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February 23, 1990 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
UCLA will proceed with a controversial plan to move its prestigious laboratory elementary school to a nearby public school district, university officials announced Thursday. Going ahead with the move of the 108-year-old Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is contingent on its independence being assured, said UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor Murray L. Schwartz. Chancellor Charles E.
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June 20, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Even before the San Diego County school shootings in March, Tina Grossman had been troubled by the eat-or-be-eaten mentality she had observed at her sixth-grade daughter's Santa Monica middle school. When Grossman asked her daughter how she coped with being identified as a "scrub"--a sixth-grader new to the school--and a member of the "B crowd," Emily told a remarkable story.
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September 6, 2000 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every pupil's desk was stacked with books, including a big dictionary, inside Mrs. Walling's second-grade classroom at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica on Tuesday, the first day of the school year. To trial lawyer Albert Karel, the sight of the books atop 20 tiny desks brought an assurance that his son, Danny, 7, was headed for another "great school year" at Franklin. "Danny came out of first grade just a wonderful reader," said the proud father. "He reads every day.
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September 6, 2000 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every pupil's desk was stacked with books, including a big dictionary, inside Mrs. Walling's second-grade classroom at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica on Tuesday, the first day of the school year. To trial lawyer Albert Karel, the sight of the books atop 20 tiny desks brought an assurance that his son, Danny, 7, was headed for another "great school year" at Franklin. "Danny came out of first grade just a wonderful reader," said the proud father. "He reads every day.
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March 22, 1996
More than 200 students from four Westside schools are gathering in a Santa Monica park today, coming together to meet and make friends with teenagers from other cities. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from schools in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Culver City are participating in Field Day '96, organized by parent volunteers as a "celebration of education," said parent Sandra Ruch of West Los Angeles.
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June 22, 1995
It was not music to her ears. Janet Mangum, a parent of two students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, was offended when the song "Dixie" was included in the students' end-of-the-year musical show. At her request, administrators quickly pulled the score from the school program. Music teacher Cecile Blanchard had included the song to illustrate musical history, according to school district officials. The Civil War-era anthem was composed in 1859 by Daniel Decatur Emmett.
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July 19, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has fallen two weeks behind schedule in completing reconstruction of Santa Monica High and is making contingency plans to have portable classrooms ready when school begins Sept. 4. District Supt. Neil Schmidt said work on the project has been going on for four years as part of a $100-million districtwide reconstruction program. Ralph Mechur, a member of a nine-member parental oversight committee, called the schedule tight.
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September 3, 1997
Teachers, students and administrators rushed to prepare the new site of the Santa Monica Alternative School House on Tuesday for its first day of classes. With basics like phones still being installed, the pristine modern building did not look quite ready to receive 190 students when it opens Thursday, but new Principal Viki Montera was hopeful that everything would come together by then.
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June 5, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A delegation of parents flew into Sacramento Monday and persuaded State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig to support their campaign to keep the University Elementary School on the UCLA campus and not move it into the Santa Monica public school system. Until Monday, Honig favored the move because he likes the idea of university-run lab schools in public school settings.
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June 24, 1999
Among the more than 50 districts in Los Angeles County that have received their results on the Stanford 9 standardized test are Beverly Hills and Santa Monica-Malibu, both of which had generally above-average percentile rankings. In Beverly Hills Unified School District, 4,130 students in grades 2 to 11 took the exam, said Diane Dawson, an assistant superintendent.
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June 24, 1999
Among the more than 50 districts in Los Angeles County that have received their results on the Stanford 9 standardized test are Beverly Hills and Santa Monica-Malibu, both of which had generally above-average percentile rankings. In Beverly Hills Unified School District, 4,130 students in grades 2 to 11 took the exam, said Diane Dawson, an assistant superintendent.
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September 3, 1997
Teachers, students and administrators rushed to prepare the new site of the Santa Monica Alternative School House on Tuesday for its first day of classes. With basics like phones still being installed, the pristine modern building did not look quite ready to receive 190 students when it opens Thursday, but new Principal Viki Montera was hopeful that everything would come together by then.
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July 19, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has fallen two weeks behind schedule in completing reconstruction of Santa Monica High and is making contingency plans to have portable classrooms ready when school begins Sept. 4. District Supt. Neil Schmidt said work on the project has been going on for four years as part of a $100-million districtwide reconstruction program. Ralph Mechur, a member of a nine-member parental oversight committee, called the schedule tight.
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January 10, 1997
Santa Monica school officials are celebrating the opening of a $5-million campus housing two elementary schools. The campus is home to the first new campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in nearly 30 years, said Art Cohen, a district assistant superintendent. Money from a voter-approved $75-million bond to renovate the district's schools paid for the project. "It looks wonderful," said Cohen of the campus on Ocean Park Boulevard, just blocks from the beach.
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January 4, 1997
In its fifth year, a Santa Monica project that trains teenagers to teach AIDS awareness to other teens has grown from 15 students at one high school to 100 students at five senior and middle schools. Student volunteers from four Westside high schools and one middle school will learn how to teach a one-hour lecture on AIDS during a two-day training session next weekend.
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May 8, 1996
Gardening requires more than simply sprinkling seeds onto soil--science, math and other academic skills are involved. This is the lesson that students in Santa Monica public schools are taught as part of a city-sponsored gardening program run by a nonprofit group called Gardening Angels. City officials are spending more than $50,000 to create gardens and irrigate them in the city's 12 public schools. All the gardens should be completed by this time next year, officials said.
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March 14, 1993 | Bernice Hirabayashi, Times staff writer
Neil C. Schmidt, 51, new superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Claim to fame: Schmidt took the helm of the 9,500-student school district in July upon the retirement of Eugene Tucker. Schmidt had been superintendent of the Lodi Unified School District in the San Joaquin Valley. An advocate of the concept that school achievement is dependent on a supportive home environment, he established a family literacy program at several elementary schools.
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December 25, 1990 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is 7:30 a.m. at Westwood Elementary School, and 17 adults, some wearing suits and ties, sit wedged into chairs built for children, their pencils poised attentively over yellow legal pads. "Here's another grant to apply for," parent Ted Berkowitz said excitedly, extracting a pink sheet from a thick black binder. "It's small, just $12,000, but we should apply anyway."
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March 22, 1996
More than 200 students from four Westside schools are gathering in a Santa Monica park today, coming together to meet and make friends with teenagers from other cities. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from schools in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Culver City are participating in Field Day '96, organized by parent volunteers as a "celebration of education," said parent Sandra Ruch of West Los Angeles.
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January 24, 1996 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The freshman class that arrives at Santa Monica High School every fall is really made up of two classes that will nonetheless find themselves attending some of the same courses, school dances and football games. But the two classes are quite different. The members of each come from a variety of ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds, but one group is more likely to be affluent and white or Asian American and is headed toward four-year colleges.
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