Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24

Larry Wong
Larry Wong

In a discussion at Crowell Public Library, the group Partnership for Awareness hopes Larry Wong can assist parents — especially immigrants — learn how to help their children balance the adoption of American culture alongside that of their native country.
Wong, a marriage and family therapist who practices in Pasadena, said he will use the book “Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories” as the foundation for his discussion at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24. Continue reading “Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24”

No Yawns With Jann of Sweden

Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.
Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.

As a barber, cowboy, storyteller, Santa Claus and parade rider, Jann Eldnor certainly qualifies as one of the most interesting men in San Marino.
He is not normally called by his surname, but rather Jann of Sweden. It’s how he answers the telephone at his barbershop on Huntington Drive, which essentially doubles as a museum of his adventures, displaying the various knickknacks of Americana he’s collected since he immigrated here 47 years ago. Continue reading “No Yawns With Jann of Sweden”

Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins

Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.
Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.

Don’t know what to do with your old batteries?
Thanks to an enterprising San Marino girl, you can drop them off at either Crowell Public Library or the local UPS Store so that they may be properly and safely recycled. Continue reading “Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins”

School District Dashboard is Coming Up Blue

San Marino Unified School District has, for the most part, maintained or improved its various standings in the California School Dashboard’s mid-year status and change report, which was made public recently.
Overall, the district maintained its “Very Low” suspension rate (which includes all students) and “Very High” mathematics performance (in grades 3-8) while increasing its already “Very High” English language arts performance (grades 3-8) and English learner progress (grades 1-12). The “Very High” graduation rate also was listed as maintained. Continue reading “School District Dashboard is Coming Up Blue”

Lifelong Educator Rolls Up Sleeves in First Term

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

Entering the final year of her first term, Shelley Ryan is ready to make her mark as president of the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education.

Ryan, a lifelong educator, said she is especially looking forward to seeing continued changes to the structure and content of the classrooms as SMUSD proceeds on its path of excellence.

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