Innovations give education a new twist

Acorn Staff Writer

Innovations give education a new twist Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, outside the everyday activity of the classroom––local educators say they’re finding creative new ways to teach. Children at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village, for example, have learned about the history of United States immigration by acting and dressing in the roles of newcomers from foreign lands. The […]

Stays in shape, helps worthy cause

Stays in shape, helps worthy cause

Oak Park to group children into tighter pools, based on their academic abilities

Acorn Staff Writer

Beginning next fall, Oak Park elementary school parents and kids should expect a possible change in the class day. Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) officials discussed the modification with parents last week. Under a program called "Supporting Every Student," the school district will separate the students in each class according to their learning abilities. District officials predict the classroom […]

First Neighborhood to honor former Westlake councilman

First Neighborhood homeown-ers will honor former city councilman Jim Henderson this Saturday by naming the First Neighborhood Community Center after him. Henderson, who has been a First Neighborhood resident for 34 years, will be recognized for his community involvement. "It comes as a big suprise to me," Henderson said about the gesture. He only learned about the honor late last […]

North Ranch emergency team conducts training exercise

Special the The Acorn

More than 450 families participated in the fourth annual North Ranch disaster drill that took place last Sunday morning. The North Ranch Homeowners’ Association sponsors the event every year to prepare residents for earthquakes or other disasters. "In the event of a major earthquake, Los Robles Hospital will be really packed," said Randy Witt, director of the Disaster Preparedness Program. […]

Agoura Hills reaches out to city’s business leaders

Acorn Staff Writer

The city of Agoura Hills wants to change its stripes and become friendlier to the local business community. The city hosted a half-day roundtable last week and invited more than two dozen local entrepreneurs to voice their opinions about current city government. Often at odds with the city in the past, landowners and business owners said most of their concerns […]

World’s largest rodent found in Thousand Oaks

Acorn Staff Writer

World’s largest rodent found in Thousand Oaks Rats, it almost got away. A T.O. resident living on El Monte Drive recently caught a 30-pound capybara on his property, a rare animal in these parts. Dubbed the world’s biggest rodent, the capybara (pronounced cappy-bar-ah) lives primarily in Central and South America and probably came to Southern California illegally, according to officials […]

Deputies to push for safe graduation parties

Capt. James N. Glazar and the Juvenile Intervention Team of Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station have issued a reminder to parents about hosting responsible graduation parties. According to Glazar, deputies have responded too many times to unsupervised teenage parties at this time of year. Too often, authorities found no adult supervision and guests who expected a chaperoned event. To help parents […]

Deadline tomorrow for T.O. Council on Aging applicants

Deadline tomorrow for T.O. Council on Aging applicants The closing date to apply for one of five positions open on the city of Thousand Oaks’ Council on Aging is tomorrow, Fri., June 7. Prospective applicants must be age 60 or older and must be residents of the city of Thousand Oaks. The term lasts until June 2004. For more information, […]

City of Westlake Village awards $50,000 in grants

The city of Westlake Village recently awarded community service grants totaling $50,000 to the following organizations "that provide specialized social services and cultural programs to local residents," according to city officials. A citizen’s advisory committee appointed by the city council reviewed and screened all of the submitted proposals then forwarded a series of recommendations to the council. Organizations receiving funding […]