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MIDDLE SCHOOL OWLS RUN IN THE SUN AT LAGUNA RELAYS
Thursday afternoon, Laguna Middle School students competed alongside students from five other area schools at the annual Laguna Relays event. The Owls know how to cheer each other on! Enjoy photos from the event here .
LOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE MOXI
This week, early kindergarten, kindergarten, third grade and fourth grade students visited the new Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI). First and second graders will take a field trip there at the beginning of May.

The museum's mission is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. As Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers, and have a blast doing so.

Mrs. Svedlund interviewed EK and kindergarten students about their favorite parts of the field trip. Many enjoyed building then racing cars on the racetrack, as well as the water play on the rooftop garden (followed by drying off in the blow dryer afterwards!). What fun learning is when ignited by exploration.
8TH GRADERS SHOWCASE PROJECT-BASED LEARNING WORK IN HISTORY & SCIENCE
Written by Humanities Instructor Mrs. Alldredge

At the end of the quarter, eighth grade students showcased their interdisciplinary PBL (Project Based Learning) work in history and science class. Science Instructor Mr. Moore and Humanities Instructor Mrs. Alldredge challenged the 8th graders to create an amusement park with a human rights twist. Each group was assigned a plot of land (on a table in the science lab) on which to build. Rides utilized an assigned energy transformation and demonstrated the law of conservation of energy.  Rides were tested for: 
  • STEM - completing the assigned energy transformation, the correct final type of motion, and ride functionality (passenger capacity and ergonomics).
  • Humanities - linking the aesthetics and descriptors of the ride to specific Articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Click here to read more and view photos of the projects.

FIRST & THIRD GRADERS COLLABORATE AT THEIR OWN FRACTION PIZZARIA
This week, first and third graders took on the roles of pizza chefs at Fraction Pizzaria. The chefs were asked to create pizza with fractions of toppings--for example, one including 2/8 mushrooms, 2/8 peppers, 1/8 pepperoni, and 3/8 onions. Students had the opportunity to learn from each other in this cross-grade level learning activity.
CONLEY BALL '21 EARNS SILVER MEDAL AT SB COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR
Congratulations to Conley Ball '21 for  earning a silver medal in the Junior High Environmental Sciences Division at the 2017 Santa Barbara County Science Fair held March 10 at UC Santa Barbara's Corwin Pavilion. Conley's project "A Comparative Study of Solar and Thermoelectric Power Generation" compared the amount of total voltage created by a small solar panel and a small thermoelectric generator over the same period of time in the same conditions.

Way to go, Conley!
DUKE NICOLSON '23 RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR ARTWORK IN CA COASTAL COMMISSION ART CONTEST
Congratulations to sixth grader Duke Nicolson '23 for winning an Honorable Mention in the 2017 CA Coastal Commission Art Contest. The California Coastal Commission received more than 2,793 entries from throughout California and selected 41 honorable mentions and ten winners. Duke is the second LBS student to win an Honorable Mention in the artwork section. Way to go, Duke!
AVERY HUGHES '19 ENTERS WATER WISE VIDEO CONTEST- VOTE BY 4/14!
Sophomore Avery Hughes ' video Water Wise Lifestyle is entered in The Santa Barbara County Water Agency's 18th Annual Water Wise High School Video Contest. This year's contest focused on the theme "Water Conservation is a Lifestyle" and challenged students to create videos that can serve as public service announcements to promote water conservation and local water efficiency programs.

The public is invited to view all 14 of the 30-second videos submitted, then vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” Anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their favorite videos by “liking” them on the contest’s Facebook page before the deadline date of Friday, April 14. Support Avery by "liking" his video Water Wise Lifestyle.

Read more here, or visit WaterWiseSB.org to learn more ways to maximize your water use efficiency. 
LOWER SCHOOL CLASS BLOGS PAGE
Each Lower School class at Laguna now has its own blog page. Click here to take a peek at what is going on at the Lower School!
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 Amphitheater.

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.
ACT & SAT PRACTICE EXAMS 4/15 & 4/22
This month, 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.
FUN NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT THE LOWER SCHOOL--CHESS CLUB & MUSICAL THEATER
Students in grades EK-4 who are interested in developing or increasing their knowledge of chess are invited to join Ms. Stark for Chess Club. Experience the benefits chess provides, such as increased concentration and memory skills; enhanced self-confidence; and the enjoyment of the game.
 
If you would like your child to join the club, please contact Ms. Stark.

WHEN & WHERE
All grade and skill levels
TUESDAYS 3:15-4:15PM
Technology Lab
First meeting: Tuesday, 4/18
Additional meetings: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, and 5/30
Students in grades 1-4 are invited to join Mrs. Markstrum’s afterschool musical theater class, where they will enjoy singing, dancing, and creating costumes and a set for The Aristocats. All talent is welcome!
 
If you would like your child to join the class, please contact Mrs. Markstrum.

WHEN & WHERE
Grades 1-4
WEDNESDAYS 3:15-4:15PM
Special cameos for EK and K students
Music classroom and pavilion
First meeting: Wednesday, 4/19
Performance: Sunday, June 4, 1PM Spaulding Auditorium
GET READY FOR LOWER SCHOOL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL FRIDAY, APRIL 21
The Lower School Earth Day Festival is just around the corner on Friday, 4/21 at 1:15PM. Come visit the Montecito campus to learn more about solar power, recycling, composting, trashless lunches, and of course, enjoy fun Earth-themed games! The fifth and sixth grade classes will join the fun to showcase the summation of their efforts toward their sustainability project at the Middle School this year.

The Santa Barbara Downtown Earth Day Festival will be held at Alameda Park 11AM to 6PM on 4/22 and 4/23.
THINK GLOBALLY. WALK LOCALLY!
5K & WALK FOR WATER ON APRIL 22
The Laguna Blanca H4O 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 .
BOYS TEAM CHARITY COMING TO SANTA BARBARA
Boys Team Charity, a new volunteer organization for parents and their sons entering grades 7-12, invites you to an informative meet-and-greet on Wednesday, April 26 at 7PM. For more information, click here or email boysteam.sb@gmail.com . This is an adults-only event. The more the merrier! Please invite friends and colleagues who have sons entering 7th-12th grades.
SWEENEY TODD MUSICAL PERFORMANCES COMING 4/27, 4/28, & 4/29!
Join us to see our incredible Laguna performers in a musical thriller.

Opening night is Thursday, April 27 at 7PM!

Additional performances on Friday, April 28 at 7PM and Saturday, April 29 at 2PM.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

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FOOD DRIVE STARTED THIS WEEK!
Laguna's Food Drive has begun, and boxes are in the Middle School quad.  Click here for a list of suggested food items. The seventh graders will deliver the collected food to the Food Bank on Thursday, 4/27.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE AP EXAMS?
The AP Exams are approaching. To view the exam schedule, click here .
GRANDFRIENDS' DAY IS COMING
Invite your special Grandfriend today!
Thursday, May 4 at the Hope Ranch Campus
Friday, May 5 at the Montecito Campus
Questions? Please contact the development office.
Kindly RSVP to Blaire Ridge by Monday, April 17
S AVE THE DATE
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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!

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UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

SUN 4/16
Easter

TUES 4/18
Passover Ends

After School Chess Club Begins
(3:15-4:15PM)

WED 4/19
After School Musical Theater Begins
(3:15-4:15PM)

FRI 4/21
LS Dress Down Day- Earth Colors
LS Earth Day Festival 
( 1:15-2:45PM)

SAT 4/22
Earth Day

MIDDLE SCHOOL

SUN 4/16
Easter

TUES 4/18
Passover Ends

WED 4/19
MS Quidditch 2
( 10:15-10:55AM)

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

SAT 4/22
Earth Day

Gr. 6-12 New Student Placement Tests
HR Campus (9-11:15AM)


UPPER SCHOOL

SAT 4/15
SAT Practice Exam

SUN 4/16
Easter

TUES 4/18
Passover Ends

WED 4/19
US Course Selection Assembly
( 10:15-10:55AM)

FRI 4/21
Digital Literacy
(10:15-10:55AM)

SAT 4/22
Earth Day

Gr. 6-12 New Student Placement T ests
HR Campus ( 9-11:15AM)

ACT Practice Exam
HR Campus (9AM-1PM)