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Community Unites for Second Annual State of the Schools

On Wednesday, October 11, the Conejo Schools Foundation hosted the second annual State of the Schools event at the Lundring Events Center at California Lutheran University.

The event offered an open invitation to community members and community partners to learn more about the current state of public education in the Conejo Valley.

Mike Soules, Conejo Schools Foundation President opened the event with a few words highlighting how proud the Conejo Schools Foundation is to be the District’s partner. The mission of the Conejo Schools Foundation is to, “mobilize resources and partner with the community to protect, strengthen, and grow quality educational experiences for all CVUSD students.” The Conejo Schools Foundation was recently named the 2017 California Non-Profit of the Year designation for their work supporting great programs within CVUSD.

Conejo Valley Unified School District Interim Superintendent, Dr. Mark McLaughlin was the event’s keynote speaker. He discussed his passion for education, his vision for the future of CVUSD and shared information about the unique programs and educational enrichment opportunities CVUSD provides to meet students' passions. 

Approximately 200 individuals attended the event. CVUSD student volunteers and performers were also on hand to share their talents and personal experiences about their CVUSD experiences. Student volunteers included  the Thousand Oaks High School Link Crew and Peer Mentor Classes with teacher Ashley Cooper and Westlake High School students from Associated Student Government (ASG) members with teacher Krystal Sundberg and administrator Heather Godfrey. There were performances from Westlake High School's A Class Act (ACA) with teacher Amy Rolniak, and the Thousand Oaks High School Orchestra with instructor Benjamin Roberts. Newbury Park High School photography and digital video production students under teachers Eric Lindroth and Derek Grimes helped capture the event.

The sponsors for the event included Conejo Schools Foundation, Corwin, California Lutheran University, The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mustang Marketing, Sports Academy, the Oaks, UCLA Health, White House Properties/Sue Wells, Gelson's, CYBA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley, AAUW, UACT and Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

Thank you to all community members and community partners who attended this event!

Watch the State of the Schools event below, video produced by Newbury Park High School's Digital Video Production students: 

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