SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls

San Marino Unified School District has earned itself a fan in school and neighborhood data analysis website Niche.com.
The Pittsburgh-based operation listed SMUSD as the No. 7 school district in all of California and the No. 2 district in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, giving the district top marks in academics, its teaching staff and the college readiness of its students (quantified by an A+ rating). Continue reading “SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls”

Girl Scouts Say ‘Thanks’ to Police

Photo courtesy Troop 3671 Huntington Middle School’s Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3671 recently dropped by the San Marino Police Department to say “thank you” to Chief John Incontro and his police staff for the great work they did during last week’s school lockdown. The Girl Scouts brought baked goods for the staff. From left are Incontro, Olivia Lee, Nicola Iannelli, Megan Gautereaux, Malia Rose, Vahini Garimella, Leia Sun, Emma Cates and Sgt. Aaron Blonde. Not pictured: Ali Rubin.

San Marino PTA Council Founder’s Day Feb. 28

Photo courtesy San Marino PTA Council
The Founder’s Day Planning Committee includes (front row, from left) Donna Balbin, Stefanie Killackey, Founder’s Day co-chair Kim Sutherland, PTA Council President Yvonne Chen, Founder’s Day co-chair Homeira Asghari, Grace Karkafi and Belinda Huang. Second row: Maren Pellant, Kathy Osegueda, Lisa Nguyen, Michiko Lee, Liz Lichtman, Mary Wong and Angela Liang. Back: Marci Wendling, Araceli Ventura, Diana David, Marisa Kelly, Rene Olson, Karen Wicke, Michele Carter and Krishna Rao.

The 87th annual PTA Council Founder’s Day Awards Ceremony, titled “Celebrate! It’s a Red, White & Blue Salute to Our Hometown Heroes,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Huntington Middle School’s Kenneth White auditorium.
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Lunar New Year Festivities Friday at Carver and Valentine

To celebrate the Year of the Rooster, Carver Elementary School will host its annual Lunar New Year Celebration with lots of festivities on Friday, Jan. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Photos courtesy Carver and Valentine Elementary Schools Carver parent volunteers helping with this year’s festivities inlcude (front row, from left) Linda Zou, Sara Lee, Kathy Wu, Jocelyn Young, Kathleen Brown, Elaine Lu, Yen Huynh. Back: Hedy Pan, Bin Zhu, Jack Shi, David Dun and Cindy Fu.

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Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5

The San Marino Griffins Lions Club and the San Marino High School Leo Club will sponsor a student speaker contest on Feb. 5, from 1-4 p.m. at Crowell Public Library. Students from all local public and private high schools are encouraged to participate. Each year a different subject is selected by the Lion Multiple District Four Student Speaker Committee. This year’s participants will address the topic: “Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to Our National Security?” Continue reading “Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5”

HMS ‘Boogie Bowling Bash’ on Feb. 11

Photo courtesy Huntington Middle School
HMS Parent Party committee members met recently to discuss the upcoming plans, including (front row, from left) co-chair Linda Gutierrez, Leslee Talt, Kathleen Duncan, Amanda Horton, Kim Spindler, Jackie Liao, Debi Cribbs and co-chair Laurie Modean. Back: Sandra Chen, Araceli Ventura, Denise Sun, Claudia Boles and Anne Gill.

New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools

Some of San Marino’s students returned to school last week with a brighter future greeting them.
That’s because Valentine Elementary and Huntington Middle schools are now lit entirely by light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs that were installed during the holiday break, thanks to state grants.
Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss said in a telephone interview that San Marino Unified School District is using around $500,000 in state money for the utility upgrade. Carver Elementary and San Marino High schools will install the new bulbs during spring break. Continue reading “New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools”

New School Assessment Method Focuses on Growth

Dr. Alex Cherniss, superintendent for the San Marino Unified School District, said he has high hopes for the state’s modified assessment methods for its public schools.
Schools will now factor in a variety of ancillary factors for students, on top of testing and proficiency, to determine their effectiveness while identifying areas ripe for improvement, Cherniss explained. Continue reading “New School Assessment Method Focuses on Growth”

Principal Volunteers for Habitat in Portugal

Huntington Middle School Principal Jason Kurtenbach is absent from his office through Nov. 15, but he isn’t cutting class or playing hooky.
Instead, he’s helping to build a home for a family in Braga, Portugal, as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He and 13 others will be installing the plumbing and roofing to an under-construction home, with his mother directing the team. Kurtenbach’s mother has volunteered since the ’90s. Continue reading “Principal Volunteers for Habitat in Portugal”