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Bell Rings for Kindergarten Students

Registration and orientation sessions are scheduled this spring for parents of prospective kindergarten students, who will be 5 before Sept. 1 To be eligible for Transitional kindergarten, students must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. At El Morro Elementary, parent orientation...

Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Retired teacher Terry Hustwick shared her surprise and joy at receiving California PTA’s most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award, at a recent meeting of Top of the World Elementary’s PTA. Council President Kathleen Fay presented the honor to Hustwick in appreciation...

The Gift

  Three crows swoop overhead and I follow them in the old kayak towards what used to be Laguna Beach. Skeletons of buildings covered in mussels and sea anemones rise up through the fog like fossils of ancient sea creatures. I ignore the fear rising in my gut. Twelve is too...

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...

Julie Toro

Julie Toro, a former Top of the World Elementary teacher, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. Services for Toro have not yet been set, according to her husband.

Laguna’s Rising Track Star

Incoming second grader Mara Williams of Top of the World Elementary represented Laguna Beach and Orange County at the California State Track and Field finals July 21-22 in the 200-yard dash, finishing 13th in the state. One of 27 junior athletes competing for fastest in the...

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...

Students Run in OC Marathon

Nearly 50 Top of the World Elementary students  participated in the one-mile Kids Run the OC Marathon event on Saturday, May 5. The run culminated a 12-week fitness training at school to encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits. Cumulatively, students logged 26.2...

Back to School Nights Scheduled

Students in the Laguna Beach school district return to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 6, but the district has also scheduled opportunities for parents to meet their child’s teachers and learn more about their school day in the same month. El Morro Elementary holds its back to school...