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Students Take Toy Drive Seriously

Thurston Middle School leadership students will collect new unwrapped toys and sports equipment through Dec. 10 to support the Laguna Beach Fire Department’s contribution to the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Over the past six years, Thurston has proved the drive’s largest donation...

Public Opinion Sought in Search for School Leader

The Laguna Beach Unified School District asks for community members to participate in an online survey (www.ecrasurvey.com/laguna) about the desired characteristics and skills they would like to see in the next superintendent by Dec. 30. The district has retained a search firm...

Anchors Aweigh: Race Starts to Devise Swiftest Solar Boat

Four Orange County high schools have begun to assemble the 16-foot hulls they will equip and race next spring as part of Metropolitan Water District’s 14th annual Solar Cup. The race that began in 2002 with just eight teams and about 80 students has become the largest...

Colonial Days Revisits the Pilgrim Era

Staff and parents pitch in to host Colonial Days at El Morro Elementary on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24, dressing up as Native Americans or colonists, organizing a small harvest feast and transforming the multipurpose room into a colonial village to provide a hands-on...

Seminar Describes Tools for Online Supervision

Parents are invited to a presentation on cyber safety and social media Monday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theater. Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Clay Cranford will educate parents on how to effectively supervise children on social...

Student Receive New Dictionaries

The Laguna Beach Rotary has supplied all third grade classes in Laguna Beach schools with new dictionaries. Their donation includes third graders at the public elementary schools, Top of the World and El Morro, as well as the two private schools, St. Catherine’s and Anneliese’s.

LBHS Students Make the Grade

Laguna Beach High School students’ ACT and SAT scores exceed national and state averages. The state and national average on the SAT test is 1490. LBHS students scored an average of 1734, not 1799.3 as previously reported. “Although we had fewer test takers in 2014-15, students...

Class Notes

Chemical Research Program Wins Award   The Advanced Chemical Research class taught by Laguna Beach High School chemistry teacher Steve Sogo was recognized with a Golden Bell Award. Sogo leads a full-year class in which seniors pursue original research projects in teams...

Curtain Rises on Double Bill of Youth Theater

Newcomer Opens Fall Season with ‘Stage Door’ The performance “Stage Door,” written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, opens Friday, Nov. 6, at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre. The high school’s new drama teacher, actress and educator Alexis Karol directs the...

Even Without a Crown, She Radiates Happiness

Moorea Howson, also known as “Moe,” who was escorted by her father Robert to the Laguna Beach High School homecoming halftime show last Friday, Oct. 24, was crowned homecoming queen. Moorea, who suffers from Williams syndrome, has been an honorary member of the cheer squad for...

No Dodging a Fun Outcome

Team “So Syncro” dodged their way to victory in the fourth-fifth grade division while “Trump This” was the popular choice for best costume at the sixth annual Schoolpower dodgeball tournament and fundraiser last week. This year’s tournament netted a...

Newcomer Opens Fall Season with ‘Stage Door’

The performance “Stage Door,” written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, opens Friday, Nov. 6, at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre. The high school’s new drama teacher, actress and educator Alexis Karol directs the production. The cast of 35 student actors and 12...

Homeless Advocate Seeks to Engage Students

Local author and photographer Faye Chapman will speak to student leaders at Thurston Middle School Thursday, Nov. 5 to support National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. Chapman is a tireless champion for the homeless and currently serves on the city’s housing and human...

Class Notes

Spooky Boo Blast Fun Raises Funds for El Morro The public is welcome to enjoy pre-Halloween fun at El Morro PTA’s annual Boo Blast carnival Friday, Oct. 23 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. People of all ages will enjoy the spooky Haunted House, rock climbing wall, Ferris wheel, slides,...

Updated: Schools Start a Discussion on Teen Suicide

Parents and guardians are invited to a 6 p.m. workshop on student mental health Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Thurston Middle School’s “Black Box” theater. Annette Craig, the founder of an organization dedicated to suicide prevention by improving mental support services, will address the...