JOIN US TOMORROW NIGHT 5/18 FOR THE GR. 7-12 SPRING PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE!
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 18
6:30PM
SPAULDING AUDTIORIUM
 
Don't miss the final performance of our seniors on the Laguna stage!
PROM IS THIS SATURDAY, 5/19
Laguna Blanca Prom 2018
NEVERLAND
Saturday, May 19, 2018
8-10PM

The Narrative Loft
1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #40
$75 per person

Students interested in inviting a guest from another school should complete and submit a Dance Guest Pass form . Guests can pay entry fee at the Prom, but end of day Friday 5/18 to Tina Braniff is preferred.
LOWER SCHOOL ART SHOW & SPRING CONCERT PICTURES ARE HERE!
Lower School students shined last Thursday night, 5/10, at their Spring Art Show and Concert!

"Congratulations to all the talented Lower School students, Molly Markstrum, and Melissa Abrams.The quality of the work on stage and in the gallery was outstanding, and the kids were deservedly proud of what they shared!"
~ Rob Hereford, Head of School
WE APPRECIATE YOU! PARENT APPRECIATION LUNCHEON IS NEXT WEDNESDAY, 5/23
We look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday, 5/23 at 11:30AM for the Parent Appreciation Luncheon! It takes place on the Hope Ranch campus under the cypress trees next to the tennis courts.

If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so no later than tomorrow, Friday, 5/18. Kindly RSVP to Cynthia McClintock in the development office.
ANNOUNCING LAGUNA'S NEW HUMANITIES PROGRAM
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the Upper School is offering an honors opportunity for sophomores and juniors designed to complement the existing STEM initiative with a similar program focused on developing individual pathways and collaborative projects in the humanities. Although next year's program is full, interested students can apply for the following year by seeing Program Director Dr. Donelan.

The program requires two years of specific coursework: the Humanities Foundations class in the sophomore year and the Humanities Capstone class in the junior year. In addition to the two required classes, students must commit to combining substantial additional courses in the humanities at Laguna with significant service learning and humanities related extracurricular activities. 

LAGUNA SOCK CLUB HOLDS OUTREACH TRAINING FOR DOS PUEBLOS HIGH SCHOOL CHAPTER
Last Thursday, the Laguna chapter of the Sock Club held an outreach training event in the Hope Ranch Library.

This hour-long training included students from Dos Pueblos High School who are starting their own chapter of the Sock Club next year, as well as Laguna eighth graders who are interested in joining Laguna's chapter next year. In addition, this year was the first in which a member of the community who has experienced homelessness was present at the training.

The evening was led by Jeff Shaffer, Laguna's primary community mentor for the Sock Club and the founder of the Alameda Park Collaborative Meal Sharing Program. The students discussed ways to engage with Santa Barbara's homeless community as well as common myths about the homelessness.

After the training, the group headed to Alameda Park to distribute donated items from the Dos Pueblos chapter.

"This year's training was the best yet," explains Laguna's Sock Club Advisor and Upper School faculty member Ashley Tidey. "It was so powerful to watch the students from Dos Pueblos look up to our students as mentors and see the collaboration between the two groups. Alameda Park is a place of learning and problem-solving, and it was heartwarming to see the kids helping each other through that process."
LAGUNA FOURTH GRADERS DIG FOR GOLD!
From the Fourth Grade Blog

Fourth grade students enjoyed a Gold Rush Living History program on Monday, 5/14 at Valley Trails Ranch in the hills of Santa Clarita. After extensive study about the CA Gold Rush era, students showcased their knowledge as docents led them through life in the mining camps. Engaging activities included making adobe bricks, creating candles, panning for gold, learning about rocks and minerals, and more!

Overall, it was a day filled with lots of learning and a newfound appreciation for modern conveniences!

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN TRIP WAS A SCREAM!
Last Friday, Eighth Grade Physical Science students and AP Physics students experienced Six Flags Magic Mountain through the eyes of a scientist.

Groups of students collected data via their smartphones on various rides throughout the day. The data was analyzed and used to calculate forces acting on a rider at different points during the rides.

This experience tested complex problem solving and critical thinking skills through each group's understanding of:
  • linear and accelerated motion
  • freefall and 2-dimensional motion
  • Newton's 3 laws of motion
  • impulse and momentum
  • work, energy, and power
  • conservation of energy
  • uniform circular motion

Hands-on learning at its best!
SIGN UP FOR LAGUNA'S IoT SUMMER INSTITUTE! LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE
FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GR. 9-12 IN FALL 2018

Take your computer projects to the next level at Laguna Blanca’s IoT Summer Institute where students will extend their knowledge of applying the C++ programming language.

The Institute will run from August 6-9 from 9AM-4PM.

Click here for more information and to sign up!
LAUREL KUJAN '18 NAMED GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
On Wednesday night, 5/16, Laurel Kujan '18 was honored at Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table's Evening of the Athletes Event, where she was named Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year for Santa Barbara County. The event took place at the New Vic Theater in Santa Barbara.

Sophia Fay '18 was also recognized as Laguna's Scholar-Athlete and Margaux Murphy '19 was recognized as Laguna's Phil Womble Award winner.

Congratulations to these talented students! We are so proud of you!
LAGUNA BOYS VOLLEYBALL ENDED GREAT SEASON LAST WEEK
Laguna Blanca gave a spirited fight against top-ranked La Salle before going down in defeat in a second-round CIF-Southern Section Division 4 volleyball match at home on Thursday, 5/10.

The Lancers prevailed 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, in front of a couple dozen fans from Pasadena to cheer them on, showing a little more possession savvy on points when it counted among the long, late points of the sets.

"I'm very proud of the way we played, in the sense that we fought real hard," said Owls coach Jon Roberts.

The Owls finish their season at 8-10 overall, and the Lancers move on at 23-6.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAGUNA BOYS TENNIS FOR FINISHING A STRONG SEASON
By Shomik Mukherjee, Noozhawk Sports Reporter

In a "Lagunas" showdown, Laguna Blanca boys tennis couldn't overcome Laguna Beach and lost, 15-3, in a road CIF quarterfinal match Tuesday, 5/15.
 
Singles no. 2 Kai Nakamura '20 grabbed a 6-4 win in singles, but Laguna Beach's singles arsenal cleaned up shop in all other sets, with no set getting closer than 6-3. 

Conor Scheinberg '18/ Jason Barnick '18 also won a set in the loss. 

It was the Owls' second consecutive quarterfinal loss in two years, as they failed to reach the semifinal in last year's CIF tournament as well. Still, Coach Trevor Thorpe had nothing but positive words for his players. 

"Tennis is not just a sport; it’s a proving ground for life," Thorpe said. "Two consecutive CIF Quarterfinal runs with this group has provided some great learning opportunities, one of the most important being how to lose with grace. I have no doubt that we’re all better for the experience."
PLAYING SPORTS IN 2018-2019? FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS ON CAMPUS: MAY 31
WHO:  Students in Grades 6-12
 
WHAT Free Sport Physicals for the 2018-2019 school year  
 
WHEN : Thursday, May 31 from 3-6PM. No appointment necessary; exams will be on a first come, first served basis.  
 
WHERE : Merovick Gymnasium  
 
WHAT TO BRING : A copy of the Medical History & Exam Form ( download here )
LAGUNA BOWL IS AROUND THE CORNER! REMEMBER TO RSVP THIS WEEK
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 | 6-8:30PM
RUSTON AMPHITHEATRE
HOPE RANCH CAMPUS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR, INVITE A FRIEND, AND FIND YOUR DANCING SHOES FOR A ROCKIN' GOOD TIME AT LAGUNA!

- An event for parents, faculty, and staff -
Featuring The DoubleWide Kings !

Complimentary BEER & WINE with DESSERT by Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

FOOD for Purchase from ValleFresh

NEW THIS YEAR! Laguna swag for grab

Kindly RSVP to the Paperless Post Evite that was sent on May 8!
WELCOME TO THE NEST, HEATHER!
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Heather Roper, Laguna's new Human Resources Manager.

Heather comes to Laguna with over eight years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, as well as her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Heather was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and is happy to be home after spending 13 years working in human resources in Northern California.

When not working, Heather spends most of her free time outside hiking or at the beach.

Welcome to Laguna, Heather!
WHOOO ARE YOU?
NAME: Kona
GRADE: 4

What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?
I would love to live in a land with all of the characters from Star Wars!

What job do you think you'd be really good at?
A dog trainer! The best job.

What is one of your favorite smells?
The yummy smell of BBQ.

FIVE STRATEGIES FOR GETTING KIDS OFF DEVICES
Aside from being a strong role model, try these tips to minimize conflict and find the balance we're all seeking.

MYLAGUNA TIP OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES:
UPCOMING DATES
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 5/18
Gr. 3 to Sage Hill Campground

WED 5/23
Parent Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Hope Ranch Campus (11:30AM-1PM)

Gr. 4 Visits 5th Grade

THURS 5/24
Gr. 4 Battle of the Books at Crane School

Gr. 3 to Lotusland

FRI 5/25
Gr. 2 to SB Zoo

MON 5/28
Memorial Day
NO SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 5/18
MS Service Day & Year-End Celebration

Gr. 7-12 Spring Performing Arts Showcase in Spaulding (6:30PM)

SAT 5/19
Probability Session of the MS Math Club in Room E402 (10AM)

MON 5/21
New Student Ice Cream Social in Merritt Patio (4PM)

WED 5/23
Gr. 7 Latin Class & Art History Class to Getty Villa

MS Math Club, Rm. E402 (12:20PM)

Parent Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Hope Ranch Campus (11:30AM-1PM)

FRI 5/25
Gr. 7 to Fairview Farms

SAT 5/26
Science Students to Int'l Space Development Conference

MON 5/28
Memorial Day
NO SCHOOL
UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 5/18
Last Day of AP Exam Week 2

Gr. 7-12 Spring Performing Arts Showcase in Spaulding (6:30PM)

SAT 5/19
US Prom at The Narrative Loft (8-10PM)

MON 5/21- FRI 5/25
Senior Projects Week 1

MON 5/21
New Student Ice Cream Social in Merritt Patio (4PM)

WED 5/23
Parent Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Hope Ranch Campus (11:30AM-1PM)

THURS 5/24
Gr. 5-6 Performing Arts Showcase

MON 5/28
Memorial Day
NO SCHOOL