U.S. News & World Report Ranks SMHS

*non-magnet or non-charter schools Source: U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools
*non-magnet or non-charter schools
Source: U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

It’s a gold medal for San Marino High School, at least according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools ranking it compiles annually.
The San Marino Unified School District high school ranked 61st in all of California (which includes charter and magnet schools); U.S. News ranked nearly 700 high schools in this state, of which 85 — including SMHS — earned gold medal accolades for being among the nation’s top 500 high schools in terms of college readiness. Continue reading “U.S. News & World Report Ranks SMHS”

Committee to Look at Recreation Department

The city’s next steps regarding the Recreation Department will be among the first orders of business after the next fiscal year begins in September, following a unanimous City Council decision last Wednesday, June 13, to undergo an expedited scrub-down of the beleaguered department.
The City Council appointed Mayor Steve Talt and Councilman Ken Ude as an ad hoc committee that will work with a blue-ribbon panel of five residents to assemble a long-term plan for the Recreation Department that will ostensibly include community use and cost recovery parameters, establish a funding maximum for each fiscal year and identify programs to expand or eliminate. Continue reading “Committee to Look at Recreation Department”

District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework

As the current school year came to an end, it was clear the topic of homework will soldier on through the summer months for the San Marino Unified School District’s administrators, teachers and parents.
A town hall-style meeting last week reflected as much, although the needle did seem to move closer to some sort of consensus between the argument of reducing homework loads and the idea of making homework more meaningful to the students. Continue reading “District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework”

HMS’ Fauré Takes Helm as Principal

Alana Fauré
Alana Fauré

Returning Huntington Middle School students will be greeted by a familiar face when school returns this fall.
Alana Fauré, the school’s assistant principal for the last three years, was recently tabbed as the new principal, taking over the helm after Jason Kurtenbach accepted an in-house promotion to the San Marino Unified School District main office. Continue reading “HMS’ Fauré Takes Helm as Principal”

SMHS Grad’s ‘Gooool’: Attract World Cup Viewers

Photo courtesy Andres Cantor’s Instagram Emmy-winning soccer broadcaster Andrés Cantor will call his first FIFA World Cup match on television since 1998.
Photo courtesy Andres Cantor’s Instagram
Emmy-winning soccer broadcaster Andrés Cantor will call his first FIFA World Cup match on television since 1998.

Legendary soccer broadcaster Andrés Cantor has one of the most recognizable calls in all of sports with his famous, passionate “Goooooooool!” that has been heard by millions on the radio network, Fútbol de Primera, during the past four World Cups. Continue reading “SMHS Grad’s ‘Gooool’: Attract World Cup Viewers”

Trees Become Works of Art at Huntington Library

Courtesy Huntington Library “Leiden’s 300-Year-Old Tulip Tree in Autumn,” a painting by Esmée Winkel, is among the artworks for this exhibit.
Courtesy Huntington Library
“Leiden’s 300-Year-Old Tulip Tree in Autumn,” a painting by Esmée Winkel, is among the artworks for this exhibit.

One of the planet’s most important and beautiful resources — its trees — will be spotlighted in a traveling exhibition of contemporary botanical artworks, on view through Aug. 27 at the Huntington Library. Continue reading “Trees Become Works of Art at Huntington Library”