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Events - 2015-2016 Summary
Summary of Recent Events 2015-2016


Not in Our Town! Alcohol, Drugs, Stress, and Mental Health Dangers Facing Our Adolescents in San Marino (09.30.2015)

Our first Town Hall format with panelists:

  • Dr. Cherniss, Superintendent of Schools, SMUSD

  • Ms. Mary Johnson, Principal, San Marino High School

  • Ms. Laura Ives, Intervention Counselor, San Marino High School

  • Mr. John Incontro, Chief of Police, San Marino


PfA Speaker Series: Monica Harmon on Bullying & Cyberbullying, Awareness and Prevention (10.15.2015)

Ms. Harmon, founder of Speak Out Against Bullying, Inc., discussed how to identify bullying, responding to bullying behavior, preventing bullying, responsible use of social media, and maintaining a positive online reputation.

PfA Speaker Series: Dr. Melissa Johnson on Cliques, Conflicts, and Connections (11.13.2015)

Dr. Johnson spoke on empowering girls to find their voice and their parents to support their daughter's social and emotional growth with resilience.

PfA Speaker Series: Michael Gurian on The Minds of Boys: Helping our Sons do Their Best in School and Life (12.9.2015)

Mr. Gurian highlighted the neuroscience behind the developing mind and spoke of the physical and mental differences in brain function between girls and boys and how to effectively engage boys in learning.

PfA Speaker Series: Micah Jacobson on The Power of Conversation (1.15.2016)

Mr. Jacobson held an assembly with the students at San Marino High School during the morning and with the parents in the evening. His focus was on opening the lines of communications between parents and their teens.

PfA Speaker Series: Dr. Chiang and Ms. Harnden on Inside Out: Fostering Emotional IQ in Your Child (1.29.2016)

What is EQ and what role do emotions play in learning? What can parents do to help nurture their children's EQ? Please refer to the presentation handout on the right.


Inside Out Presentation

PfA Speaker Series: Chief Incontro and Mr. Rogers on Protecting Your Child's Privacy & Reputation in Social Media (2.19.2016)

What can parents do to keep children safe in digital media? Please refer to the presentation handouts on the right. The following are additional helpful resources:

Basic computer backup settings
Virus Protection
Additional PC security & monitoring
Basic iPhone settings
Tracking Apps for Mobile Phones
Internet Resource List



PfA Speaker Series: Frank Bruni on his book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be - An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania" (3.16.2016)

Mr. Bruni gives students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition of college admissions and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.

Review: In ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,’ Frank Bruni Examines College Admissions Mania

A conversation with Frank Bruni and Denise Pope of Challenge Success discussing Bruni’s book and philosophy “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be.”


PfA Speaker Series: Dr. Vicki Zakrzewski on Science of a Meaningful Life (4.21.2016)

Dr. Zakrzewski from The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley drew on cutting-edge research to discuss connections between mindfulness and student success and fostering positive skills and emotions to create meaningful lives.

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