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November 12, 2004
Melanie Lewis The month of October was a full one at El Morro Elementary School. We were busy bees. After a school assembly to kick off the Fall Fundraiser, the students did an incredible job selling gift items to family and friends for the holidays in a quick two-week period. It was a great success and they exceeded the goal by leaps and bounds. The delivery of goods will arrive on Thursday for the students to get to their customers. The Pilgrim overnight field trip, offered to all fifth-graders, was a great success as well.
NEWS
September 24, 2004
"Math, I like that my teacher is cool." JAMES LAVERY, 10 "Social studies because I have the best teacher -- he's really nice and he's cool." MAX BASAKER, 10 "Math, I like that it's different -- it's fun and a lot different than anything else." TYLER KESLER, 11 "Social studies because it's interesting to learn about the past and what happened back then." SAM KAPLAN, 12 "Math because I'm really good at it and it helps me a lot on how to do things and help others."
NEWS
October 17, 2003
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot went to Thurston Middle School and asked students the question, 'What is your least favorite class?' "My least favorite class is math -- because every year, like in social studies -- you talk about previous years. In math, they skip levels and talk about new things." LACY GOMEZ, 13 "Probably pre-algebra because it's the most challenging for me." ROSALIE CEBREROS, 13 "Social studies -- I just don't like learning historical stuff."
NEWS
September 13, 2002
The Coastline Pilot went to the Laguna Beach Library on Glenneyre Street and asked kids the question, 'What have you learned in school so far this year?' "I've learned about expanded form writing in the letters and numbers for math and a lot of word problems." MATTHEW WALLACE, 11 "I learned different kinds of math and more big words, some social studies and I am reading bigger books now." CHRISTINA WALLACE, 9 "I've learned about religions and about the sun, math and science."
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December 13, 2002
The Coastline Pilot went to Laguna Beach High School and asked students the question, 'Who has been your favorite teacher and why?' "Mrs. Leventhal, seventh grade science, because she didn't bore you. She actually taught you, and you learned from it. And she's not that old and she's nice, too." MORGAN LERCHENMULLER, 14 "Mr. Bogusiewicz, math. He brought comedy into the classroom and made math really fun. He's a teacher who is kind of like a kid, as well -- a lot of fun. We can relate to him easily."
NEWS
February 13, 2004
Suzie Harrison It's usually a love or hate relationship when it comes to math. The scales seemed to be tipping toward the positive in Andy Crisp's sixth-grade math concepts class at Thurston Middle School. "We're going over topics, the next topic on the test is solving proportions," Crisp said. "All of you should be experts because we've done it so much before." He was right, a sea of hands flew up when he asked the students to go to the board and solve a problem.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Park Avenue Players preview new show The public got a sneak preview Tuesday at the City Council meeting of the Park Avenue Players production of "The Fantasticks." Cast members Taryn Dicterow, Jesse Fair and Will Morrison performed two songs from the show, which will be performed this weekend and next at Thurston Middle School. Music director Roxanna Ward accompanied the singers. Director Teri Ralston introduced them. "I grew up in Laguna, graduated from Laguna Beach High School and performed in 'The Fantasticks' at the old Laguna Playhouse in the 1960s," Ralston said.
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Mary A. Castillo See if you can remember homework problems like the following: "Four times the number, increased by two, is the same as twice the number, increased by 10. Find the number." Laguna math teachers spent an entire day re-learning how to teach those kinds of problems at a "Hands-On" algebra workshop sponsored by the Laguna Beach Unified School District. The methodology, developed by Henry Borenson, demystifies algebra for students with a simple t-scale, numbered blocks and blue pawns.
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By Bryce Alderton | June 20, 2013
Two years ago, students in Carl Nelson's world civilizations class would have encountered this essay question: Persuade me why you feel this way. The question as phrased appeals to emotion, said Nelson, a Thurston Middle School instructor. In coming years, the question will be, "Analyze a source's credibility and use evidence to support the argument," Nelson said. The shift is part of Common Core, new state testing standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
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By Bryce Alderton | June 20, 2013
Two years ago, students in Carl Nelson's world civilizations class would have encountered this essay question: Persuade me why you feel this way. The question as phrased appeals to emotion, said Nelson, a Thurston Middle School instructor. In coming years, the question will be, "Analyze a source's credibility and use evidence to support the argument," Nelson said. The shift is part of Common Core, new state testing standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
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By Joanna Clay | February 17, 2012
Laguna Beach Unified School District is pushing forward a social media platform that connects teachers with students outside of the classroom. Victor Guthrie, district director of Educational Technology and Information Services, said the program - Edmodo - is essentially Facebook for the education world. "It reaches [students] the way they reach out to their peers," he said of the program. "Everyone is connecting on some sort of digital media and, historically, education is slow to adopt it. " LBUSD wants to change that.
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By Ashley Breeding | January 15, 2010
Laguna Beach High School’s talented musicians will help raise money for a safe and sober graduation night. The 22nd annual “No Suits Allowed” music talent show will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Artists’ Theater. All of the proceeds will benefit the senior class. Directed by math teacher and acoustic guitarist Gary Shapiro, the evening will showcase 40 students in 30 acts, in all of which Shapiro plays guitar. “Some students will share their own music that they’ve written, but we’ll play mostly cover songs with our own spin on them,” Shapiro said.
NEWS
By Liyna Anwar | August 28, 2009
Laguna Beach Unified School District continues to receive high scores on the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting test, according to an official report released this month by State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O?Connell. Overall, the district has shown steady growth in the percentage of students scoring at or above the proficient level in English-language arts, mathematics and history compared to last year?s results. Sixth-grade mathematics and 10th-grade summative mathematics showed the greatest improvement, with a 14- and 18-percentage point increase, respectively, compared to last year in the amount of students testing at or above the proficient level.
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By: Sarah Hill | September 21, 2005
Showing students how math relates to the real world is part of what makes Laura Vinyard a great teacher. Vinyard, Burbank Unified School District's teacher of the year, has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Program. "I'm really honored because I was nominated by my fellow teachers," said the Jordan Middle School math and science teacher. "It means a lot to know that the people I work with think so highly of me."
NEWS
April 15, 2005
They're in training. They want to be in top shape for the big competition. But it's not their bodies they are exercising; it's their minds. El Morro Elementary School's fifth-grade "Math Stars" have been working diligently with math coach Mark Lewis, meeting every Friday, learning myriad math concepts. Their knowledge will be put to the test against other Orange County school teams at a competition at Saddleback College on May 21. "We're going to do estimation today, figuring out how many cups will fit in this pot; it's interactive and fun," Lewis said.
NEWS
April 1, 2005
CHUCK DEVORE Unfortunately, Berenice Maltby's letter, "DeVore's park plan uses fuzzy math" (March 25), repeats some bad financial data to criticize my plan for saving California taxpayers millions of dollars at El Morro village. There are four main inaccuracies that require correction. First, rents paid by the people who live at El Morro are $2.2 million today, not $1.2 million. The state realizes a cash profit of $1.2 million with another $1 million going to maintain the 32-acre village -- maintenance the state cannot now afford as the statewide parks maintenance backlog is $900 million.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
It seems apparent, from all that has been written lately, that Assemblyman Chuck DeVore must believe that California taxpayers are extremely naive. He wants us to believe his bills would save taxpayers pots of money by allowing El Morro trailer park residents to continue squatting on public property for another 30 years. His claim of earning $50 million to help the state out of its financial problems sounds great, but is it? Using the infamous "fuzzy math," even an ordinary person can see that if removing the current tenants from El Morro would amount to an annual loss of $1.2 million, it means -- based on 300 trailer spaces -- the trailer residents are currently paying approximately a $333.
NEWS
January 28, 2005
Suzie Harrison Marrying art and math is a concept Top of the World Elementary School second-grade students in Linda Barker's class are mastering. "Art has a lot of mathematical concepts that I like to incorporate into it," Barker said. "It helps the students to learn about balance and congruency." Each month the class creates a different glyph, which Barker explained as pictures or symbols representing a word or characteristic of someone or something.
NEWS
November 12, 2004
Melanie Lewis The month of October was a full one at El Morro Elementary School. We were busy bees. After a school assembly to kick off the Fall Fundraiser, the students did an incredible job selling gift items to family and friends for the holidays in a quick two-week period. It was a great success and they exceeded the goal by leaps and bounds. The delivery of goods will arrive on Thursday for the students to get to their customers. The Pilgrim overnight field trip, offered to all fifth-graders, was a great success as well.
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