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LBHS Student receives valuable training while interning at the Clinic

Kaitlin Ryan, a junior at Laguna Beach High School, is interning at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. She’s off to a busy start, organizing the patient waiting room, assisting the admissions staff, and getting to know the Clinic’s medical providers and their duties. 

Kaitlin will also receive training on the various functions of the Clinic’s electronic medical records system, something every aspiring medical student will be expected to know.

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Intern Kaitlin Ryan assisting Kaylin Miller, RN at the Clinic

“I’m interested in becoming a physician, thinking about sports medicine or pediatrics”, said Kaitlin.

For more than 15 years the Clinic has been providing clinical medical education programs for nurse practitioners, medical students, and residents that rotate through the Clinic from Western University and UCI.

“I’m proud of the role the Clinic plays in helping to train and inspire the next generation of medical providers”, stated Dr. Jorge Rubal. “Actually, I rotated through the Clinic as a medical student in 2002, clearly it made a lasting impression,” continued Rubal, who now serves as CEO and Medical Director.

“If we help inspire Katlin to continue on the path to becoming a physician that’s one more way we are serving our community,” added Rubal.

For more information on the Clinic, visit or call (949) 494-0761.

The Laguna Beach Clinic is located at 362 Third St. 

LBHS Football scores monster win against Dana Hills, Kai Ball makes record-breaking 98-yard reception

It’s looking like a season to remember for the Laguna Beach High School Football team, following a monster victory on Friday against neighboring Dana Hills Hill School, a school two-and-a-half times its size, 34-8. 

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Senior Kai Ball scores on 98-yard reception in the 3rd quarter, breaking school record for the longest reception ever

Quarterback Andrew “AJ” Johnson was lights out again on offense, throwing for 293 yards and 3 TDs, which earned him a 141.5 QB rating (the highest possible rating is 158.3) – including the play-of-the-game pass to Kai Ball, a 98-yard reception which broke the record for the longest reception in LBHS Football history.

 “Sean and Shane both had another stand out game. Conner Fink and Jake Harper were beasts on defense. Casey Sorensen made a great play for a big yard reception energizing our offense. Jack Piggott had an interception and he and Kai shut down their outside game,” said a fan after the game. “AJ Johnson had his best performance, yet, firing the ball off fast and connecting with the receivers. Our O and D-lines were in beast mode holding tight and attacking the middle.”

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It was another sunset victory for the Breakers, who face tough Bellflower opponent on Friday at home

The team’s next game is on Friday night at home against a very tough Bellflower team (4-0). Bellflower is ranked #387 in the California state rankings, while Laguna Beach is ranked #540.

There will be food trucks beforehand again too, so bring the family out and come give our boys a cheer!

LBHS Class of 1968 holds 50th Year Reunion

Photos by Tracy Sizemore

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LBHS Class all who showed

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It was a 50th Year Reunion for the Class of 1968, held at Bluebird Park on Saturday, Sept 8. Tracy Sizemore, LBHS graduate and Laguna local, has photographed many LBHS reunions.

LBHS Class Tiner

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Peter Tiner, LBHS graduate who later taught art at LBHS 

LBHS Class 4 ladies

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(L-R) Dana Tompkins Lane, Karen Wilson Turnbull, Susie Tompkins Corbett, Susie Ross

LBHS Class Campbell

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John Campbell (right) and Susan Axelrod

LBHS Boys Water Polo earns 4th place in Santa Barbara Invitational

LBHS Boys Water Polo participated in high-level competition over the weekend at the 8th annual Santa Barbara Invitational.

Hosted by Santa Barbara High, the three-day tournament featured 24 traditionally strong programs from the Southern, San Diego and North Coast Sections of the CIF. Among the tourney entries were Loyola, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita, who were all CIF-SS Division 1 elite-eight playoff teams last season. 

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LBHS Boys Water Polo finished 4th out of 24 teams in the Santa Barbara Invitational

After starting the tourney off strong with victories over Righetti (15-7), Cathedral Catholic (8-7), and Dos Pueblos (15-9), The Breakers fell to Los Angeles Loyola 13-5 in the semifinals, then dropped their third-place match to powerhouse Mater Dei 13-9. Still, the Breakers’ fourth-place finish was their best finish since participating in this tournament. 

Colton Gregory and Logan McCarroll each scored twice for Laguna Beach (4-2) in the Loyola match, and Will Clark added a goal. McCarroll drew five ejections, and Caden Capobianco made 10 saves.

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LBHS Boys Water Polo is now 4-2 heading into the team’s home opener today against Damien

Gregory led the scoring against Mater Dei with five goals, while McCarroll scored three and Clark also scored. Capobianco made seven saves.

Laguna returns to action today, Tuesday, Sept 11, in their home opener against Damien. Action begins with Frosh/Soph at 3:15 p.m. and Varsity at 4:15 p.m., followed by JV at 5:15 p.m. The Breakers play again on Wednesday, same times, at home against Orange Lutheran. Come cheer them on!

LBUSD to launch its 2018-2019 Learning Link program Oct 2

On Tuesday, Oct 2, LBUSD will launch its 2018-2019 Learning Link program for early learning with its first session from 9 to 11 a.m.

Learning Link supports early childhood education, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language development, family literacy, and school readiness. The program also provides health and development screenings and referrals to community resources at no cost to parents.

“The social, cognitive-linguistic, emotional, and physical capacities that emerge in the early years are all important prerequisites for success in school,” said Laguna Beach Unified School District Director of Special Education Irene White. “Research is clear, the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age. Therefore, the district’s ongoing commitment to offering services, including Learning Link, through our School Readiness program remains strong. It is critical that parents and caregivers embrace this time and focus on providing quality learning experiences,” she concluded. 

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LBUSD Early Link Early Learning Program will kick off on Oct 2

The program provides hands-on learning opportunities for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old that encourages both parent and child to participate in dialogue and interaction at various learning stations during each session.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Learning Link will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on the following Tuesdays for Session 1 in 2018: Oct  2, 9, 16, and 30, Nov 6, 13, and 27, and Dec 4, 11, and 18; Session 2 is in 2019: Jan 8, 15, and 22, Feb 5, 12, and 26, and March 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Due to limited class size, the district recommends that parents pre-register for Learning Link to secure a spot. The Learning Link is located in Room 90 in the offices above the Laguna Beach Community Pool at 811 Manzanita Drive. Parent participation is required. For any questions contact Early Learning Specialist Sandee Bandettini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School Board meeting tonight will feature No Place for Hate presentation 

The agenda for tonight’s regular LBSUD Board meeting (Tuesday, Sept 11) has been posted online here.

Open session will begin at 6 p.m. The Board will receive a presentation regarding the district’s No Place for Hate designation. Action items include routine business and policy items.

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The mural at Top of the World Elementary reminds students to Act Responsibly in line with the district’s No Place for Hate designation

Please note the following change for the calendar agenda item: At the last Board meeting on August 21, the Board directed staff to bring calendar action items to the Board at its next regular meeting on September 11. Since that meeting, it has come to the Board’s attention that not all Board members will be able to attend the September 11 meeting. 

Since this topic has been carefully studied by the Board over the last six months, it is important that all Board members are present when considering action on the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars. Therefore, the action item will be considered at the following regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept 25 at 6 p.m. in the District Office Board room.

Spanish Teacher Jason Fritze named recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Laguna award

Jason Fritze, a Spanish elementary school teacher, was named the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Laguna award on August 28. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Viloria presented the award at the annual Welcome Back Breakfast for Laguna Beach Unified School District employees.

Now in its 11th year, the award recognizes a District staff member who exemplifies extraordinary service to others.

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(L-R) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Viloria, Board Member Peggy Wolff, Jason Fritze, Top of the World Principal Michael Conlon, and El Morro Principal Chris Duddy

“The energy and passion that Señor Fritze displays in teaching his students Spanish make his classroom a favorite of mine to visit,” said El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy. “You won’t see children completing grammar worksheets. Instead, you’ll find them physically and mentally immersed in speaking and reading Spanish. I’m never surprised to find Spanish instructors from around the world visiting his classroom to observe his teaching strategies,” he concluded. 

Mr. Fritze is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages Other than English, an author, and a presenter. Originally from Oklahoma where he taught Spanish and French for seven years, he has also taught in New Jersey and Tennessee. He regularly presents at state, regional, and national language conferences and conducts workshops for language teachers throughout the United States on Comprehension-Based Methods and reading strategies in the classroom. 

“Jason is a worldwide leader in foreign language instruction, and we are lucky to have him as part of the LBUSD family,” said Top of the World Elementary Principal Michael Conlon. 

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Jason Fritze has taught at El Morro and TOW since 2009

Mr. Fritze has taught in the Laguna Beach Unified School District since 2009, alternating his time between El Morro Elementary and Top of the World Elementary. The creative learning environments he creates for students regardless of age or ability and his continued efforts to share his knowledge with peers are evidence of his commitment to his students and profession.

PTA Coffee Talk announces 2018-19 schedule, will kick off with “Back to School Report” Sept 19

Laguna Beach PTA Coffee Talk (formerly known as Coffee Break) has announced its 2018-19 schedule. The series features programming organized and supported by the Laguna Beach PTA Council’s Parent Education Committee.

The series is usually (but not always) held on Wednesday mornings and features a guest speaker – local professional parents, invited ‘out of town’ speakers and some internationally renowned speakers – who present a topic that is relevant to parents, guardians and mentors. 

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Sept 19 with a “Back To School Report,” presented by LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jason Viloria and district staff, who will update the community on the strengths of our schools, progress that has been made, and expectations for the future. The event will be held at Laguna Beach City Hall in the Council Chambers from 8:30 - 10 a.m. It is free to PTA members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, click here.

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PTA Coffee Talk kicks off on Wednesday, Sept 19 with a “Back to School Report,” presented by Dr. Jason Viloria, LBUSD Superintendent, and district staff

On Wednesday, Oct 3, the PTA will host a “New Family Welcome Tea.” This is a chance for new parents to meet other families in the district and learn more about our community. Longtime residents are welcome to join and help welcome the new families. The event is from 8:30 - 10 a.m.; the location is TBD.

On Wednesday, Oct 17, special guest speaker Tyler Durman will discuss the “Four things to deepen respect, avoid rebellion, and enjoy more laughter around the table.” The event is from 8:30 - 10 a.m. and will be held at Seven 7 Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

The following talk will be on Wednesday, Nov 14 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Featured guest speaker Richard Watt, author of “Entitlemania: How Not to Spoil Your Kids, and What to Do If You Have,” will speak about entitlement and how to avoid supporting it as a parent. The event will be held at Seven 7 Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Starting the new year on Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Jess Hopkins will present “How to handle gossiping, bullying, and intentional excluding.” The event is intended for parents and children ages 13 and older. The location is TBD.

Then on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 8:30 - 10 a.m., will offer a presentation on “Keeping kids safe online.” The event will be held at Seven 7 Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd, and is intended for adults only.

Coffee Talk is open to all parents, LBUSD personnel and the public. Admission to the talks is free for PTA members and typically includes coffee, tea, bagels, and pastries. For more information, visit

LBHS Football seeks its second win tonight at home against Dana Hills – come give a cheer!

Laguna Beach High School Football (1-1) seeks its second win of the season tonight at home against Dana Hill Hills School.

Dana Hills is 2-1 thus far, and is ranked #793 in the state according to, while Laguna is ranked #628, setting up for a competitive and evenly-matched game.

Laguna is coming off a tough loss last Friday to start the season against Big Bear, despite banner performances by Junior Quarterback Andrew Johnson, who threw for 4 TDs and earned a near-perfect 141.1 QB rating, and Senior Wide Receiver Sean Nolan, who caught for 146 yards.

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LBHS Football seeks win number 2 tonight at home against Dana Hills High School

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Guyer Field.

There will be food trucks beforehand again too, so bring the family out and come give our boys a cheer!

Laguna Beach Cross Country kicks off season at Great Cow Race

The Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Cross Country teams kicked off their seasons on Saturday, Sept 1 at the 12th Annual Great Cow Race at Cerritos Regional Park. 

LB Girls finished 14th overall out of 33 teams, ahead of schools two, three and even four times our size, like Huntington Beach, Torrance, and Poly (Long Beach). In fact, the only Southern Section Division 4 team that placed above Laguna was Bishop Amat.

Senior Emily Engel led the way, finishing 56th (out of 838 total runners) with a 3-mile time of 19:33.0. Junior Kaitlin Ryan finished just a few strides behind in 74th place with a time of 19:48.8, while Freshman Coco Reed also finished strong in 122nd place with a time of 20:21.4.

LB Boys finished 26th overall out of 34 teams. Top finishers individually included Sophomore Will Compton in 127th place (out of 1,075 total runners) with a time of 16:47.4, Timmy Crawford in 215th place with a time of 17:14.2, and Junior Tanner Burton in 271st place with a time of 17:33.6.

Congrats on a nice start to the season for both teams!

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