Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire

Mike Hobbie
Mike Hobbie

San Marino High School football coach and physical education teacher Mike Hobbie has announced he will retire at the end of the school year and step down from his coaching duties.
Hobbie, who took over the varsity baseball program last year, said Monday he will continue to coach the baseball team in the spring before resigning from the position. Continue reading “Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire”

Interim Superintendent Kleinrock Back on Board — for Now

Loren Kleinrock
Loren Kleinrock

For Loren Kleinrock, the goals for 2019 are simple yet valuable.
He is, for now, once again at the helm of San Marino Unified School District, serving as the interim superintendent since September when Alex Cherniss departed the district after more than four years on the job. Cherniss had succeeded Kleinrock in 2014. Continue reading “Interim Superintendent Kleinrock Back on Board — for Now”

School Board to Start Superintendent Hunt

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Nam Jack, moments after her San Marino Unified School District Board of Education term ended, volunteered to campaign for the renewal of a district parcel tax at last week’s meeting.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Nam Jack, moments after her
San Marino Unified School District Board of Education term ended, volunteered to campaign for the renewal of a district parcel tax
at last week’s meeting.

The newly rearranged San Marino Unified School District Board of Education appears ready to start moving on hiring a new superintendent for the district, with the first step likely to be the appointment of a subcommittee to determine which search firm to hire.
Officials are looking toward hiring the school system’s new leader before summer, the better to court the strongest candidates for the job. Linda de la Torre, the assistant superintendent who handles human resources for the district, said that the board will need to play catch-up in that regard and that she’s confident in its ability to do so. Continue reading “School Board to Start Superintendent Hunt”

Valentine Hosts a Pajama Collection Party for Needy

Photo courtesy Cindy Yung Valentine Elementary students Hannah Yung and Yoav Lovinger helped collect pajamas for children at shelters.
Photo courtesy Cindy Yung
Valentine Elementary students Hannah Yung and Yoav Lovinger helped collect pajamas for children at shelters.

It was party time at Valentine Elementary School on Friday as its students dressed for the occasion: a pajama collection drive.
The school spent all last week collecting new sets of pajamas for the Los Angeles chapter of the Pajama Program, an organization that strives to ensure children living at shelters are afforded a clean, comfortable night’s sleep. Altogether, 536 sets of pajamas were collected. Continue reading “Valentine Hosts a Pajama Collection Party for Needy”

Carver Students Strive to Bring Holiday Cheer to Orphanage

Photo courtesy Annie Chui Carver Student Council President Alex Chui shows off a donation of personal essentials from Trader Joe’s.
Photo courtesy Annie Chui
Carver Student Council President Alex Chui shows off a donation of personal essentials from Trader Joe’s.

This holiday season, Carver Elementary School students are collecting the basics in personal care to donate to the children and teens who live at Maryvale Orphanage.
The school is accepting donations through Tuesday, Dec. 18, and then students will package them into gift baskets for the approximately 70 children living at Maryvale, which is located in Rosemead. Items being collected include body wash, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and socks for young people ages 7 to 18. Gift cards that can be used to purchase such essentials also are being accepted. Continue reading “Carver Students Strive to Bring Holiday Cheer to Orphanage”

Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar

Photo courtesy Mar family Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.
Photo courtesy Mar family
Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their
daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.

Harry and Patricia Mar have announced that the Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship has been established and will be managed by the San Marino Schools Foundation.
“We are blessed and moved by the tremendous outpouring of support and love from those who knew our daughter,” said Harry Mar, father of Leslie. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar”

High School Haven for Stressed-Out Students to Open Soon

Photo courtesy Laura Ives The Titan Student Center at San Marino High School will soon open up to students in need of stress relief or mental health and wellness services.
Photo courtesy Laura Ives
The Titan Student Center at San Marino High School will soon open up to students in need of stress relief or mental health and wellness services.

The Titan Student Center is here.
The new arm of San Marino High School, slated to be the home base for the anticipated districtwide student wellness initiative, was opened this week for a VIP showing to officials and community members. The center will formally open for students once procedures and protocols are established. Continue reading “High School Haven for Stressed-Out Students to Open Soon”

Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release

Interim Superintendent Loren Kleinrock characterized his release of financial expenses in response to a series of public records requests by a local watchdog as a matter of transparency and accountability, but the man who sought the records said it was an attempt to chill others like him from digging into San Marino Unified School District business. Continue reading “Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release”

School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood

Unless provisional votes and mail-in ballots make a herculean impact on last week’s election results, residents of the San Marino Unified School District will have four more years with C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan on the board of education, along with rookie Corey Barberie.
Chang pulled out a particularly resounding victory on Nov. 6, with 2,204 ballots propelling him well atop the list of seven candidates vying for three seats and sending him to his fifth and self-imposed final term on the school board. Continue reading “School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood”