National Merit semifinalists include top local kids

Sixteen students from local high schools have earned semifinalist recognition in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The local semifinalists from Oak Park High School are senior students Michael Cristiano, Charlotte Nicks, Isaac Shuman, Sasha Xu, and Joshua Yap. Also recognized are Quynh-Anh Nguyen and Jeremy White from Calabasas High School; Rachel Fox, Ethan Goldenberg and Daniel Nathanson from Agoura […]

Pandemic shapes new look at Cal Lutheran

About 750 new undergraduate students enrolled at Cal Lutheran University as the fall semester began in a mostly virtual format in response to COVID-19. Lori Varlotta began the new year taking over the president’s position from Chris Kimball. Although most classes began virtually, nine undergraduate lecture classes are taking place in new outdoor classrooms under tents with open sides. Two […]


Michelle Florey of Agoura Hills and Lydia Nicole Bachman, Nicholas Furton, Kayla Jou, Raegynn B Moody and Devon Morris made the spring dean’s list at Baylor University in Houston, Tex. Amanda Bonavida of Agoura Hills earned spring dean’s list honors at Illinois Wesleyan Univesity in Bloomington, Ill. Amy Courter of Agoura Hills made the dean’s list at Lawrence University in […]

Community colleges feel the pinch too

During times of economic uncertainty, people return to college campuses to learn new skills and pursue different career paths. Amid the financial turmoil created by the Great Recession in the late 2000s, for example, enrollment levels for undergraduate students surged by 33%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The greatest increase occurred at community colleges, which are more […]

Home school experts offer remote learning advice for parents

For many school district parents who have turned their dining rooms into classrooms ahead of the 2020-21 remote school year, the fear is real. With the state requiring remote learning in counties on the COVID watchlist, families across Los Angeles and Ventura counties are preparing for another semester of learning at home. School officials have promised this year’s remote learning […]

Grads get their ceremony after all

Oaks goes to Ventura County Fairgrounds for commencement

When schools closed their campuses in March due to the coronavirus, it meant high school seniors would miss out on the traditional year-end celebration known as commencement. As the number of cases of COVID-19 rose, the staff and students at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village held out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony. What they got was a drive-by […]

Medea Creek team claws its way to the top

Two teams of students from Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park have been selected as finalists in an environmental challenge. The OurEcho Challenge invites middle school students from across the country to identify threats to their local ecosystems and come up with a solution. The challenge is presented by EarthEcho International, a nonprofit environmental organization founded by Philippe Cousteau […]


Hongliang Liu made the spring dean’s list at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Joshua Caltabiano of Oak Park; Jamie De Cesare of Calabasas; and Batya Conn, Jesse Fulton and Isabel Sami of Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Lynsey Cole and Kyle Goldbeck of Agoura Hills made the spring dean’s list […]

Las Virgenes welcomes three new principals

In addition to a number of new students joining Las Virgenes Unified School District this fall, three principals will make their LVUSD debut. Calabasas High School and Willow and Bay Laurel elementary schools will have new principals when classes resume Aug. 19. The educators were employed with the school district previously and have all been promoted. Sara Exner will become […]


William Cutler and Maxwell Sebso from Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Northeastern University in Boston. Claire Williams of Oak Park made the spring 2020 honor roll list at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Benjamin Diamond of Agoura Hills made the spring 2020 dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Justin Crawford, Olivia Ojeda and […]

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