School celebration has an international flavor

Sumac Elementary presented its inaugural Festival Internacional with the whole school performing to a packed house June 6 at the Agoura High School Performing Arts Center. The students learned the opening and finale songs in Spanish, ASL and English as well as a song and dance from another country or another time in U.S. history. Outgoing principal Alina Silvestre had […]

Most seniors will attend college, but some have other plans

The yearly senior survey that Agoura High’s college and career counselor Marcy Heider sends out demonstrated once again that students are prepared to go on to college. Heider said that the survey revealed that the majority of graduates will be attending college. About 260 students will head to a four-year college in the fall, while 110 students reported that they […]

Mentors lead students to success

South Central Scholars help low-income students of color graduate

At 21 years old, Jasmin Jones recently graduated from Brown University with a 3.8 GPA, and already has a job lined up at a tech company in Miami. She credits her success largely to Davidson Pattiz of Agoura Hills, who became her mentor through the South Central Scholars program when she was a senior in high school. “He’s been there […]

The Expos win PONY title

TOP OF THEIR GAME—The Expos from Agoura Hills go undefeated in four games to win the PONY Baseball National League Championship against Westlake last month. Nine- and 10-yearold boys played in the 11-team tournament. Front row from left: Gavin Plate, coach/manager Jason Zimmerman, Cole Brooks and Jason Wier. Back row: Assistant coach Steven Garret, Hunter Zimmerman, Ryan Watson, Miles Garret, […]


Agoura high

Morgan Esters Morgan Esters has a hand in everything that life has to offer. Whether it’s rigorous coursework, athletics or volunteering, Morgan has excelled. A valedictorian and four-year member of the Science Honor Society, she i s an AP Scholar and was named a scholar-athlete in her sophomore year for maintaining a high GPA while participating in a team sport. […]

Hats off to grads

HIGH-FLYERS—Seniors celebrate at the June 8 Westlake High School commencement. See our graduation coverage starting on Page 34.

Birds of a feather

TAKE A GANDER—This pair of geese is protecting their single precious egg on one of the small “islands” that dot the shoreline at Lake Calabasas. The goose and the gander were photographed by Calabasas resident Karen Knight during her walk around the lake on April 21.

Camp Briefs

YMCA offers summer activities Summer camp signups are underway at Southeast Ventura County YMCA branches. Camps are offered through the Simi Valley Family YMCA; Conejo Valley YMCA serving Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley; and Triunfo YMCA serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park at Agoura High School. Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade can […]

Construction begins on Lupin Hill’s new multipurpose room

SHOVEL READY—At top, ground is broken for the new Lupin Hill Elementary School Hees multipurpose room June 8 in Calabasas. From left are Superintendent Dan Stepenosky along with school board members Linda Menges, Dallas Lawrence, Angela Cutbill, Leslie Stein and Lupin Hill Principal Jessica Kiernan. The room is named for beloved Lupin Hill teacher George Hees Sr. who died in […]

Weapons drawn in road rage incident

One man had bat, the other a knife, CHP says

A rookie Simi Valley police officer returning from court was in the right place at the right time to intercede in a potentially deadly confrontation Monday on the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks. According to the California Highway Patrol, CHP dispatch began receiving calls around 2:30 p.m. June 12 about a road rage incident between two drivers, one in a […]

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