Washington Elementary School Boosters Club Receives $10,000 from Warner Bros.
MyBurbank.com reports that the George Washington Elementary School Booster Club received a $10,000 matched donation from Warner Bros. Entertainment to help support weekly music instruction for students in grades Pre-K, TK, kindergarten, and first grade. Washington Principal Brandi Young is partnered with Mary-Elizabeth Michael from Warner Bros. as part of the Burbank Business Partners program. Michaels and fellow Burbank Business Partners mentor Lisa Rawlins, who recently retired from Warner Bros., helped start the Washington Elementary Boosters Club during the 2015-2016 school year.
Majority of State Funds for Burbank Unified School District Used for Purchasing Textbooks
On September 23, the Burbank Leader reported that the majority of a $7.8 million state allotment to the Burbank Unified School District would go toward purchasing textbooks for students. Other allocations of the funding include the replacement of musical instruments, additional professional development time for the district’s elementary school teachers and the establishment of after-school robotics enrichment clubs for middle and high school students. School board member Larry Applebaum, who is the parent of a student in the GATE program at John Muir Middle School, told the Leader that much of the funding for GATE programs is left up to parents, as these programs are inadequately funded by the district.
Back to School Night Online Donation Challenge Raises Over $5,000 for Participating Burbank Schools
Burbank Business Partners and Burbank community members donated a grand total of $5,807 to the four Burbank schools—Walt Disney Elementary, Providencia Elementary, John Muir Middle School, and David Starr Jordan Middle School—that participated in the Back to School Night Online Donation Challenge. Burbank Business Partners, who organized the Challenge as the kickoff to its ongoing Support Burbank Schools campaign, donated a total of $2,000 to the four participating schools as part of its pledge to match donations of up to $500 per school. The majority of the $3,807 in community member donations, raised primarily during the schools’ respective Back to School Night events, came through the schools’ online fundraising pages at the Support Burbank Schools website.
“Excited” Kids Head Back to Class in Burbank
Burbank schools began the 2015-16 school year on August 17. This Burbank Leader article spotlights students, faculty, and administrators at John Muir Middle School, which welcomed approximately 1,450 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders this academic year.
New Principals Named at Disney, Stevenson Elementary Schools
Molly Hwang will begin her tenure as principal of Walt Disney Elementary School this August, while Christina Desiderio will take over as principal for Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, according to a June 19 article in the Burbank Leader. Walt Disney Elementary is one of the schools represented by a Principal Partner in the Burbank Business Partners program.
“The instructional and interpersonal knowledge I have gained has prepared me to increase student achievement, provide professional learning and build positive relationships in assisting each individual child reaching his or her fullest potential,” Hwang told the Burbank Leader. Her previous experience includes roles as a teacher and curriculum specialist at Disney Elementary. Hwang has also held positions at Washington Elementary, Burbank Adult School, Joaquin Miller Elementary, and William McKinley Elementary.
Principal Partners Year-End Reception
Burbank school principals and community leaders gathered May 21 to celebrate another successful year of the Principal Partners Program. Launched by Burbank Business Partners in 2010, the program matches school principals with business leaders to create a mutual mentoring experience.
Thirteen teams participated during the 2014-15 school year. The year-end reception also recognized Linda Acuff, who is retiring from Emerson Elementary School. “The program has been great,” Acuff said. “I’ve been a principal for a long time and I’m retiring, but it was pretty cool to realize I could still learn new things.”