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SMC Grad Off to Japan with $10K Scholarship from Assn. of Teachers of Japanese

Santa Monica College (SMC) graduate Daniel Zarate has been awarded a $10,000 Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). Zarate, who...

 

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

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...

 

$170,000 in Grant Money Given SMC Faculty, by Santa Monica College Foundation

The Santa Monica College Foundation says it has awarded a total of over $170,000 for a "President's Circle Award for Innovation and Progress", four "Chair of Excellence" grants, and 22 "Margin of Exce...

 

Federal Judge Refuses to Block New California Vaccine Law

A federal judge has refused to block a new California vaccination law, which eliminates an exemption based on the parents' personal beliefs. The law requires children in both public and private...

 

CA Students Make Significant Progress on California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Tests

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California students made significant progress in the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    August 30, 2016

Cora wins best short film at Prague independent film festival

CORA-a short film written and directed by SMC student Kevin Maxwell-won Best Short Film at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF). The winners of the first edition of the four-day festival-w...

 

Texas Teacher Brandy Young Tells Kids She Will Not Assign Homework This Year

Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher in Godley Independent School District just outside Dallas-Fort Worth, sent home a letter to parents promising that she will not assign homework to students this ye...

 

School Apologizes for Calling Sheriff to Censor 7-Year-Old From Handing Out Bible Verses

A public school in California who'd directed an LA Deputy Sheriff to call on a seven-year-old boy to cease his sharing of religious literature has officially backed down on their restrictive attitude...

 
 By Stan Greene    Schools    August 22, 2016

Santa Monica High School to Begin the School Year with an "Interim Principal."

Two followup notes to our story last week entitled "Outsider Named as New Samohi Principal." One is we received a very nice note from a parent of a Cincinnati area pupil, who spoke well of Dr....

 

My Son Was Bullied in Santa Monica Schools Because Other Boys Decided He's "Gay."

I am writing to shed light on my family's experience in Santa Monica. When we moved to Southern California two years ago, we specifically chose Santa Monica for many reasons - the schools had a good r...

 
 By Liz Miller    Schools    August 21, 2016

Emergency Housing for Homeless College Students Opens at Kennesaw State

As college campuses across the country begin fall enrollment, the increasing problem of homeless students is causing a flurry of concern. One university in Georgia decided to do something about it....

 
 By Liz Miller    Schools    August 21, 2016

Unvaccinated Students Turned Away on First School Day in Sacramento

A contentious law that passed this summer eliminated both personal and religious exemptions from vaccinations in California schools, and 145 Sacramento children missed all or part of their first day...

 

Ohioan Named as New Principal for SamoHI

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Antonio M. Shelton, Ed.D., as the new principal of Santa Monica High School at the August 10, 2016...

 

Two Interim Superintendents Continue to Collect Salaries During Search for new SMMUSD Chief

Editor's Note: No one knows why, but both Samohi Principal Eva Mayoral and SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons mysteriously, suddenly quit in June. Mayoral indicated she had to take care of her sick,...

 

Milken Names 15 High School Seniors as Scholarship Recipients

Santa Monica, CA (July 11, 2016) – The Milken Scholars, a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, has selected 15 exceptional Los Angeles-area high school seniors...

 

Rare Victory for Christian Group to Use Cleveland School Facilities.

A Christian group which was denied use of facilities at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) today prevailed in a federal lawsuit that requires the school to ensure religious group have...

 

SamoHi Principal Eva Mayoral Resigns

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon quit lat March, and Thursday, Eva Mayoral resigned after 3 years as principal. In an e mail to the community, Mayoral said she...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    June 15, 2016

SMC Awards Xfer Scholarship to 4.0 SMC Student Angel Josue Najera

Santa Monica College (SMC) has awarded its fourth annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship to SMC student Angel Josue Najera. The new Tsang Scholar – the first in his family to go to college ...

 
 By Kristin Peach    Schools    June 11, 2016

Brock Turner Snapchatted a photo of his victim's breasts to friends after the attack

It casts Snapchat in a whole new light. Stanford rapist 'took photograph of his victim's breasts during attack - and shared it with swim team friends who deleted it after his arrest', police believe...

 
 By Lisa Gild    Schools    June 7, 2016

Two Weekend Long Free Camps for Children Ages 6-17 Offered in Malibu

Los Angeles (June 6, 2016) – OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is hosting two weekends at Camp Erin-LA this summer (June 10-12 and August 19-21) at the scenic Camp Bloomfield in Malibu. Camp Erin-LA...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    June 1, 2016

Scholarships to Study in Republic of Korea, Awarded to 4 SMC Students.

Santa Monica College (SMC) announced that four SMC students have been awarded the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) Scholarship for South Korea. Marc Cuison, Alexis Erskine,...

 

SMMUSD Appoints Lissette Bravo new SamoHi House Principal

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...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    May 28, 2016

State Dept Awards Scholarship to SMC Student

Santa Monica College (SMC) student Sharon Nat has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language (CLS) Scholarship to study Punjabi this summer in Chandigarh, India. She is one of 560...

 
 By Liz Angeles    Schools    April 25, 2016

Garden of Angels - The Best Preschool Ever

If every child could get an early start by attending the most phenomenal preschool conceivable, our world would be the most magical place. Garden of Angels in Santa Monica has been a Godsend to our...

 

Feds Set Up Fake Univ. to Entrap Foreign Students

The University of Northern New Jersey fielded no sports teams, held no graduation ceremonies and had no instructors, classes or degree programs. It did have a very attractive website that promised an...

 

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