This Week in LVUSD

Week of February 11, 2019

New Community 360 Counseling Center Opening this Month

The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is pleased to announce the opening of a new Community 360 Counseling Center, which will be located adjacent to their district offices in Calabasas. The Community 360 Counseling Center (The Center) will provide a variety of student mental health supports related to anxiety, depression, substance use, school refusal, and suicidal ideation.

The Center was developed and will be supported by grant funding recently awarded to LVUSD. Through its Community 360 initiative, the District has aligned with regional mental health providers at Ludington Institute, Engage Therapy, and Give-an-Hour to develop a comprehensive community support collaborative. This collaborative, which also partners with local law enforcement and city officials has been providing resources, hosting educational events, and has launched several series of podcasts, which are all accessible through their website at

The Center will be staffed by Mona White, PPS, LMFT, and Kathleen O’Connell, PPS, AMFT, who will work with school officials to provide an extra tier of mental health support for the district. “We believe that this new model will help ensure that we continue to take care of the comprehensive health and wellness needs of our students,” said Dr. Dan Stepenosky, Superintendent, “We are grateful for the grant funding that has allowed us to implement this innovative model.”

The new Community 360 Counseling Center will hold an official opening in February 2019. Through partnerships with USC and CSUN, social work and counseling interns will also be trained through The Center to build community capacity to continue to support health and wellness efforts.

Less than 100 Tickets Left: 2nd Annual Community 360 Conference

On Saturday March 23rd, nationally renowned bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims will headline LVUSD's 2nd Annual Community 360 Conference. Julie will speak about her experience as the Dean of Freshman at Stanford and about her journey as a mother that led to her book: How to Raise an Adult. If interested in this event, please be sure to claim your tickets ASAP.

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Tickets Still Available: Monday's Free Screening of LIKE Documentary

Tomorrow, February 11th at 6:00 PM in the AHS Performing Arts Center, LVUSD will be hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary LIKE. LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. We have over 400 tickets already claimed for this event.

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Congratulations to LVUSD's Jennifer Mettler

AC Stelle Middle School teacher Jennifer Mettler has been named the 2019 Western District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators). The Western District represents Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Individuals who have been named District Teachers of the Year are eligible for a National Teacher of the Year award. 2019 National Teachers of the Year will be announced in early 2020.

LVUSD would like to congratulate Jennifer on this well deserved honor and her success over the years.

Community 360 Podcast: New Counseling Center

This week, on the Community 360 Podcast, our Wellness Weekly team discusses the new Community 360 Counseling Center with Counselor Kathleen O'Connell. You can listen to the Podcast at (or subscribe via iTunes: CLICK HERE).

Get Tickets Now: Saturday June 1st

The Event is an unforgettable evening of food, wine, auctions and entertainment.

On Saturday, June 1st, the Calabasas Civic Center, located in the heart of Calabasas, will be transformed into a sophisticated block-party setting under the stars, featuring chic dining and lounge areas throughout the gorgeous courtyard and tree-lined streets.

​Guests will enjoy tastings from premier local restaurants and wineries while perusing must-have, one-of-a-kind auction items. The soiree will include a beer garden featuring local craft breweries and the evening will culminate with a live concert performance that will literally had guests dancing in the street! With over 1,000 guests from Hidden Hills to Westlake Village, it's the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and new faces while celebrating our extraordinary Las Virgenes community.

Please consider attending and donating to the LVUSD Foundation. Our events and many mental health initiatives are supported through their efforts. More information can be found here: CLICK HERE.

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