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Seniors Get A Lesson In Voting

As part of a countywide initiative, Laguna Beach High School was selected to be the first high school in Orange County to engage in a voter registration project, says a district statement. In California, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the next election can register to vote. The...

Class Notes

Student Defies Odds Top of the World fifth-grade student Grace Farrington will be honored Friday, March 11, at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana as the Laguna Beach school district nominee for Every Student Succeeding award. The award from a school administrator’s group recognizes...

‘Nerds’ Embark on a Space Adventure

Team Technical Nerds from Thurston Middle School learn the trial and error of scientific experiment in building a vehicle for an academic tournament.

Lawsuit Forces Disclosure of Student Information

The Laguna Beach Unified School District notified parents and guardians that their children’s confidential school records will be disclosed to parties involved in a lawsuit, unless parents or guardians provide an objection. A judge is hearing a case brought by two nonprofit...

Laguna Superintendent Earns the Praise of Her Peers

The Association of California School Administrators named Laguna Beach public school Superintendent Sherine Smith, who is planning to leave the district, as the county’s superintendent of the year. The organization based in Burlingame represents 17,000 California educators and...

Boy and Girls Experience a Musical Treat

Members of the Boys and Girls Club were treated to an informal private concert performance by the Hutchins Consort, which plays violins designed and built by Dr. Carleen Hutchins, as part of the outreach efforts by the Laguna Beach Music Festival and Laguna Beach Live! The...

Peers Sing the Praises of a Music Advocate

Retired music teacher and French horn player Carol Reynolds was honored by the California Music Teacher Association earlier this month. More than 3,000 music students and teachers attended the conference held in San Jose. Reynolds was singled out for her 50-year career teaching...

Thurston Wins Recognition Again

Thurston Middle School has been re-designated as a model campus in the Schools to Watch program, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced. “These schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school...

Class Notes

Schools Name Top Employees Top of the World Elementary School maintenance worker William Guido and El Morro special education teacher Kim Adams were named the school district classified employee and teacher of the year, respectively, says a statement. “William’s positive energy...

Schools Shift Policy on Grade-Weighted Classes

Six or seven honors classes at Laguna Beach High School will carry less weight in the GPA of incoming students, a decision some parents believe will put the graduating class of 2020 at a competitive disadvantage when applying for college.

Creativity Abounds Within Art Fort

Youngsters receive private after school art instruction at the Artists Republic Gallery in Laguna Beach. A new session starts March 1.

Library Opens to Promote School Readiness


The public school district will host a school readiness workshop for parents and pre-kindergarten children Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Laguna Beach Library. Pamela Chesney-Algar, the children’s librarian at the Laguna Beach Library, will start the day off with storytime at 10:30...

Class Notes

Dancers Reach for a New Bar Laguna Beach High School seniors who will study dance or dance professionally are eligible to apply for a newly established Laguna Dance Festival scholarship. “We created a $1,000 fund as a way to further carry out our mission to develop, support and...

Chef’s Challenge Whips Up Donors

SchoolPower’s seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant, treated 130 guests to a lively dinner while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools. Principals of the four Laguna schools teamed up and selected competing...

Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.