Class Notes


Schools Honor Their Own

Elizabeth Phillips
Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth Phillips was selected as the Laguna Beach school district’s classified employee of the year, says a district announcement.

Phillips, a Thurston Middle School health clerk, wears other hats as well, as a campus supervisor and typist.

“My favorite part of working with Elizabeth is when she graciously multi-tasks a variety of health care situations. On the busiest of days serving over 50 students, Elizabeth can be seen with a smile,” Principal Jenny Salberg said.”

All members of her household, including husband Tom and children, Ruby and Sterling, are Laguna Beach High School alumni. Before she joined the district team as an employee in January 2001, she was an active member of PTA.

Other classified employees of the year finalists will be considered for county recognition. They include food services worker Rosie Chavez, special education aide John Uhlman, maintenance worker Greg Swirczek and administrative assistant Durinda Klein.

Juicing Up a Cancer Cure

El Morro Elementary’s Laguna Lovin’ Lemonade club sets up its campus stand Thursday, March 6, from 11:30-12:30 p.m. to raise funds for research on childhood cancer.

Students devised a new logo and marketing strategy and Laguna’s Soul Project donated shirts for participants to wear, said Jennifer Carlson, an advisor to the club, whose inspiration was a child cancer victim that set up a similar stand in 2000 that has since raised $60 million.

Students put the squeeze on Principal Chris Duddy to participate in last year’s stand.
Students put the squeeze on Principal Chris Duddy to participate in last year’s stand.












Input Wanted on Next TOW Principal

Ron LaMotte
Ron LaMotte

School officials hope by May to hire a replacement to succeed retiring elementary school principal Ron La Motte. Feedback on recruiting a replacement began this week with the distribution of online surveys.

Staff will also get the chance to describe the qualities they seek in a new principal in a forum with district administrators, who will also meet with parents March 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., both at Top of the World school.

Applications will be accepted on the Edjoin website beginning March 17. Several rounds of interviews will occur, which will include parents, teachers, staff and administrators as panelists.







Two Students Make the Grade

Maxwell Langer, a chemical engineering major, and Alexander LeBon, a physics major, both of Laguna Beach, made the dean’s list last fall at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

Local Graduate Gains Experience

Andrew Green, the son of Todd and Laurie Green and a 2010 graduate of LBHS, will intern this spring at Elite Family Chiropractics in Selinsgrove, Penn., where he attends Susquehanna University.

Green is a senior majoring in business administration.

Fundraising Reaches Epic Proportions

A student masters chair hurdling in costume, an Epic challenge.
A student masters chair hurdling in costume, an Epic challenge.

Thurston Middle School’s Epic Challenge, a three-day event involving wacky team sports and modeled after television’s “Amazing Race,” raised $36,000 for the school.

Physical education teachers combined their classes Feb. 10-14 into 10 teams for the competitions.

In addition to friends and family sponsors, event organizers Yvette Beebe and Kristi Matheson appreciated their many merchant sponsors: Wahoo’s, Wilson’s Auto Group, Ryan Mechatronics, Pancake House, Suzanne Wold of Sotheby’s Real Estate,  Volcom, Cove, Haynes/Boone, Laguna Beach Little League, Costco, Albertsons, La Sirena, Gina’s Pizza, Banzai Bowl, Dolce Gelato, Coast Hardware, Laguna Graphic Arts, Gelato Paradiso, Whole Foods, Hobies, Buy Hand, Ganahl Lumber,  Active Culture and Boomers.


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