New school superintendent brings fresh outlook to district

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Dr. Sandra Smyser will take the helm as superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District on July 1. The LVUSD Board of Education unanimously approved Smyser’s three-year contract last week. Smyser, who plans to move closer to the school district office from Solvang this summer, will be paid $175,000 per year. "We will keep moving […]

Daylight-saving in the nick of time

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com It’s that time of year to "spring forward." At 2 a.m. this Sun., April 3, Californians and others will advance clocks one hour, but not everybody knows the story behind daylight-saving time (DST). Contrary to popular belief, DST was not proposed by farmers. Experts say just as sunflowers turn their heads to catch every sunbeam, so […]

Darfur, Sudan conflict is topic of April 5 talk

Teirab ash-Sharif, visiting professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will discuss the causes of the Darfur conflict in a public forum at 7 p.m., Tues., April 5 at the Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The talk will include the roles of the Sudanese government, the two major rebel groups and […]

AHS junior earns perfect SAT score

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Earning a perfect 1600 on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) wasn’t necessarily a goal for Pasha Nahass, but when the Agoura High School junior achieved the rare top score, he wasn’t surprised. "I thought I had done well, but didn’t think I’d done that well," Nahass said humbly. Is he a genius? Perhaps, but his parents, […]

How to spot reading difficulties in children

As you read this, you may care to reflect on what an extraordinary skill you are using. Unlike learning to speak, which happens naturally, learning to read must be acquired. For one in five children in America, it is a frustrating and persistent problem. How can parents know if pre-reading skills are developing properly? Experts recommend that parents: 1. Listen […]

We grow, you grow

This year, The Acorn has been celebrating 30 years of serving the community. We hope you’ve been enjoying our weekly historical look at the stories that were making news back then, but today we’d like to tell you about the new Acorn and what’s in store for the future. This week we introduce Neighborhood Focus, a front page column that […]

Weekends are made for families

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a.m., p.m. When you get up at 2 a.m. Saturday night (actually Sunday morning) to change your clocks for daylight-saving time, here’s some answers to questions you may have pondered. What are the "a.m." and the "p.m." which follow times? According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, "a.m." is an adverb and an adjective. It comes from […]

Four local students are finalists in geography bee

John Elhardt of Newbury Park, a fifth-grader at Trinity Pacific Christian School; Sam Geldin, a sixth-grader at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park; Stephanie Leonard, an eighth-grader at Good Shepherd Lutheran School; and Kris Sankaran, an eighth-grader at Chaparral Middle School in Moorpark are among 100 California qualifiers for the National Geographic Bee. The state championship is Fri., April […]

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New Oak Park High School schedule proposes starting classes at 7:20 a.m. By Daniel Wolowicz

New Oak Park High School schedule proposes starting classes at 7:20 a.m. By Daniel Wolowicz danielw@theacorn.com For many students and faculty members at Oak Park High School, 20 minutes could make a world of difference. Principal Lynn McCormack recently proposed changing Oak Park’s bell schedule to push back the 7 a.m. start of zero period to 7:20 a.m. In order […]

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