Later start affects students and staff

Last April, the NUSD Board of Trustees approved the Later Start Committee’s proposal to implement a new schedule at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The proposal changed the start time of first period from 7:15 a.m. on block days, and 7:26 a.m. on regular days, to 8:00 a.m. every day. The purpose of… Continue reading Later start affects students and staff

Santamorena brings new ideas to San Marin

By Vivian Bui The propellers of the helicopter smashed the air with undeniable strength each time it spun in a continuous loop. From the shaking of the helicopter to the deafening noise that accompanied it, Diane Santamorena stood readying herself to plunge into the frigid ocean for her Navy rescue training. “While it was scary,… Continue reading Santamorena brings new ideas to San Marin

Seniors pay up to $400 for reserved parking spots

With senior year come many activities and experiences, from class shirts, college decisions and reserved parking spots.  On Thursday, August 24, the Leadership class held an auction to reserve thirty parking spots in the front, side and back lots.  These spots were in high demand, with prices reaching upwards of $400, resulting in a total… Continue reading Seniors pay up to $400 for reserved parking spots

New schedules create new conflicts

  The number of students with scheduling conflicts rose this year, according to Assistant Principal Diane Santamorena. Reasons for the increase include San Marin implementing a new bell schedule, with seventh period ending about 45 minutes later this year than it had during the 2016-17 school year. Students taking a sixth or seventh period may… Continue reading New schedules create new conflicts

San Marin athletes left to practice on blacktop

Coaches and their teams are having difficulties finding a place to practice with the amount space available at San Marin. With one turf field, teams are left to practice on the upper field, the Sinaloa field and the blacktop. For many coaches, cancelling practice is the only option. This is true for Elenai Katsaros, coach… Continue reading San Marin athletes left to practice on blacktop

Dr. Mark Sims brings change as new principal

By Jenna Clark “Coaching is about doing your best to put people in the right places to be successful, so if you’re coaching a team, you’re trying to put people in a place where their strengths are always being enhanced,” new principal Dr. Mark Sims said. “The same thing works in teaching and learning --… Continue reading Dr. Mark Sims brings change as new principal

Girls water polo team trains with Olympian Brenda Villa

On August 26th, Brenda Villa, a four-time Olympian, ran a half-day clinic with the San Marin girls water polo team. Villa began playing water polo when she was eight years old. Her high school, Bell Gardens High, located in Los Angeles, did not have a female team when she attended. She had to lobby her… Continue reading Girls water polo team trains with Olympian Brenda Villa

STEM garden planned for use as an outdoor classroom

The sun is shining bright as science teacher Dr. Michelle Lafevre-Bernt reaches over her beloved grandmother to pick the freshest tomato in her garden. Ever since she was young, Lafevre-Bernt has been intrigued with the outdoors. Starting four years ago, she began to utilize her gardening skills at San Marin to help launch a new… Continue reading STEM garden planned for use as an outdoor classroom

Fall Musical: The Addams Family

  San Marin’s music department is being pulled in a new direction as they take on this spooky and comical adaptation of the upcoming fall musical, The Addams Family, which opens on October 24th. Set in a twisted world, the iconic characters of the Addams family face many challenges. Wednesday Addams, the daughter of Gomez… Continue reading Fall Musical: The Addams Family

Foreign exchange program continues at San Marin

“Coaching is about doing your best to put people in the right places to be successful, so if you’re coaching a team, you’re trying to put people in a place where their strengths are always being enhanced,” new principal Dr. Mark Sims said. “The same thing works in teaching and learning -- trying to place… Continue reading Foreign exchange program continues at San Marin