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Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

  Schoolpower presented its 2014 Hall of Fame award to Firebrand Media for its unwavering support of local public schools. Firebrand publishes magazines and newspapers including the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper and Laguna Beach Magazine. Its support includes $50,000 of in-kind sponsorship and revenue to the local education foundation whose mission is enriching local public […]

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Family Steps Up for Athletes

Family Steps Up for Athletes

“The Hexbergs have had a truly transformational effect on the Laguna Beach High School athletic program over the past three years. Their donations have funded very tangible things necessary to maintain a robust athletic program.  As a parent of two high school athletes, I am personally very grateful for all they have done,” said Lynn […]

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LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

A new bell schedule at Laguna Beach High School will add 22 instructional hours to the next school year, said Assistant Principal Lisa Brackez, who outlined plans to the school board. The new bell schedule includes an increase in instructional minutes to 64,800 minutes per year from 63,461. A committee comprised of students, staff and […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Online Class Promotes Understanding Understanding and Addressing LGBT and Gender-Based Bullying is a month-long online course that begins July 14. It’s an opportunity for educators, school administrators, and parents to learn about issues related to transgender students as well California’s AB1266 that went into effect Jan. 1. “The School Success and Opportunity Act goes some […]

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Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

  The kindergarten prep class at El Morro Elementary School is opening up to more 5-year-olds and enrollment has soared four-fold for next fall. If a child’s fifth birthday falls on or after Sept. 2, parents can now enroll them in a preparatory kindergarten class, a relatively new state-mandated program intended to improve children’s readiness […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Preschool Concludes With Two Sendoffs   The Even Start Preschool graduation on Friday, June 13, celebrates another year readying children for kindergarten as well as a send off for Preschool DirectorTerry Anne Barman, who will be retiring. She would like to celebrate with all the children and families of the past 20 years. Please bring […]

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Grants Nourish Teacher Ideas

Grants Nourish Teacher Ideas

An annual teacher grant An annual teacher grant program, designed so ideas can be quickly funded and put into action, encourages Laguna Beach instructors, administrators and classified staff to submit proposals that will have a direct impact on students. “Schoolpower allows us to go beyond the walls of the classroom and explore,” said Linda Hill-Lindsay, […]

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Aspiring Doctor Disembarks for India Again

Aspiring Doctor Disembarks for India Again

By Donna Furey | LB Indy As a freshman at Laguna Beach High School, Alia Manetta took up her mom’s invitation to join her watching “60 Minutes.” The now soon-to-be sophomore at UCLA says that the program they watched about people who work in third world countries changed her life. After seeing the show, Manetta […]

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Denuding Slope Part of a Bigger Plan

Denuding Slope Part of a Bigger Plan

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Clearing landscaping along the southwest corner of the Laguna Beach High School field last week was intended to push ahead a plan to re-landscape the area, a school official said this week. Although there is no new landscape plan in hand, preliminary renderings from Valley Crest Landscape Company of […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Parents to Meet New Principal The Top of the World Elementary community is invited to meet the school’s new principal, Michael Conlon, at 6 p.m. Monday, June 2. Conlon, a local resident, was appointed last month. He starts on the job in August. Classes Introduce Art to Children Imagine Wisdom Education offers a free art […]

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Students Compete in Solar Cup

Students Compete in Solar Cup

Laguna Beach High School students who built a solar-powered boat finished 22nd in a race against their peers in the Metropolitan Water District’s 12th annual Solar Cup. About 40 schools sent teams for the three-day event at Lake Skinner in Temecula. This is the LBHS team’s third entry in the event. Students of physics teachers […]

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Tips on Making College Choices

Tips on Making College Choices

By Andrea Coupe, Special to the Independent High school seniors in Laguna Beach are making their final decisions for where they will pursue higher education in the fall, and juniors are diving into their own college search. For many, selecting a college or university depends on a variety of factors, requiring serious thought and consideration. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Student Ceramicists Earn Recognition Laguna Beach eighth-grader Michael Tanaka was recognized at a national   ceramic exhibition in Wisconsin in March alongside three other Orange County youngsters, all students of Festival of Arts’ workshops. Festival of Arts ceramic instructor Monica Dunham was selected to receive a teacher award that honors the late American ceramicist Daniel Rhodes. […]

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Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower’s student directory raised $76,000 in advertising last year and supporters were treated to an appreciation dinner at Pacific Edge Hotel. The event earlier in the month also honored business alliance and new real estate honor roll sponsors, which contributed $50,000 for the schools this year. “Laguna’s businesses are unfailingly supportive of our local schools,” […]

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Band Wins First Place

Band Wins First Place

The combined seventh and eighth-grade Thurston Middle School concert band won first place in its division and was recognized as overall best concert band at a competition that took place at San Diego’s Correia Middle School last month. The band is led by Jon Mann, new to Thurston this year, but is in his 11th […]