Scholar’s Work is a World Apart From Her SMHS Days

Photo courtesy Nicole Grajewski Nicole Grajewski, a 2011 San Marino High School graduate, stands in front of Kyrgyz mythical hero Manas in Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she is studying Russian as part of her doctoral studies with the University of Oxford. She is there as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship recipient.
Photo courtesy Nicole Grajewski
Nicole Grajewski, a 2011 San Marino High School graduate, stands in front of Kyrgyz mythical hero Manas in Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she is studying Russian as part of her doctoral studies with the University of Oxford. She is there as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship recipient.

Curiosity about her family’s lineage is what opened the door to diplomacy for Nicole Grajewski.
The San Marino High School class of 2011 alumna is currently in Bishkek, the capital of mountainous Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, studying for her doctorate in international relations from the England’s University of Oxford. She is doing so as Rotary Club of San Marino’s fourth Global Grant scholar and the first to apply the funding toward a doctorate. Continue reading “Scholar’s Work is a World Apart From Her SMHS Days”

Council Near Final Budget, But Hang-Ups Remain

The budget is close to completion, but the city’s administration and City Council aren’t playing horseshoes.
They will be forced to make an 11th-hour vote on the final budget later this month to ensure the city has a formal spending plan by the beginning of September, a deadline that is already past the July 1 start of the fiscal year. The City Council, in its meeting last week, remained hung up on the Parks and Public Works Department, as well as the Recreation Department, but narrowly issued tentative approval for the other municipal departments. Continue reading “Council Near Final Budget, But Hang-Ups Remain”

For Link Crew Leaders, a Special Connection

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Seniors Patricio Osegueda (from left), Olivia Ruiz, Emily Boutin and Ben Miller are among the first group of San Marino High School Link Crew leaders who, as freshmen, were mentored by past crew leaders. They draw from that experience to help prepare this year’s freshmen for high school.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Seniors Patricio Osegueda (from left), Olivia Ruiz, Emily Boutin and Ben Miller are among the first group of San Marino High School Link Crew leaders who, as freshmen, were mentored by past crew leaders. They draw from that experience to help prepare this year’s freshmen for high school.

Now in its fourth year, the Link Crew program at San Marino High School is boasting its first group of seniors who were in the initial group of freshmen the project targeted to help them integrate into the high school. Continue reading “For Link Crew Leaders, a Special Connection”

Settlement Conference Planned in Norgaard Dispute

Lawyers for a variety of San Marino Unified School District officials and the school board member who is suing them plan to meet for a settlement conference this month, a development that delayed a special school board meeting in which the plaintiff faced possible censure from his colleagues.
In addition, counsel for the defense filed a motion this week indicating its plans to request the dismissal of the lawsuit at a Sept. 6 hearing, citing what it says are shortcomings in the allegations. Continue reading “Settlement Conference Planned in Norgaard Dispute”

Gates Makes Strides in First Year at SMHS

Photo courtesy Terry Fouché San Marino High School Principal Issaic Gates sited this photograph, taken during his first commencement at the school, as his favorite picture from his first year as the school’s principal.
Photo courtesy Terry Fouché
San Marino High School Principal Issaic Gates sited this photograph, taken during his first commencement at the school, as his favorite picture from his first year as the school’s principal.

About a year ago, Issaic Gates compared being hired as the new principal for San Marino High School to being given the keys to mom and dad’s car, specifically a Mercedes-Benz. Continue reading “Gates Makes Strides in First Year at SMHS”

City Set to Take Long View on Capital Upgrades

He recently referred to himself as “the czar of capital dollars.”
With San Marino’s shiny new Capital Improvements Plan ready to be cemented when the 2018-19 budget is adopted, Michael Throne is ready to put it into action. As the director of the city’s Parks and Public Works Department and also the city engineer, the plan is his baby, so to speak. The program is the city’s first. Continue reading “City Set to Take Long View on Capital Upgrades”

AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.

Like any young adult, 27-year-old Jessica
Marrero is steering her own course, working toward becoming a chef and someday earning enough money to afford her own apartment.
The clear-eyed, upbeat Marrero, a determined woman who has Down syndrome, takes her own transportation to work at HOPE Cafe and Catering. She arrives early, promptly changes into her work clothes, keeps a clean work station and smiles broadly at co-workers as she does food preparation. Continue reading “AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work”