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”
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”
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”
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”
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”