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Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Parents can learn about the school district’s efforts to integrate Common Core State Standards into the classroom in a program Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the high school’s library. The 6-7:30 p.m. session will focus on the importance of writing in all subjects and how to support students in the writing process. These standards are intended […]

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Keeping Students Safe: LBHS Initiates Text-A-Tip Hotline

Keeping Students Safe: LBHS Initiates Text-A-Tip Hotline

  In an effort to keep students safe, Laguna Beach’s public school administrators have established a telephone hotline that allows students, staff and parents to report school related concerns confidentially, the district announced last week. A dedicated phone number allows tipsters to text or call in concerns. The Text-A-Tip hotline is confidential, but not anonymous, […]

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Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Coffee Break is breaking-out of its mold with a free 7 p.m. presentation on children and technology at Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre. Scott Burnett, owner of Lake Forest’s Integrity Computer Concepts, specializes in online security. The father of four tech-savvy kids, Burnett regularly hosts presentations for private schools, churches, […]

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Rotary Club Honors Outstanding Student

Rotary Club Honors Outstanding Student

Laguna Beach High School student Andrew Landsiedel was recognized with the Student of the Month Award at the Rotary Club’s regular luncheon meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Dec. 13. Andrew has excelled in honors and AP Spanish classes all of his four years at the high school and has received other academic awards. He […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Water Polo (4-0) Makenzie Fisher missed the Mater Dei match with another USA Water Polo commitment for the World Cup qualifying tournament and sister Aria Fischer, the squads leading scorer after three games was out due to a recent tonsillectomy. The high flying Monarchs tested the depth of […]

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Kudos for Surf Team’s Top Athletes

Kudos for Surf Team’s Top Athletes

The boys’ high school surf team league finals were held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at San Onofre’s Upper Trestles and Dana Point’s Salt Creek Beach. First round participants, freshman Colton Bryant, senior Nathan Kravitz and junior Shane Chapman, advanced to the quarter finals before being eliminated. At a team banquet, most valuable awards went to […]

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Of Gifts, Giving, and a ‘Prayer’ to Remember

Of Gifts, Giving, and a ‘Prayer’ to Remember

Laguna Beach teen, Tessa Mansour, sings a duet with beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli By Tad Heitmann, Special to the Independent The holiday season evokes a time of special magic, of generosity and gratitude, of unexpected blessings, and, of course, wonderful music. This season emerges a new tale about how stars and hearts aligned to bring […]

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Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Five students of Laguna College of Art and Design were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club during its lunch meeting earlier this month. The annual spring fundraiser Grapes for Grads funded the scholarships, which were awarded to Bryant Santamaria and Paulina Michel, both illustration majors with an emphasis  in drawing and painting. Also receiving awards […]

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More Rhythms Play Out in Class

More Rhythms Play Out in Class

Submitted by Schoolpower, Special to the Independent A full orchestra can readily be envisioned in the sound of vibrating strings now playing in all four Laguna Beach public schools, where more music classes have been added this year to the curriculum. On a recent morning, the bright hum of  “Deckorations” rises from 15 string players […]

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Dance Students Stage ‘Infinite’

Dance Students Stage ‘Infinite’

The curtain goes up for the high school dance department’s winter concert, “Infinite,” with 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 at the Artists’ Theatre. The pounding beats, lyrical melodies and the graceful movements of 40 hard-working dancers who have been rehearsing since September fill a program that showcases the work of […]

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No Child Left Offline

No Child Left Offline

Classrooms in Laguna Beach schools are evolving with the simultaneous use of multiple electronic devices. SchoolPower, the locally based nonprofit that supports public schools, donated $150,000 towards the recent wireless technology initiative, which the district matched with $180,000 to date, says a district statement. “Our Xtremely wireless project allowed us to saturate our schools with […]

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Kick Start Gift Shopping at Holiday Boutique

Kick Start Gift Shopping at Holiday Boutique

An expanded Laguna Beach High School Holiday Boutique takes place in Dugger Gym this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with family entertainment, a Santa photo opportunity and scores of vendors with goods at a wide range of price points. Under the direction of mosaic artist Christine Kunkel, the gym will be […]

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Teens Win Kudos for Healthy Choices

Teens Win Kudos for Healthy Choices

A town hall meeting to promote healthy eating by teens was held at The Boys and Girls Club recently. Sponsor Mission Hospital provided information about new dietary guidelines. Anthem Blue Cross praised the club’s teen leaders for its “teen cuisine,” a weekly culinary arts program where members plan and prepare nutritious meals at club. Teen […]

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SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

Aspiring filmmakers, ages 8-15, who want to produce content for YouTube can learn the skills of storytelling, camera movement, acting, directing and editing in a day long  workshop on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop will be held at the Willowbrook Campus of the Anneliese School, 20065 Laguna Canyon Rd. The […]

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School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

By Sean Nealon, Special to the Independent To effectively prevent bullying schools need to understand positive school climate, use reliable measures to evaluate it and use effective prevention and intervention programs to improve it, a recent paper co-authored by a UC Riverside assistant professor found. Cixin Wang, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of […]