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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 […]

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Results of the Angels-Laguna Partnership

Results of the Angels-Laguna Partnership

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El Morro Wins Bee Tie Breaker

El Morro Wins Bee Tie Breaker

Over 100 friends and families attended the fifth annual elementary schools spelling bee competition last week, with El Morro and Top of the World holding two wins each in previous competitions. After 15 rounds, it came down to El Morro fifth grader Alexis Yang spelling Celsius and pediatrician for the win. She had already conquered […]

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Best Spellers Vie for Title

Best Spellers Vie for Title

Thirty-five fifth grade finalists from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary faced off in the Laguna Beach Spelling Bee Finals, held at TOW’s multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The fifth year of the friendly competition, where TOW will defend its 2011 title, will be judged by Asst. Supt. Nancy […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Rock ‘n Fish Supports Grads Dine at Rock’N Fish on Thursday, Feb 16, and mention your support for the Class of 2012.   The upstairs restaurant at Laguna Avenue and Coast Highway will donate 20 percent of proceeds to help fund a safe and sober graduation celebration.   Playground Rebounds at El Morro El Morro […]

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Bee A Luv: Donate to Book Drive

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 they need to be ready for school,” early learning specialist Julie Olsen says […]

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A Return to the Pilgrim Colony

A Return to the Pilgrim Colony

 Cheryl Smith presents a student with a variety of leather tooling stamps during El Morro’s Colonial Days this week, when the multi purpose room transforms into a hands-on cultural experience of colonial and native American crafts. Kids try beading, candle making, corn husk dolls, holiday ornaments, leather tooling, rope making, silversmithing and more.  

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El Morro Students Harvest Lessons from the Garden

El Morro Students Harvest Lessons from the Garden

Bright orange pumpkins, pale honeydew melons, dark green bell peppers, striped cucumber melons and the aroma of basil and mint enrich the landscape of the El Morro Elementary School Garden. At the school dismissal bell, Garden Club students brimming with enthusiasm enter the garden gates. Parent and garden volunteer Sharael Kolberg awaits with an interesting […]

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Unexpected Alchemy Transforms Science Camp

Unexpected Alchemy Transforms Science Camp

An unofficial poll among Thurston Middle School sixth graders, who spent their third week of school at an outdoor science camp on Catalina Island, preferred snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking to more routine classroom exercises. While science-based learning provided the trip’s backbone, the opportunity for students to bond in an off-campus environment provided the heart and […]

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Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks

Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks

Editor, The continuing barrage of letters from the same group of people concerning their narrow view of transportation in Laguna Beach is tiresome. Increasingly, it seems these writers would like to isolate Laguna Beach by banning any vehicles other than bicycles or public transit. I can hardly wait to grocery shop by trolley.   Have […]

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On the Blacktop

On the Blacktop

El Morro After School Clubs begin, Sept. 26 PTA Meeting, 9:15-10:30 a.m., Sept. 27 Picture Day, Sept. 29   Top of the World After School Programs begin, Sept. 26 Vision and Hearing Testing, Sept. 30   LBHS Homegame Scoreboard   Friday, Sept. 23 7 p.m. Boys V Football vs. Bishop Montgomery   Monday, Sept. 26 […]

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On the Blacktop

On the Blacktop

 El Morro Volunteer Breakfast, June 10 Top of the World 5th Grade Pioneer Day, June 10 CLC Celebration, June 13 PTA Meeting, June 13 Third Grade Literature Fest, June 17 LBHS Honors Convocation, June 10 Senior Only Final Exams, June 16-17

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On the Blacktop

On the Blacktop

El Morro Spring Book Fair, May 27 Open House (all grades), June 1 Top of the World Volunteer Breakfast, June 2 Thurston Library Book Fair, May 31-June 3 Open House 6-7:30 p.m., June 2 Minimum Block Day, June 2-3 LBHS Sports: Friday, May 27 3:00 p.m. Baseball vs. Oaks Christian, Quarter Finals

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‘Chronicle’ Spells Out TOW’s Win

‘Chronicle’ Spells Out TOW’s Win

By Kathleen McKeown, Special to the Independent Makena Augenstein from Top of the World Elementary out-spelled her competition to win this year’s elementary school spelling championship. Twenty nine fifth-graders from the district’s two elementary schools competed in the annual  competition, held in the El Morro multipurpose room last Thursday, April 14. Filled with cheering family […]