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”

SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach

Adam Millan
Adam Millan

San Marino High School announced the hiring of its new varsity baseball coach last week. Adam Millan will take over the program and succeeds Mike Hobbie, who finished with a 22-19-1 record the past two seasons prior to retiring from teaching and coaching.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Millan, who will also be an on-call substitute teacher at SMHS. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this job. San Marino baseball has a great history and has been known for its coaches. I look at this as a challenge, and I want to raise the bar and contribute to the legacy.” Continue reading “SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach”

San Marino Falls to Charter Oak in Opener, 42-3

Connor Short showcased his ability to throw and run against Charter Oak.
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Connor Short showcased his ability to throw and run against Charter Oak.

The odds were against the San Marino varsity football team when it faced Covina Charter Oak in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship game in 2015, and it was no different for the Titans in their season opener on the road last Friday.
San Marino jumped out to an early lead but ultimately fell to an inspired Chargers squad, 42-3, in a nonleague contest.
Charter Oak, which was placed six divisions above SMHS, was without legendary head coach Lou Farrar for the first time in more than five decades. His son Dom took over the program after being diagnosed with cancer. Farrar was also battling complications from an infection. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Charter Oak in Opener, 42-3”

Football Coach Briefs Rotary as Clashes of the Titans Near

Justin Mesa
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Justin Mesa

Justin Mesa said he heard a ruckus in the locker room last week on the first day of San Marino High School’s new year.
Mesa, the new Titans varsity football coach who spent two years on the recruiting side of the game at the University of Wyoming, said he was meeting with his assistant coaches in an adjacent office that Wednesday afternoon. When one of the boys knocked on his door, he said, he thought at first he might need to put the kibosh on some disorderly conduct.
“So I’m like, ‘Are they fighting?’ I get nervous, right?” Mesa explained. Continue reading “Football Coach Briefs Rotary as Clashes of the Titans Near”

Website Judges SMHS to Be Among State’s Best High Schools

Neighborhood research aggregator Niche.com has awarded San Marino High School an A+ while ranking it as the No. 2 public high school in Los Angeles County and No. 8 in all of California.
SMHS earned A+ ratings in four of the 10 categories — academics, teachers, college prep and administration — on which the website based its rankings. The school also earned A’s in food and health and safety, an A-minus in diversity and a B+ in sports, clubs and activities, and resources and facilities.
In L.A. County, the ranking put SMHS only slightly behind Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates. Perennial competitor La Cañada High School checked in at No. 5 in the county and nearby South Pasadena High School came in at No. 7. Continue reading “Website Judges SMHS to Be Among State’s Best High Schools”