• March 22, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 3/22/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, March 23, 2020.

    School is closed this week for our annual Spring Break. Obviously, this break is different than any we have seen before. I hope you and your families are well, staying safe and taking every precaution as the globe takes on the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A reminder, please continue to listen to the advice of the experts in science and medicine to increase the likelihood we return to our lives and normal routine soon. Wash hands, practice social distancing and avoid touching your face. Students remember to sterilize and wipe your phones often.

    We are presently working on transitioning our school to a distance learning platform. We will be online through Google Classroom. Those without access to technology at home will have the opportunity to pick-up packets from campus. More information to come prior to March 30, thank you for your patience and we make this transition together.

    The Burbank Unified School District’s Food Service Department will continue to distribute five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch items for students with the Free & Reduced Meal Program. The next pick-up opportunity on our campus is this Wednesday from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the parking lot off of Glenoaks Blvd. directly across from the United Methodist Church. It is a drive through service, however, the student should be present for pick-up.

    Also this week, our ASB is launching our first ever Virtual Spirit Week in an effort to keep students connected to our campus. Monday asks students to create a meme that relates to them and tag @BHSBULLDOGSASB on Instagram. Tuesday is Tik Tok Tuesday, as students are asked to make a Tik Tok in BHS swag. Wednesday is Wilderness Wednesday, as students should pose in nature while responsibly practicing social distancing. Thursday, is a throwback day, and students should post their favorite throwback photo. Friday, is Feel Good Friday and students should tag a song selection towards our ASB who will create a Spotify Playlist.

    Lastly, we want to hear from our seniors as their college acceptance letters arrive. Next month, we will pushout a shared document asking seniors to let us know where they plan to leave their paw print. Stay tuned for more information starting April 1, 2020.

    This concludes announcements for this week. Stay strong, see you soon an much love,

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • March 8, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 3/8/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, March 9, 2020.

    I would like to recognize senior English teacher Ms. Wendy Miller, who is the co-chair of the Los Angeles Country Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as Burbank High School students, Emily Darbinyan and Natalie Ter-Abramyan.

    Their charitable efforts to start 2020 helped raise $1,288,886 for cancer research as part of the LLS’s annual “Student of the Year” Gala, which took place on March 6. Emily and Natalie won first place honors as they raised almost $230,000 together! Additionally, BHS students Carmen Blanchard raised $68,335 and Sierra Brogmus raised $23,556 for Honorable Mention recognition. I have no words to express how proud I am of these five Bulldogs for their passion and purpose towards curing Cancer.  

    Congratulations to our track and field program for dominating a tri-school meet at BHS last Thursday, and, to our softball squad for bouncing back from a Pacific League loss to Arcadia with a 15-0 blowout over the Pasadena Bulldogs. Additionally, our boys’ volleyball team is off to a 2-0 start in league after wins over Arcadia and Hoover last week. Boys’ tennis beat Hoover 17-1 to end the week as well. Keep grinding Bulldogs!

    On Wednesday, March 11, BHS will continue our dialogue on race and equity. Students and staff are invited to participate in part two of our series dedicated to these important topics as focus groups will be conveyed in the school library from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

    This is part of an ongoing offer to remind students and staff that we must all “Be the Change We Wish to See in This World.”

    Sales for Advanced Placement tests end on March 12. Exams for Government and Economics remain the standard price, all other exams now come with a $40 per test late fee. Please note, this is a College Board fee and not a District or site fee.

    Burbank Unified School District will continue to provide updates regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). If your student is sick, please keep them home from school. Please note, our staff has been advised to take the same precautions. However, healthy students are expected to be at school. We cannot excuse absences for students being kept home without symptoms of day-to-day illness common this time of year.

    To help prevent the spread of germs, everyone should follow a series of important tips:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

    I would like to take a moment to thank those who voted in support of our students last week in support of Measure I. While we still do not know the final results, we know that well over 60% or the Burbank community stands with our kids. Thank you.

    Finally, please note that a decision about the location for our graduation ceremony will be made prior to Spring Break. If you have not yet donated and would like to, it is important that donations are made this week. Presently, we have received only $10,000 in donations. We have worked with vendors to reduce costs by 20%. We have partial funding from BUSD. We have some site funds to allocate. However, at this time we are still well behind our goals to make this happen for our seniors. Graduation will be at Memorial Field off the campus of Burroughs High School if we are unable to secure funds. Regardless, we will work to continue to make our ceremony the best graduation in town.

    This concludes the announcements for this evening, enjoy your Sunday and good night.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • March 1, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 3/1/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, March 2, 2020.

    On March 4, BHS will host an Equity Town Hall in the Wolfson Auditorium, the first of a two-part series, for our community of learners at Burbank HS. During this town hall, a panel adults and students will respectfully take comments for discussion from an audience of BHS students and staff. On March 11, we will gather again with interested parties to begin drafting solutions to the topics brought up on March 4.

    This is part of an ongoing offer to remind students and staff that we must all “Be the Change We Wish to See in This World.”

    Burbank Unified Schools will continue to provide updates regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Although there is still only one confirmed case in Los Angeles County, we are working proactively with the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Los Angeles County of Education to prepare.

    As a reminder, if your student is sick, please keep them home from school. Our staff has been advised to take the same precautions.

    To help prevent the spread of illness, everyone should a series of important tips:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

    The California Primary is Tuesday, March 3. Also on the ballot is Measure I, an essential measure for Burbank Unified Schools. Please take the time to vote on Tuesday.

    This concludes the announcements for this evening, enjoy your Sunday and good night.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • February 23, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 2/23/2020

    A great evening to all Burbank Bulldogs, this is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead.

     We presently have several seniors who are looking to launch a student dialogue on campus culture issues through an equity committee. Students should ask one of their teachers for the link to the application if they are interested in being part of this important work.

     March 4, students and staff are invited to an Equity Town Hall for a critical conversation on campus culture and climate. We are focused on communication, not conflict. This forum takes place after school from 3:15-4:30 in the Wolfson Auditorium.

     March 4 is also National Awareness Day to eliminate the “R-word” – Retarded. We plan to have several activities during the week spreading efforts of inclusiveness. It is another opportunity to focus on ALL discrimination and hate speech. More information to come next week.

    March 3 is the CA Primary. This means it is decision day for Measure I. Burbank schools and the Burbank community will look radically different if this measure fails. Please take the time to learn the facts, spread word and vote this election on March 3. 

    Good luck to all spring sports teams this season as nonleague tournaments and games get underway. Go Bulldogs!

    Finally, congratulations are in order for Kim Pape, Corina Chung and Anna Tong who are now finalist for National Merit Scholarship consideration.

     

    This concludes this evening’s call. A reminder to students to be the change they wish to see in this world, today and every day. Good night.

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  • February 17, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 2/17/2020

    Good evening Burbank Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther, with announcements for the week ahead.

    We hope you enjoyed your second three-day weekend of the month. School resumes Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the regularly scheduled time.

    Congratulations to our cheer squad who competed this past weekend at the United Spirit Associations Cheerleading Nationals in Anaheim, CA. Our first freshman team ever took home a third place finish in their division. The competition had schools from eight states and over 400 teams collectively. Congrats Bulldogs!

    As we continue to raise money towards the cost of Graduation 2020, we call on parent volunteers to help us. Here is another opportunity to help. If you’d be willing to assist with the set-up of zip-tying chairs during graduation week please contact Megan Burkhart at meganburhart@burbankusd.org . Getting this done with volunteers can save the school nearly $4,000 on the cost of graduation. Thank you.

    This concludes this evening’s call, have a great week ahead.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • February 10, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 2/10/2020

    Good Evening Burbank Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead.

    Our next PTSA meeting is this Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the school library. Superintendent, Dr. Matt Hill, and Dr. Roberta Reynolds, BUSD School Board Member, will be attending to speak about “Measure I.” All stakeholders are invited to attend to ask questions and learn more about the facts of this March 3 ballot measure in support of Burbank schools. Please attend.

    The NAF Academy team will host an informational meeting in the library before the PTSA meeting on February 12, 2020 starting at 5:30pm.  Current and prospective students and parents should come and learn more about the three academies offered at Burbank High School – our Business, Engineering, and Medical Academies.  Please come by to learn about each academy theme, view project demonstrations, meet current academy students, and chat with academy instructors.  Visit our website to learn more: www.burbankusd.org/naf.

    Congratulations to our girls’ water polo team for qualifying for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. They will travel to Fontana on Tuesday in first round action. Well done Bulldogs!

    I’d also like to congratulate the boys’ basketball team for finishing the season with three consecutive wins including a 46-42 win at Burroughs High School last Friday. Way to go!

    The clock is ticking for operation graduation 2020. We still need to raise nearly 1/3 of our goal for this year's graduation to take place on campus. Donations of any amount can be made two ways: Parent Volunteer Ani Pakahanyan has created a PayPal account at paypal.me/2020bhs. Alternatively, donations are taken at the Finance Office located in the main quad near the Student Store. Please make any planned donations as soon as possible, as a decision for our ceremony’s location will have to be made soon. Thank you for your support of our Senior Class of 2020.

    A reminder that school is closed this upcoming Monday in observation of President Washington’s Birthday. We will resume on Tuesday at our regularly scheduled time. This concludes announcements for the week ahead, I hope you enjoyed your long weekend, here is to an excellent week ahead at Burbank High School.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • February 2, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 2/2/2020

    Welcome to February! This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead.

    This month is Black History Month – an important opportunity for all of us to remember, educate, celebrate heroes past and present. Burbank High School is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse campus which we believe is our strength.

    I would like to thank the students who participated in last week’s Race and Equity round table with USC’s Sy Stokes for a critical conversation. Our consultant will be addressing staff at tomorrow’s Early Release professional development with several recommendations from feedback given by our students, as we look for ways to make our campus culture even better. Thank you Bulldogs for your contributions to the conversation.

    Congratulations to both Varsity basketball teams for wins over Hoover High School on last Friday’s “Senior Night.”

    Last week I also visited a Government class of Seniors. I was asked by the class if we were going to have graduation on our campus this year. I had to be honest and share that at this time I simply don’t know. We will need to have a big month of fundraising in February for this to happen.

    Donations of any amount can be made two ways: Parent Volunteer Ani Pakahanyan has created a PayPal account at paypal.me/2020bhs. Alternatively, donations are taken at the Finance Office located in the main quad near the Student Store. Please make any planned donations as soon as possible, as a decision for our ceremony’s location will have to be made soon. Thank you for your support of our Senior Class of 2020.

    The NAF Academy will host an informational meeting in the Burbank HS library on February 12, 2020 at 5:30pm.  Current and prospective students and parents should come and learn more about the three academies pathways offered at BHS: Business, Engineering, and Medical Academies.  Please come by to learn about each academy theme, view project demonstrations, meet current academy students, and chat with academy instructors.  Visit the website to learn more: www.burbankusd.org/naf

    Current 9th and 10th graders, the NAF Academy is currently recruiting prospective students. Academy students enroll in a specialized academic curriculum during the school day, but they also get to take advantages of many other opportunities like guest speakers, college tours, and field trips to industry sites.  Academy students prepare a full portfolio of essential career documents and complete a 120-hour internship. 

    To join an academy, interested students must apply online and mark it on their course request forms.  Check the Academics page of the BHS website for our promo video and the links to apply.  Join an academy to jump ahead of the competition and make high school more fun!  Parents, please talk with your student about registration and assist them with the online application if they are applying to an academy.  The application deadline is Friday, March 20.

    Have a great week ahead,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • January 26, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 1/26/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, January 27, 2020.

    On Wednesday, Burbank High School will welcome Sy Stokes from the "Race and Equity Center" at USC. He will take select students through a series of workshops designed to explore race, diversity and culture at school and in our community. Invitations started going out last week to identified students. These letters should be signed by both student participants and their parents and returned to the Principal’s Office to secure participation. Spots are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Absences from class periods will be excused, but students are responsible for any missed work.

    A thank you to the 109 parents and 408 seniors who completed recent surveys about Graduation 2020. We had 48% of respondents indicate it was “very important” to them to host graduation on our campus. However, only 33% indicated that they had even asked their parents to donate money towards this cause.

    To date, we have raised just under $10,000 through direct asks and fundraising efforts. This puts us well-behind the mark and time is running out. Some survey respondents stated they were not sure where donations should be made. We have two options: Parent Volunteer Ani Pakahanyan has created a PayPal account at paypal.me/2020bhs, or alternatively, donations are taken at the Finance Office, located in the main quad near the Student Store. Please make any planned donations as soon as possible, as a decision for our ceremony’s location will have to be made soon. Thank you for your support.

    I am asking all Burbank residents to do their homework on the Measure I ballot initiative in support of Burbank Unified Schools. Studying the facts about how schools are funded, and how Burbank schools are underfunded by the state, is important in advance of the California primary in early March. This will be an essential measure as we aim to maintain arts, athletics, music programs and reasonable class size throughout the district.

    Check out Ed100.org for an overview of funding for education in California. BHS is proud to be one of four Burbank schools in the top 10 of all CA schools for participation in the Ed100.org program. Knowledge is power, check out Ed100.org today.

    We are responsible, respectful and compassionate because #WeAreBurbank. A reminder to all students that we must #BeTheChange we wish to see in this world, today and every day. Have an amazing week ahead.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • January 19, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 1/19/2020

    Good evening Burbank High School families, this is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, January 20, 2020.

    A reminder there is no school tomorrow, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

    Did you know that in all of his historic speeches during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King avoided the use of the word “tolerance?” It is a fine line between tolerance and intolerance, and Dr. King believed it was not enough to simply tolerate one another. Instead, he encouraged Americans to love even in the face of hate and injustice.

    At Burbank High School, we aim for a campus where every student is compassionate, respectful and responsible. It can be hard, in a time where our Nation is clearly divided along so many lines. We will continue this work, which is every bit as important as our academic endeavors.

    This Friday, fifteen students have been nominated to participate in the annual Character and Ethics Project’s annual Youth Leadership Conference at Glendale College. Additionally, on Wednesday, January 29 more than 60 students will lend their voices to student panels discussing race and equity issues at Burbank High School and in our community. Invitations to the student panels will be announced this week. We hope through efforts like these, our students will help our amazing faculty and staff better for all Bulldogs.

    Last week, four students were honored by the Congressional Office of House Representative Adam Schiff for winning the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. Armen Arkelyan, Haroutyun Joulfayan, Leah Breyer and Jhan Pogosyan had the opportunity to explain their app, which allows users to monitor their carbon footprint, to the congressman during a conference call. Congrats to each of them, as well as Coding Club Advisor Ms. Brenda Kosbab.

    The girls’ water polo team is quietly having an amazing month. It’s victory at Glendale High, 12-11, last week improved their playoff prospects and gave them momentum heading into this past weekend’s “Nogales Tournament.” Yesterday, they won two more games over Chino Hills and El Rancho highs to finish the tournament 4-0! Congratulations to our Bulldogs!

    As winter sports winddown, and, as the spring seasons launch I would like to remind all parents that these seasons and experiences belong to our student-athletes and coaches and not to us as fans. Student-athletes are expected to be student-athletes in the truest sense of the word, while also representing BHS well on-and-off playing grounds. Coaches work very hard, for little compensation, teaching the sport they loved as athletes and doing everything in their power to win within the rules of the game.

    We appreciate our fan and parent support, and we will always welcome both praise and criticism that offers opportunities to reflect on ways to make the student-athlete experience better for all. We ask for your support, trust and partnership to that end. Thank you.

    I encourage community members to inform themselves on the upcoming “Measure I,” an important ballot measure for our schools to maintain art, music, and athletic programs as well as current class sizes. The Burbank Teachers Association’s headquarters at 3021 Burbank Blvd. is home to the measure’s “Yes” campaign. It is open every weekend through March 1 and volunteers would be happy to provide information to interested parties.

    The measure has the support of the City Council, PTSA, BTA, CSEA, BASA, BEF, and BAFA but will ultimately need votes of 2/3s of our community to pass. Regardless of how folks vote, I encourage our seniors who are turning voting age to take full advantage of their voting rights as Americans. I was proud to see BHS win the Clerk’s Cup for registering more than 200 students to vote during the fall semester. I want all of them to exercise this right in March during the California Primary.

    Voters who would like to know the facts about education and funding for schools in the state of California should take the free course at Ed100.org. I am one of BHS’s proud Ed100 graduates, and you should be too!

    This concludes this week's announcements. Have a wonderful week ahead and good night.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • January 12, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 1/12/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with an abbreviated and belated Sunday call for the week of Monday, January 13, 2020. I apologize, but as you know there was an internet outage over much of Burbank this weekend, and we are just now up-and-running. It is easy to forget our reliance on the technology until we’re forced to do without it for a bit.

    Attention potential boys’ volleyball players: We are in the process of hiring a new coach for the 2020 season. We will be offering a workout/tryout for all players this Monday and Wednesday evenings in the gym. Players should wear appropriate shoes, athletic shorts and a white t-shirt. We begin at 5:30 p.m. and we will go until about 8:00 p.m.

    Parents and community members: We invite you to an informational meeting related to Measure “I” Parcel Tax this Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m. at Miller Elementary School’s auditorium – located at 720 East Providencia. Child care and translators for Armenian and Spanish speakers will be provided. Come learn more about the importance of this measure for maintaining music, arts, sports programs and class size in BUSD schools.

    The next “Coffee with Crowther” will be in February, as we pause this month and settle in to the spring semester. Lastly, a reminder, school is closed next Monday, January 20, 2020 in observation of the Martin Luther King Jr.

    We are responsible, respectful and compassionate, and, #WeAreBurbank.

    -Dr. Crowther

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