Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche

Photo courtesy Michael Lin Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.

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”

SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories

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”

San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers

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”

HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex

Alex Cherniss
Alex Cherniss

At long last, the Barth Athletic Complex has broken ground at Huntington Middle School.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, HMS and city residents will have their new gym and multipurpose athletic facility by August 2019. The facility is named for the generous $3.5 million donation from locals Andy and Avery Barth, who later added another $2 million dedicated to debt service payments. Continue reading “HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex”

Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS

Days after the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had unanimously voted to hire Issaic Gates as the new principal for San Marino High School it hadn’t yet sunk in, he said.

Issaic Gates
Issaic Gates

“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. “I really, really am. San Marino is really a dream job. It’s such an opportunity.”
Gates, who holds a doctorate in education from USC, officially takes the helm on July 1 and will leave behind Los Alamitos High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last five years. He and his family live in Duarte.
“When you get the opportunity to work 15 minutes from home, it’s like finding a shortcut to work,” he said. Continue reading “Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS”

San Marino Boys, Girls Win Rio Hondo League Crowns

The San Marino High School boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated South Pasadena and won the Rio Hondo League regular season titles. The teams, guided by Casey Holcomb and Mark Barr, include Agatha Augustynski, Sarah Broderick, Tzu-Yi Chan, Ellie Chen, Jasmine Chen, Kevin Chen, Rebecca Chen, Claire Chiu, Kyle Day, Jan Estandarte, Caitlin Hernandez, Matthew Hoo, Adrian Huang, Taylor Hughes, Zephanie Koh, Water Lam, Devin Lee, Megan Lien, Jill Lin, Maxwell Lin, Tristan Lin, Kyle Mauser, Jordan Ng, Alicia Ogawa, Nicholas Oo, Kurtis Tsai, Patrick Tulaphorn, John Van, Kalissa Villaluna, Ashley Wang, Serena Wang, Darren Wong, Kyle Wong, Preston Wong and Taylor Yang.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated visiting rival South Pasadena last week to claim the regular season Rio Hondo League championships for the second consecutive year.
The boys, guided by head coach Casey Holcomb, concluded the regular season defeating the Tigers, 121-49, and a perfect 9-0 record, including a 5-0 record against Rio Hondo League opponents.
The girls, guided by head coach Mark Barr, dominated the Rio Hondo League meet against South Pasadena with a 109-59 win. The Titans (6-3 overall record) finished league play with a perfect 5-0 record.
Both teams will compete in the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center this Friday, May 5, at noon.

Signing Day at San Marino High School

San Marino High School standouts Jadyn Torres, Tommy Hannan, Alessio Brunochelli, Kyle Day and Mason Chiu signed letters of intent last Friday and committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Torres, who was an All-CIF basketball player this year, will attend Luther College in Iowa; Tommy Hannan will play baseball at MIT; Alessio Brunochelli, an All-CIF water polo athlete, will be going to Loyola; Kyle Day will swim at NYU; and Mark Chiu will continue to golf at Claremont McKenna College.