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Glendale News-Press: Glendale Unified showcases its accomplishments during State of Schools Breakfast

Posted by on October 10, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Glendale Unified School District leaders showcased its accomplishments and shared its road map to student success Thursday morning during the 13th Annual State of the Schools Breakfast.

Hundreds of teachers, administrators, principals and donors attended the 90-minute celebration hosted by the Glendale Educational Foundation at the Pacific Community Center.

Supt. Winfred Roberson Jr. and school board President Nayiri Nahabedian thanked and commended all in attendance for their leadership and financial dedication toward helping students thrive.

“We rely on you and your commitment to our schools and kids,” Nahabedian said.

Roberson highlighted award-winning teachers, campuses recognized as Gold Ribbon schools, the World Language Academy, Cerritos Elementary School’s five-year partnership with a coding immersion plan and new initiatives like restorative practices championed by Roosevelt Middle School.

The superintendent also noted recent state test score results that show Glendale students performed better than their peers in the state and region.

“I’m very proud of GUSD and I’d put up against any school district in California or nation for that matter,” Roberson said, describing it as a “destination district” for accolades across the board.

Performances by Glendale High School’s choir, Crescenta Valley High School’s Junior ROTC and Hoover High’s marching band that morning, Roberson said, showcased the district’s visual and performing arts talent.

In addition to its districtwide accomplishments, Roberson said its road map to success is dependent on its 192-page strategic document helping create a culture of caring, learning and engagement for students, faculty and the community.

“When schools do great, communities thrive,” he said.

Source: Glendale News-Press

8th Diamond Awards Nomination

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The Glendale Educational Foundation Diamond Awards Committee seeks to honor outstanding individuals who attended Glendale Unified School District. We will honor individuals who have made significant contributions in our three areas of focus – Visual & Performing Arts, Science & Technology, and Health & Physical Fitness. You may also wish to nominate an individual who best embodies the goals of our GEF mission through their significant achievement as an entrepreneur or innovator, their significant philanthropic service, or their significant achievements early in their career.

Consideration for Nominations
1) Complete and Submit Nomination Entry Form
2) Provide a written nomination statement or letter addressing how the nominee has made significant contributions in one of the three focus areas
3) Provide demonstrated evidence of why nominee is deserving of an award (suggested examples of evidence include honors or awards given to nominee, articles or publications written about nominee, resume of nominee)
4) Nominee must have graduated from a Glendale Unified School District High School
5) Submit all necessary forms and documentation by deadline to be considered
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS November 15, 2017

DOWNLOAD 8th ANNUAL DIAMOND AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

Return Completed Form To:

Glendale Educational Foundation
Attention: Diamond Award Committee
1125 E. Broadway  #391
Glendale, California 91205
or via e-mail at: info@glened.org

Glendale Educational Foundation Launches Teacher Grant Program

Posted by on August 1, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The Glendale Educational Foundation (GEF) proudly announces a new initiative in our partnership with the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) through the Teacher Grant Program. This program will make available a total of $15,000 for direct grants to classroom teachers in the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) in our three priority areas—Visual and Performing Arts, Science and Technology, and Health and Fitness.

The GEF Teacher Grants will provide much needed financial support for the classroom that directly benefits our students. The program is intended to enrich and enhance learning environments at GUSD schools by supporting innovative curriculum and instructional practices.

The 2017-18 GEF Teacher Grants application deadline is October 30, 2017. Download the Application and Cover Sheet

Click here to download Teacher Grant Flier.

For more information, contact Elsa Chagolla, GEF Executive Director at 818.247.0466 or elsa@glened.org.

Glendale News-Press: Foundation’s event honors trio of GUSD graduates

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

While raising funds to “enrich and enhance the programs and projects of the Glendale Unified School District” and honoring three of the district’s distinguished graduates, the Glendale Educational Foundation, recently celebrated with a “Denim and Diamonds” event at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.

The diamonds refer both to the honorees and the prize featured in the opportunity drawing, donated again this year by Odette Kahwajian of Orphan Jewel.

Since its revival as an organization in 2005, the foundation has contributed more than $1.3 million to the district in its three areas of focus — health and fitness, science and technology as well as arts — areas parents and the district agree are chronically underfunded in California.

The Glendale Educational Foundation initiated the Diamond awards in 2011 to honor some of its most distinguished alumni.

This year’s awards went to Dr. Patrick McLaughlin Nemechek (Crescenta Valley, 1978) for distinguished achievement in health and fitness; Christine Walters (Glendale High, 1982) for distinguished service; and Ardashes (Ardy) Kassakhian (Glendale High, 1994), for significant achievement early in his career.

Most of the attendees were familiar with the accomplishments of Walters, who will soon complete her second and — by her choice — final term on the Glendale Unified school board, where she has served twice as president.

As she did last year as a presenter at “Denim & Diamonds,” Walters expressed her appreciation and affection for her teachers, especially her third-grade teacher at R.D. White Elementary, Melinda Lanzafame.

Kassakhian is another well-known figure as well as a long-time supporter of the foundation and local schools. Kassakhian is completing his third term as City Clerk and is running unopposed for a fourth.

Audience members accustomed to seeing him in his official capacity, in which he offers thoughtfully chosen invocations at City Council meetings, experienced an unusual opportunity to hear him express his passion for public education.

But it was physician Patrick Nemechek, classmate of CV graduate and last year’s honoree, Phil Lanzafame, who proved the hidden gem of the evening, coming as more of a surprise to the audience.

According to the information provided in the program, Nemechek, who flew in from Arizona for the occasion, has a national reputation as an HIV health provider and was a founding researcher of the HIV Research Network.

Now practicing medicine in Arizona, Nemechek has also become “a recognized pioneer in the reversal of brain inflammation and autonomic symptoms from chronic injury.” He is scheduled to appear in a PBS documentary on brain health and will soon be releasing a book co-authored by his wife.

As if that weren’t enough, toward the end of the evening, as many guests were leaving, Nemechek stepped calmly in to assist with a guest’s medical emergency until an ambulance arrived.

As I wrote after last year’s “Denim & Diamonds” event, teachers matter, and Glendale Educational Foundation, through its honorees, does a good job reminding us of that. But this year, I was especially struck by the mix of honorees, past and present, and by the collection of guests, many of them board members in multiple nonprofit organizations serving our community, all involved in raising funds for community causes.

While I can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the proliferation of gala fundraisers in Glendale, I appreciate the spirit of the Glendale Educational Foundation’s event as well as its cause. This year, there were cowboy hats and boots aplenty. Next year, at another venue, it will be “Disco and Diamonds” — and another crowd of civic-minded individuals.

Source: Glendale News-Press

Introducing Elsa Chagolla, New Executive Director

Posted by on December 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Elsa P. Chagolla as the new Executive Director of the Glendale Educational Foundation (GEF). She began in this role on November 15, 2016. Elsa is a visionary leader who brings a depth of experience in empowering underserved families through her work in education, housing and youth advocacy.

Elsa’s career has spanned the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, with leadership positions at Inquilinos Unidos (United Tenants), LA’s Promise and CFY, the Wonderful Company’s philanthropy programs and the United States Department of Education. A native of the Los Angeles area, Elsa received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her Master of Science in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Elsa to GEF and the Glendale community. We look forward to introducing her to each of you in the coming months.

7th Annual Diamond Award Nominations

Posted by on October 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Glendale Educational Foundation Diamond Awards Committee seeks to honor outstanding individuals who attended Glendale Unified School District. We will honor individuals who have made significant contributions in our three areas of focus – Visual & Performing Arts, Science & Technology, and Health & Physical Fitness. You may also wish to nominate an individual who best embodies the goals of our GEF mission through their significant achievement as an entrepreneur or innovator, their significant philanthropic service, or their significant achievements early in their career.

Consideration for Nominations

  1. Complete and Submit Nomination Entry Form
  2. Provide a written nomination statement or letter addressing how the nominee has made significant contributions in one of the three focus areas
  3. Provide demonstrated evidence of why nominee is deserving of an award (suggested examples of evidence include honors or awards given to nominee, articles or publications written about nominee, resume of nominee)
  4. Nominee must have graduated from a Glendale Unified School District High School
  5. Submit all necessary forms and documentation by deadline to be considered

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS December 1, 2016

PDFDOWNLOAD 7th ANNUAL DIAMOND AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

Return Completed Form To:

Glendale Educational Foundation
Attention: Diamond Award Committee
1125 E. Broadway  #391
Glendale, California 91205
or via e-mail at: GEFDiamond@gmail.com