Oak Park superintendent sharply criticizes California’s Department of Education

OPUSD gets
failing grade due to lack of testing

OPUSD gets failing grade due to lack of testing participation by students By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer While many California public high schools, Oak Park High School included, exceed the academic expectations spelled out in the No Child Left Behind legislation, recent data released from the California Department of Education suggests that excellence might not be good enough. Oak […]

Calabasas man sets air race world record

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer Danger—even facing death face-to-face—is exciting for Calabasas resident Skip Holm. Holm, 59, has experienced about 40 close calls while racing planes. He’s a member of the Dago Red air racing team. Earlier this month, he was the gold race winner at the 2003 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., reaching a top speed […]

Antique car, holiday craft buffs needed

The third annual Conejo Valley Therapy and Recreation Unit of the Conejo Rec and Park District Charity Car Show is scheduled for Sun., Nov. 9 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Applications for entries are currently being accepted. All pre-1974 cars will be accepted to the show. Held simultaneously, the 12th annual Holiday Showcase […]

LVUSD names new director of pupil services

The Las Virgenes Unified School District recently announced the selection of Mary Schillinger as director of pupil services. The Simi Valley resident earned her BS in elementary education from Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, her MA in special education from MSU in Billings, and her MA majoring in educational administration from California State University-Northridge. She began her career as […]

Program offered at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Ministries will begin the Awana’s Children’s Program on Tues., Sept. 30 at 1250 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. This is a Bible club, learning format available for children in grades K-6. First Baptist also still has openings for their preschool and academy classes. For more information, please call (805) 495-4960.

Where’s his support for

public schools? After reading Dan Kuperberg’s Letter to the Editor and his recent interview, it appears that preserving and acquiring open space has gotten top billing in his campaign platform. He has proudly listed in great detail what he’s done and what he intends to do in the future. During these bleak financial times, I can’t help but wonder if […]

Coyotes live here, too

Clothing show helps a worthy cause

Turtles, too, need your help

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit turtle and tortoise rescue based in Malibu, is looking for good homes for both water turtles and desert tortoises. The shelter has adopted-out more than 3,000 of these animals since 1994, but the need for new private homes is great. "We get the wanderers, the abandoned, those left to die, the fugitives from the […]

Local students are National Merit semifinalists

Agoura High School has nine students who have been selected as National Merit Scholar semifinalists. Within the Las Virgenes Unified School District, Calabasas High School was next with six. Viewpoint School, a private school in Calabasas, had seven, La Reina, a Catholic high school for girls in Thousand Oaks, had six, and Newbury Park High School in the Conejo Valley […]