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Class Notes

Class Notes

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 Imagine Wisdom Education offers a free art […]

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Students Compete in Solar Cup

Students Compete in Solar Cup

Laguna Beach High School students who built a solar-powered boat finished 22nd in a race against their peers in the Metropolitan Water District’s 12th annual Solar Cup. About 40 schools sent teams for the three-day event at Lake Skinner in Temecula. This is the LBHS team’s third entry in the event. Students of physics teachers […]

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Tips on Making College Choices

Tips on Making College Choices

By Andrea Coupe, Special to the Independent High school seniors in Laguna Beach are making their final decisions for where they will pursue higher education in the fall, and juniors are diving into their own college search. For many, selecting a college or university depends on a variety of factors, requiring serious thought and consideration. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Student Ceramicists Earn Recognition Laguna Beach eighth-grader Michael Tanaka was recognized at a national   ceramic exhibition in Wisconsin in March alongside three other Orange County youngsters, all students of Festival of Arts’ workshops. Festival of Arts ceramic instructor Monica Dunham was selected to receive a teacher award that honors the late American ceramicist Daniel Rhodes. […]

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Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower’s student directory raised $76,000 in advertising last year and supporters were treated to an appreciation dinner at Pacific Edge Hotel. The event earlier in the month also honored business alliance and new real estate honor roll sponsors, which contributed $50,000 for the schools this year. “Laguna’s businesses are unfailingly supportive of our local schools,” […]

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Band Wins First Place

Band Wins First Place

The combined seventh and eighth-grade Thurston Middle School concert band won first place in its division and was recognized as overall best concert band at a competition that took place at San Diego’s Correia Middle School last month. The band is led by Jon Mann, new to Thurston this year, but is in his 11th […]

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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 […]