Hillcrest Theatre: Guys and Dolls

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Hillcrest Theatre Arts Department. In the earlier years, a handful of students would meet at lunch, cobbling together a production with borrowed props and costumes made from Goodwill finds and old bridesmaid dresses. This month, the students performed the musical “Guys and Dolls” in front of two live audiences. At first glance, “Guys and Dolls” is the romantic story of gamblers’ lives and their antics in 1930s New York City. But truthfully, it is the story of redemption, the playing out of…

Conejo Valley Schools Dominate at Ventura Mock Trial Tournament

Despite the challenges of competing virtually, Conejo Valley high schools made an impressive showing this year at the 39th Annual Mock Trial tournament hosted by the Ventura County Office of Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Out of twenty-six teams, Trinity Pacific’s Silver Team placed second, while their Blue Team placed first, earning them a spot in the upcoming state mock trial competition. Newbury Park’s Panther Team and Gold Team placed sixth and fifth, respectively. And Oak Park Gold and Oak Park Black placed eighth and fourth, respectively.  This year’s…

Avoid the Homeschooling Doldrums

The holidays are over. As the decorations come down, and you’ve got a long road to reach summer vacation, it might be easy to become blue about the journey ahead. However, there are some things you can do to bring joy back into your daily homeschooling routine. First of all, don’t be a slave to the curriculum that you’ve chosen. If it doesn’t work, ditch it. Or do less of it. Many new homeschoolers burn out quickly because they are trying to do too much. Your child doesn’t have to…

Student of the Month: Savannah Knapp

Rolling Thunder: Savannah is being honored by a member of the Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC for the work that she has done for her community. The Conejo Guardian newspaper is proud to recognize Savannah Knapp as our February 2020 “Student of the Month.”   We thank Savannah for doing her part to honor the military families who serve and protect our great nation.     When most middle school students go back to campus, their focus is on a few important points: don’t get your class schedule wrong, get good grades, and…

What Does It Take To Get Into Westpoint

The United States Military Academy (West Point) is one of the most prestigious and most difficult universities to be admitted to.  Since being founded on March 16, 1802, among its alumni are two U.S. Presidents, 37 State Governors, 33 Members of Congress, 20 astronauts, and 93 Rhodes Scholars.  The Academy focuses on four developmental domains: academic, physical, military, and character.  West Point seeks well-rounded candidates who demonstrate excellent academic ability (60 percent), leadership potential (30 percent), and successful Candidate Fitness Assessment (10 percent).  Upon graduation, cadets will serve five years…

The 1619 Project

Should CVUSD Use the 1619 Project as Curriculum? The 1619 Project is not new, but it has been spotlighted recently as a number of school districts across America have adopted it as part of their curriculum in response to calls for enhancement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. There is significant controversy, however, about whether the 1619 Project has the accuracy and academic rigor to be used as actual curriculum in the classroom. It has been suggested that we should use the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum…

CVUSD Childcare

by Taylor Chian and Judah Bennett Conejo Valley School classrooms have been deemed unsafe for students and teachers to return to in-person education. These same classrooms are considered safe for use by Conejo Valley Child Care Services. The cost of full-day childcare per child is $850 a month.   Because of the rising numbers of positive Covid-19 tests in the state of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated that public and private schools in 32 counties will hold classes solely and entirely online for the fall 2020 semester. The Conejo Valley Unified…

Governor Newsom shuts down schools

On July 17, Governor Newsom announced that public and private schools in 32 counties, including Ventura county, on California’s “watch list” are mandated to go completely online for fall 2020. According to Newsom, COVID-19 poses too great a safety threat to justify a return to school unless the county stays off this list for fourteen consecutive days. According to the California Department of Public Health, July 16, there has been no COVID death for ages 0 to 17 years old.  While Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) had already announced…

Children’s school alternatives: “Considering all the options”

Robert E. Lee, B.S, M.S. and Ph.D., graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a local resident with an interest in science and socio-cultural issues. No one can predict what education will look like in the fall of 2020.  Will students have to wear face masks? Will there be full-time school, or will some teaching be taught online? Will children be held to rigorous standards? How will children be socially distanced? Will children have recess? Will children wear masks, be separated by plexiglass, or stay…

CVUSD crafts financial plan to weather budget crisis

Conejo Valley Unified School District

In a 4-1 decision on June 30, the CVUSD Board approved a 2020-2021 District budget that includes plans for a loan of $25 million to make up a shortfall in funding from the State of California. The State has signaled to school districts that they can eventually expect full funding but portions of that money may be deferred because of revenue shortfalls at the State level due to the effects of COVID-19 and shutdowns. California is facing a projected $54 billion reduction in revenue and Governor Gavin Newsom and the…