At the core of FLOW, each grade level embarks on its common English unit in January. These common units engage students in inquiry, authentic learning, real-world relevance, and ultimately, publication of their work out to the community.
In addition, each grade level will have experiences across the curriculum that relate to its grade-level FLOW topic. The common read projects in the English class and the lessons in other classes will allow students to see the connections between content areas and the impact that they can have on the real world.
9th graders hear from the Laguna Beach Fire Department, interview community members, and write articles commemorating the ‘93 LB Fire. Select articles were compiled into a Digital Anthology Remembering the Laguna Beach Fire (with cover art by Sam O'Neill). Two students Eliana Merritt and Zoe Tran were chosen to discuss their articles in a KX FM Morning Show Broadcast on February 10, 2023
10th graders create poetry anthologies on a land topic to be shared with sixth graders at Thurston Middle School.
11th graders create animatics and short films on ocean topics that are evaluated by a panel of Coast Film Festival founders and industry experts. The top twelve films were screened at the FLOW Ocean Film Showcase on February 13, 2023 at the Artists Theater. Following the films, the panel provided the filmmakers with live feedback and encouragement.
12th graders read Scott Harrison's Thirst, a book about his journey toward activism. In an effort to inspire our seniors to take up a cause, reflect on their own strengths, and self-advocate, they were asked to choose a cause and create video resumés to non-profit organizations and NGO’s in support of that cause. Top video resumés were evaluated by LBUSD staff panels and the students were given valuable, authentic feedback.
Congratulations to Ana Mani, Jackson Flemming, Ava Roop, Ashton Azadian, Cruiz Lynn, Rosabella Murphy, Nicolas Moore, Gavin Zaengle, Lorenzo Lahijani, Caleb Densmore, May Chapman, Kirra Moore, Hayley Weng, Addison Daeley, Gabriel Gomez, Brisa Campos, Logan Ribarich, and Miller Rosenthal.
Global Studies and Health students designed their own fire preparedness kids based on their study of fire safety in their own community.
World and US History students learned about the environmental impact of industrialization and western expansion.
US Government classes learned about policies, regulations, and landmark court cases relating to environmental protection and contributed to the FLOW Week art installations.
Economics students incorporated land-related topics such as zoning, waste management, and environmental protection in a simulated city planning project. They will also undertake a project to design and advocate for the creation of outdoor learning spaces on campus.
Studio Art students constituted the bulk of the creative force behind the FLOW Week art installations, now on permanent display at LBHS in the 30's hallway. In the Spring Semester, art students will paint rain barrels provided by the Laguna Beach County Water District.
Multimedia Production students have been printing FLOW promotional materials all year, from stickers to T-shirts. In the Spring, the class is helping FLOW design and build new interactive recycle bins for the LBHS Quad.
Ceramics classes are contributing themed pieces to the Senior Quad planter revitalization project.