Two changes to the school district’s curriculum should help student’s
both mentally and physically, district officials said this week.
The two additions will be a math adoption process for kindergartners
through fifth-graders and a lifelong fitness program for all grades, said
Steven Keller, assistant superintendent for the Laguna Beach Unified
“Both of these programs will have a positive impact on every student
in our district,” Keller said. “The K-5 math adoption process will align
the math curriculum to more nearly correspond to the State Department of
Education math standards.”
A math committee with representatives from each grade is putting
together the program.
The committee is looking at ways to provide students with different
approaches to learning math while continuing to meet state standards and
provide for successful transitions from one grade level to the next.
“We want all our students to benefit from excellent math instruction
and to know success as they move through the grades,” Keller said.
The fitness program is a far cry from old-style physical education
“Lifelong fitness embodies an individualized, noncompetitive approach
to physical fitness,” Keller said.
As part of the fitness course, the district has hired Jordi Mas,
fitness trainer and Laguna Beach native. She will instruct teachers in
some nontraditional activities that are popular with adults in the
community such as pilates, yoga and strength conditioning.
-- Mary Castillo