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’”

Valentine’s Day is for Families, Too

Dear Parents,
Valentine’s Day is traditionally a fun-loving favorite for children. Red will rule the day as they head off to school Friday with specially chosen valentines, heart-shaped cookies for the class party and perhaps secret thoughts of a special someone they’ve had their eye on.
This celebration can extend into a weekend celebration for families. Jump at the chance to pause and put some fun into your ordinarily crammed schedule. Take time on this Valentine’s Day weekend to share special love in your family.
In his insightful book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” author Gary Chapman describes the variety of ways children experience the giving and receiving of love. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day is for Families, Too”

Rose Bowl Has Blossomed Under the Upbeat Dunn

Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK Darryl Dunn is flanked by Rose Bowl colleagues Dedan Brozino and Jens Weiden during a recent event honoring legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson.
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Darryl Dunn is flanked by Rose Bowl colleagues Dedan Brozino and Jens Weiden during a recent event honoring legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson.

One month after hosting its most important event of the year, the Rose Bowl is a much quieter stadium on an afternoon in February. There are no cheering fans in the seats and the football yard lines on the grass have begun to fade.
Rose Bowl General Manager and CEO Darryl Dunn finds serenity in this atmosphere, as it offers him time to reflect on his immense responsibility to the iconic venue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Has Blossomed Under the Upbeat Dunn”

Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.
Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK
Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.

Mike Simms is no stranger to the elements. Between volunteering with the Forest Service, curating the Echo Mountain ruins and running Friends of Echo Mountain, a local preservationist group, Simms spends each of his days hiking the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena. Continue reading “Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless”

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Broncos or Panthers garb and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years. Continue reading “Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday”