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 By Sarah Storkin    Schools    May 16, 2020

No, SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati didn't call you and ask you to buy him a gift card

SMMUSD spokes woman Gail Pinsker sent an e mail on Tuesday afternoon, warning local families that they may receive phone calls from scanners urging them to purchase gift cards for local schools. Appar...

 

SMC Will Remain Closed in Fall 2020, With Classes Online Only Due to #Covid19

If you're planning to be a Freshman next year at SMC, you'll have to do it online. Santa Monica College has cancelled its fall semester due to Covid-19. "Can you believe this? It's not easy for many...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    April 26, 2020

SMC Corsair Wins Multiple JACC Awards for Excellence in Journalism

The Corsair, Santa Monica College's student-run news outlet, has won an award for "online general excellence" from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) and four student photojournal...

 
 By Grace Smith    Schools    April 12, 2020

Santa Monica College, East LA College & Orange Coast College Donate Ventilators & PPE to Hospitals Fighting Covid-19

Editor's Note: What follows is a press release from Santa Monica College. It has not been edited or check for facts. SMC, East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and Orange Coast College were among 23...

 

3 SMC Students Test Positive for Covid-19, Including One Previous Diagnosed with Coronavirus

Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced that two more students have tested positive for Coronavirus. The college had previously announced that one student had come down with Covid-19, so this brings...

 

SMC Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus; Student on Campus on March 12, 2020

3/19/20: Santa Monica College reported Thursday evening that one of its students has tested positive for Covid-19. All who had contact with him or her, are now advised to self quarantine. SMC draws...

 

Beverly Hills public schools shut down until April 5 Due to coronavirus

Just hours after Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District announced they were closing all schools Friday and Monday due to Coronavirus exposure, Beverly Hills Unified School District announced...

 

Santa Monica College (#SMC) to Suspend All Classes Beginning Friday March 13 Due to Coronavirus

Santa Monica College has now joined the long list of schools shutting down to contain the spread of Covid-19, or Coronavirus. Early this evening, SMC announced that all classes are going to be...

 

Bombshell: SMMUSD Admits Possible Coronavirus Exposures at Franklin, John Muir Elementary and Santa Monica High

UPDATE 8 PM: An email from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District admits possible Coronavirus exposures at 3 Santa Monica schools. This update just in from the District, signed by Ben Drati,...

 

In the Wake of Coronavirus Fears, at Least a Dozen Local Private Schools Have Closed Down

Coronavirus has caused the closure of a Santa Monica school, St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School on Colorado Blvd. The one day closure, a spokesman said, "was out of an abundance of caution, and...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Schools    March 5, 2020

SamoHi Theatre Knocks Em Dead with "The Addams Family Musical"

The ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members (living, dead, and undecided) to celebrate what it is to be an Addams ("When You're an Addams")....

 

261 Parents File Objection to SMMUSD Settlement Affecting 11,000 Students

On Monday, 261 parents, led by former Rent Control Chairperson Joel Koury and Joseph Pertel, both attorneys, filed an objection to a class action settlement between the Santa Monica-Malibu School...

 

California Should Wait Before They Laugh at Iowa Caucus Debacle

On Monday, the much-anticipated results of the Democratic Iowa caucus were not available once the event ended. An app that had been designed to report results automatically from the phones of the...

 

February 10th Deadline for SMMUSD Claim Forms to be Submitted

A lawsuit against the school district has resulted in the disbursement of funds to certain parents. Parents will be reimbursed if they paid for after school activities, field trips, binders, books...

 

Topping Off Ceremony on Discovery Building at Santa Monica High School

1/30: Would that I could aligned the world and its intricacies similar to the delightful "Steeling Topping Out" ceremony, - given by the McCarthy Building Companies Inc. on the grounds of Santa...

 

The costumes, the puppets, the Lions.... On My! Lincoln Lions Present Lion King

Lincoln Middle School Theatre presents Disney's The Lion King Jr. this year on Jan 24-26. Monica Ciociola writes: "I'm a parent volunteer in charge of the marketing. I attended a rehearsal this week...

 

SMC and New Roads School Students Receive 2020 Education Awards from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition

Santa Monica College and New Roads School students were presented the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition 2020 Education Awards at a ceremony held January 20 at SGI-USA World Peace...

 

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...

 

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