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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...

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...

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...

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...

‘Chronicle’ Spells Out TOW’s Win

By Kathleen McKeown, Special to the Independent Makena Augenstein from Top of the World Elementary out-spelled her competition to win this year’s elementary school spelling championship. Twenty nine fifth-graders from the district’s two elementary schools competed in the annual ...

On the Blacktop

Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School holiday. El Morro: Wednesday, Jan. 26, Talent show. TOW Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. talent show rehearsal. Thurston Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27-28, semester finals, block day Hometown Scoreboard Tues., Jan. 18, 6:15 p.m., girls...

Nice Work

Editor, I want to thank you for writing about the TOW fifth grade holiday boutique. Your reporter, Jennifer Erickson, is so nice. She asks really good questions. She took the time to talk to many of us students and find out details, which made the story fun to read. Sincerely,...

Quest for Improved Access

Editor, As many know, over the years (and, I hear from others, even decades), various people have pushed for easier, safer access to the beautiful fire road walk from the Top of the World side, similar to what has existed for a long time from the Moulton Meadows (Arch Beach)...

Inspired Globally, TOW Students Acted Locally

By Tammy Keces, Special to the Independent Top of the World’s fourth- and fifth-grade Gate students dressed in ethnic clothing, learned salutations in a foreign tongue and offered ethnic edibles during their first international bazaar. The May 1 event was the culmination of...
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