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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Carver Space Pioneers to Dance Under the Stars March 4

Carver Elementary School will host its Space Pioneers Gala at the California Science Center under the space shuttle Endeavour on Saturday, March 4. Guests can bid on silent auction items while sipping a PaQui Tequila signature cocktail and enjoying the sounds of the San Marino High School Jazz Ensemble.

Carver Parent Party co-chairs Jennifer Dill-Kamal (left) and Kathryn Oliveros (right) and procurment chair Mia Martinez are planning a stellar night at the California Science Center with a dinner at the space shuttle Endeavour.

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HMS Students Cast a Successful Spell

Audrey Jung won the Huntington Middle School Spelling Bee.
Audrey Jung won the Huntington Middle School Spelling Bee.

It was the adept spellings of “levigate” and “tyranny” that won Huntington Middle School’s first spelling bee last week.
Now, victor Audrey Jung will represent the school among the county’s 6th-graders at the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee on March 29. Jung emerged as the winner from around 50 participants at the Feb. 7 contest.
Jung admitted afterward to having reviewed her spelling only the prior weekend, but that she had effectively prepared herself for years. More specifically, since she became literate. Continue reading “HMS Students Cast a Successful Spell”

Parents Urged to Demonstrate ‘Grit’ for Kids

Spunk. Guts. Mettle. Tenacity.
These were among several synonyms for the term “grit” that psychologists Justin Carter and Melissa Johnson chose for parents who attended the Partnership for Awareness-sponsored event last week. The two experts were asked to explain to parents the importance of teaching children how to persevere through challenges with passion, as opposed to becoming frustrated with failure and giving up. Continue reading “Parents Urged to Demonstrate ‘Grit’ for Kids”

Valentine Prepares for ‘Sweet Magnolia Nights’

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School
Members of Valentine Elementary School’s 2017 Parent Party Committee recently met to plan the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers include (front row, from left) Stefanie Killackey, Francesca Gill, Parent Party co-chairs Shannon Snaer and Stephanie Giardina, Valentine PTA President Helen Phan and Ellen Tsang. Back: Laura Repstad, Shawna Phelan, Danica Hughes, Michelle Esbenshade, Anna-Marie Grizzell, Carla Repetto, Renita Lin, Amanda Tracey, Vivian Wong, Cathy Yang, Jessica Zhang, Kathy Chow, Celina Duffy, Joelle Grossi and Debbie Merryman. Not pictured: Sarah Kim, Sarah Rome, Kate Sinclair and Daphne Stewart. Funds raised by the Parent Party go directly toward the salaries of school specialists in art, music, computer, library and science. Other areas funded by Parent Party proceeds include new library books and upgrades to school facilities and technology. This year’s event, “Sweet Magnolia Nights,” will be held on Saturday, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. to kick off the Parent Party fundraising, a Girls’ Night In will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at a private residence.

SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls

San Marino Unified School District has earned itself a fan in school and neighborhood data analysis website
The Pittsburgh-based operation listed SMUSD as the No. 7 school district in all of California and the No. 2 district in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, giving the district top marks in academics, its teaching staff and the college readiness of its students (quantified by an A+ rating). Continue reading “SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls”

Girl Scouts Say ‘Thanks’ to Police

Photo courtesy Troop 3671 Huntington Middle School’s Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3671 recently dropped by the San Marino Police Department to say “thank you” to Chief John Incontro and his police staff for the great work they did during last week’s school lockdown. The Girl Scouts brought baked goods for the staff. From left are Incontro, Olivia Lee, Nicola Iannelli, Megan Gautereaux, Malia Rose, Vahini Garimella, Leia Sun, Emma Cates and Sgt. Aaron Blonde. Not pictured: Ali Rubin.