News & Updates:

TOP DONORS – $5,000 and Above

MBEF Salutes: MBEF is truly grateful for the generosity of its donors, especially the following families who have donated $5,000 or more to our current Annual Appeal. This list reflects donations as of 3/3/2015. Sarah and Bobby Akin Melinda and Eric Arentsen Joseph Argilagos Kami and James Armstrong Lillette and David Ballantine Peter Barbara &… Read more »

Common Core for the Not-So-Common

by Hilary Mahan “The K-12 Common Core State Standards represent a major advance in standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. They are grounded in evidence about what it takes for high school graduates to be ready for college and careers and build on the finest state and international standards. Importantly, they provide a clear… Read more »

Underage Drug and Alcohol Use – You Make the Difference

By Hilary Mahan According to the recently released California Healthy Kids Survey, 29% of 11th graders and 9% of 9th graders surveyed in Manhattan Beach have binge drunk (consuming more than 4-5 drinks in about two hours) in the last 30 days. It is widely accepted that drugs and alcohol present a tremendous threat to… Read more »

Top Ten Things You Should Know About Estate Planning

Did you know that over half of parents in the U.S. with children do not have a will? Creating a will or trust can be daunting and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us on November 12th or November 20th to learn from our Professional Advisory Council* about the importance of creating… Read more »


by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member As more than 7,000 students begin their school year here in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, recent grads of Mira Costa High School are spreading their wings across the country and around the world. The class of 2014 is attending over 162 colleges and universities in over 43… Read more »


By Carolyn Seaton, Executive Director of Human Resources, MBUSD We are thrilled to welcome our new team of Certificated Physical Education Teachers. It is important to note that PE teacher time is distributed based on the number of students in grades 1-5 at each school. All students in grades 1-5 will receive 100 minutes of… Read more »

MBEF’s New Video

  Many thanks to our great team of volunteers who worked on the new MBEF video. We are so grateful for your ongoing commitment to our schools and our community. Julian Ryder at Ryder Communications Group Steve Tobenkin (Video and Editing) Don Anderson (Copywriter and Script) Peter Figen (Still Photos and Video) Steve Gregan (Sound… Read more »


By Leanne Huebner, June 2014 Recently, our MBEF crew caught up with a number of the most impressive Mira Costa students from the Class of 2014 – the valedictorians. One unique factor about Mira Costa is that any student who receives an “A” in every single class during their four years of high school –… Read more »