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High school program develops study skills


By the time they don their caps and gowns, high school students are expected to be fully prepared for college. And that includes knowing how to conduct a good class research project. Calabasas High School is one of more than 1,500 schools around the world that offer the Capstone Program, a two-year course that teaches students how to conduct an […]

OPHS merit semifinalists are named

Ten Oak Park High School students were included in the 2020 list of semifinalists for the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential […]

Schools give marching orders

Sounds of Conejo a tribute to marching bands


They came out in force, a thousand strong, assembled in their snappy uniforms with glossy sashes, stylish shakos and shiny instruments along the sidelines of the Thousand Oaks High School football field. The event was the 12th annual Sounds of Conejo, a celebration of the marching band tradition that signals the coming of fall just as much as the browning […]

OPHS revives ABBA sound

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance will present “Mama Mia!” at the Oak Park High School Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. Show times are 7 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 24 and 25, as well as 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26. “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical originally produced in London, premiering in 1999. Using the […]

Financial education for kids

According to a survey by Quicken, maker of personal finance software, people who learned about money as children were 20% more likely to prioritize teaching their own kids about money. The top teaching tools—allowance, savings accounts, piggy banks—may not have changed much, but the lessons have evolved. Today, parents are teaching their children about charitable giving 60% more than their […]

Life in the fast lane at Oak Hills

School opens running track

The Oak Hills Elementary PTA, in partnership with Oak Park Unified School District, dedicated its new running track with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Sept. 18. The track is made of decomposed granite. The day also marked the start of the Oak Hill’s Run Club for the new school year. Research shows that physical activity, including running, not only […]

Area Lutheran churches take aim at mental health

Effort part of a nationwide ministry


Local churches are acting in good faith to help people struggling with mental health issues. Six Lutheran congregations in eastern Ventura County are in the process of launching a mental health ministry to help individuals who need mental and emotional support in the wake of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last November, as well […]

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 […]


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