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 […]

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School to Career program showcased by Chamber

By Heather Milo Acorn Staff Writer For local business owners, there’s a wealth of resources available in local high schools through School to Career programs in Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes. The Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted both administrators and students from the program at a chamber breakfast event where attendees learned about the program. It offers trained […]

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Local girl dies, OCHS football player loses limb, spleen after car wreck

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Agoura High School sophomore and captain of her cheerleading team, Kimberly Kimble-Gast, died early Saturday as a result of a collision caused by a car driven on the wrong side of the 101 Freeway near Refugio Road in Santa Barbara County. Michael Rivas, 16, was driving the minivan that carried Kimble-Gast, his father, Michael […]

Candidate will work for $2

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Born and raised in Agoura Hills, George "Chris" Thomas has set his sights on a seat on the Agoura Hills City Council as a means to "make a difference in my community." At 26, Thomas said he has youth, ambition and boundless energy on his side, which have helped him in private life. He […]

Candidate promises to keep Agoura Hills small, safe

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Seymour Patnode may not have any political experience, but she does have convictions. Patnode is hoping to win one of the two available Agoura Hills City Council seats this November, and said, "If you can’t fight city hall, you may as well join them." Although Patnode is fighting mad about many of the decisions […]

Westlake Village man killed in motorcycle crash

Westlake Village resident Scott Weinstock, 34, died last week after suffering from severe head injuries from a recent motorcycle accident, according to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Leland Tang. At 3:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 7, Weinstock was heading eastbound on Mulholland Highway just east of Waring Drive in unincorporated Agoura on his motorcycle when, according to officers, he must have lost […]

GATE approved in Oak Park Unified for three years

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn staff writer Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) was recently notified by the California Department of Education (CDE) that its Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) application was approved for three years. The CDE’s approval has validated the district’s long term commitment to overhaul the curriculum to provide gifted learners with what the district’s GATE Website calls […]

Water district’s rebates are nearing conclusion for local consumers

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) is offering a $300 rebate on the purchase of high efficiency washing machines, but only a few of the original 500 available rebates remain. Arlene Post, LVMWD public information officer, said that once the more valuable rebates are gone, the program will revert back to $100 rebates. The […]