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By Candice Baker | June 5, 2008
The Laguna Beach Unified Board of Education heard a report on primary-level foreign language teaching options at its Tuesday meeting. The district currently offers language courses in middle and high school; in kindergarten and first grade, an exposure program teaches kids basic words and concepts. A committee was tasked with determining the best practices in the district for expanding the foreign language program to other primary grades. A committee gave three options for the best fit in the district.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 14, 2013
The Laguna Beach Unified School District board of education on Tuesday unanimously approved expanding music strings courses next school year at all four public schools. Strings classes will be added for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools, and a strings section will be added at Thurston Middle School as will an Advanced Placement music and other electives at Laguna Beach High School. Courses would be a part of the regular school day, not after-school programs.
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October 17, 2013
Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach will hold an intensive after-school literacy program for students identified as "struggling readers" starting in late October. Director of Special Education and Student Services Irene White said the program is meant to add to the current in-school reading intervention programs. "The truth is that the school day is only so long and providing additional instruction is often challenging," she said in a release. Students will participate in the "Fast ForWord" program four days per week for 12 weeks, according to the release.
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December 13, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: The board approved the revised Board Policy 5039 governing electronic signaling devices. WHAT IT MEANS: The policy permits students to have cell phones and pagers on campus during the school day, while attending school-sponsored activities or while under the supervision of a school district employee. The devices must be deactivated and their use restricted to the designated lunch period at the high school, during an officially declared emergency affecting the school or community and upon written direction from a licensed physician or surgeon if carrying the device is essential to the health of the student.
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June 28, 2002
Mary A. Castillo The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education this week approved starting an elementary after-school Spanish language program. "After we surveyed parents and teachers we found that the best way to meet the state standards for foreign language skills is to begin an after-school program at the elementary level," said Steven Keller, assistant superintendent. The Berlitz Language Center will administer the program by providing a bi-literate and bilingual instructor as well as a structured program.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
Proponents of Complete Streets were disappointed that the Laguna Beach Unified School District declined their invitation to be part of Walk and Roll to School Day, Oct. 6. Other school districts and cities in Orange County promoted the event with special chaperones for the kids, banners and the general feeling that this was a worthwhile activity, good for the environment and for the health of the students, many of whom have a too-sedentary lifestyle....
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By Bryce Alderton | May 2, 2013
A parent wants the Laguna Beach Unified School District to set parameters for what sensitive topics teachers can appropriately discuss with students. Anita Razin asked the school board April 23 to consider adopting a policy on how to communicate with students about "traumatic events," according to a district staff report. Razin said she wants to be the one to talk to her children about the Boston bombings, the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and other well-publicized acts. In April 2012, Razin learned that a teacher at Thurston Middle School mentioned allegations that a Los Angeles teacher allegedly spoon-fed semen to blindfolded students.
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By Catharine Cooper | September 18, 2007
Pace. Stomp. Read. Toss. Pace. Stomp. Roam from room to room. Clean. Push. Dump. Dream. That’s it! Dream. Waking dreaming — dreaming waking. Longing and wanting. What is this odd energy coursing in my blood? Maybe, I’m actually some strange bird, going through a period of what ornithologists call "migratory restlessness." I’m searching for my wings among the secreted treasures in my household. I feel the change in the sunlight; the days shortening.
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By Catharine Cooper | September 21, 2007
Pace. Stomp. Read. Toss. Pace. Stomp. Roam from room to room. Clean. Push. Dump. Dream. That?s it! Dream. Waking dreaming ? dreaming waking. Longing and wanting. What is this odd energy coursing in my blood? Maybe, I?m actually some strange bird, going through a period of what ornithologists call ?migratory restlessness.? I?m searching for my wings among the secreted treasures in my household. I feel the change in the sunlight; the days shortening. The weather causes me to eat more, and I move about as though I?
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By Bryce Alderton | August 23, 2013
Portion control and preparing more food in-house are on the menu for Laguna Beach Unified School District nutrition staff as the start of the school year nears. In response to a drop in lunch purchases and a change in the maximum entree size, the nutrition department, under the guidance of food services director Debra Appel, has spent the summer crafting menus, securing vendors and planning how they will serve food to students. The department will present ideas to the school board at Tuesday's board meeting.
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October 17, 2013
Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach will hold an intensive after-school literacy program for students identified as "struggling readers" starting in late October. Director of Special Education and Student Services Irene White said the program is meant to add to the current in-school reading intervention programs. "The truth is that the school day is only so long and providing additional instruction is often challenging," she said in a release. Students will participate in the "Fast ForWord" program four days per week for 12 weeks, according to the release.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 23, 2013
Portion control and preparing more food in-house are on the menu for Laguna Beach Unified School District nutrition staff as the start of the school year nears. In response to a drop in lunch purchases and a change in the maximum entree size, the nutrition department, under the guidance of food services director Debra Appel, has spent the summer crafting menus, securing vendors and planning how they will serve food to students. The department will present ideas to the school board at Tuesday's board meeting.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 2, 2013
A parent wants the Laguna Beach Unified School District to set parameters for what sensitive topics teachers can appropriately discuss with students. Anita Razin asked the school board April 23 to consider adopting a policy on how to communicate with students about "traumatic events," according to a district staff report. Razin said she wants to be the one to talk to her children about the Boston bombings, the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and other well-publicized acts. In April 2012, Razin learned that a teacher at Thurston Middle School mentioned allegations that a Los Angeles teacher allegedly spoon-fed semen to blindfolded students.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 14, 2013
The Laguna Beach Unified School District board of education on Tuesday unanimously approved expanding music strings courses next school year at all four public schools. Strings classes will be added for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools, and a strings section will be added at Thurston Middle School as will an Advanced Placement music and other electives at Laguna Beach High School. Courses would be a part of the regular school day, not after-school programs.
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By Joanna Clay | June 21, 2012
When the fourth period bell rang on a recent school day, Magali Ladisiao - known as Maggie by most - didn't grab lunch with friends in the quad or gossip in the halls between classes. Instead, the 17-year-old Laguna Beach High School student hurried home to the two-bedroom apartment she shares with her family in Club Laguna to take care of her 1-year-old daughter Arianna. On Thursday, despite raising a baby and holding down two jobs, Ladisiao participated in a momentous teenage rite of passage - graduation.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
Proponents of Complete Streets were disappointed that the Laguna Beach Unified School District declined their invitation to be part of Walk and Roll to School Day, Oct. 6. Other school districts and cities in Orange County promoted the event with special chaperones for the kids, banners and the general feeling that this was a worthwhile activity, good for the environment and for the health of the students, many of whom have a too-sedentary lifestyle....
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October 10, 2008
Laguna Beach High School is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a big Homecoming celebration at 5 p.m. today at the school. Laguna Beach will play Francis Parker of the CIF San Diego Section in the homecoming game at 7 p.m. Past Homecoming Court and cheerleading squad members from 1964 through 2005 will be present. The returning alumni court and the 2008 court will be presented during the halftime show, and the current freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will perform their class dances on the field ?
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By Candice Baker | June 5, 2008
The Laguna Beach Unified Board of Education heard a report on primary-level foreign language teaching options at its Tuesday meeting. The district currently offers language courses in middle and high school; in kindergarten and first grade, an exposure program teaches kids basic words and concepts. A committee was tasked with determining the best practices in the district for expanding the foreign language program to other primary grades. A committee gave three options for the best fit in the district.
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By Catharine Cooper | September 21, 2007
Pace. Stomp. Read. Toss. Pace. Stomp. Roam from room to room. Clean. Push. Dump. Dream. That?s it! Dream. Waking dreaming ? dreaming waking. Longing and wanting. What is this odd energy coursing in my blood? Maybe, I?m actually some strange bird, going through a period of what ornithologists call ?migratory restlessness.? I?m searching for my wings among the secreted treasures in my household. I feel the change in the sunlight; the days shortening. The weather causes me to eat more, and I move about as though I?
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By Catharine Cooper | September 18, 2007
Pace. Stomp. Read. Toss. Pace. Stomp. Roam from room to room. Clean. Push. Dump. Dream. That’s it! Dream. Waking dreaming — dreaming waking. Longing and wanting. What is this odd energy coursing in my blood? Maybe, I’m actually some strange bird, going through a period of what ornithologists call "migratory restlessness." I’m searching for my wings among the secreted treasures in my household. I feel the change in the sunlight; the days shortening.
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