Welcome to Conejo Elementary School! Celebrating over 135 years in the Conejo Valley! The mission of the Conejo Valley Unified School District is to meet the academic, cultural, social, and individual needs of students in order to prepare them to make a meaningful contribution to a democratic society. Conejo Elementary School’s standards-based education promotes the academic, social and the physical development of all students through the collaborative interaction of teachers, families and students. We give our students the opportunities and tools to succeed.


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¡La escuela primaria Conejo ya tiene una página en Facebook!

¡Dale “me gusta” a nuestra página y manténgase al día de nuestros eventos en el plantel escolar! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conejo-Elementary-School/1596609263885975

Principal's Message

May 22, 2015

Dear Conejo and OCLM Parents,

I am not sure where to begin this letter but to say, “Thank you.”  Thank you for allowing me to be the principal for your children for the last 7 years.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to be at Conejo Elementary and at OCLM.  We have accomplished so much as a community, learning and growing together.  We ourselves have become leaders as we have watched our students grow and change into the leaders they are today and will be in the future.  What a wonderful gift to have been given to be the principal at a school for 7 years, it is nearly unheard of in this day and age.  It is therefore very difficult for me to tell you that this will in fact be my last year at Conejo Elementary.  For the school year 2015-2016 I will become the principal at Lang Ranch Elementary. 

Dr. Covey said, “There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.”  We must face this change as we would want our children, our little leaders to do, with hope and with an open heart.  It is the principles we have learned together that will guide us through this change and give us the ability to see the future as full of possibilities.  I will miss each of you and your children and the wonderful impact that you all have had on me.  I am a lifelong learner who will seek to be a learner in my new environment, but I will take the lessons I have learned at Conejo with me as they have been the true fulfillment of my passion for education.

The district has not yet placed a new principal at Conejo but will begin the process of finding that perfect fit next week.  They will include members of our staff and parents in that process.  As always I will have “Coffee with Dena” on Tuesday morning in Room 26 and I welcome any questions or concerns you may have at that time. 

Again, I thank you for the tremendous experience I have had being the principal at Conejo Elementary and of the Open Classroom Leadership Magnet.


Estimados Padres de Conejo y OCLM:

No estoy segura de cómo empezar esta carta sino diciendo, “Gracias.” Gracias por permitirme haber sido la directora de su niño/a por los últimos siete años. Ha sido un honor y un placer el haber estado en la Escuela Conejo y OCLM.  Nosotros hemos logrado muchas cosas como comunidad, aprendido y crecido juntos. Nosotros mismos nos hemos convertido en líderes mientras observábamos a nuestros estudiantes crecer y convertirse en los líderes que hoy son y serán en el futuro. Que regalo tan maravilloso el haber sido la directora de una escuela por 7 años, algo casi imposible de ver en estos tiempos. Por lo tanto es muy difícil para mí decirle que este será mi último año en la escuela Conejo. Para el año escolar 2015-2016 voy a ser la directora de la Escuela Primaria Lang Ranch.

Dr. Covey dijo, “Hay tres constantes en la vida… cambio, elección y principios.” Nosotros debemos enfrentar este cambio como quisiéramos que nuestros niños, nuestros pequeños líderes lo hagan, con esperanza y con el corazón abierto. Son los principios que hemos aprendido juntos los que nos guiarán en este cambio y nos darán la habilidad de ver el futuro lleno de posibilidades. Voy a extrañar a cada uno de ustedes y a sus niños y el maravilloso impacto que todos han tenido en mí. Yo soy una aprendiz de por vida que seguirá aprendiendo en mi nuevo ambiente, pero voy a tomar las lecciones que he aprendido en Conejo conmigo puesto que han sido la verdadera satisfacción de mi pasión por la educación.

El distrito aún no ha nombrado a un nuevo director en Conejo pero empezará el proceso para encontrar a la persona perfecta la próxima semana. Ellos incluirán a miembros de nuestro personal y padres en ese proceso.  Como siempre, llevaré a cabo “Café con Dena” el martes en la mañana y contestaré cualquier pregunta o inquietud que usted tenga en ese momento.

Una vez más, les agradezco la tremenda experiencia por haber sido la directora en la Escuela Conejo y de Open Classroom Leadership Magnet.


Dr. Dena Sellers

Dena Sellers Ed.D

Let’s go Conejo!


Dr. Dena Sellers
Conejo Elementary School &
Open Classroom Leadership Magnet


A Message From Kari Taketa, Our New Principal - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 2015

Dear Conejo Elementary Families,

It is with pure excitement that I write to you to introduce myself. My name is Kari Taketa and I will be the new principal at Conejo Elementary starting in the 2015-16 school year.  

I have been part of the Conejo School District as a parent, teacher or administrator for the past 20 years. I have a strong background in child development as well as extensive experience working with English Learners. These strengths are a perfect fit for the Open Leadership Magnet and the Neighborhood School here at Conejo Elementary. I was fortunate to work in the preschool field for over eighteen years. This laid the foundation for my core beliefs around student learning. I have one daughter she attended the preschool I worked at. As she got older I went back to school full time. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential from Cal State University Northridge and Cal State University Channel Islands and began teaching at Park Oaks Elementary.  While teaching at Park Oaks I was fortunate to be part of the development of the parenting group between Conejo Elementary and Park Oaks, Parents Making a Difference (PMAD). As you can see Conejo Elementary has been part of my world for some time now. In 2008, I moved to the District Office as an English Learner Support Teacher. I supported all teachers K-12, who had English Learners (ELs) in their classes, by sharing teaching strategies and showing them how to utilize the ELD curriculum most effectively. In 2010, I was selected to be the Coordinator of EL Services at the District Office. This position gave me an even broader look at all the needs of English Learners and their family’s district wide.

My passion for education and student learning has been with me for as long as I can remember. I look forward to jumping in to the Conejo community, asking lots of questions, gathering information, and positively contributing where needed. The logo on our home page says it all “The Leader In Me, Great Happens Here”. I believe that to be true and I look forward to adding to its greatness!

Please know that I am a very open and approachable person and I enjoy being connected to all parts of the school community. I look forward to getting to know all the students and their families as we learn and grow together.


Kari Taketa


Conejo Elementary
280 N. Conejo School Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 495-7058 Main
(805) 374-1158 Fax