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Benefits 11/15/13

Benefits 11/15/13

Community Clinic Honors Donors The Laguna Beach Community Clinic honored over 40 major donors and volunteers during a brunch held at The Cliff Restaurant on Sunday, Nov. 3. “Thanks to our supporters we continue to care for more than 5,000 patients each year, providing about 15,000 patient visits,” said Dr. Tom Bent, the clinic’s medical […]

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Grant Turns a Page on Literacy

Grant Turns a Page on Literacy

Thanks to a grant, Top of the World Elementary School will be piloting an after school literacy program that provides targeted instruction to struggling readers beginning this month. “We have invested a great deal of time and money in purchasing research-based programs and I am pleased to report we are seeing great results,” said Irene […]

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One-Night Opening Showcases Student Work

One-Night Opening Showcases Student Work

Laguna Beach’s most exclusive art gallery, Top of the World Elementary School’s Dolphin Gallery, opened its doors for the second time on Friday, Feb. 8. The exhibition featured over 680 visual artists and an assortment of TOW student instrumentalists, who provided the musical backdrop for the evening. The one-night exhibition featured a visual art piece […]

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Council Paves Way for Footpaths

Council Paves Way for Footpaths

Soon residents in the Top of the World neighborhood heading to the fire road and students ambling to their cars from the Laguna College of Art & Design may be treading new pathways. The City Council paved the way for new paths this week, awarding a total of $155,500 for two design contracts to the […]

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Planting Farm-to-Market Lessons

Planting Farm-to-Market Lessons

A new seed of interest is sprouting among Top of the World students thanks to a recent arrival on campus: a garbanzo bean bush deposited by Debra Appel, the district’s nutrition services director. After she described how garbanzo beans are a central ingredient in hummus, students sampled raw beans and asked for samples to bring […]

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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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Smooth Start to Year Despite Enrollment Shifts

Smooth Start to Year Despite Enrollment Shifts

Enrollment climbed this year at Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary by 41 and 28 students respectively, though district-wide enrollment only rose by seven students. El Morro Elementary experienced an unusual 60-student drop in enrollment, while Laguna Beach High School’s student census fell by 12. Even so, school officials reported that they […]

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Students Sample Their Own Harvest

Students Sample Their Own Harvest

Citrus trees, herbs, vegetables and flowers in Top of the World Elementary’s outdoor classroom create a popular hands-on learning experience. In addition to horticulture lessons, students also have the opportunity to learn about nutrition. “Garden discussions include comparing and contrasting textures, taste and appearance of food that is available during the current season,” said Terry […]

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Results of the Angels-Laguna Partnership

Results of the Angels-Laguna Partnership

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Best Spellers Vie for Title

Best Spellers Vie for Title

Thirty-five fifth grade finalists from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary faced off in the Laguna Beach Spelling Bee Finals, held at TOW’s multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The fifth year of the friendly competition, where TOW will defend its 2011 title, will be judged by Asst. Supt. Nancy […]

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The One-Night-Only Dolphin Gallery Exhibits TOW Artists

The One-Night-Only Dolphin Gallery Exhibits TOW Artists

Laguna’s newest art gallery, the Dolphin Gallery at Top of the World Elementary School, will open its doors for the first time on Friday evening, Feb. 10, with an exhibition featuring over 600 visual artists and an assortment of live instrumental performers offering musical ambiance. Don’t be late because doors to this one-night-only engagement close […]

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Libraries Make Hard Choices in a Digital World

Libraries Make Hard Choices in a Digital World

Laguna Beach parent Amy Jackson, whose youngest child of four is a high school sophomore, expressed dismay after visiting the remodeled Top of the World Elementary library. “Where have all the books gone?” she asked, admitting a fear that “librarians, teachers, school administrators are no longer the keepers of books the way they used to […]

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Unexpected Alchemy Transforms Science Camp

Unexpected Alchemy Transforms Science Camp

An unofficial poll among Thurston Middle School sixth graders, who spent their third week of school at an outdoor science camp on Catalina Island, preferred snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking to more routine classroom exercises. While science-based learning provided the trip’s backbone, the opportunity for students to bond in an off-campus environment provided the heart and […]

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It’s ‘Elementary’ My Dear

It’s ‘Elementary’ My Dear

Jane began second grade reading about 20 correct words per minute, far from the benchmark for her grade level. Since she had trouble decoding words and needed extra help with spelling patterns and letter sound combinations, her teacher assigned her to an intensive intervention group for four weeks. By then, Jane, a pseudonym to protect […]

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Taking Laguna Out to the Ball Game

Taking Laguna Out to the Ball Game

Laguna Family Night at Angels Stadium was cooked up by resourceful parents at a neighborhood barbecue as a fun-with-kids outing that also benefited Laguna schools. Now in its third year, the event planned for Saturday, June 11, comes with all the fixings of a full-blown annual community tradition. As a result, when Laguna residents settle […]