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June 20, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
Snoopy, Tweety Bird and the Pink Panther made their debut at Chandler Elementary School on Friday as fifth-grade students celebrated the end of the year with a culmination ceremony. The cartoon characters are part of a mural, painted by school staff, parents and other volunteers on an outside cafeteria wall next to a student eating area. "We wanted this to create an exciting atmosphere for the kids to eat their lunch and take their breaks in," said Lynda Reichbach, president of the school's PTA.
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January 30, 2001 | GRACE E. JANG
The boy who cried "wolf," the tortoise and his arrogant competitor the hare, and Snow White have something in common. They're all part of the magical world of books, according to actors with a new children's literacy program who took that message Monday afternoon to 200 second-graders at Erwin Street Elementary School. "Let's open our books and fly through the air," rapped Matt Dagle, as students cheered him on. "Hold on to your magic carpets and let's go!"
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August 2, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new elementary school to be built next year on an overgrown field here will bring hundreds of students back to their neighborhood from such far-flung busing assignments as West Hills. But the new kindergarten- through fifth-grade campus, at Vanowen Street and Columbus Avenue, will bring little relief from year-round schedules, officials said.
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September 14, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley car dealer has purchased a Van Nuys property that was under consideration for use as a middle school site, but a school board member said Wednesday that the district could seize the property under eminent domain. Bert Boeckmann, who runs Galpin Ford, bought the former Van Nuys Drive-In in a deal arranged by real estate broker and mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff. Boeckmann plans to use the land to store vehicles for his nearby Ford dealership.
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September 14, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley car dealer has purchased a Van Nuys property that was under consideration for use as a middle school site, but a school board member said Wednesday that the district could seize the property under eminent domain. Bert Boeckmann, who runs Galpin Ford, bought the former Van Nuys Drive-In in a deal arranged by real estate broker and mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff. Boeckmann plans to use the land to store vehicles for his nearby Ford dealership.
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February 5, 1997 | DADE HAYES
When the 1994 Northridge earthquake ruined a decaying playground structure at Valley Alternative Magnet School in Van Nuys, students and parents realized that the Los Angeles Unified School District wasn't going to replace it right away. But in the long run, they say, that may be just as well. In the absence of ready public funding, students spent 18 months literally nickel-and-diming their way to a shiny new replacement.
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May 27, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
First-graders at Chandler Elementary School don't have to just look to their teacher to learn their ABCs. An interactive computer program called WiggleWorks, run by Cal State Northridge's campus literacy center, helps the 6- and 7-year-olds learn to read and teaches them computer skills at the same time. The computer follows along with what the students are learning in class and reinforces the teachers' lessons.
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December 6, 1995 | KATE FOLMAR
Despite what science textbooks include or omit, there are inventors other than Albert Einstein and innovative cultures beyond America and Europe--as Van Nuys Middle School students can well attest. On Thursday, about 70 seventh-graders at the school will display their knowledge of diverse cultures and inventors to parents, peers and elementary students during the school's second Multicultural Invention and Discovery Fair.
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December 6, 1995 | KATE FOLMAR
Before the lemon-yellow school bus bearing the blue C-SPAN logo arrived at Millikan Middle School, eighth-grader Lupe Romo hadn't even heard of the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, let alone watched it. But after touring the 45-foot-long television studio on wheels and seeing the three television cameras, the eight-channel audio board, the fax machine, the studio lights and the two laser disc players, Lupe delivered a verdict. "It's cool," she said.
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November 17, 1994
A 14-year-old Van Nuys Middle School student stabbed another 14-year-old student near the school Wednesday afternoon, and the victim was hospitalized in extremely critical condition, authorities said. Witnesses said the attacker ran up behind the victim as he was walking home from school and stabbed him once in the leg, said Detective John Edwards of the LAPD's Van Nuys division. The witnesses, some of them other students, recognized the attacker and told police his name, Edwards said.
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August 2, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new elementary school to be built next year on an overgrown field here will bring hundreds of students back to their neighborhood from such far-flung busing assignments as West Hills. But the new kindergarten- through fifth-grade campus, at Vanowen Street and Columbus Avenue, will bring little relief from year-round schedules, officials said.
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August 2, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new elementary school to be built next year in Van Nuys will bring hundreds of students back to their neighborhood from far-flung campuses across the San Fernando Valley. But the new campus for kindergartners through fifth-graders will bring little relief from year-round schedules, officials said. Overcrowding has forced nearby Hazeltine, Sylvan Park and Van Nuys elementary schools to adopt year-round schedules, and the opening of the 600-student campus will do nothing to change that.
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June 25, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Surrounded by fellow teachers and family, Ruth Singer said goodbye Wednesday to the students, teachers and parents of Lemay Street Elementary School, where she has taught for 27 years. After a 37-year career teaching, Singer, 60, will retire Monday. "She was my favorite teacher," said parent Lisa Estrada, 33, who was in Singer's first-grade class in 1972. Estrada remembers her teacher as youthful and sporting a ponytail, sunglasses and a pencil above her ear.
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June 22, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
A second round of soil tests has disclosed only safe levels of arsenic at a new school for kindergartners and first-graders, likely meaning no delays in the campus' September opening, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday. The tests were ordered after soil samples from the Valerio Primary Center site were found recently to contain as much as 12.
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June 19, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soil tests have found above-average levels of arsenic at the Valerio Primary Center, prompting further tests but most likely not delaying the school's fall opening, officials said Friday. The levels of the metallic carcinogen detected are not high enough to pose health risks, agriculture experts and Los Angeles Unified School District officials said.
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April 30, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
A splash of yellow here. A touch of green there. And plenty of blue for the sky. A colorful mural depicting children, houses and trees was unveiled Thursday at Bassett Street Elementary School. The mural, painted on a outside wall by 19 students in second- through fourth-grade, was part of an arts program that doubled as a lesson in literacy. "Fine arts aren't taken seriously, but they can be used to improve literacy," said Principal Jan Pickett.
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December 19, 1997 | TOM BECKER
The Laurence 2000 School was a small world after all on Thursday. There was Mexico in a fourth-grade room. Students wore sombreros, ate Mexican sweetbread and sang "La Bamba," as their parents clapped a beat. Just down the hall was Japan. Paper lanterns hung from the ceiling as second-graders dressed in kimonos posed for pictures before a large drawing of an erupting volcano. Next door was England.
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November 1, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Laurence 2000 students will have more room to grow now that work is completed on a new administration building and two kindergarten classrooms. The independent elementary school purchased and renovated a vacant two-story building on Victory Boulevard that abutted the Woodman Avenue campus to provide additional space for offices, a conference room, a teachers' supply room, kitchen and waiting area.
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March 12, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The handwritten sign outside the entrance to Foundations School Community tells parents: "You are the greatest, we love you." Officials at the private 33-student elementary school call it a small gesture of thanks for the 25 families who kicked in $181,000 to save it from closure. In January, the school, in its fifth year of operation, had projected a deficit of $210,000 for operating the school after June.
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March 2, 1999 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating a threatening letter sent to an elementary school principal that referred to the beating of a school principal in Panorama City, authorities said Monday. A secretary at Kester Avenue Elementary received the letter Friday addressed to Principal Petronella Montante, and immediately called Montante, who was not at school that day, said Shel Erlich, spokesman for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Montante told the secretary to call the police, he said.
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