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Delving Into a Dark Topic

Delving Into a Dark Topic

Three patients facing imminent death and quartered with their families in quaint cottages are observed by psychiatrists studying how people deal with terminal illness. The families take their loved ones’ inevitable demise with varying degrees of grace. That’s the premise of “The Shadow Box,” a scenario spanning 24 hours and written by actor Michael Cristofer. […]

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Hitting Jazz Fest’s High Note

Hitting Jazz Fest’s High Note

Laguna Beach High School’s jazz ensemble took first place in its category in the Riverside Community College competition on Saturday, May 10. Altogether, 50 high school and 14 middle school jazz combos and big bands competed in the two-day event. During hours judged performances, students also participated in master classes with  professionals such as Grammy-winning […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Running for Fun and Fitness Nearly 100 Top of the World Elementary students participated in the one-mile Kids Run the OC Marathon held at the Orange County Fairgrounds earlier this month. The run culminated a 12-week fitness program to improve students’ speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, flexibility and overall fitness. By the end, students had accumulated the […]

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Señor Dixon Receives a Special Send Off

Señor Dixon Receives a Special Send Off

Thurston Middle School’s foreign language teacher, Dave Dixon, earned the praise of his peers, named the district’s teacher of the year, the district announced Tuesday. “I have worked with literally hundreds of teachers in my career, and Dave is among the top 1 percent I have ever worked with,” said Supt. Sherine Smith. “His care […]

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TOW Parent Hired to Lead School

TOW Parent Hired to Lead School

Michael Conlon, parent of a fourth-grade Top of the World Elementary student and a career educator, was appointed to succeed the school’s retiring principal Ron La Motte, the district announced Tuesday. Conlon is currently the principal of Lake Forest’s Olivewood Elementary School and previously was the assistant principal of Los Alamitos’ Oak Middle School. Conlon  […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

DAR Awards Laguna Students  Laguna Beach students were to be recognized on Wednesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Artists’ Theatre by the Laura Howe Ghahreman and the Patience Wright, Laguna Beach chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The awards will be given to students in the fifth through the […]

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El Morro, TOW Earn Recognition

El Morro, TOW Earn Recognition

El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools were named California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced last week. “This recognition reflects the dedication and professionalism of our work force, along with an unceasing commitment by our School Board to provide […]

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Master Dance Class Open to All Ages

Master Dance Class Open to All Ages

Two dance pros will share insider secrets and teach a variety of dance stylesSaturday, May 10, at a pair of classes for dancers of all ages presented by Laguna Dance Festival. The classes will be taught by dancer and choreographer Darrien Henning and Lisa Jay, dance director at Laguna Beach High School and a seasoned […]

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Budget Stretch

Budget Stretch

The school’s retirement funds are broke again. Sounds like a broken record. Oops, let me update that. Sounds like a broken MP-3 player. Oops, oops. Sounds like a broken IPod. Whew, I dated myself there. And my wife, who knows me, wishes I dated myself again. It seems schools are always broke. I want to […]

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Boys Graduate to Philanthropy

Boys Graduate to Philanthropy

A group of seventh-graders who raised $2,500 to award two scholarships this year asked applicants to describe a funny or meaningful sports experience that improved their sportsmanship. A total of 23 high school seniors sought the prize and submitted essays. The 10 Boys Who Care individually scored the applications based on their overall appeal and […]

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Experts Share Insights on Drug Trends

Experts Share Insights on Drug Trends

Parents are invited to attend a workshop on drug trends that will include a short film and three experts on Monday, May 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the high school quad and library. A 13-minute film, “Overtaken,” will be shown alongside speakers Superior Court Judge John Adams, Deputy Sheriff Brian Gunsolley, and Mission Hospital’s […]

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LBHS Dance

LBHS Dance

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Deadline Nears for Water District Scholarship Awards Each year, South Coast Water District awards $500 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who live in its service area.  The deadline to submit applications this year is Thursday, May 1. Applicants must demonstrate their involvement in community service, public service, volunteer work and or environmental activities.  They […]

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Student Creativity Moves Onstage

Student Creativity Moves Onstage

The annual high school spring dance concert “Fourteen” sweeps through the Artists’ Theatre May 1-3. Each night at 7:30 p.m., the kaleidoscopic moves of 45 hard-working dancers will bring the vision of five professional and four student choreographers to life.  Shot-through with music spanning classical to pop, rock-fusion to Broadway chestnuts, hip-hop to everything in-between, […]