Schools

New faces, new places at Las Virgenes district

Leadership changes at five campuses

As students went back to school on Wednesday, the Las Virgenes Unified School District welcomed new leaders at several of its campuses. In all, 60 new teachers and staffers have joined the LVUSD ranks. The following is a rundown of the schools where new principals and assistant principals have come aboard. •Agoura High School: Dr. Stephanie McClay, principal McClay comes […]

Young campers down on the farm

EE-I-EE-I-O—Left, Westlake Village resident Michael McErlane, 5, and Thousand Oaks resident Carson Eldridge, 10, wash a goat during Farm Camp on July 31 at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. Right, 13-year-old Vincent Losberg of Westlake Village feeds a baby goat at the camp that gives city kids a taste of rural life.

Workshops for service academy candidates

Students hoping to enroll into the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy can find out more about the application process at a series of upcoming workshops. Hosted by U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), the informational meetings will be held Thurs., Sept. 6 at Thousand Oaks High […]

Early arrival

Oak Park students first to go back


Oak Park wasted little time putting an end to summer vacation. Early. Starting two weeks sooner than Las Virgenes and almost three weeks before the Conejo school district, Oak Park began classes on Tues., Aug. 7. The early start allows schools to end their first semester before winter break begins. Oak Park Superintendent Tony Knight said the change in calendar […]

School embraces nature



Oak View High School, an alternative school in Oak Park, is hoping to expand its reach through a new nature-based program. Tony Knight, superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District, said the new priority at the school, which returned to class last Tuesday, will include “an integrated curriculum focused on the environment, nature and the natural world.” Students at […]

College Standouts

Rachel Bastian of Calabasas made the spring dean’s list at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Nicholas Doctors and John Hooker from Calabasas and Jennifer Chadick and Kendall Zeile from Westlake Village earned dean’s list honors at Washington University in St. Louis.

Principal fits right in at Oak View High

Kent Cromwell was a natural fit as principal of Oak View High School in Oak Park once former principal Stew McGugan was appointed to the new post of director of student support and school safety. When school opened on Tuesday, Oak View’s 30 students were introduced to a new school focus: environmentalism and nature. Cromwell had big shoes to fill […]

Topanga docent classes begin

Naturalist training in Topanga State Park begins Sat., Sept. 8 in the historic Skeet Lodge, now the visitor center at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park. The series of workshops and lectures is offered once a year. Sign-ups are being accepted. Six classroom sessions with related field work are held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 and […]

Youth play is tastefully presented



In 2006, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s controversial musical “Spring Awakening” helped bring alt-rock to Broadway with its loud, furious score and tragic story about the effects of Puritanical values on teenagers in 1891 Germany. The musical is based on Frank Wedekind’s angry, angst-ridden play, first performed in 1906, which concerns teens being kept in the dark about their own […]

The ready-for-Prime-time players

Travel team wants to advance young players to the next level

Prime All American Baseball, a local Agoura Hills travel baseball team, has joined with the Agoura High School baseball team to bring top-level baseball to the community. Prime was founded last year by former MLB player Blake Brewer. After retiring as a pitcher with the Miami Marlins, Brewer moved to Southern California to work as a pitching coach with the […]


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