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Teachers Receive 4% Pay Hike

Teachers Receive 4% Pay Hike

Property taxes will pay for a 4% salary increase for teachers, counselors and department chiefs in the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  The district’s board unanimously approved the pay raise Tuesday, Jan. 28, without discussion. The pay hikes are retroactively effective as of last July 1. As a result of Tuesday’s decision, the district will […]

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St. Catherine Holds Open House

St. Catherine Holds Open House

Prospective students and families are invited to an open house and dinner at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will have a chance to visit the campus at 30516 S. Coast Highway, meet the teachers and principal and learn about the school’s curriculum. A free […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Shap Show Spotlights Student Talent Tickets are now on sale for the 26th No Suits Allowed concert, which returns to the LBHS Artists’ Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8, for the annual senior fundraiser, benefiting a safe and sober graduation night. Every winter, Gary Shapiro, an upper level high school math teacher, presents a memorable evening […]

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Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Learning ABC’s of Common Core Standards

Parents can learn about the school district’s efforts to integrate Common Core State Standards into the classroom in a program Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the high school’s library. The 6-7:30 p.m. session will focus on the importance of writing in all subjects and how to support students in the writing process. These standards are intended […]

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Keeping Students Safe: LBHS Initiates Text-A-Tip Hotline

Keeping Students Safe: LBHS Initiates Text-A-Tip Hotline

  In an effort to keep students safe, Laguna Beach’s public school administrators have established a telephone hotline that allows students, staff and parents to report school related concerns confidentially, the district announced last week. A dedicated phone number allows tipsters to text or call in concerns. The Text-A-Tip hotline is confidential, but not anonymous, […]

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Culinary Arts Pulls Up Stakes

Culinary Arts Pulls Up Stakes

During a midday weekday walk around SoCo, Costa Mesa’s latest foodie mecca, Laguna Culinary Arts founder Nancy Milby found herself both envious and excited to tap into the vibe of the thronged shopping center. Meanwhile, the Laguna Canyon center, home for the last decade to LCA’s cooking and wine schools and cheese and wine boutique […]

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Food Testers Turn Breakfast Promoters

Food Testers Turn Breakfast Promoters

School nutritionists are developing new entrees to meet federally mandated regulations for use of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and relying on Laguna students to taste test potential additions to the menu. Dietician Megan Hartshorne has turned to her customer base to learn their preferences as well as conducting monthly taste tests, said Shannon Soto, […]

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Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Five students of Laguna College of Art and Design were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club during its lunch meeting earlier this month. The annual spring fundraiser Grapes for Grads funded the scholarships, which were awarded to Bryant Santamaria and Paulina Michel, both illustration majors with an emphasis  in drawing and painting. Also receiving awards […]

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New Leader at School Board’s Helm

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis in the coming year, said Vickers, will be switching over […]

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New Leader at School Board’s Helm

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis in the coming year, said Vickers, will be switching over […]

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More Rhythms Play Out in Class

More Rhythms Play Out in Class

Submitted by Schoolpower, Special to the Independent A full orchestra can readily be envisioned in the sound of vibrating strings now playing in all four Laguna Beach public schools, where more music classes have been added this year to the curriculum. On a recent morning, the bright hum of  “Deckorations” rises from 15 string players […]

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No Child Left Offline

No Child Left Offline

Classrooms in Laguna Beach schools are evolving with the simultaneous use of multiple electronic devices. SchoolPower, the locally based nonprofit that supports public schools, donated $150,000 towards the recent wireless technology initiative, which the district matched with $180,000 to date, says a district statement. “Our Xtremely wireless project allowed us to saturate our schools with […]

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Art Walk Features College Students’ Work

Art Walk Features College Students’ Work

Students in the professional studies class at Laguna College of Art and Design were present at 15 Laguna Beach galleries, whose directors served as volunteer  mentors in the 12th annual collaboration between LCAD and First Thursdays Art Walk, which culminated on Dec. 5. The student/gallery mentoring program launched by LCAD professor and Director of Careen […]

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Art Sale Fundraises for Typhoon Victims

Art Sale Fundraises for Typhoon Victims

Laguna College of Art and Design students and faculty are donating small art works for “Art for Haiyan,” a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Monday, Dec. 9. The 5-7 p.m. event takes place at LCAD’s Main Campus Gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. The show is open to the public who will be able […]

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School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

By Sean Nealon, Special to the Independent To effectively prevent bullying schools need to understand positive school climate, use reliable measures to evaluate it and use effective prevention and intervention programs to improve it, a recent paper co-authored by a UC Riverside assistant professor found. Cixin Wang, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of […]