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‘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 ...

Fifth-graders Faceoff in Spelling Bee

El Morro vs. Top of the World     El Morro vs. Top of the World Fifteen fifth-grade finalists from El Morro and 14 from Top of the World competed this week for top district honors this past Thursday, April 14, in an annual spelling competition. The final round was...

Rotary Spreads the ‘Words’

To support literacy, the Laguna Beach Rotary Club recently distributed 261 copies of Webster’s Dictionary for Students to all Laguna Beach third graders, including students at Anneliese’s School, El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools and St. Catherine’s. Club members...

Three Schools Make the Honor Roll

Thurston Middle School, El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools have recently been named to the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) 2010 Honor Roll for their exceptional success in elevating student academic achievement. The program evaluates schools’...

Fifth-graders Faceoff in Spelling Bee

Fifteen fifth-grade finalists from El Morro and 14 from Top of the World will compete for top honors this Thursday, April 14, in an annual spelling competition.   The final round is scheduled for the El Morro multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. Family members and students are...

On the Blacktop

LBHS End of 6 Week Progress Period, Friday, March 18 Footloose at the Artists’ Theatre, March 19-27, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Thurston Minimum Block Day, Friday, March 18 Scoliosis Screening in PE Classes, Friday, March 18 6th Week Progress Reports, Friday, March 18 Top of...

Creative Life:

Workshops Zoom in on Digital Photo Skills Registration is now open for the spring schedule of photography workshops at My Artist Loft. Three new six-week classes begin the week of March 7, including Beginning Digital Photography, Intermediate Digital Photography, and Adobe...

On the Blacktop

LBHS Thurston 7th Grade Writing Test, Wednesday, March 2 Top of the World 5th Grade Knotts Berry Farm, Tuesday, March 1 CLC-OC Performing Arts, Thursday, March 3 5th Grade Movie Night, Friday, March 4 El Morro Read Across America, Wednesday, March 2 Science on the Go (K-3)...

Class Notes

Party Dress Donations Wanted Donations are needed of gently worn prom dresses, party dresses, formal dresses, or bridesmaid dresses for the “Belle of the Ball” event for foster care and at-risk teen girls in Orange County. Especially needed are contemporary and plus size dresses,...

Hoop Team Wins in Double Header

Coming off winter vacation, the Laguna Beach girls under 12 National Junior Basketball team returned to action, winning both matches of a  double header last Saturday, Jan. 8. In the first game, South Coast led Laguna 16-2 at the end of the first quarter. Displaying team work and...

A Double Layer

Students Warm Up to Caring El Morro Elementary School’s second annual One Warm Coat Drive collected over 700 coats for the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.   The month-long coat drive was part of the El Morro’s Character Counts program that focuses on teaching students...

Carnival Ventures Into the Haunted Wild West

Everyone from newborns to great-grandparents is invited to El Morro Elementary School’s annual Halloween carnival – the Boo Blast – on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You don’t have to attend El Morro to have fun at Boo Blast. Sponsored by El Morro’s PTA, the Boo...

Local Counselor Makes the Grade

The American School Counselor Association selected Jami Parsons, a counselor for El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools, as one of eight nationwide finalists and the only one from California for counselor of the year, district officials announced. Nominated by Nancy...