Local school districts grapple with return to standardized testing

As students adjust to the return of in-person learning, many will also be asked to sit down and take standardized tests for the first time in over a year. In February, the U.S. Department of Education announced that all states must administer assessments in order to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on students’ learning and progress. Although states were given flexibility […]

Private academy offers post-pandemic assistance

River Oaks Academy in Westlake Village is offering free pandemic academic recovery to high school students. The summer academy will run from July 1 through Aug. 4. The private institution will give free summer courses to local high school students who need to make up credits or would like to work ahead. Students can take up to 10 credits during […]

Scholarship supports young environmentalists

Two Oak Park High School seniors, Daniel Conway and Naomi Lin, are the first recipients of the Conejo Open Space Foundation’s scholarship. They will receive up to $4,000 from the foundation during their college years . The $1,000 annual scholarship supports students pursuing majors related to environmental studies at two- or four-year colleges or universities starting with the fall 2021 […]

Finding work through Project Search

People with disabilities helped in obtaining employment

The pandemic interrupted Kevin Clark’s internship at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard last year. The 25-yearold can’t wait to get back to work. The Camarillo resident, who is deaf and nonverbal, always knew he would be a great fit for a workplace; he just needed a chance to demonstrate his positive attitude and skills. That’s when Project Search […]

Artistic reflections

Agoura High School leads all competitors with six finalists in the 2021 Reflections art and music competition. AHS had more finalists than any other high school in a region that includes eight other school districts. Each year more than 10,000 student entries into the artistic competition are received statewide. This year was the first time in over 50 years of […]

Tooth be told: dental health


Regular dental cleanings for kids are one of many aspects of people’s lives that have been interrupted over the past year. However, instilling good dental hygiene habits early is still critical in helping ensure long-lasting oral health for a child. Most dental plans cover children starting at birth. A child should see a dentist by the eruption of the first […]

Student Corps stages fundraiser to help local Westminster health clinic

Volunteers from a local chapter of the Student Corps organization raised $500 and donated the money to the Westminster Free Clinic in a presentation held on March 24. Jessica Xu, a 10th-grader and head of the Westlake High School branch of Student Corps, works as a volunteer at Westminster Clinic’s T.O. location. During last week’s check presentation, the Student Corps […]

New boss at VCOE

The Ventura County Board of Education named Cesar Morales as its new superintendent of schools. Morales will fill the vacancy created in February when Stan Mantooth retired. Currently serving as the VCOE deputy superintendent since Mantooth’s departure, Morales will be formally sworn in April 16. Prior to coming to VCOE in 2019 as associate superintendent of student services, Morales was […]

Milestone heart procedure achieved at Los Robles hospital

Hearts are being healed at Los Robles Regional Medical Center using what the hospital calls a “game-changing device.” Neurologist Gilbert Tausch is the 100th person at Los Robles Regional Medical Center to be implanted with the Watchman-FLX, a Food and Drug Administration-approved implantable device for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as AFib. “I was taking a blood […]


Walking to support suicide prevention The annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, hosted by the Los Angeles and Central Coast chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., April 24 online and anywhere participants like. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (District 44) will speak at the event, along with others. There will be a […]

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