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Laguna Beach High School students present authentic research proposals

Laguna Beach High School’s Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) Program students presented their project proposals during a special class session on Oct. 13. Teachers and students of the Palo Alto Unified School District’s Advanced Authentic Research program and their mentors joined the class via Zoom to collaborate and offer feedback. High school...

Anneliese Names New Head of Willowbrook Campus

Anneliese Schools has tapped Wendy Bana as Head of School of the Willowbrook Campus, the private school announced in a press release Wednesday. Bana returns to Anneliese Schools with experience as an educator and administrator. In her previous role as Head of School for LePort Schools in Irvine, she directed...

Laguna Beach PTAs announce 13th annual sports swap

The Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School PTAs will hold their annual Sports Swap at 8 a.m. on Nov. 6 to collect donations of unused sports gear and equipment. Please call or send a text message to Sports Swap Chair Jimmy Azadian at 818-645-9177 if you wish to...

Laguna Beach USD won’t require COVID-19 testing for students

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education voted Sept. 9 against requiring all students to get tested for COVID-19. A motion to require a one-time COVID-19 test for students attending campuses failed on a 2-3 vote (Board Members Dee Perry, Jan Vickers,...

A New Language School Steeped in Encouragement — and Love

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Laguna Beach Independent “Bravo, come parli bene!” (“Wow, how well you speak!”) Sean Cook heard this often as a young man fulfilling his post-college dream of living in Italy in the 1990s. No matter how clumsy, nonsensical, or unintentionally X-rated his attempts at speaking,...

School Board Debates Mandated COVID Testing as Cases Rise

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent At a special meeting last Friday, the Laguna Beach School Board discussed mandating testing and directing staff to further investigate the District’s options to require students to get tested after 21 positive COVID cases and 44 students and staff quarantined. “My biggest concern is...

Laguna Beach USD board to discuss requiring COVID-19 tests for students

The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Friday to consider requiring students to get tested for COVID-19. Several school districts in Southern California have required COVID-19 testing for all students. The Los Angeles and Santa Ana unified school districts now require students...

Laguna Beach Unified welcomes back students

Students and employees of the Laguna Beach Unified School District returned to campuses Monday to start the 2021-22 School Year. At El Morro and Top of the World Elementary, students climbed out of vehicles queuing in the drop-off lanes where they were welcomed by school district employees. An El Moro...

Laguna Beach USD staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine or regular tests

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent With school starting across Laguna Beach Unified School District on Aug. 23, teachers will be expected to show proof of vaccination or face COVID-19 testing. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Aug. 11 a public health order requiring all school staff to prove that they...

Laguna Beach USD school bus yard eyed for potential housing site

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education and City Council discussed adding the school bus yard as a possible site for new housing at a joint meeting on July 15. “As everyone's aware here, we're very landlocked here in Laguna Beach,”...