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Class Notes

Class Notes

Student Ceramicists Earn Recognition Laguna Beach eighth-grader Michael Tanaka was recognized at a national   ceramic exhibition in Wisconsin in March alongside three other Orange County youngsters, all students of Festival of Arts’ workshops. Festival of Arts ceramic instructor Monica Dunham was selected to receive a teacher award that honors the late American ceramicist Daniel Rhodes. […]

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Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower’s student directory raised $76,000 in advertising last year and supporters were treated to an appreciation dinner at Pacific Edge Hotel. The event earlier in the month also honored business alliance and new real estate honor roll sponsors, which contributed $50,000 for the schools this year. “Laguna’s businesses are unfailingly supportive of our local schools,” […]

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Band Wins First Place

Band Wins First Place

The combined seventh and eighth-grade Thurston Middle School concert band won first place in its division and was recognized as overall best concert band at a competition that took place at San Diego’s Correia Middle School last month. The band is led by Jon Mann, new to Thurston this year, but is in his 11th […]

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Delving Into a Dark Topic

Delving Into a Dark Topic

Three patients facing imminent death and quartered with their families in quaint cottages are observed by psychiatrists studying how people deal with terminal illness. The families take their loved ones’ inevitable demise with varying degrees of grace. That’s the premise of “The Shadow Box,” a scenario spanning 24 hours and written by actor Michael Cristofer. […]

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Serving Up a Solution to Sibling Rivalry

Serving Up a Solution to Sibling Rivalry

By Coach Everett Gee I am a retired physician with a wife and five kids, so one can only imagine how crazy and chaotic our household might be. It was a hot summer day and my two boys, Ethan, 11, and Ryan, 13, were cooped up in the house and as usual started getting on […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Laguna Routs Costa Mesa Baseball (24-2, 15-0)   Breakers scored early and often to record a 26-1 win against Costa Mesa, the third most lopsided game in 80 seasons of Laguna baseball. The 98th meeting between the two schools was Laguna’s 34th consecutive league victory and the Breakers now lead the Mustangs 52-46 in the […]

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Hitting Jazz Fest’s High Note

Hitting Jazz Fest’s High Note

Laguna Beach High School’s jazz ensemble took first place in its category in the Riverside Community College competition on Saturday, May 10. Altogether, 50 high school and 14 middle school jazz combos and big bands competed in the two-day event. During hours judged performances, students also participated in master classes with  professionals such as Grammy-winning […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Running for Fun and Fitness Nearly 100 Top of the World Elementary students participated in the one-mile Kids Run the OC Marathon held at the Orange County Fairgrounds earlier this month. The run culminated a 12-week fitness program to improve students’ speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, flexibility and overall fitness. By the end, students had accumulated the […]

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Señor Dixon Receives a Special Send Off

Señor Dixon Receives a Special Send Off

Thurston Middle School’s foreign language teacher, Dave Dixon, earned the praise of his peers, named the district’s teacher of the year, the district announced Tuesday. “I have worked with literally hundreds of teachers in my career, and Dave is among the top 1 percent I have ever worked with,” said Supt. Sherine Smith. “His care […]

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TOW Parent Hired to Lead School

TOW Parent Hired to Lead School

Michael Conlon, parent of a fourth-grade Top of the World Elementary student and a career educator, was appointed to succeed the school’s retiring principal Ron La Motte, the district announced Tuesday. Conlon is currently the principal of Lake Forest’s Olivewood Elementary School and previously was the assistant principal of Los Alamitos’ Oak Middle School. Conlon  […]

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Taking Up a Beach Tradition

Taking Up a Beach Tradition

Laguna Beach residents Peri Brennan and Hallie Carballo captured their first beach gold medal competing for two consecutive weekends in the girls under 12 division of the California Beach Volleyball Association tournament in Huntington Beach. The competition May 4 included a total of 27 teams. Peri and Hallie, Top of the World students, competed against […]

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Seniors Tennis Stars to Compete

Seniors Tennis Stars to Compete

The USTA National Hard Court Super Senior Tennis Tournament for men’s 75, 80, 85 and 90, singles and doubles will be played at the Laguna Woods Tennis Club, Gate 16 on Moulton Drive and El Toro Road in Laguna woods beginning Monday, May 19, with finals Friday, May 23. This tournament is one of the […]

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