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September 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Searching for money to build a permanent home, the youngsters at University Preparation School in Camarillo on Friday turned to Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and a few other big names for help. The fledgling charter school kicked off a capital campaign with a glitzy art auction at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the first step toward raising the $15 million it will take to move to the Cal State Channel Islands campus.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Searching for money to build a permanent home, the youngsters at University Preparation School in Camarillo on Friday turned to Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and a few other big names for help. The fledgling charter school kicked off a capital campaign with a glitzy art auction at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the first step toward raising the $15 million it will take to move to the Cal State Channel Islands campus.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Talk about a grass-roots effort. After years of working to create Ventura County's first four-year public university, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell turned up at a Camarillo charter school Friday to look in on students preparing for the college experience. O'Connell made his first visit to the University Preparation School, a learning laboratory launched last year in partnership with nearby Cal State Channel Islands.
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October 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Talk about a grass-roots effort. After years of working to create Ventura County's first four-year public university, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell turned up at a Camarillo charter school Friday to look in on students preparing for the college experience. O'Connell made his first visit to the University Preparation School, a learning laboratory launched last year in partnership with nearby Cal State Channel Islands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It doesn't take long to figure out that something different is going on at this Camarillo elementary school. There are the playgrounds, which remain mostly empty all day. There's the teacher who speaks to her young students solely in Spanish--even the ones who don't yet know the language. And there are the college professors milling about the campus and peering into classrooms--as if they were visiting a research laboratory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All students at this elementary school will be taught both English and Spanish. Each class will be led by one of the best, most experienced teachers in Ventura County, who will be encouraged to use cutting-edge techniques. Is this public education? It will be at University Preparation School, a charter school set to open in Camarillo this fall. The new Cal State Channel Islands will run the school as a kind of public school laboratory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2003 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
It's the middle of the school day at University Preparation School in Camarillo, but there are no students in Imelda Wagstaff's colorful classroom. Instead, the room's pint-sized tables and chairs are occupied by teachers, who are plotting out the next week's language arts lessons for their kindergarten and first-grade students. Their young charges aren't just roaming campus freely, either.
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August 13, 2002 | KARIN GRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Teachers seeking jobs, and parents wanting to enroll their children, faced stiff competition getting into a new charter school closely linked with Cal State Channel Islands. "We knew that the school would be of great interest to people, but we were pretty overwhelmed," said Linda Ngarupe, principal of University Preparation School in Camarillo. The kindergarten-through-fifth-grade school, on the former El Rancho Structured School campus, will open Sept.
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May 10, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Cal State Channel Islands has taken significant steps to promote cultural diversity after being hit by charges that it is not doing enough, college President Richard Rush told Latino leaders Friday. Those leaders criticized Rush last fall for creating a university whose students, faculty and top administrators were not reflective of Ventura County's surging Latino population, which now stands at 31%.
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January 24, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Teacher Mary Galvin says she pays plenty of attention to the standard curriculum in her Ventura classroom. But it's the creative, hands-on activities that set her lessons apart. Like when a parent drops by to teach her students how to make musical instruments out of natural materials, such as turning hollowed-out gourds into water drums. Or when the youngsters plop on the rug to learn a little yoga, led by another parent volunteer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It doesn't take long to figure out that something different is going on at this Camarillo elementary school. There are the playgrounds, which remain mostly empty all day. There's the teacher who speaks to her young students solely in Spanish--even the ones who don't yet know the language. And there are the college professors milling about the campus and peering into classrooms--as if they were visiting a research laboratory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Officials at Ventura County's first four-year public university are hoping to draw scores of future educators to the Camarillo campus with new credential programs aimed at meeting local teaching needs. Cal State Channel Islands will add programs next fall for students who want to teach math, science, English or special-education classes. The campus, which opened seven months ago, already offers a multiple-subject credential for aspiring elementary school teachers.
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August 29, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was high fives all around Wednesday for Dianne Quimby-Anders, principal of Camarillo's newest school. Opening day at La Mariposa Elementary School went by without a hitch, everyone agreed, as its students joined thousands heading back to classrooms across Ventura County. "We're up and running! We did it!" third-grade teacher Susan Webber said as Quimby-Anders passed by Webber's line of students touring the new campus. "What a smooth day. Congratulations!"
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