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Band Grants Go to Good Use

Band Grants Go to Good Use

A $5,000 grant from the Festival of Arts enabled the Laguna Beach High School jazz band to compete in the Riverside Community College band competition where they took first place as well as purchase instruments. Another gift of $750 from the Ebell Club allowed three students to attend a performance by the San Francisco Symphony […]

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Top Dance Crew Show Off Their Moves

Top Dance Crew Show Off Their Moves

A high-energy master class taught by Brian Hirano and Aris Paracuelles of Quest Crew will be offered on Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sage Hill School’s Studio, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast. Intermediate and advanced dancers age 12 and older are welcome. The fee for the class is $25 for […]

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Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Nothing can sap summer fun better than a looming deadline to write a college application essay. This is the time of year rising high school seniors should be getting a jump on these dreaded personal essays, but most prefer to do just about anything else. “I don’t blame them,” said Janine Robinson, a longtime Laguna […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

School Texts Available for Inspection New textbooks are on display for public review in the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s administration office, 550 Blumont St, through Friday, July 18. The public is invited to review the new books during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. They include two new environmental science texts […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Locals Do Laguna Proud From Afar Laguna Beach residents graduated from Boston University. Madison M. Gordon-Lavaee and Mia L. Malchow, both received bachelor of science in film and television degrees; and Brent M. Donenfeld, received bachelor of science in business  administration and management. Locals Ava L. Burnes, Alexander Monda and Morgan S. Myers were recently […]

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Student Thespians Take a Bow

Student Thespians Take a Bow

By Kimberly O’Brien-Young, Special to the Independent Even before the awarding of end-of-school year honors, Laguna Beach High School’s drama students also earned accolades during the annual MACY awards earlier this month. Park Avenue Players performed a four-minute compilation of scenes from their recent production of  “Guys and Dolls” during the June 1 ceremony at […]

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Graduates Share a Final Experience

Graduates Share a Final Experience

The Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts grounds was filled to the brim last week when parents, other family members and friends turned out to watch 256 seniors graduate from high school. The sky sparkled with stars, the temperature was mild, rare at the bowl even later in the summer. The high school band, […]

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Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

High school science teacher Joanie McKnight gave notice that she intends to retire at the end of the school year, her attorney confirmed Tuesday. Even so, she will continue to contest a potentially career-damaging formal reprimand by the school district accusing her of coming to school intoxicated in December, 2010. “She doesn’t want to be […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Scholars Get Assistance The Assistance League of Laguna Beach awarded $24,000 to 12 students of Laguna Beach High School at the recent honors convocation.                       Scholars Earn Degrees Two 2010 Laguna Beach High School graduates received undergraduate degrees from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Alexsandra […]

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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 […]