Tag archives: Laguna Blanca

Our Town’s 20th Annual Graduation Issue: Part 2
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 21, 2022

Our town’s schools held their 2022 graduation ceremonies from May 29 through June 10. The eight school graduations are covered in order of occurrence with part one in the previous issue (Vol. 28, Iss. 23, June 9) and this issue including El Montecito Early School with 20 grads, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School with […]

Latest Match at the Field
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2022

Prince Harry may not be appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with his actress wife Meghan Markle after the Trooping of the Color ceremony next month, but he was definitely front and center at the Santa Barbara Polo Club playing in the final of the Folded Hills Pope Challenge final on Sunday. The closely […]

Laguna Blanca School Opens New Science Center
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 5, 2021

It’s open – and it’s beautiful. On Monday, September 27, there was a ribbon cutting and VIP guest reception for the new 5,500-square-foot Center for Science and Innovation at Laguna Blanca School’s Hope Ranch campus, which houses the Nakamura STEM Research and Innovation Lab, the updated Jackson Physics Labs, the Mosher Foundation Outdoor classroom, Gainey […]

Filling in the Gap: Laguna Blanca Product Takes a Year Away
By Stella Haffner   |   August 12, 2021

I was a straight-A student through middle school and high school. That is, a straight-A student except for one class: physical education. How dastardly that my pristine GPA should be sullied by such a subject! Or so I thought then. What I had yet to learn was that academics are a balancing act between both […]

Our Town’s 19th Annual Graduation Issue: Part II
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 24, 2021

The total local student graduates for this week are 120 — with 74 at Cate School, 11 at Laguna Blanca Lower School, and 35 at Crane Country Day School. For the year, there were 246 graduates at all Montecito schools. We at the Montecito Journal wish all the 2021 graduates success going forward and congratulations […]

Dear Montecito: Maxx Christal
By Stella Haffner   |   February 4, 2021

Today’s letter is a guided tour of Santa Barbara from Maxx Christal. Maxx is a Crane and Laguna Blanca alum who was known as something of an adrenaline junkie back in our high school days – almost certainly a reputation he earned after volunteering to go first on every climb and zip line during class […]

Dear Montecito: Isabelle Davenport
By Stella Haffner   |   January 28, 2021

My mom, Carrie Haffner, has two stickers on her car. One is a harbor pass that expired six years ago, the other is a Bucket Brigade magnet. She likes both and says she keeps them because they “show other people that we’re locals.” This week we’re hearing from an old classmate of mine, Laguna Blanca […]

Dear Montecito: Sierra Willard
By Stella Haffner   |   November 12, 2020

Much to my disgust, this week’s letter is from yet another wonderfully gifted visual artist. Meet Sierra Willard, current student at University of the Arts London and Laguna Blanca alum.  High ranking on the list of things I’m not good at is drawing. Any type of drawing. My freshman year of college, I was in […]

Laguna Blanca Student Raises Funds for Foodbank
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 13, 2020

Sydney Hlavaty, class of 2020, was honored with Laguna Blanca’s 2020 Senior Project Award at Laguna Blanca’s 86th Commencement Ceremony, which was held virtually on July 31. Sydney’s heartfelt project was especially personal, as she chose to honor her classmates through her artistic talent. She tirelessly devoted sixty-one hours over the course of three weeks and […]

Kindergarten Instructor Honored
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 2, 2020

“Creative. Passionate. Dedicated.” These are the words most frequently used to describe Laguna Blanca’s Kindergarten Instructor and 2020 Faculty Excellence Award winner, Mieke Delwiche. Since 2009, Delwiche has ushered in scores of youngsters to Laguna while opening their hearts and minds to a love of learning. Always holding herself to the highest expectations, Delwiche has […]

Bucket Brigade Updates
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 11, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, fourth graders at Laguna Blanca Lower School held their Citizenship Event via Zoom. Usually held as a special breakfast on campus, the event is a culmination of curriculum taught in the fourth grade, focusing on good citizenship and leadership. Each year, students choose members of the community who exhibit the Six […]

TEDxLagunaBlanca
By Paige Levinson   |   January 23, 2020

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Laguna Blanca School will host its third annual TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool event. With this year’s theme set as RE.IMAGINE, speakers and attendees will be encouraged to re-think what they know, rebel against what’s been done before, and re-discover truths about society and the world around them. Members of the student team have […]

Laguna Blanca School’s Library Dances Program
By Joanne Calitri   |   March 14, 2019

As part of their Advanced Placement English studies, the students in Laguna Blanca English teacher Charles Donelan‘s class integrate the art of dance into their study of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in an annual program titled, Library Dances. The students study with the State Street Ballet, various musicians, and newly added this year, artist-practitioner from Shakespeare’s […]

TEDx at Laguna Blanca
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   February 7, 2019

Laguna Blanca students produced another successful and sold-out TEDx event on Tuesday, January 29. Based on the theme UNCHARTED, the event featured 20 speakers and performers from around the world who explored the theme by pushing boundaries and sparking deep discussions about space, literature, disease, culture, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and music. “This year, we wanted […]

Laguna Blanca News
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 22, 2018

Audrey Murphy, 11th grade Laguna Blanca student, has been invited to perform for the Honors Concert Choir – 2019 High School Honors Performance Series to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City this February. The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them […]

Owls in Wonderland
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 8, 2018

Designed to ignite the imagination and inspire creativity, Laguna Blanca School invites the Santa Barbara and Montecito communities to jump down the rabbit hole for the ninth annual Owls in Wonderland Carnival at its Lower School campus this Sunday, November 11.  This whimsical day of interactive learning and creative play allows children of all ages […]

Laguna Blanca Celebrates 85 Years
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 27, 2018

On Friday, September 21, 85 years to the day since opening its doors, Laguna’s faculty, staff, and students gathered to celebrate the school and its accomplishments over the years. The All-School 85th Birthday Bash kicked-off with a pep rally in Merovick Gymnasium and a drone shot of the entire school formed in a giant 85. […]

Frame and Fortune
By Richard Mineards   |   July 5, 2018

Youngsters from Laguna Blanca School have been exhibiting their art works in the conference room of the Santa Barbara branch of Farmers and Merchant Trust Company. The exhibition, which will last three months, is organized by Mariko Tabar, art commissioner for Santa Barbara county and wife of the bank’s senior veep, Frank Tabar. Among the […]

Dr. Surber of Laguna Blanca Lower School
By Sigrid Toye   |   May 31, 2018

As I entered the parking area on the Laguna Blanca Lower School campus, everything looked as I remembered it at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Children were happily playing, staff were all present and accounted for, spring flowers could be seen placed artistically in the carefully pruned landscaping that surrounds the perimeter of […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2018

Laguna Blanca School’s annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara was a roaring success, with the 265 guests raising more than $500,000. The bounteous bash, with a 1920’s theme, was co-chaired by Tiffany Pelletier and Valerie Rice, with ubiquitous KEYT-TV broadcaster John Palminteri as emcee and Alicia Wilson as auctioneer, with lots including trips to Vail, […]