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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...

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...
Posted On 13 Feb 2013

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Schools Commit to Small Classes

Laguna Beach’s school board agreed earlier this month to seek funding under the state Education Department’s class size reduction program, as it has since the mid 1990s, effectively committing to 20-student classes in kindergarten through third-grade. This year K-3 class size at...

Guest Column: Get Ready to Rumble!

By Kimberly O’Brien-Young There is energy in the air, an electric current. Excitement abounds, coupled with fear of the unknown. Lists are being made and checked twice. Preparations and contingency plans are being put in place. Nope, it isn’t the approaching Labor Day weekend...

Schoolpower Donations Welcomed by Schools

Schoolpower took the spotlight at Tuesday’s Laguna Beach school board meeting, providing what one teacher called a “magical” cash infusion at a time when fiscal austerity is tightening budgets. In addition, school officials approved a number of new hires for the coming...