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March 15, 1999 | Jason Leopold, (714) 966-5634
Mission Viejo High School students produced an award-winning, four-minute documentary chronicling the history of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Students Brandon Brickley, Ali Nourbakhsh and J.R. Riedel also wrote and filmed the documentary, which was the overall winner in a nationwide contest sponsored by the History Channel. The documentary can be seen on the History Channel's Web site, www.historychannel.com. The students were recently flown to Washington, D.C.
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November 12, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California waded into the fray Thursday over the proposed Gay-Straight Alliance club at El Modena High, saying it would pursue legal action against the Orange Unified School District if trustees refuse to approve the club's formation. If the school board vetoes the club, the ACLU said in a statement, trustees would be violating the freedom of expression and association guaranteed by the Constitution.
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November 11, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange Unified School District board will vote Nov. 18 on whether to allow the district's first gay/straight club at El Modena High School, a controversial proposal that drew hundreds to a meeting Tuesday. About 300 parents and students packed the McPherson Middle School auditorium during the four-hour forum that lasted until about 11 p.m.
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November 10, 1999 | MARISSA ESPINO and DAVID HALDANE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
About 300 Orange Unified School District parents and students argued late into the night Tuesday at a heated public forum on the proposed formation of a gay/straight club at El Modena High School. The standing-room-only crowd appeared equally divided over the controversial club, which would be the first of its kind in the district. "There needs to be a safe haven for all students," said Maryina Herde, a teacher at the high school who has volunteered to be the club's advisor.
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June 1, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The students in Kathy Lewis' classroom at Hope Special Education School in Buena Park get so excited waiting for their visitors to arrive each Thursday that Lewis reminds them not to jump out of their chairs and run to hug their guests. That is not appropriate social behavior. But that doesn't temper the enthusiastic chorus of greetings when the visitors arrive or the flurry of high-fives and hugs.
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August 20, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Brea Olinda Unified school board suspended two student government leaders from their elected positions after they admitted to cheating on an honors physics test, district officials said Wednesday. Effective immediately, the two seniors at Brea Olinda High School, the student body president and class vice president, were suspended from office until November, the end of the fall quarter.
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December 3, 1998
Three Foothill High School seniors were to return to campus today pending the outcome of a court hearing on whether they were unfairly transferred because of suspected marijuana smoking during the school lunch period. Orange County Superior Court Judge John C. Woolley prodded the Tustin Unified School District to reinstate the teenagers until holiday break begins on Dec. 18. The hearing is set for Dec. 29. Meanwhile, the students will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.
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September 12, 1998 | JASON KANDEL
Police arrested a 17-year-old La Quinta High School football player Friday for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill coaches and players Thursday at a practice, police said. Apparently angry at being teased about an injury, the boy threatened to go home, get his parents' guns and shoot coaches and players, police said. School authorities notified police at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, about four hours after the teen had gone home after practice.
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June 2, 2000 | DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marina High School senior Logan Odden hopes to win a title in the boys' pole vault at tonight's state finals, the most prestigious track-and-field event of the season. When he's through, he'll launch into the evening's unscheduled event: the prom relay. Odden's 5 p.m. event will be followed by a scramble home to shower, shave and don a tux before he rushes off to meet his date and catch the tail end of his senior prom.
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June 9, 2000 | RICHARD COLVIN and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The dropout rate for Orange County schools remained less than the state average, and Santa Ana Unified continued to see the number of dropouts declining, despite having the county's highest average, according to figures released by the state Thursday. While schools across California saw an average of 2.8% of their students drop out, the rate at Orange County schools was 2%, just a pinch higher than the previous year's 1.9%. Santa Ana Unified's rate dropped to 3.2% from the previous year's 4.
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