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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2012
On Monday and Tuesday, El Morro Elementary School's multipurpose room was packed with tepees, longhouses and craft stations where students were tooling leather, sewing Native American-style pouches and making candles. The school's annual Colonial Days event - filled with period costumes and harvest-time snacks - is a 22-year tradition where students from kindergarten to fifth grade are immersed in early American history. Volunteer parents and kids were decked out in feathers, fringed leather and buckled shoes as students made age-appropriate crafts or listened to adults read a Thanksgiving story next to a wigwam.
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By Nancy Tarzian | March 10, 2006
Considering my age (80 in two weeks), it's not surprising my memories of the El Morro beach are more detailed than the recent residents who have reveled there for some years. Now, I have nothing against reveling, having done my share in times past. Coming from Long Beach as a young child on Sundays, I remembered my family driving down the two-lane Coast Highway and always pulling off the road to the El Morro beach, deserted by people but framed with beach grasses and a good many different types of bird life.
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By Lauren Vane | March 24, 2006
Destruction and vandalism at the recently vacated El Morro trailer park could prompt the California state parks department to take legal action against the former tenants, who moved out March 1, officials said. In some of the trailers, the destruction is staggering. Graffiti covers the outside and inside of many of the beachfront homes. Inside one of the trailers, everything glass ? including the floor-to-ceiling front windows and the shower door ? is shattered, leaving a layer of shards, some two inches thick, across the floor.
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October 8, 2004
Melanie Lewis The days of summer have quickly faded into our memories as school involvement takes off in a mad dash from the start. The students, teachers and parents at El Morro have already settled into a routine of school, homework, field trips and assemblies. Between September and November El Morro enjoys many extra curricular PTA sponsored events. We begin with our Scholastic Book Fair. For an entire week the students can come to the multipurpose room and shop for books to purchase.
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By James Pribram | January 11, 2008
Driving north on Coast Highway and into the sunset passing by the old El Morro trailer park or driving south, I see a wind-textured greenish-blue wave peel off the point. One can only think that this stretch of coastline between Laguna and Corona Del Mar must be one of the prettiest along the coast of California. What is sad is that nearly two years have passed since the state evicted the residents of El Morro. A nice beach side community that was one of the last surviving enclaves of the Southern California beach lifestyle has been reduced to nothing more than a cement foundation eyesore of rubble.
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By Cindy Frazier | October 24, 2008
After nearly 30 years of teaching elementary students, JoAnn Casola still gets a charge out of watching a child ?get it? ? be it reading or math or some other subject. ?I love the look on a child?s face when they understand, and it?s locked into the memory,? Casola said. No doubt that?s one reason she has been named Teacher of the Year for the 2008-09 school year by the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Casola will represent the district at the Orange County Department of Education?
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By Barbara Diamond | April 24, 2009
A budding poet has bloomed. El Morro fifth-grader Noah Hawkins Rosen has been writing poetry since he was in the third grade, but this summer, his poem, ?Inauguration,? will be published in the Harvard Educational Review. ?I?ve only written a few poems, and up to now I have been really bad at poetry,? 12-year-old Noah said. ?But I have been around my mom and her songs and that has helped.? Noah is the son of Leon and Bree Burgess Rosen, founder of ?Lagunatics? and noted for the clever lyrics that are the signature of the shows.
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June 14, 2002
Suzie Harrison Wednesday morning marked a huge occasion for Laguna Beach and El Morro Elementary School with the dedication of El Morro's new and improved campus. The ceremony was held outside with some of the new buildings and improvements showcased to the left and behind the stage where the dedication was held. An arch of blue balloons acting as a doorway to its center highlighted the stage. "It includes a new two-story classroom building, a new library and media facility and a new administration building as well as modernization of all the classrooms," said El Morro Principal Joanne Culverhouse.
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June 21, 2002
Mary A. Castillo The Coastline-Pilot went to El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools to ask fifth-graders, 'What is your hope for the future?' "I want to be an author and illustrator. I'm hoping that my books will make people realize that there are other people in the world who need friends. A smile saves a life and when we're nice to each other we can change people's lives." KATRINA CARRAS, 10 Top of the World "I hope to be a fashion and interior designer.
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May 20, 2005
The public has waited a long time for the day when the cottages at Crystal Cove will be open to be enjoyed as the previous tenants did for so many years. And state parks officials need to ensure that day is not far off, even as squabbles over this oceanfront parkland continue. Former Crystal Cove residents -- like those at El Morro today, where mobile-home tenants are fighting to stay on state lands -- clung on to all hope that they could live forever in their historic bungalows perched on a beachfront paradise.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 21, 2013
Last month's march against bullying by a group of San Clemente High School students near Main Beach was as much a visible reminder of this type of harassment and its severe consequences as it was a call to eradicate it from society. And as recent allegations of bullying between two Miami Dolphins players reveal, bullying can occur between people of any age. Laguna Beach Unified school officials take bullying seriously and employ many strategies to nip the offense in the bud. Communication among teachers, aides and staff is critical to halt bullying in its tracks, according to Thurston Middle School Principal Jenny Salberg.
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November 21, 2013
The fifth SchoolPower Chef Challenge netted about $9,000 for Laguna Beach Unified schools on Monday night, according to a news release. Diners who participated in the fundraiser at the Lumberyard Restaurant enjoyed two meals - chosen by each team of two principals - and then voted for their favorite appetizer, entree and dessert. The team of Chris Duddy and Ron LaMotte, principals at El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools, prevailed over the duo of Jenny Salberg and Joanne Culverhouse, principals at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School, the release said.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
Two of Laguna Beach Unified's four schools had academic performance gains, according to statistics released last week by the state Department of Education. El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools improved their Academic Performance Index scores, while Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School saw declines. The district as a whole dropped five points to 918 from 923 in 2012 for the API, compiled from standardized tests across different content areas such as English-language arts, mathematics, history and science.
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March 28, 2013
Boys & Girls Club exhibit at LAM Laguna Art Museum and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach teamed up for a new exhibit, "In Our Imagination," a collection of artwork by Boys & Girls Club students that was inspired by ex•pose artist Allison Schulnik. For the exhibit, which runs through April 14 in the Young Artists Society Gallery in the museum, Boys & Girls Club Art Director Art Director Emily Murray worked with students ages 5 to 12 in her after-school art class, according to a press release.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 14, 2013
The line for a cup of lemonade stretched 100 yards from the patio to the field at El Morro Elementary School Wednesday. Students in Jenny Carlson's afterschool business club served up the refreshment to classmates during lunch to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Carlson took the money from customers as students filled cups with lemonade, a mixture of powdered mix, lemon juice and water. Each cup cost 75 cents.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2012
On Monday and Tuesday, El Morro Elementary School's multipurpose room was packed with tepees, longhouses and craft stations where students were tooling leather, sewing Native American-style pouches and making candles. The school's annual Colonial Days event - filled with period costumes and harvest-time snacks - is a 22-year tradition where students from kindergarten to fifth grade are immersed in early American history. Volunteer parents and kids were decked out in feathers, fringed leather and buckled shoes as students made age-appropriate crafts or listened to adults read a Thanksgiving story next to a wigwam.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
El Morro Elementary School students hit the ground running Wednesday for their annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the PTA. All grades participated, from kindergarten through fifth, excitedly running laps on the field and high-fiving teachers and parents. "It's the No. 1 fundraiser at the school," said PTA President Elaine Brashier. "As you can see, everybody gets involved. " Students had the option to ask sponsors for an amount per lap or a one-time pledge.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 29, 2010
Donald McLean Williamson, an architect whose works included Tivoli Terrace and the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds, died July 23 in his home after a long illness. He was 96. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Forum Theater, followed by a reception at Tivoli Terrace. He came to Laguna Beach in 1949 with his wife and their two children. There were two other architects in Laguna when the Williamsons arrived with daughter Jennie and son Doug in a Ford station wagon.
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By Jonathan Oyama | May 6, 2010
The new superintendent of Crystal Cove State Park is striving to complete the RV park by spring of next year. Todd Lewis, who most recently worked for the park system in Northern California, said he is busy but so far hasn’t had any difficulty in handling everything that is going on in the park. According to him, the transition to his new job has been smooth. “I’m from San Diego County,” Lewis said. “Lived down there for many years. And so I knew what I was getting into.
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