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Student Ceramicists Earn Recognition Laguna Beach eighth-grader Michael Tanaka was recognized at a national   ceramic exhibition in Wisconsin in March alongside three other Orange County youngsters, all students of Festival of Arts’ workshops. Festival of Arts ceramic instructor...

TOW Parent Hired to Lead School

Michael Conlon, parent of a fourth-grade Top of the World Elementary student and a career educator, was appointed to succeed the school’s retiring principal Ron La Motte, the district announced Tuesday. Conlon is currently the principal of Lake Forest’s Olivewood Elementary...

Paving the Way to TOW

The end of the road may finally be in sight, both figuratively and literally, for pedestrians and cyclists seeking a smooth path between the hilltop communities of Arch Beach Heights and Top of the World. The City Council on Tuesday directed staff to explore a combination of two...

Grant Seeds a School Garden

  Top of the World Elementary School  has received a grant to expand their garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening. The Foundation...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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