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Thurston Wins Recognition Again

Thurston Middle School has been re-designated as a model campus in the Schools to Watch program, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced. “These schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school...

Class Notes

Schools Name Top Employees Top of the World Elementary School maintenance worker William Guido and El Morro special education teacher Kim Adams were named the school district classified employee and teacher of the year, respectively, says a statement. “William’s positive energy...

Schools Shift Policy on Grade-Weighted Classes

Six or seven honors classes at Laguna Beach High School will carry less weight in the GPA of incoming students, a decision some parents believe will put the graduating class of 2020 at a competitive disadvantage when applying for college.

Creativity Abounds Within Art Fort

Youngsters receive private after school art instruction at the Artists Republic Gallery in Laguna Beach. A new session starts March 1.

Library Opens to Promote School Readiness


The public school district will host a school readiness workshop for parents and pre-kindergarten children Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Laguna Beach Library. Pamela Chesney-Algar, the children’s librarian at the Laguna Beach Library, will start the day off with storytime at 10:30...

Class Notes

Dancers Reach for a New Bar Laguna Beach High School seniors who will study dance or dance professionally are eligible to apply for a newly established Laguna Dance Festival scholarship. “We created a $1,000 fund as a way to further carry out our mission to develop, support and...

Chef’s Challenge Whips Up Donors

SchoolPower’s seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant, treated 130 guests to a lively dinner while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools. Principals of the four Laguna schools teamed up and selected competing...

Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

Schools Seek Public Feedback

The public schools, required to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan, is seeking the public’s feedback on its goals, plans and accomplishments with an online survey open until Feb. 12. “We are seeking participation from students, parents, staff and community members to...

Class Notes

Student Talent Earns the Spotlight Students from Top of the World Elementary entertained parents and staff from the high school stage this week during the annual talent show. Next Thursday, Feb. 4, their peers in third, fourth and fifth grade from El Morro Elementary will get...

Students Power Up a School in Kenya

Students from Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools and Laguna Beach High School are raising money this month to support Oloolaimutia Elementary School in Maasai Mara, Kenya, through the Model United Nations program. LBHS students and staff have been working to improve...

Students Take Up the Challenge

A total of 27 students form Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary School participated in the Destination Imagination Instant Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 9, says a district statement. The competition required teams to use critical thinking to solve open-ended...

Top Level Pros to Teach Student Dancers

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class Saturday, Jan. 23, taught by celebrated dancer and choreographer Victor Quijada. The class will be held on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave....

Class Notes

Principals Compete Off-campus for Top Marks The seventh annual Chef Challenge takes place Monday, Jan. 25 at the Lumberyard restaurant, a $95 per person benefit for Schoolpower. Restaurant owners Suzanne and Cary Redfearn host the friendly rivalry that features menus devised by...

LBHS Drama Partners with Playwright

The high school drama department will feature their Theatre II students in a unique collaboration with a New York City playwright and screenwriter on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9, in a reading of “Ghost Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the Greene Room (Room...