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Local Teen to Sing With Stars Tessa Mansour, a cast member of the Laguna Beach High School musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” will also perform alongside professionals at Celebrity Fight Night, a charity event honoring Muhammad Ali, in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday, March 28. Tessa will...

Vocational Program Shifts Direction

The location of Regional Occupational Program classes for Laguna Beach High School students may change next year, with the program eventually dissolving into a broader curriculum, according to school officials. “ROPs are going away across the state,” Darlene Messinger, the...

‘Birdie’ Sings Dressler’s Swan Song

Park Avenue Players’ presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie,” continues at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre for two more weekends. The production will be the final spring musical by director Mark Dressler, who after 25 years with the school district will retire in June. The...

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Making Waves in Sacramento Former resident Gordon Belyea and 19 other Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students stood on the steps of the state capitol this past Monday, March 9, basking in the recognition of state lawmakers. The mechanical engineering major who graduated from Laguna...

Math Classes to Undergo Changes Next Fall

With an uncommon dissenting vote, the Laguna Beach Unified School District voted 4-1 Tuesday to change how math is taught. The change will eliminate geometry in the eighth grade. New board member Dee Perry voted against the changes, which will commence next fall. She supported a...

Schools Explore Higher Fence to Catch Power Hits

Updated March 27: After 12 years of hearing complaints from neighbors who have collected more than 500 over-the-fenc baseballs, the school board is considering installing a higher fence around the Laguna Beach High School baseball field. Resident David Nelson lives on St. Ann’s...

‘Birdie’ Sings Dressler’s Swan Song

The curtain goes up on the Park Avenue Players’ presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie,” Friday, March 13, for a three weekend run in the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre. The production will be the final spring musical by director Mark Dressler, who after 25 years with the...

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District Spotlights its Employee of the Year El Morro Elementary maintenance worker Diego Perez, a 16-year employee of the school district, was named employee of the year. “His skill level, attention to detail, and passion to support our schools clearly set him apart and make it...

Mobility Moves Into the Classroom

Innovative classrooms are the focus of Schoolpower’s upcoming fund-a-need goal, intended to give a kick-start to a recent Laguna Beach district initiative. In Carrie Denton’s environmental sciences lab, which serves as Laguna Beach High School’s first test site, there is no front...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Deadline Nears for Scholarship Applications

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation will once again award LBHS seniors more than $300,000 in scholarships this year. From journalism to robotics, athletics to humor, 156 graduating students can apply to over 250 scholarships in 13 different categories. The...

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Boston Students Make the Grade Three Laguna Beach residents, students at Boston University, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. They are Haley Castuera, Alexander Monda and Morgan Myers. Youngsters Learn to Make Art A hands-on workshop taught by professional...

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Rotary Names Science Student of the Month Rotary Club named Nicholas Rieckhoff the February student of the month in the Laguna Beach High School science department. Nicholas also served as a Boys State Delegate, is an AP scholar with distinction and has twice been silver medalist...

Dancer Shares Her Skills in Master Class

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class taught by choreographer and performer Saleemah E. Knight, who was a featured dancer in the Broadway musical “The Lion King” and has choregraphed several pieces for the stage and scree...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Students Wield Code to Create Artificial Hands

Students in a high school multi-media design class built prosthetic fingers that are configured together to make an artificial hand by using a 3D printer. Students downloaded the necessary code and printed the components for each child-sized prosthetic “Robohand” on an Airwolf 3D...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

District Explores Putting Meetings Online

By Rita Robinson Putting school board meetings online in real time videos was a campaign pitch by school board candidate Dee Perry. Within months of taking office, the newly elected school board member is pressing district staff to make that promise a reality. “I really care...