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New Bike Team Hits the Trail

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, parents and sport standouts Troy Lee and Hans Rey, and reps from Laguna Canyon Riders, Crankbrothers, Fizik, Laguna Cyclery, and Oakley. […]

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Young Inventors Tackle TEDx and Third-World Water

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 $10,000 to invent a low-cost solar water-purification […]

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Class Notes

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 finish high school having taken calculus or statistics. “All Roads Lead to […]

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Colleges Recruit LBHS Prospects

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 to explore post-secondary educational options before visiting college campuses. Information […]

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Thurston Provides Targeted Instruction

Thurston Provides Targeted Instruction

Thurston Middle School now offers a Core Academy elective, designed to assist students to develop study habits that apply to all fields of academic study, says a district statement. Math teachers Katie Meyers and Kelly Skon, language arts teachers Leah Prettyman and Sarah Schaeffer, and English language development and French teacher Randi Beckley teach the […]

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School Candidates Split Over State Standards

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three vacancies, voters can choose from two candidates who […]

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A Lost Opportunity in Modeling Democracy

A Lost Opportunity in Modeling Democracy

Editor, In 1967 students at LBHS walked out of class to protest new dress rules. It was less about what kids wanted to wear than fairness. Male teachers were humiliating girls by using rulers to measure skirt lengths. Coaches were making boys choose between playing sports and short haircuts. Fast forward to 2014 and it is déjà […]

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School Candidate Touts Her Budget, Hiring Prowess

School Candidate Touts Her Budget, Hiring Prowess

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Hiring the person best qualified for the job rather than the best of the bunch at hand is an ability school board candidate Carol Normandin says she can bring to the Laguna Beach school board. She also says she isn’t just the best of the lot; she fills the […]

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Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Without so much as a single handclap, Chris Herzfeld, a 12-year Laguna Beach resident and veteran educator, was unanimously confirmed as the new principal of Laguna Beach High School at a special meeting of the Laguna Beach school board Tuesday, Oct. 7. He replaces much-liked Joanne Culverhouse, who was […]

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Schools Focus on Bullying Prevention

Schools Focus on Bullying Prevention

Halloween isn’t far off, but Laguna Beach teachers and students will wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in support of bullying prevention. At El Morro Elementary, a school-wide bullying prevention assembly is planned for Nov. 1. In October, Rachel’s Challenge Kindness week will include several activities focused on kindness and caring at Top of the […]

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Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Editor, As a mother with children in our school district, I was looking forward to the first Coffee Break presentation by our district’s administration, but was dismayed to hear our school superintendent, Sherine Smith, give yet another boring power point presentation – Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. Within five minutes attending parents were either mentally […]

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Coffee Break Snaphot

Coffee Break Snaphot

New School Year Off to a Running Start Sherine Smith, the superintendent of the Laguna Beach school district, along with principals and administrators explained how staff is preparing students for the future, at the school year’s first Coffee Break, the monthly parent education program organized by the PTA Council. Smith described how schools are integrating […]

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Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Annette Gibson gets fiery when she talks about changes in education policy, a subject she thinks is slipping into classrooms without close scrutiny. Gibson, 47, a first-time candidate for the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, passionately opposes any dictums from the state or federal government about […]

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Campus Paper Writes Up a Show

Campus Paper Writes Up a Show

A concert featuring Laguna Beach High School students, faculty and alumni performing classic rock and current music is planned for Friday, Oct. 3, at the Artists Theatre. The 6:30 p.m. concert helps raise funds for the campus newspaper, The Brush and Palette. Student tickets of $5 will be available in advance from staff members at […]

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 Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Editor, How could this be? Did you fill out the survey issued by the LBUSD to identify priority qualities for hiring the new high school principal, replacing Dr. Culverhouse? I did, but was flummoxed. Here is the first part: 1) “Select 10 of the most desirable qualities you place priority on”: Pro-active & positive, sense […]