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Check out what's cooking in your students' cafeteria this March!

Congratulations Sandra Martinez-Galvan of Thousand Oaks High – CVUSD’s April Teacher of the Month!

A Foreign Language teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, Ms. Martinez-Galvan has been an educator in CVUSD classrooms for 15 years, and an invaluable asset to CVUSD students for more than 22 years. She enhances students’ language acquisition with authentic, and relevant content, and by encouraging students to learn about their culture, and the culture of others. She possesses a growth mindset that has proven contagious to her students, colleagues, and everyone she encounters.

She enhances students’ language acquisition with authentic, and relevant content, and by encouraging students to learn about their culture, and the culture of others. Her goal is to teach students to value education, and to teach them how to succeed in their academic endeavors. Read more

Congratulations Christie McCarthy of Westlake Elementary – CVUSD’s March Teacher of the Month!

Christie McCarthy is a gifted educator who successfully challenges, and engages learners of all levels. Her mastery of differentiated learning techniques helps ensure that all students not only succeed in the classroom, but that they reach their fullest growth potential.


A current fourth grade teacher, Ms. McCarthy has more than nine years of teaching experience at Westlake Elementary School. She is known for her unparalleled patience, and for exuding an abundance of positive energy, which is felt by all who step inside her classroom. Read more

CVUSD Schools Celebrate 100 Days of School

Seven CVUSD Odyssey of the Mind Teams Move on to State Competition

On Saturday, February 22nd, the annual LA Basin Odyssey of the Mind Regional competition came to the Conejo! For the fourth year in a row this tournament was hosted at Westlake High School. Teams participated in the day’s event from schools in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles County. Creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills were on full display as teams from Westlake Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, Los Cerritos Middle, Colina Middle, Westlake High, and two teams from Lang Ranch Elementary advance to the state tournament at the end of March. Congratulations to all participants! Read more

Cypress Elementary Celebrates Cultural Diversity at its Second Annual International Night

Cypress celebrated the variety, complexity, and uniqueness of cultures from all over the world at its annual International Night. Students participated in engaging activities, performances, and more. This night was a fun opportunity to be unified by pride, and to celebrate all the richness and benefits received from being a diverse community. Way to go Cypress Cubs!

Middle School Students Head to the Outdoors for 2020 Outdoor School

It's official: CVUSD's 2020 Outdoor School is underway! For more than 40 years 6th grade students from CVUSD middle schools have participated in an Outdoor Educational program. Students head to camp Ramah from February 4th through April 2nd for four days of learning about the natural world, and even more importantly, learning about themselves! We can't wait for students to continue to share in a week full of teamwork, learning & exploring nature!
CVUSD Unified Basketball League Tournament

Newbury Park High School's Nico Young Named 2019-2020 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Player of the Year

In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, The Gatorade Company named Nico Young of Newbury Park High School the 2019-2020 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Young won the prestigious award for his accomplishments on and off the field, joining an impressive group of former Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners who have combined for 18 National Championships.

Young was surprised with the award in front of teammates, coaches, friends and family at his school on February 20th. Read more

2019- 20 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

Thousand Oaks High Student Wins Young Investors Society Shark Tank Contest

Cole, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 YIS Shark Tank Contest hosted by the Young Investors Society. For the contest students entered videos, and writing submissions on how they would allocate $1,000,000 to the companies pitched in Season 11 of Shark Tank. Students from across the U.S., Malaysia, and Hong Kong participated. Westlake High School student Lauryn was awarded second place. Read more

Westlake High School Team Qualifies for State Academic Decathlon

Based on their score in the 2020 Ventura County Academic Decathlon, Westlake High School has been invited to participate in the California State Academic Decathlon which is scheduled to take place in Sacramento on March 27th and 29th. In the Academic Decathlon students participate in ten academic events that cover subjects ranging from arts to economics. Go Warriors!

Newbury Park High School Students Perform in Carnegie Hall Honor Orchestra & Choir

From more than 18,000 applicants - seven Newbury Park High School Advanced Strings Orchestra students, and one Choir student were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall on February 1st for the annual Carnegie Hall Honor Orchestra. In total, 600 student musicians were selected from 47 states, as well as Guam, South Korea, Qatar, Canada, Bermuda and China to perform in one of five groups (band, strings orchestra, symphony orchestra and two vocal performance groups). Students performed under the direction of renowned conductors - with NPHS students selected as, "Concert Master," "First Chair Cellos," and "First Chair Bass." Congratulations to these phenomenally talented students Isabella, Lauren, Tara, Casey, Makayla, Rachel, Ambal, and Gianna, and their NPHS instructors!

CVUSD Celebrates National Black History Month

At the Tuesday, February 18th Board of Education Meeting, Resolution #19/20-20 in support of National Black History Month was adopted. Black History Month is celebrated nationally from February 1 to February 29 and recognizes and honors the role that African-Americans have had in shaping U.S. history, along with acknowledging, and honoring the positive contributions that they have made to culture and society. Read more

CVUSD Health Safety Tips and Information Related to Coronavirus

We want to assure you that CVUSD is actively monitoring coronavirus/COVID-19 and taking steps to maintain safe learning environments for our students and staff. We are working closely with the Ventura County Office of Education and Ventura County Public Health to stay abreast of important information and procedures. In line with these partnerships, and our commitment to the overall health and well-being of the community we serve, we have created a dedicated CVUSD webpage with information related to this topic, which will be updated daily: conejousd.org/coronavirus. FAQs related to this topic are also available on this dedicated CVUSD FAQ webpage: conejousd.org/healthsafetyFAQs.

You asked – we answered: A follow-up to the January 14th educational workshop on the topic of vaping & cannabis

The slide deck of information from the January 14th event is available on the CVUSD website, along with answers to the questions submitted by attendees - view them here.

You're Invited: Upcoming Preview Night for Proposed Grade 9 Health Education Supplemental Materials

CVUSD parents/guardians are invited to attend an upcoming Preview Night for Proposed Grade 9 Health Education Supplemental Materials on the following date:

Thursday, March 5, 2020
6pm to 8pm
CVUSD Board Room – 1402 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

More Details Here

The Annual Ventura County Transition Fair is March 7th

The Annual Ventura County Transition Fair will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9am till Noon at the VCOE Conference Center, located at 5100 Adolfo Road in Camarillo. The purpose of the Fair is to help students in special education (ages 15-22 years old) prepare for the quality adult life they envision. The Fair is for students, parents, teachers, and care providers to learn about the transition to adult life process, and meet local agency representatives. Complete details here
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You're Invited to the March Parent/Guardian Workshop: Creating a Family Tech Plan

Thursday, March 12th, 7-8:30pm

2801 Atlas Avenue

Thousand Oaks, CA

We live in a world that depends on screens--for work, education, and entertainment. Navigating through the pitfalls and benefits is not easy! Join us as we explore the effects of technology on the brain and well-being of children. Then, discover ways to empower your family to come up with a plan of how to best use technology in your life.

Save the Date: Addiction and the Brain - Presented by Dr. Victor Noble

Parents/Guardians, children ages 12 and older, educators, and community members are invited to a presentation by Dr. Victor DeNoble on the topic of Addiction and the Brain on Thursday, March 19th from 6-7:30pm at 2801 Atlas Ave, Thousand Oaks. Please save the date for this presentation - additional information, including the opportunity to RSVP for this FREE event will be available soon.

The 2020 Census: What You Need to Know

The Census is a count of every person living in the U.S. every ten years. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to ensure residents in every state receive fair representation and resources. April 1, 2020 is Census Day! The data that is collected will be used to help determine important local funding resources, and representation.
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Not sure which CVUSD school is right for your student?

Contact Kim Huber, the District's Educational Programs Consultant. She is an available resource to community members, students, and parents who are exploring educational options for their students. Fill out Ms. Huber's online "Let's Connect" form here.