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Congressman Adam Schiff Receives Key to the City

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On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Congressman Adam Schiff  was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Will Rogers at Burbank City Hall. Congressman Schiff represents California’s 28th district and has been a resident of Burbank for close to twenty-five years.

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As for what the Key to the City means to him, Representative Schiff said Burbank “is a wonderful town. It’s nice to come home and see a lot of friendly faces. I’ve got my home here, I can walk to my office, I can go to the movies, I can eat out, we have great city services, I feel safe, it’s just a wonderful community. To get this recognition from the city that I love is really quite special.”

Currently, Congressman Schiff is one of the key Democrats involved in the Russia Probe. When asked what he would say to any U.S. citizens who may have wavering faith in our elected officials, be it on a local level or national scale, Representative Schiff had this to say:

We have very good governance here in the city of Burbank. We have a council here that works together very well and I think is doing good things. On the national level, we’re going through a very hard time. Congress has been dysfunctional for quite a while, the administration is also dysfunctional, but we’re going to get through it. We’ll have some bumps along the road, but there are good people in both parties who are doing their best to work together. We need to see a lot more of that and I’m confident that there are better days ahead.

For more information on Congressman Schiff, you can visit his website here!

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Congressman Adam Schiff Observes Bret Harte STEM Lessons

Congressman Adam Schiff stopped by Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, October 5, to observe a fourth-grade classroom science lesson and see the growing Science Lab at the school.

Teacher Alicia Boylan, who teaches both fourth- and fifth-grades, taught a mechanical engineering lesson about the invasion of the cane toad into an indigenous ecosystem, to 29 fourth-graders.

The students then created a device to capture a toad using materials such as dominos, paper towel tubes and cotton balls. The catch and release concept was applied to relocate non-native animals, explained Principal Martha Walter.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I enjoyed spending the morning with the bright and inquisitive fourth grade students of Bret Harte Elementary. It was exciting to see teachers put STEM education into practice in the classroom, as the students worked on engineering projects – traps for an invasive species of toad,” commented Schiff. “Students were learning to practically apply their knowledge in innovative ways and having fun in the process!”

Boylan credits a three-day NTSA Conference in Long Beach with opening her eyes to new possibilities for her students with STEM/STEAM lessons and NEXTGEN Science Standards.

“I began digging into Engineering and Computer Science to see how I could integrate these into my day. STEAM [Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics] blends so well with the Common Core Standards and I’ve seen the difference in my students,” Boylan added. “They are problem solvers and critical thinkers now, not just bubble filling robots on multiple choice tests.”

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I thought the Congressman was very engaged with the students and seemed to genuinely care about what they were learning,” commented Boylan. “He was also knowledgeable about how important computer science, technology, science, engineering, and math are in today’s school.”

Over the summer, some Bret Harte teachers started work to turn a bungalow on campus into a Science Lab, but more funding is necessary to realize the teachers’ ideas.The dedicated science space provides teachers and students with hands-on activities to explore science lessons and concepts, according to Walter.

“Hopefully, in the future we will be able to have a real working Science Lab filled with the necessary equipment to conduct the experiments in the NEXTGEN standards!” Boylan said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Boylan also teaches block-based coding with code.org and has started a Coding Club after school so that she can reach all interested students.

“Too many students are graduating high school without the computer science and engineering skills to compete in today’s job market,” Boylan said. “I think they need to be exposed to it in school, especially elementary!”

“The Bret Harte staff is beginning to implement the Next Generation Science Standards through concept development and experimentation,” said Walter. “As a school, staff work to instill in children an excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

“Early exposure to and experience with STEM content ensures that students will be able to create and become the kinds of innovative thinkers needed today and in the future,” she added. “As a school, we are grateful for Representative Schiff’s interest in and support of STEM/STEAM initiatives and pleased to have this opportunity for him to see our young inventors in action.”

Congressman Schiff Calls for Ban of Assault Weapons After Colorado Murders

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, today released the following statement after the shooting in Aurora last week:

“I was deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Our priority must be aiding and comforting the victims and their families. I also believe we should take this moment to examine our laws and determine how we can prevent horrendous acts like this one in the future. We will never be able to stop all senseless acts of violence – there will always be those, who, for reasons unfathomable to us all, decide to take the lives of innocent people around them. But there are some common sense steps we can take to make these types of shootings more rare and less destructive.

“First, my colleague Senator Feinstein led the charge almost twenty years ago to pass the Assault Weapons Ban, but it has since been allowed to expire. It is past time to put that law, which would have outlawed the type of gun used by the shooter, back in place. Second, we should pass the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sponsored by Congresswoman McCarthy, which would prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines that can hold more than ten rounds at a time. The ability to fire 30 or even 100 shots without reloading increases the destructive capacity of shooters while serving no legitimate purpose. Third, we must also examine legislation to close the gun show loopholes and crack down on straw purchasing, both of which help divert guns out of legal channels and into black markets where they are easily obtained by criminals and the mentally ill.

“I realize, of course, these steps will not stop all mass killings, or even all mass shootings. As the Governor of Colorado pointed out, if this killer didn’t have access to the weapons and ammunition he used, he might have built a bomb instead. But it is also true that we do not need to make such killing easy, and I do not believe that anything in the Second Amendment, or any desire to hunt or for self-protection requires ready access to assault weapons with extended ammunition clips.”