Schools

Teachers stay in touch during hiatus



On March 16, the first day of the social distancing break for local school districts, first grade teacher Martha Ewing sent her students at Red Oak Elementary a video via email. In it, she told her young pupils that she loved them, she missed them and if any of them wanted to send her a message, she would send them […]

Music Center names semifinalists

Four local students have been named in the 32nd annual Spotlight Program of the Music Center in Los Angeles. A total of 113 Southern California high school students received the honor. The local semifinalists are, along with their age, talent, hometown and school, are: Benjamin Conn, 12, jazz instrumental, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School. Cole Petridis, 10, jazz instrumental, Westlake […]

Districts lend a hand

Las Virgenes Unified School District reports it had 2,200 of the N95 protective masks that were left over from the Woolsey fire and this week donated the items to West Hills and Kaiser hospitals. Each hospital received 1,100 new masks. Kaiser had only 2,000 of the masks on hand prior to the gift. Oak Park Unified School District says it […]

Child care available for families in need

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley announced that some of its club sites will remain open on a limited basis to accommodate school closures and meet the childcare needs of the community. But others will close. Officials say they adjusted their club openings in alignment with the recommendations released by the State of California Health and Human […]

COVID-19 impacts college admissions, high school testing dates



Schools across Ventura County and the nation have been shutting down to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. How long closures will remain in effect is a question that district leaders can’t answer, which means California classrooms could be quiet well into April. High school students are faced with the additional problem of having to plan for college placement […]

Scholarships available for teachers of agriculture

The Ventura County chapter of California Women for Agriculture promotes agriculture awareness and education within the community. The organization also offers scholarships to teachers and educators for the Ag in the Classroom Conference, an annual three-day conference where teachers and education professionals can learn about agriculture. Attendees will be provided with tools, tricks and curriculum to enable them to bring […]

Middle school reprises classic Dahl story

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Matilda’


“The Smell of Rebellion” was in the air at Agoura High School March 6 and 7 as the hit musical “Matilda” was staged by Lindero Canyon Middle School. Directed by Raymond Saar, the heartwarming story about a precocious 5-year-old English girl who uses her telekinetic abilities to take revenge on a child-hating headmistress was adapted from Roald Dahl’s book, using […]

LVUSD names new assistant superintendant

Scifres has deep roots in school district

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education announced the selection of Steve Scifres as the assistant superintendent of human resources. Scifres attended Las Virgenes schools (White Oak Elementary, Lindero Canyon Middle and Agoura High schools) and later returned as a professional educator and leader. Scifres received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and his master’s […]

Oak Park channels ‘Chicago’

Oak Park High School will stage “Chicago: High School Edition” at the campus Performing Arts Pavilion 899 N. Kanan Road. Show times are 7 p.m. Thurs. to Sat., March 12 to 14, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sat., March 14. “Chicago: High School Edition” is an American musical based on the play “Chicago” by Maurine Dallas Watkins. With music by […]

Young actors stage ‘Matilda’

The Tony Award-winning musical “Matilda” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 6, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 7 at the Agoura Hills High School’s Performing Arts Education Center, 28545 W. Driver Ave. The story is about a little girl with astonishing wit and intelligence who gives power to the powerless, help to the helpless and disaster […]


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