HMS Bringing Motivational Speaker to Campus

Scott Greenberg
Scott Greenberg

Motivational speaker Scott Greenberg will return for an encore of sorts on Tuesday, March 28, for a pair of presentations at Huntington Middle School.
Greenberg, who lives in Los Angeles, will speak first to the HMS student body that morning and then to parents and community members at 7 p.m. in the HMS auditorium. He will focus on maintaining student unity and promoting confident leadership among the student body.

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SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring

It was the eve of spring break for San Marino students, but that isn’t why Jamie Kreindler was so excited last Friday.

San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.
San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.

Kreindler, 18, was getting ready to cheer on his friends who were about to perform in the San Gabriel Valley Spring School Games for Special Olympics Southern California, which are held annually at the San Marino High School track and football field. The graduating senior has spent two years as a peer mentor for SMHS’ special education students. Continue reading “SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring”

Valentine Enjoys Sips and Sweets at LadyBird

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School

Valentine parents Jenny Yessaian, Michele Esbenshade, Colleen Tripp, Parent Party co-chair Shannon Snaer, Francesca Gill, PTA President Helen Phan, Parent Party co-chair Stephanie Giardina and Kate Sinclair recently stopped in at LadyBird, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store on Mission Street for the “Sips and Sweets” shopping day benefiting Valentine Elementary School PTA. Valentine parents and friends were treated to cupcakes and beverages as they shopped the boutique’s colorful spring apparel and gift items. This shopping event was coordinated by Gill and was held in conjunction with the PTA’s upcoming “Sweet Magnolia Night” Parent Party, which will take place on Saturday, April 8.

Carver-Valentine PTAs Enjoy Board Brunch

Photo courtesy Jennifer Giles
Members of the PTA executive boards of Carver and Valentine Elementary schools gathered for brunch recently at the home of Grace Karkafi. Jacki Chuang (front row, from left), Maren Pellant, Darbin Chan, Marci Wendling and Lauren Shen. Middle row: Michiko Lee, Danica Hughes, Tami McGovern, Tieu-My Nguyen, Amy Morris, Kathy Osegueda and Jennifer Dill-Kamal. Back: Alison Mohler, Daisy Wilson, Natalie O’Connor, Zarana Patel, Helen Phan, Lisa Nguyen, Valentine Principal Colleen Shields, Kathryn Oliveros, Carver Principal Michael Lin, Nicolette Fuerst, Grace Karkafi, Ellen Tsang and Nancy Ko. Hosting duties rotate for this annual event, and it was the Carver PTA’s turn to welcome its Valentine counterpart, in addition to the principals of both schools, Michael Lin of Carver and Colleen Shields of Valentine.

Bike Rodeo Teaches Street Safety on April 1

A free bike rodeo for students of all ages will take place Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the blacktop at San Marino High School. The space will replicate a community street with backdrops of buildings, including sidewalks, bike lanes, prop cars, intersections, crosswalks, traffic signs, traffic signals and railroad tracks.
Sponsored by the city of San Marino and Caltrans for the Huntington Drive Safe Streets Corridor Plan, the event will have SafeMoves instructors to take participants through the rodeo on bikes pointing out hazards, rules of the road, the importance of being alert and not being distracted, staying focused on their environment, understanding driver behavior, helmet safety, pedestrian safety and how to be safer bike riders (and skateboarders) while riding or rolling through their neighborhoods.
The SafeMoves staff teaches age-appropriately and makes the bike safety training fun and engaging, while participants learn life-saving lessons.

HMS Student Crowned U.S. National Amateur Dance Champion

Nathaniel Chen (right) is an 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School. His partner is Liza Shlimovich.

Nathaniel Chen, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School, and his partner, Liza Shlimovich, a 9th-grader at Mirman School in Los Angeles, were once again crowned as Junior 2 American Smooth Champions at the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, recently.
After intensive and competitive rounds from quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, Chen and Shlimovich won first place in all four dances in the Junior 2 (age 14-15) age category and were crowned as the U.S. Junior 2 American Smooth Champions. The American Smooth style consists of four dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.
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Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.

Six of San Marino High School’s seniors represented the school in San Jose on Presidents’ Day weekend, showcasing their vocal skills among the other 250 or so in California selected for the 2017 All-State Honor Choir. Continue reading “Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir”

Author Shares How to Motivate Kids to Love Reading

Award-winning teacher and author Donalyn Miller will share how to inspire and motivate children to read more and improve their reading ability, as well as develop a love for books and reading to last a lifetime. Her presentation will be on Tuesday, March 14 at Carver Elementary School at 9 a.m. and Huntington Middle School at 7 p.m.
Miller is an author of several books on engaging children with reading, including the Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. She is also the co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club blog and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading appear in publications such as Education Week Teacher, the Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and the Washington Post. She serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach.
Book signings will be available after the presentation, sponsored by Partnership for Awareness. For more information, visit

San Marino Eagle Scouts Earn Recognition

Allen Liu

Allen Liu’s childhood memories at the San Marino Recreation center prompted him to give back to the center. His project involved clearing out an old emergency exit that had been overrun by dead plants and debris, as well as attaching a gate to the alley. His Eagle project took 150 hours to plan and execute. Now a senior at San Marino High School, Allen began Scouting in 2nd grade, and has enjoyed it ever since. He is still heavily involved in his own Boy Scout Troop 359, serving as leader for the past two terms, and plans to remain in a leadership role. Allen is the son of John Liu and Yi Su and brother of Camille Liu.

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Laudeman Fares Well in Shooting Championship

San Marino native Brett Laudeman, a junior at Clemson University, competed in the California State Sporting Clays Championship held at Triple B Clays in El Monte. Among very tough professional and state-level competitors, Laudeman completed the three-day event and earned first in prelims and first HOA (high overall) in Class B shooting with a Beretta Dt 11.

Brett Laudeman, center, competed in the California State Sporting Clays Championship.

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