News & Updates

SMSF Grants Overview

On May 22, 2018, the San Marino Schools Foundation awarded grants totaling over $2.14 million to the San Marino Unified School District (SMUSD) that directly funded teachers and various enrichment programs. The San Marino Schools Foundation prioritizes its funding support to hire and retain highly qualified teachers. SMSF devoted over $2 million for 21 full-time […]

Congratulations to Michiko Lee!

The San Marino schools’ PTA and PTA Council held its 89th annual PTA Founder’s Day ceremony on Wednesday, March 13th honoring members of the community who have selflessly contributed their time and talents volunteering to both their schools and community. The San Marino Schools Foundation is proud to have one of the Founder’s Day honorees […]

SMHS Wellness Center Speaker Series

The Wellness Center at San Marino High School continues to expand its student activities by kicking off with “Everyday Heroes,” a lunchtime speaker series.  Laura Ives, SMHS School Counselor for Student Support and Intervention, says her goal for the program is to, “highlight amazing things that everyday people are doing.” She hopes that this speaker series demonstrates how making an […]

Curriculum and Instruction Town hall

The San Marino Schools Foundation, in collaboration with the District and SMUSD School Board, hosted our second townhall focusing on Curriculum and Instruction on Wednesday, March 6. Jason Kurtenbach, SMUSD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, moderated the town hall, which utilized the Ask Me Anything format, an approach to prioritize pre-submitted questions from parents […]

Our Townhall is Tomorrow!

Don’t forget about our Curriculum and Instruction Townhall tomorrow Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 to 8:45 pm at the Barth Community Room in the Crowell Public Library. There are still spots available! To RSVP, please visit We hope to see you there!

Huntington Drive Banners Are Coming Soon!

The San Marino Schools Foundation’s annual Banner Campaign is upon us, and it is a way for us to proudly thank all our Silver Ambassador and above donors for their support throughout the year. Banners will be up starting April 1 until the end of June. Want to see your name in lights? There is […]

SMHS Honored As a California Distinguished School

Congratulations to San Marino High School for being named as a 2019 California Distinguished School. The amazing teachers, staff, students, and parents deserve credit in earning this recognition again for the High School. Congratulations! A school receives this award by meeting specific criteria based on the California School Dashboard. Dashboard criteria are determined under California’s […]

Don't Forget About Our Town Hall

“What recourse do students have when one or more teachers regularly assign much more homework than the District guidelines?” “Does SMHS allow students to apply college class credit towards high school credits or as a replacement for a high school class? If not, why and what is being done to change the policy, when it […]

The Importance of Music

Music programs have been scientifically proven to help children with improving their brain power, social skills, creativity, and patience. At both Valentine and Carver Elementary schools, Aileen Hsu helps foster these skills to her students every day. Her main goal is to, “spark my students’ interest in music – through singing, playing instruments, listening and […]

In Rehearsal

Huntington Middle School students are rehearsing for the spring musical, Mulan Jr. The Musical, based on the 1998 Disney animated hit film Mulan, features popular music of Stephen Schwarz Mulan Jr. opens March 7th at 7:00 PM in the Kenneth White Auditorium, continuing through March 8th, and closing March 9th at 5:00 PM. Tickets are […]