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Gap Year

Gap Year

WORDS and ART by VIOLET ZHOU

June 1, 2019

Have you ever dreamed of teaching the children in Ghana, creating music that drifts out across the West African landscape, conducting case studies, joining a Himalayan expedition, or spending an entire year after graduating from high school pursuing your greatest passions? “More and more I’ve found myself fa...

The Other Senior Year

The Other Senior Year

PAGE by MADELEINE NICKS ART by HANNA MASRI

June 1, 2019

What does being the 8th grade speaker mean to you? “I get to speak for everyone, and not just myself. I’m just very grateful that I got picked and was chosen to be able to be that person for everyone. Because I know a lot of people wanted to be it, and I’m just really excited that I’m the one...

A Tribute to Lolli

A Tribute to Lolli

WORDS by JULIANNA SEYMOUR and HANNA MASRI ART by MELISSA WALKER

June 1, 2019

As the 2019 school year comes to a close, the community learned the sad news that our Head of Upper School was leaving. Our well-regarded and admired Lolli Lucas is leaving. Whether you had a class with Lolli or you met her as a member of the Laguna Blanca community, you were likely touched by her ...

UPPER SCHOOL ENGINEERING CLASS WHEELS OUT INAUGURAL SOAPBOX DERBY

UPPER SCHOOL ENGINEERING CLASS WHEELS OUT INAUGURAL SOAPBOX DERBY

May 28, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 9:30-11:30AM Laguna Blanca School 4125 Paloma Drive, Hope Ranch Campus Please join us at Laguna's Hope Ranch campus for this first-time exciting and educational Soapbox Derby, which is being spearheaded by Laguna's Upper School engineering class—all of whom will be racing in t...

A New Kind of Learning

A New Kind of Learning

Phoebe Stein and Nafisah Fathima

April 29, 2019

Days spent learning, exploring and making memories. Nights by the fire, singing, talking and becoming a family. Through the Idaho-based Alzar School, this is exactly how Kate Spaulding spent the first six months of her sophomore year. Alzar School provides an alternative education which rivals that o...

Join the Santa Barbara Youth Council

Join the Santa Barbara Youth Council

April 19, 2019

Please let your teen participants know applications are now being accepted for The Santa Barbara Youth Council.  The Youth Council is a 15-member youth advisory body appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Santa Barbara.  Students can attend private, public or alternative schools or be home schooled. ...

No Planet B

No Planet B

Phoebe Stein

April 17, 2019

Twelve years. In twelve years, the window for saving our world will close, according to the IPCC (a UN-based group dedicated to providing accurate, scientific, information about our climate’s rapid decline). In twelve years, if we do nothing, the average temperature of Earth’s climate will raise mo...

All We are Saying is Save the Bees

All We are Saying is Save the Bees

Frances Carlson and Ruth Beckmen

March 5, 2019

Along with other worldwide issues like pollution or climate change, humanity is experiencing a dramatic deficit in the number of bees and bee colonies throughout the continent. Starting in 2018, 30 percent of bee colonies have been lost each winter, dropping to 23 percent in 2013 and 2014. These...

Women in Politics

Women in Politics

Phoebe Stein

March 4, 2019

While many First Ladies fall out of the public eye after their husbands leave office, Michelle Obama remains prominent and enthusiastic about politics. Her incredible efforts to fund education for underprivileged youths, her promotion healthy living and her support of women taking a stand ...

DACA: AN AMERICAN PROMISE

DACA: AN AMERICAN PROMISE

Grace Giordano

February 8, 2019

Shouldn’t our institutions be held to the same Judeo-Christian standards that we, as individuals, are held to? Shouldn’t integrity matter? Is character an individual trait or an institutional one as well? Bottom line: A promise made should be a promise kept — even more so when it’s made to a...

What’s in Your Trunk?

What’s in Your Trunk?

Natalie McCaffery

February 8, 2019

An Interview with Junior Audrey Murphy.   What type of car do you drive? Mercedes 2006 ML.   Do you think your car matches your personality? Maybe? I haven’t really put much thought into it. But I’m very happy with my car. It is the perfect size to fit my surfboard and...

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