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June 9, 1994
Police investigators recovered eight computers stolen from Roscoe Elementary School, which was burglarized and vandalized last weekend by a group of four to six suspected gang members, authorities said Wednesday. The computer equipment was recovered Tuesday afternoon from a motor home parked at an abandoned North Hollywood residence, said Detective Jay St. John of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police were called to an undisclosed location by an anonymous tipster, St. John said.
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September 19, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of 16 crisis counselors reached out to parents, children and teachers Monday as the Roscoe Elementary School community struggled to cope with the tragic death of one of its own. Principal Mary Kurzeka, visibly strained by emotions and endless questions since the accident Friday afternoon, repeatedly told worried listeners she does not know why an unattended 1,300-pound electric utility cart rolled down an incline and fatally crushed 7-year-old Steve Silva against a classroom wall.
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December 13, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
A set of illustrated children's books created by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) was donated Monday to Fernangeles Elementary School in Sun Valley. The book, called "Women of HOPE," features the stories of six women representing different regions of Central and South America. It was written to promote pride and awareness in Latina schoolgirls in the United States.
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September 17, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Friends and family crammed into Enrique and Juana Silva's modest house Saturday afternoon, consoling the couple whose 7-year-old son was crushed to death Friday in a schoolyard accident. Second-grader Steve Silva died after being pinned to a wall by an electric utility cart during a teacher-supervised after-school session at Roscoe Elementary School.
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May 6, 1994 | ED BOND
The East Valley Family Care Center in Sun Valley was denied a $400,000 state grant for renovations. "It's been a blow to all of us," said Diane Agliam, principal of Glenwood Elementary School, one of four schools in Sun Valley and North Hollywood that have worked two years to set up the center. The center offers counseling services for parents in low-income neighborhoods.
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April 17, 1996 | LUCILLE RENWICK
As a jarring bell pierced through the halls at Byrd Middle School in Sun Valley on Tuesday morning, the 21 eighth- and ninth-graders in Penelope McMillan's English as a second language class scrambled under desks and covered their heads to prepare for an impending 7.1-magnitude earthquake. But little shook in the classroom, except for the few desks that students rattled to simulate the shaking of a massive temblor.
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November 23, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
Donning pilgrim hats and Native American vests made from construction paper, first- and second-graders at Vinedale Elementary School in Sun Valley sat down Tuesday to an early Thanksgiving feast. "It's an opportunity for parents to be involved in the school . . . and the kids get totally involved in the costumes, the preparation of the food and the eating of the food, which is the most important part," Principal Gayle Biava said.
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September 2, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER
A group of parents and teachers at Sun Valley Middle School are fighting for the right to choose the school's next principal. School district trustees will discuss the vacant post in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. They hope to settle a four-month debate that has disillusioned residents about how much control they really have over the campus.
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August 24, 1995
Students returning to Sun Valley Middle School this summer needed more than just new pencils and notebooks--they also needed new wardrobes to comply with the school's mandatory dress code. The year-round campus switched to what administrators call a uniform dress code July 5, joining the growing number of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses whose students wear uniforms. Under the code, Sun Valley's 2,350 students are required to wear white shirts with collars.
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September 17, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Friends and family crammed into Enrique and Juana Silva's modest house Saturday afternoon, consoling the couple whose 7-year-old son was crushed to death Friday in a schoolyard accident. Second-grader Steve Silva died after being pinned to a wall by an electric utility cart during a teacher-supervised after-school session at Roscoe Elementary School.
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September 16, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 7-year-old boy was crushed to death by an electric utility cart at Roscoe Elementary School on Friday, an accident that police said was triggered by schoolyard horseplay on the unmanned cart. A group of children were playing on or near the cart about 3 p.m. when it started to roll down a slight incline, said Capt. Greg Meyer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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September 16, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 7-year-old boy was crushed to death by an electric utility cart at Roscoe Elementary School in Sun Valley on Friday, an accident that police said was triggered by schoolyard horseplay on the unmanned cart. A group of children were playing on or near the cart about 3 p.m. when it started to roll down a slight incline, said Capt. Greg Meyer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic division.
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April 17, 1996 | LUCILLE RENWICK
As a jarring bell pierced through the halls at Byrd Middle School in Sun Valley on Tuesday morning, the 21 eighth- and ninth-graders in Penelope McMillan's English as a second language class scrambled under desks and covered their heads to prepare for an impending 7.1-magnitude earthquake. But little shook in the classroom, except for the few desks that students rattled to simulate the shaking of a massive temblor.
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April 17, 1996
Ever wonder what happens to that tube of blood after the doctor draws it from your body? Students from Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley found the answer to that question while touring Kaiser Permanente Regional Laboratory in North Hollywood on Tuesday. With the blood, the students learned the cells are separated from the serum in centrifuges before testing.
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October 27, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for Sun Valley Middle School to hire a new principal, the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed Thursday to give schools operating under the district's reform programs greater latitude in selecting administrators. The board, on a 6-0 vote, loosened district hiring guidelines by allowing nearly 300 schools to hire principals regardless of whether they have passed a required administrative exam.
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October 26, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure to change Los Angeles school district personnel policies, Supt. Sid Thompson will ask the Board of Education today to allow some schools--including Sun Valley Middle School--to hire principals regardless of whether they have passed the required exam.
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October 25, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caught in a battle among parents, teachers and the school district, students at Sun Valley Middle School have found themselves a guardian angel. Classrooms are being painted, custom-built lunch tables have been installed, graffiti has been covered and a new $23,000 fence has been added to the east San Fernando Valley campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure to change Los Angeles school district personnel policies, Supt. Sid Thompson will ask the Board of Education today to allow some schools--including Sun Valley Middle School--to hire principals regardless of whether they have passed the required exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caught in a battle among parents, teachers and the school district, students at Sun Valley Middle School have found themselves a guardian angel. Classrooms are being painted, custom-built lunch tables have been installed, graffiti has been covered and a new $23,000 fence has been added to the east San Fernando Valley campus.
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October 12, 1995 | TIM MAY
Teachers and school administrators from 14 east San Fernando Valley public schools met in a massive, unprecedented forum to discuss creating a new "community of schools" in the area. Students were sent home at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to allow about 565 educators to gather at Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley to meet one another, share ideas and discuss ways to bolster student achievement. "It was excellent," said Heather Daims, assistant principal at Polytechnic.
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