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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...

School Pay Will Post Online

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy In an effort to promote financial transparency, total wages of all employees of Laguna Beach’s public schools will be posted online by early May. State Controller John Chiang’s office sent out a letter last month requesting all public schools to submit...

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...

School Principal Pursues Encore Career

Ron La Motte, Top of the World Elementary School’s long-time principal, will retire in June after 27 years in the district, though he’s not about to quit his profession. La Motte said he’s starting an “encore career” as director of the master’s program at Irvine’s Concordia...

More Kudos for Column

Editor, I was so pleased to see the article about the CLC program (“Potential Nourished With Kindness,” Letters, Jan. 31). My son Jackson was in the program a few years ago and now my son James is part of the community. It is just that, more then a classroom – a community....

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...

Potential Nourished With Kindness

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, even if you are a little kid, you can still take action to improve the world around you.”  That is the message of the Community Learning Center (CLC) as told to me by former students, parents and teachers. “Every child is encouraged and...

Kids’ Art

I’m worried. The Laguna Museum is hosting art classes for kids.  This undertaking could be an undertaking. “Dear Lord, please welcome this unsuspecting and trusting museum into your heavenly embrace and forgive those young artists who didn’t know the combustible property of paint...

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...

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...

Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for...

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break. ...

Parents Schooled in Common Core Methods

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Laguna school Supt. Sherine Smith and other district leaders discussed the newly adopted Common Core curriculum standards that emphasize analytic thinking over memorization during Coffee Break’s kick-off session last week. Full...

Clinic Adds Health Services for Children

While continuing to operate its regular pediatric program, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has delivered additional services to 247 children and adolescents to prepare them for the school year. The clinic also conducts athletic physicals for a number of young people...

Keeping Student Health a Priority

To help educators address the prevention of alcohol and other drug use by students, teachers and coaches recently attended a workshop with Dr. Bill Beacham, executive director of the Center for Drug-Free Communities, the school district announced in a statement. The so-called...