SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ based on student hardships is scratched

College Board responds to critics

Students taking the SAT will no longer have to worry if their “adversity score,” a number based on the environmental and socioeconomic hardships they faced in their communities, played a part in their college admission. About two months ago the College Board, the New Yorkbased nonprofit that creates the SAT, announced it would add an adversity score to its college […]

A $pecial gift for teachers

WELL-DESERVED—Westlake Rotarian Stephanie Bell-Harbourne, left, donates a gift card for Staples office supplies to Nancy Avina, Conejo Elementary School manager. The Westlake Village Rotary Club launched a pilot program to support lower-income campuses of the Conejo Valley Unified School District. In the first year, Rotary gave $50 gift cards to 100 teachers at six elementary schools in the district. Teachers […]

College and career event

Career and College Knowledge Night will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 3 at Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Hwy. The annual event is a partnership between Calabasas, Agoura and Oak Park high schools. The evening consists of three 30-minute presentations on topics relevant to choosing careers and the college-going process. Presentations will include: the UC and […]

Long walk down a short path

POOCHES AND THEIR POP—Old Agoura resident Olivier Dior takes his dogs for a walk along the Agoura High School Backtrail on Sept. 15. Navigating with three is challenging. “I need a third arm,” Dior commented while walking his dogs Luna, front; Melody, back left; and Spartacus, back right. JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn Newspapers

Pet of the Week

CUTE AS A BUTTON­— Button spends all of her time freely roaming the Habikat room at the shelter, where she gets along with the other cats and has been good with visitors. She is litter-box trained. Meet Button, ID No. A5262310 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los […]

Magic show benefits cancer programs

BUBBLE HEAD—A magician from the Magic Castle in Hollywood performs at an Aug. 24 benefit for the Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/Santa Barbara. The show was held at the Agoura home of Barry Garapedian, a member of the CSC board of directors. For information about the organization’s many cancer support programs, offered at no cost to the public, visit


The Agoura Hills Library will offer the following free programs at 29901 Ladyface Court. For information, call (818) 889-2278. Book donations to the Book Cellar help fund programs. For details, call (818) 584-7219. Mon., Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Nailed it: Canvas Art DIY project for ages 18 years and over. Registration requested; call (818) 889-2279. Tues., Sept. 17 at […]

Westlake United Methodist turns 50

Back when Agoura Hills was mostly an expanse of sagebrush, and Westlake Village was still an open field, a group of 30 people gathered in the First Neighborhood community center to worship and pray. United Methodist Church of Westlake Village held its very first worship service in that makeshift chapel on Sept. 14, 1969. Over the next five decades, the […]

School enrollment open

EAGER TO LEARN—Religious school enrollment for K-6 is open at Nachshon Minyan in Encino. Classes run Oct. 20 through May 31, 2020. For more about the school, bar/bat mitzvah and life-cycle events, call (818) 789-7314 or email

Chabad welcomes new year

Chabad of the Conejo will hold its High Holiday services in the grand ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Auxiliary services will take place at eight other locations throughout the Conejo Valley. Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated starting the evening of Sun., Sept. 29. Yom Kippur begins the evening of Tues. Oct. 8. The services are […]

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