Weekly roundup: Laguna Beach teacher receives award from U.S. Navy, Santa Ana launches vaccine clinics, and more

A Laguna Beach High School teacher has received an award from the U.S. Navy for having a positive impact on the lives of students.

An educator for over 20 years, Jonathan Todd was recently honored with the Navy’s Impact Influencer Award for greatly influencing and impacting the life of his former student, Jack Strickland.

According to an Laguna Beach USD press release, Strickland nominated Todd for the award after being accepted into the Navy’s Nuclear Engineering program. Strickland credited Todd as the “individual who really stood out and impacted his life.”

“Mr. Todd is a well-respected educator on the LBHS Team,” said Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Jason Allemann. “It is awesome to see a guy that gives recognition to so many of our young adults on the daily get recognized himself for impacting students.”

Laguna Beach High School teacher Jonathan Todd (center) pictured with U.S. Navy Petty Officer Garcia (right) and Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Jason Allemann upon receiving the U.S. Navy Impact Influencer Award.

Here are some of the other stories we’ve been following this week.

  • In related news, Santa Ana Unified School District officials are hoping to make getting vaccinations easier for some of Orange County’s hardest hit residents by launching COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children 5 and up.
  • Some educators across the state are embracing a growing trend to move away from traditional point-driven grading systems to a system that bases grades on what students are learning, thus aiming to close large academic gaps among racial, ethnic and economic groups.
  • Anaheim High School students voted to keep the name and imagery of their mascot — the Colonists — amid pushback from some community members. But the decision will ultimately be up to the Anaheim Union High School District’s Board of Trustees, which will be presented with the results of the vote in December.
  • A fifth-grade class from George While Elementary School took to a street corner in Laguna Niguel to perform several numbers from the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

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