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Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Many students fall off the math train when the tracks switch between algebra and geometry.  If algebra doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to make the leap, much less go on to calculus, say experts in math education who spoke at a special school district board meeting Monday about new state standards for teaching math. Understanding […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

St Paul Snaps Streak Baseball (12-1, 4-0) The Swordsmen’s Aaron Pinto struck-out 12 Laguna batters as the squad from Santa Fe Springs defeated Laguna 4-2 on Wednesday, April 2, at Anaheim’s Boysen Park to stop the current win streak at eight. Laguna (12-2) took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning as Preston Grand […]

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Summer School Schedule Set

Summer School Schedule Set

Summer School will be offered weekdays in grades 1-8 beginning June 23 to July 18 at Top of the World Elementary. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m. They include remediation courses and English language support, both for students entering grades 1 – 5 For students in grades 6-8, courses available include […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Baseball (7-1, 3-0) Laguna rolls – Lions Tournament Next Breaker bats continue to swing at a torrid pace (.414) as Laguna picked up a pair of league wins blasting Saddleback 23-2 and Estancia 11-2 to extend their league conference streak to 22 in a row. Against Saddleback on Friday, March 21, at Laguna, Grant Wilhelm […]

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High School Sports Winter Awards

High School Sports Winter Awards

Boys Basketball The 76th annual awards dinner was held this past week with the following awards: captain, Noah Blanton;  outstanding defensive player, Bryan Ludloff; MVP award, Alec Wulff, Noah Blanton, Josh Adams, Matt Jones, and Bryan Ludloff. Noah Blanton was named first team all-CIF for Division 4-AA while Alec Wulff received second team honors. Breakers […]

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JV Baseball Starts Season with Win

JV Baseball Starts Season with Win

In the first game of the LBHS baseball season against Godinez, strong hitting by JV players Grant Potratz, Jack Wills and Alex Baker got the Breakers on the board with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Pitcher Ashton Goddard was strong on the mound; going 3-up 3-down for four innings and […]

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Lewis Returns to American Racing

Lewis Returns to American Racing

Laguna Beach resident Michael Lewis returned to race tracks in his home country to compete this season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. He earned two top-8 finishes at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on March 13 and 14. Lewis started Race 1 on the outside of row four. At the wave of the […]

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Orchestrating Cultural Exchanges Near and Far

Orchestrating Cultural Exchanges Near and Far

Laguna Beach High School’s French teacher Odile Dewar instills Francophile culture in her classroom by tapping resources wherever she finds them. While attending a meeting of French speakers in San Diego last fall, Dewar overheard hotel employees speaking French and befriended Haitian-born Jean Coriolan, who became a liaison for a classroom project. Dewar directed her […]

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Good for the Soul

Good for the Soul

By Kimberly O’Brien- Young Sometimes nostalgia can transport us back in time to memories that fill us with joy. Even to days gone by, when life was simpler, before technology and social media dominated the day. Remember that time? Our current generation has no idea of what I speak. I would venture to say that […]

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Bell Rings for Kindergarten Students

Bell Rings for Kindergarten Students

Registration and orientation sessions are scheduled this spring for parents of prospective kindergarten students, who will be 5 before Sept. 1 To be eligible for Transitional kindergarten, students must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. At El Morro Elementary, parent orientation is Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 15 at […]

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Thurston’s Fundraiser Sets ‘Out on the Town’

Thurston’s Fundraiser Sets ‘Out on the Town’

The public is invited to join Thurston Middle School parents for an entertaining night of dining and dancing downtown while supporting Thurston’s PTA. The Wednesday, April 9, event that begins at 6:15 p.m. includes two 45-minute stops followed by everyone coming together at Nirvana for the remainder of the night. Tickets are $70 each and […]

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Parents Receive a Pep Talk

Parents Receive a Pep Talk

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Award-winning speaker and therapist Liz Jorgensen urged parents of teens to revive the collaborative and collective parenting environment that began when their children were young when they shared tips and strategies. This open, supportive environment is missing during the teen years when the stakes are so much higher, […]

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Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Ted Doughty, director of facilities for Laguna Beach schools for the past two years, will retire, effective June 30, the district announced Monday. Doughty’s retirement reflects continuing turnover among the district’s top ranks, which have included recent departures by the assistant superintendent and  directors of technology and human resources. Doughty has worked for 40 years […]

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Record Crowds Turn Out for Record-Setting Meet

Record Crowds Turn Out for Record-Setting Meet

Laguna Beach High’s girls’ varsity track and field team turned in their best performance ever at the Trophy Invitational last Saturday at Guyer Field. Their second place score of 59 points put them three ahead of third place Corona del Mar but well behind the 148.5 tallied by Dana Hills. The boys’ varsity finished 10th. […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Breakers Blast Godinez 20th consecutive league win and Elks title Baseball (5-1, 1-0) Laguna opened the 76th league campaign this past Tuesday, March 18, with a 16-4 victory at Godinez as the squad pounded out 23 hits including home runs by Preston Grand Pre, Richie Nunis, Grant Wilhelm, and Steven Harrison. Wilhelm went four for […]