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iMUCHAS GRACIAS!
¡Muchas Gracias!  Our never-ending gratitude to Spring Benefit Chairs Belle and Bert Regeer for envisioning such a festive community celebration for Laguna Blanca. Along with many dedicated parent volunteers, Belle and Bert’s enthusiasm to create a night of camaraderie, joy, and celebration came to life Saturday night under the festive lights on the patio at the Bacara. The vision from this dynamic duo made it possible to experience a party size paella, Flamenco dancers twirling to greet our guests, and the warm sounds of live Spanish guitar.

Nearly 300 guests shopped the outdoor silent auction that was set up as the El Mercado, featuring unique merchandise, vacations, and experiences of all kinds, including golf packages, tango lessons, glamping, and concert tickets.  Priceless student art and unique wine lots were also part of the silent auction. The newly introduced Wine Wall drew a lot of attention and friendly competition among attendees.

Flamenco dancers escorted guests into the ballroom, which was transformed into an elegant Feria with dining under the red and white lanterns of Seville. Attendees were moved by the student-produced video by Camila Lemere ’18 who eloquently shared in her own words the story of who we are. The true outpouring of generosity came to life here as our community celebrated and raised money to support our students, our faculty, our facilities, and the programs that make Laguna so special.

Special thanks to our event sponsors who helped to underwrite this magnificent evening and to all the Laguna parent volunteers who dedicated so much time and energy into making this night a fundraising success with net proceeds over $400,000 for our school.

Thank you and ¡Viva Laguna!  

To see the night in pictures, click here
GRADE 9 PREPARES FOR TRIP TO NYC
In preparation for next week's trip to New York City, Laguna ninth grade students ventured beyond the classroom, transferring learning from school desks to seats in a local theater and in the high-ceilinged sixth floor of UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Fully immersed in individual research projects about the history and culture of New York City—with a special focus on the life of its neighborhoods such as Harlem, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village—the freshmen turned the spotlight on Harlem this week. With Laguna's Experiential Learning Coordinator and English Instructor Ashley Tidey, freshmen students will further broaden their study of Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance by reading poetry by Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Countee Cullen, but also by studying selected prose of essayist and critic James Baldwin, who was born in Harlem in 1924.

Students began the trip with a private screening at Plaza De Oro of the Oscar-nominated Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, and then traveled to UCSB for a discussion of the film and of Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance with History Professor Alice O’Connor.

Next up—New York City!
SIXTH GRADERS VISIT THE GETTY MUSEUM
On Wednesday, the sixth grade class visited the Getty Villa as a precursor to their upcoming unit covering ancient Rome. The villa is an exact replica of the Villa de Papiri that had been buried in the volcanic ruins of Herculaneum near Pompeii. Students received a guided tour of the exhibition rooms and gardens where they examined antiquities and learned both the stories behind and characteristics of Greco-Roman art. 
LAGUNA STAGE BAND PLACES FIRST IN THEIR DIVISION AT DP JAZZ FESTIVAL COMPETITION
Laguna Blanca Stage Band recently competed in the DP Jazz Festival Competition, taking first place in the Novice Jazz Combo division for the second consecutive year! Congratulations to our talented musicians!
NEW ISSUE OF "THE FOURTH ESTATE" NOW AVAILABLE
Click here to view the digital version of the recently published student magazine, The Fourth Estate .
EIGHTH GRADERS COMPLETE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
By Humanities Teacher Mrs. Alldredge

Eighth graders just wrapped up their third quarter read, Harper Lee's T o Kill a Mockingbird. During a class analysis, the following topics were explored: 

- the definition of justice
- empathy vs. sympathy
- identity as shaped by society
- setting as moral universe
- education vs. wisdom
- Maslow's hierarchy of needs

Each student submitted an essay about his/her own morality journeys to a national essay contest, hosted through Facing History and Ourselves.

LAGUNA'S ETHAN TYNG NAMED ALL-CIF IN SOCCER
Congratulations to Laguna Blanca junior forward Ethan Tyng '18 for earning All-CIF honors in Division 7 boys soccer! Ethan led the team in goals scored and helped the team get to the semifinals. Way to go, Ethan!
BOYS VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS ORCUTT ACADEMY
By Barry Punzal, Noozhawk Sports Editor

Henry Farrell '17 and Miles McGovern '18 led Laguna Blanca to a sweep over visiting Orcutt Academy in a non-league boys volleyball match on Tuesday. The scores were 25-20, 25-16, 25-15.

Farrell had 14 kills and McGovern added nine as the Owls improved to 3-1.

"We got good setter play from our two young and improving setters, Kyle Aitcheson '19 and Andrew Tolles '19," said Laguna coach Jon Roberts.

The Owls will play in the Dos Pueblos Invitational this Saturday at UCSB.
BOYS TENNIS DOWNS NORDHOFF AFTER BUSY WEEK
By Christian Eckert, Noozhawk Sports Reporter

The Laguna Blanca boys tennis team was able to defeat Nordhoff at home 13-5 on Tuesday despite the showdown representing the Owls' fifth match in the past seven school days.

In singles, Alex Furukawa '18 and Kai Nakamura '20 each swept three sets: 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 7-5, 6-0, respectively.

"Alex and Kai were super-solid today," praised Laguna head coach Trevor Thorpe. "Nordhoff's top two guys were both very consistent players, but our guys broke them down with a combination of steadiness and  willingness to go on the attack at the right moments."

In doubles, Victor Liu '18 and Jason Barnick '18 led the way for the Owls with two wins, while John-Henry Schulz '20, Kelvin Chen '18, Rhami Zeini '20, Kovid Mishra '19, Peter Smith '20, and Jack Stein '19 each combined for a total of four additional doubles wins (in different combinations).

Laguna Blanca is now 7-1 on the season after winning against Pacifica of Oxnard 14-4 on Thursday.
They play Thacher on Tuesday before heading off for spring break.
NATALIE McCAFFERY TAKES ON ROLE AS NATIONAL DELEGATE FOR CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL
Freshman Natalie McCaffery ’20 has been elected to be the national delegate for Girls Scouts of Southern Central Coast. A three-year term, Natalie will travel to the national convention in Columbus, Ohio this October, attend sessions, and then vote on behalf of her region. She will be involved in policy decisions surrounding STEM, Personal Development, Global Learning, and Community Service, as they pertain to Girl Scout programs.
 
A Girl Scout for nine years, Natalie is the Senior Troop Leader for her Troop of 32 young women and  has just begun the process to earn her Gold Award—the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. Only earned by 5.4% of all Girls Scouts, the Gold Award is equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award for the Boys Scouts of America, which both of Natalie’s brothers Stephen ’15 and Andrew ’12 achieved.
 
Way to lead, Natalie!
THANK YOU FROM THE SOCK CLUB
Yesterday, the Sock Club loaded up bags of shoes, socks, clothing, and blankets to deliver to those in need at Alameda Park last night. Thank you to the Laguna community for your generous donations that truly make an immediate difference for those in need.
SEEKING HOST FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Laguna has become a member school of ASSIST, an organization which places outstanding international students on one-year scholarships in some of the finest independent schools in the country. It is an opportunity for high school students coming from countries such as Australia, Croatia, Germany, and Sweden to make contributions to our community and to develop a deeper understanding of American culture.

Laguna is looking for families interested in hosting a high school exchange-student for part or all of a school year.

From former ASSIST Host families:

“We were very fortunate to host a wonderful young man from Slovakia. He was very mature, respectful and prepared for this experience.”

“Hosting {Magdalena} has taught us a lot about ourselves and how we work as a family.”

“Our family is a better family with Quyen. We eat together almost every night and have interesting conversations about Vietnam and Chicago and all those weird cultural things most Americans take for granted.”

If you are interested in putting your name on a list for becoming a Host Family or for getting more information, please contact Carol Nordgaarden, International Student Coordinator at cnordgaarden@lagunablanca.org.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT CONVERSATION
WEDNESDAY | MARCH 22

QUESTIONS? Please contact Head of Middle School Steve Chan

NEW! SPORTS @ LAGUNA SUMMER CAMP
Early Registration Begins for Laguna Families on April 1

Public Registration begins April 10 

Sports @ Laguna is an action-packed summer program designed to get campers moving! Each day, campers will participate in a variety of sports and activities on our beautiful Hope Ranch campus. Our experienced staff--Mr. Lopes and Ms. Sonbudtasan--will provide instruction in sports fundamentals and sportsmanship, but the main goal is to HAVE FUN! Geared to ages 8-13, the camp will be offered June 19-23 and June 26-30, 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Friday. Fee is $275/week. Questions? Please contact sportscamp@lagunablanca.org.
PRIORITY SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION FOR LAGUNA FAMILIES BEGINS APRIL 1
Summer 2017 at Laguna promises tons of fun and sun for camp-goers. Students ages 4-10 will be placed in age-based groups and will experience a variety of offerings throughout the day, including arts and crafts; outside sports and games, including rock wall climbing; building and programming with LEGO; and prepping for singing stardom in music. With so much to do and explore, eac h day will be a fun and engaging experience!

CLICK FOR DATES AND MORE INFO
PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD FORMS ARE DUE APRIL 15
The President's Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer during the past 12 months. Awards will be distributed on May 24 during assembly in Ruston Amphitheatre.

Students who have completed the required number of service hours between April 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017 should complete the Presidential Volunteer Service Award form and submit it to Trish McHale no later than April 15.
MARCH 27 - APRIL 7

Offices Closed 3/31 & 4/3
Classes Resume on 4/10
UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 3/17
St. Patrick's Day

THURS 3/23
Faculty / Staff Appreciation Luncheon

FRI 3/24
Contracts Due for New Families

Gr. 4 to SBCC Geology Lab

MON 3/27--FRI 4/7
Spring Break - No School

MON 4/10
Classes Resume
MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 3/17
St. Patrick's Day

WED 3/22
Gr. 5-6 Parent Conferences
Gr. 5-6 No School

MS Math Club
MS7/E402 (12:20-12:50PM)

THURS 3/23
Faculty / Staff Appreciation Luncheon

FRI 3/24
Quarter 3 Ends

Contracts Due for New Families

MON 3/27--FRI 4/7
Spring Break - No School

MON 4/10
Classes Resume

UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 3/17
National Latin Exam

St. Patrick's Day

US Advisory Conflict Resolution Lesson #2  (10:15-10:55AM)

Spanish Lit Class to Los Agaves
(12:20-1:45PM)

WED 3/22
Gr. 7-12 Food Bank of SB Presentation in Spaulding (10:15-10:55AM)

THURS 3/23
Faculty / Staff Appreciation Luncheon

NYC Spring Break Trip departure (return 3/28/17)

FRI 3/24
Quarter 3 Ends

Enrollment Contracts Due for New Families

Real World 101
(10:15-10:55AM)

SUN 3/26
Spring 2017 Mid-Atlantic College Tour (through 3/31/17)

MON 3/27--FRI 4/7
Spring Break - No School

MON 4/10
Classes Resume