Student volunteers step up to serve, mentor

Growing up in a small town near the Canadian border, Makenna Drye saw the value of volunteer service early in life. The senior at Cal Lutheran University says the people in her hometown of Burlington, Wash., thrive on helping one another. Volunteering is part of her DNA, something she took part in during her high school years before later moving […]

Online showcase for school’s music talent

The Agoura High School Music and Tri-M Music Honors Society premiered the AHS Music Winter Virtual Showcase 2021 on Jan. 28. The virtual concert featured all of the school’s large group ensembles, including orchestra, choir, wind and jazz. The showcase also included 15 songs by Tri-M Music Honors Society chamber groups and combos, as well as a song by Agourapella, […]

SAT subject test and essay a thing of the past in post-pandemic world

High school students will have two less things to worry about when applying to college this spring. The College Board nationwide testing group announced it was eliminating the SAT subject tests and the optional SAT essay this year to “reduce and simplify demands on students.” Many local experts, though, believe the modifications were inevitable as fewer and fewer schools relied […]


Grasen Campbell of Oak Park and Riley deVarannes of Agoura Hills made the fall 2020 dean’s list at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Benjamin Diamond of Agoura Hills earned fall 2020 dean’s list honors at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Rachel Sanders of Oak Park earned fall 2020 dean’s list honors at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Joaquin […]

Innovative social media approach helps in the classroom

Winnie Sloan is all about her students. The Oak Park High School science teacher will do whatever it takes to make sure they understand her lessons, including meeting them on their turf—TikTok. Sloan has been using the social media app to share videos in which she explains scientific concepts through song, dance and mnemonic devices. She’s been using the program […]

Learning the alphabet starts a lifetime of reading pleasure for kids

Test scores indicate that teaching a child to read through distance learning does not necessarily lead to an acceptable reading level. This is frustrating for many parents who feel incapable of teaching their child to read. After 30 years as a teacher specializing in reading, I can offer parents simple but effective methods for teaching reading. Begin by making reading […]

This girl is the ‘bomb’

Student cooks up a good way to help shelter animals

Zoey Goldsmith, a 14-year-old student from Oak Park, is in the cocoa bomb business. The Viewpoint School ninth-grader began making the delicious treats before the holidays as a way to raise money for local animal charities. What’s not to like about a tasty chocolate hollow ball filled with cocoa powder, toppings and marshmallows? Zoey and her mother, Irit Goldsmith, make […]

Oak Park seniors eligible for ecology scholarship

The Conejo Open Space Foundation will offer a new scholarship for Ventura County high-school seniors who will be attending two- or four-year colleges or universities. The application deadline is Sun., Jan. 31. Starting with the fall 2021 semester, the foundation will provide $1,000 continuing scholarships for two students pursuing environmental studies related majors. The scholarships will continue for the students’ […]

Private schools see enrollment surge

As Ventura County public schools continue to navigate the best ways to offer hybrid instruction to students, their private school counterparts are seeing surges in enrollment as families look for new learning options for their children. Several local private schools— including Oaks Christian, Ascension Lutheran, Carden Conejo, La Reina and Grace Brethren—said interest from the community has increased by as […]

Yerba Buena families give and get books

The Yerba Buena Elementary School PFA and school families recently took part in a Give Back Initiative that supports YB families for the holidays. This year, the school partnered with an organization called Access Books Los Angeles, which provides quality books to public school and community libraries where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line. Since […]

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