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Class Notes

Scholars Get Assistance The Assistance League of Laguna Beach awarded $24,000 to 12 students of Laguna Beach High School at the recent honors convocation.                       Scholars Earn Degrees Two 2010 Laguna Beach High...

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...

Spellbound by First-Hand History Lesson

    Scientist David Dartez, who worked with NASA for over 20 years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, provided a first-hand history lesson to students at El Morro Elementary last week. Dartez, the grandfather of an El Morro Elementary student, added an extra...

Obituary: Nina Mack

Nina Kim Mack, who arrived at Laguna as a 9-year-old in 1972, passed away on July 13. Between the years 1972 and 1981, she attended El Morro Elementary, Thurston Middle Schol and Laguna Beach High School. She graduated in 1981. Her family asks friends to call 949-484-4824 if they...

Bee A Luv: Donate to Book Drive

Help preschool children discover the magical world of reading by collecting gently used book donations for the Bee A Luv Book Drive, Feb. 1-14, sponsored by the school district’s readiness program. “Reading to children every day develops the language and literacy skills...

Local Schools Hit the Mark with API Scores

Laguna Beach public schools showed improvement in their API test scores with an overall score of 904, as compared to last year’s score of 895. The figures were released Wedesday, Aug. 31, a week before the start of school. “We are thrilled that the district broke 900 on the API,”...

Relaying Hope

  Survivors celebrate putting the darkness of cancer behind them Tori Degen was 10 when she first noticed her abdomen getting larger, and upon a subsequent visit to the doctor was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She underwent chemotherapy for a summer then was declared cancer...

Relay Teams Await the Starting Gun

Laguna Beach residents, cancer survivors and their supporters converge on El Morro Elementary School for the 10th annual Relay For Life fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 6. It’s not too late to support the battle against cancer by making a pledge online or showing up to cheer teams...

Marking a New Tradition of Recognition

 The Patience Wright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution completed their pilot program for elementary school awards with a presentation at El Morro Elementary last week.  Excellence in American history awards were presented to the following fifth grade students:...

El Morro’s Good Sports Earn Stars

El Morro Elementary’s PE department debuted a new program this year that is helping students learn good sportsmanship. The program was created by the school’s PE staff Eric LaPierre, Tami Burns and Sara Rawlins. Principal Chris Duddy applauds the department’s commitment to...

Relay For Life Kicks Off

  More than 100 people attended the kickoff party for the 10th annual Relay For Life last week, raising $1,100 and registering seven more teams in preparation for Aug. 6 event at El Morro Elementary.  Julie Pendleton, a 25-year resident diagnosed last year with ovarian cancer,...

Medal Laden

In her first year of competing, Staci Ensminger, 9, an El Morro Elementary third-grader, claimed first place medals in every individual event that placed her as the all-around winner at the California Classic Invitational Meet in Aliso Viejo. She held the top score of 9.450 in...

Medal Laden

In her first year of competing, Staci Ensminger, 9, an El Morro Elementary third-grader, claimed first place medals in every individual event that placed her as the all-around winner at the California Classic Invitational Meet in Aliso Viejo. She held the top score of 9.450 in...