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Top Employee Also a County Finalist School district technology technician Long Le, selected as classified employee of the year, is also one of six finalists for a similar award by the county’s Education Department. The award pays tribute to the efforts of non-teaching school...

SchoolPower’s Floral Gala Blooms With Possibilities

SchoolPower’s 27th annual dinner dance on March 3 raised a record $330,000 for Laguna’s four public schools.   President Marcus Skenderian called the gala “an amazing experience of celebration and support for our schools.”   Inspired by event chairs Patience...

Class Notes

Returning Parents to Class The school district is offering a seven-week program for parents of young children, 5 to 10, beginning Wednesday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St. Therapist Laura Rivas will teach the class, “Loving Solutions.” “We...

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Campus Re-Opens for Night Session   Arts Night at Top of the World Elementary earlier this month drew 330 families.   The school’s multipurpose room was successfully transformed into “The Dolphin Gallery” for the evening, and featured a visual arts piece exhibited by...

SchoolPower Rallies Community to Support District

Thanks to a dedicated team of 46 parent volunteers calling on every family in Laguna Beach schools for donations, SchoolPower’s Community Campaign succeeded in raising nearly $360,000. As a result, two sizable checks were presented to the Laguna Beach Unified School District at...

Hexbergs Grant Athletes’ Wishes

By Samantha Washer, SchoolPower vice president   Christmas came early this year for Laguna Beach High School’s athletic programs with a surprise donation of $25,000.  The donation from the Hexberg Family Foundation was given to SchoolPower and earmarked for distribution to...

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Auditions for Pint-Sized Actors Laguna Beach High School’s drama program will produce “The Sound of Music” in spring and is casting three roles for younger children in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at a 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, audition at the high school. “The youngest...

Teacher’s New Pet Earns Top Marks

Move over iPod. There’s a new kid in town. Since the Laguna school district introduced an innovative handheld device known as SRS, for student response systems, in classrooms last year, more and more teachers embrace their use and extol their virtues. The devices provide teachers...

Schoolpower Kicks Up the Tempo

SchoolPower is moving beyond its mission raising money for Laguna’s public schools to also organize a musical instrument drive for woodwinds, strings and brass instruments in good working condition.   The Play it Forward campaign is an effort to supplement the $78,000...

Schoolpower Carries the Tune for Student Musicians

The school district’s music program received a critical lifeline this week when Schoolpower officials announced Tuesday the organization will donate $78,000 towards the purchase of new instruments. Previously, most parents rented instruments for their children participating in...

School Donations Fall Due to New Rules

Laguna Beach’s school booster groups have a new set of marching orders, advised to use strict new guidelines that bar them from requiring parents to pay participation fees for their student’s extra-curricular activities, including spirit fees for sports teams, and...

Principals Sweat Over Their Report Cards

Principal Joanne Culverhouse, who succeeded Don Austin as high school principal and twice defeated him in SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge, defends her title Nov. 14 against a worthy adversary.

Schoolpower Crowns Dodgeball Champs

The gyms were jumping or should we say, “dodging” last Thursday as SchoolPower hosted its highly anticipated second annual Dodgeball Tournament at Laguna Beach High School.

Annual Campaign Gets a Jump Start

Continuing a nine-year tradition, the Andersen family opened up their restaurant, Claes Ovation, to 200 SchoolPower supporters for a dinner last month that raised $18,000 for the organization.

New School Families Welcomed

By Cynthia Jenkins, SchoolPower Volunteer SchoolPower trustees and their kids took to the streets last weekend to deliver over 200 welcome bags to families who are new to the Laguna Beach School District. Pamela London Frank, a trustee and this year’s welcome committee chair, was...