News & Updates:

Meet the MBEF Board of Directors: Champions for Education

Since MBEF’s founding in 1983, the driving force behind our mission to improve public education in Manhattan Beach schools has been parents and community leaders with a common passion. Initially, with just a few thousand dollars, MBEF leaders focused on enriching existing programs like art and music. Today, with a multi-million dollar annual commitment to… Read more »

South Bay Families Connected: A Community of Support

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member No matter what parenting philosophies or personal experiences guide us, we all have a common goal when it comes to our children — for them to lead healthy, fulfilled lives. Most parents know firsthand that this journey to adulthood can be challenging, especially with the vast array of distractions… Read more »

College Admissions and Testing Info Night with Adam Ingersoll

The Rapidly Changing Landscape of College Testing: A Special Presentation on Nov 10 November 10, 2015 at 7:00pm; Mira Costa Auditorium Please join us for a presentation on college admission testing provided by nationally-recognized speaker Adam Ingersoll. The extensive overhaul of the PSAT and SAT debuting this year has far-reaching implications, both for public schools… Read more »

Teachers Driving Innovation: New 2015/16 Grant

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Traditionally, we look to our teachers to be leaders in the classroom, to guide our students through established curriculum and ensure they are meeting or exceeding expectations. The teachers who are inspired in their approach, who stretch the boundaries of learning, are typically the most successful. The most successful… Read more »

Introducing…The MBEF Student Ambassadors

This year at Back-to-School Night or a PTA meeting, you may have had the privilege to hear one of our new Student Ambassadors speak about MBEF and the impact your donations have made on their education. These poised, confident and articulate teens have all volunteered to speak on behalf of MBEF at school and community… Read more »

We Heard You – STEM in Our Schools

By Farnaz Golshani Flechner, Executive Director Manhattan Beach parents, business leaders, educators, and community members invest their time, talents and financial resources to transform our school District into a model for what public education can be. In 2014/15, 5,642 donors supported MBEF by making a gift to strengthen our schools. As a result, this year… Read more »

MBUSD Elementary Homework – Reading, Reading, and More Reading

By Dr. Brett Geithman, Executive Director, MBUSD Educational Services I’m a parent of a Kindergartener and 2nd Grader. On those nights when we have dance, followed by soccer practice, while also trying to fit in homework, dinner and a bath before the 7:45 bedtime (if I’m being honest) the first homework assignment we cut out… Read more »

The Shift to STEM: Project Lead the Way

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member At the forefront of STEM education is Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Currently reaching students in over 6,500 schools nationwide, PLTW is the leading provider in comprehensive STEM programs. Using activity, project and problem-based curricula, PLTW gives K-12 students the opportunity to identify problems and apply their knowledge to… Read more »

Peer Tutoring: All Mira Costa Students Benefit

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Peer tutoring is available to MCHS students in the library Monday thru Thursday between 3 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Qualified tutors are available in most academic subjects, with consistent coverage in math and science. In order to become a peer tutor, the student must be an ‘A’… Read more »