Schools

Civic-minded Calabasas High senior engages the community



The COVID-19 lockdown was a difficult time for everyone, but teens faced a particular challenge in dealing with distance learning. One Calabasas High School student is passing her tech knowledge on to others. Katelyn Pool, 18, has helped the city’s older adults become more comfortable communicating through Zoom, while also encouraging her peers to take an interest in science, technology, […]

Pool rewarded with $5K NHS scholarship

Katelyn Pool was selected to win a $5,625 National Honor Society scholarship. She was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants. Pool was elected vice chair of the first City of Calabasas Mayor’s Youth Council. She works to promote civic engagement in her community. She’s also the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project “Closing the Technology Gap With […]

COLLEGE STANDOUTS

Emma Williams of Oak Park made the fall 2020 dean’s list at San Francisco State University. Amanda Bonavida of Agoura Hills made the fall 2020 dean’s list at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. William Cutler of Agoura Hills received the 2021 President’s Award for academic achievement at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Paige Singer of Agoura Hills named dean’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sumac teacher a ‘Genius’ educator of year

Julie Birkett, a fourth-grade teacher at Sumac Elementary School in Agoura Hills and the site director for the Southeast Ventura County YMCA’s “Find My Genius” summer learning program has been named Educator of the Year by BellXcel, a nonprofit, out-of-classroom education provider. BellXcel partners with school districts and community-based organizations to help close the education gap for students who are […]

Louisville names new principal

After a national search. Jennifer Aguilar has been named the new principal of Louisville High School in Woodland Hills. The position formally begins in July. Aguilar is the assistant principal of academics at Louisville and will replace Kathy Vercillo, who is retiring after 33 years at the school. Aguilar came to Louisville in 2003 and taught in the English department […]


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