School board member balances fiscal, educational responsibilities


Dallas Lawrence, one of three incumbents running to keep his seat on the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, bills himself as a candidate who is able to walk the fine line between a tight budget and a top school system. Since he was first elected to the LVUSD board in 2013, Lawrence said, his primary goal has […]

She’s got talent

LITTLE GIRL, BIG VOICE—The Agoura High School Theater Department hosted “Agoura’s Got Talent” on Oct. 6. The contest was open to all Conejo Valley students in grades five through 12 with a variety of talents. Cecilia Diamond, a fifth-grader at Mariposa School in Agoura Hills, took home the first-place trophy. She sang the song “Tomorrow” from the musical“Annie.”She can be […]

Drama in the ‘Dining Room’

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance will present the comedy “The Dining Room” at 7 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Oct. 11 to 13 at Oak Park High School performing arts pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. A 2 p.m. matinee will be on Sat., Oct. 13. “The Dining Room,” a play in two acts, was written in 1981 by A.R. Gurney […]

Apt senior adept at making apps

Calabasas High School senior Sanath Sengupta, 17, is trying to make the most of his last year in high school. He’s already achieved a near-perfect score on the SATs and is a founding member of the school’s model United Nations. He’s also building an iPhone app. “Essentially it’s a revamped reminders app. It’s kind of a combination of reminders and […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Oct. 12: ComedySportz/ main stage/6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13: Haunted house/G building/7 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Oct. 12: ASB retreat through Sun., Oct. 14 Boys’, girls’ soccer fundraising meeting/2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13: Mock SAT/8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coyote pup clinic/3 to 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14: Coyote cutie dance clinic/10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., […]

LVUSD announces National Merit semifinalists

Six Las Virgenes Unified School District students are semifinalists in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists are Jennifer L. Cao, Samuel O. Crossley, Nicolette Gelnak, Donya N. Hezaway and Hannah A. Jo, all of Agoura High School, as well as Sanath S. Sengupta of Calabasas High. The seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Sat., Oct. 6: Agoura’s Got Talent/G building/7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10: PSAT/gym Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Oct. 5: Pushing Veronica performance/lower quad/12:12 p.m. Boys’ water polo preseason meeting/6 p.m. ComedySportz/7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6: SAT/ACT Mon., Oct. 8: Staff developmentno school Tues., Oct. 9: U.S. Naval Academy visit/lecture hall/7:50 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10: PSAT Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta/ lower […]

CSUCI taking 2019 applications

One submission good for all Cal State campuses

All 23 Cal State University campuses, including Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, are accepting applications for admission to the fall 2019 term. Prospective students interested in attending any Cal State campus can apply online at the application portal Cal State Apply at apply. Cal State Apply enables all incoming freshman, transfer, graduate and international students to apply to […]

Take a look at Westlake High’s future $13.1M science building

Conejo Valley Unified has unveiled plans for a science building at Westlake High School. Crews are expected to break ground in March 2019 on the $13.1-million project, which is being paid for exclusively with Measure I bond funds. The building, designed by Costa Mesa-based Dougherty Architects, will replace 10 portable classrooms the science department currently occupies. Tim McCabe, the district’s […]

Understanding scholarships

COMMENTARY /// College affordability

Merit scholarships are a powerful tool for helping families pay for college, but myths persist about who can and can’t earn them. Merit aid is money for college based on a students’ efforts and achievements, not their or their parents’ financial situation. Unlike loans, scholarship money does not get paid back. Colleges or private entities want to support the educational […]

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