OLM school back in session

Bernice Hayden's kindergarten class at Our Lady of Malibu School enjoys its first day of the 2008-09 school year.

Our Lady of Malibu Catholic School welcomed returning and new students for the start of the academic year on Sept. 2. Fourteen excited kindergartners accompanied their parents to their very own “yellow schoolhouse” on the OLM campus, while returning and new students in grades one through eight settled into their refurbished classrooms. OLM’s total enrollment is 160 students.

“The first day of school is always thrilling, but for the teachers, administration and staff, this year is particularly exciting,” co-principal Suzanne Ricci said in a press release issued by the school. “This summer we were able to upgrade our facilities with new carpet in all the classrooms, remodel the school office, and complete the planning and approval process to have our new computer lab completed this fall.”

The school has also expanded its music program, and now offers students more opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as musical theater, band and strings.

OLM has added four teachers to the full-time faculty: Irma Seminario (Spanish), Regina Gillespie (eighth-grade and social studies), James Zatolokin (middle school language arts and literature) and Beverly Caveiro (music). With these additions, OLM boasts a faculty of 15 teachers, with a student to teacher ratio of 11 to 1.