The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District recently re-opened its sixth building on the Malibu High School campus, where nine buildings have been identified by the District for air and surface wipe sampling, as well as soil testing, after parents raised concerns about PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) exposure. In total, the District has re-opened eight buildings, which includes an administration and classroom building at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School. The District’s environmental consultant has worked closely with state and federal agencies, developing and implementing a testing plan that relied on benchmarks established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to ensure the safety of all teachers, staff and students at the school sites. Media contact: Valerie Martinez, 909-445-1001 (office)
Santa Monica-Malibu Superintendent Sandra Lyon has been selected to join the Suburban School Superintendents (SSS), a prestigious national organization dedicated to improving the quality of schools. The SSS, founded 49 years ago, is limited to a 150 active superintendents from the pre-eminent suburban school districts throughout the country and strives to improve the quality of educational opportunities, programs and services for children, staff and parents in member districts. By pooling ideas and information from its membership, the organization works collaboratively to solve issues facing schools nationwide.
Students from Santa Monica High School have achieved the perfect trifecta, receiving the top three prizes in the seventh annual Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest for their artistic expression, creativity and interpretation of this year’s theme “Do More to Use Less.” Advanced Placement Environmental Science students Valerie Young, Yanjun Li and Anastasia Khromova were awarded grand prize, second place and honorable mention for creating posters that addressed the question “How can you raise awareness about the drought and cut back water use by 20 percent?” The Samohi students were recognized at the Sustainability Student Poster Contest Awards Ceremony and Celebration on May 27, hosted at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
Some 350 seventh-graders at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified’s Lincoln Middle School were interviewed by professionals and community members this week on the theme, “What is a Worthwhile Life?” as a way to prompt the students to reflect on important decisions in their academic and personal futures. In its 24th year at Lincoln, the year-end Worthwhile Life interviews connect students to cross-curricular topics and themes encountered throughout seventh grade. The students were interviewed for 15 minutes on May 21 and 22 by 50 local college professors, Rand researchers, former teachers and students, local business people, and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified administrators and board members, among others.