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September 14, 2010

Volume 74 Issue 1

A new super is in the district

By Rebecca Galan Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor

On July 1, 2010, new superintendent of schools, Sherine Smith, was welcomed into the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Smith is originally from Mendocino County in Northern California. “My high school was very small - about 120 students,” said Smith. Smith continued on from high school to California State University Chico, where she got her BA in History. From there, she moved on to Pepperdine University and received an MS. “[I’ve] taught English and Social Studies, [and] I was the principal at Aliso Viejo High School, then at Capistrano High School,” said Smith. Smith learned of the superintendent position through the school district’s recruiting firms. “They advertise the po-

sition and contact people who may be interested. I was very interested, of course,” said Smith. Smith’s job as the Chief Education Officer involves overseeing the curriculum, activities and regulations of each school within the Laguna Beach School District. “I am responsible for ensuring a high quality education for our students and that we comply with the various rules and laws pertaining to education,” said Smith. Over the summer months, Smith has teamed up with several of the schools’ employees to prepare for the current school year. “I work with the board of education, who are elected by the community, and all of the district administrators, including the principals and assistant principals,” said Smith. High school principal Dr. Don Austin and Smith partnered over the summer

to embrace a common vision. “We talked about the direction of the high school and the strength of the high school, and we talked about how she saw herself being able to advance that movement. She was really excited about where we were already,” said Austin. Smith has already immersed herself in each of the district’s four schools, and she anticipates meaningful programs that will extend beyond Laguna Beach. “Laguna Beach is also a partner with Capistrano Unified in the ROP, so I anticipate we will work with those high schools on occasion,” said Smith. Her aim is to keep the district’s education growing strongly through teamwork. “It takes specific goals and hard work to achieve excellence, and all of us who work at the district realize how important our efforts are,” said Smith.

(Kevin Yates)

New superintendent, Sherine Smith, is excited about her new job. She cannot wait to implement her plans for the school year.

With her goal set, Smith is planning to tackle each minor and major educational challenge the district faces. “I am going to work closely with the principals to identify the things we need to do to ensure a high quality education program

for all our students,” said Smith. From her bright smile to her exemplary work ethic, Smith has made favorable first impressions. “She is good. She is immediately likeable. She is bright and has great experience in big districts,” said

Austin. Being a history major, Smith was able to grasp and understand Laguna Beach’s record of excellence quickly. “I will ensure we continue the long history of excellence that this District is renowned for,” said Smith.

like my big belly, I think it’s kind of cute.” In addition, Mrs. Johnson is most excited about getting to hold her new baby when she arrives and finally meeting her daughter after nine months. Will the new baby be a Spanish expert like her mother, or perhaps an expert of a whole array of languages? Future careers and accomplishments set aside, Mrs. Johnson wants her daughter to be “healthy and happy, that is really all.” At LBHS, students and colleagues alike are thrilled about Johnson’s new baby on the way.

“My students have been very supportive and excited about the baby. They all want me to name the baby after them,” Johnson said. After the new baby arrives, Johnson plans on taking some time off work to be with her daughter for awhile. During this time, Laura Wellsfry will take over as Johnson’s long term substitute. “What an exciting challenge to be part of the foreign language department at LBHS! We will work diligently to be ready for Mrs. Johnson’s return,” said Wellsfry.

Johnson esta esperando otra baby girl

Spanish teacher, Mrs. Johnson, is due to have her second daughter in September, 2010.

By Anissa Rodriguez Features Editor

Spanish teacher Mrs. Johnson and her husband are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their second daughter. After her first

child, Mrs. Johnson was “hoping for another girl,” and now a new baby girl will be joining the Johnson family. Despite the often uncomfortable process of pregnancies, such as the big tummy and exhaustion, “the best part is knowing that there is a little person growing inside you and feeling her move,” said Johnson. Pregnancies seem to be exciting but also scary at times, with the crazy cravings or emotional volatility many see portrayed on T.V. However, the experience, according to Johnson, is

(Mrs. Johnson)

Mrs. Johnson takes a picture with her daughter Sarah at a birthday party. While Johnson is on maternity leave, Laura Wellsfry will be Johnson’s long term substitute for her Spanish classes.

“great, I’m lucky and have

easy pregnancies. I even

The 2010-2011 Journalism staff wishes to thank the school for providing the class with 15 new computers! Want to learn how to make Banana Surprise? See page 4.

Like making fun of tourists? See page 3.

What’s your opinion of LBHS? See page 2.

September 14, 2010


Q and A with Ms. Wahlstrom and Mrs. Beckley New math teacher Ms. Wahlstrom...

New french teacher Mrs. Beckley...

Q: Background information: what college did you attend? etc... A: I grew up in Garden Grove, CA and attended Pacifica High School. In 2000, I moved to San Diego to attend college at UC San Diego, majoring in Mathematics. I continued on at UCSD to earn my teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Education.

Q: Background information: what college did you attend? etc... A: I am from Irvine. I went to Woodbridge High School in Irvine, and then I went to the University of Arizona. I got my teaching credential from CSU, Long Beach. I earned a master’s degree from CSU, Fullerton.

By Karina Reiss Sports/Health Editor

By Nusheen Goshtasbi Editor-in-chief/Product Manager

Q: Is this your first teaching job? If not, what other schools have you taught at? A: I started teaching in 2004 at a high school in Imperial Beach called Mar Vista High School. I taught math there for 6 years, teaching all subjectsalgebra through calculus. Q: When did you apply for this position? How did you hear about the job opening at LBHS? A: I applied for this job in May when I decided I wanted to move back to “the OC” where my family and fiance live. I used to go to Laguna Beach in the summer with my fiance, and I remember once telling him jokingly, “Wow, THIS high school looks pretty awesome! Maybe I should work here!” when we walked by LBHS one day. As I started to look for teaching jobs on (the website where all CA teachers find jobs), I was so excited that LBHS had an opening. I applied, went to a few interviews,

(Ms. Wahlstrom)

Ms. Wahlstrom poses for a picture on a boat in Morro Bay, near San Luis Obispo. She has taken over Mr. Hamera’s math classes and is new to the district this year.

and was thrilled to be hired (teaching jobs are hard to find these days due to all the budget cuts). A few weeks later is when my boyfriend proposed to me, so I was even happier that I could move closer to him instead of having to drive back and forth between SD and OC like I had been doing for the past few years. Everything just kind of fell into place perfectly. Q: What are you most excited about for the upcoming school year? A: I am most excited about the new staff and students I will get to work with and meet. All the people I have met at the school so far seem so kind, helpful and talented. I also notice that the staff and students have huge amount of school pride. I am so impressed by this and am glad to be a part of it! After 6 years at my former school, it was hard to say all my “goodbyes,” and now I am ready for “hellos”!


Q: What do you hope to offer to LBHS’ math department? A: I hope to be a good team-player in the math department. I know that we can all help each other and learn from each other to make math classes the best they can be here. I know that not many students would say that math is their favorite subject. I hope that as a department, we can make math seem meaningful and easy to understand. All the math teachers interviewed me, and I could tell right away that they were a great group of teachers to work with. I feel like the luckiest math teacher out there to be able to be joining forces with them! Q: How do you hope to carry on Mr. Hamera’s legacy? A: Well I hear Mr. Hamera was a pretty funny guy with some good jokes. Here is one for youQ: “What did Zero say to Eight?” A: “Hey, nice belt!”

Q: Is this your first teaching job? What other schools have you taught at? A: This is my third teaching job. I started my career at Mission Viejo High School. I taught English and Yearbook! I was there for 10 years before deciding to stay home with my children. When I returned to work, I took a job at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, finally landing a French job. After spending a year and a half there, I was lucky enough to have my twin boys, so I left that job and stayed home again for three more years. Once they were ready for pre-K, I began looking for a new part-time job teaching French, and that is when I came to LBUSD. Q: When did you apply for this position? How did you hear about the job opening at LBHS? A: I was looking on EdJoin, the website where teaching jobs are posted, and there was a part-time opening for LBUSD. I really wasn’t quite ready to

(Mrs. Beckley)

Mrs. Beckley, her husband Ryan, her son Dylan and her twin boys Wyatt and Jake take a picture in Yosemite. She is the new seventh period french teacher.

return to work, but once I saw that job opening, I just knew I had to go for it. If I didn’t, someone else would have snatched up this job in a heartbeat and would’ve stayed for 30 years. So, I knew it was a “now-ornever” opportunity. If it was meant to be, I knew it would work out, and it did! Q: What are you most excited about for the upcoming school year? A: I am excited about bringing Podcasting into my curriculum. I always try to integrate things that are of high interest to students, and I know that technology is something that my students love. This is going to be an exciting way for French students to demonstrate verbal competency in a non-threatening manner. It will especially be helpful for those kids who are shy, who just dread getting up in front of the class to do oral presentations. Q: What got you into teaching?

A: I have just always loved school. I love to learn and I have a passion for helping others engage their curiosity. Besides, kids keep me young! Q: How are the classes split between the two French teachers? A: There has been an explosion of interest in French over the past several years, and our two French programs (at TMS and LBHS) are growing rapidly. Here at LBHS, there were 7 sections (classes) of French that were filled with students, so that was just one too many for Mme Odile to teach all by herself. Since I was still part-time at TMS, I was asked to help out one period a day at LBHS. Q: What are you teaching at Thurston now? A: I am still teaching French 1a and French 1b, but I am also teaching the Foreign Language Wheel for 6th graders, along with Mr. Dixon.

There’s no place like Laguna Beach High School By Savannah Miller News Editor

Laguna Beach, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing places on God’s green earth. It’s beautiful beaches, rolling mountains, safe streets and laid-back environment are just some of the pristine qualities that make up this one-of-a-kind community. Everywhere you look in this town tells a unique story, whether it’s the many galleries of art, the historic buildings or the surf culture. This place is truly a masterpiece of mother nature’s creations. However, many attendees of Laguna Beach High School think otherwise. When the topic of our school, and in most cases our town, comes up in conversation, many only

have only negative things to say. Perhaps this negativity comes from ignorance. Many who attend the schools here have grown up in this beach-town bubble of perfection and have not had the experience of a different town or even a different school. On the other hand, I have. Having gone to a school where police officers roam the halls, girls worry about getting raped in the bus circles, and cage bars lock out all exits during school hours, I know how wonderful our school really is. I know just how lucky we are to have the opportunity to walk our campus and town safely, to have teachers and staff who go the extra mile for us every day and to have more doors open to us than we could possibly walk through.

(Savannah Miller) Our LBHS campus has unique art, well-kept grounds and unequaled beauty. Students have been lucky enough to go here since 1934.

Our school offers many wonderful classes that others only wish they had, such as silk screening, photography, orchestra, ceramics,

and digital media production. We are born into more than some will ever be able to work for. It’s also amazing how

accepting our community really is. Simple liberties such as freedom of expression, religion and sexual orientation are things that

people have died for and continue to fight for, yet you see these openly respected here. Here you can be who you want to be, do what you want to do and believe in whatever you want to believe; this simple fact is positively astonishing. More of the world should be like our society, but some of those who live here don’t believe so. They would rather wrongly overlook the many blessings abundantly given to us and take them for granted. Whether you choose to take these opportunities and use them to the fullest is up to you. However, I know that I won’t let one sunset, day or opportunity from this town pass me by because I know that we are living what some others can only dream of.



September 14, 2010

Dear diary, I start high school today By Andrew Landsiedel Outside Reporter

High school: two words that, as the last few moments of summer dwindle to an end, seem to be on everyone’s mind. It seems a very big step, leaving middle school. I am noticing that, now more than ever, people are being grouped; those taking many honors classes are separated from the students choosing an easier workload. Several of my friends share almost every class in the day with me, whereas others share very

few, if any, classes with me. Another huge distinction between middle school and high school is that the students appear to be far more diverse, be it in their academic achievement or their personalities. The high school boasts of different clubs and electives which help to make for a more rounded population of scholars. During my first few moments of Breaker Day, this instantly became apparent as several students were pointed out as being part of a certain club or possessing some sort of musical talent well beyond

(Rebecca Galan)

Several freshmen and two ASB leaders make a pyramid during freshmen orientation. Freshmen visited the LBHS campus for orientation and registration on Sept. 1, 2010.

the norm. All that aside, the most

important difference is that the students in high school

have one golden aspect few at primary school have. They have a drive to selfactualize. High school students possess willpower to make the world around them better suited to their own needs. Though opportunity for change is present, most of my classmates felt that if the current system is tolerable, then there is no need to strive for better. The mindset in high school couldn’t be more different. You could look anywhere in LBHS and there is a passion for success and individuality that is

blindingly apparent. At LBHS, the students seem more focused and forward thinking, whereas that mindset is just too hard to find in middle school. Be you an average student, glad to be rid of the monotony that so quickly became life at primary school, or the athlete glad to be able to compete in the host of new sports the high school offers, there are many things to look forward to. To live is to learn, and never has the worth of those words been more apparent to me than it is now.  

Tacky tourist tendencies annnoy local residents

By Camille Ring Opinions Editor

Question: What group of animals crowds the beaches, leaves trash all over the streets and parks their big SUVs in all of the parking spaces? Answer: tourists. While tourists are a huge part of Laguna’s income, they can be a big hand full. Here is a list of the Top 10 most annoying things about tourists: 1. They crowd the beaches with all of their coolers and umbrellas and

(Rebecca Galan)

(Rebecca Galan)

Tourists in Laguna Beach still continue to wear tacky Hawaiian button-up shirts.

Tourists over the summer took up all the parking spaces downtown and crowded all the restaurants.

leave no room for locals to set down their stuff. 2. They walk

3. They drive at 5 miles per hour so that you can’t pass them.

obnoxiously slowly in front of you and make it hard to walk around them.

Don’t move a muscle

Turning temporary into part-time

LBHS students perform in the Pageant of the Masters where they have to hold one position for 90 seconds.

LBHS students who have held summer jobs seek part-time work through the ROP Retail program.

By Camille Ring Opinions Editor

By Miche Rudnick Business Manager/ Entertainment Editor

Since the 1930s, the Pageant of the Masters has wowed locals and tourists with its stunning art and genuine hospitality. According to Alex Kempler and Hannah Bunting, two seniors fortunate enough to snag roles in the show, people come from far away not only to see it, but also to be in it. The Pageant of the Masters is a show that is purely dedicated to art. Instead of showcasing actual paintings, the show incorporates people to look like and pose as their correspondent in the actual painting. Simply put, it’s a 90-minute show of “living

(The Pageant of the Masters)

Senior Camille Ring (center) holds a pose in the painting Luncheon Party in the Park. The Pageant of the Masters runs during the months of July and August at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach.

pictures.” “[The] Pageant is a good way to be part of the art community in Laguna,” said Kempler. Set to catchy music and a live narration, the Pageant of the Masters lets the community be involved by holding open casting calls in January. If cast, students are not only to be a part of a live show, but are able to get community service for their time, too. “I got over 100 hours of community service, and I’m not even close to

graduating,” said Ian Ring, an incoming freshman who was a part of this year’s cast. While the Pageant of the Masters is a huge time commitment and will take up most of the summer, many regard it as a truly rewarding experience. “It feels great to be a part of something that not many people get to be a part of,” said Christianne Kinder, senior. “It’s a once in a life time opportunity and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”

4. They leave trash on the beaches and the street. 5. They take up all of the

parking spaces. 6. They make the restaurants crowded. 7. They wear Ugg boots in the middle of summer. 8. They leave barely any standing room for you while you wait on the sidewalk for the trolley, so you have to stand in the street. 9. They take all of the seats and most of the handle rails on the trolley, making you topple over every time the trolley stops. 10. They wear the tackiest shirts the world has ever seen. For example: Hawaiian button-up shirts.

With school resuming, all those summer jobs that so many LBHS students held come to an end. If only those jobs were year-round. The idea is to turn that summer job into a real part-time job. Many of these temporary summer jobs have the ability to catapult you into the part-time job that you want. Whether it’s working as a lifeguard at Victoria Beach, at a nearby water park or at the art festivals and pageant, that experience looks great on a job resume or a college resume. Senior Brianna Mayer has held a summer job at Wild Rivers Water Park for the past two years, where as

she puts it, “the extra cash doesn’t hurt. It gave me something to do during the summer, and it was nice to be around the water.” I also worked at the water park during the last two years, and I agree having something to do, earning some extra money and having something for a college rep to look at were benefits. But knowing this was only seasonal, I enrolled in the LBHS ROP program last spring and took up an internship at Thee Foxes’ Trot on Forest Ave.. Through my efforts, I was hired as a year-round, parttime employee. The fact of the matter is, companies need part-time employees. Many of the local companies are looking for employees who will work evening shifts. High school students can work an evening shift and be home by 7 p.m. for dinner, versus the parents who need to pick up their kids from school and get dinner on the table. Employers prefer part-time employees because it costs less to hire a part-timer than

a full-timer. If you do want a parttime job during the school year and want to earn 10 elective credits, enroll in the ROP Retail program this Fall. “The best thing about the classes are the skills that you can carry forward into any job that involves dealing with customers and time management,” said Suzie Speirs, teacher and coordinator of the program. These classes offer you the opportunity to turn an internship at a downtown reatil spot into a part-time job. “Companies that have job openings are more likely to hire someone with intern experience versus someone off the street,” said Speirs. Not only do you learn about how to get a job, but you acquire understandings of how companies work and operate in the real world. “The class teaches general life lessons,” said Speirs. For more information, go to the Career Center.

September 14, 2010



Meeting Summer soccer camps kick off the season at the By Rebecca Galan Editor-in-chief/Managing Editor

By Rebecca Galan Editor-in-chief/Managing Editor

During the long, hot summer, Laguna Beach teens needed a place to hang out and refresh themselves with ice-cold frosties. In a variety of Mountain Dew, Coca Cola, Cherry and Blue Rasberry, marvelous drinks can be made. Any combination is possible. The Circle K has offered its varied goods to Laguna Beach residents for many summers. “I always go to Circle K wanting a frosty to cool and somehow always walk out with a bag of chips or candy and a two litter bottle of soda,” said junior Sebastian Moore. Circle K isn’t known just for their delicious frosties, but also their strong coffee and great energy drinks. LBHS students have been going there for refreshments all summer. Circle K is a great place to meet up before going to the beach or the movies. “I love Circle K because it stimulates my taste buds and circulates my insides,” said senior Cheyyane Khlsravi. For many other LBHS students, Circle K brings a fusions of tastes and explosions of joy. “It rocks my socks off,” said junior Collin Garber. Circle K has given us the tastes we needed to survive a hot summer. Thank you Circle K! “Who wouldn’t want a Frosty for a $1.08,” said Senior, Caroline Rechter.

Since the beginning of summer, athletics have been preparing teens for the next season. For the past few weeks, soccer camps have been held at Laguna Beach High School by the boys varsity coach, Dan Richards. “The boys have had pick-up scrimmages throughout summer, as well as the girls,” said Richards. The point of these camps is to present the players with a fun and focused environment to hone their skills. “I’ve always loved working with Dan. He is a great coach, and I always learn something new with him,” said junior Katharine Barton. With several different

activities such as “golf soccer,” which is where the players are assigned to hit different points or objects

Sick songs of summer By Anissa Rodriguez Features Editor

1. OMG- Usher feat. 2. Nothin’ on You- B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars 3. Break Your Heart- Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris 4. Mine- Taylor Swift 5. DynamiteTaio Cruz 6. AirplanesB.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams 7. Love the Way you Lie- Eminem feat. Rihanna 8. Cooler than MeMike Posner

9.Lay Me Down-The Dirty Heads feat. Rome from Sublime with Rome 10. Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

of the field as if they were holes on a golf course, and one-touch scrimmages, the players were required to

give their all. “I made a hole in one, and it was a great moment for me,” said junior Denise

Top five ice creams of summer By Rebecca Galan Editor-in-chief/Managing Editor

Coffee Strawberry Cookie Dough Chocolate Moose Tracks Cotton Candy

Steps for making Banana surprise Try this recipe for a delicious banana treat. By Savannah Miller News Editor/Web Manager

Combine following into bowl and set aside: 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream 4 tsp sugar 1 tb cinnamon

Instructions: 1. Heat 3 tbs butter on medium in skillet. 2. Slice 4 bananas into 1/2-inch pieces and place into skillet. 3. Put 2 tbs of sugar into skillet and mix. Cook until mushy. 4. Add bowl of combined ingredients and cook on high until sauce thickens. (Savannah Miller)


Summer Staff Box

(Rebecca Galan)

Circle K is known for its delicious frosties. For $1. 08, you can purchase a small frosty, and for $1.75, you can buy a large.

(Ed Orneles)

Guest coach Ben drills the girls on strategies while they stretch at one of the Laguna Beach High School’s summer camps. The girls have been training and learning new skills with ball movement for the fall.

Drogos. The camps have not only helped the returning high school players, but also the incoming freshmen. Their skill level has risen since coming to the weekly Monday pick-up scrimmages and soccer camps. “It helped me improve my skills with the ball, and I really enjoyed meeting returning players,” said freshman Haleigh Burnett. All in all, the camps have been a great way for new and old players to meet and work on their footwork and enjoy themselves at the same time. Incoming freshmen who attended the camps are now aware of the high school’s soccer level and know what they need to advance in the sport. “It was a good opportunity for the players to work with each other and be seen by the coaches,” said Richards.

Rebecca Galan Nusheen Goshtasbi Camille Ring Karina Reiss

Editor-in-chief/Managing Editor Editor-in-chief/Production Editor Opinions Editor Sports/Health Editor

Miche Rudnick Anissa Rodriguez Savannah Miller Andrew Landsiedel

Entertainment Editor/Business Manager Features Editor News Editor/Web Manager Outside Reporter

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