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Parents Schooled in Common Core Methods

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 implementation of the standards is expected in the next academic year. Top of the World Principal Ron […]

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Clinic Adds Health Services for Children

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 participating in school sports, as well as provides TB skin screening to all the […]

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Keeping Student Health a Priority

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 first responder training was developed based on an assessment in 2008 with staff, […]

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District Hires Strategic Administrators

District Hires Strategic Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal, were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

School officials say they will know by December exactly how many portable classrooms will be needed at Thurston Middle School.  But they can’t say exactly why. As the school year got underway this week at Laguna Beach’s four public schools, more than 800 students arrived at Thurston, the largest enrollment ever. Portable classrooms are being […]

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Teacher Jazzed About Award

Teacher Jazzed About Award

Bringing violins, oboes, flutes, even tubas to the jazz ensemble at Laguna Beach High School has more than one person amped. Roger Shew, a part-time music teacher for the past 10 years at the high school as well as Thurston Middle School, recently received a statewide award for innovation in the classroom, the California All-Star […]

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Lessons by the Forkful

Lessons by the Forkful

Teaching students healthy lifestyle choices takes place beyond the classroom, according to a school district announcement. Along with the school’s lunch menu, elementary schools’ teachers and parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that describes ways to integrate nutrition lessons in activities, the statement says. “There is growing concern for the physical and social issues that […]

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Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

Schools Accused of Bad Hiring Practices

With residents accusing school district administrators of filling high-salaried jobs and even creating them for friends and former co-workers, it was a tense face-off at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach Unified School District board meeting. Superintendent Sherine Smith and Assistant Superintendent Deni Christensen, a former colleague of Smith’s from the Capistrano Unified School District, both faced the […]

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Lessons by the Forkful

Lessons by the Forkful

Teaching students healthy lifestyle choices takes place beyond the classroom, according to a school district announcement. Along with the school’s lunch menu, elementary schools’ teachers and parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that describes ways to integrate nutrition lessons in activities, the statement says. “There is growing concern for the physical and social issues that […]

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Schoolpower Grants Teachers’ Wishes

Schoolpower Grants Teachers’ Wishes

Schoolpower’s Endowment Board delivered checks totaling $170,174 to Laguna Beach’s school board last week, including $70,174 for teacher grants next fall, and $50,000 each for a 10-year foreign language grant and the first installment of a three-year pledge for a strings program. Endowment President Bill Moore called this year’s payout “spectacular.” A whopping “We are […]

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June Esther Campbell

June Esther Campbell

Gay Rights Advocate Dies June Esther Campbell, 89, passed peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2013. She had been in failing health for several months and entered hospice care last summer. Campbell was an active real estate agent in Laguna Beach, selling homes even into her 80s. Legend has it that Campbell sold many local houses […]

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Class Notes 5/10/13

Class Notes 5/10/13

Teens Aim for Sticker Shock With prom just around the corner, several teens from the Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone leadership club teamed up with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Orange County (NCADD-OC) to participate in Sticker Shock. The teens visited Broadway Liquor and Stop’n’Go in Laguna Beach, where store owners allowed them […]

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Having a Blast in Science Class

Having a Blast in Science Class

Fred Sheldon wasn’t a bad student, just bored, so getting by was the best he did.  He didn’t fit the rote routine of school.  Sheldon was fading into nowhere, his creativity untapped. Until he learned how to blast off a bottle rocket, and get credit for it. Pegged as an “average” student, Sheldon was fortunate […]

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Demanding Excellence

Demanding Excellence

Editor, The community response to the school board rescinding the calendar change should cause the community to stand up and take notice! Many see this as a calendar issue, it isn’t. It’s more than that; it is about the lack of integrity in the process. While, I am satisfied with the recent decision reversal, facts […]