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Congratulations Stacey Wasson of Redwood Middle - CVUSD's December Teacher of the Month!

Stacey Wasson is a veteran educator with a big vision for her students’ education. She possesses effortless insight to facilitate their learning, and exhibits a source of strong and gentle leadership in every aspect.

Ms. Wasson is a Math/Algebra teacher at Redwood Middle School, where she has taught for the last 21 years. Her wisdom helps guide teachers and administrators to serve students best. She empowers students, parents, and teachers to confidently explore ideas and find a path to success.

We are proud to call her our December 2019 Teacher of the Month! Read more

Congratulations Teri Sweet of Lang Ranch Elementary - CVUSD's November Teacher of the Month

A class that laughs together, celebrates together, and learns together is at the heart of Teri Sweet’s first grade classroom at Lang Ranch Elementary School. She looks at each student, sees their potential and their strengths, and builds them up for success.

Ms. Sweet, a veteran in the classroom, has been an educator at Lang Ranch Elementary School for 17 years. She possesses the talent and passion for meeting students at their individual levels, and adjusts her schedule, teaching, and assignments to meet students’ needs. She continually shows flexibility and willingness to take on the most challenging of assignments. We are proud to call Ms. Sweet our November 2019 Teacher of the Month! Read More

Three CVUSD Schools Honored as 2020 California Distinguished Schools

Congratulations to Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning, EARThS Magnet School, and Sycamore Canyon School for being honored as 2020 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. In total 323 schools statewide received this recognition, and CVUSD schools represent three of the nine schools to receive the distinction in all of Ventura County. We are so proud of our administrators, teachers, school staff, and students for this phenomenal accomplishment! Read more

National Champions! Congratulations to the Newbury Park High School Boys Cross Country Team

Congratulations to our Newbury Park High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for phenomenally representing CVUSD, and California at the NXN National Championships on Saturday, December 7th. The Boys team is the National Champion, and senior Nico Young is the individual National Champion with a course record of 14:52. It was just the third time in meet history for a boys individuals champ to also win the team title. Way to go Panthers!
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Westlake High School Students Named Overall Winners of Hack-a-Thon By the Sea

Congratulations to Kalea, Sofia and Matthew of Westlake High School for being named the Overall Winners of the third annual Hackathon by the Sea hosted by the Ventura County Office of Education. They were three of 157 Ventura County students who spent an entire night creating and coding apps and games with the assistance of more than 50 volunteer mentors. The Hackathon encourages students to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and engage users. The WHS students' winning project "Turtle Trouble" is a survival game meant to engage users in an exciting way to raise awareness about pollution and support marine wellness through ad revenue donations. Congratulations!
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In honor of National Inclusive Schools Week, which Conejo Valley Unified School District celebrated from December 2nd to December 6th, the District put a call out to the CVUSD community to shine a light on our Inclusion Heroes. Inclusion Heroes are CVUSD teachers, staff members, and administrators who go above and beyond to create a community of inclusivity, kindness, and respect to enhance the learning for ALL students.

More than 65 nominations of incredible, dedicated professionals were submitted, and we are proud to recognize the following five individuals as our 2019 Inclusion Heroes:

  • Susan Frisoli – Para Educator, Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning
  • Debbie Hanna – Sparkles Leader/Coach
  • Patty Lewis – Principal of Maple Elementary School
  • Erin Nassar – Special Education Teacher, Ladera STARS Academy
  • Sammi Stewart – Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, Newbury Park High School, Sequoia Middle School & Westlake High School

These dedicated educators were formally recognized as Inclusion Heroes with a certificate of appreciation at the December 17th Board of Education Meeting. We are so proud of all of our school sites for their on-going efforts to create campuses of inclusion and kindness. Read more about our 2019 Inclusion Heroes here

New Board President, Vice President & Clerk Chosen via Nomination, Majority Vote Process

During the Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Board of Education Meeting for the Conejo Valley Unified School District the Board took part in its annual reorganization of office positions.

Through their nomination and election process the following Board Members were voted into office positions:

  • Cindy Goldberg, Board President
  • Jenny Fitzgerald, Board Vice President
  • Bill Gorback, Board Clerk

The Board Members will hold these office positions for one year.

California Department of Education Launches 2019 School Dashboard

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) launched on December 12th, the 2019 California School Dashboard, a key component of the state’s school accountability system. The Dashboard includes the latest data available on 2018–2019 graduation rates, suspension rates, test scores, English learner progress, college/career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.

Highlights from this year’s Dashboard include:

  • CVUSD’s Graduation Rate remained blue, increasing another 0.8% to 96.6%. CVUSD has one of the highest graduation rates in Ventura County and the state.
  • English Language Arts achievement increased by an average of 8 points.
  • Mathematics achievement increased by an average of 1.3 points.
  • A decrease in CVUSD’s Suspension Rate – to 1.6%, led to an improved ranking in performance level color from yellow to green

As a District, CVUSD is immensely proud of the successes achieved by its students and dedicated staff. CVUSD continues to implement Universal Design for Learning as its defining instructional approach, and continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the students it serves. Read more

Not sure what 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.