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Technology Now Required in Fifth-Grade Classes

Parents of fifth-graders recently learned about methods their children can use for the school district’s pilot bring-your-own-device program, which is to start in January. “It is so critical we teach the necessary technological skills to our students that will prepare them...

Thurston Teachers Bring a Novel to Life

Two Thurston Middle School teachers used a fresh approach to help their students absorb Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In Tammy Bonneville’s language arts class, eighth graders discussed the book during the fall semester. In Anna Tejchman’s...
Posted On 20 Nov 2014

Garden Potluck Stirs Up Community

Members of the South Laguna Community Garden invite the public to join their fall festival and potluck on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way. Bring a dish or snacks for 10 people and your own drinks; enjoy live music and celebrate th...

School Board Welcomes Old and New

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Incumbent Ketta Brown was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election and will return to the Laguna Beach School Board for a third four-year term. Newcomers Carol Normandin and Dee Perry, who won the other two available seats on the five-member board,...

Concussions Up at High School

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy In the first eight weeks of the school year, 12 Laguna Beach High School students have been diagnosed with concussions, as many as suffered the injury for the entire 2013-14 session, according to a report presented to the Laguna Beach school board...

Fast Forward to Patriot’s Day 2015

  The 49th Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade will march through town at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, but its 2014 theme, Home of the Free, Because of the Brave, and honorees will hold the spotlight because last year’s event was cancelled due to a fast-moving, but...

Normandin Takes a Gamble With Candor

Editor, I am running for school board of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Voters can vote for three of the four candidates. In the campaign, voters have asked me which of the other candidates I support. The other two candidates I will vote for are Ketta Brown and Dee...

Gibson’s Goal Could Jeopardize School Funding

Editor, I am a parent of kids in our Laguna schools and have been following the school board election.  One candidate, Annette Gibson, has no connection to our schools or district, no kids in our schools (literally ever), and no background in education. Instead, Gibson is running...

Young Martial Arts Devotees Bring Home Gold

Fourteen students age 7 to 12 from Cho’s Academy of Laguna Beach competed among 1,000 participants at the 22nd Annual KS Choi California Open Tae Kwon Do Championships in Carson on Oct. 18. Cho’s team won five gold and two silver medals. Three of the Cho team losses...

School Candidates Q&A

Q1 Will Common Core make students better workers but expose them less to a liberal arts education? Q2 What needs improvement? Ketta Brown Age: 54 Education: BA, University of Washington, 1982 Occupation: Homemaker for 24 years Contributions: $5,800* A1 Brown’s position is that...

Schools Seek Public Feedback on New Projects

The school board is seeking public input on a facilities master plan and asks members of the community, students, staff and parents to complete a survey on the District’s website, www.lbusd.org, under the Facilities department tab. Survey results will be reviewed at a 6 p.m....
Posted On 30 Oct 2014

New Bike Team Hits the Trail

Local mountain biking enthusiasts met last week to solidify their support for the newly established Laguna Beach Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team for middle school and high school students. The kick-off meeting, led by team director Tony Zentil, was attended by students,...
Posted On 23 Oct 2014

Young Inventors Tackle TEDx and Third-World Water

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy With a lot of help from each other and votes from friends on social media, five Laguna Beach High School students are fast-tracking accomplishments in their senior year with two prestigious awards this month. The team of science students won more than...

Class Notes

Parents Return to School for Math Lessons Parents are invited to a workshop with researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D., executive director of the UC Science and Mathematics Initiative, who will explain shifts in classroom math instruction that lay the foundation for students to...

Colleges Recruit LBHS Prospects

Laguna Beach High School hosts its annual College Round Up at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, attended by representatives of more than 130 colleges and universities as well as test prep companies. The PTA-sponsored event is a cost effective opportunity for students and their families...
Posted On 16 Oct 2014