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Walmart Surprises Stevenson Teacher Of The Year With Gifts

R. L. Stevenson Elementary School’s Sara Line, the Burbank Unified Teacher of the Year, was surprised with gifts from Walmart at a school assembly on Monday morning, October 3.

“Burbank Walmart Store Manager Panthi Patel and associates Rosy Lopez and Mayra Hinojos  presented Line with flowers, balloons, a collection of classroom essentials and a Walmart gift card for $490.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Pictured from L/R School Board President Larry Applebaum, Director of Second Education Peter Knapik, Superintendent Matt Hill, Sara Lane, Burbank Walmart Manager Panthi Patel, Store Associates Rosy Lopez and Mayra Hinojos.  (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified School Board President Larry Applebaum, Superintendent Matt Hill, Director of Human Resources Anita Schackmann and Director of Elementary Education Dr. Peter Knapik all attended the event.

“We are so appreciative of Walmart and their recognition of our teacher Sara Line,” commented Stevenson Principal Christina Desiderio. “Being honored today on California Art Day was perfect! Mrs. Line has a strong arts background and is an expert in integrating art into the curriculum.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

When Sara Line’s name was called during the assembly she was shocked. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“She believes that all students can succeed with hard work and dedication. The students and parents absolutely adore her. The staff and I are very proud of her accomplishments.”

The Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year finalist teaches fourth grade.

Ms. Line is an 11-year teaching veteran who was recognized by the county for encouraging her students to take risks and using their mistakes as opportunities to grow, according to a Walmart news release. She was one of 16 teachers throughout the county and 75 across the state to be so recognized.

The National Retail Federation estimates teachers will spend an average of $490 of their own money this year on classroom-related expenses.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Stevenson Garden Volunteers Host Family Garden Workday

Editors Note: Story sent in by volunteer

On May 14th, Stevenson Garden Volunteers hosted a family garden workday. Approximately 30 volunteers, including children were in attendance.

Also on hand were (L to R) Rayna Boehme, Laurie Okin, Charlene Ishkhanian, Christina Desiderio (Principal, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary), Sue Zimmermann, and Tomas O'Grady (Executive Director, EnrichLA)

Also on hand were (L to R) Rayna Boehme, Laurie Okin, Charlene Ishkhanian, Christina Desiderio (Principal, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary), Sue Zimmermann, and Tomas O’Grady (Executive Director, EnrichLA)

It was definitely a positive experience, and a much needed event to help clean-up the garden, as a precursor for our even bigger project to come, “EnrichLA.”

We weeded, organized, watered, and guided even our little ones in helping clean-up the garden. Stevenson Elementary School is currently partnering up with EnrichLA, and hoping to create a more sustainable future for our Stevenson Garden Pirate Patch!

Our children continue to thrive in our garden, and we are passionate about creating a peaceful, green, and as close to “Mother Earth” space where they can grow and continue to learn.

We are very thankful to alI our hardworking volunteers!!!

Nickterns Brighten Up Stevenson Lunch Area With Huge Mural

Nickelodeon college interns spent three days painting an enormous mural at R. L. Stevenson Elementary school on April 7, 8 and 9. The local animation studio provided the materials and supplies to complete the giant painting.

Nickterns (from left to right) include: Jayro Giron (ASU), Richard Ramos (Woodbury), Kenichiro Chaffee (Academy of Art University – SF), Jessica Dedrick (SCAD), Stacy Lee (RISD), Roxanna Morelli (PCC.) Seated in front is Katie Heckey (San Jose State University) (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Nickterns (from left to right) include: Jayro Giron (ASU), Richard Ramos (Woodbury), Kenichiro Chaffee (Academy of Art University – SF), Jessica Dedrick (SCAD), Stacy Lee (RISD), Roxanna Morelli (PCC.) Seated in front is Katie Heckey (San Jose State University) (Photo by Ross A Benson)

All 15 Nickterns, as they are affectionately called at the local animation studio, spent approximately five hours per day painting the mural. Katie Heckey, from San Jose State University, headed up the project, spending hours in advance planning and prepping the design.

“The Nickterns were a pleasure to work with and we are thrilled with our awesome new mural,” commented Anne Askerneese, a Stevenson parent volunteer who coordinated the installation with Nickeldeon.

Nickterns at work.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns at work.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Katie Heckey, as the lead artist on this project, was professional, highly organized and dedicated,” she added. “Katie put in well over 18 hours on our campus alone, not including the time she devoted to the preliminary designs and revisions.”

“The students at Stevenson are so excited to have this amazing mural in their lunch shelter!” continued Askerneese. “They enjoyed seeing the creative process unfold, as each day, from the beginning of the process, the mural took shape.”

“We love the fact that every child at Stevenson, including the special needs students, spend extended time in this space every single day.”

The complete Stevenson lunch shelter mural created by Nickterns. (Photo Courtesy of Anne Askerneese)

The complete Stevenson lunch shelter mural created by Nickterns. (Photo Courtesy of Anne Askerneese)

“Students’ lunch time conversations are really centered on the mural. The students talk about all the different environments and animals,” Askerneese explained. “They talk about hiking in the different habitats, and the pros and cons of the different climates.”

“This dynamic dialog is one example of the impact the mural is having on students. The smiles, excitement, and laughter are more evidence of the benefits of this creative endeavor.”

Heckey first sketched out the design with chalk and then used acrylic paint to adhere to the rough texture of the wall. All of the spring semester Nickterns joined in to complete the final art work.

Katie Heckey checks the progress of the mural painting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Katie Heckey checks the progress of the mural painting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Creating the mural was a wonderful experience,” said Heckey. “It was great seeing the expressions of the kids who walked by after school to sneak a peek. It’s like the concept of painting on a wall was incredible in itself.”

“Doing this mural has been the highlight of my internship experience with Nickelodeon,” Heckey added. “It was fun just working alongside my friends to improve a space for kids. I can’t wait to do another mural project.”

Every semester, Nickelodeon gets a new group of Nickterns and one of their obligations is to complete a community service project. Last fall, the Nickterns cleaned out and spruced up Disney Elementary’s school garden.

“We are thrilled to have our Nickterns contribute their talents to the community all while enhancing the school facilities in fun and vibrant way,” commented Veronica Esquivel, Manager of Talent Acquisitions at Nickelodeon.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Stevenson school is so grateful to Nickelodeon for taking on this project and transforming a previously bland space into a dynamic and refreshing one,” said Askerneese.

Two fourth-grade students interviewed Heckey for the May school newsletter.  Students and staff at the school also had a celebration for the Nickterns with pizza and a large thank you poster signed by students. Students gave out t-shirts with the Stevenson mascot, a pirate, to officially commemorate each Nicktern as an honorary Stevenson Pirate.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Cartoon Network Partners With 10-year-old Stevenson Elementary School Student

Cartoon Network partners with 10-year-old Stevenson Elementary School student to produce an animated short film based on the student’s story. The whole family got into the act as her parents and sister voiced the characters in the film. The fourth- and fifth-grade classes saw the premiere of the film on Open House.

By Joyce Rudolph
BurbankNBeyond
Lillian Hughes, her family and her fourth- and fifth-grade classmates at Stevenson Elementary saw the world premiere of the animated short “Mr.

Stevenson Elementary School student Lillian Hughes, 10, with her Principal Debbie Ginnetti at the premiere of the animated short "Pike" that she wrote and directed. Cartoon Network produced the short. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Pike”, written and directed by Lillian, in the auditorium during open house on May 1. Cartoon Network Studios produced the piece, as part of the Young Writers Program, and representing the studio at the premiere was Zita Lefebvre.

It was an exciting moment for the 10-year-old

“When the film started, my heart was beating real fast,” Lilli said.

The project began in the fall as a creative writing initiative for fourth- and fifth-graders and is part of 10-year partnership between the animation company and the school. Students were asked to write an imaginative narrative story and include illustrations of the characters, said Principal Debbie Ginnetti. It allowed them to expand their own ideas and imagination, she said.

Lillian Hughes and her 5th grade teacher Miss Goulding, working on her Mr Pike story.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The teachers and principal judged the stories and narrowed the field to five and Lilli’s was deemed the top piece, earning her the chance to have the story turned into a two-minute animated film.

She worked with Cartoon Network illustrator Dave Smith to draw the story board and directed her family in voicing the characters.

“The project showed the students the reality of what writing can do for you,” Ginnetti said. “This assignment meshed art and writing.”

Reading and writing have always been an important part of educating students for Ginnetti. Early in her teaching career I had the opportunity of working with her and another teacher Mikki Bolliger on
a writing project. Elementary school students were invited to write about a chosen topic once a month in the “I Have a Tale to Tell” writing program.

At Stevenson, students begin writing projects as soon as they enter kindergarten, Ginnetti said.

Her parents said Lilli has been writing since she was very little.

Lillian Hughes works on her Mr. Pike story. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

She learned to tell stories and draw by watching Cartoon Network’s the Powder Puff Girls, said her father Robert, who is a director with Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb”.

“She paid them back by making the film with them,” he said.

Lilli’s family members provided the voices for the characters. Her father supplied the voice of Mr. Pike, the substitute teacher. And mother Jennifer spoke the lines for Mrs. Ash and Chess Wood.

“It is just the best to see any kid’s project get this kind of recognition, but to see your kid honored like this, that’s the highlight,” Jennifer Hughes said.

Lilli’s sister Phoebe, 12, voiced Bianca, the narrator, and Rotamere, the hero.

“It was weird to have my voice coming out of someone else,” Phoebe said.