Las Virgenes school district continues ‘aggressive’ back-to-school strategy

Third-graders to join K-2 kids as more classrooms open

The holidays are here and coronavirus cases are on the rise, but parents who favor a return to class in the Las Virgenes Unified School District have reason to rejoice. LVUSD announced that on Dec. 7 third graders will join kindergarten through-second-graders for on-campus learning. The district is taking advantage of a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order […]

Students’ goal is a clean community

LIKE NEW—These Oak Park students, tired of seeing water bottle, wrapper and face mask debris on the fields at Deerhill Park, have been making regular trips to the park to clean it up. The students belong to Student Corps, a worlwide service organization for young people whose mission entails community projects. They are assisted by parent Jingqiu Zhu.

School board leader Gordon Whitehead dies

The Las Virgenes education community is mourning the loss this week of Gordon Whitehead, a school board trustee from 2001 to 2013. The 79-year-old Agoura Hills resident died Nov. 6 following a long illness, the family said. Whitehead graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in accounting and pursued a career as a certified public accountant. He moved […]

Logix lends hand to local schools

Logix Federal Credit Union is supporting Conejo Valley schools by participating on the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee as well as sponsoring the Teacher of the Month program. Westlake Village branch manager Guadalupe Bayardo will serve on the committee. The committee coordinates interaction between businesses, the local school districts and partners with private schools and colleges in […]

Teen sees glass half-full during coronavirus pandemic

COMMENTARY /// The student point of view

There is a widespread view that the teenage way of life has been utterly destroyed by the coronavirus. And while many adults pity our generation and its current state of disconnect, I feel otherwise. Before the lockdown I would wake up at 5:45 a.m. while the sky was still painted with blackness, and drive myself to school for my 7 […]

Pandemic moves college traditions online

Universities go remote for campus visits and tours

Fall is an exciting time for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students often travel near and far to visit colleges and get an idea of what their lives would be like on campus. Those weekend traditions changed this year, though, as universities were forced to close their campuses to visitors and suspend their regular tours due to the pandemic. […]

Bus capacity could be problem when districts reopen

CDC guidelines limit ridership

Although most conversations about schools reopening are focused on what happens inside the classroom, one of the most complicated issues could be how students are getting back to campus safely. School buses, which normally hold from 66 to 82 passengers, will have their ridership cut to a fraction of that because districts will be required to keep students socially distanced […]

Eagle Scout prepares schools with touchless drinking water dispensers

Christopher “Bobby” Buyalos has a thirst to succeed. For his recently completed eagle Scout project, Bobby and his team of volunteers installed 25 water bottle filling dispensers at nine LVUSD schools: Round Meadow, Lupin Hill, Sumac, White Oak, Willow, Chaparral, Bay Laurel, A.C.Stelle and Calabasas High. The water bottle dispensers will allow students to have safe access to drinking water […]

Oak Park scholar semifinalists

Five Oak Park students are among the 16 students from local high schools who 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; […]

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 […]

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