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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/.

Burbank High Students Recognized For Award-Winning Short Film

At the awards ceremony of the Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF), several Burbank High School (BHS) students received the Los Angeles County Student Filmmakers Award for their short film “Being.” (6:43.) It had premiered at Burbank’s AMC 6 Theater at BIFF two weeks ago, and can now be viewed at vimeo.com/66219734.

The Production Team of 'Being' Burbank High Students with their 1st place award during the BIFF Awards Ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

The Production Team of ‘Being’ Burbank High Students with their 1st place award during the BIFF Awards Ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

“Being” is a charming story that I could picture as an engaging sequence in a larger film about teen angst, the kind of movie you might enjoy on a Sunday afternoon at Laemmle in Pasadena. Teenage Fiona (ALI PATERSON) is becoming aware of herself as a separate person, a realization forced upon her even in her dreams. Her dream friend Alex (ALEX de BLANC) has left the park, but leaving behind his guitar. She takes solitary walks through a real-world park, ponders by a pond.

“I think I like music and the color blue, and I hate the way the happy birthday song is never in tune,” Fiona muses to herself in very effective voice over.

Out of such seemingly small details about one’s preferences emerges a maturing personality ready to engage companions that can resonate with her in the real world.  “Being” is a surprisingly sophisticated film, very simply told.

'Being' Director Jessie Butera gives acceptance speech during awards presentation at BIFF Awards. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

‘Being’ Director Jessie Butera gives acceptance speech during awards presentation at BIFF Awards. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The idea for the film kind of just happened,” said BHS senior (now) JESSIE BUTERA, who directed the film. She was at a coffee shop with a friend, one moment doing homework and the next, “writing down the monologue.” And then she wrote the lyrics to the film’s songs, “Being” and “Finding Me.” ALI PATERSON (Fiona) also wrote the music. SAHARA FISHER and Ali Paterson sang the songs. The song and score were pitch perfect for the film’s tone.

“Being” took six days to film over a two-week period with Directors of Photography were SKYLAR FISHER (no relation), LOUIS GOMEZ and ROSE ISOUNTS. MAX LAINE was the film editor. Louis was also the producer.

Local Developer Michael Cusumano and BIFF supporting sponsor enjoys the awards being presented. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Local Developer Michael Cusumano and BIFF supporting sponsor enjoys the awards being presented. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It was really fun, the film was such a surprise for us,” remarked Jessie. “Being” was also the last film she did with her friends, Skylar and Rose, who had graduated last June.

“Being” came about through Burbank’s Regional Occupation program (ROP), which is sponsored by the California Department of Education through the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Since 1986, Burbank ROP has been part of a statewide program designed to bring education and business together. The filmmaking team for “Being” met after school Tuesdays and Thursdays under the direction of MARK MELOCARRO, a ROP Professional Film teacher.

Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with Online Voting for “People’s Choice” Winner

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Art Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 28th District, featuring high school students’ artwork from the region, on Sunday, May 19. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest, with submissions from across the country. The winner from each Congressional District has their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, he has opened up the competition with a “People’s Choice” award, which will be decided through an online vote.

To vote for the “People’s Choice,” constituents should go to Schiff’s website. Voting will be open from Monday, May 6th through Wednesday, May 15th.

“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity displayed in the art I receive from high school students across the 28th Congressional District. Last year, the ‘People’s Choice’ competition was such a success, that we decided to continue the tradition this year. Students, their families and constituents from across our community will be able to weigh in, just like the panel of judges, and pick the ‘People’s Choice’ winner online,” said Schiff. “I look forward to seeing all the entries and welcoming artists and their families at the exhibition. Go to my website and vote – I’m excited to see who my constituents pick as the winner.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

The first place winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, the piece awarded second place will hang in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office for one year, and the piece awarded third place will hang in his Burbank District Office for one year. The “People’s Choice” winner’s artwork will also be displayed in Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office.

The winners of the contest will be announced at the 28th Congressional High School Art Competition Forum & Exhibit on Sunday, May 19, 2013. All student participants will receive a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. The exhibit will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge at Van de Kamp Hall located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Parking and admission to Van de Kamp Hall are free. Exhibit viewing will begin at 3:00 pm and the Forum and Awards Presentation will take place at 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please contact Teresa Lamb Simpson in Rep. Schiff’s Burbank District Office at (818) 450 -2900 or (323) 315-5555.

2013 “Tower Banner Student Art Contest” Winners Announced

The high school student winners of the Bob Hope Airport “2013 Tower Banner Student Art Contest” from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena Unified School Districts presented their winning artwork at today’s March 4, 2013 Airport Authority meeting. The winners were chosen from 186 entries across all three districts. Joining them were their art teachers and district art coordinators, along with many of the students’ proud parents.

1st Place: Jordan Lopez, 12th grade; Melissa Alfaro; Shushanik Hovakimyan; Rachel Verharst; Daniel Kerkotchian; Breanna French John Burroughs High School (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

1st Place: Jordan Lopez, 12th grade; Melissa Alfaro; Shushanik Hovakimyan; Rachel Verharst; Daniel Kerkotchian; Breanna French John Burroughs High School (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This is the sixth year the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has invited high school students in Grades 9-12 to enter the Bob Hope Airport Tower Banner Student Art Contest. Each year, the Airport Authority chooses a different aviation theme for the contest. This year’s theme was “The Sky’s the Limit.” In 2012, the theme was “Cleared for Take Off.” In 2011, the theme was “Up and Away,” and in 2010 and 2009, the artists illustrated “Joy of Flight” and “Soaring to New Heights.”

Each school district is responsible for determining which entries are chosen as its top three entries. The arts and culture commission from each respective city then considers the three entries and makes the final selection of one entry from its school district based on the judging criteria set forth in the Authority’s contest rules.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The winning artwork from each school district is displayed on the façade of the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower for a period of approximately three months where it is seen by well over a million travelers and airport visitors as they arrive and depart the terminal. The artwork is enlarged to 16 feet by 26 feet to target viewers who are on the move. Since the contest’s inception six years ago, $13,500 has been awarded to each school district in honor of the winning entries, with the stipulation that the award be used to help support and promote the districts’ education programs for the arts. This year, each district will again receive $3,000.

The winning entries displayed on the tower are rotated among Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. This year, Pasadena Unified School District’s winning banner, created by Sadie Goff from Pasadena High School, will be the first to be displayed on the tower, beginning September 2013.

Glendale Winners Nam Woo Kil,Oscar Guerrero,Scott Christiansen. Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Winners Nam Woo Kil,Oscar Guerrero,Scott Christiansen. Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified School District’s winning banner, created by Jordan Lopez, Melissa Alfaro, Shushanik Hovakimyan, Rachel Verharst, Daniel Kerkotchian, and Breanna French of John Burroughs High School, will be displayed beginning December 2013.

Glendale Unified School District’s winning banner, created by 12th grader Nam Woo Kil of Crescenta Valley High School, will be displayed starting March 2014.

Pasadena Winners Instructor Brook Kent, Winners  Sadie Goff,Hannah Smith,Emma Yervandyan. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pasadena Winners Instructor Brook Kent, Winners Sadie Goff,Hannah Smith,Emma Yervandyan. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Second and third place winners, along with the first place winners, will be displayed in Terminal B with background information about the contest beginning September 2013.

The next contest will begin in September 2013. To be eligible to enter the contest, student artists must be enrolled in Grades 9-12 in the public high schools of Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District or Pasadena Unified School District. Students interested in participating should contact the art faculty or art department at their high school for details.

Jordan Lopez,Melissa Alfaro; Shushanik Hovakimyan; Rachel Verharst; Daniel Kerkotchian; Breanna French, John Burroughs High School Instructor: Bonnie Burrow. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan Lopez,Melissa Alfaro; Shushanik Hovakimyan; Rachel Verharst; Daniel Kerkotchian; Breanna French, John Burroughs High School Instructor: Bonnie Burrow. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Burroughs Students to Host School Board Candidates Forum

John Burroughs High School Junior State of America will be holding a candidates forum for the Burbank Unified School District School Board Candidates on Monday, February 4 from 5:00pm- 7:30pm in the John Burroughs High School Library off of Parish St.

The questions addressed in this forum will be student oriented and will be directed to their involvement and roles in the local school district, and the student’s educational future Junior State of America is a student-run organization founded in 1934.

The mission of JSA is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and leadership in a democratic society. In JSA, students cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop opposing views, and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.

Burbank Nonprofit Coalition will host the Annual Back to School Celebration

The Burbank Nonprofit Coalition will host the Annual Back to School Celebration at 10am – 1pm on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Burbank Housing Corporation, 1815 Grismer Ave., Burbank.

The event will feature booths for various organizations in the community for families to receive free information, services, and supplies. Services include dental screenings, eye screenings, haircuts, childcare registration opportunities, and more. Local businesses, service clubs and organizations were

Hundreds showed up to Saturday’s Connect with your Community Backpack Giveaway, there were plenty of goodies for the kids who will be going back to school in the coming weeks, free haircuts from Marinelo’s School of Beauty (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

invited to donate supplies, set up equipment, and food for the day of the event. Approximately over 500 pre-registered students will receive back packs, over 200 additional students are expected to attend the celebration and receive the services.

Some partners include Panda Express providing snacks and Burbank Kiwanis for Fun providing lunch. Walmart is donating school supplies along with many other businesses and Warner Bros. and Woodbury University donated all of the Backpacks and Marinello School of Beauty in Burbank will provide free back to school haircuts for all kids.

The Back to School Celebration focuses specifically on the students who are lower income and are in need of backpacks, supplies and services. The goal is to prepare students to succeed in school.

Burbank Adult School Students Graduate In Record Numbers

A record number of high school and general diploma graduates received their diplomas at Luther Middle School this past week.  These are all students who have chosen to go back to school and earn their diplomas so that they can better themselves in the workforce.

Viviana Ardila, the City of Burbank's Community Resources Coordinator, congratulates Ricardo Bedoy, GED and Burbank Leadership Scholarship recipient . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

2012 High School Graduates

Basthi Alvarado     Jason Diaz     Joshua Paiz

Johnathan Alvarado *     Anita Duffaut     Kevin Parada

Leah Amaro     Matthew Ebrahimian     Reginald Pascual

Jefree Arana     Danny Erazo     Edgar Perez

Sandra Arellano     Matthew Erlich     Mikaella Perlas

Emanuel Barsegian     Karen Faraon      Jason Pottorff

Brandon Batham     Daisy Fernandez     Jaime Quinteros

Jonathan Beltran     Armando Ferrer     Cindy Quiroga

John Bey     Stacie Fields     Joshua Reyes

Cory Brizuela     Andreh Fiterz     Robert Rodriguez

Adam Brubaker     Nico Futterer     Carol Rojas

Selvy Buchanan     Susie Garambullo     Juan Rosas

Karl Burky     Giovanie Garcia     Susana Rubio

Taji Burrell *     Tyler Guerrero     Priscilla Salas

Sarah Bush     Victor Guevara     Silvia Selva

Ariel Campos     Vittorio Huber     Deniz Serna

Mercedes Campos     Gamer Khachadoorian     Breanna Shields

Olivia Cervantes     Gevo Khachadoorian     Edgar Solis

Emily Charles     Javier Krukti     Danny Speech

Andrea Chavez     James Lanham     David Standel*

Jesus Chavez     Vincent LaPorre     Tommy St. Angel

Samuel Chavez     Abram Lobos     Josue Sujuy

Kathy Chismar     Alden Lopez     Joshua Surina

Isaac Chung     Stephanie Lopez     Andranik Tamamian

Krystle Coronel *     Michael Magana     Esteban Torres

Maritsy Cortes     Adriana Marrero     Elizabeth Uribe

Wolfgang Criswell     Stefan McGregor     Crystal Valdes

 

Susana Rubio of the Class of 2012, shares her “I did it” moment with those attending the Burbank Adult School graduation cedremony. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

2011-2012 General Education Development Graduates

Sarah Abergel      Stacey Gomez      John Morgan

Larrin Baker      Janet Greenlin      Araceli Najar

Rosa Batz      Linda Hammel       Christine Nguyen

Ricardo Bedoy      Naomi Hayton      Diane Peacock

Eric Bellinger      Elizabeth Hernandez       Cynthia Rocha

Erin Boehme      Nina Horwich       Mariceli Rosales

Bryan Butay      Jonathan Hull      Max Rose

Michael Castillo      Hannah Hylen      David Salazar

Jeremy Cerny      Caroline Jun      Melissa Salazar

Todd Chandler      Noel Lopez      Cody Samford

Joseph Clopton      Oscar Lopez      Hector Sanchez

George Contreras      Robert Lyushtra      Cheri Santiano

Jasmin Contreras      Nicole Maldonado      Morningsong Schoon

Jose Cortez      Michuan Martin      Mayumi Schultz

Evelyn Duarte      Levon Matinyan      John Servin

Johnnathan Enamorado      Justyn Matthews      Matthew Stevenson

Robin Esquivel       Cody McKenna      Denise Teixeira

Dean Ferrante       Ilda Mendez      Miles Vasquez

Rory Foley      Jose Mendoza      Cesar Villegas

Etna Garcia      Rosetta Millington      Robert Zuniga

* High School Diploma & GED graduate + National Adult Education Honor Society recipient

David Standel, 69 years-young, listens to Keynote Speaker Stan Carrizosa, along with fellow classmates realizing they have done it. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Adult School class of 2012 with 98 high school diplomas recipients and 63 general education diplomas handed out, listen to keynote speaker Stan Carrizosa, reflect his early years of his life that were challenging, and reminding them to also look forward. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This Fire Camp Is Really Hot Stuff

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Fire Camp 2011 held this weekend at The Burbank Fire Department’s Training Center, Burbank middle school students from Luther Middle School took part in this exciting event. Fire Camp gets teenagers in Burbank’s Middle Schools who might be interested in Fire Service as a career, they got to see live demos and even got hands on.

BurbanknBeyond’s own Robert Vincent got to be on hand Friday evening when the class started, and will be bringing you a video report shortly.

Captain Greg Rhodes explaining how the firefighter put out an auto fire. Burbank Fire ROP Students (top photo) were on hand to help the overnight event go smoothly. (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

Photo By Ross A. Benson