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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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”...

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...

School Board Reverses Early Start Date

After a month of protest over the Laguna Beach school board’s approval of an unprecedented start of school before Labor Day, elected officials conceded to parents’ persistent demands and retracted its decision in a 4-0 vote Tuesday. Schools will now start as they did, on the...

Pursuing a Four-Footed Plan for Peace

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Rosalind Russell has been on this trip before. She hugs her legs close to the motorcycle, wrapping her arms around her driver as they venture between Nepali villages. She brings gifts. Chiefly, they are goats. For nine years now, Russell has...

School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

Editor, If the school board is apologizing to parents then it is only fair that they correct their mistake. Put the calendar back and leave it alone until you’ve allowed a proper public debate. When a student does something wrong in class he is required to correct it and/or...