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Schools Commit to Small Classes

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 El Morro Elementary and Top of the World Elementary ranges from 19 to […]

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Guest Column: Get Ready to Rumble!

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 festivities. In just a few more days, the kids go back […]

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Schoolpower Donations Welcomed by Schools

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 school year, including five top posts, while the president of Laguna Beach High […]

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Mothering Heights: My Academy Awards

Mothering Heights: My Academy Awards

I’m feeling oxygen deprivation as I realize there are only four days left of school. We must keep calm and carry on. Or as I like to say, “Keep calm and eat chocolate.” Instead of whining about the fact that I have not made any plans for my kids, I want to focus on the […]

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His Talents Go Beyond Theater

His Talents Go Beyond Theater

Elan (“EJ”) Kramer, the Laguna Beach High School senior who just landed the best actor award at the 42nd annual MACY Awards last week, displays extraordinary talent on stage. But the secret to his success, it seems, lies in a well-rounded character, limitless passion and strong work ethic. Musicality runs in the family, so EJ’s […]

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Schools Plan for A Wave of Retirements

Schools Plan for A Wave of Retirements

Two top administrators will be among the 13 school district employees retiring this school year, thanks at least in part to a golden handshake offered by the Laguna Beach district to teachers and staff in March. The district’s administrative office takes the biggest blow, with both assistant superintendents, Nancy Hubbell (instructional services) and Norma Shelton […]

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Will Taylor Bonsey

Will Taylor Bonsey

Will Taylor Bonsey passed away on May 17, 2012. He lost his seven-year hard-fought battle with a neuro-immune disease. All those who knew Will, will remember him as the boy who never would sit on the sideline just watching. He was a doer who enthusiastically took on any challenge. Will believed there were no limits […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

A Mother for All Seasons Mother’s Day is a holiday that brings the opportunity to reflect on the continuum that gives life to the word mother. I have a mother. I am a mother. Three of my daughter’s are mothers. I am a grandmother. I could easily become a great-grandmother in the next few years. […]

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Stopping Bullies Before They Start

Stopping Bullies Before They Start

John recently suffered a concussion and other injuries in a fight with a schoolmate who for months had taunted a friend, and who in turn then targeted him. “I was fed up,” said the 15-year-old south county high school student, explaining a decision to confront his tormentor despite a disadvantage in height and weight. Bullying […]

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Schools Offer a Lure to Retire Early

Schools Offer a Lure to Retire Early

The school district is offering early retirement incentives to teachers and staff to reduce personnel costs due to budget constraints and state funding cutbacks. And some departing employees may not be replaced, district officials said Tuesday. Whether or not the district goes through with the golden handshake, which would credit employees with two extra years […]

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‘The Best Angels of Our Nature at Play’

‘The Best Angels of Our Nature at Play’

Editor,   I was milling about the lobby during intermission at the LBHS Park Avenue Players’ presentation of “The Sound of Music” on Saturday trying to come to terms with what just happened.   An older gentleman came up to me with a sense of urgency in his eyes. Apparently the same thing had happened […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Creating A Social Future   My eldest daughter, Lisa, shared a profound insight about the differing parenting experiences between herself and her sister Jennica. “Mom, I realize that I have been a lazy parent in a lot of ways, simply because I could get away with it since my children fall within the ‘norm’ in […]

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Social Network Gets High Marks

Social Network Gets High Marks

Edmodo’s “friends” list is among the fastest growing in the school district. Last August, just five teachers and 141 students had Edmodo accounts. Currently, 32 district teachers and 842 students are registered with Edmodo, a free and secure social networking platform. “We continue to build the culture and curriculum needed to support digital-age learning through […]

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Neglected Field Conditions

Neglected Field Conditions

Editor,   David Vanderveen’s column of last week (“Tennis Courts and House Parties”) prompts my airing of a similarly sad tale of the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s (i.e., the board’s) often close-minded and hypocritical approach to certain student and parent constituencies.  It too is a tale of big money, bad management, and a lack […]

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Schools’ Leader Exudes Optimism for 2012

Schools’ Leader Exudes Optimism for 2012

Despite dire economic news on the state and national level, Betsy Jenkins begins her 10th year on the Laguna Beach school board and her second term as president with an upbeat attitude due to the district’s stability. Since she and her colleagues have set a fiscally conservative policy of building reserves in the event of […]