La Reina appoints new head of school

Dr. Michael Bates

Dr. Michael Bates, assistant principal for student life at Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, has been appointed head of school at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, effective July 1.

“Dr. Bates is a man of great integrity, drive and faith,” said Dr. Christopher Tolcher, chairman of La Reina’s board of trustees. “He has experience working with faculty, students, parents, administrators and the local community in a leadership role, and in an environment that matches La Reina's very closely.”

Bates holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He has served more than 20 years in Catholic secondary and higher education.

“What a wonderful opportunity this is to lead La Reina honoring the tremendous legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the faculty and community of students, families and alumnae,” said Bates.

Opened in 1964, La Reina was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.


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The Spiritual Discovery of the New World

Archbishop José H. Gomez

When he is declared a saint later this year, Father Serra will be the latest in a line of “missionary saints” from the Americas that Pope Francis has elevated during his pontificate. It is clear that Pope Francis — the first pope from the New World — understands the Christian “roots” of the Americas and the continent’s importance for the Church’s mission in the 21st century.

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May 6, 2015

  • Wednesday, May 6

    The Compassionate Friends of South Bay/LA Meeting, 7 p.m., The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group offering support to families who have lost a child. (310) 530-3214.

    “Searching for Vibrations from the Big Bang,” 8 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena. Dr. James Bock, professor of physics at Caltech and a senior research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will give this Earnest C. Watson lecture. Free. (626) 365-4652.

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