New superintendent sets priorities

When Superintendent Kris Cosca walked into his first teaching job in an impoverished community, he realized that his students required more from him than a lesson plan.  “Those students needed to trust me,” Cosca said. “They needed to respect me. They needed to know that I cared for them. And until they knew those things,… Continue reading New superintendent sets priorities

Anti-vaping peer group emerges on campus

With Walmart banning Juuls in September and 1080 proven illnesses and 15 reported deaths linked to vaping across 18 states according to the Center for Disease Control, the effects of vaping are now widely known. In addition, during the 2018-19 school year, vice principal Mike Casper processed 20-30 cases of smoking and drug paraphernalia on… Continue reading Anti-vaping peer group emerges on campus

Survey reveals racial gap on campus

In January, almost 85 percent of San Marin students completed the Youth Truth Survey for the second year in a row. This online survey obtains student ratings in a variety of categories in order to gain a better understanding of students’ experiences on campus. The six categories ranked included Engagement, Academic Rigor, Relationships, Belonging &… Continue reading Survey reveals racial gap on campus

School to construct new student center and STEM building

By Vivienne Tran and Emma Williams   On June 17, construction of a new Performing Arts Center Building and STEM Building will begin. The current Emily Gates Student Center will be completely demolished, with the new performing arts center built from scratch during the 2019-2020 school year. The new Performing Arts Center Building will be… Continue reading School to construct new student center and STEM building

Spanish teacher Marcelyn Smith set to retire this year

After years of creating stories, singing songs and exploring the Spanish language with generations of students, Spanish teacher Marcelyn Smith will conclude her 25year teaching career. Smith earned her teaching credential at Brigham Young University, but she did not originally intend to become a teacher, instead beginning her college education as an art major and… Continue reading Spanish teacher Marcelyn Smith set to retire this year

Survey reveals racial gap on campus

In January, almost 85 percent of San Marin students completed the Youth Truth Survey for the second year in a row. This online survey obtains student ratings in a variety of categories in order to gain a better understanding of students’ experiences on campus. The six categories ranked included Engagement, Academic Rigor, Relationships, Belonging &… Continue reading Survey reveals racial gap on campus

District curbs losses with further budget cuts

On March 19, the Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the Second Interim Budget Report as well as the proposed Budget Balancing Process for the 2019-2020 school year. The proposed cuts entailed in the Budget Balancing Process projected approximately $1.8 million in savings, larger than the recommendations made by last year’s Budget Advisory… Continue reading District curbs losses with further budget cuts

Students and staff reflect on racism awareness walkout

On April 4, junior Perla Rodriguez held a walkout after a student used racial slurs against one of their peers, telling them to “go back to Mexico.” Rodriguez wanted to use the walkout as a way to express her concerns and raise awareness about racism on campus. “I just hope San Marin as a whole begins to slowly but surely understand that the ethnic group is outnumbered, but… Continue reading Students and staff reflect on racism awareness walkout