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 By SMMUSD    Schools    January 17, 2017 

SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati: Santa Monica's Ambassador to the Outside World

Dear Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students, staff, parents and communities: I am humbled and delighted to join you as your superintendent. I have great respect and appreciation for the...

 
 By David Ganezer    Schools    January 17, 2017 

University High/Pepperdine's Coach Richard Kampmann Said to be Near Death at 92

Coach Richard Kampmann, University High School's beloved track and cross country coach who later coached track and cross country distance running at Pepperdine University, is near death, says his son,...

 

Tiffany Trump Set to Enroll at Harvard Law School in September

Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday. A number of students at the country's largest, oldest and most prestigious law school...

 

SMMUSD Embargoes Pizza Slices, Chicken Sandwiches and Burritos

As of the beginning of 2017, junk snacks are history at Santa Monica schools. SMMUSD will also ban Pizza slices, Chicken Sandwiches and Burritos, unless they are part of a lunch with several items....

 
 By SMMUSD    Schools    December 25, 2016

Samohi to Spray Pesticide in Classroom Buildings for Fleas During Winter Break

Update, 12/15: "We are postponing the planned pesticide treatment at Samohi that had been scheduled for tomorrow morning," says an SMMUSD release. "The treatment will occur during winter break. We wil...

 

Santa Monica College Police Effort to Benefit Families of Veterans, Foster Youth

Raising money to support cancer research, collecting clothing and toiletries for foster children, and collaborating on a new play may not be the first things that come to mind when you think about...

 

Minecraft Python Temple Online Coding Course Launched by BrainStorm STEM Education

BrainStorm STEM Education, a tech-based academy for children in Irvine, is making programming available to all via their newly launched online course. Combining a Minecraft Adventure game with educati...

 

Antonio Shelton Raps with SamoHi Students About the Election of President Donald Trump

Politico.com calls the election of Donald Trump Tuesday night "the biggest political upset in US History." Santa Monica residents and others reacted with surprise, since after all, Democratic Nominee...

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Appoints New Superintendent

SMMUSD Press Release: Dr. Ben Drati comes to SMMUSD from the Santa Barbara Unified School District where he has served as the assistant superintendent of secondary education since 2012. In this assign...

 

Seeking Votes for $345M Bond Measure, SMC Expands Adult Learners

Editors note: This is an official SMC press release. SMC has a controversial $345 million bond measure on the Nov. 8th ballot, and has recently admitted only 4% of its 33,000 students, are Santa Monic...

 

Santa Monica College Finally Commits Itself to Accepting More Local Students

Santa Monica College just announced priority enrollment at SMC for Santa Monica and Malibu residents and local graduates, effective the winter semester which commences Jan. 3, 2017. This is probably...

 

Santa Monica High Creepy Clowns are Creepier than Culver City High's, 6 to Nothing.

In his first e mail to parents, Santa Monica High School's new principal Antonio Shelton warned about Creepy Clowns. No, seriously. We can't make up stuff like this. Here's the text of the letter: A...

 

RAND Joins the War on Terror With Half a Billion Dollar Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected the RAND Corporation to operate the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, which will conduct technical and operational research and...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    October 8, 2016

SMC Conducts Two Week Boot Camp Called "English Academy" to Expedite Transfers

Imagine skipping a year of pre-college English, because you made it through a two-week boot camp called "English Academy." It sounds too good to be true, except that 213 Santa Monica College (SMC)...

 

Humanitarian Kids' TV Show Mack & Moxy Premiers on Netflix Streaming Oct. 1

Mack & Moxy, a new kids' TV series produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment in association with Bardel Entertainment and 12 national charities, will begin streaming on Netflix October 1st. Mack...

 

National Children's Chorus Hosting Auditions in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.

America's leading youth choral institution, the National Children's Chorus (NCC) is hosting three Fall 2016 auditions – Saturday, October 15th at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles; Thursday, Oct...

 

SMC Grad Awarded SMART Scholarship by US Department of Defense

Santa Monica College (SMC) announced that SMC grad and Santa Monica native Jonathan Eady has been awarded a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service by the...

 

SMMUSD Prepares for 100 degree weather, but some Classrooms Lack Air Conditioning

Santa Monica reached 100 degrees on Monday, September 26th. It is Indian Summer, the time after Summer when it becomes hotter in LA than it was in July. The School District issued the following press...

 

How Do Videos Go Viral? SMC Lauches Media and Communications Series

Viral Videos, Barbershop Books, Film Screenings, & More! SMC presents a Communication & Media Series featuring a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work, share their...

 

LAUSD Extends Summer Vacation One Week, Shortens Christmas

Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to push back the start of school to a later date, unnamed LAUSD board members told Fox 11 News (KTTV). Parents complained that the school beginning on...

 

UC Berkeley Reinstates Anti-Israel Seminar, Over Jewish Protests of Anti-Semitism

On Monday UC Berkeley reinstated a course that had provoked controversy, not only for its virulently anti-Israel syllabus but also for its violation of University of California policy regarding politi...

 

Forward-Thinking Soledad High School is Going Solar, Says School District

The Soledad Unified School District approved a contract with OpTerra Energy Services, Inc. (OpTerra Energy Services) at its last board meeting of August to design and construct the first solar...

 

Calling All Creative Teens: 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Now Open for Submissions

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens, is now accepting submissions from students across...

 

Chaffey College and Pasadena City College Finalists for 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

$1 Million Prize for Excellence in Four Areas: Learning, Degree Completion, Employment and Earnings, and Access and Success for Minority and Low-Income Students; Winner to be Announced in March 2017...

 

SMC, SMMUSD Governing Boards Call Special Joint Meeting

The governing boards of the Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD) and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will hold a second annual special joint meeting at 6:00pm on Tu...

 

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