Briefly In Education

September 02, 2010
  • The Wilson home on Rockledge boasts beautiful ocean views. The Wilsons will host a women-only benefit event for the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club.
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Back-to-School on Tuesday

Laguna Beach Unified School District schools will begin classes Tuesday.

School begins at 7:55 a.m. for El Morro Elementary students in grades 1 to 5. Orientation for kindergarten students and parents will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for early start students, noon to 1:30 p.m. for late start students. School begins for kindergartners at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday for early starters, 9:55 a.m. for late starters.

Top of the World students in grades 1-5 will begin at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday. Kindergarten orientation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. for early start students, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for late starters. Early Kindergarteners will begin the school year at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday, late starters at 9:55 a.m.

Zero period at Thurston Middle begins at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday; First period at 8:40 a.m.

Laguna Beach High students begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Supt. Sherine Smith said she is pleased with the district staff's dedication and enthusiasm for the upcoming year.


"Our principals, teachers, and staff members have been working hard all summer to prepare for the opening day of school," she said. "We are proud of the growth in achievement our schools attained this past school year and anticipate another year of outstanding educational opportunities for our students."

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Kicking off the school year with kindness

Top of the World Elementary has adopted Rachel's Challenge for the upcoming school year, a nation-wide program that promotes compassion and kindness among students, said Principal Ron LaMotte.

Based on the journal entries and life of Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the outreach program aims to prevent violence among students by encouraging compassion and kindness among them.

"The implementation of Rachel's Challenge will enhance positive behavior and support the anti-bullying program we already have in place," LaMotte said. "Opposed to an anti-bullying approach, this will focus on this positive behavior and therefore, minimize [bullying]."

A kick-off assembly will take place on Sept. 10, and will introduce the concept of developing compassion for others and displaying acts of kindness toward them.

Throughout the year, the students will engage in activities including a paper chain, in which their good deeds toward others that are noted by teachers will be written down on a "link" and added to the chain.

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