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Category: Schools/Sports

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Graduates Share a Final Experience

Graduates Share a Final Experience

The Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts grounds was filled to the brim last week when parents, other family members and friends turned out to watch 256 seniors graduate from high school. The sky sparkled with stars, the temperature was mild, rare at the bowl even later in the summer. The high school band, […]

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Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

High school science teacher Joanie McKnight gave notice that she intends to retire at the end of the school year, her attorney confirmed Tuesday. Even so, she will continue to contest a potentially career-damaging formal reprimand by the school district accusing her of coming to school intoxicated in December, 2010. “She doesn’t want to be […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Scholars Get Assistance The Assistance League of Laguna Beach awarded $24,000 to 12 students of Laguna Beach High School at the recent honors convocation.                       Scholars Earn Degrees Two 2010 Laguna Beach High School graduates received undergraduate degrees from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Alexsandra […]

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Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

  Schoolpower presented its 2014 Hall of Fame award to Firebrand Media for its unwavering support of local public schools. Firebrand publishes magazines and newspapers including the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper and Laguna Beach Magazine. Its support includes $50,000 of in-kind sponsorship and revenue to the local education foundation whose mission is enriching local public […]

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Family Steps Up for Athletes

Family Steps Up for Athletes

“The Hexbergs have had a truly transformational effect on the Laguna Beach High School athletic program over the past three years. Their donations have funded very tangible things necessary to maintain a robust athletic program.  As a parent of two high school athletes, I am personally very grateful for all they have done,” said Lynn […]

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LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

A new bell schedule at Laguna Beach High School will add 22 instructional hours to the next school year, said Assistant Principal Lisa Brackez, who outlined plans to the school board. The new bell schedule includes an increase in instructional minutes to 64,800 minutes per year from 63,461. A committee comprised of students, staff and […]

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 Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Former Laguna Beach High School senior Keaton Jones struck out a career high 12 batters as well as scoring the winning run against Costa Mesa on May 3, 2011, to clinch the first league title in the program’s 48-year history. Jones, now a junior shortstop at Texas Christian University, led his team with three hits […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Online Class Promotes Understanding Understanding and Addressing LGBT and Gender-Based Bullying is a month-long online course that begins July 14. It’s an opportunity for educators, school administrators, and parents to learn about issues related to transgender students as well California’s AB1266 that went into effect Jan. 1. “The School Success and Opportunity Act goes some […]

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Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

  The kindergarten prep class at El Morro Elementary School is opening up to more 5-year-olds and enrollment has soared four-fold for next fall. If a child’s fifth birthday falls on or after Sept. 2, parents can now enroll them in a preparatory kindergarten class, a relatively new state-mandated program intended to improve children’s readiness […]

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AYSO Offers Fall Registration Discounts

AYSO Offers Fall Registration Discounts

Laguna Beach’s AYSO league is offering a 25 percent discount off the standard registration fee for youth fall soccer until the end of June. The program is open to all players aged 4-18 years, with no previous soccer experience required. The registration fee covers the uniform jersey, shorts and socks. AYSO is able to keep […]

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Laguna Beach Water Polo Club Wins Silver

Laguna Beach Water Polo Club Wins Silver

By Steve Riches   The Laguna Beach Water Polo teams, 14U and 12U each won silver medals in the Southern Pacific Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament thus qualifying for the Junior Olympics National Championships Regional Junior Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournaments are held countrywide to field a select group of teams to compete in this summer’s Junior […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Laguna Concludes Most Successful Season Ever Baseball (27-3, 15-0) Breakers had their chances on June 3 in the SSCIF D-4 semifinal game at Kendall Field in Torrance with plenty of “if’s” and “what if’s” to go around. Laguna lost a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before losing 4-3 with two outs […]

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Runner Records Two More Wins

Runner Records Two More Wins

Maija Shaw, a fifth-grader from Top of the World Elementary, continued her win streak at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Track & Field Championships June 1 in Downey. Maija ran 29.6 seconds in the 200 meter and 1:09.3 seconds in the 400, winning both races. She previously won both events at the Laguna Beach […]

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Searching for Identity, Team Finds Its Leaders

Searching for Identity, Team Finds Its Leaders

On the eve of the 2014 season, the Laguna Beach High School boys’ volleyball team was having somewhat of an identity crisis. Its floor general and setter Grifan Fair and top three hitters, including emotional leader Weston Barnes, had graduated. Returning middle blocker Noah Blanton and outside hitter Alec Wulff played the final game of […]