Schools look distinguished

Three Ventura County elementary schools have been named 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education.

The schools are Oak Hills Elementary of Oak Park Unified School District, Sycamore Canyon of Conejo Valley Unified School District and Walnut Canyon Arts and Technology Magnet of Moorpark Unified School District.

Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators such as test scores, suspension rates and English learner progress.

In addition, Oak Park Unified is one of 22 school districts in the state named an Exemplary District for making positive impacts on student outcomes.

The district and the Distinguished Schools will be honored in May during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

A total of 287 elementary schools honored this year under the Distinguished Schools Program.

The program returns after a three-year break, and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

Music is in the air in Oak Park

The third annual Oak Park Music Festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., April 15 on the campus of Medea Creek Middle School, 1002 Doubletree Road, Oak Park.

The festival, which will have two outdoor stages, will feature concert bands, strings, jazz and choral performances from Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School.

Guests can hear classical and jazz music from Oak Park’s award-winning instrumental and choral programs.

The event will include a student art showcase as well as vendors, a bake sale, silent auction, food trucks, a Kid Zone and an interactive musical instrument booth.

Guests should bring lawn seating. The gates will open at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5.

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The ‘Secret Garden’ is blooming

The Agoura High School theater department will present the award-winning musical “The Secret Garden”on the main stage of the school’s performing arts education center, 28545 Driver Ave.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Fri., April 24, 25 and 27; 4 p.m. Thurs., April 26; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., April 28.

The play is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by David Krassner.

When young Mary Lennox loses both her parents, she is sent to live with her uncle Archibald in a secluded manor house in England, where she discovers her Aunt Lily’s secret garden overgrown with vines. Surrounded by spirits from the past, Mary is determined to restore the beauty that once was.

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