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May 20, 2005
Suzie Harrison The American Assn. of University Women Laguna Beach teamed up with Thurston Middle School Principal Joanne Culverhouse Monday night for an evening of science education. The association awards scholarships to Laguna Beach High School graduating senior girls, fosters after-school programs and helps fund local school programs. Culverhouse, who is a member of the organization, gave a tour of some of the school's updated facilities, including seventh- and eighth-grade science labs.
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April 29, 2005
Kerry Rubel Springtime at Top of the World is a wonder of blossoms. A recent trip to our outdoor classroom was a delight of flowers blooming, vines climbing, and fruit ripening. This time of year we are so lucky to watch our garden thrive. With no construction going on anymore, the students are able to enjoy this outdoor classroom in style. Retired TOW teacher Terry Hustwick has certainly created a wonderland of learning for our students. We recently celebrated the success of our annual jog-a-thon with an assembly to honor top participants.
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June 18, 2004
Sammy's gets honor for service Local business winners were announced, and Sammy's Burgers won top honors as Laguna Beach High School's Dignity, Appreciation, Respect for Treating Students committee award was announced at a recent Board of Education meeting. DARTS is a high school committee with two student representatives from each class. Also serving on the committee is Supt. Theresa Daem, Executive Assistant to the Supt. Darrin Reed and ASB President Jake Wheeler.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 30, 2011
As adults, the biggest stressors might be a mortgage, a marriage or a demanding job. In middle school, a zit can ruin your day. Maybe even a full week. Filmmaker Alyssa Price shows the power of the pimple in her short film "The Monstrosity," showing May 4 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her husband, Jesse Singer, lends a hand as executive producer. The UC Irvine alumna was excited to come back to Orange County for the screening of her coming-of-age tale. Inspired by Mary Karr's memoir "Cherry," which involves an embarrassing zit scene, the book caused Price to recollect her own experience while on a high school trip.
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September 13, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Laguna Beach students have made it through their first official week of school. At the middle school and high school, new students are finding their groove and figuring out how to handle more homework while still enjoying being kids. Meanwhile at the top of the heap, seniors at Laguna Beach High haven't even had time to catch "senior-itis." But all of them realize that the year is new and there are more friends to make and fun to be had. Mya, 11, and Sam, Jordan and Megan, 12 One of the first differences Sam Robinson, 12, and Jordan Zraick, 12, observed about middle compared to elementary school is the food.
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September 17, 2004
Sheryl Van der Leun Sept. 9 was my son's first day of fifth grade. Although we've lived in Laguna Beach since 1997, he is going to what is essentially a new school for him, the public school, following seven years of preschool, elementary and after-school care at a remarkable private school that was once a monastery. The switch to public school wasn't based on academics or even economics. It was purely a social issue: At his old school, there is one fifth-grade class with 20 children.
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May 7, 2010
The following is from the April 27 meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Registration pilot deemed success Laguna Beach High School Principal Don Austin announced to the board that the newly adopted Open-Informed Consent Registration procedure was a ?massive success? that decreased the number of unregistered students to about 3.5%, compared with 18% last year at this time. He attributed the success to the availability of a variety of teachers, administrators and staff throughout the procedure, which enabled students to access all information necessary to help them choose the correct courses.
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By Joanna Clay | November 2, 2012
Laguna Beach High School teacher Jun Shen didn't anticipate the friendship he formed when he visited a Kenyan tribal village in August. After a safari with his fiance, they visited Oloolaimutia, a village outside their camp inhabited by the Maasai tribe, and were able to tour a school there. The staff told him that children walk barefoot to school - some living as far as nine miles away. There are 685 students with nine teachers, he said. The roads are rural and unpaved, and some teachers have to travel up to 65 miles to get to a computer.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 14, 2013
Roger Shew, a music teacher at Thurston Middle and Laguna Beach High schools, was one of two Orange County educators chosen for an award announced this week. StudentsFirst, an educational advocacy organization based in Sacramento and active in 18 states, chose Shew and 28 fellow teachers for its California All-Star Teacher honor, according to a news release. Shew, 38, who teaches jazz band at both schools, was one of 16 teachers selected from Southern California, according to the release.
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By: Suzie Harrison | September 9, 2005
Before the first period bell rang Tuesday morning, marking a new school year for Laguna Beach Unified School District, Principal Joanne Culverhouse, Assistant Principal Jenny Salberg and staff welcomed students to Thurston Middle School. Assistant Superintendent Steven Keller was on hand to welcome students. He said he was going to visit all the schools to check in on the first day of classes. He said it's quite a different experience for new sixth-graders to be moving into the middle-school atmosphere.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 12, 2014
Rather than simply write a report, students in Dave Dixon's eighth-grade Spanish class are going high-energy marketing and high-tech. The Thurston Middle Schoolers are creating a one- to two-minute travel advertisement for a Mexican city of their choice using Prezi, a cloud-based program that allows users to insert pictures, music, text and audio. Dixon and his students talked about the challenge of swaying the public to visit the nation, which has been besieged by a violent drug war. "Crime is everywhere.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 16, 2014
Laguna Beach High School students were given the ability this week to use their cell phones to confidentially report bullying, drug use, vandalism and other incidents. The school district and police department partnered on the The hotline is confidential, but not anonymous, and tipsters may receive follow-up texts for more details or clarification, according to a Laguna Beach Unified School District news release.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 14, 2013
An elective class at Thurston Middle School allows students to build a model robot with wheels. Instructor Kelly Skon guides seventh- and eighth-graders in a class called STEAM, an inaugural course that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. The goal is for students to develop critical thinking skills through hands-on learning in areas such as robotics, computer programming and game design, product design and development, and forensics, according to the course syllabus.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 14, 2013
Roger Shew, a music teacher at Thurston Middle and Laguna Beach High schools, was one of two Orange County educators chosen for an award announced this week. StudentsFirst, an educational advocacy organization based in Sacramento and active in 18 states, chose Shew and 28 fellow teachers for its California All-Star Teacher honor, according to a news release. Shew, 38, who teaches jazz band at both schools, was one of 16 teachers selected from Southern California, according to the release.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 15, 2013
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will see new state testing standards in their math classes when they return to school this fall. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board on Tuesday approved new Common Core standards for students at Top of the World and El Morro elementary and Thurston Middle schools. This is the first phase of a two-year plan to integrate the testing standards into math classes. Students in seventh and eighth grades and high school will see new testing standards in the 2014-15 school year, a district staff report said.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 28, 2013
The Laguna Beach Unified School District board of education unanimously approved spending $85,000 from the district's general fund for repairs and maintenance for the community pool during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The pool sits on school district property, but is also used by the city, which would fund $200,000 for the repairs as part of a joint-use agreement between it and the school district. The proposed project would include replacing the pool's filtration system, installing energy-efficient pool lights, replacing tiles on a ramp to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, cleaning algae from the pool's plaster, and replacing a broken drain in the men's locker room.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 21, 2013
Thirteen-year-old twins Kyle and Benjamin Sharp's musical seeds were clearly visible at age 3. The brothers, who both have tan skin, brown hair and braces, are seventh graders at Thurston Middle School. They like golf and football, but music takes center stage in their lives, with the duo, known as Sharp Turn Ahead, performing pretty regularly. Kyle and Benjamin also came out with their first CD, a compilation of three studio-recorded cover songs and their first original, "California Ain't that Far. " The song tells the story of the boys' move from Austin, Texas, to Laguna Beach four years ago with their parents, Carla [mother]
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By Bryce Alderton | January 31, 2013
The work began in October for Thurston Middle School eighth-grade students. Fast forward to Wednesday and the dress rehearsal inside the school's "black box" or theater room, for "Beauty and the Beast," was in full effect. Twenty-seven drama students donned intricate costumes with guidance from director Mark Dressler and choreographer Erika Whalen. "This is their first day in costume when they're not allowed to stop," said Whalen, who alternated between directing students toward their proper places on stage, and taking notes in the audience chairs.
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By Joanna Clay | November 2, 2012
Laguna Beach High School teacher Jun Shen didn't anticipate the friendship he formed when he visited a Kenyan tribal village in August. After a safari with his fiance, they visited Oloolaimutia, a village outside their camp inhabited by the Maasai tribe, and were able to tour a school there. The staff told him that children walk barefoot to school - some living as far as nine miles away. There are 685 students with nine teachers, he said. The roads are rural and unpaved, and some teachers have to travel up to 65 miles to get to a computer.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2012
Converting a couple of undevelopable city-owned lots to mini parks was Ken Franks' brainchild, but Laguna Beach landscape architect Bob Borthwick made it a reality. Mayor Jane Egly and Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger cut the ribbon Aug. 16 for the Park Avenue View Park, the second one designed by Borthwick on a less than lavish budget. It is different by design from the first park located off of Laguna Canyon Road. "Ken came up with the idea for the parks about three years ago," Borthwick said.
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