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Environment, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

McKinley Elementary Named A Finalist In LA Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Board Of Education Special Meeting To Discuss Budget This Wednesday

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 26 at 4 pm.

The St. Monica 5th Grade students on Tuesday.

News, St. Monica, Santa Monica, Education

St. Monica 5th Graders Complete 10-Week D.A.R.E. Program

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 7:02 am

The fifth-grade class at St. Monica Catholic Elementary School gathered in their auditorium for a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 11 marking the completion of a 10-week D.A.R.E. program taught by Santa Monica police officer Austin Brown.

Amanda Gorman is the founding member of the New Roads’ chapter of Girls Learn International.

News, Santa Monica, Education, New Roads School

New Roads High School Star Students Shine In New York City

Posted Mar. 12, 2014, 9:47 am

New Roads High School sophomores Amanda Gorman and Alex Thorland have both earned high-profile accolades that will take them all the way to New York City this spring; Gorman for her student leadership, and Thorland for his acting prowess.

Lindsay Plotkin.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Resident Named To Dean’s List At Dickinson College

Posted Mar. 4, 2014, 9:48 am

Santa Monica native Lindsay Plotkin, a senior philosophy major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Plotkin is graduate of Brentwood School.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica's Olympic High School Receives State Recognition

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:11 am

Olympic High School principal Janie Gates received notification from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, that Olympic High School has been selected as a Model Continuation High School for 2014.

Santa Monica High School senior Ryan Roberts will participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

News, Music, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica High Senior Ryan Roberts To Participate In National Youth Orchestra

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 6:47 am

Santa Monica High School senior Ryan Roberts and oboe player has been chosen, one more time, to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Westside Neighborhood School Introduces Little Kids Rock Program

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:04 am

Westside Neighborhood School has introduced the Little Kids Rock program into its elementary music curriculum to help revitalize music in the classrooms by providing an innovative program for teachers that includes free music lessons “aimed to engage and excite young students.”

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD’s Sandra Lyon Named Regional Superintendent Of The Year

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:16 am

Region 14 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), has named Sandra Lyon Superintendent of the Year due to her outstanding leadership.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Human Relations Council Endorses SMMUSD “Vision For Student Success” Program

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:14 am

The Human Relations Council-Santa Monica Bay Area announced its endorsement of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s proposal for the Board of Education to allocate sufficient funds to supplement the total donations raised by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation as of Jan. 31, 2014.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education, Government

Some New California School Funding Plans Go Awry

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:42 am

California Governor Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now rediscovering how right the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns was when he observed that “The best laid plans of mice and men oft’ go astray.”

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Announces Stakeholder Survey

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 8:57 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is launching a stakeholder survey this Friday.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Westside Neighborhood School To Present Speaker Lou Cozolino Thursday, Jan. 9

Posted Jan. 8, 2014, 9:25 am

Louis Cozolino, author and professor of psychology, will share information Thursday from his research and teachings on the brain and social learning

A fourth grader's 'Which Hole' game.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Will Rogers Elementary School Students Play Games At Caine's Arcade Event

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, 9:19 am

Will Rogers Elementary School in Santa Monica held a Caine's Arcade event on Thursday where all classes from 1st through 5th grade enjoyed a day of sharing their creations.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Could Malibu Split From SMMUSD? Study Takes A Look

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 8:29 am

It is not quite a David and Goliath, but the sparsely-populated Malibu and the relatively more dense city of Santa Monica have been at the center of an ongoing question: should the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) split into two to better serve each community’s respective students?

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Launches Homework Survey

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, 9:29 am

As part of its commitment to transparency and collaborative decision-making, Santa Monica-Malibu USD invites all parents to participate in the District’s online Homework Survey.

News, Santa Monica, Education

American College Inducts Arthur D. Kraus to the Alumni Hall of Fame

Posted Dec. 15, 2013, 9:48 am

Santa Monica resident Arthur D. Kraus was recently inducted to American Colleges’ Alumni Hall of Fame. The Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize graduates who embody what the American College stands for - integrity, professionalism, volunteerism and dedication to education.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica College Number One In Transfers To University Of California

Posted Dec. 12, 2013, 8:23 am

Santa Monica College is number one in transferring its students to the University of California, according to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office which recently released the 2012-13 data for community college students transferring to the University of California and to the California State University systems. This the the 23rd year in a row that SMC has held this feat.

A Santa Monica mom has created an iPhone app that converts study notes to voice recordings.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Technology

Santa Monica Mom's "Outlines Outloud" Makes Studying Faster, Easier

Posted Dec. 3, 2013, 8:58 am

When Santa Monica mom Valerie Hartford asked her son how he spent his 45-minute bus commute each way to school, he told her he listened to music because he’d get carsick from reading his notes. This prompted Hartford to record her son’s notes, establishing the basic concept of her now evolving text-conversion app called Outlines Outloud.

Lucinda Empson-Speiden’s poem “Seashell” will be published in a poetry anthology called “A Celebration of Poets.”

News, Crossroads, Santa Monica, Education

Crossroads Student’s Poem Top 10 In North America

Posted Nov. 28, 2013, 9:06 am

Earlier this year, Crossroads School second-grader Lucinda Empson-Speiden, the daughter of Rachel Klauber-Speiden and Josh Empson, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for student writers through the United States and Canada.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Superintendent Issues Update On Site Testing At Malibu Schools

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 8:21 am

I am pleased to inform you that the Malibu Schools Environmental Task Force met this weekend to review the first preliminary results of PCB air sampling tests conducted at Malibu High School late last month. We were encouraged by the preliminary results, which show that PCB levels throughout the school are well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) public health guidelines for schools.

Professor Egghead Science Academy, based in Los Angeles with participating schools in Santa Monica, is the only Academy designed for scientists between the ages of 4-12.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Kids Go To Mars In Search Of Aliens

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, 9:05 am

As youngsters, Professor Egghead Science Academy founders and brothers Gary and Shaun Tuch found science education lackluster and sought to redefine methods of teaching, one student at time.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Democratic Club To Discuss The High Cost Of A Four-Year Degree

Posted Oct. 28, 2013, 9:21 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a free talk this Wednesday, Oct. 30 called "The High Cost Of A Four-Year Degree."

News, Santa Monica, Education

JoAnn Deak To Speak At Westside Neighborhood School Nov. 7

Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:06 am

Westside Neighborhood School will host internationally recognized author of educational books JoAnn Deak Ph.D. on Nov. 7.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education, Government

Four-Year Degrees At Community Colleges? Why Not?

Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:20 am

Maybe it’s been just an ego thing or a matter of turf, but administrators and some alumni groups at the University of California and the California State University systems for years have adamantly opposed the notion of community colleges granting anything more than two-year associate of arts degrees.

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