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Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and […]

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Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Laguna Beach High School art students are creating distinctive mixed media art using a laser purchased by donors. “They are truly inspired; this has made teaching fun again,” said graphic art and design teacher Kerry Pellow, adding that students are keen to apply the tool to ceramics, art, computer art, production art and production design. […]

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Computer Smarts Put to First Test

Computer Smarts Put to First Test

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Every fifth-grade student at El Morro Elementary School will fire up a personal computer on April 7 to take the first computer-based test of new state academic teaching standards known as the Common Core. No more paper, No. 2 pencils or best-guess multiple-choice questions here. The statewide pilot tests […]

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Student Musical Rolls the Dice

Student Musical Rolls the Dice

High school theater students take to the Artists’ Theatre stage this month for a three-weekend run of “Guys and Dolls,” a Broadway musical based on a Damon Runyon story. The spring musical will feature a cast of 50 Laguna Beach High School drama students as well as a student orchestra and stage crew. Mark Dressler […]

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Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

The school district set May 13 for a public hearing to collect input from parents, educators, employees and the community as it develops its state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plans must describe the school district’s overall vision for students and actions to improve outcomes for English learners, low-income students, and foster youth, the […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Jogathon Fundraising Kicks Off Get ready for a knock on the door from students of Top of the World Elementary. The school is getting ready for its most important fundraiser of the year: the annual Jog-A-Thon. Please consider offering financial support when one of the 650 student-runners makes a plea at your door. Students are […]

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TOW Students Participate in Local Color

TOW Students Participate in Local Color

  Recently, Top of the World Elementary students participated in Local Color, the PTA-sponsored program that brings Laguna Beach artists to the school to give students hands-on art instruction at lunchtime workshops. About 200 students created artwork using paints, oil pastels, clay, and watercolors under the direction of L.O.C.A artists Sherry Bullard, Reem Khalil, Holly […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy WINTER ALL-ORANGE COAST LEAGUE TEAMS – LAGUNA SELECTIONS Boys Basketball MVP – Noah Blanton, SR 1st Team: Alec Wulff, Sr Josh Adams, Sr Matt Jones, Sr 2nd Team: Brian Ludloff, Sr   Girls Basketball 1st Team: Jackie Cenan, So Alexandra Lewis, So 2nd Team: Jane Wallin, Sr   Boys […]

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Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Retired teacher Terry Hustwick shared her surprise and joy at receiving California PTA’s most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award, at a recent meeting of Top of the World Elementary’s PTA. Council President Kathleen Fay presented the honor to Hustwick in appreciation and acknowledgment of her contributions in and out of the classroom. Hustwick […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Schools Honor Their Own Elizabeth Phillips was selected as the Laguna Beach school district’s classified employee of the year, says a district announcement. Phillips, a Thurston Middle School health clerk, wears other hats as well, as a campus supervisor and typist. “My favorite part of working with Elizabeth is when she graciously multi-tasks a variety […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Boys Win League Champs   Laguna Seeded Sixth in D-4AA Playoffs Breakers entered the 2014 playoffs the highest ranked public school in the division and opened play this past Wednesday hosting Don Bosco at Dugger Gym. Should the seeding hold, Breakers (21-5, 10-0) will face No. 11 Whittier Christian on Friday, Feb. 21, and third-ranked […]

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School Principal Pursues Encore Career

School Principal Pursues Encore Career

Ron La Motte, Top of the World Elementary School’s long-time principal, will retire in June after 27 years in the district, though he’s not about to quit his profession. La Motte said he’s starting an “encore career” as director of the master’s program at Irvine’s Concordia University where he will fulfill a desire to assist […]

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Exchange Student Visits Laguna’s Newest Sibling

Exchange Student Visits Laguna’s Newest Sibling

Selected for his excellent leadership and impressive work in fine art, Laguna College of Art and Design senior Christopher Ybarra, 21, was the first exchange student selected and sponsored by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association. Ybarra spent 10 days in San Jose del Cabo, where he met the mayor, learned of the active art […]

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New Tech Chief Hired

New Tech Chief Hired

Also Schoolpower fundraising earns ‘A’ grades Drawing from applicants nationwide who went through several rounds of interviews before a district-wide panel, school board members unanimously approved hiring a new technology director Tuesday who is currently employed at Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Michael Morrison, a technology specialist at the south country district since 1996 and […]

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Finding a Key to Unlock the Ivory Tower

Finding a Key to Unlock the Ivory Tower

Technical classes, traditionally geared for students uninterested in college, are taking a new direction lately.  College-bound students from Laguna Beach High School make up half of the enrollment in trade-school like courses offered by San Juan Capistrano’s South Coast Regional Occupational Program. Students say it gives them a needed edge. ROP courses were traditionally geared […]