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Ventura County Schools Preparing to Reopen Campuses
The California Department of Education (CDE) today released new guidelines for the safe reopening of the state’s public school campuses. The guidelines contain recommendations regarding a variety of measures to protect the safety of students and school employees. This includes advice on social...
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Statement on Racial Justice from Superintendent Stan Mantooth
In recent days, we have watched peaceful protests call for justice and equality after the killing of George Floyd. We have seen thousands of people engage in nonviolent peaceful protests. We have also witnessed media images of violence in our communities and across America.Our children will seek to ...
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Resources on Racial Justice for Educators and Parents
As the nation responds to the death of George Floyd, important and difficult conversations about racism and social inequities are taking place across the county. We are providing the following resources for parents and educators to help guide these discussions.
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In an Unsettled World, the Ventura County Class of 2020 is Ready to Lead
It’s safe to say there has never been a senior year quite like this one. In March, the coronavirus crisis abruptly forced students from their schools and into a strange new world of distance learning. Then at the end of May, the death of George Floyd and resulting protests threw important and ...
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Track Champion is Running His Way into the Record Books
Newbury Park High School track and cross country star Nico Young isn’t used to standing still. In the past two years, he’s racked up an incredible series of victories, shattering records along the way. As a junior, he set a meet record in the 3,200 meters at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. A...
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Twin Brother and Sister Heading to a Top University Together
For Jonah and Kelsie Hoj, high school was a family affair. They both attended Nordhoff High School in Ojai along with their older sister. And both of their parents are teachers at the school – dad teaches history and drama, mom teaches dance. “I’ve had the whole Hoj experience,” Kelsie says. In ...
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Unexpected Detour to Alternative School Puts Him on the Right Path
Things were going great in Diego Mosqueda’s life until the start of his junior year when his dad became seriously ill without warning. “I was thinking that my life can’t get any better than this as far as work and school, friends, football,” he says. “Then it all went downhill.”
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Conejo Valley Unified School DistrictDr. Mark McLaughlinTo the Class of 2020…you did it! This is not the way we imagined we would celebrate your thirteen years of growth, hard work, and mastery of academic and extra-curricular interests. However, none of that takes away from the accompli...
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She Escaped a World of Gang Violence to Build a Better Life
By the time she was sixteen, Destiny Sausedo had lived through the death of her brother in a drive-by shooting and the loss of her mother to a drug overdose. Before she died, her mom was often incapacitated by drugs and Destiny was her primary caregiver. “I was a little girl taking care of my mom w...
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First Generation College Student is Building His American Dream
Jesus Martinez remembers taking trips to Malibu with his mom when he was younger – not to enjoy the beach or the restaurants, but to help with her job cleaning houses and hotel rooms. “I grew up fast and I lost a lot of my childhood because I had to work at a really young age,” he says.
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