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Special Ed Goes Common Core

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater understanding of one idea instead of the scattershot approach […]

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 Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

So how old was ET really? Anyone who attends the Pageant of the Monsters staged this year by the same creative crew that puts on the “Pageant of the Masters” might just find out whether the lovable alien has remained a kid or died a codger. An alien autopsy is among the anticipated ghoulish pageant […]

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Hot Tickets for Hobgoblins

Hot Tickets for Hobgoblins

Sponsors Wanted for El Morro’s Boo Blast El Morro’s Boo Blast Halloween carnival is set for Friday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Morro Elementary School. The annual PTA-organized event knits together with help from hundreds of volunteers and El Morro families as well as local sponsors. Funds raised support school programs. Potential […]

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Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

School officials say they will know by December exactly how many portable classrooms will be needed at Thurston Middle School.  But they can’t say exactly why. As the school year got underway this week at Laguna Beach’s four public schools, more than 800 students arrived at Thurston, the largest enrollment ever. Portable classrooms are being […]

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Keeping Visitors at Bay

Keeping Visitors at Bay

Editor, I support pressing forward with the village entrance project. (Can we cut the fat out of the costs for the park?) But to address parking and traffic congestion, here is my proposal:  parking “hubs” at ACT V, Aliso Creek and El Morro. Laguna residents get transponders allowing access into Laguna; non-residents must park at […]

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Class Notes 3/22/13

Class Notes 3/22/13

Fair Features Multicultural Fare Newport Coast’s Sage Hill School will open its campus to the community for a day of food and festivity at the 12th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 20402 Newport Coast Dr. The fair will include two dozen authentic international food booths, lively […]

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Hitting the Field for Jog-A-Thons

Hitting the Field for Jog-A-Thons

Top of the World and El Morro students both participated in their school’s respective Jog-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, March 15. This year’s goal at TOW is $50,000 to support TOW PTA enrichment programs, such as Art Masters and after-school programs, said Michelle Struss, TOW Jog-A-Thon chairperson. A combination of community sponsors and family support contributes […]

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The essence of days of yore

The essence of days of yore

The holidays are associated with that Norman Rockwellian image of our country, where families are warm, loving and together; and where everyone lives in one of those villages with the clustered cottages, quaint stores, and lights in the windows; a community with that small-town feel.  A place where you can walk to “town,” where you […]

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Local Currents: Be A Poet

Local Currents: Be A Poet

“…we’re encouraging Dudeists around the world to celebrate The Now Is Here Day this Friday, Dec. 21…Just take it easy, mankind… It’s like Lennon (and three other guys) said about “The End”: And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to / The love you make. From http://www.dudespaper.com This week has […]

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Gearing Up for All Hallow's

Gearing Up for All Hallow’s

The Oak Street home of Liv and Eli Taub is gearing up for the Halloween invasion next week, though local festivities begin in earnest with El Morro’s Boo Blast carnival, beginning at 2:30 p.m. today.

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A Long-Lived Class Favorite Departs

A Long-Lived Class Favorite Departs

Donated by a compassionate pet owner in 1996, Lester, the ruby-eyed albino king snake expired at home peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 27 after living in a fourth-grade El Morro classroom for 16 years. She brought such pleasure to many students.  She will be remembered by many former fourth graders as one of several reptiles that […]

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Smooth Start to Year Despite Enrollment Shifts

Smooth Start to Year Despite Enrollment Shifts

Enrollment climbed this year at Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary by 41 and 28 students respectively, though district-wide enrollment only rose by seven students. El Morro Elementary experienced an unusual 60-student drop in enrollment, while Laguna Beach High School’s student census fell by 12. Even so, school officials reported that they […]

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El Morro’s Reading Program Ends with a Splash!

El Morro’s Reading Program Ends with a Splash!

El Morro students who met their goal in Scholastic Reading Counts got a chance to dunk their principal, Chris Duddy, in a dunk tank last week. Afterwards they were treated to an orange juice bar. El Morro students read 132 million words during the school year. Three students accumulated over 600 points: fifth grader Kate […]

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Honored Teacher Turns the Tables to Honor the Community

Honored Teacher Turns the Tables to Honor the Community

Third-grade El Morro teacher Mary Blanton set up a web site and blog years ago, affording parents easy access into her classroom. Her infectious love of learning allows her to personally connect with students, from high achievers to the most challenged, as well as with her colleagues, where she serves as a mentor and spearheads […]

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Robert Young and ‘The Big One’

Robert Young and ‘The Big One’

By Dion Wright   If Robert “Bob” Young hadn’t had a stash of salvaged telephone poles, “The Big One,” Young’s magnum opus of painting, might never have come to be, and would certainly never have survived the disaster. “The Big One” is absolutely the largest painting ever done in Laguna Beach, took the longest time to get […]