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MARCH 27 - APRIL 7

Offices Closed 3/31 & 4/3
Classes Resume on 4/10
FRESHMAN CHARLIE JACOBS SELECTED AS JURKOWITZ FELLOW 
Congratulations to Charlie Jacobs '20 who was nominated for and participated in the Granada Theatre Jurkowitz Fellowship program this week. An educational and intensive immersion program designed to provide industry exposure to students who are interested in pursuing a career in entertainment and the arts, fellows witnessed first-hand how all the various theatre jobs come together to create an extraordinary final product. They also learned about  the many career pathways that exist in the performing arts. Read more about the program here . Bravo, Charlie!
MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS STUDENTS EXPAND PROGRAMMING SKILLS
This week, students in Middle School Robotics programmed their robots to take input from controllers, in preparation for a driver-controlled competition against Mr. Tran and Mr. Dorfman. Each team of students had two minutes to control their robots to pick up cubes and balls and place them outside of the field to score points.

"This practice will soon extend into autonomous programming of each robot, in which the robot will use input from color and distance sensors to determine the locations of objects and then remove the obstacles on its own," explains Mr. Tran.

Eighth graders Jillian Lin and Georgia Avery beat Mr. Tran's and Mr. Dorfman's score in the final ten minutes of class, giving their teachers no chance to recover from the loss .
GUEST SPEAKER FROM SB ASTRONOMICAL UNIT VISITS EARLY KINDERGARTEN & SECOND GRADE
The early kindergarten and second grade science classes recently enjoyed learning about space with guest speaker Mr. Chuck McPartlin of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit.
 
Early kindergarteners explored their place in space while Mr. McPartlin shared images of the planets in our solar system by comparing them to larger objects in space. "It was amazing to see how small our sun really is in comparison to these giants," says Ms. Svedlund. "While we think of our sun as huge because over 1 million Earths could fit inside of it, it is just a medium-sized star!" Students 'toured' the universe with a video, blasting through galaxies and birth places of stars. They learned that there are 400 billion stars in our galaxy and that the Milky Way is only one of two trillion galaxies in our universe. They also learned about the red supergiant star Betelgeuse, which is located on the shoulder of the constellation Orion's Belt. Betelgeuse is one of the largest and most luminous and visible stars in our night sky. Students also ‘landed’ on Mars as a rover.
 
Second graders focused on the asteroid belt, asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and comets. They learned about three types of meteorites--Iron, Stony, and Stony-Iron. They also got to hold examples of each! The iron meteorite that they handled was heavy, smelled like nickel, and was about 4.6 billion years old (as Mr. McPartlin said, “older than dirt!”). One of the stony meteorites was a slice of Martian basalt, and the other was a chondrite from Northern Africa. The stony-iron meteorite was a beautiful slice of a meteorite that landed in China. The class learned that the largest asteroid is Ceres, which is 600 miles across! It is now considered a dwarf planet because it is so large. They also learned that the meteorite that landed on the Earth 65 million years ago was about six miles across.
 
The SBAU hosts public star parties, where they set up telescopes on various parts of the night sky. There are three locations:
AP US HISTORY STUDENTS TAKE ON THE ROLES OF HISTORICAL FIGURES FOR SPEED DATING ACTIVITY
Each AP History student selected and researched a historical figure from 1600-1945, then attended a speed dating event in which they had to "date" every other character to find their best ideological match. Students came prepared with business cards and props that augmented their character's historical significance. Characters included: Louis Armstrong, John Muir, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Susan B. Anthony, FDR, Mark Twain, and more.
LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS SHARE THEIR TALENTS AT TECOLOTE TUESDAY THIS WEEK
Click here to enjoy footage from Tuesday morning's performances at the Lower School.
FOURTH GRADERS TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSIONS IN MINECRAFT
The fourth grade students concluded their study of the California missions this week. They researched the missions in teams, then each team created a written report, created a replica of its mission in Minecraft (including an audio tour of the mission), and presented their learning to the class. The last piece was focused on public speaking skills. To check out their Minecraft mission tours, click here !
JOIN US FOR SATURDAY SPRING BREAK GARDENING 3/25 & 4/1
Join us in the Middle School garden on Saturday, 3/25 between 8:30 and 10AM to plant peas, kale, spinach, and lettuce. We have about 200 seedlings to plant!

Also, on Saturday, 4/1 at noon, we will plant over two-hundred sunflower seeds in pots to support the local Bee Keepers Guild.

We would love to see students (and parents, too) over the break!
SHARE SPRING BREAK SAND FOR LOWER SCHOOL SCIENCE
Sand is one-of-a-kind, like a fingerprint. The sand found on every beach is unique--a product of its local environment. It articulates a story from hundreds to thousands to millions of years of weathering, breakdown, and erosion. Sand tells us information about rock types, shelled organisms, waves, and biota from the region it is found. Beaches are a river of sand, regardless of whether it is found on the slope of an ocean, lake, or stream.

Over spring break, you can help us build our story! If you are headed somewhere over spring break and can grab a dry sand sample to add to the Lower School science lab collection, we’d appreciate it. We are collecting sand samples from around the world. A good sample is DRY and is about a quarter of a cup or a baby food jar size. Sand collected in a plastic baggie is great, too! 

Thank you and Happy Spring Break! 
LAGUNA BLANCA UPPER SCHOOL MUSICAL PERFORMANCES COMING SOON!
UPCOMING FOOD DRIVE
This week, the Santa Barbara County Food Bank presented to Grades 7-12 students about the issue of food insecurity and hunger in our community. Laguna's Food Drive starts the week that we return from spring break. The seventh graders will deliver the collected food to the Food Bank on Thursday, 4/27. Stay tuned for additional details.
ACT & SAT PRACTICE EXAMS 4/15 & 4/22
In April, Laguna will host Revolution Prep Practice Exams for the ACT and SAT, in order to provide opportunities for students to practice taking full-length, proctored practice tests in preparation for the official exams. The exams will take place in Laguna's library and are free.

Upon enrollment, Academic Advisor Jayme Wakefield of Revolution Prep will schedule a score report review at a time convenient for you. During the session, Jayme will break down your child’s score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan. 

Practice Exam dates at Laguna will be held on the following dates:

SAT Practice Exam on Saturday, April 15, 9AM-1PM

ACT Practice Exam on Saturday, April 22, 9AM-1PM

Click here for more information about the program and registration. Contact Academic Advisor Jayme Wakefield at (424) 214-2390 or jayme.wakefield@revolutionprep .com for additional details.
THINK GLOBALLY. WALK LOCALLY!
5K & WALK FOR WATER ON APRIL 22
The Laguna Blanca H40 Club invites the Laguna community to walk in the upcoming  H4O's 5th Annual 5K and Walk 4 Water on April 22 on the Santa Barbara Waterfront. (Across the street from Chase Palm Park)

Registration opens at 8AM. Run begins at 9AM, Walk begins at 10AM and concludes by 12PM. Pre-Register here .
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.

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 9-13, 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.
WHERE DO YOUR KIDS GET THEIR NEWS?
By Michael Robb of Common Sense Media

In a world where information literacy is critical, Common Sense's research explores kids' relationship to the news--and how adults can help kids thrive as 21st-century citizens.

Read more    
UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 3/24
Contracts Due for New Families

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

SAT 4/1
Summer @ Laguna Priority Registration begins for Laguna Families

Sports @ Laguna Priority Registration begins for Laguna Families

MON 4/10
Classes Resume

Financial Aid Letters Mailed to Current Families

Passover Begins

Summer @ Laguna Registration opens to public

Sports @ Laguna Registration opens to public

WED 4/12
Board of Trustees Meeting
(3-6PM)
MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 3/24
Quarter 3 Ends

Contracts Due for New Families

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

SAT 4/1
Sports @ Laguna Priority Registration begins for Laguna Families

MON 4/10
Classes Resume

Financial Aid Letters Mailed to Current Families

Passover Begins

Sports @ Laguna Registration opens to public

THURS 4/13
Laguna Relays
Hope Ranch campus (1PM)


UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 3/24
Quarter 3 Ends

Enrollment Contracts Due for New Families

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

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

SAT 4/8
ACT

MON 4/10
Classes Resume

Financial Aid Letters Mailed to Returning Families

Passover Begins

WED 4/12
AP Registration