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”

Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack

Photo courtesy Nancy Ko
Photo courtesy Nancy Ko

They didn’t have a den number, but that didn’t stop the newest members of Pasadena Cub Scout Pack 4 from recording a first at the recent Golden Nugget weekend campout at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island last month.
Theirs was the first girls’ den to attend the campout, sending seven of its 16 Valentine Elementary School girls to the three-day event. Just weeks earlier, they had joined the formerly boys-only pack, which is now coed after Boy Scouts of America decided last year to admit girls. Continue reading “Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

She’s capping her first term on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education by serving as its president, but Shelley Ryan hopes to bring her perspective as an educator to the table for another term in this year’s election.
Ryan said she wants to continue improving the district’s offerings to students, using the momentum from the past several years of accomplishments, not least the continuation of SMUSD’s No. 1 ranking in the state’s annual academic evaluations of school districts. Course innovation — such as collaborative efforts with the Huntington Library and Caltech — are key developments, Ryan said. Continue reading “School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work”

SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations

The news is pleasing but probably not surprising: San Marino Unified School District has retained its position atop the state Department of Education’s annual academic evaluations, making it the No. 1 public school district in California for nearly two decades.
The evaluations, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, were publicly released this week. In a separate statement, SMUSD officials noted that this was the fourth year the district had the top overall CAASPP scores and that for 15 years prior to CAASPP, it also placed first in whatever evaluations the state had used. Continue reading “SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations”