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Thurston Student Excels in the Pool

Sebastian Jacobs, 13, a Thurston Middle School eighth-grader, won top honors at the Newport Beach All-Star Invitational 5-Lives competition, which was hosted by Newport Beach Water Polo for the under 14 boys age group division April 4-6. The tournament was created to draw U14...

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break. ...

Saving Halloween for Young Patients

  Kaitlin Gunsolley is a go-getter. Even so, the jazz-dancing, flute-playing, 4.0 seventh-grader at Laguna Beach’s Thurston Middle School shines in October. For the sixth year, she sets out this month to collect new Halloween costumes and new pajamas for the sick kids in...

Saving Halloween for Young Patients

  Kaitlin Gunsolley is a go-getter. Even so, the jazz-dancing, flute-playing, 4.0 seventh-grader at Laguna Beach’s Thurston Middle School shines in October. For the sixth year, she sets out this month to collect new Halloween costumes and new pajamas for the sick kids in...

Schools Prepare for Opening Day

While students anticipate the leisure days of summer in June, the school district’s facilities department gears up for its busiest time. When students return next week, their handiwork will be in evidence, said the district’s construction director Ted Doughty, Jr. These include...

Thurston Receives ‘School to Watch’ Designation

Thurston Middle School is one of 48 schools selected this year by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a School to Watch, its president, Dr. Irvin Howard, said at an assembly last Friday. According to the program’s standards of achievement, Thurston has shown...

Winter Resounds With Student Concerts

Students perform in several crowd-pleasing concerts over the next week that are open to the public and take place at the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave. On Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., the LBHS Dance Department program, “Essence,” features professional and student choreographers...

Middle School Diver Competes, Medals

Liv Mitchell, a seventh-grade Thurston Middle School student and member of SoCal Divers, competed in and won two medals at the USA age group Junior Olympic Diving National Championships. Liv competed among 315 divers in Greensboro, N.C., Aug. 1-3.

Festival Receipts Support Local Arts Programs

The public school music programs at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School received a $5,000 gift from the Festival of Arts Foundation this year. The donation helped replace instruments, provide scholarships, allowed the bands to participate in competitions and...

Carving Out Time for Best Instruction

To keep students engaged and learning, Thurston Middle School’s principal encourages her staff to share instruction ideas with each other during SMARTbytes, a portion of staff meetings devoted to classroom innovations. “Our SMARTbytes provide opportunities in a quick, five minute...

Class Notes

Thurston Students Win PTA Competition   Thurston Middle School students, eighth-graders Austin Fickman and Molly McMillen, recently received awards in the PTA Reflections contest in the county’s fourth district division.   The nationwide contest based on the the...

Thurston Debuts New Show

Thurston Middle School’s student actors will be performing “Up The Down Staircase” a look at student life in a New York City public school, which began this week.   Remaining performances are at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. with an additional 7:30 p.m....

Laptops Donated to Club’s Families

Twenty functional but obsolete laptops used by Thurston Middle School students were donated by the district to the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club. Though the computers cannot run current district software, they still have a useful life for home use, said the district’s...

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...

Thurston’s PTA Scores With Sports Swap

Thurston Middle School’s Sports Swap provided a chance to sell and buy gently used sports equipment with part of the sale proceeds going to Thurston Middle School’s PTA-sponsored programs.   Co-chairs Sheri Morgan, Lori Levine and Christine Niermeijer were thrilled by the...
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