San Marino Excels in State Assessment Tests

The instruction changed. So did the test. As well as the method of administering it.
But San Marino’s public school students barely blinked in the midst of all this upheaval. And when the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress results were released last week, the San Marino Unified School District came out on top statewide in proficiency. Continue reading “San Marino Excels in State Assessment Tests”

Making Room for American Art

American art was something of an afterthought for Henry and Arabella Huntington when they lived in San Marino in the early 20th century. Maybe it’s coincidental, but for the past 30-plus years, the growing collection of American art at their former estate, the Huntington Library, has reflected this.
The Huntingtons’ beloved British painters, who created what are now the institution’s two most iconic works — Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy” and Lawrence’s “Pinkie” — are showcased in the couple’s stately former mansion, now the Art Gallery. Continue reading “Making Room for American Art”

Computer Classes Help SMHS Crack the Code

As technology continues to advance, the world is becoming an increasingly automated place. Demand for the knowledge of computer science, correspondingly, is at an all-time high. This reality is why the San Marino Unified School District recently introduced several new coding and programming classes at the high school this fall, offerings that quickly filled to the brim with interested students. Continue reading “Computer Classes Help SMHS Crack the Code”

New Exhibit: Fallen, Not Forgotten

After a poignant exhibit honoring the fallen soldiers from California debuted earlier this year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the foundation bearing the 40th president’s name posted a video online featuring imagery from the event interspersed with speeches delivered by Reagan. As the video nears its conclusion, Reagan is on a tarmac to welcome an American soldier’s casket home and quotes John Stuart Mill in his address. Continue reading “New Exhibit: Fallen, Not Forgotten”

A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band

Mark de la Vega was 2 years old the first time Ben Ubovich lifted a baton above an ensemble of musicians at San Marino High School.
Ubovich retired this past spring after 27 years as director of instrumental music at SMHS, and de la Vega, whose background is predominantly in percussion, appears to be setting a brisk new beat as he succeeds him. Continue reading “A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band”

SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff

The San Marino Unified School District doesn’t exactly have to beat the bushes when it has an opening among its teaching ranks. The district’s reputation for academic excellence precedes it, apparently.
“I think we have competitive class sizes — low compared to neighboring districts — which is attractive,” said SMUSD’s superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss. “I think we have a great reputation: Our kids are high achieving. Teachers want to work with kids who are engaged, and our kids are exactly that.” Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff”

Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows

San Marino’s water consumption has slowed to a trickle over the last several weeks, according to figures provided by California American Water, the company that supplies water to all but a fraction of the community.
Cal Am Director of Operations Garry Hofer emailed water-use tables to city officials last week showing that San Marino used 32% less water in June and July than it had over the same months in 2014. In May, the city did even better, dropping its use by a whopping 48%. Continue reading “Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows”