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SchoolPower’s Floral Gala Blooms With Possibilities

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 Shutts and Kim Ressler, committee volunteers created a floral wonderland of blooms spilling out from […]

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Class Notes

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 are so excited to be able to […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

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 every student in the school.    Talk on Parenting in the Digital […]

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SchoolPower Rallies Community to Support District

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 the Jan. 10 school board meeting, including a $125,000 check for the […]

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Hexbergs Grant Athletes’ Wishes

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 all sports programs at the high school.   “We are fortunate to be able […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

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 children in the cast are Kurt, 10, Brigitta, 9, […]

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Teacher’s New Pet Earns Top Marks

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 with a means of gauging if a lesson is being […]

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 Schoolpower Kicks Up the Tempo

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 recently agreed to give the school district to pay for instruments.   […]

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Schoolpower Carries the Tune for Student Musicians

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 the K-12 music program. But this year the burden of supplying instruments to band members fell to the […]

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School Donations Fall Due to New Rules

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 also limits the way they can ask for donations from parents. Teachers and boosters organizations […]

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Principals Sweat Over Their Report Cards

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.

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Schoolpower Crowns Dodgeball Champs

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.

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Annual Campaign Gets a Jump Start

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.

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New School Families Welcomed

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 new to the district last year and recalls her gratitude […]

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SchoolPower Kicks Off School Year at Claes

SchoolPower Kicks Off School Year at Claes

SchoolPower continues its tradition of kicking off the new school year with its first fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hotel Laguna’s Claes Ovation restaurant, named after hotelier Claes Andersen. The event features Executive Chef Paul Bauer, who has prepared a three-course meal with wine and food pairings. Andersen’s widow, Georgia, has […]