Schools

New independent middle school to open in fall

The founders of the Sycamore School in Malibu, an independent elementary school with a curriculum rooted in collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, have created a new middle school in Agoura Hills based on the same foundational belief called Catalyst: A Learning Hub. At the school students are given choice with the aim of becoming self-directed, autonomous problem […]

Students welcome the Year of the Pig

Westlake High cast in moody, gothic drama

play review /// ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’


In an imposing mansion in Vermont, sisters Mary Catherine (aka “Merricat”) and Constance Blackwood are living in their own isolated hell. Six years before, the sisters’ parents, aunt and younger brother all died after eating blackberries spiked with arsenic-laced sugar. Only their uncle Julian survived, but he is now senile and confined to a wheelchair. Although Constance, who served up […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Feb. 15: Spring club rush/ main quad/10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Date night day care/5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Student-directed musical/ black box/7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16: Student-directed musical/black box/1 and 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 18: Presidents Dayno school Wed., Feb. 20: Senior servants through Fri., Feb. 22/ main quad/10:20 to 10:30 a.m. Student council interest meeting/ A1/12:30 to […]

Recognition of local heroes

GRATITUDE—At the Jan. 29 Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting, the board and Superintendent Dan Stepenosky thank the individuals, businesses and organizations that provided support to the community during the Woolsey fire last year. Private honorees include the YMCA Southeast Ventura County, Engage Therapy, Ludington Institute for Family Enrichment, Prime Realty, Target Westlake Village, Gelsons Market, Tavern […]

Community 360 goes beyond



In its ongoing effort to support the social and emotional needs of students, the Las Virgenes Unified School District has broadened its reach to parents and the community at large by offering a new round of resources, services, events, podcasts and phone apps. Called the Community 360 Collaborative, the program represents a partnership between the school district, mental-health professionals, law […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Mon., Feb. 11: Late start day Wed., Feb. 13: Junior Java/main quad/10:20 to 10:30 a.m. Link Crew meeting/G building/ 12:30 to 1 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 14: Student-directed musical/black box/7 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Feb. 8: ComedySportz game/7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 11: Murder Mystery Night auditions/black box/3:15 p.m. Dance team parents/lecture hall/6:30 p.m. PFC/media center/7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13: […]

Scholarships for PR students

The California Gold Coast chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is offering two $500 scholarships to recognize outstanding college students who are studying communication or public relations. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28. Winners will be announced in May. To be eligible, applicants must: be a student currently enrolled in a four-year institution of higher education accredited […]

Cybersecurity contest no big secret

Moorpark College was named as one of 12 regional sites to host the California Mayors Cyber Cup, a statewide cybersecurity contest for middle and high school students. Simultaneous regional competitions will create one virtual statewide event from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23. Statewide, the event expected to attract more than 200 teams and 1,200 students. Organizers say […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Feb. 1: ComedySportz/ main stage/7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2: Silent auction/G building/7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 5: Performing arts showcase/main stage/8:30 a.m. Wed., Feb. 6: Performing arts showcase/main stage/7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 7: Parent drop-in/ media center/3 to 6 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Feb. 1: Second annual Soup-or-bowl/multipurpose room/7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Black History Month trivia game/lower […]


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