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RSVP AND REGISTER TODAY FOR DAVIES FUNDRAISER 
The Laguna community was hit hard last week with the sudden loss of beloved soccer coach and substitute teacher Davies Kabogoza. Students are honoring his memory and celebrating his life by planning a soccer tournament fundraiser to benefit his mother and family in Uganda. 

Anyone interested in attending or playing soccer at the event should RSVP/Register today . CLICK FOR EVENT INFO .
LS ART EXHIBIT & SPRING CONCERT 2017
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM LAGUNA FUND CO-CHAIRS DAVID BRADLEY '99 AND JULIA RODGERS
Kudos to those of you who have already contributed to the 2016-2017 Laguna Fund – thank you for joining our team of parents who choose to support our owls. If you have not yet made a gift, please know that your participation matters, in a very real way. It matters for our teachers' salaries, it matters for our campus improvements, it matters to our Independent School accreditation report, and it determines whether Laguna can respond to the evolving needs of our children. Please take the time to show what matters to you. Please donate .

A reminder that Rob Hereford and Marcy Jacobs will hold Laguna Fund “office hours” tomorrow (Friday morning) May 12 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Braun House on the Hope Ranch campus. We invite you to stop by and share your questions and recommendations. 
LAGUNA BLANCA DEFEATS CARPINTERIA IN DIVISION 4 PLAYOFF MATCH
By Barry Punzal, Noozhawk Sports Editor

Kai Nakamura '20 scored a crucial second-round singles win against Carpinteria's Jeremy Saito to give Laguna Blanca a 7-5 lead, and the Owls won four sets in the third round to pull out an 11-7 victory between local teams in the first round of the CIF Division 4 boys tennis playoffs.

"In their previous meeting several weeks ago, Saito came out on top in an absolute grind of a tie-break set, but it was the Laguna freshman who won this bout," said Laguna coach Trevor Thorpe of the key set.

In the third round, Conor Scheinberg '18 and Jason Barnick '18 completed a sweep in doubles and Victor Liu '18 , Nakamura and Alex Furukawa '18 won their singles sets. Laguna won eight of nine singles sets.

Carpinteria got sweeps from the No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Grawlewski-Jacob Ascencio and No. 3 Kirby Zapata-Solomon Nahooikaika-Anderson.

"Each of our doubles teams played great today," Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant said. "But for us to win, we had to knock off the Owls tandem of Conor Scheinberg/Jason Barnick, and we just could not do it. Each of our sets against them started off very close but they seemed to pull away at the end. I give them a lot of credit, as they played very well and stepped up big when they needed to.

"Losing when we played our best and losing to a quality team actually makes losing easier to handle," Bryant continued. "It was just a bummer we had to face them in the first round."

The Owls play at home in the second round vs. Cabrillo tomorrow (Friday, 5/12) at 3pm. Please plan to attend and help cheer on the Boys Tennis team!
WELCOME TO THE NEST
Please extend a warm Laguna welcome to the following new members of our community.
EVA ASSELSTINE
DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
As a highly motivated team player, Eva brings to Laguna a background in sales, event management, administration, and customer service. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University California, Santa Barbara. A Santa Barbara local, Eva has many years of experience in event management with various clientele. Recently engaged, she is enjoying planning her own wedding, which will take place later this year. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and exercising. 
SARAH LUKENBILL
HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST AND BUSINESS OFFICE ASSISTANT
An energetic and focused leader, Sarah comes to Laguna with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and Organization Development. She holds a Master's degree in Organization Development and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, both from Sonoma State University. In 2006, Sarah earned her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute. A California native, Sarah recently relocated to Santa Barbara from the San Francisco Bay Area and has already found several beautiful hiking trails in Santa Barbara county. She also enjoys playing tennis and traveling in her free time.
MARCO ORTEGA  
FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE
Marco Ortega joins Laguna's grounds and maintenance team and brings seven years of maintenance and landscape experience, as well as a positive can-do attitude. Marco will maintain the grounds at the Braun House, the Lower and Middle School campuses, as well as provide support with events. 
BOYS VOLLEYBALL FINISHES A GREAT SEASON
By Barry Punzal, Noozhawk Sports Editor

The Owls ended their season this week in the first round of Division 3 playoffs against Damien 25-22, 25-16, 25-22. The teams played last year in the Division 5 finals, with Damien also winning.

Jack Copeland '17 led the Owls with 12 kills and Henry Farrell '17 added 10. 

Congratulations on a great season!
PHYSICAL SCIENCE & AP PHYSICS STUDENTS TAKE LEARNING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Whether you’re being blasted backwards at 100mph on Superman: Escape from Krypton , or taking a leisurely ride down a six story plunge on the Jet Stream , all of the fantastic forces, velocity, and acceleration that you feel are a part of physics!

LBS Physical Science students traveled to Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park for “Science Day” last Wednesday. This year they were accompanied by AP Physics students. The older scientists served as problem solving support for the younger ones while they completed hands-on activities which tested their understanding of Newtonian Mechanics. Students used their phone’s sensors to collect data that was later used to calculate forces acting on a rider at different points during the rides. With these forces, students will be able to calculate the work and power necessary to move riders through a ride; find the centripetal acceleration associated with the circular motion component of certain rides; and use their understanding of the law of conservation of energy to approximate velocities and altitudes of riders at different points in the ride.
 
As part of the trip, each team of students was also required to develop an inquiry question that they could test in the park with the use of the smart phone’s accelerometer. The questions ranged from "How do g-forces affect balance?" to "How does the vertical drop of a ride affect vision?" Dizzying, but fun!
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE AT QUIZ BOWL COMPETITION
The spiral shape seen in sunflowers follows what famous sequence?

What year did the first American woman graduate from college?

Which faculty member taught in the Peace Corps in Ghana?

Laguna Middle School students came together to test their knowledge in a fun Advisory competition on Wednesday. They signed up for two or three categories and worked as teams to try and earn points for their house. Categories to choose from included: Laguna legends, math, science, social science, spelling, music/art, and faculty facts.

The winners will be announced on Monday at assembly. At the end of this month, the winners will enjoy an outing off campus from lunch through the end of the day!
LAGUNA GETS A VISIT FROM THE WEATHER MAN
Earlier this week, third grade science students welcomed a special guest speaker: KEYT's Chief Meteorologist Alan Rose.

Mr. Rose gave a great presentation about different kinds of weather and explained how various kinds of weather are created. He even talked about the fact that he first became interested in weather in elementary school (at around the same age) when a meteorologist came to speak to his class.

On the Tuesday evening Channel 3 news, Mr. Rose shared some kinds words about his visit with our third grade class, as well as the above picture.
LAGUNA TOTS CLUB RECEIVES "CLEAN COMMUNITY" AWARD FROM MAYOR
Congratulations to Teens on the Scene (TOTS) for being recognized by the City of Santa Barbara at the annual "Looking Good Santa Barbara" awards program on Wednesday. Mayor Helene Schneider presented the TOTS group with the Clean Community award at the special luncheon. In its 13th year, the purpose of the awards program is to acknowledge individuals/groups that have demonstrated a consistent and ongoing commitment to the well-being and betterment of our community.

TOTS is a teen-led community service and leadership group that was started in Santa Barbara in 2014 by three local boys who were in junior high at the time. The group has since expanded to include all the local public high schools and several junior highs. In 2016, the Laguna Blanca chapter of Teens on the Scene was started by sophomore Kyle Aitcheson '19 , who continues to serve as the Laguna club president, as well as the TOTS Executive Board President of Events. 

The main goal of TOTS is to provide helpful service when needed throughout the community of Santa Barbara. Through this, teens get a variety of experiences and see ways they can help enrich their community.

Some of the organizations and service projects that the TOTS chapters have helped include: Special Olympics, Earth Day, Challenger Football mentoring, Teen Court, Unity Shoppe holiday event, Santa Barbara Food Bank, Flower Empower (creating and delivering bouquets), local beach clean ups, and park clean ups.

Keep it up, TOTS!
LAGUNA STUDENTS SET TO STAR IN SBYET'S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE
This weekend, several Laguna students will light up the stage in Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. You can see all of this Laguna talent ( Magdalena Amezaga '24 as Rosemary, Luca D’Agruma '23 as Bert Bratt, and Juliette DuPrau '25 as Hedy LaRue) at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at 2PM (for Magdalena and Juliette) and 6PM (for Luca). For ticket information, click here .

Soar on the big stage, Owls!
INTRODUCING THE WORLD OF COLLEGE TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 9 & 10: MAY 15
"Welcome to the College Universe" is intended as a broad introduction to the basic college choices most Laguna Blanca students will consider: small, medium, and large; public vs private; liberal arts vs. pre-professional. The program will begin in Spaulding Auditorium with presentations by three colleges: UCSB, the University of San Francisco, and Occidental College--followed by a Q&A. At 10:15am, the assembled ninth and tenth graders will shift to the gym for a presentation by Laguna's Matt Struckmeyer, for an overview of how to prepare for selective college admission and determine what matters and what doesn't.
ART SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR ART IN THE PARK EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM FOR SANTA BARBARA HOMELESS COMMUNITY
Laguna’s Sock Club continues to evolve and is aiming to help the homeless community with more than socks, blankets, and coats. As part of her senior project, Sock Club Co-President Grace MacNeil is helping the Sock Club organize an Art in the Park: Art Empowerment program , which will begin this May. This program will use art as a form of empowerment and expression with Santa Barbara's homeless. She is coordinating this project not only with Americorps but also alongside a collaborative of community organizations who assist with providing the homeless with weekly meal sharing, medical care, housing, item donations, and more.

If any families have art supplies in good condition that they no longer need, donations are greatly appreciated and needed by Wednesday, May 17 . Donations are welcome after that date, as well. Please contact Grace MacNeil  if you are willing to support the Sock Club in giving art supplies. A table will be located outside of Ms. Tidey’s classroom, or you can drop off items to the main office on either campus.

Examples of art supplies that are needed : colored pencils, paint brushes, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, adult coloring books, sketchbooks, and postcard stamps (for mailing handmade postcards to family members)
PROM IS THIS WEEKEND
Students interested in inviting a guest from another school should complete and submit a Dance Guest Pass form . We hope to see you there!

SAVE THE DATE 5/24
PLAYING SPORTS IN 2017-2018? FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS ON CAMPUS: JUNE 1
WHO:  Students in Grades 6-12

WHAT: Free Sport Physicals for the 2017-2018 school year

WHEN : Thursday, June 1 from 3-6PM. No appointment necessary; exams will be on a first come, first served basis.

WHERE : Merovick Gymnasium Training Room

WHAT TO BRING : A copy of the Medical History & Exam Form ( click here )
SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 2 | 6-8:30PM
RUSTON AMPHITHEATER, HOPE RANCH CAMPUS

LIVE MUSIC
 
Complimentary CRAFT BEERS by Figueroa Mountain & WINE by Corks n’ Crowns
 
Complimentary DESSERT by Rori’s Artisanal Creamery
 
FOOD FOR PURCHASE FROM BEANS BBQ AND CATERING

Find your dancing shoes and mark your calendar for a rockin’ good time with friends!
 
Adults only please.
SEEKING HOST FAMILY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
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 other countries to make contributions to our community and to develop a deeper understanding of American culture.

We are looking for a Laguna family with a daughter who would like to be (or share) a Host Family role for a new exchange student from Madrid, Spain. This female student will join next year's 11th grade class at Laguna and is an outstanding scholar who has “served her peers and school in leadership roles and has received numerous awards for successful projects and competitions in and out of school." She is well-grounded and wants to take full advantage of this opportunity to expand her personal, academic, and international horizons.

If you are interested in information about the process of becoming a host family for either the whole 2017-2018 school year, or splitting the hosting duties with another family, please contact International Student Coordinator Carol Nordgaarden .
UPCOMING EVENTS
LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 5/12
Gr. 3 to Sage Hill Campground

Kindergarten Mother's Day Tea
LS Campus

Laguna Fund Office Hours
Braun House (10:30AM-12:30PM)

SUN 5/14
Mother's Day

TUES 5/16
EK-4 Chess Club
LS Tech Lab (3:15-4:15PM)

W ED 5/17
Gr. 4 to La Purisima Mission
(8:45AM-3PM)

Gr. 1-4 Musical Theatre
LS Music Classroom & Pavilion (3:15-4:15PM)

FRI 5/19
Gr. 4 Citizenship Breakfast
LS Campus

MIDDLE SCHOOL

FRI 5/12
Laguna Fund Office Hours
Braun House (10:30AM-12:30PM)

Modified Schedule

Gr. 7/8 Advisories
(11:30AM-12:50PM)

SUN 5/14
Mother's Day

WED 5/17
MS Talent Show / House Games
(10:15-10:55AM)

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

Gr. 5-6 PAF Showcase Rehearsal
(5:30-7:30PM)

THURS 5/18
Gr. 5-6 PAF Showcase
Spaulding Auditorium (6:30-8PM)

FRI 5/19
Gr. 5/6 Service Day
Leadbetter Beach (8:15AM-2:50PM)

Gr. 7 Service Day
West Beach / Stearn's Wharf (8:15-2:50PM)

Gr. 8 Service Day
Hope Ranch Beach (8:15AM-2:50PM)


UPPER SCHOOL

FRI 5/12
Laguna Fund Office Hours
Braun House (10:30AM-12:30PM)

SAT 5/13
US Prom
The Goodland (8-10PM)

SUN 5/14
Mother's Day

MON 5/15
Introducing the World of College to Gr. 9 & 10 in Spaulding Auditorium (8:30-11AM)

Senior Projects Week 1

WED 5/17
US Art Showcase
Spaulding Auditorium (10:15-10:55AM)

THURS 5/18
B Period Spanish 3 to Los Agaves (11AM-12:45PM)

FRI 5/19
C Period Spanish to Los Agaves (11AM-12:30PM)