SMUSD Tweaks Instruction for 2016-17

As the San Marino Unified School District prepares for the start of school in 11 days, it has refined the scope of its instruction — from Twitter to Twain.
The 2016-17 school year, which begins Aug. 15, will reflect further expansion of computer science offerings and the adoption of a new English language arts curriculum. The district will also broaden mindfulness training at the high school, and will unveil an improved mobile app to give parents better access to information about their children’s education. Continue reading “SMUSD Tweaks Instruction for 2016-17”

SMHS Student Dies in Crash; Police Cite Speed

A San Marino High School student died in a solo car crash near the Rose Bowl early Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle while driving at an extraordinary rate of speed, Pasadena police said.
Brendan Leon, 17, who was nearing the end of his junior year at SMHS, died at the scene after the 2002 BMW 330 he was driving wrapped around a light pole, according to police. Continue reading “SMHS Student Dies in Crash; Police Cite Speed”

San Marino Gets Top Marks in State Testing

The Common Core State Standards have been in place for three years now in California education, and it’s clear San Marino’s public school students have begun to master them.
In state assessment test results released Wednesday, 90% of San Marino Unified School District students met or exceeded state standards in English language arts/literacy and 87% hit that mark in math. Continue reading “San Marino Gets Top Marks in State Testing”

Students Step in Time to HMS’ ‘Mary Poppins’

OUTLOOK photo  Working on the park scene in Huntington Middle School’s musical “Mary Poppins” are (from left) Stanley Wong as Michael Banks, Rae Bear as Jane Banks, Heein Kim as Mary Poppins and Logan Wing as Bert, with ensemble players behind. The show opens Feb. 25 and will be performed four times over that weekend.
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Working on the park scene in Huntington Middle School’s musical “Mary Poppins” are (from left) Stanley Wong as Michael Banks, Rae Bear as Jane Banks, Heein Kim as Mary Poppins and Logan Wing as Bert, with ensemble players behind. The show opens Feb. 25 and will be performed four times over that weekend.

The dolls had come to life, but not sufficiently, apparently.
“The dolls need more expression!” Director Christina Conte called from the front row of the theater. “Like a funhouse, instead of spaced out.”
And the scene was replayed. Continue reading “Students Step in Time to HMS’ ‘Mary Poppins’”