Taking the Reins for a Day at Carver

Photo courtesy Carver Elementary School

Principal Michael Lin (right) recently ceded control of Carver Elementary School to Eiffel “Zihe” Wang for the day. Wang visited the school’s classrooms before commandeering the PA system to announce five minutes of extra recess for his peers. He also kept order on the playground with a whistle, visited the library and kitchens, and dined with Lin.

Groundbreaking for Athletic Complex Set for June

The San Marino Unified School District will break ground on its long-awaited Barth Athletic Complex at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
The ceremony will be at the track and field behind the currently existing gym building at Huntington Middle School. The athletic complex will replace that building to give HMS its first true multipurpose athletic facility.
The $14 million project has garnered substantial donations from residents, most prominently an initial $3.5 million offering from the Barth family, who earned naming rights for the sum. They later pitched in another $2 million toward the project’s debt service if SMUSD does not pay off its financing by 2021.
The Sloan family added a half-million-dollar donation. The Barger family kicked in a $250,000 donation. Other donations include $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.
SMUSD has committed $2 million of its own money to the project and anticipates it will use $1.5 million in developer’s fees to pay toward debt service.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Valentine Students Ready to Run at May 4 Jog-a-Thon

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School
Getting ready for Valentine’s Jog-a-Thon are co-chair Colleen McGuinness, Ryan McGuinness, Sam Merryman, Katie McGuinness, Lexi Merryman and co-chair Debbie Merryman.

Valentine Elementary School students will be lacing up their sneakers and participating in the Run Your Hearts Out Jog-a-Thon fundraiser on Thursday, May 4. The annual event is a fun and entertaining way to promote health and fitness. Students run or jog to upbeat music on a temporary track set up on the lower field of the school’s campus. Participants with the most laps per grade level will celebrate with a pizza party.  Jog-a-Thon co-chairs Colleen McGuinness and Debbie Merryman encourage parents to cheer on their young athletes and to support their fundraising efforts.  The proceeds from the Jog-a-Thon support the Valentine PTA and its enrichment programs.

Local Scout Partners With Villa Esperanza Services

Eagle Scout Timothy Wong completed a landscaping project for Villa Esperanza at two of its group homes.

Timothy Wong of Boy Scout Troop 359 completed a garden and landscaping volunteer project for Villa Esperanza Services’ Adult Residential Program as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in Villa Esperanza’s group homes.
Wong installed drought-resistant plants at two Villa group homes after months of careful planning. “I had to figure out what to do, where to do it, find volunteers to help me, fundraise enough money to meet my needs, and plan a date and time to do my project,” Wong said.
Wong’s project has brought color and variety to the front lawns of the Wagner and Wynn homes, where residents can contribute to the care of their new plants, and incorporate fresh tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli into their meal preparation.

Volunteers interested in supporting Villa’s programs may contact volunteer coordinator Katherine Evans at kevans@villaesperanzaservices.org.

Carver Girl Scouts Help ‘Feed Your Neighbor’

Photo courtesy Carver Elementary Girl Scouts
Carver’s Elementary School Girl Scout troops have teamed up to participate in Feed Your Neighbor Service Month. After getting great feedback from girls in the Greater Los Angeles area to do a council-wide service project to fight hunger, the Feed Your Neighbor Service Month Patch Program was launched. The program encourages both community service and service learning. It is being conducted during a time of year when food bank pantries become depleted, and will help the local food banks fill the pantries when giving may not necessarily be on everyone’s mind.

Hang Ten at Carver Carnival

Photo illustration courtesy Carver Elementary School
Carver Carnival Surfer Kids getting ready to ride some waves include (front row, from left) Emmitt Guerrero, Audrey Hail, Stuart Lin, Toby Tung, Justin Hsiang, Brennan Wong, Emily Chan, Howard Ma, Keira Shen, Emily Cheung, Wade Guerrero and Benjamin Tseng. Middle row: Avery Tseng, Piper Tseng, Joshua Lin, Justin Lin, Kenneth Chen, Lucy Wendling, Layla Chen, Bradley Wong, Allison Lin, Mason Chou, Caroline Barberie, Kelsey Lin and Alyssa Lim. Back: Megan Choa, Sophie Lin, Chloe Lang, Piper Summers, Olivia Hail, Karen McGovern, Nathan Yarahmadi, Jack Fuerst, Andrew Campana, Harrison Summers, Samantha Chou, Sarah Chou, Nathan Chan, Keeton Chen, Richard Ma and Kailey Woo.

Carver’s Carnival is coming to town on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will feature game booths, the Mega Island Obstacle Course bouncer/slide and a talent show. Dining options include Wolfgang Puck and the Go Fusion ’N Grill food truck, as well as a variety of treats: Paradise Drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, churros, and boba and Starbucks coffee drinks. All proceeds from the carnival will help support Carver PTA’s enrichment programs, which include art, music, science, library and technology programs. Visit carvercarnival.com for more information.

Girl Scouts Make ‘Whatchamacallits’ at SWAPS Workshop

San Marino Girl Scout Troop 15121 Cadettes hosted a SWAPS-making workshop at the Hill-Harbison House recently. More than 50 San Marino Girl Scouts from various troops were in attendance. The Scouts enjoyed teaching and learning how to make the traditional Girl Scout craft called SWAPS, which means “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Girl Scout SWAPS are made to be traded later with other troops at various Girl Scout events.

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Student Takeover at Carver

Photo courtesy Amy Morris
Carver Elementary School student Hera Sun served as principal of her school for a day last week. Following in the footsteps of Principal Michael Lin, her predecessor and successor, Sun made her rounds to classrooms and announced extra recess for her peers that day.

High School Brothers Dedicate Investment Returns to SMHS

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Eric and Richard Dong (center, left to right) are flanked by father Edward Dong, Mayor Dr. Richard Sun, San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson and mother Charity Dong after they officially signed a $75,000 endowment for SMHS to San Marino Schools Foundation.
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Eric and Richard Dong (center, left to right) are flanked by father Edward Dong, Mayor Dr. Richard Sun, San Marino High School Principal Mary Johnson and mother Charity Dong after they officially signed a $75,000 endowment for SMHS to San Marino Schools Foundation.

Brothers Richard and Eric Dong were raised to understand and navigate the complex world of investments and the financial market.
Now, as San Marino High School students, the pair are investing their resources back into their school. Last Friday, they officially signed a $75,000 endowment fund for SMHS as a show of gratitude for their high school experience. The fund also is named in honor of outgoing Principal Mary Johnson for her impact in both boys’ lives. Continue reading “High School Brothers Dedicate Investment Returns to SMHS”

HMS Science Olympiad Club Looking at State Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Members of the Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad team pose with the medals they earned from the regional competition. Angelina Yung (front row, from left), Chelsea An, Sandra Chai, Cynthia Wong, Suzanne Nitta, Felix Chao, Alina Champon and Audrey Jung. Back: Elaine Cheng, Claire Wang, Amelia Kung, Ellen Ma, Alisa Quon, Joey David, Aaron Lee and Victor Charle.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Members of the Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad team pose with the medals they earned from the regional competition. Angelina Yung (front row, from left), Chelsea An, Sandra Chai, Cynthia Wong, Suzanne Nitta, Felix Chao, Alina Champon and Audrey Jung. Back: Elaine Cheng, Claire Wang, Amelia Kung, Ellen Ma, Alisa Quon, Joey David, Aaron Lee and Victor Charle.

It was nearly a month removed from competition in which Huntington Middle School’s Science Olympiad club collectively placed second at regionals, and the kids were for the first time rocking their medals they had earned. Continue reading “HMS Science Olympiad Club Looking at State Competition”