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Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and […]

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Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Donors Fund Technology for Artistic Pursuits

Laguna Beach High School art students are creating distinctive mixed media art using a laser purchased by donors. “They are truly inspired; this has made teaching fun again,” said graphic art and design teacher Kerry Pellow, adding that students are keen to apply the tool to ceramics, art, computer art, production art and production design. […]

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Computer Smarts Put to First Test

Computer Smarts Put to First Test

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Every fifth-grade student at El Morro Elementary School will fire up a personal computer on April 7 to take the first computer-based test of new state academic teaching standards known as the Common Core. No more paper, No. 2 pencils or best-guess multiple-choice questions here. The statewide pilot tests […]

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Student Musical Rolls the Dice

Student Musical Rolls the Dice

High school theater students take to the Artists’ Theatre stage this month for a three-weekend run of “Guys and Dolls,” a Broadway musical based on a Damon Runyon story. The spring musical will feature a cast of 50 Laguna Beach High School drama students as well as a student orchestra and stage crew. Mark Dressler […]

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Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

The school district set May 13 for a public hearing to collect input from parents, educators, employees and the community as it develops its state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plans must describe the school district’s overall vision for students and actions to improve outcomes for English learners, low-income students, and foster youth, the […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Jogathon Fundraising Kicks Off Get ready for a knock on the door from students of Top of the World Elementary. The school is getting ready for its most important fundraiser of the year: the annual Jog-A-Thon. Please consider offering financial support when one of the 650 student-runners makes a plea at your door. Students are […]

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TOW Students Participate in Local Color

TOW Students Participate in Local Color

  Recently, Top of the World Elementary students participated in Local Color, the PTA-sponsored program that brings Laguna Beach artists to the school to give students hands-on art instruction at lunchtime workshops. About 200 students created artwork using paints, oil pastels, clay, and watercolors under the direction of L.O.C.A artists Sherry Bullard, Reem Khalil, Holly […]

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Laguna Beach Unified School District

Schools Required to Survey Parents

A first-time, state-mandated survey of parents soliciting their input on the Laguna Beach school district’s plans and goals will arrive in inboxes on Friday, a district official said Wednesday. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Sherine Smith described the survey to board members, which she assumed had already been sent out until she was challenged […]

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At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

Due to its popularity, the fall prevention class that began as a weekly session at the Susi Q Center three years ago, now is offered four times a week in three levels by physical therapist and Laguna local Geeta Singh. Singh teaches modified tai chi movements, flexibility and stretching exercises, strength training with resistive bands, […]

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Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Teacher’s Green Thumb Yields Unexpected Fruit

Retired teacher Terry Hustwick shared her surprise and joy at receiving California PTA’s most prestigious award, the Golden Oak Service Award, at a recent meeting of Top of the World Elementary’s PTA. Council President Kathleen Fay presented the honor to Hustwick in appreciation and acknowledgment of her contributions in and out of the classroom. Hustwick […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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Concerts Awash in Star Power

Concerts Awash in Star Power

    Instead, Madsen returned to hike the lesser wonders of Laguna’s coastal canyons. Even so, in absorbing some special comfort while walking Crystal Cove State Park’s environs, her newest composition, “Into the Heart of the Earth: Crystal Cove,” took form. Its premiere was an outdoor performance in the park on Jan. 31. The public […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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More Kudos for Column

More Kudos for Column

Editor, I was so pleased to see the article about the CLC program (“Potential Nourished With Kindness,” Letters, Jan. 31). My son Jackson was in the program a few years ago and now my son James is part of the community. It is just that, more then a classroom – a community. The students come […]

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Finding a Key to Unlock the Ivory Tower

Finding a Key to Unlock the Ivory Tower

Technical classes, traditionally geared for students uninterested in college, are taking a new direction lately.  College-bound students from Laguna Beach High School make up half of the enrollment in trade-school like courses offered by San Juan Capistrano’s South Coast Regional Occupational Program. Students say it gives them a needed edge. ROP courses were traditionally geared […]