New bill says students can sleep in

High school start time set at 8:30 a.m.

With the passage of a new bill, teens may no longer beg their parents for “just five more minutes” of sleep before heading off to school in the morning. Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, California middle schools will be required to start after 8 a.m. and high schools will begin after 8:30 a.m. The new law, Senate Bill 328, […]

There’s a hack for that

STUDENTS HAVE APP-ITUDE—From left, Harrison Katz, Jake Gerber and Zachary Diamond of Agoura High School win Best Game Hack at the Oct. 26 Angel Hacks competition in Los Angeles. With them is Scott Gruber, a program designer and developer at UCLA and one of the seven judges. The Agoura boys won for their work in retro gaming consoles. More than 150 […]

Acting out at the drama festival

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE—Above, the Calabasas High School team performs its musical entry that earned them second place in the open musical category and second place overall during the DTASC Fall Festival held Oct. 26 at Calabasas High School. DTASC is the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California. Below, T-shirts were a hit at the fest. Bottom, students also […]

Award-winning teacher supports her students

Self-portraits of students in Susan Levy’s second grade class hang above the whiteboard in her classroom. The portraits are expressive, with unique and identifiable features. The drawings display varying levels of artistic skill. All 22 portraits clearly portray unique individuals, which goes along with Levy’s own experience with her students. When asked what earned her the Teacher of the Year […]


Kids love to dance The Agoura High School Dance Team will present its inaugural Agoura’s World of Dance at 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 in the gym at 28545 Driver Ave. Duets, quartets and crews will compete for the audience’s vote. In addition, the AHS dance team will hold its inaugural Lightning Bolts kids’ dance clinic Sat., Nov. 9. Over […]

LVUSD lauds progress in education

School board members, teachers, parents and students gathered in the lobby of the Performing Arts Education Center at Calabasas High School on Oct. 24 for the third annual Las Virgenes State of Our Schools address as soft music played in the background and guests sampled an array of hors d’oeuvres. The musical accompaniment was provided by the Agoura High School […]

Five things to keep in mind when looking at higher education

COMMENTARY /// College admissions

The year is young, but many students are already thinking about which college to attend. The college admissions process can produce much unnecessary stress for high school seniors. While it’s normal to feel anxious about the process, it’s important to keep in mind that “knowledge is power” when applying to college. Knowing what to expect as you complete your admissions […]

All chip in

WORTH THE EFFORT—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley recently welcome volunteers from Farmers Insurance to participate in a club beautification project at the Dr. Richard Grossman Club on the campus of Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas. “(We) had just two days between summer and the school year to make sure the club was ready, so all hands […]

Foundation butterflies

The Emily Shane Foundation will present its fifth annual fall fundraiser event titled Butterfly Magic from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3 at Alumni Park on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu. The all-ages event will support the SEA (Successful Educational Achievement), a program that provides academic tutoring and mentoring to disadvantaged, struggling students in middle schools. Attendees […]

Ready, set, research

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 […]

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