District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework

As the current school year came to an end, it was clear the topic of homework will soldier on through the summer months for the San Marino Unified School District’s administrators, teachers and parents.
A town hall-style meeting last week reflected as much, although the needle did seem to move closer to some sort of consensus between the argument of reducing homework loads and the idea of making homework more meaningful to the students. Continue reading “District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework”

LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette addresses the newly formed community task force at its first meeting last week on Thursday, May 24. The task force was created to help the La Cañada Unified School District improve its safety, security and student wellness policies.

The especially sobering thing about discussing safety, security and student well-being is how deep those conversations go, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week during the first meeting of the district’s task force to address those topics.
“Everything’s connected,” she said. “And as soon as you talk about one thing, it makes you think of another. The work will never be done, but it’s really empowering to have such wonderful people here committed to doing the work.”
Twenty-three members of the community — including parents, students, administrators, teachers and staff members — joined district administrators and Governing Board members in the district’s meeting room on Thursday, May 24. They signed up for subcommittees and got an overview of what they’re expected to accomplish in the next year. Continue reading “LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness”

Board Takes Another Look at Homework Controversy

The San Marino Unified School District has some decisions to make after a lengthy Board of Education meeting last week, chief among them — homework.
Representatives from parent groups who attended the meeting last week seemed generally supportive of the Academic Advisory Commission recommendation to scale back the amount of homework in K-8 classes, but the board was hesitant to commit to anything that night. Continue reading “Board Takes Another Look at Homework Controversy”

Student Wellness Initiative Excites at SMUSD

San Marino High School Principal Issaic Gates called his work developing the San Marino Unified School District Student Wellness Initiative “potentially the most impactful” he’s done in his career.
At the SMUSD Board of Education meeting on May 22, Gates and Liz Hollingsworth, a former Carver Elementary School principal and current special projects consultant for the district, plan to bolster their proposal for the initiative by advancing a dedicated staffing plan to make it happen. Continue reading “Student Wellness Initiative Excites at SMUSD”

Yoga Breathes New Life Into P.E. Classes at HMS

Having wrapped up a trial period at Huntington Middle School, the nonprofit organization Two Trees Wellness hopes to continue introducing San Marino’s schoolchildren to the benefits of yoga.
For three weeks, yoga instructors Miranda Bear and Harry Bui taught HMS students — one week for each grade — yoga for their physical education class. Continue reading “Yoga Breathes New Life Into P.E. Classes at HMS”