Class Notes


Students Bag Their Message

El Morro Elementary, Laguna Beach
Examples of student art work.

El Morro School students spent will be distributing decorated Earth Day bags to customers at the Pavilions supermarket in Boat Canyon on Earth Day, Friday, April 22. The project, now in its third year, gives the young students a chance to express their concern about the earth with words and with creative artwork.

The Earth Day Grocery Bag Project is an iniititive of the El Morro Green Team, which, encourages students to make a difference in their environment.

For more info on how to get involved, visit

Artists Theatre Dates Available

The school district and city are accepting applications for use of the Artists Theatre for the period from July 1-Aug. 31, 2012.

Applications are available for pickup at the facilities department located in business services administrative office, and all applications must be received at the Laguna Beach High School administrative offices by 4 p.m. on June 1.

The applications will be collected and reviewed by district and city administrators, who will try to accommodate as many requests as possible. Applicants will receive confirmation by the end of July. The entire calendar will be posted on the Laguna Beach Unified School District website:

For more information on the scheduling process, contact Ann Lombard at 949-497-7700, ext. 5218.

Thurston Students Get the ‘Write’ Stuff

Thurston Middle School’s language arts department is helping students improve their writing skills through a research-based plan of action, says a district announcement.

“Through the professional learning communities (PLC) process, our language arts teachers work collaboratively to enhance the skills of gifted writers and build the skills of struggling writers,” said principal Joanne Culverhouse, describing a program that addresses the needs writers of all levels.

Teachers have put together a consistent academic writing vocabulary for grades 6 through 8 with the goal of increasing student understanding and use of vocabulary. Further writing objectives are defined at each grade level and practice opportunities are increased. Overall teaching and learning strategies include writing opportunities for four types of writing: persuasion, narration, response to literature, and summarization and research.




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