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Colleges Recruit LBHS Prospects

Laguna Beach High School hosts its annual College Round Up at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, attended by representatives of more than 130 colleges and universities as well as test prep companies. The PTA-sponsored event is a cost effective opportunity for students and their families...
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

Thurston Provides Targeted Instruction

Thurston Middle School now offers a Core Academy elective, designed to assist students to develop study habits that apply to all fields of academic study, says a district statement. Math teachers Katie Meyers and Kelly Skon, language arts teachers Leah Prettyman and Sarah...
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

School Candidate Touts Her Budget, Hiring Prowess

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Hiring the person best qualified for the job rather than the best of the bunch at hand is an ability school board candidate Carol Normandin says she can bring to the Laguna Beach school board. She also says she isn’t just the best of the lot; she fills...

Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Without so much as a single handclap, Chris Herzfeld, a 12-year Laguna Beach resident and veteran educator, was unanimously confirmed as the new principal of Laguna Beach High School at a special meeting of the Laguna Beach school board Tuesday, Oct. 7....

Schools Focus on Bullying Prevention

Halloween isn’t far off, but Laguna Beach teachers and students will wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in support of bullying prevention. At El Morro Elementary, a school-wide bullying prevention assembly is planned for Nov. 1. In October, Rachel’s Challenge Kindness week...
Posted On 09 Oct 2014

Class Notes

Alex Monda, son of Michele and Emil Monda of Laguna Beach, earned a spot on the Dean’s List at Boston University for the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Monda, now a sophomore, is studying business. He also competed with the BU men’s team in national...

Coffee Break Snaphot

New School Year Off to a Running Start Sherine Smith, the superintendent of the Laguna Beach school district, along with principals and administrators explained how staff is preparing students for the future, at the school year’s first Coffee Break, the monthly parent education...

Class Notes

Local Heads East Laguna Beach High School graduate, Nathaniel L. Colburn, son of Susan Anderson and Bolton Colburn of Aliso Viejo, will attend Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Colburn was selected from a pool of 5,071 applicants to the college and joins a class of 470. Swim...

Campus Paper Writes Up a Show

A concert featuring Laguna Beach High School students, faculty and alumni performing classic rock and current music is planned for Friday, Oct. 3, at the Artists Theatre. The 6:30 p.m. concert helps raise funds for the campus newspaper, The Brush and Palette. Student tickets of...
Posted On 25 Sep 2014

Schools Offer Classes on Better Parenting

Parents of children 5 to 10 with challenging behaviors can learn parenting skills in a seven-week program offered by the school district. The program will run seven consecutive Wednesdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Marriage...

Class Notes

Laguna Local Looks Good Laguna Beach resident Sandee Thibault, the daughter of Gilbert Thibault, made the spring 2014 dean’s list at California State University, Sacramento, where she is majoring in sociology and psychology.

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...

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...

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...

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....
Posted On 11 Sep 2014