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Volunteers needed December 3, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.Bite of Reality Program for our Seniors.

Bite of Reality is a two-and-a-half-hour, hands-on simulation that appeals to teens while giving them a taste of real-world financial realities. Teens are given a fictional occupation, salary, spouse and family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The teens then walk around to various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. Fortunately, the game also includes a “credit union” to help with their financial needs.

This interactive activity will teach teens how to make financial decisions and give them a better understanding of the challenges of living on a budget. Teens will have to deal with a pushy “car salesperson” and a commission-based “realtor,” and weigh their wants versus their needs. There’s even a “Fickle Finger of Fate” that will give some of the students unexpected “expenses” or “windfalls”—just like in real life.

Please click here to sign up as a volunteer.

MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD- Congratulations to San Marin’s own NICK WILLIAMS, recipient of the Milken Educator Award. Check out this link to the YouTube video ( as well as the link to the photo gallery ( capturing the day’s best moments of our school community. For more information about Nick, please visit the Milken Educator Award website at

The California Healthy Kids Survey is being administered to all 9th and 11th grade students on Tuesday December 1 and Wednesday December 2. There are samples of the survey, in both English and Spanish, in the front office. There are withdrawal letters (download here: English  Spanish) in case you choose to opt out your child. If you choose to opt out, please fill out the withdrawal form and give to Mr. Casper before the administration. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!