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Parents Return to School for Math Lessons

Parents are invited to a workshop with researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D., executive director of the UC Science and Mathematics Initiative, who will explain shifts in classroom math instruction that lay the foundation for students to finish high school having taken calculus or statistics.

“All Roads Lead to Calculus/ Statistics” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theatre, 2100 Park Ave., 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This year, teachers are charged with ensuring that students master the Common Core state standards for math. Parents attending will learn how to assist their child by learning about the changes in curriculum and instructional practices.

Studying Weather Demystifies Science

El Morro students are applying science, math, technology and geography by tracking local weather online.

Over the summer, a weather monitoring system that provides real-time local weather was installed on a roof at the school.

The WeatherBug Tracking Station ties into a web-based teaching tool that is aligned with the national and state curriculum standards. For example, students learn to read temperature using bar graphs and study El Niño and La Niña weather patterns.

Principal Chris Duddy expressed his appreciation for the PTA funded experience. “I also like how this program ties our school community together. Every one of us is affected by weather and it is exciting to have a weather tracking station on campus,” said Duddy.

Cheerleaders Instill School Spirit in Underclassmen

LBHS varsity cheerleaders will hold a workshop for schoolchildren, kindergarten through eighth-grade, on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Participants will learn a cheer and a chant that they will perform the following Friday at a home football game.

Participants must register prior to the 1:30-4 p.m. in the LBHS quad, located through the double doors to the left of the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave.

The $50 fee includes instruction, a Laguna cheer T-shirt, snacks and water for each “Junior Cheerleader.”

For more information, contact Yvette Kelly at [email protected].

Swinden Wins Excellent Student Status

James Swinden of Laguna Beach has been placed on the dean’s list for the Spring 2014 semester at Lehigh University, of Bethlehem, Penn.






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