New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools

Some of San Marino’s students returned to school last week with a brighter future greeting them.
That’s because Valentine Elementary and Huntington Middle schools are now lit entirely by light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs that were installed during the holiday break, thanks to state grants.
Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss said in a telephone interview that San Marino Unified School District is using around $500,000 in state money for the utility upgrade. Carver Elementary and San Marino High schools will install the new bulbs during spring break. Continue reading “New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools”

New School Assessment Method Focuses on Growth

Dr. Alex Cherniss, superintendent for the San Marino Unified School District, said he has high hopes for the state’s modified assessment methods for its public schools.
Schools will now factor in a variety of ancillary factors for students, on top of testing and proficiency, to determine their effectiveness while identifying areas ripe for improvement, Cherniss explained. Continue reading “New School Assessment Method Focuses on Growth”

Principal Volunteers for Habitat in Portugal

Huntington Middle School Principal Jason Kurtenbach is absent from his office through Nov. 15, but he isn’t cutting class or playing hooky.
Instead, he’s helping to build a home for a family in Braga, Portugal, as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He and 13 others will be installing the plumbing and roofing to an under-construction home, with his mother directing the team. Kurtenbach’s mother has volunteered since the ’90s. Continue reading “Principal Volunteers for Habitat in Portugal”

SMUSD Decides Against Bond Issue in November

For nearly two decades, the music festival capital of Southern California has been Indio, a city located 130 miles east of Pasadena. Each April, weekend-long extravaganzas known as Coachella and Stagecoach attract thousands from all over the country with live performances by popular artists and rising talent alike. But starting next year, local music aficionados may no longer have to make the two-hour trek into the desert to hear their favorite bands. Continue reading “SMUSD Decides Against Bond Issue in November”

Police Patrols Ensure Safe Passage to Schools

The chaos was barely controlled on Winston Avenue one recent weekday morning. It serves as a primary entry point to San Marino High School, and at 7:50 a.m., students streamed down the sidewalks, over the parkway, through the alley. They crossed in the middle of the block, between idling vehicles in the clogged traffic. They walked, pedaled bicycles, rolled by on skateboards.
If there was any semblance of order at all, it was surely because Police Officer Kevin Cordischi was parked at the curb in his patrol SUV, surveying the scene from southbound Winston. Continue reading “Police Patrols Ensure Safe Passage to Schools”

ASB to Operate Under a Big Tent in 2016-17

Inclusiveness will be a heightened priority of ASB at San Marino High School this school year, according to the group’s top officers.
“My freshman year, I felt like I was kind of on the fringe. I didn’t go to any ASB events. I was uninvolved,” said senior Douglas Luo, who has taken over as ASB president. “I don’t want other people to feel the same way I felt. You want to be out there and really get the kids involved — even if it’s one friend, one person you can go with to have a good time.” Continue reading “ASB to Operate Under a Big Tent in 2016-17”