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Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

With residents accusing school district administrators of filling high-salaried jobs and even creating them for friends and former co-workers, it was a tense face-off at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach Unified School District board meeting. Superintendent Sherine Smith and Assistant Superintendent Deni Christensen, a former colleague of Smith’s from the Capistrano Unified School District, both faced the […]

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Student Lunches Get a Grilling

Student Lunches Get a Grilling

Twice a month students and staff at El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools can savor lunches freshly barbequed at their respective school sites. Lunch choices include a grass-fed beef hamburger or a protein veggie burger on a whole-grain bun served with milk, fresh fruit and salad from the schools’ salad bars. Grilled […]

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Tardy Policy Gets High Marks

Tardy Policy Gets High Marks

The high school’s new tardy policy is proving successful as the number of late students has dwindled to almost none, faculty representative Linda Barker reported to the school board. Previously, tardy students simply showed up late to class and it was up to the teacher to report the behavior. Now, any student who is not […]

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Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Top of the World Elementary’s second-grade teacher Linda Barker finds that her student’s knowledge of technology  advances with every school year. Barker recognized this knowledge as an opportunity and introduced the iPod touch to personalize student learning. “Students are already adept at using smart phone technology and they have a natural connection to small, hand-held […]

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Students Study a Living Document

Students Study a Living Document

Laguna schools celebrated the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, with varied instruction that illustrated the everyday significance of this living document. The U.S. Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Top of the World Elementary School second grade teacher Linda Barker decorated her […]