Class Notes


Caroline Rechter is Rotary’s Student of the Month

Laguna Rotary honors Caroline Rechter
Caroline Rechter

The Rotary Club honored Caroline Rechter as high school’s Student of the Month in March. She was awarded a scholarship that will be presented to her at the Honors Convocation in June, as well as a certificate of recognition.

Caroline was accompanied by her performing arts instructor Mark Dressler, who praised her work. She intends to continue her education studying stage management in London.

Applications Due for Water Grant

The deadline for graduating high school seniors to submit their applications for South Coast Water District’s college scholarships is Tuesday, April 19.

Each year, the district awards $500 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who live in the service area, which includes South Laguna.

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

Applications are available on the District’s website ( to print out or to complete online, or may be obtained by calling 949 499 4555, ext. 3153.

El Morro Holds Ocean Awareness Essay Contest

Local surf pro James Pribram visited his former campus this past Monday, April 11, speaking to students about environmental issues and announcing the winner of an eco-minded contest.

Last month, the PTA’s Green Team encouraged students to submit and write an essay or draw a picture about ways they can help preserve the ocean. Submissions were due this past Thursday.

Students Give Up Screens for a Week

This past week, Top of the World students, staff, and families joined other schools and communities around the world taking a break from screens to accept the challenge to seek alternative means of entertainment.

Students played bingo, enjoyed game night, went to the park, and this Friday will enjoy a bonfire at Aliso Creek Beach to roast hotdogs and marshmallows, alternatives lined up by volunteer Meldie Moore.

Author Inspires Teens to Make Smart Decisions

Inspirational teacher Mischa Martineau, a partner at Martineau Systems, is the author of  “I Am Who I Say I Am,” a personal-development program for teens.

She facilitates thinking where participants learn how to: reverse negative thought spirals, change their beliefs about who they are what they are capable of, and develop resilience in the face of disapproval. She says her program focuses on helping kids to withstand social pressures and make the right decision in the midst of a clutch situation.

Parents can request a local, live introduction to “I Am Who I Say I Am” by contacting Martineau at 949-201-5662, or visiting or

LBHS Class of 1961 Reunites

The Laguna Beach High School class of 1961 will celebrate the 50 years since graduation on the weekend of Sept. 30. Classmates should contact Jeanne Jones-Porro at [email protected] for details.

Registration Underway for Kindergarten

Registration for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year is now in progress at the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s elementary schools.

Top of the World Elementary School, located at 21601 Tree Top Lane, will hold their kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 4. For further information, call 497-7790. El Morro Elementary School held their registration this past April 13. For more information, call 497-7780.

Various documents are required for registration: proof of residency, birth certificate and immunization records. Prospective kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2011.

Local Families Needed to Host Exchange Students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) seeks local host families for international high school boys and girls, aged 15 to 18, who are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.

The students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

For more information about becoming a host family, call 1-800-733-2773.







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