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Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Art student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died Tuesday, April 8, at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital as a result of being struck by a car as she crossed Laguna Canyon Road last week, a school official confirmed today. Students and staff of Laguna College of Art and Design will honor her with a vigil from 8:30 to […]

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Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Many students fall off the math train when the tracks switch between algebra and geometry.  If algebra doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to make the leap, much less go on to calculus, say experts in math education who spoke at a special school district board meeting Monday about new state standards for teaching math. Understanding […]

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Summer School Schedule Set

Summer School Schedule Set

Summer School will be offered weekdays in grades 1-8 beginning June 23 to July 18 at Top of the World Elementary. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m. They include remediation courses and English language support, both for students entering grades 1 – 5 For students in grades 6-8, courses available include […]

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Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Two students returned to Thurston Middle School to inform school officials they rebuffed a man who had offered them money to hand out flyers and to attempt to coax them into his white sports car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, police said. Police searched the area to no avail and will be making extra […]

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Striking a Chord for Good Works

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000 people, all of them hungry for support. In a twist […]

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Orchestrating Cultural Exchanges Near and Far

Orchestrating Cultural Exchanges Near and Far

Laguna Beach High School’s French teacher Odile Dewar instills Francophile culture in her classroom by tapping resources wherever she finds them. While attending a meeting of French speakers in San Diego last fall, Dewar overheard hotel employees speaking French and befriended Haitian-born Jean Coriolan, who became a liaison for a classroom project. Dewar directed her […]

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Bell Rings for Kindergarten Students

Bell Rings for Kindergarten Students

Registration and orientation sessions are scheduled this spring for parents of prospective kindergarten students, who will be 5 before Sept. 1 To be eligible for Transitional kindergarten, students must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. At El Morro Elementary, parent orientation is Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 15 at […]

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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. […]