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Special Ed Goes Common Core

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater understanding of one idea instead of the scattershot approach […]

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Survey Asks Students About Their Lives

Survey Asks Students About Their Lives

In the coming weeks, public school students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be asked to anonymously take a revised California Healthy Kids Survey, which measures school climate and other factors. As part of a revision, staff working with students in grades 5 through 12 will be surveyed and parents of students taking […]

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Standing on Their Own Feet

Standing on Their Own Feet

Yoga instructors Christy Miele and Niki Smart know the powerful part yoga plays in helping at-risk Orange County teenagers attain much-needed mind-body peace. Through yoga sessions for Community Service Programs’ (CSP) Laguna Beach Youth Shelter residents, these ladies have provided mental and physical relief to thousands of homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth that have […]

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Literary Ridicule Yields Comic Theater in ‘Books’

Literary Ridicule Yields Comic Theater in ‘Books’

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy Transforming a book into a play is nothing new. But take 83 of the most famous books ever written and mold them into one 98-minute play called “All the Great Books (abridged),” and you’ve got a unique evening of theater that runs through March 30 at The Laguna Playhouse. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

LBHS Alum Curates Art Show Laguna Beach High School graduate Chloe Cunningham and seven fellow students at Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College co-curated an art exhibition, “Letters & Lines” which opened Feb. 21. The exhibit is the capstone experience for Cunningham, an art and art history major and daughter of Gary Cunningham of Lake Isabella, and Leslie […]

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Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and […]

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Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Laguna Beach High School art students are creating distinctive mixed media art using a laser purchased by donors. “They are truly inspired; this has made teaching fun again,” said graphic art and design teacher Kerry Pellow, adding that students are keen to apply the tool to ceramics, art, computer art, production art and production design. […]

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Computer Smarts Put to First Test

Computer Smarts Put to First Test

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Every fifth-grade student at El Morro Elementary School will fire up a personal computer on April 7 to take the first computer-based test of new state academic teaching standards known as the Common Core. No more paper, No. 2 pencils or best-guess multiple-choice questions here. The statewide pilot tests […]

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Student Musical Rolls the Dice

Student Musical Rolls the Dice

High school theater students take to the Artists’ Theatre stage this month for a three-weekend run of “Guys and Dolls,” a Broadway musical based on a Damon Runyon story. The spring musical will feature a cast of 50 Laguna Beach High School drama students as well as a student orchestra and stage crew. Mark Dressler […]

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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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Class Notes

Class Notes

Jogathon Fundraising Kicks Off Get ready for a knock on the door from students of Top of the World Elementary. The school is getting ready for its most important fundraiser of the year: the annual Jog-A-Thon. Please consider offering financial support when one of the 650 student-runners makes a plea at your door. Students are […]

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TOW Students Participate in Local Color

TOW Students Participate in Local Color

  Recently, Top of the World Elementary students participated in Local Color, the PTA-sponsored program that brings Laguna Beach artists to the school to give students hands-on art instruction at lunchtime workshops. About 200 students created artwork using paints, oil pastels, clay, and watercolors under the direction of L.O.C.A artists Sherry Bullard, Reem Khalil, Holly […]

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Laguna Beach Unified School District

Schools Required to Survey Parents

A first-time, state-mandated survey of parents soliciting their input on the Laguna Beach school district’s plans and goals will arrive in inboxes on Friday, a district official said Wednesday. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Sherine Smith described the survey to board members, which she assumed had already been sent out until she was challenged […]

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At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

Due to its popularity, the fall prevention class that began as a weekly session at the Susi Q Center three years ago, now is offered four times a week in three levels by physical therapist and Laguna local Geeta Singh. Singh teaches modified tai chi movements, flexibility and stretching exercises, strength training with resistive bands, […]

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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 […]