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Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Editor, Tom Walsh (“May the Best Qualified Win,” Letters, Oct. 10) pronounces school board candidate Annette Gibson unqualified for sending her children to private religious school and living in Crystal Cove.  Yet, Gibson lives and pays taxes in our school district, and her home is closer to a public school than 80 percent of the […]

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School Candidates Split Over State Standards

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three vacancies, voters can choose from two candidates who […]

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Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Editor: Thanks for informing readers about debate on Common Core mandates for local school curriculum. Curriculum, school finances, personnel policy, community relations, these are the issues that matter. Still, after your article some asked why I am running for school board when my kids attend private school. I even was asked if I can serve […]

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District Hires Strategic Administrators

District Hires Strategic Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal, were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Having a Blast in Science Class

Having a Blast in Science Class

Fred Sheldon wasn’t a bad student, just bored, so getting by was the best he did.  He didn’t fit the rote routine of school.  Sheldon was fading into nowhere, his creativity untapped. Until he learned how to blast off a bottle rocket, and get credit for it. Pegged as an “average” student, Sheldon was fortunate […]

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Preschool Opens for Offspring of Teen Moms

Preschool Opens for Offspring of Teen Moms

Fristers, a nonprofit that assists teen moms to become self-sufficient, has added a new school-readiness program for children of their clientele. The Kidsters Childcare and School-Readiness Program in Newport Beach is offered simultaneously with the life coach program offered teen moms. Teen mothers rarely can afford preschool, though studies show there are great benefits. Children […]

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Linking Strings to Future HS Orchestra

Linking Strings to Future HS Orchestra

After a half-year of playing a string instrument in third grade, novices are left in the lurch with no bow to turn to until high school. That will change next fall with the addition of a strings section to the elementary and middle schools’ regular music curriculum, a step towards the district’s goal of developing […]

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Transition For Early Kindergarten Classes Begins

Transition For Early Kindergarten Classes Begins

In 2010, the entry-age for kindergarten and first grade changed. The new law requires that kindergarten students turn 5 years of age by Sept. 1 in order to enroll. The requirements were designed to be phased-in, beginning with the current school year, said a district statement. For those “young 5s,” children turning 5 between Sept. […]

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Museum Seeks New Docents

Museum Seeks New Docents

Laguna Art Museum seeks volunteers to join its team of docents, who help to form the museum’s education department. Prospective docents undergo an extensive nine-month training course, which begins Oct. 1. The curriculum includes learning about California art, its wider art-historical context, visual thinking strategies, and effective tour techniques. Classes meet once a week and […]

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Welcoming Voices in School Leadership

Welcoming Voices in School Leadership

Editor, As a parent of students within the Laguna Beach school district, I found it troubling that the current incumbent school board members would be surprised by two challengers entering the race (“Surprise Challengers Enter School Race,” Sept. 14 edition). Jan Vickers notes that the public doesn’t attend their meetings. Maybe she is not aware […]

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Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Top of the World Elementary’s second-grade teacher Linda Barker finds that her student’s knowledge of technology  advances with every school year. Barker recognized this knowledge as an opportunity and introduced the iPod touch to personalize student learning. “Students are already adept at using smart phone technology and they have a natural connection to small, hand-held […]

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Coffee Break Hosts Drug and Alcohol Prevention Expert

Coffee Break Hosts Drug and Alcohol Prevention Expert

Brenda Conlan’s truthful account of her own adolescence, derailed by early addiction to drugs, gives special credibility to her presentation as the featured speaker in PTA’s Coffee Break education series on Wednesday, March 21.   The talk about the myths about drug and alcohol use takes place at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course […]

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Eco Lessons Sprout Out of Class

Eco Lessons Sprout Out of Class

Children who are members of the Boys & Girls Club’s TLC Branch in Bluebird Park participated in a pilot environmental education program that goes beyond the ABC’s. Instead students learned about the five R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and rot, curriculum aligned with state science and social science standards and created for Inside the Outdoors. […]

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Grants Given to Youth Theater

Grants Given to Youth Theater

Opus Bank awarded a $5,000 grant in support of The Laguna Playhouse’s award-winning Youth Theatre, according to Donna Inglima, its director.   “Success in the workplace begins with imagination in the classroom,” said Katie Steele, director of the bank’s foundation. “Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, it will be some time before K-12 arts curriculum can […]