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Westside Ballet Nutcracker Tradition includes Santa Monica Student Dancers

A winter wonderland awaits at Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's 47th production of 'The Nutcracker!' It's Christmas Eve when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of...

 

SMMUSD Sustainability Coordinator Caroline Coster Wins Scholarship to Study, um, Sustainability.

It should be no surprise that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has a Sustainability Coordinator. This is Santa Monica (and Malibu). Of course we would employ someone to focus on...

 

Woke SMMUSD Schools Win Energy Awards but Can't Keep Their Restrooms Clean

Nine schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have won Energy Star Certification for 2018. To be certified, a building must earn an Energy Star score of 75 or higher. This indicates...

 

A Generational Tradition includes Seven Culver Dancers in 'Nutcracker'

How many children have begged their parents for ballet classes after seeing Clara dance with the Sugarplums in 'The Nutcracker'? In Santa Monica, some of those children may now be bringing their...

 

SMMUSD Struggles With Painting John Muir School Building To One Named for the Obamas

In order to change the name of a building to Michelle and Barack Obama Center for Inquiry and Exploration, the SMMUSD will have to paint over a mural of Muir Woods. Not everyone was happy that Muir...

 

SamoHi Swimming Pool Incident Leads to Government Tort Claim Against SMMUSD

A high school student suffered "severe and debilitating lung injuries" after swimming in the Santa Monica High School pool according to a government claim filed this month against the SMMUSD. "(name...

 

MIT Investigates Who Was Smart Enough to Work for MIT, but Also Dumb Enough to Accept Money from Convicted Child Molester Jeff Epstein.

No people on earth excel in self flagellation better than American academics, as proven this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The prestigious ivy league college issued a press...

 

Dance Talks Reveals Life Lessons of Classical Ballet Training at Westside School of Ballet

The experience of training in classical ballet often has a profound and lasting effect in the lives of dancers, though many ultimately pursue careers outside the dance world. That's the message...

 
 By Phil Brock    Schools    June 20, 2019

Oh the Places You'll Go: 670 seniors graduate at Samohi

With shouts of "19" echoing across the stage, the Santa Monica High School Class of 2019 flipped their tassels from right to left and exuberantly took their final steps as high school students. This...

 

Carousel of Time: LGBTQ Prom on the Pier Was A lot of Fun for all

Despite the fact that the United Methodist Church nationally is in limbo about the LGBTQ community, the Church in Ocean Park sponsored its 8th dance for this community last Saturday night. The City...

 
 By David Ganezer    Schools    June 10, 2019

Ann Whitley Receives Award for Excellence at Roosevelt Elementary School, as she retires after 31 years.

Ann Whitley taught at Roosevelt Elementary School starting 31 years ago, in 1988. This year, she retired. During that time, she team taught with several other teachers, including Angie Snow, Megan...

 

Prayer, poetry, police protection: Life at a Jewish school in Berlin

Berlin (dpa) - The schoolboys who enter the red brick building of the Lauder Beth-Zion School on this chilly winter morning in Berlin are wearing winter hats and baseball caps, just like their peers a...

 
 By Rufus Williams    Schools    May 27, 2019

Lincoln Middle School Gets Wet, a Program to Teach Swimming to All

In addition, a parent is also obligated to teach his child how to swim, so that he may save himself should he be on a boat that sinks. - Talmud. Drowning is unfortunately the number two cause of...

 

SamoHi Places Second in the National Ocean Science Bowl Finals in Washington DC

On April 14, 2019 Santa Monica High School placed second in the 22nd Annual National Ocean Science Bowl Finals. The finals carried the theme "Observe the Ocean; Secure the Future" in Washington DC....

 

So Cal Edison Science Scholarship awarded to Samohi Senior Katie Richards

3/26: At a presentation today, So Cal Edison surprised SamoHi Senior Katie Richards with a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International to pursue STEM education. Breanna Snyder, Katie's...

 

Pali Senior Conducts Parenting Classes at Cornerstone Church for Girl Scout Gold Award Project

My daughter Natalie Schoemann, who is a Senior at Palisades Charter High School, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She put together a reading program to support parenting classes...

 
 By David Ganezer    Schools    March 4, 2019

SamoHi Wins LA Regional Science Bowl, Defeating UniHi and Arcadia High at JPL

This Saturday February 23, 2019 Santa Monica High Schools Ocean Science Bowl Team won the 20th Annual Los Angeles Regional Competition at JPL in Pasadena. "Team members included Ireland Neville, Ryan...

 

Admission Applications to Cal. State University Extended to December 15, 2018

(November 26, 2018) – With many prospective students, their families and communities facing hardship due to wildfires affecting the entire state, the California State University (CSU) is extending t...

 

Malibu Schools Closed Through Thanksgiving Weekend, Including Malibu High School, says SMMUSD

SMMUSD Schools in Malibu are closed to the end of Thanksgiving weekend due to the Fire. They will reopen on Monday, November 26th. Most of the City of Malibu is still under evacuation order, wrote...

 

SMC Malibu Satellite Campus Begins Construction: Four years to Build 27,500 Square Feet

A project begun in the early 2000s to construct a satellite campus for Santa Monica College in Malibu finally won all the necessary approvals for construction, roughly 18 years later. The...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    June 11, 2018

At SMC, a Historic Celebration of First-Ever Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Santa Monica College (SMC) held a "SMC Interaction Design Grad Show," a celebration of the college's first 18 students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design (IXD). The event - bot...

 
 By Observer Staff    Schools    June 5, 2018

SMC Will Award First Bachelors Degrees in June 12, 2018 Ceremony

Santa Monica College's 88th commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Corsair Field, said the school in a press release. About 675 of the more than 4,500 students who...

 
 By Observer Staff    Schools    May 17, 2018

Culver City High School Student Completes 12 years of Dance at Westside School of Ballet

Toscana Finke is a graduating senior from Culver City High School who has been dancing at Westside School of Ballet for over 12 years, three of those at the most advanced level (Level 7). She is one...

 

Intelligence is Not Artificial at John Adams Middle School

The John Adams Middle School "RoboVikings" squad is among just a few Middle School robotics teams competing over the past year with students from 7th through 12th grade. For the second year in a row,...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    October 9, 2017

SMC Debate Team Wins PSCFA Regional Award at El Camino College

Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to announce that the SMC Speech and Debate Team won several awards at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) "Warm Up" Tournament held at...

 

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