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”

Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract. Continue reading “Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget”

School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead

Despite spirited competition for the three available seats, early returns in the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election appeared to point toward continuity, as incumbents C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan had the leading two spots in a partial count of precincts Tuesday night.
With early voting tabulated along with ballots in two of the seven precincts, Chang had 1,336 votes as of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, followed by Ryan’s 988 votes. Newcomer Corey Barberie checked in at third with 877 votes. Continue reading “School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead”

San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game

The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.
The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.

The San Marino High School varsity football captured its first Rio Hondo League championship in three years by defeating Rio Hondo League rival host Monrovia, 34-21, last Friday.
SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie bested the Wildcats for the second time since taking over the program in 2011. He also brought home the league crown for a second time, a feat he last achieved in 2015 when the Titans won the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship.
“It feels great,” Hobbie said. “It felt really good to beat Monrovia. Our kids really wanted to win and played extremely hard. They were extremely physical and at the top of their game.” Continue reading “San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game”

School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot

With the election for the renewal of one of the San Marino Unified School District’s parcel taxes officially set, the onus is now on community members to promote — or discourage — bringing it back for another six years.
Parents of SMUSD students traditionally spearhead cam-paigns for tax renewals and other measures, with school officials and Board of Education members limited to discussing information about the ballot item without weighing in on its merits. Even the campaigners must volunteer entirely on their own. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot”

Carver Programs Robotics Event

Photo courtesy Michael Lin San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.

Having joined the organization just last year, Carver Elementary School will host a qualifying tournament for FIRST Lego League in November at which enterprising elementary school students from throughout the San Gabriel Valley will compete in the robotics program’s Into Orbit challenges.
Twenty-one teams are signed up for Carver’s tournament, including a handful from Carver, Valentine Elementary School and Huntington Middle School. Up to 10 students in grades 4-8 can be on a team. Carver’s tournament will be on Saturday, Nov. 10. Continue reading “Carver Programs Robotics Event”

School Board Candidates State Their Cases at Forum

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK School board candidates Jane Chon, Mike Killackey, C. Joseph Chang, Corey Barberie, Shelley Ryan, John Gabriel and Steven Sommers spent two hours answering questions at a voter forum Monday evening.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
School board candidates Jane Chon, Mike Killackey, C. Joseph Chang, Corey Barberie, Shelley Ryan, John Gabriel and Steven Sommers spent two hours answering questions at a voter forum Monday evening.

The seven candidates for the local school board made the most of a two-hour forum at which they stated their cases for election while a large audience listened Monday evening, when the San Marino City Club hosted them at Huntington Middle School.
Voters will have to narrow their choices to three candidates by Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Continue reading “School Board Candidates State Their Cases at Forum”