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  • Santa Monica High School Conducts "Truth About Drugs Presentation 9th and 10th Grades"

    SMMUSD|Apr 29, 2017

    Editor's Note: It's an open secret that drug and alcohol use is pervasive at Santa Monica High School. There's a sense that the school has to do something about the problem. This is a note we received this morning, from SamoHi Principal Antonio Shelton: As many of you know, it is extremely important that we communicate and make our students aware of the truth about drugs and alcohol. Over the course of this school year, our school community has discussed how we can inform our students about...

  • SMMUSD Updates Norovirus Alert, John Adams Middle School Closure

    SMMUSD|Feb 12, 2017

    Dear Rogers, Grant, Edison, Muir, SMASH and Samohi families, As you may be aware, we closed John Adams Middle School on Friday to help control the spread of a gastrointestinal illness, possibly Norovirus, as recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Some JAMS families also have students at our other schools, which we have been monitoring for signs of illness. All SMMUSD schools are open Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The JAMS campus had been cleaned every night since Monday...

  • SMMUSD Sends Bulletin Warning of Suspicious Man in a Car Near John Adams Middle School

    SMMUSD|Feb 1, 2017

    Good evening SMMUSD families of Samohi, JAMS, Grant and Rogers students, We were notified today (Sunday afternoon) that a police report was filed by a young woman who encountered a man while walking on Pico Blvd near 25th Street, who pulled up to her on the wrong side of the street and started talking to her and suggested she get in his car. She is not one of our students and is over the age of 18. The young woman was able to ignore his suggestions and got home safely, and notified the Santa...

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

    SMMUSD|Jan 17, 2017

    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 trust you've bestowed on me to serve as steward over the most important job in the world, aside from parenting, and that is the education of our children. I want to thank the SMMUSD school board members for the great care and sensitivity they exercised in selecting me through a rigorous and...

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

    SMMUSD|Dec 25, 2016

    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 will send a new notice out prior to treatment." SamoHi is experiencing a flea problem, and will treat buildings with pesticide this Friday, December 17th, said the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District in a press release. "We are experiencing a flea problem on the Samohi campus and determined tha...

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

    SMMUSD Official PR|Sep 28, 2016

    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 release: Dear parents and guardians, We understand that a comfortable classroom temperature is more conducive to teaching and student learning, and we recognize that we are heading into a predicted warm, fall week. We are taking this opportunity to update you on the short and long term measures...

  • Fleas Discovered at SamoHi Nurses Office, and not the kind you take to a market

    SMMUSD Official, Press Release|Sep 10, 2016

    Yes, that's right, FLEAS! And it's not about the lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Those pesky little black bloodsuckers known as fleas have been found in the nurses office at Santa Monica High School. The District issued the following Emergency pesticide notice – Samohi nurses office" on Wednesday: Dear Samohi parents and guardians, We have discovered fleas in the nurse's office on campus this week and determined that this problem requires emergency treatment. The treatment will be don...

  • Schools Are Hot, But Your Kids Better Obey The Dress Code Anyway

    SMMUSD Official|Sep 3, 2016

    After deciding to start the school year in the third week of August several years ago, the school district has managed to determine that the complete lack of air conditioning in any of its classrooms might be a wee bit of a problem. June is typically a cool month in Santa Monica. August, not so much. Apparently, the number of schoolkids nodding off during a hot summer afternoon has prompted the below measures. Dear parents and guardians, We understand that a comfortable classroom temperature is...

  • SMMUSD Appoints Lissette Bravo new SamoHi House Principal

    SMMUSD Official, Press Release|Jun 1, 2016

    The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Lissette Bravo as a new Santa Monica High School house principal at its May 19, 2016 meeting. Bravo comes to SMMUSD from Poway High School where she has been assistant principal since 2012. She is also currently the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) district director to Poway High School and two middle schools since 2013. She began her teaching career as an English teacher at Leuzinger...