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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Boys Basketball (15-5, 4-0) Breakers continue to roll through the Orange Coast League towards their eighth straight league title defeating Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana 71-54 on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Dugger Gym as Josh Adams scored 24 points to lead the home squad.  Laguna outscored Calvary 29-6 in the first quarter and coasted from there to […]

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Laguna Stuns Newport With Historic Loss

Laguna Stuns Newport With Historic Loss

Girls Water Polo now 17-1 In one of the top all-time athletic contests for Laguna Beach High School, now in their 80th season of competition, the girls’ water polo squad handed second-ranked Newport Harbor (16-4) the worst loss in their sport’s history with a 13-1 defeat Friday, Jan. 24, at the Newport pool. Since 1998, […]

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With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

A 15-year-old Brett Rose visited Mission Viejo in 1980 to compete in a junior national swim meet. He and his family had never before left their native Pennsylvania, but a detour to Laguna Beach during that trip hooked the family. Five years later, “We picked up like the Beverly hillbillies and moved to Laguna Beach,” […]

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Rolling Out a Magic Carpet

Rolling Out a Magic Carpet

Laguna Beach’s elementary schools and district office will serve as drop-off locations for gently used children’s books Feb. 1-14, intended to introduce preschool children to the magical world between the covers. “Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school,” said student readiness facilitator Julie Olsen, who distributed 1,264 books […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Shap Show Spotlights High School Talent Laguna Beach’s Lumberyard Restaurant will host a $65 per person pre-show dinner on Saturday, Feb. 8, which includes reserved seating for the 26th annual No Suits Allowed concert at the LBHS Artists’ Theatre. Both the 7:30 p.m. concert and dinner serve as the annual senior fundraiser, benefiting a safe […]

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St. Catherine Holds Open House

St. Catherine Holds Open House

Prospective students and families are invited to an open house and dinner at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will have a chance to visit the campus at 30516 S. Coast Highway, meet the teachers and principal and learn about the school’s curriculum. A free […]

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Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Technology is changing so fast it’s almost impossible for parents to monitor.  In the past, parents knew the world in which their children were growing up and could guide and protect them accordingly.  This is no longer possible as the landscape changes almost daily.  Parents are left stumbling […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Shap Show Spotlights Student Talent Tickets are now on sale for the 26th No Suits Allowed concert, which returns to the LBHS Artists’ Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8, for the annual senior fundraiser, benefiting a safe and sober graduation night. Every winter, Gary Shapiro, an upper level high school math teacher, presents a memorable evening […]

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Kids’ Art

Kids’ Art

I’m worried. The Laguna Museum is hosting art classes for kids.  This undertaking could be an undertaking. “Dear Lord, please welcome this unsuspecting and trusting museum into your heavenly embrace and forgive those young artists who didn’t know the combustible property of paint and cleaners. Amen.” Kids are cute and that trait makes them dangerous. […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Boys Basketball (13-5, 2-0) Last week Laguna won a pair of league games to open their 80th season starting with a record 74-25 rout of Saddleback on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Roadrunner Gym. Laguna tied the school “margin-of-victory” mark with a 49-point win matching a 2009 win over Calvary-Murrieta. The contest also marked the […]

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Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Parents can learn about the school district’s efforts to integrate Common Core State Standards into the classroom in a program Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the high school’s library. The 6-7:30 p.m. session will focus on the importance of writing in all subjects and how to support students in the writing process. These standards are intended […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff Girls Water Polo (9-1) Foothill Upsets Laguna 7-8 Foothill Knights (9-3) blocked a close-range Breaker shot with three seconds left to hold on to an 8-7 upset win over Laguna at the Laguna Community Pool last Friday, Jan. 10. Laguna had the opportunity in their 10th six-on-five power play of the match […]

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Schools Catch Up to a Beach Tradition

Schools Catch Up to a Beach Tradition

More than 30 girls tried out for Laguna Beach High’s newest varsity sport: beach volleyball. Raul Papaleo, who also coaches of the girls’ varsity indoor team, ran hitting drills and two-on-two mini scrimmages at Main Beach this past Monday to gauge the level of talent. After at least one more tryout, Papaleo will pick a […]

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LBHS Stands Out on San Clemente’s Breaks

LBHS Stands Out on San Clemente’s Breaks

By Scott Finn and AlisaCairns, Special to the Independent The high school’s surf team won the Scholastic Surf Series competition at San Clemente Pier this past Sunday, Jan. 12. Nearly the entire team advanced into the individual competition against Point Loma High School in three-foot swells. Conditions deteriorated as the day wore on with a […]