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New Leader at School Board’s Helm

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis in the coming year, said Vickers, will be switching over […]

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New Leader at School Board’s Helm

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis in the coming year, said Vickers, will be switching over […]

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More Rhythms Play Out in Class

More Rhythms Play Out in Class

Submitted by Schoolpower, Special to the Independent A full orchestra can readily be envisioned in the sound of vibrating strings now playing in all four Laguna Beach public schools, where more music classes have been added this year to the curriculum. On a recent morning, the bright hum of  “Deckorations” rises from 15 string players […]

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No Child Left Offline

No Child Left Offline

Classrooms in Laguna Beach schools are evolving with the simultaneous use of multiple electronic devices. SchoolPower, the locally based nonprofit that supports public schools, donated $150,000 towards the recent wireless technology initiative, which the district matched with $180,000 to date, says a district statement. “Our Xtremely wireless project allowed us to saturate our schools with […]

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Art Walk Features College Students’ Work

Art Walk Features College Students’ Work

Students in the professional studies class at Laguna College of Art and Design were present at 15 Laguna Beach galleries, whose directors served as volunteer  mentors in the 12th annual collaboration between LCAD and First Thursdays Art Walk, which culminated on Dec. 5. The student/gallery mentoring program launched by LCAD professor and Director of Careen […]

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Art Sale Fundraises for Typhoon Victims

Art Sale Fundraises for Typhoon Victims

Laguna College of Art and Design students and faculty are donating small art works for “Art for Haiyan,” a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Monday, Dec. 9. The 5-7 p.m. event takes place at LCAD’s Main Campus Gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. The show is open to the public who will be able […]

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School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

School Climate Key to Preventing Bullying

By Sean Nealon, Special to the Independent To effectively prevent bullying schools need to understand positive school climate, use reliable measures to evaluate it and use effective prevention and intervention programs to improve it, a recent paper co-authored by a UC Riverside assistant professor found. Cixin Wang, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of […]

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Gearing Up for World AIDS Day

Gearing Up for World AIDS Day

Laguna Beach’s downtown trees will be adorned with card enscribed with the name of one of the 500 local residents claimed by HIV/AIDS since 1981 in recognition of World AIDS Day this Sunday, Dec. 1. Free HIV testing and an evening vigil, both at Main Beach, as well as a free concert and program at […]

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Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for teachers,” said consultant Charlotte Knox, of Point Richmond, Calif. “…The likelihood of training […]

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LBHS Hosts College Aid Seminars

LBHS Hosts College Aid Seminars

Two workshops to assist graduating seniors and their parents in making informed decisions about career and college are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-4, at Laguna Beach High School. A financial aid seminar will held in the high school’s library Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7-9 p.m. Topics covered will include information needed to complete […]

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Schools OK Pool Use Pact

Schools OK Pool Use Pact

The school board approved a five-year, joint-use agreement with the city of Laguna Beach on Nov. 12, which includes capital improvements community pool used by students, the district said in a statement. In August, both parties agreed to a broader pact, also of five years, setting out the terms for join use of fields, gyms, […]

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Student Art on Display at Library

Student Art on Display at Library

A plein air art project for fourth and fifth grade students at the Anneliese School was made possible in part by the SEEDS Arts and Education Foundation. Through a partnership with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, students visited the Irvine Museum and had painting lessons from local plein air painter Jeff Sewell. Along with […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Coming Revolution In Education Lately, it has become fashionable to bash the value of a college education.   This is because recent graduates cannot get jobs.  There aren’t many jobs and the unemployment rate for newly minted graduates in the U.S. is about 20%.   We are lucky.   In Greece, it is 60%, Spain 55%, France […]

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Parents Offered Drop-in Classes

Parents Offered Drop-in Classes

Laguna’s school district began offering monthly drop-in counseling this week for parents of district students enrolled in grades 3-12, who cannot commit to an ongoing parent class. The classes provide parents an opportunity for interaction with other parents while learning problem-solving techniques for parent and child difficulties. “As a parent myself, I struggle with everyday […]

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Seniors Test Their Poise in Mock Interviews

Seniors Test Their Poise in Mock Interviews

Laguna Beach High School seniors recently participated in mock interviews to prepare and present themselves for college or work situations. District staff and community volunteers participated as interviewers, who were given guidelines and suggested questions for the interviews, which took about seven minutes, said LBHS Transition Services Coordinator Corey Brown. “This activity is a great […]