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Chef’s Challenge Whips Up Donors

SchoolPower’s seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant, treated 130 guests to a lively dinner while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools. Principals of the four Laguna schools teamed up and selected competing...

Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

Schools Seek Public Feedback

The public schools, required to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan, is seeking the public’s feedback on its goals, plans and accomplishments with an online survey open until Feb. 12. “We are seeking participation from students, parents, staff and community members to...

Class Notes

Student Talent Earns the Spotlight Students from Top of the World Elementary entertained parents and staff from the high school stage this week during the annual talent show. Next Thursday, Feb. 4, their peers in third, fourth and fifth grade from El Morro Elementary will get...

Students Power Up a School in Kenya

Students from Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools and Laguna Beach High School are raising money this month to support Oloolaimutia Elementary School in Maasai Mara, Kenya, through the Model United Nations program. LBHS students and staff have been working to improve...

Students Take Up the Challenge

A total of 27 students form Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary School participated in the Destination Imagination Instant Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 9, says a district statement. The competition required teams to use critical thinking to solve open-ended...

Top Level Pros to Teach Student Dancers

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class Saturday, Jan. 23, taught by celebrated dancer and choreographer Victor Quijada. The class will be held on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave....

Class Notes

Principals Compete Off-campus for Top Marks The seventh annual Chef Challenge takes place Monday, Jan. 25 at the Lumberyard restaurant, a $95 per person benefit for Schoolpower. Restaurant owners Suzanne and Cary Redfearn host the friendly rivalry that features menus devised by...

LBHS Drama Partners with Playwright

The high school drama department will feature their Theatre II students in a unique collaboration with a New York City playwright and screenwriter on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9, in a reading of “Ghost Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the Greene Room (Room...

School Meetings Go Online

The school district will start streaming its board meetings online starting Tuesday, Jan. 12. Board meetings will be recorded through Granicus, a system also used to record the Laguna Beach City Council, a district statement says. When viewing the archived video, users can click...

Vandals Tarnish High School on New Year’s Eve

Rooftop vandals broke into three science classrooms at Laguna Beach High School at 11:56 p.m. New Year’s Eve, covering every surface and laboratory equipment with white fire-retardant powder sprayed from fire extinguishers, said Jeff Dixon, facilities director at Laguna Beach...

Laguna Schools Earn Recognition

State School Superintendent Tom Torlakson has recognized the Laguna Beach Unified School District as one of the three leading digital districts in the state, the district’s Chief Technology Officer, Mike Morrison, said in a statement. “These bright spots serve as lights of...

Rotary Names its December Student

Laguna Beach High School student Natalie Shutts was recently honored by Laguna Rotary Club as student of the month. Natalie received a National Merit commendation and awards for global studies. She is an active debater with Model UN and has participated in a debate association in...

Wanted: An Experienced Leader to Stay Put

Most everybody wants the new superintendent for the Laguna Beach Unified School District to be here for the long haul, according to preliminary input from meetings with the public, students, district staff and board members. They don’t want the new superintendent to use the...