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”

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”

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”

Killackey Announces Run for School Board

Mike Killackey
Mike Killackey

Attorney Mike Killackey has waded into the school board race, recently announcing his candidacy for the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election in November.
A three-year resident of San Marino, Killackey said he had three areas in mind as a prospective school board member: student wellness, course innovation and the school facilities bond proposal. Continue reading “Killackey Announces Run for School Board”

HMS’ Fauré Takes Helm as Principal

Alana Fauré
Alana Fauré

Returning Huntington Middle School students will be greeted by a familiar face when school returns this fall.
Alana Fauré, the school’s assistant principal for the last three years, was recently tabbed as the new principal, taking over the helm after Jason Kurtenbach accepted an in-house promotion to the San Marino Unified School District main office. Continue reading “HMS’ Fauré Takes Helm as Principal”

Titan Marching Band Wins Again

Photo courteys SMHS
Bandmates show off their trophies from Oct. 21, when the San Marino High School Titan Marching Band took first place at the West Ranch Field Tournament, a competition sponsored by the Southern California Schools Band & Orchestra Association. The band competed at 4A-division level against six other Southern California high schools at Valencia High School. Percussion placed third and the Color Guard placed fourth in this highly competitive division. The band will compete next Saturday, Nov. 4, at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights. It also will perform its award-winning show “Coexist” at halftime of the last scheduled home game of the football season on Friday, Oct. 27, against Monrovia High School.

SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown

For the third straight year, San Marino Unified School District produced the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state-administered CAASPP, the district announced this week.
With 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards in the English language arts tests and 86% doing so for the math tests, SMUSD’s average of 88% led all unified school districts in California this year. Immediately following were Piedmont Unified School District with an 85% average and La Cañada Unified School District, also with an 85% average. Continue reading “SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown”

HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.

Huntington Middle School faculty, students and parents take a lot of pride in their school’s orchestra. That was perfectly reflected by a documentary created and showcased Friday by two enthusiastic parents.
Georg Eittinger, a master violin maker and restorer, and his wife, Ann, spent the better part of the last year shadowing and documenting HMS orchestra students in their classes, concerts and competitions. They screened the finished product, complete with interviews with students, parents and faculty, last week in the courtyard outside of the Hans Weisshaar’s store that the Eittingers own on Huntington Drive. Continue reading “HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen”