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LBHS Football loses heartbreaker on Saturday against top-ranked Western

LBHS Football was on the losing end of a heartbreaker on Saturday against top-ranked Western High School, a school three times its size. The final score was 47 to 35.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but was rescheduled due to rain and lightning.

All the players were on the field warming up [on Friday] when it started raining and we could see lightning in the distance around 6:45 p.m.,” said a fan by email. “They postponed for half an hour but the rain just kept getting heavier, and lightning moving closer. So they moved us to the gym. Finally around 8 p.m. they let us know it would be moved to Saturday afternoon.”

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LBHS Football put up a good fight against a very tough Western High School team Saturday on the road

“We looked awesome in the first half driving down the field at will,” continued the fan. “We also scored 2 TDs that were called back. Such a bummer, especially against a team like that!

“Despite the loss, the game built the boys’ confidence seeing how easy it was for us to score on such a top-ranked team. They realized just how far they’ve come competing at higher levels. The coaches have done an amazing job bringing this team together pulling the best out of our players. They truly care about these guys both on and off the field.” 

Shane Lythgoe had another outstanding game, scoring 2 TDs. QB Andrew Johnson also connected with Sean Nolan, Kai Ball and Noah Diver on TD passes, finishing the game with 292 yards passing and 4 TDs. Johnson is now second in LBHS history in season TD passes with 25 (the record is 26).

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Junior QB Andrew Johnson is 2 TDs away from breaking the school record for most TD passes in a season

Laguna looks to rebound on Friday night against Ocean View (8-0), a must-win for the team to remain in playoff contention. It is Senior Night, with festivities kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

Bring the family out and come give our boys a cheer!

PTA Coffee Talk presents ways families can laugh more and avoid rebellion on Oct 17

On Wednesday, Oct 17 from 8:30 - 10 a.m., PTA Coffee talk will discuss four things to deepen respect, avoid rebellion and enjoy more laughter amongst families. The talk will be hosted by Tyler Durman and held at Seven 7 Seven.

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The PTA Coffee Talk series is intended solely to help parents in the community

The theme resides around helping families live better stories. Being a parent can be challenging and the talk gives families a new framework to help them better understand their role and kids with greater clarity. 

Helping parents is the only thing the PTA Coffee Talk thinks about doing. This talk is directed to give solutions and guide interactions as parents walk through the teenage years. 

PTA Coffee Talk is free to members or a 10-dollar donation. 

To RSVP, visit

Homecoming 2018: Meet your king and queen

Photos by Scott Brashier

On Friday, Laguna Beach High School celebrated a huge last second win over Rio Hondo in football, 49-46, and also the “spirit of homecoming” as a community.

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Homecoming King and Queen, Eliana Arthur and Cal Nielson

Homecoming 2018 seniors

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Homecoming Seniors

Homecoming 2018 juniors

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Homecoming Juniors

Homecoming 2018 freshmen

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Homecoming Freshmen

School Board Meeting Agenda for tonight includes action on One Billion Acts of Kindness

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Oct 9) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. 

Special study sessions on Dyslexia and Computer Science/Literacy will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Open session will begin at 6 p.m. 

The Board will consider action on a resolution in support of One Billion Acts of Kindness, an initiative that seeks to improve school climate, promote character and rally communities for greater civility through one billion acts of kindness.

School Board meeting mural

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One Billion Acts of Kindness seeks to improve school climate and promote character

The initiative also supports improved student behavior by reducing bullying, reducing suspension rates, and increasing attendance. This resolution supports the district’s efforts to create a positive learning environment for all students and staff.

Staff will present information updates on district-wide student achievement, technology and facilities during the meeting.

LBHS cheer squad invites future cheerleaders to Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct 13

Future cheerleaders, both boys and girls, from the ages of kindergarten through eighth grade, are invited to join the LBHS cheer squad at the Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic at LBHS Dugger Gym on Saturday, Oct 13. Attendees will learn cheers, chants, dance with the LBHS cheerleaders and perform at the LBHS versus Ocean View home football game on Friday, Oct 19.

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(L-R) Back row: Tanya Tran, Kelsey Bailey, Eden Pfanner, Chloe Gabora, Emma Diver, Sophia Pfanner, Izzy Lyons, Ariana Bonni, Alina Dziuk, Lucy Becker

(L-R) Front row: Captains Cirrafina Biele and Kali Russell

Not pictured: Alex Lemus, Nina Seidensticker, Kaylie Rozell

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The fee for the clinic is $50, which includes all instruction, a Laguna Cheer T-shirt, hair bow, pom-poms, snack and water. The price is $55 for sign-ups on the morning of the clinic.

LBHS Dugger Gym is on St Ann’s Dr, and LBHS cheerleaders will be there to direct attendees.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

Register online at Navigate to the cheer section.

For questions, contact Cheer Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LBHS Football wins last-second Homecoming thriller against Rio Hondo Prep, 49-46

LBHS Football defeated Rio Hondo Prep in a last-second thriller on Friday, 49-46, in a game that is sure to go down as one of the most exciting Homecoming games in LBHS history.

The Breakers dominated most of the game but Rio Hondo fought their way back and took the lead late in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Breakers 29 to 14 in the final quarter.

Luckily for the Breakers, with 20 seconds left, Shane Lythgoe caught a swing pass from Andrew Johnson and broke two tackles on his way to his fourth TD, marking the go ahead score. On the ensuing drive, he intercepted a pass from the Rio Hondo QB, as the fans erupted, securing a 49-46 victory. 

 “Shane Lythgoe and Special Teams were the name of the game Friday,” said a fan after the game. “Lythgoe shined on both offense and defense, while Special Teams scored on both a punt and kickoff return.”

Lythgoe finished the game with 129 yards on 22 carries, and 4 TDs.

Also contributing, Kai Ball's 95-yard kickoff return, Sean Nolan scored on a punt return, and Raul Villalobos also scored a TD on a 31-yard pass reception from Andrew Johnson.

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Shane Lythgoe scored 4 TDs on Friday to help lead LBHS to victory over Rio Hondo Prep

QB Andrew Johnson posted another lights out performance, passing for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns, moving him into 9th all-time on the LBHS season passing record list, and 4th all-time in season TD passes. Kai Ball’s 95-yard kickoff return ties for 8th all-time as the longest return in LBHS history.

The Breakers (6-1) will be battling Western (6-1), ranked number 1 in Division 11, this Friday in the Pioneers’ Homecoming game.

Laguna Beach Unified continues to exceed standards in 2018 CAASPP results

The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, which were completed by students in grades 3-8 and 11 last spring, have been released by the California Department of Education. The latest data from the CDE shows that the Laguna Beach Unified School District continues to be one of the highest performing districts in California in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. 

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LBUSD scores in math and ELA have been on the rise since 2015

Established in 2014, the CAASPP System is California’s academic assessment system that measures California Standard’s achievement for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in English and mathematics. Now in its fourth year, the computer-based tests use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write, think critically, and solve complex problems. 

Overall, LBUSD scores have risen 6 percent in ELA and 8 percent in math since 2015. The table below reflects the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards throughout all four years of the new assessment system.

Laguna Beach Unified table

“We are thrilled to see this continuous improvement for our students in literacy and mathematics,” said Director of Assessment and Accountability Dr. Chad Mabery. He continued, “This level of academic excellence and growth across four years speaks volumes about the dedication and efforts of our students, teachers, and instructional leaders.”

Students in the district continue to earn some of the highest levels of proficiency for ELA/Literacy and mathematics in the county and state. Overall, in Orange County, the percent of proficient students in ELA was 58 percent and 49 percent in mathematics, while LBUSD students averaged 82 percent in ELA and 74 percent in mathematics. For the state of California, 50 percent of students were proficient in ELA, and 39 percent of students were proficient in mathematics.

Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way. The results are posted annually on the CAASPP results website. Parents receive a written report of their child’s scores and can compare progress from one year to the next. 

The Board of Education will receive an informational report regarding the CAASPP scores at the October 9 board meeting.

Anneliese Schools presents A New Vision of Education this Saturday featuring AAP President

This Saturday, Oct 6 from 1 - 4 p.m., Anneliese Schools invites the community to celebrate and unite at “A New Vision of Education – Celebrating a Child’s Right to Well-Being.” President of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) Dr. Colleen Kraft will be a keynote speaker at the event. 

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Anneliese Schools celebrates a Child’s Right to Well-Being with the community

The event is open to the public and a Mediterranean lunch and refreshments will be served at the Willowbrook Campus. There will also be entertainment and campus tours. 

Anneliese Schools has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the BEA Golden Psi Award from the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes schools that incorporate and are committed to evidence-based psychological principals to effectively promote the academic and socio-emotional development of children.

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Saturday’s event will include several distinguished guests and keynote speakers 

Among the keynote speakers is Gale Sinatra, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Education and Psychology at USC, the President of American Psychological Association Division 15 Educational Psychology, and a past Member of the APA. 

Also speaking during the event is Martin Eaton, Ph.D., licensed Psychologist and Founder of Heads Up Check Up. Dr. Eaton has worked with thousands of children and youth and multiple school districts throughout Orange County and Southern California.

The event is RSVP only and reservations can be made with Dr. Corinne Manetto at (949) 497-8310 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook Campus is located at 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Girls Volleyball comes up big again

LBHS Girls Volleyball took a big step towards their 14th straight league title with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 sweep of Newport Harbor Thursday night at Dugger Gym.

Piper Naess led the way with 17 kills and 21 digs while Cambria Hall added 15 kills and Gretchen Webb 9.

The Breakers (9-9) are in the 32-team So Cal Tournament this weekend in San Diego (

They conclude the regular season next week with a Sunset Wave League match on Tuesday at Marina and a non-league match at Capistrano Valley on Thursday.

The annual Alumni Match will be Friday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at Dugger Gym

LBHS Surf opens league with big win over 

Newport Harbor

Submitted by LBHS Surf Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns

The LBHS Surf Team came out of the gates firing against Newport Harbor High School for the league opener win. Wednesday’s League event was held at Thalia Street and Laguna Beach surfers led the way in several of the divisions. 

The conditions were a little tricky with some left over south swell mixed in with a little wind swell and bump. The Laguna Surfers made the most of their home break and put in some memorable performances with wins in nearly every heat. Sam Nelsen was the day’s top scorer with some very impressive surfing on several waves on both his backside and front side with a 9 and a 6.5 on his two best rides.

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(L-R) LBHS Men’s Surf Team winners Holden Geary, Sam Nelsen, Tai Diggens, and Luke Hogopian 

The morning got kicked off with Joseph Schenk and Liam McCue going first and second. Meanwhile, Travis Booth also had a strong showing with a 7 and 6.5 on his two scores and took a win along with Trey Lockhart, while Jett North also surfed well finishing in second in his heat. In Longboard, Jameson Roller was the big heat winner.

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(L-R) LBHS Men’s Surf Team winners Travis Booth, Zac Henderson, Jameson Roller, and Jett North

LBHS Women’s surfers were as strong as they have been in the last few years and dominated in Shortboard with Tess Booth, Kalohe Danbara and Kelly Smith all securing some big scores and easily taking the top 3 spots. The team’s Longboard surfers were also really good with Claire Kelly and Tess Booth going first and second.

LBHS Womens Surf

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 (L-R) LBHS Women’s Surf Team winners Claire Kelly, Kelly Smith, Kalohe Danbara, Tess Booth, and Maya Takabayashi

Total scores included Mens’ Shortboard 48/37, Mens’ Longboard 9/12, Womens’ Shortboard 15/6, and Womens’ Longboard 13/8.

“Last week we also had a large win over Aliso Niguel in a non-league event,” coach Scott Finn said. “Our next League event is scheduled for next Thursday, Oct 11 at Thalia Street against Dana Hills.”

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