is asking for direct donations to the Burbank Educational Foundation fund at the link for www.BEFgives.org to try to offset the anticipated $2.5 million in cuts for the 2019-20 school year.

An awareness campaign on the budget cuts the District faces began in April. More information on that campaign and the budget cuts can be found here.

Previous school board meetings are available for viewing via this page on the Burbank Unified website. Documents of corresponding agendas are also available on the page.

The Special Board Meeting will be held in the District Office Boardroom, located at 1900 W. Olive Avenue on the third floor and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the lot at the corner of Olive Avenue and Parish Street.


UMe Credit Union Creates Fundraiser For BUSD Schools

UMe Credit Union announced its new fundraiser for the Burbank Educational Foundation (BEF), benefiting our Burbank Unified School District. The “15 For 15 Challenge” seeks to raise $15,000 from 15,000 UMe members for the 15,000 students in the Burbank Unified School District.

Additionally, UMe will match donations up to $15,000 for the BEF, a local organization that provides assistance to BUSD through important teacher grants and more.

UMe supports area charities and organizations through its UMeHelps initiative. However, The BEF’s mission to promote excellence in Burbank schools is particularly special to the credit union. UMe was started by a group of Burbank teachers in 1940, and the credit union regularly supports local schools, including $5,000 in scholarships for Burbank high school students.

UMe’s CMO and VP of Marketing, Anita Hutchinson commented, “UMe is thrilled to help the BEF give teachers and students in Burbank the tools they need to thrive. The fact that they serve 15,000 students in Burbank and we have 15,000 members seemed like the perfect opportunity. We saw that there was a real need for support, but also a community large and generous enough to rise to the occasion.”

“The 15 For 15 Challenge” is ongoing, but UMe intends to make it an annual fundraiser, increasing its target every year as the credit union’s membership grows.

UMe members and the Burbank community can make donations online by visiting www.BEFgives.org/UMeMatch

Senior For A Day: Burbank Community Leaders Return To High School

After the success of last year’s inaugural Senior For A Day program, community leaders once again joined local high school seniors at Burbank and John Burroughs High Schools to learn about each other’s lives. On Monday, October 15, the nearly 20 pairs of adults and students attended classes, toured respective campuses, shared lunch and talked about the similarities and differences in their lives.

Students talked about their experiences in school and their aspirations, along with the challenges they face in their daily lives. Community representatives shared their experiences and perspectives about adulthood.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Unified Superintendent Matt Hill attended the welcome ceremony and the lunch and spoke about the importance of working collaboratively with others for the good of the community and school.

“As the coordinator of the Senior For A Day event, I so enjoy seeing the positive reaction that the students and the community leaders have from spending time together,” commented program founder Linda Walmsley.

“It is amazing to see the community leaders overwhelmed by the challenges faced by today’s youth and to see the students absorb the information that the community leaders give to them about succeeding in the complex world they are entering.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Associated Student Body (ASB) advisors John Wells (BHS) and Jessica Palaski (JBHS) coordinated the events and activities at each school site.

Community members from local businesses, the Burbank Police Department, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the non-profit world, in addition to a few elected officials from the City, spent time with the high school seniors.

Burbank High School welcomed adult participants Evan Gordon, Vicki Cusumano, Emily Gabel-Luddy, Laureen Endoso, Trena Pitchford, Debbie Kukta, Barry Burnett, Steve Roman and Randy Blum. Burroughs was visited by Tom Vice, Bob Frutos, Sharon Draper, Mary Cutone, Dana Morris, Luis Centeno, Michael Mayne, Eric Foster and Karel Castro.