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Multicultural Week – The Horace Mann community once again celebrated its annual Multicultural Week to great success

The Horace Mann community once again celebrated its annual Multicultural Week to great success. Highlighting a different geographic region each day, students enjoyed an array of food and activities, including  learning how to surf and how to write their names in Norse runes. Pictured (top row, from left): Ki Woon Kang, Yu Zhou, Aimee Contreras-Camua, Rayan Sohaib, Sohaib Rana, Jenny Yoo, Hina Sohaib, Annie Jeng, Fumi Yamashita and Sara Nabati; (middle row, from left): Rosa Kim, HaRim Lee, Kathleen Avena Blanco and Kyung Min Kim; (front row, from left): Sophie Hong, Gina Choi, Shehzel Sohaib, Courtney Hong, Olivia Kim, Liana Carrel, Aria Carrel, Jolie West-Christopher, Chaerin Lee and Shabia Sohaib.

Baby Bruins – Beverly Vista 5th grade teacher Kris Milliken recently took students on a field trip to UCLA where they received a campus tour

Beverly Vista 5th grade teacher Kris Milliken recently took students on a field trip to UCLA where they received a campus tour.  “By showing the students around a university campus and continually teaching them about the benefits of going to college, I am hopeful that this field trip will serve as added motivation for the children to one day pursue higher education,” Milliken said.

Teen BHEF To Hold School Board Candidate Forum On Wednesday

Mark your calendars for next Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the first Board of Education candidate forum, which will be held at Beverly Hills High School. There are three candidates vying for two empty seats in the upcoming Nov. 6 election: Marvin Winans Jr., Rachelle Marcus and Tristen Walker-Shuman.

EATING AWAY AT CROHN’S & COLITIS

EATING AWAY AT CROHN’S & COLITIS – Former Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne was honored last week at the Guts & Glory Gala for the Chrohn’s & Colitis Foundation at The Beverly Hilton. The nonprofit, volunteer organization is dedicated to finding a cure for these diseases, which affects more than 1.6 million people in the United States. Krasne has devoted much of her life to public service. Sharing the evening’s honors was Tyler James Williams, an American actor and Hip-Hop artist, diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Pictured, from left: Beverly Hills High Sophomore Elise Knebel, Honoree Nancy Krasne, Crohn's patient/advocate Tyler Carl and Ilene Knebel.

Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms in San Marino Huntington Library Botanical Garden

There's a smell of success Friday at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens -- and it sure stinks.

Pancake Breakfast – Hawthorne Elementary held its second annual Pancake Breakfast to welcome all new and returning families back to school

On August 12, Hawthorne Elementary held its second annual Pancake Breakfast to welcome all new and returning families back to school for the 2018/2019 school year. Pictured (from left): BHPD Young Explorer Brandon Brener; Hawthorne parent Doreece Artal; Hawthorne student Aaron Artal; BHUSD Board of Education Vice President Noah Margo; BHUSD Superintendent Michael Bregy; and Hawthorne PTA Co-President Maria Bennett.

Saluting Graduates – Beverly Hills High seniors made pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.”

Beverly Hills High seniors got creative this week, making pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.” The BHHS College Center and PTSA supplied free pizza and snacks while students won raffle prizes while creating their pennants. Pictured, from left: BHHS seniors Ben Dahan, Sophia Goldberg, Dominique Petrie, Jamie Kim and Jonathan Artal.

Rachelle Marcus Declares Candidacy For Beverly Hills School Board

Longtime resident and lifelong educator Rachelle Marcus officially became the first candidate to throw her hat in the ring for one of two upcoming seats on the Beverly Hills Board of Education.

Happy Graduation – The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors.

The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors. After upwards of 20 years in the school district, several of these volunteers are graduating out with their last child. The meeting also offered quite the suprise for co-president Jodi Galen - with a lifesize replica of the petite powerhouse volunteer! Pictured (top, from left): PTSA co-president Laurie Okum, Marjaneh Manavi, Jodi Galen (times two!), and Cindy Trost; (bottom, from left): “graduating moms” Rishelle Maman, Dorit Abramov, Doreece Artal, Eddie Rabin, Dagny Dubelko, Dori Kenneally, Fariba Khorshad, Nazy Yadegar, Jodi Galen and Laurie Okum.

Plugged In Parents – More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann

More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann to learn about navigating the challenges of screen time in the digital era. Featuring speaker Anya Kamenetz (author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life), the event was sponsored by PTA Council, Rocco’s Pizza, Virtual Room LA and San Wilshire Printing. To view the entire event, which was filmed by K-BEV, visit: tinyurl.com/BHUSDplugged2. Pictured (from left): Karla Mulholland, Ann-Marie Fine, Alisa Bozin, Anya Kamenetz, Lisa Bieler, Horace Mann Principal Juliet Fine (front), Bahare Yektafar, BHUSD Director of Technology Bernadette Lucas, Romi Azevedo (front), Kimberly Combs and Superintendent Michael Bregy.

Apple Unveils New Apps for iPad Technology in the Classroom

 Apple on Tuesday unveiled new applications and a discounted iPad tablet aimed at the education market as it tries to regain momentum lost to Google in the world of classroom technology.

Success At Hawthorne – Hawthorne held its own Fun Run this past week, “Running With The Viking,” raising over $40,000

Taking a nod from El Rodeo, which launched Beverly Hills Unified School District’s first annual “Fun Run” a few years ago, Hawthorne held its own Fun Run this past week,  "Running With The Viking,” raising over $40,000.  Pictured: Hawthorne students and parents enjoy Multicultural Day.

Los Angeles Students Walkout to Protest Gun Violence and Advocate Gun Control

  Chanting slogans, toting signs and at times linking arms, thousands of Southland students walked out of class Wednesday and onto football fields, tracks or lawns, to honor the 17 victims of last month's school shooting in Florida and to call for action to improve campus safety.

Beverly Hills News – Special City Council Meeting On School Security Tonight At 7 p.m.

Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli are set to spearhead a special City Council meeting on school security tonight at City Hall starting at 7 p.m. - and the community is invited to attend.

Two Local Students Named Semifinalists In Music Center’s Annual Spotlight Program

Two local  students—Hannah Kanter and Kate Froemmling— are among the 113 students named as semifinalists in The Music Center's 30th annual Spotlight program, a free nationally known scholarship and arts training program for teens.

Mr. Novak, a Piece of Television History and a Piece of Personal History

I rarely speak from a personal point of view, as journalism calls for objectivity. And I never insert myself into a story. 
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