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Teams Assembling for Dodgeball Contest

Teams Assembling for Dodgeball Contest

The toil, tears and sweat known as SchoolPower’s Dodgeball Tournament V will fill the Laguna Beach High School gyms on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Thirty-two junior division teams will start competing at 3:15 p.m. and the 24-team adult division begins at 5:30 p.m. The Laguna Beach Lifeguards will return to defend their two-time championship title in […]

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New Administrators Join School District

New Administrators Join School District

Two newcomers joined the school district’s administrative team, the district announced this week. Jeff Dixon was hired as the director of facilities and Amy Kernan as the coordinator of assessment, accountability and special projects. The hires were approved by the school board on Aug. 26. Dixon’s experience includes school construction management and maintenance, most recently […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Montage Hosts Scholarship Contest The second annual Montage Memory Makers contest will reward young humanitarians ages 13-17, with $10,000 scholarships to an accredited college or university. Through Sept. 26 entrants who meet the contest requirements may visit montagehotels.com/memory and upload a 300-word essay and a video detailing their efforts to inspire and provide service to […]

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Athletic Director Adds Award to Highlight Reel

Athletic Director Adds Award to Highlight Reel

Something extra was added to the menu for Mike Churchill at a breakfast welcoming school district staff in the week prior to the official first bell. The high school athletic director earned recognition as the winner of the school district’s seventh annual Spirit award. Recipients exemplify extraordinary service to others. “Mike has built a strong […]

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School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

Parents have a chance to meet the school district’s two new principals and new staff at the year’s first PTA Coffee Break meeting, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Top of the World Elementary School. Administrators will also discuss plans for the new school year, including the application of Common Core state standards and technology […]

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National Merit Semifinalists Named

National Merit Semifinalists Named

Laguna Beach High School seniors Grant Barton and Aviva Meyers were named among 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced Tuesday. Semifinalists go on to compete for 7,600 scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. Finalists must submit a detailed application in order to earn the […]

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LBHS Student Wins State PTA Award

LBHS Student Wins State PTA Award

High school student Mia Salvini received an Award of Merit from California State PTA for her photograph entitled “Palm of My Hands” in the 2014 PTA Reflections arts competition. Of the 225 Laguna Beach students who participated, two others earned division winner recognition and advanced to the state level of competition: LBHS student Austin Fickman […]

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Adding Color to the After School Experience

Adding Color to the After School Experience

Color exploration, mixed-media and fine arts as well as field trips to local galleries and museums and guest artists are offered in the Boys and Girls Club’s afterschool program this fall. The programs for children in grades K-12 are now offered at four locations: the Canyon Branch on Laguna Canyon Road, Bluebird Branch for elementary […]

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Schools Seek Input on Next Principal

Schools Seek Input on Next Principal

The school district began soliciting input from parents and staff about the qualities they envision in a new Laguna Beach High School principal even as recruiting for a successor is underway. The process began with the distribution of online surveys this week, which were sent to parents district wide as well as to LBHS staff. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

She’s the First Starts Up at LBHS She’s the First is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors education for girls in the developing world. Laguna Beach High School sophomores and juniors Regan Caraher, Christine Johnson, Callista Wulff, Shea Metz and Carmen Nichols have organized a new chapter at Laguna Beach High School and are looking for […]

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Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

By StatePoint news service. College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm décor, apparel and gear to support a great academic year doesn’t have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back to school preparations a wallet-friendly experience. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering some […]

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Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

By Jeremy Bamidele, Special to the Independent The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it causes when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in an interconnected world; consequently, we do not have the luxury […]

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Grant Fuels Big Dreams

Grant Fuels Big Dreams

Monica Magana, 21, was one of two Laguna College of Art and Design students who received the Festival of Arts Foundation Scholarship for 2013-2014. These funds allowed her to stay on track for graduation in 2015. “When I first toured campus, I knew this was the place,” she said. “But when I was accepted, my […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Local Families Sought to Host Exchange Students The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls 15 to 18 years old for the upcoming high school year or semester.  They are conversant in English and anxious to learn about this country through living with a local […]

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Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   An exchange organization, Compass U.S.A., is still looking for families to host teenage female Japanese students from Tuesday, July 22 until Sunday, Aug. 10 in South Orange County. Though historically few families from Laguna Beach have participated, the organization is trying to change that this year. Each […]