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The Laguna Beach Unified School District is honored to have earned two awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in the category of Publications and Digital Media Excellence. The entries that were awarded this honor include the LBUSD Mental Health Awareness Video, created by Andy Crisp, and Renew, Recharge, Reimagine: LBUSD's Annual Community Report 2020-2021, created by the Communications Department.

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Brave Day: Life Lessons From a Kindergartner

Entering kindergarten for the very first time is hard enough, but as LBUSD’s Class of 2034 crossed the threshold into Room 19 for the first time this fall, little was known about the impact COVID-19 would have on their impressionable hearts and minds. While some students had a small taste of school with distance learning, some never experienced transitional kindergarten or preschool, marking kindergarten as their first time in an in-person school environment. They had to push through the first-day butterflies without a parent or guardian by their side and had to meet their teacher and peers while only being able to recognize them through their eyes above a mask. Students also had to learn to navigate relationship building and how to read and express emotions with eye contact alone until the mandatory mask mandates were lifted in March 2022.

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The third-grade team at El Morro Elementary (EMS) created a RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Pack Club that meets periodically throughout each month at lunch to perform various acts of kindness. With the help of a grant through the Laguna Greenbelt Foundation, assistance from the LBUSD Facilities team, and LBHS student Rain Duong, the RAK Pack created a butterfly garden this year, which has been a great addition to the campus, spreading joy and encouraging butterflies to flourish on the grounds.

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced earlier this week the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program. This award program has taken the place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program this year. It honors and recognizes schools and districts that went above and beyond to implement innovative practices during the 2020–21 school year when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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