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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...