Special Meeting for Walk-through

photographed things he might be interested in . . .Sorry for the late notice, but the OUSD School Board is having a special meeting tonight at 6pm at the District’s downtown location.  The Board and attendees will walk the downtown OUSD property to get to know the parcel better.  This is preparation for exploring how the property might be put to an alternate use to fiscally benefit the school district while preserving the best elements of the property.  Come walk with us, and then join the discussion afterwards (the first of many!) about your thoughts on the property.

Culinary classes lead to competition…

It takes education and determination and you can go all the way. Just ask Toya Boudy, who’s going from community college classroom, or kitchen, after talking culinary classes, to television. Dream big and get there with community colleges. 

Rancho Campana High School Maker Space Teaches Entrepreneurship

Fidget spinners made in the RCMAKES student-operatedNext to coding, so-called maker technology is the newest essential learning for the 21st century.  With the coming of affordable 3-D printers, young makers can create businesses just like the students at Rancho Campana are doing through their small business.  Learn more here!

“We have a goal of keeping our best and brightest students at home in Ventura County and RCMAKES gives students a foot in the door to local companies,” McCoy said. “Local companies are invited to work in the maker space and can connect to students. RCMAKES is also a regional occupation program, and many (ROP) faculty are liaisons to local businesses.”

Gross stressed the educational value of student-run startups such as RCMAKES and said the business teaches students a variety of skills that are applicable to many career paths.

“Students get pride of ownership, understand the realities of a startup company and get the flexibility of being involved directly in the decision-making process,” Gross said. “We’re training students who after going off to college, will hopefully come back to Ventura County, while students who don’t attend college are learning vocational and technical skills such as 3-D printing and laser cutting from a workmanship and maintenance perspective.”

Join the Junior Safari at Moorpark College!

A terrific and fun opportunity to learn about animals and have fun this summer.  Moorpark College’s Learning Zoo is unique in the country.  And the cost is extremely reasonable for this exciting program.



Winners of the VC Innovates 2017 Pathfinder Awards Announced

It was my privilege and pleasure to attend the VC Innovates Pathfinder Awards Luncheon and to cheer for our own two-time winner Michael Swank.  His efforts at Matilija and Nordhoff schools created noteworthy and leading edge graphics programs.  We are lucky to have such a fine example of dedicated teaching and learning working with our students.  Michael is but one one of the great instructors working in OUSD.  Congratulations and thanks for representing OUSD!!


Award winner Michael Swank with OUSD administration.

Hearing is Believing…

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Oxnard College, see the acclaimed Seeing is Believing, a film about musician Rachel Flowers.  The film is about her journey as an unsighted musician, and screens tonight at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free.  Don’t miss this inspiring story of a local luminary.