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A Parent Explains Her Vote for School Board

Editor, As a concerned parent, I have followed the local school board election closely. There are three slots and four candidates. Ketta Brown, Dee Perry and Carol Normandin are qualified. The fourth, Annette Gibson, is not. Those of us familiar with the schools know we face...

School Candidates Q&A

Q1 Will Common Core make students better workers but expose them less to a liberal arts education? Q2 What needs improvement? Ketta Brown Age: 54 Education: BA, University of Washington, 1982 Occupation: Homemaker for 24 years Contributions: $5,800* A1 Brown’s position is that...

Class Notes

Parents Return to School for Math Lessons Parents are invited to a workshop with researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D., executive director of the UC Science and Mathematics Initiative, who will explain shifts in classroom math instruction that lay the foundation for students to...

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...
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