Briefly In Education

District school year begins Tuesday

The 2011-12 school year begins Tuesday for the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

All four schools in the district hold a Back to School Night so that parents can meet with teachers and get an idea of what a typical school day for their children is.

The Back to School Night schedule is:

•El Morro Elementary School, Sept. 14

•Top of the World Elementary School, Sept. 22

•Thurston Middle School, Sept. 15

•Laguna Beach High School, Sept. 21

For more information about the upcoming school year, including bus and bell schedules, calendars and PTA information, visit


Students of all ages get stuffed backpacks

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach gave out bags full of school supplies to local students from kindergarten to high school as part of its annual community service project, "Stuffed Backpacks."

Sixty students received the backpacks, which included items like pencils, binders, paper and calculators. The packs were made with different age groups in mind.

The Rotary Club has partnered up with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach to help out more than 100 students since 2010.

For more information, visit


Tidepool, watercolor event is Sunday

Laguna Outreach Community Arts is hosting a "Watercolors on the Beach" event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Treasure Island Beach in front of the Montage Laguna Beach hotel.

A docent from the Laguna Ocean Foundation will guide guests through the tidepools. Later, artist September McGee will hold a watercolor journaling workshop. Lunch will be provided by the Montage.

The cost is $35 for adults, and $20 for children ages 5 to 18.

For more information, visit To register, call (949) 315-5996.


Meeting to talk about government, education

The Laguna Beach League of Women Voters is sponsoring a town-hall meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at Neighborhood Congregational Church.

The topic will be "The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education," and will focus on whether or not states should have mandated core curriculum as set by the government, and how such curriculum could be funded.

The meeting will be in Bridge Hall at the church, 340 St. Ann's Drive.


LBHS Chess Club needs experienced players

Chess players are needed to join the Chess Club at Laguna Beach High School this fall.

Any student is welcome to join, but experienced or advanced chess players are wanted to help lead the weekly meetings and teach students how to play.

If interested, contact Bob Couse at (949) 715-5927 or

—Kelly Parker

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