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 Elementary Principals Oust Defending Champs

Elementary Principals Oust Defending Champs

SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge V, a competition that pits Laguna’s principals against each other in devising an appealing meal, packed the house this past Monday, Nov. 18, to raise money for the public schools. The rematch was a barnburner, with the team of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Ron LaMotte triumphing over last year’s […]

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Parents Offered Drop-in Classes

Parents Offered Drop-in Classes

Laguna’s school district began offering monthly drop-in counseling this week for parents of district students enrolled in grades 3-12, who cannot commit to an ongoing parent class. The classes provide parents an opportunity for interaction with other parents while learning problem-solving techniques for parent and child difficulties. “As a parent myself, I struggle with everyday […]

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Nutrition Staff Sharpens Their Skills

Nutrition Staff Sharpens Their Skills

This year, the school district’s nutrition department is participating in professional development, and the staff’s first lessons were training with point-of-sale software and reviewing department procedures, policies and menu planning. Recently updated vendor and food ordering procedures were also discussed. “One of our initiatives this year is to add even more scratch-cooked recipes to the […]

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Rotary Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach honored Lila Vera as Student of the Month for October during the club’s regular luncheon meeting at Hotel Laguna last Friday. Lila was accompanied by her math department instructor Gary Shapiro, who described her accomplishments in advanced mathematics and athletics. Lila is an Orange Coast League Scholar-Athlete for swimming. After […]

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The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

Linda and Richard Eyre will speak about entitlement at next week’s Coffee Break from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. Their talk will center on the contents of their latest book, “The Entitlement Trap,” in which the Eyres detail a solution to the sense […]

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Young Actors Grow in ‘Little Women’

Young Actors Grow in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances […]

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Seniors Test Their Poise in Mock Interviews

Seniors Test Their Poise in Mock Interviews

Laguna Beach High School seniors recently participated in mock interviews to prepare and present themselves for college or work situations. District staff and community volunteers participated as interviewers, who were given guidelines and suggested questions for the interviews, which took about seven minutes, said LBHS Transition Services Coordinator Corey Brown. “This activity is a great […]

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Junior Cheerleaders Take the Field

Junior Cheerleaders Take the Field

  Over 40 future cheerleaders ages 5-12 turned out to learn a cheer, a chant and a dance, which they will perform this Friday, Nov. 8, during the Laguna Beach High School’s football game halftime show. Current cheerleaders who led the clinic raised over $2,000 for Cheer Boosters, to help cover team costs for uniforms, […]

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Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances […]

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Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship Foundation

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation is already hard at work to make this a most rewarding year for LBHS seniors, welcoming four new donors thus far. Having awarded over 270 scholarships totaling $328,955 to 107 LBHS 2013 graduating seniors last June, foundation leaders are excited for the new school year and have already […]

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Class Notes 11/1/13

Class Notes 11/1/13

Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic Performance Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic will hold instruction for Junior Cheerleaders, kindergarteners through eight grade, on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1:30-4 p.m. in the high school quad. Learn a cheer and a chant to perform during halftime on Friday, Nov. 8. The clinic costs $50 per person and includes a Laguna […]

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High School Sports Update 11/1/13

High School Sports Update 11/1/13

Breakers Capture Ninth Straight Title Girls Volleyball (17-9, 8-0) Laguna clinched their ninth straight league title this past Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of a well-coached Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana squad at Dugger Gym. The Eagles held a steady lead in the first set until Laguna tied the score at 10. The […]

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Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break.  They will stay on campus for two years while long-term enrollment trends […]

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Grant Turns a Page on Literacy

Grant Turns a Page on Literacy

Thanks to a grant, Top of the World Elementary School will be piloting an after school literacy program that provides targeted instruction to struggling readers beginning this month. “We have invested a great deal of time and money in purchasing research-based programs and I am pleased to report we are seeing great results,” said Irene […]

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Class Notes 10/18/13

Class Notes 10/18/13

Sport Swap, a Bargain-Hunter’s Paradise  Are your closets and garage areas bursting with unused or outgrown sports gear? Looking for an inexpensive wetsuit, paddleboard, or other piece of sports equipment? The fifth annual Thurston Middle School Sports Swap will turn your space-eating items into cash and save you money on gently-used sports items priced far […]