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High School Scholar Earns First-Recruit Status

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Earning the National Merit Scholar can be the admission ticket to any college or university of choice, and Aviva Meyers now has her pick. Aviva, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, is the school’s only National Merit Scholar this year out of 1.5...

History Teacher Leaves Her Own Mark

High School AP and U.S. history teacher Kristin Cowles has been named teacher of the year by the Laguna Beach school district. “Kristin is constantly searching for ways to make the subject matter interesting and personally relevant to students, and they appreciate that,” said...

Victims Excise Violence in Primary Colors

More than 850 multicolored t-shirts fluttered outside the Laguna College of Art and Design last Thursday, one of several campuses across the county that gave an airing to the Clothesline Project this year. Each color denotes a different crime, red for rape, blue for child abuse,...

Garden Club Seeds School Crops

Veggie taste tests, the planting of fruit trees and the installation of bird houses are being made possible at Thurston Middle School and El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools thanks to annual grants from the Laguna Beach Garden Club. “We have been harvesting...

Club Supports Safe Student Choices

Resisting social pressure and having fun with friends without using alcohol or drugs are lifestyle choices enthusiastically embraced by Laguna Beach High School Catalyst Club students, says a district announcement. The Catalyst Club, first established in 2009, evolved from...

Gallery Exhibits Works by Ceramics Students

An opening night reception is planned Saturday, April 4, for Laguna Beach High School student artists, whose work is on display at the Coastal Eddy gallery, 1417 S. Coast Highway/ The reception runs from 5-8 p.m., while the exhibit runs through May 9. Participating students Ariel...

Schools Ready for Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration and orientation sessions are scheduled over several days this spring at El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools. To enroll next fall, students must be 5 on or before Sept. 1. To be eligible for TK, students must...
Posted On 02 Apr 2015

Schoolpower’s ‘Stroke of Genius’ Breaks Records

Local education foundation SchoolPower, which broke records this year with its community campaign, continued its winning streak at its 30th annual gala “Stroke of Genius,” held on Saturday, March 21. The featured Fund-a-Need, to advance a district initiative to transform...
Posted On 02 Apr 2015

Class Notes

Grad Pays Back as Tech Entrepreneur Laguna Beach High School graduate Ladan Davia (’10) recently co-founded Excelerate Test Prep, a test preparation software and web platform that helps students study for the SAT. The no-cost software, available on http://www.extestprep.com,...

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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...