2009-06-04

Underfunded school program discontinued

Founder Mark Walpole 'very sad' about loss of Chaparral child care

Mark Walpole launched an after-school care program for students at Chaparral Elementary School in 1978, and the simple activities he created at the Calabasas campus have continued to entertain students for decades. But the program, known simply as “Walpoles,” will be canceled at the end of the school year due to budget constraints, Chaparral Principal Somer Harding said. “As much […]

Real estate head forecasts slight thaw



As homeowners and homebuyers in Southern California, including those in the local markets, continue to cope with struggling residential sales, Acorn managing editor John Loesing begins a multipart questionandanswer series with local real estate leaders about the future of the market and possible signs that the worst might be behind us. He begins his discussion with Keith Myers, president and […]

Moment of silence for school’s speech therapist



Subscription drive helps local charity



The Acorn invites you to take part in a newspaper subscription drive for the benefit of Meals on Wheels, a Westlake Village charity that delivers food twice a day to local elderly and disabled residents who are homebound. Purchase a voluntary one-year subscription to The Acorn for $25 and 40 percent of the amount will be donated to Meals on […]

Students suspended for grade-changing at AHS

Chemistry grades altered using a teacher's computer

Two students have been suspended from Agoura High School for allegedly changing up to 12 grades in a college prep chemistry class taught by teacher Ann McCartney. The allegation against Sam Bradley, a junior who was accused of being the main perpetrator of the grade-changing scheme in early May, is being challenged by his father, Tim Bradley, a volunteer football […]

Let’s draw dad



Sun., June 21 is Father’s Day, and The Acorn is inviting you to take out pen, pencil or crayon and draw a picture of dear old Dad. Using the template in the ad on page 22, draw a picture of what your father looks like and send it to The Acorn, 30423 Canwood St. Ste. 108, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. […]

Oak Park bond measure work begins



Funds from the $29.4-million Measure R school facilities improvement bond that passed in November are being put to use in Oak Park School District. During spring break, seismic safety shut-off gas valves were installed at four schools so that all of the district’s campuses now have the devices. The bond measure oversight committee, made up of residents and district staff, […]

Math intervention helping Oak Park students



Oak Park Unified School District has started a program to provide extra instruction for elementary school children who struggle with math. Two instructional aides have been hired for each of the elementary school sites. The program is being paid for through Title 1 funding from the federal stimulus package, which can only be used for new intervention programs, Knight said. […]

Water district honors Thomas



Agoura Hills resident Jess Thomas was honored as the May Citizen of the Month by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors at their May meeting. Thomas has been an area resident since the 1960s and has served as president of the Old Agoura Homeowners Association since the early 1980s. In honoring Thomas, the board cited his environmental […]

Bay Laurel hosts teacher appreciation week