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School Board Reverses Early Start Date

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 Tuesday, Sept. 3, after the long holiday weekend. In […]

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Pursuing a Four-Footed Plan for Peace

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 brought the inhabitants of Nepali villages goats […]

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School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

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 fix it until he gets it […]

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School Board Sticks to Early Start

School Board Sticks to Early Start

Laguna Beach’s school board stuck to their unanimous decision to start school before Labor Day, prompting grumblings by disgruntled parents to boycott the earlier start in August and even recall school board members. “What is it they can’t hear?” Rick Putnam, who has two daughters at the high school, said in frustration.  Putnam had just […]

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Minding Our Business: A Modest Proposal

Minding Our Business: A Modest Proposal

I reside just over the Laguna border in Dana Point, aka SoLa: South of Laguna, not to be confused with South Laguna. However, my work, my friends, my bookstore and hairstylist, and better places to eat, are in Laguna, so several times a week, I drive north on Pacific Coast Highway where the iconic sign […]

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Donors Make History for SchoolPower

Donors Make History for SchoolPower

With an unprecedented 64 parent volunteers manning the phones, SchoolPower’s annual Community Campaign phone-a-thon made history by raising more money, $502,492, and reaching more donors, 606, than in its 30-plus years as Orange County’s flagship education foundation. Every fall SchoolPower hosts its largest fundraiser, the Community Campaign, by harnessing the goodwill of parent volunteers who […]

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Colleague Supports Landsiedel

Colleague Supports Landsiedel

Editor, This letter is in support of Bill Landsiedel, the incumbent school board member. As a professor at a local college, Bill  has volunteered to be a guest lecturer for my graduate education courses.  Bill is very knowledgeable and has a great understanding of state and federal education guidelines.  Bill makes his lectures very personal and […]

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No-confidence Vote in the Status Quo

No-confidence Vote in the Status Quo

Editor, My family and I recently chose to move from a small town to Laguna Beach because of its progressive ideology and idealistic weather. The schools here are also an important factor to us and I have been following the school board election with interest. The current school board members running for re-election in Laguna […]

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Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Educational consultant Cindy Muchnick described practical can-do philosophies for parents to put into practice as they support their kids through high school during last week’s PTA-sponsored parent seminar, Coffee Break. She was preceded by high school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, who introduced Naviance, an online college search service provided […]

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Thurston Smooths the Sixth-Grade Path

Thurston Smooths the Sixth-Grade Path

This year, the Thurston Middle School staff has developed a new program, Six for Sixth, to help ensure a better transition by incoming sixth-grade students. The goal is for all sixth-grade students to feel and be more successful. “As a sixth grade team we agreed to six consistent support structures in order to help sixth-graders […]

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Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Reading their beautifully composed essays to the school board, science camp participants Will Clark, Cromwell Anaya and Francis Pillsbury each described different aspects of their Catalina Island experience, such as learning about marine birds before kayaking out to see them, snorkeling to view the fish they read about, hiking and identifying plant life, recording everything […]

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Can’t Dodge the Dodgeball Tournament

Can’t Dodge the Dodgeball Tournament

Due to popular demand, SchoolPower’s third annual Dodgeball tournament will match up 30 junior division teams to compete Wednesday, Oct. 17, starting at 3:15 p.m. The 24-team adult division tournament will begin at 5:30. Teams comprised of students, teachers, parents, fireman, lifeguards, policemen, and local businesses will compete for the championship. Spectators are free and […]

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Local Linguist to Teach in East Africa

Local Linguist to Teach in East Africa

Laguna Beach resident LeeAnne Langton won a prestigious fellowship to train English teachers and develop curriculum for 10 months at St. Augustine University in Mwanza, Tanzania. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department and administered by Georgetown University, the English Language Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding, promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad […]

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Making Community By Hand

Making Community By Hand

The Buy Hand store celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 670 S. Coast Highway, Unit B. The storefront offers handcrafted gifts and treasures, including work of local Southern California artisans. Owner Kavita Reddy will unveil “The Handmade Promise,” an opportunity for guests to pledge towards the creation […]

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False Alarm Provokes School Lockdown

False Alarm Provokes School Lockdown

Last Friday morning, students and teachers at Top of the World Elementary received an inside look at the district’s disaster planning. At least one detail apparently needs work. Administrators placed the campus on lockdown about 9:11 a.m. due to a report by a third-grader that evolved darkly into a suspicious character on campus wearing a […]