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 By Observer Staff    Schools    July 24, 2021 

Santa Monica Montessori School Now offering Bilingual Program in Mandarin or Spanish

This program will be offered as a part of the Montessori curriculum in our early childhood classrooms for children ages 3-6 years. Montessori discovered that children between the ages of 0-5 years...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    June 22, 2021

Santa Monica High Schooler Win Spot at GRAMMY Camp

A high school student from Santa Monica has been selected to participate in the 17th annual GRAMMY Camp program., operated by the GRAMMY Museum. Jaq Adelman will be among 81 talented high school...

 
 By Polly Hansen    Schools    June 17, 2021

As Covid Restrictions Ease, Santa Monica High School Conducts 2021 Graduation

SamoHi's first 2021 graduation was on a gorgeous day, as California loosened its Covid restrictions. There are still many rules to follow for everyone's safety. We were all sent the guidelines ahead o...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Schools    June 9, 2021

Preschool Begins Enrollment Now Open for 2021-22 SMMUSD Preschool Programs

Enrollment has started for all 2021-22 preschool programs and Seaside neighborhood options at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The programs include fee-based, half-day and full-day cla...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    May 31, 2021

SMMUSD Students Can Keep Their Chromebooks for Summer Learning

Students who were issued Chromebooks by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will not have to return their devices if they plan to continue with learning over the summer, school officials...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    May 24, 2021

Demolishing Historic WPA Building at Samohi Teaches Lesson: Never Vote for School Bond Measures

The Santa Monica-Malibu(for now) School District seeking to demolish the art moderne History building in the center of the Samohi campus teaches the public an important civics lesson. Never vote in...

 

HER Launches Grant Program to Support Women-Owned Restaurants in Los Angeles, Sponsored by Doordash

Following a groundbreaking collaborative event featuring women-owned restaurants across Los Angeles in January 2021 called 10 Days RE:Her, newly formed non-profit RE:Her today announced a Covid-19 relief grant program, sponsored by DoorDash. RE:Her...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Schools    May 1, 2021

SMMUSD Preparing to Sell $280 Million in Bonds to Fund Classroom Improvements

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is preparing to sell $280 million of bonds for both Measure M (for Malibu Schools) and Measure SMS (for Santa Monica Schools) in the coming months,...

 

DC Dance of LA Win Dance Scholarships

This past weekend, dancers from DC Dance of Los Angeles attended Radix Dance to compete and take classes with today's top choreographers in the industry. This was their first regional competition sinc...

 

SMMUSD Rejects Latest Proposal from Malibu; Separation Hearing Saturday

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education on Friday morning voted 5-2 to reject the latest City of Malibu counter proposal on "unification" or separation. This latest offer...

 

School Board Member Responds to School Board Recall Petition.

This petition against me is categorically false, mean-spirited, and harmful to our exemplary school district. The recall is baseless and does not serve our students or the voters of Santa Monica and M...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    April 2, 2021

SMMUSD Will Fully Reopen Elementary Schools April 19, Secondary Schools April 26

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has just announced it will officially reopen its campuses for full-time, in-person instruction on April 19 for elementary students and on April 26 for...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    March 29, 2021

SMMUSD Preparing to Fully Reopen All Schools After Spring Break, says Santa Monica Malibu Schools Superintendent

All the students in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District may fully return to their physical classrooms as early as April 12. SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati made it clear this past weekend that the...

 

'Critical Race Theory' Remains at Heart of New California Education Curriculum Despite Scholars' Warnings

Despite warnings from more 100 university scholars and academics that the third draft of the state-mandated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) contained numerous empirically false and politically-...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Schools    March 12, 2021

90 Percent of the Country's Law Schools Have "Excessive Whiteness" says Law Professor at University of Dayton

In a document that could have come straight from a reverse version of Jim Crow, "The Whitest Law School Report" ranks 200 of the nation's law schools in terms of the percentage of white students...

 

LBUSD will begin in-person elementary school instruction on Monday, March 29, says Mayor

Long Beach Unified School District plans to resume in-person classes for grades K through 5 in March 2021. Schools have been closed since March 19, 2020 due to Covid-19. Long Beach Mayor Robert...

 

Scholars Challenge the Benefits of Teaching Critical Race Theory to Children, Pointing at California's Re-Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum as a Cautionary Tale

In a scholarly review sent last week to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and President of the State Board of Education Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, thirty-five...

 

Sylvan Learning Goes On: Is your child excelling this year or has Covid left them behind?

Sylvan Santa Monica has reopened for virtual instruction amid the ongoing pandemic. We spoke with Managing Director, Ed Guirguis, and found they have a deep commitment to help local families....

 

'Kingdom of the Sweets" provides a welcome reprieve - celebrating the resilience of local dancers in Holiday favorite

For 47 consecutive years, Southern California's longest running production of The Nutcracker has delighted audiences of all ages. This year in the age of Covid – with renewed determination, grace,...

 

UC Barred from Using Standardized Tests in Admissions and other stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judge rules that passage of SB 394 violated state Constitution Instead of having the opportunity to present his case before the parole board next summer, convicted murderer...

 

SMC Board Passes Resolution in Support of Carbon Dividend Act

SANTA MONICA, CA-The Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday night, Oct. 6 that urges Congress to approve HR 763: Energy Innovation...

 

"GRACE AND GRIT" - a film depicting the power of dance in difficult times. Young Dance Students and Professional Alumni Present Drive-in Dance Film

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica announces a drive-in film event for arts advocacy at the Santa Monica College Bundy Campus' East Parking lot, to be held Friday & Saturday, October 9th & 10th,...

 

Another Professor Admits to Masquerading as a Black Woman, In Order to Advance in Academia`

In shades of the famous Rachel Dolezal case, a white Jewish woman from Kansas has come forward and said that her career as an African American studies professor was a fraud. George Washington...

 

SMMUSD's New Anti-Racism Curriculum May Do More Harm than Good

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati sent an email to parents and the public outlining the district's plans to combat racism, including a website of parent resources,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    July 22, 2020

Let's Use Covid-19 to Rethink America's Public Schools. They're Obsolete, Anyway

All over the United States, local and national leaders debate the possibility of opening school in the fall. In many areas, officials and teachers are reluctant to invite children to congregate and...

 

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