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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...

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...

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...
Posted On 30 May 2014

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...