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International Baccalaureate (IB) Expo at International School of LA

Ever wondered what the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme is? Considering an alternate curriculum for high school?

Wonder no more and look no further. This informational session on Saturday, October 26 from 2:00pm-4:00pm will help you uncover all the secrets of the IB® Diploma Programme.

You will find out what it takes to become an IB learner and what it means to develop the 10 IB learner attributes. You will learn why the IB® Diploma Programme is a sought-after credential at top universities all around the globe. You will uncover how it prepares you to become a successful college student and a lifelong learner. You will discover the benefits of an international mindset and how the IB® Diploma Programme is complemented with a language-focused course of study.

Incoming high school freshmen are encouraged to attend with their parents.

For free registration, please visit https://ib-info-session.eventbrite.com/.

Discover the International School of Los Angeles at Pasadena

Considering a bilingual program for your child? Ever wondered how preschoolers can learn two languages at the same time? Wonder no more!

Come and meet the International School of Los Angeles community and find out what a French-English bilingual curriculum looks like.

The Discover the International School of Los Angeles event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am-11:30am offers families an opportunity to meet the Campus Director, teachers, students, and parents, and to learn more about the School’s unique programs and nurturing community.

For free registration, please visit https://ps-discover-lila.eventbrite.com/.

Discover the International School of Los Angeles at West Valley

Considering a bilingual program for your child? Ever wondered how preschoolers can learn two languages at the same time? Wonder no more!

Come and meet the International School of Los Angeles community and find out what a French-English bilingual curriculum looks like.

The Discover the International School of Los Angeles event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am-11:30am offers families an opportunity to meet the Campus Director, teachers, students, and parents, and to learn more about the School’s unique programs and nurturing community.

For free registration, please visit https://wv-discover-lila.eventbrite.com/.

St. John Paul II Academy Will Replace Bell-Jeff High in 2019

After 74 years, Bellarmine-Jefferson High School has officially closed its doors. However, the building will soon take on a new life as “St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson” starting August 2019.

Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, revealed the plans last Tuesday when he announced the hiring of founding director, Jeff Hilger.

The Academy will incorporate STEM, a curriculum that includes science, technology, engineering, and math.

Most classes will be co-educational but there will also be some gender-specific courses. According to research, Baxter claims single-gender learning can be a more effective way of teaching in some subjects.

Although there will not be any major remodels to the campus over the next year, maintenance upgrades will be made along with some aesthetic redesigns.

Hilger also hopes to add an engineering room, a media arts center, and a music room.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese expects an inaugural freshman class of 60 students. They currently plan to add a new grade level annually, until the student body reaches 400-500 students in 2022-23.

The school’s name comes from St. John Paul II, a pope who visited Los Angeles in 1987, and returned to the United States multiple times throughout his career. Until now, there hasn’t been a school named after him.

Baxter hopes the Academy will provide the community with an affordable private Catholic school experience.

Bellarmine-Jefferson High School is located on 465 E. Olive Ave.

Motorists to be Given Education by Burbank Police

The Burbank Police Department is striving to reduce the number of traffic collisions in 2013.

The intersection of Keystone & Chandler, has many problems with bike riders & skateboarders, and even runners failing to stop as posted. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The intersection of Keystone & Chandler, has many problems with bike riders & skateboarders, and even runners failing to stop as posted. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

To that end, the Burbank Police Department has initiated a traffic collision reduction plan. The objective is to combine enforcement efforts, with education, to make motorists aware of the most common causes of traffic collisions, and thereby reduce the number of collisions. The Chandler Bike Path has been identified as one of the areas of concern for our residents, drivers, and pedestrians.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Burbank Traffic Officers will be watching for motorists who commit violations in and around the Chandler Bike Path that could contribute to the likelihood of a traffic collision.

A skateboarder approaching the intersection Keystone & Chandler at great pace, not even thinking of stopping, as posted. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A skateboarder approaching the intersection Keystone & Chandler at great pace, not even thinking of stopping, as posted. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Officers will conduct traffic stops and use them as an opportunity to educate the motoring public. Officers will be handing out instructional information to drivers, providing them with information on how not to become involved in a traffic collision. Traffic citations will be issued
in cases where the officer feels it is appropriate.

The Burbank Police Department, working together with the community, is committed to educating drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on how to stay safe on our roads. By reducing the number of traffic collisions, the City of Burbank will be a safer place for our residents, visitors, and business patrons.

For additional information, please contact the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau at 818-238-3100.

Hani Youssef Named New Principal Of Burbank High School

Hani Youssef has been a professional educator since 1994. He received his B.A. at California State University, Northridge,  in 1995, and his M.S. and administrative credential at Mount St. Mary’s College in 2000. For six years, Hani taught English at both the high school and middle school level before serving as an administrator. He has acquired experience as an administrator in three different districts: Los Angeles Unified, Conejo Unified, and Burbank Unified School District. He has been serving as an assistant principal at Burbank High School since 2003.

Youssef has grown into a proven leader who can make positive changes happen.  He has many years of different kinds of administrative experiences which show that he can succeed in any assignment with any group or team.  Hani possesses strong character traits that match the ones identified by parents and staff members and are needed for the leadership at BHS. His experience and knowledge of the culture, history, and community will aide him as he creates future successes at Burbank High School.

Burbank Masons Honor Public School Teachers

Photo By Ross A. Benson

On Thursday evening April 28, the Masons of Burbank hosted a Public Schools Recognition Night at the Burbank Masonic Center (406 Irving Dr.). The event was hosted by the two presiding officers of the Lodges; Al Moen, Master of Burbank #406 and Michael Strand, Master of Magnolia Park #618. The Master of Ceremonies duties were shared by Erik Adams and Mike Campbell, Senior Deacons of their respective Lodges.

The festivities were kicked off with a musical presentation by solo vocalist, Talin Silva of Providencia Elementary School. The music then continued with a performance by “Clef Hangers”, an all Boy Choir from David Starr Jordan Middle School, conducted by Christine DeMore , with accompanist, Judie Stroh.

The program continued with a special recognition of three of Burbank’s Finest (local teachers that is), who were recommended by their Principals and selected for their devotion to their profession and dedication to their students. Those recognized were: Kay Cee Mills, Burbank High School; Ted DeVirgilis, John Muir Middle School; and Tyson Colt , Edison Elementary School.

Each teacher was presented with a framed Certificate of Appreciation, an engraved commemorative the occasion and a small Honorarium. Each of the musical presenters were given a small Honorarium to go toward their respective school’s program.

The evening concluded with music provided by the Burbank High School Jazz Band, conducted by Mike Stanley. After which all in attendance were treated to a Bar B-Q supper prepared by the Lodge members.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Remind Burbank Workers That Their Kids Can Attend Burbank Schools

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce has sent out a mailing to it’s member businesses that reminds all workers who live outside of Burbank that their children may qualify to go to Burbank schools.  If interested, the Chamber wants you to call the school district at 818 729-4467.  There is no charge for interdistrict permits.