Shields to Step Down as Valentine Principal

Colleen Shields

Saying that she is “honored to have been part of the Valentine community for the past 10 years,” Principal Colleen Shields announced that the 2019-20 school year will be her last in that capacity.
“Valentine is truly the home of the most amazing staff, students and parents I have had the pleasure of working with during my years in education,” Shields said. “We have been through so many changes together and I feel blessed to have been on this journey with the talented and dedicated Valentine staff, our incredibly supportive parents, and absolutely delightful students.” Continue reading “Shields to Step Down as Valentine Principal”

SMHS’ ‘Peter Pan’ Production Ready to Fly

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Standing in front of the pirate ship on set, San Marino High School students Peyton Talt, Rae Bear, Talia Green, Logan Wing and Andy Nguyen are gearing up for the drama program’s presentation of “Peter Pan,” which starts next week.

San Marino High School senior Talia Green said she vividly remembers attending one of the school’s student performances of “Peter Pan” 10 years ago. Continue reading “SMHS’ ‘Peter Pan’ Production Ready to Fly”

Holiday Generosity Is Elementary for Carver, Valentine Students

With the giving season in full swing, both Carver and Valentine elementary schools are well into their annual charitable traditions in observance of the holidays.
At Carver, students are running the Back to the Basics Drive, collecting toiletries, socks and card games that will be donated to Maryvale Orphanage. At Valentine, the annual Pajama Drive is back, culminating with Pajama Day this Friday, Dec. 13, as students and staff tally the garments that have been collected. Continue reading “Holiday Generosity Is Elementary for Carver, Valentine Students”

SMUSD Business Services Chief to Retire in December

Julie Boucher
Julie Boucher

Julie Boucher, the longtime assistant superintendent of business services for the San Marino Unified School District, announced last week she soon will retire after a 32-year career in schools.
Boucher, who joined the SMUSD in 1998, announced her decision at last week’s school board meeting. She will leave the district at the end of December. In her time in San Marino, Boucher has worked for four superintendents.
“Your leadership and support have meant a great deal to me,” she told the board and her fellow administrators last week in prepared remarks. Continue reading “SMUSD Business Services Chief to Retire in December”

SMUSD Wants Public’s Advice on Fixing Facilities, Paying the Tab

The San Marino Unified School District would like your input as it works toward making a decision on its facilities needs and how to satisfy them.
On top of a town hall meeting held on Monday evening and another this morning, district officials also plan to host two walk-throughs at Valentine Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. Additionally, residents are invited to offer their views at the district’s website, using a portal called Thoughtexchange. Continue reading “SMUSD Wants Public’s Advice on Fixing Facilities, Paying the Tab”

Principals’ Goal: Early Detection of Students’ Academic Problems

Academic intervention emerged as a key theme in each of the reports from San Marino’s four school principals recently as they gave their traditional opening-of-school-year presentations to the board of education.
The reports also signaled a theme of dialing back the celebration of the San Marino Unified School District’s academic successes in favor of making sure the students working toward such accomplishments are, at the end of the day, healthy and responsible. Continue reading “Principals’ Goal: Early Detection of Students’ Academic Problems”

School Board Considers Increasing Ties to PCC

Javier Carbajal-Ramos
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Javier Carbajal-Ramos, assistant director of educational partnerships and programs at Pasadena City College, gives a presentation on dual enrollment to the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education last week.

San Marino High School students might be a step closer to dual-enrollment opportunities at Pasadena City College, depending on whether the local school board and PCC can procure a memorandum of understanding.
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education took in a presentation on dual enrollment at its meeting last week, hearing from Javier Carbajal-Ramos, assistant director of educational partnerships and programs at PCC. SMHS has had students enroll concurrently at the college, meaning they take PCC classes on campus with PCC faculty. In dual enrollment, however, students would take PCC-approved coursework in the high school’s classrooms with PCC-approved SMHS teachers.
“These classes are really working with the school, working with the faculty at the sites, working with the administrators to ensure that we have the classes that the community is interested in,” Carbajal-Ramos said. “It doesn’t require your student to have to leave your high school and then enroll in something different; it’s part of their day.” Continue reading “School Board Considers Increasing Ties to PCC”

Carver, Valentine, Huntington Star in Niche School Rankings

Carver and Valentine elementary schools displayed a winning one-two punch among public elementary schools in Los Angeles County this year, according to a research website’s rankings, while Huntington Middle School also displayed the most clout at the junior high level.
The city’s two elementary schools took Nos. 1 and 2 in Niche.com’s annual evaluations this year, each receiving an overall grade of A+. In the three sub-categories, both schools received an A+ in academics and teachers and an A-minus in diversity. Huntington, meanwhile, earned first place among the county’s middle schools. Continue reading “Carver, Valentine, Huntington Star in Niche School Rankings”