Introducing Club 325 – for after school homework

Laguna Presbyterian Church will be offering an after-school homework club on Mondays from 3 - 5 p.m. beginning Jan 23.

Educational tutors will help with all subjects from 3 – 4 p.m. with faith and fun time 4 – 5 p.m. as well as snack. Students 1st-5th grade can bring their class homework or work on educational materials provided.

Adults will meet the children at the bus stop on Forest and 2nd St. to accompany them over to the Youth Center where parents can pick them up at 5 p.m. 

Cost is $10/session; register at for 4, 6 or 8 sessions at a time. Sessions do not have to be used consecutively. Drop-ins are welcome with payment and signed permission slip. 

Please contact Gail Onodera 494-7555 with any questions and/or visit the church website at for more information.

Laguna Beach Unified appoints Jeff Dixon as interim assistant superintendent of business services

At its Jan 10 meeting, the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education unanimously appointed Director of Facilities Jeff Dixon as the interim assistant superintendent of business services, effective Jan 11.

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Jeff Dixon

Dixon will serve as interim in the role previously held by Dean West, who was recently promoted to the associate superintendent of business services at the Orange County Department of Education. Dixon has served as the district’s director of facilities since 2014.

In addition to his experience in school facilities, Dixon has earned the chief business official certification by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), the highest level of certification offered by the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Sacramento State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and school business management graduate certification from the University of Southern California. 

“I am excited to have someone with Mr. Dixon’s credentials serve in the interim position,” said Superintendent of Schools Jason Viloria. “His experience working in LBUSD and his background in school business and facilities makes him ideally suited for this position.”

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education will consider the appointment of a permanent assistant superintendent in the spring.

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Laguna defeated Calvary Chapel in the OCL opener Wednesday, 54-43, behind 22 points from Charlie Rounaghi, 17 from Grady Morgan and 11 from Grant Potratz.

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Photo by Kim Lippincott

Adam Armstrong takes a shot against Calvary - Blake Lusk looks for an offensive board

Boys Soccer

The Breakers beat Calvary Chapel, 3-1, Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

No report

Girls Soccer

LBHS earned two shutout wins this week – 1-0 over Calvary Chapel on Tuesday and 3-nil against Godinez Thursday.

Girls Water Polo

Laguna opened the prestigious Santa Barbara Tournament with a 12-5 win over San Marcos Thursday. No individual stats were available.

The Breakers have a match against Martin Luther King today at 1:30.

Coed Surf Team

Wild day for LBHS Surf at Scholastic Surf Series Event #3, including stingrays and a shark sighting

Story by coaches ALISA CAIRNS and SCOTT FINN

We had a wild and crazy day on Sunday at Huntington Beach Pier Southside at the Scholastic Surf Series Event. First up several team members had gone up north to Santa Cruz for another event, and when that got cancelled due to terrible weather, they made their way to HB to compete. We started out the day with team competition. Laguna Beach High School was up against Santa Margarita. 

As usual everyone surfed really well as a team and we took a big overall win by a large margin, 67 - 37. The waves were super fun, clean three to four-foot peaks and it stayed glassy all day with nice sunny weather and no wind.

We did have to do some scrambling with unexpected things coming up throughout the day. Firstly we were trying to find Sam Starr who was competing in Longboard and who had gone out for a quick warm up. On his way in to grab his jersey he had stepped on a stingray and was being helped by the lifeguards, as he was clearly in extreme pain. 

We then got the rest of the LB team together with Jackson Jenkins filling in to join Jameson Roller and Joseph Schenk. Our Boys and Girls Shortboard had already done outstandingly in their first heat with all of them going through to individual competition later in the day. 

Travis Booth, Liam McCue, Jett North, Noah North, Jake Levine and Jackson Jenkins along with Claire Kelly, Destiny Thompson who also did Longboard and Kayla Coscino filling in nicely for an injured Maya Takabayshi (wishing her a speedy recovery) all were standouts throughout the day. 

Meanwhile a few girls in later heats from J Serra were also being treated for stingrays and the lifeguards said they had treated 20 people the day before.

Next up was the Bodyboard Final and Travis Booth jumped on board and performed great, finishing in third overall. From there Travis won another shortboard quarterfinal heat, advancing to the final with his win, along with Liam McCue taking a win and Jake Levine still going strong in second. 

In quarterfinal number three, brothers Noah North and Jett North were completely ripping their heat apart. As it was coming to an end an announcement was suddenly made that the event was being called off for the day as there had been a shark sighting (a shark eight – ten feet in size) and the lifeguards were closing the beaches immediately for the next 24 hours.

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A lifeguard treats Noah North’s right foot after he stepped on a stingray

As Noah made his way in from the heat, he too stepped on a stingray and was in complete agony. The lifeguards worked on him for a number of hours and he finally was on his way home with his parents thinking he was good to go. However he ended up needing a trip to Hoag hospital for X-rays, antibiotics and pain medicine before turning the corner.

The event will now conclude during the next Scholastic Surf Series event on Jan 22 at San Clemente Pier.

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Boys Soccer

Laguna scored five second half goals to beat Saddleback Valley Christian, 7-1, Friday. 

Girls Basketball

Laguna lost to University, 3-1, on Tuesday and tied Ocean View 2-2 Thursday.

Girls Water Polo

Coed Surf Team


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