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First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Mary Hazlett, Huntington Middle School’s assistant principal, called caring her favorite character trait.“If you are just caring and considerate, I think that’s a really good start,” said Hazlett, who was in the HMS library Wednesday, Nov. 10, to distribute Good Citizenship awards at a special breakfast. Hazlett and Principal Daryl Topalian honor good citizens every month for character traits such as honesty, courtesy, responsibility and service.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Huntington Middle School has once again achieved the coveted National Blue Ribbon status, the only California middle school to be honored for the year 2021.Principal Daryl Topalian attended the official awards ceremony, which took place Nov. 4-5 in National Harbor, Maryland, following the announcement of winners in September.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos courtesy Tina Wong From Oct. 25-29, Valentine Elementary School held its annual Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by Partnership for Awareness and Valentine PTA.Event chair Marisa Kelly planned livestream assemblies featuring an inspirational message and basketball tricks taught by former Harlem Globetrotter and eight-time Guinness Record holder Corey the Dribbler to kick off their week. Students and staff enjoyed fun activities, including Crazy Hair and Crazy Sock Day along with writing supportive empathy messages about walking in someone else’s shoes, which were displayed on their Red Ribbon Week school banner.PfA and PTA also gifted students and staff Halloween treat bags to celebrate their pledge to lead a healthy lifestyle.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos courtesySuzie Lee, Lina Wuand Catherine Yu K.L. Carver Elementary and Partnership for Awareness recently came together for Red Ribbon Week to promote awareness about mental and physical health.On Monday, Pioneers kicked off the event by wearing red, and throughout the week participants also wore their shirts inside out, shouted out their feelings, and dressed in rainbow-colored apparel, among other activities.On Thursday, Pioneers closed Red Ribbon Week by showering the Carver Kindness Tree with heart-shaped notes to make it blossom.Red Ribbon Week parent volunteers included Mandy Au Yeung, Belinda Hwang, Jocelyn Kan, co-chair Karen Lai, Suzie Lee, Sara Norris, Joanna Wang, Lina Wu, Esther Yao, co-chair Catherine Yu and Hsuan Zee.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Gail Denham’s kindergarten class at Carver Elementary School recently participated in an anti-bullying training.The training was led by counselor Stacey Beavers, who splits her time between San Marino’s two elementary schools.The students learned about the role played by bystanders of bullying and how to recognize, report and refuse bullying.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos courtesy Huntington Middle School PTA Huntington Middle School recently held its annual Hauntington Breakfast with a “Heroes Versus Villains” theme.Under the leadership of co-chairs Stefanie Killackey and Nancy Ko, the event was a success.Attendees enjoyed music from DJ Hem, games, rides, attractions and performances from the talent show. All proceeds raised from this event directly support HMS and enable the school to enrich the educational programs and provide valuable upgrades to its facilities.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. San Marino Partnership for Awareness will bring Sucheta Kamath — an award-winning speech-language pathologist, TEDx speaker and tech-entrepreneur — as its next speaker in this school year’s speaker series. She will focus on supporting parents by discussing, “The Boss Brain: Executive Function,” and will share strategies to help children and teens develop self-awareness and independence.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Frustrated by what they believe is an insufficient contract offer, dozens of San Marino Unified School District’s teachers and staff took to the streets Monday, carrying signs touting their cause and engaging with families as they arrived at campuses during the morning drop-off period at all four of the district’s campuses.The demonstration marked the next round of negotiations between the SMUSD and the San Marino Teachers Association, the union that represents the certificated educators.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Valentine Elementary School students from teacher Leticia “Lettie” Aranda’s 3rd-grade class spent some of their recess time creating and maintaining a garden that is located behind their classroom.The 3rd-graders routinely plant, prune, trim and water the grounds, often discussing with Aranda how their time and efforts can be best used for maximum efficiency.