For the last year and a half, Lu Jiang has been the face of the San Marino Unified School District for families new to the community. She sits at the receptionist’s desk just inside the door of the district offices on West Drive, and has also been responsible for registering new students. Continue reading “SMUSD Names Liaison to New Families”
Thomas Simpson excitedly sought out Principal Liz Hollingsworth at Carver Elementary School recently. In the band class he leads before school one day each week, he had just shot a video on his iPhone, and he couldn’t wait to show it to her. Continue reading “Music to Their Ears at Carver, Valentine”
Audience members inside Huntington Middle School’s Kenneth White Auditorium may notice something different while watching musical performances or attending assemblies this fall. Chairs that used to squeak at the slightest shift in weight are now silent. Walls that carry sound throughout the venue are quieter as well — at least in terms of their color scheme. The vision of Principal Jason Kurtenbach and the San Marino Unified School District PTA was finally realized when HMS unveiled its auditorium refurbishments during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the spruced-up space last month. Continue reading “Refurbished Auditorium Makes HMS Shine”
It’s not every day that a high school student gets to sit in a room while an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court speaks for more than an hour on the law and globalization. Continue reading “Supreme Learning Moment for Seven SMHS Students”
As technology continues to advance, the world is becoming an increasingly automated place. Demand for the knowledge of computer science, correspondingly, is at an all-time high. This reality is why the San Marino Unified School District recently introduced several new coding and programming classes at the high school this fall, offerings that quickly filled to the brim with interested students. Continue reading “Computer Classes Help SMHS Crack the Code”
Mark de la Vega was 2 years old the first time Ben Ubovich lifted a baton above an ensemble of musicians at San Marino High School.
Ubovich retired this past spring after 27 years as director of instrumental music at SMHS, and de la Vega, whose background is predominantly in percussion, appears to be setting a brisk new beat as he succeeds him. Continue reading “A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band”
The San Marino Unified School District doesn’t exactly have to beat the bushes when it has an opening among its teaching ranks. The district’s reputation for academic excellence precedes it, apparently.
“I think we have competitive class sizes — low compared to neighboring districts — which is attractive,” said SMUSD’s superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss. “I think we have a great reputation: Our kids are high achieving. Teachers want to work with kids who are engaged, and our kids are exactly that.” Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff”
Michael Lin’s career path wasn’t initially pointed in the direction of education, but his diverse professional qualifications are expected to greatly enhance his work as Huntington Middle School’s new assistant principal. Continue reading “Lin Changed Career Course; It Led to HMS”