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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 […]

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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 […]