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CVUSD Celebrates Read Across America Week!

Schools across the Conejo are celebrating Read Across America Week in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday! As part of this week long celebration from February 25th through March 1st, CVUSD students will join millions of children across the country in this annual event sponsored by the National Education Association and many of the country's leading literacy and youth groups. The event is co-sponsored by the Unified Association of Conejo Teachers and the District.

Schools will participate in activities such as inviting local celebrities and politicians to read to students in the classrooms; encouraging students, teachers, and parents to visit schools of younger students and read to those students; having family reading parties at the school; and organizing student reading events at the school. Read more

Congratulations Conejo Valley High School: A 2019 Model Continuation School

Conejo Valley High School is one of just 31 schools statewide to be newly designated the recognition of a Model Continuation High School for 2019 by the California Department of Education. Schools are recognized as Model Continuation High Schools for their innovative approach to instruction and helping students who have faced many challenges—including behavior issues, chronic absenteeism, and truancy—get back on the pathway to learning. Read more

March Madness is coming to the Conejo!

Inclusion, engagement, and fun are at the center of Conejo Valley Unified School District’s new Unified Basketball League. This is the first year that Unified Basketball Teams have formed at all three comprehensive CVUSD high schools. Each team is comprised of students with intellectual disabilities (athletes), and students without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners), and they currently meet on the basketball court weekly. Their goal? To practice a fun sport together as teammates, form friendships, and prepare for upcoming basketball games in March. Read more

The Conejo Closet: Providing Support to CVUSD Families in Need

CVUSD’s new Conejo Closet seeks to assist CVUSD families in need by providing toiletries, personal care items, school supplies, and clothing, free of charge. The Conejo Closet is spearheaded by the District’s Student Support Services Department, and has been connecting families with material items of need since November of 2018.
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The Legacy of Love at Madrona Elementary School

Amy and Jordan met as fourth grade students on the campus of Madrona Elementary School. Flash forward to this past President’s Day weekend where the two became husband and wife at a special ceremony and celebration on the Madrona school grounds.

The wedding ceremony took place on the school’s stage with family and friends in the audience. A reception took place afterwards where the couple sat at a table that featured their fourth grade photos. Read More

Colina Middle's Scott Farrell Recognized as CVUSD's January Teacher of the Month

Kindness, respect, and fairness without exception are at the core of how Scott Farrell treats students, colleagues, and the greater Colina Middle School community. Mr. Farrell has been a Physical Education teacher at Colina for the past 14 years, and we are proud to call him our January Teacher of the Month.Congratulations Mr. Farrell! Read more

Sycamore Canyon School’s Christine Creekbaum Recognized as CVUSD’s February Teacher of the Month

Christine Creekbaum is a veteran teacher with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. She has spent the last decade as a teacher at Sycamore Canyon School, currently teaches 3rd grade, and has more than 24 years of classroom experience in the Conejo. She is an innovative team player who understands the diversity, and differentiated needs of all of her students. We are proud to call her our February Teacher of the Month - Congratulations Ms. Creekbaum! Read more

Thousand Oaks High School Student Earns Perfect ACT Scores, Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Lotte Bezemer, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year. Read more

Newbury Park High School Student Selected as the Reagan NextGen Leader for the Month of January

Emily Nagamoto, a junior at Newbury Park High School was recently announced as the January 2019 Reagan NextGen Leader by the Ronald Reagan Foundation. Read more
Shine a Spotlight on CVUSD Educators, Staff & Students

Is there a CVUSD Educator, Administrator or Staff Member that you'd like to shine a light on? Is there a student, student group, club, team, or community partnership with CVUSD that you'd like to share a special story about? We want to hear from you!

CVUSD's Board of Education Approves Final Trustee Voting Area Plan

During the Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Board of Education Meeting for the Conejo Valley Unified School District, the Board of Education adopted Resolution #18/19-17 authorizing the selection and adoption of a final trustee area plan as part of the District’s transition to a “By-Trustee Area” election system. Read more

EVENT: Spring Transition Fair

It's never too early to learn about resources for students with disabilities after high school. Help your high school student prepare for a quality adult life they envision by attending the Annual 2018-2019 Ventura County Transition Fair on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9am to noon. This is an opportunity for parents, teachers, care-providers and students in special education to learn about the process and support available from various community and government agencies when transitioning to adult life. Attend this free event to meet with the representatives from more than thirty different adult service agencies in Ventura County. The event is hosted at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference and Educational Services Center • 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA 93012. (No registration required.)

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EVENT: Finding Your Best Fit College

All CVUSD high school students are invited to attend the Westlake High School Counseling hosted special workshop on Monday, March 18th at 6:30PM in collaboration with The Princeton Review for ALL CVUSD students, families and the entire community. Join Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief of The Princeton Review for a lively, shout-out-from-your-seats conversation on helping students find, earn admission to, and pay for their best fit schools.
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Talking with Children and Teens - Strategies for Maximizing Effective Parenting - Join us for our March Parent/Guardian Education & Workshop Event!

One of the most challenging aspects of parenting is knowing how to “reach” your child and keep the communication channels open and functional. In many families, even simple day-to-day conversations are challenging and lead to conflicts, tears and significant frustration. Whatever the cause - different agendas of parents and kids, the stress of daily life, or other child/ family factors – these negative interactions can lead to strained relationships at a time in development where effective communication between children and parents is crucial.

The good news…it can get better! With a little give and take, a lot of patience, and a mutually healthy level of respect, parents and children can learn how to develop a better “communication highway” in their home. From 7pm to 8:30pm at the Thursday, March 28th Parent/Guardian Education & Workshop Eventtwo local parenting and teen experts, Robert Scholz, LMFT and Dr. Cara Kiff, will help you walk away with new strategies on how to better understand and communicate with your child. Whether your relationship is currently strained with your child or you’d just like to learn how to make an already good relationship better, this presentation is sure to offer you something to take and implement in your parent-child relationship.

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Our Parent Outreach Program Cordially Invites You to Attend the 6th Annual Conference for Spanish Speaking Parents

Please save the date for the 6th Annual Conference for Spanish Speaking Parents on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7:30am to 12:30pm at Colina Middle School. This year's conference theme is: Math 2x2 Every1 - "Only you and mathematics can convert negative into positive." Parents and guardians are asked to please RSVP via email no later than March 30, 2019 to Ana Alvarez or Monica Guzman at: aalvarez@conejousd.org or mguzmanrojas@conejousd.org.

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