Class Notes 4/5/13


Rotary Honors a Student Musician

Elliott Glass
Elliott Glass. Photo by Rick Lang

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach recently honored Elliott Glass as the Laguna Beach High School’s student of the month for March.  He was accompanied by his performing arts department instructor Jeremy Chung.

Elliott plays bass, cello, piano and drums. He is a member of the string ensemble, wind ensemble and the marching band.

He has received several awards at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival for rhythm and jazz ensemble excellence.  He plans to major in music in college.

He was honored with a certificate of recognition and will receive a scholarship at the Honors Convocation at the end of this school year.



Parents Invited to Lessons in Kid Raising

“Raising Thriving Kids,” a parent education series on five consecutive Tuesday evenings, begins April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School library.

The workshops will help middle school parents discover building blocks to help their children achieve academic success and avoid risky behavior, says a statement from administrators.

“This five-session training is designed to provide parents with small, everyday steps you can take to help your kids be successful now and in the future,” said Irene White, the district’s director of special education and student services.

The research-based parenting practices are presented by the school district in partnership with Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.

Childcare is provided free of charge for the event by the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.


CLC Invites Parents to Check Out the Program

All are welcome to join the spring orientation for the 2013-2014 school year Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30 in the Community Learning Center’s courtyard at Top of the World Elementary.

The history and philosophy of the Community Learning Center will be given along with tours of classrooms.

Parking is limited, so it is best to park off campus and check in at the front office for a visitor’s badge.

For more, call Kim Duensing at 949-290-0452.


Scholarship Applications Due

The deadline for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for South Coast Water District’s $500 college scholarships is Wednesday, May 1.

Scholarship applicants must provide examples of their community service, public service, volunteer work and/or environmental activities.  They must also submit a 500-word essay about water from topics provided.

For an application, call 949-499-4555 ext. 3153, or print one from the website or complete it online at


La Playa Center Reaches for New Horizons

Farah Farvizi, right, describes her Nowruz display.
Farah Farvizi, right, describes her Nowruz display.

Special events have been taking place this spring at La Playa Center, an ESL school for adults with accompanying childcare at the Boys and Girls Club.

As part of La Playa’s Immigration Inspiration series, Javier Sosa of Javier’s restaurants visited the school in March and answered questions from the students. The My Hero Project recorded the visit and will edit the film with the help of the students from La Playa.

La Playa also had an exposure to the Iranian culture last month when Farah Parvizi presented the table setting of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

Finally, the peer-assisted leaders from Thurston Middle School came to the club in March and presented preschoolers with an Easter egg hunt and dye.  Children ran around and found a basket full of plastic eggs filled with goodies and then sat down and dyed eggs of many colors and variations.


Scholarship Foundation Receives Grant

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. Grant funding will help offset operating costs as LBHSSF explores a transition into an independent charitable organization.

LBHSSF is working to establish a new legal entity and implement procedures to ensure current and future compliance with all legal, regulatory, administrative, and accounting requirements.

The volunteer run organization received a record number of applicants and will award scholarships at this year’s Honor Convocation, Friday, June 7 at the Artists Theater.

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