Author: The Argonaut

20 teachers earn national certification

Twenty Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District teachers have earned their National Board Certifications, which are the highest credentials in the teaching profession. The percentage of district teachers getting national certifications this year surpasses the national average. The school district now employs 45 nationally certified teachers. State certification is mandatory for teachers, but national certification is voluntary, and teachers who want a national certificate spend one to three years in programs that evaluate their skills by using rigorous and performance-based assessment. Nationally certified teachers demonstrate their dedication to the profession with activities inside and outside the classroom that improve student achievement. Teachers in the district who received national certifications this year are: Sylvia Jiminez, Linda Beasley and Lori Orum from Edison Elementary School; Tracy Levin from John Adams Middle School; Lisa Bartoli from Franklin Elementary School; Cindy Thatcher from Will Rogers Elementary School; Amy Bisson, Adrienne Karyadi, LaSonya Roberts and Rob Thais from Santa Monica High School; LaShawn Moore from McKinley Elementary School; Stephanie Gross from Lincoln Middle School; Staci Erlandson from Roosevelt Elementary School; Wendy Berman from Webster Elementary School; Jill Matthews, Susan Scheer and Cindy Weinstock from Cabrillo Elementary School; Anna DeShautelle from Malibu High School; and Kelly Didion and Cindy Johnson from Point Dume Marine Science Elementary...

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Marina gets new fireboat

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a new fireboat in Marina del Rey waters. An older Marina fireboat was 35 years old and outdated, says County Fire Department Captain Paul Brown. The cost of the new fireboat was roughly $1 million, Brown says. “This new boat will be able to go as far out as 50 miles from shore,” said Brown. Brown said the top speed on the new boat is 30 knots, nearly three times as fast as the old fireboat. “The vessel is much more seaworthy, it can handle big seas,” Brown said. Some features of the boat include: n side thrusters to enhance maneuverability; n a 300-gallon fuel tank; n a 50-gallon aqueous foam tank (to put out fires); n a tow bar; and n a paramedic treatment center. The boat can accommodate five crew members weighing 250 pounds each. The boat will also store ten inflatable life rafts, which can hold between ten and 15 people. Brown says the old fireboat still has some years in her and can be used as a back-up boat within the Marina. The new fireboat will be moored at the Los Angeles County Marina del Rey Fire Station #10, 4433 Admiralty Way, Marina del...

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Lots of holiday events still ahead in Venice area

Can you believe how fast this year has gone, especially since it seemed like the presidential campaign was going to last forever? VENICE ROTARY — The Venice Marina Rotary Club has been quietly participating in several events for many years to bring smiles to the faces of children in our community. One such event has been a holiday party at the McBride Elementary School at 3960 Centi-nela Ave., Mar Vista. McBride Elementary School is a public elementary and second-ary special education campus that serves approximately 250 moderately to severely disabled and medically fragile children. The majority of the students come from low-income families and many are in foster care or group homes. This year’s holiday party will be held at noon Wednesday, December 15th, and will include refreshments and new toys for distribution by Santa Claus for each of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in the McBride Scouting Program. Everyone sings Christmas carols and spends special one-on-one time with the children to make it a real party for them. VENICE HIGH AWARDS — Another event that has been sponsored by the Venice Marina Rotary Club since 1984 has been the Venice High School (VHS) Community Awards Luncheon. This year, the awards event will be at noon Thursday, December 9th. Fifty-three graduating high school seniors will receive VHS jackets for their high academic achievement and/or their perfect attendance. Several...

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The following is compiled from reports of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

BURGLARY The following items were taken in Marina del Rey burglaries: liquor valued at $60 and diapers valued at $75 in the 4700 block of Admiralty Way between 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Thursday, December 2nd; a stereo valued at $500, a compact disc valued at $10 and 30 compact discs valued at $450 in the 4200 block of Via Marina between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, November 27th; a CD changer valued at $400, skates valued at $370, Roller-blades valued at $197 and a roadside emergency kit valued at $75 in the 13500 block of Old Harbor Lane between 11 a.m. Friday, November 19th, and 7:15 p.m. Sunday, November 21st; dive bags valued at $240 and scuba wet suits valued at $500 in the 4100 block of Via Marina between 8 p.m. Thursday, November 18th, and 5 p.m. Friday, November 19th; clothing valued at $1,000 and tapes, a cassette and a VHS unit valued at $7,000 in the 4100 block of Via Marina between 7 p.m. Saturday, November 13th, and 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 16th; and a CD/AM/FM player valued at $200, a radio valued at $30, a clock valued at $50, a knife valued at $30, VHS movies valued at $45, CDs valued at $50, clothing valued at $80, a cassette player valued at $40, a pillow valued at $20 and a flashlight valued at $20 from...

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