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Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

The school district set May 13 for a public hearing to collect input from parents, educators, employees and the community as it develops its state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plans must describe the school district’s overall vision for students and actions to improve outcomes for English learners, low-income students, and foster youth, the […]

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Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Retired teacher Terry Hustwick shared her surprise and joy at receiving California PTA’s most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award, at a recent meeting of Top of the World Elementary’s PTA. Council President Kathleen Fay presented the honor to Hustwick in appreciation and acknowledgment of her contributions in and out of the classroom. Hustwick […]

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New Tech Chief Hired

New Tech Chief Hired

Also Schoolpower fundraising earns ‘A’ grades Drawing from applicants nationwide who went through several rounds of interviews before a district-wide panel, school board members unanimously approved hiring a new technology director Tuesday who is currently employed at Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Michael Morrison, a technology specialist at the south country district since 1996 and […]

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Trout Fishes for Young Fans

Trout Fishes for Young Fans

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Last year’s American League Rookie of the Year and pride of the Angels baseball team, the sensational outfielder Mike Trout visited Laguna Beach schools last week as part of a fundraising effort for the district-wide Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA is promoting Laguna Night, a May 3 ballgame between […]

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Brain Power, Like Brawn, Requires a Workout

Brain Power, Like Brawn, Requires a Workout

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent   Clinical neurologist and educator Dr. Judy Willis discussed the application of neuroscience to practical aspects of child rearing during a recent PTA Coffee Break workshop. As Dr. Willis unbundled her concepts, listeners realized that in simple and easy-to-apply techniques parents really could make a difference in unlocking […]

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Class Notes 3/8/13

Class Notes 3/8/13

Reducing Trash One Lunch at a Time Top of The World Elementary students received seedlings grown by Transition Laguna’s members and donated t-shirts from Laguna Beach’s Hobie shop and Laguna Canyon Foundation during a recent assembly. The PTA-sponsored Green Team is celebrating efforts by students and parents to pack waste-free lunches throughout the remainder of […]

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Arts Foundation Funds School Programs

Arts Foundation Funds School Programs

Top of the World Elementary School’s PTA recently received a generous grant of $2,000 from the Festival of Arts Foundation, which will be used to support the school’s art programs such as Art Masters, Local Color and Arts Night. Art Masters is a visual arts program that works with an accredited art educator that teaches […]

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Schoolpower Donations Welcomed by Schools

Schoolpower Donations Welcomed by Schools

Schoolpower took the spotlight at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach school board meeting, providing what one teacher called a “magical” cash infusion at a time when fiscal austerity is tightening budgets. In addition, school officials approved a number of new hires for the coming school year, including five top posts, while the president of Laguna Beach High […]

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Mothering Heights: My Academy Awards

Mothering Heights: My Academy Awards

I’m feeling oxygen deprivation as I realize there are only four days left of school. We must keep calm and carry on. Or as I like to say, “Keep calm and eat chocolate.” Instead of whining about the fact that I have not made any plans for my kids, I want to focus on the […]

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Mothering Heights

Mothering Heights

The Fear to Volunteer   A friend of mine says there are two types of people in the world: Those who have worked as a waitress and those who haven’t. My husband says there are those that have children and those that don’t. I say there are those that volunteer and those that don’t. I’m […]

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A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   El Morro Elementary’s jog-a-thon, one of the largest PTA fundraisers, is a day filled with dancing and running laps in the school yard and enjoying some well deserved ice cream at the race’s end. Prior to the event, students had to look for sponsorship from their families, […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Award for a Local Young Talent   Songwriter and performer Jade Nicoletti, 10, an El Morro Elementary student, placed second the state PTA Reflections contest at the intermediate level for her vocal-songwriting performance of her original song “My Diversity”.   Jade will become a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers this […]

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Strong Turnout for College Night

Strong Turnout for College Night

Hundreds of high school students, their parents, and college representatives filled the Laguna Beach High School gym last week for the annual College Round-Up.   The high school guidance and counseling team and PTA hosted more than 90 college and university representatives, ready with answers to questions about their campuses.   Students and families collected […]

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School Leaders Discuss New Initiatives

School Leaders Discuss New Initiatives

PTA’s adult-education arm welcomed over 70 parents and educators last week for its inaugural meeting at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course. There was a feeling of excitement and change in the air due to the new venue, and the speakers continued the theme.

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Parents meet school leaders, learn value of critical thinking Parents are invited to join the first PTA-sponsored parent education Coffee Break on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to meet district leaders and hear from expert Dr. Enoch Hale about the importance of developing higher-level thinking skills. Coffee Breaks this year are being held at Aliso Creek Inn […]