For the third straight year, San Marino Unified School District produced the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state-administered CAASPP, the district announced this week.
With 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards in the English language arts tests and 86% doing so for the math tests, SMUSD’s average of 88% led all unified school districts in California this year. Immediately following were Piedmont Unified School District with an 85% average and La Cañada Unified School District, also with an 85% average. Continue reading “SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown”
Huntington Middle School faculty, students and parents take a lot of pride in their school’s orchestra. That was perfectly reflected by a documentary created and showcased Friday by two enthusiastic parents.
Georg Eittinger, a master violin maker and restorer, and his wife, Ann, spent the better part of the last year shadowing and documenting HMS orchestra students in their classes, concerts and competitions. They screened the finished product, complete with interviews with students, parents and faculty, last week in the courtyard outside of the Hans Weisshaar’s store that the Eittingers own on Huntington Drive. Continue reading “HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen”
San Marino Unified School District began this school year with nearly 20 new or promoted faculty members, including a new principal at San Marino High School.
The new hires include a variety of teachers as well as school psychologists and counselors, a speech pathologist, a district-wide school nurse and a new band director at SMHS. Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes Many New Faces to the Faculty”
Entering its third year at San Marino High School, the Link Crew program is growing in popularity and membership.
In fact, about 100 of the high school’s returning students had their applications to join Link Crew turned away simply because the need was already met. Continue reading “Students Build Strong Links of Friendship”
Dave Avramovich is looking for himself, to use a phrase.
More than a decade after taking on the duties of the San Marino Area director for the nondenominational Christian-based nonprofit Young Life, Avramovich becomes the regional director for the Greater Los Angeles area on Aug. 1. Among his many tasks to get acclimated to the new job are finding his replacement. Continue reading “Avramovich Makes Upward Jump in Young Life”
This time last year, Michael Lin was preparing for the dawn of his first year as a principal at Carver Elementary School.
As the former assistant principal at Huntington Middle School, Lin bore a familiarity with San Marino Unified School District that lent itself advantages in the transition. In the heat of summer vacation, Lin indicated that planning for his second year as principal feels routine at this point.
“You know, it passed by very quickly,” he said. “It was a very fast 12 months. I love it. It’s phenomenal. I have an amazing staff and very supportive parents.
“It was mainly getting to know the folks at Carver, the culture and traditions,” Lin added. “I had to build relationships with the faculty and staff. By the end of this year, I felt like I was here the whole time.”
It was late June when Lin interviewed for this story, and he did so by calling from the office phone at Carver. He said being at school in the height of summer isn’t unusual for him and he tends to find time to stop by in between his hiking, backpacking or camping. Continue reading “Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche”
If Mary Johnson is reading this story, she is likely doing so while enjoying the last of her days in the San Marino High School principal’s office, an office that serves almost as a personal dome inside the world of a modern high school.
Roomy and decorated, the office, with its tinted windows and situated essentially at the crossroads for the campus’ various buildings, has allowed Johnson the ability to observe any of the 1,200 or so students under her watch daily for the past three years. A door even allows quick access into that world, whether to begin an impulsive journey or to acquiesce to the demands of students who pressed their face to the window to peer through the tinting.
“When I’m having a particularly bad day or facing a difficult task, all I have to do is look up,” Johnson said. “It sort of rights my ship and restores my perspective.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories”
Huntington Middle School Principal Jason Kurtenbach presented San Marino Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan at last week’s Board of Education meeting. Continue reading “SMUSD Board Hears Performance Report, Goals”
Calling all parents, alumni, educators and those generally interested in San Marino education.
The San Marino Unified School District is looking to fill a whopping eight vacancies on its Academic Advisory Committee, a volunteer arm the Board of Education uses to research and gauge public interest in new programs and changes to public education before taking recommendations. Continue reading “San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers”