Local high school bands turn up the volume at Conejo exhibition

‘Putnam Spelling Bee’ appears letter perfect

HIGH SCHOOL THEATER /// Calabasas High School

It’s been 16 months since we reviewed a live musical, so Calabasas High School’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which played recently, was truly an event for celebration. It felt like a homecoming of sorts as school and community theater companies plan for in-person performances this fall under the optimism that the COVID crisis is finally […]


Rachel Sanders of Oak Park was named to the spring 2021 dean’s list at the Palmer College of Chiropractic west campus in San Jose, California. Avery Aviv of Hidden Hills, Sophia Nunez and Ethan Dettmann of Agoura Hills, and Bela Jimenez and Bailey Halbreich of Oak Park had a 3.4 grade point average or higher and made the dean’s list […]

Vaccines make news as OPUSD returns to class

Oak Park teen treks abroad

Oak Park High School graduate Natalie Almog was one of 80 teens who attended this year’s Heritage Quest Trip. The quest is an annual summer excursion that affords Jewish high school students an opportunity to witness the rebirth of post-Holocaust Jewish life in Poland, as well as take a two-week tour of the Holy Land. Sponsored by the global Chabad […]

A solution to those high textbook costs

Textbooks and supplies are often among the largest educational expenses college students face. As a result, 65% of college students have avoided buying textbooks due to high prices, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. To make textbooks more accessible, the Ventura County Community College District has established the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) […]

Holiday show auditions

Auditions are scheduled for “Home for the Holidays,” a Youth Theatre Intensive production, at 5 p.m. Tues. and Wed., Aug. 10 and 11 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Performances are 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 10 and 11; and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 11 and 12. The directors/producers are Elena Mills and […]


Michelle Florey of Agoura Hills and Lydia Bachman, Kayla Jou and Raegynn Moody of Westlake Village earned spring 2021 dean’s list honors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Kate Otto of Agoura Hills, Ryan Speert of Oak Park, and Julia Feinbloom of Westlake Village made spring dean’s list at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Riley deVarennes of Agoura […]

Agoura High School student has convincing way about him

Give Casey Simpson five minutes and he can convince just about anyone to see things his way. The 17-year-old Agoura High School student won first place for impromptu speaking at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament in April and has placed high at national debate competitions around the country. Casey, who will be a senior in the fall, […]


The following students made the dean’s list (3.5 GPA) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa: Michela DeFalco and Kaitlin Wiltshire of Agoura Hills; Alexander Wierenga and Melissa Hoffman of Oak Park. These students made the president’s list (4.0 GPA): Megan Johnson of Oak Park, and Danielle Davidson, Jaxon Novack of Calabasas and Samantha Starling of Calabasas. Ava Gams of […]

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