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AUGUST 2018 PUBLISHER

Ben Malkin | Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com

Opening Doors in Education OUR BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUES IN THE CONEJO VALLEY AND MALIBU TO PALI-

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Alicia Doyle, Sharon Levinsohn, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Jeff Runyan

SADES FEATURE EDUCATORS WHO HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AND HONORED

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. Shannon Baranski and

Ben Adel, Robin Chesler, Trish Jochen,

Madeline Walker have much to be proud of.

Ben Malkin, Tim Walker

They and their fellow educators help prepare the young people who represent the future of our nation. As parents, we entrust teachers, administrators and schools, both public and private, with our kids. We expect our kids to learn math, English, science, history, the arts and very importantly how to behave in the microcosm example of our greater society that the school represents. That’s a big job. Frankly, one that is often undervalued as a profession, undervalued in reasonable compensation and sometimes not respected when we consider what is asked of them. Given the fact that I was a classic underachiever throughout my 16 years of formal education, it is kind of ironic that I have been close to educators and higher education most of my life. My daughter and son-in-law are college professors and my ex-wife taught high school in Irvine until she retired. There are master's and PhDs scattered around the family, which includes my other two kids. Plenty of blood, sweat and tears and a lot of money went into all that

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education and it was worth it. As a parent I was very good at “don’t do as I did, do as I say.” LAYOUT DESIGNERS

Frankly, even though we really strained to cover the cost of all that education (scholarships, grants and loans helped), I would have to say my kids were privileged. We and our readers live in the kind of affluent communities that make the opportunity available. However, as a local community and in a larger sense, as a country, we should always strive to make the money and resources also within reach to young people who grow up in very diverse and far less affluent circumstances. There are engineers, doctors, artists, inventors, leaders

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2018

FEATURES 14 Honor Role Esteemed Teacher Earns Top Marks

18 Beyond the Books Students Explore Options at Local Schools

24 Horseplay Equestrian Artists Ride High

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28 United Front Area PTAs Join Forces for Fundraising

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Inspired By

24 Trend Setter 28 Giving Back 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


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Malibu Schools Festival Benefits Students The community turned out to celebrate students and support their education at the 2nd Annual Malibu Schools Festival. Hosted by Malibu’s three public elementary schools, the all-ages fundraiser benefits local public elementary schools. All proceeds support Juan Cabrillo, Point Dume Marine Science and Webster elementary schools. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN CHESLER

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PPWC Celebrates Community Seniors The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club recently hosted the most anticipated party of the year, celebrating the community's over 90-year-old senior residents. The 20+ year tradition provided a lively afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment and love. Over 30 PPWC members and Honorary Mayors Janice and Billy Crystal pitched in to make the party a success, from serving lunch to passing out gift bags. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN ADEL

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AROUND TOWN and the Devil,” starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Lars Hanson and directed by Clarence Brown. Gilbert and Hanson play childhood friends who long ago swore a bond of eternal friendship. The seductive Garbo, entrancing them both, creates a dangerous triangle that tests their loyalty. Presented by the Silent Film Society of Hollywood Heritage, surprise short subjects will be shown before each feature. Films will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla and will be presented on authentic 16-mm projectors. Guided walking tours of the ranch grounds begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $6 for the general public; $3 for children under 12.

CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH COMMUNITY MUSIC & FILMS

CONCERT FOR THE CATS The Concert for the Cats,  2018  features  top jazz

Vintage Grocers at the Trancas Country Mart

artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland

hosts family friendly Screen on the Green and rock

Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects

and roll concerts throughout the summer. Head to

with the Santa Monica Mountains National

the Trancas Country Mart at sunset for a variety

Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19,

of family films in August, including “Meatballs”

at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki

(8/2), “The Incredibles” (8/9), “What About Bob?”

Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson

(8/16), “Planes, Trains & Automobiles (8/23) and

(keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), Danny Janklow

“Ghostbusters” (8/30). Concerts are on Fridays,

(saxophone) and Jeff Falkner (bass). National Park

from 6 to 9 p.m. The Roman Helmets play Aug. 3,

Service biologists Jeff Sikich, Joanne Moriarty

Andy Cahan Experience on Aug. 10, Cash Up Front

and Justin Brown also provide wildlife updates.

(Johnny Cash tribute) on Aug. 17 and Heartbreak

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ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS

MOVIES IN THE PARK: PACIFIC PALISADES Families can enjoy free outdoor movies on

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to participate in an

Saturday nights during the month of August at the

8-mile moderately paced hike to Look Trail, Century

Palisades Recreation Center in Pacific Palisades.

Lake and the Reagan picnic area, Thursday, August

Bring blankets, lawn chairs and jackets. Picnic din-

23. Meet at 8 a.m., at the Cornell and Mulholland dirt

ners are welcome. Movies start at dusk. The 2018

parking area. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking foot-

Lineup Includes:

wear, hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels. The challenging and popular Bulldog Runs also take place in August at Malibu Creek State Park.

8/11: "You've Got Mail" (Date Night!) 8/18: "Guardians of the Galaxy" 8/25: "Coco" (with costume contest!).

The August 25 races include the 25K Trail Run and the 50K Trail Ultra Run, which are conducted simultaneously, starting at 6:30 a.m. The course offers inspirational vistas of untamed terrain and sweeping ocean views. The challenging trail weaves through the scenic Santa Monica Mountains on single track and fire roads. TrailRunEvents.com/BD/

STARLIGHT SCREENING Silents Under the Stars at Paramount Ranch on Sunday, August 19, features the 1926 film “Flesh 12

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INSPIRED BY

ARTICLE SHARON LEVINSOHN | PHOTOGRAPHY TIM WALKER

MADELEINE

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TEACHER OF THE YEAR, PALISADES CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN TAUGHT BY—OR HAS MET—MADELEINE WALKER SINGS HER PRAISES. Former students write to her and often come back to visit her at Palisades Charter Elementary School in Pacific Palisades. It is also not surprising that Walker, who has been teaching there for the past 21 years, was chosen as one of 22 outstanding Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers of the Year for 2018. "I really, really love my work and I am truly dedicated to my students and to my profession,” says Walker. “I like to find what my students are passionate about and engage them on different levels. As educators, we have to reach all of our learners and make sure we differentiate for our students—different learning styles must be used for different needs." Walker has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and is an admitted workaholic, arriving at work each day at  6:30  a.m. and leaving after  5 p.m. Walker derives tremendous pleasure from teaching and favors project-based learning in her classroom. Additionally, she engages in professional development, attending classes and workshops after school and on Saturdays for professional development. Walker is also a distinguished National Board Certified Teacher—one of only two at her school.  "I want people to see that I am passionate and dynamic and that I stay current,” she says. “There is an art to teaching and it never gets stale— there is always so much to do. I love going to work every day. I get so much inspiration from the children—their energy and positivity are contagious." In addition to teaching math, science, arts and humanities, reading and writing, social studies, technology and art to a combination fourth and fifth grade class,   Walker assists with the Science Fair, serves as English Language Coordinator, sits on the Personal Selection and Curriculum Committees and inspires student community service as a Student Council Advisor. This year, she will also coach a new Robotics Team comprised of fifth graders.  "Ms. Walker is in a class by herself when it comes to dedication,” says Pali Elementary Principal Gary Saunders. “She has a hunger for learning that benefits her colleagues, our parents, and most importantly, our students. I am beyond grateful to be able to have a colleague in education like her, who is unwilling to be content with only meeting our students' basic needs. She is committed to escorting our students to the highest level of their personal potential. Our school and community are better because of her." A Santa Monica native and lifelong resident, Walker decided at age 9 that she wanted to become a teacher. Her inspiration came from her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Archambeau, who significantly impacted Walker’s life. She went on to earn both her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and her master's degree in Education at Cal State Northridge. Prior to coming to Pali Charter Elementary, Walker taught at the Carlthorp School for 12 years. She met her husband Tim, a guidance counselor at Culver City Unified High School, when they both worked as counselors at a camp for underprivileged children. The Walkers worked as summer camp counselors for 25 years and believe in giving back and helping others—something they have instilled in their two daughters (who also attended Pali Elementary). Their daughter Caitlyn is a student at UCLA, and daughter Meghan is working on her doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences. Dedicated and engaged, the Walkers operate from an attitude of gratitude, and their students and campers have reaped an abundance of rewards because of them.    August 2018 | Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle

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Local Schools Make the Grade STUDENT-CENTERED PROGRAMS ENHANCE LEARNING

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+ Malibu High School Malibu High School offers strong academic, athletic, arts and community service programs for students in Grades 6-12, providing access to unique, hands-on learning opportunities. Celebrating its first graduating class in 1996, Malibu High School is a top-performing high school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, with graduates attending colleges and universities throughout the country. The accomplished staff includes doctorate-level faculty members and award-winning teachers, who take pride in establishing a friendly, caring environment in which to prepare students to be “thoughtful, insightful, lifelong learners, who are responsible citizens of a global community.” In addition to the dedicated faculty and staff, MHS benefits from an engaged and supportive parent community. Parent support and organizations, such as the Shark Fund, enhance students’ education by providing quality programs and resources. GIVING STUDENTS AN EDGE Starting in eighth grade, students have the opportunity to take high school-level electives, and high schoolers can enroll in college courses at Santa Monica College. Complementing its academic core curriculum, which includes AP and Honors courses, the Visual and Performing Arts programs are a vibrant part of MHS, where students must complete a year of coursework in the fine arts to graduate. Rooted in the belief that creative art expression helps develop a passionate and healthier mind, students in Grades 6 through 12 are given ample opportunities to express their creativity. Middle school offerings include classes in studio art, vocal and instrumental music, and drama, while high schoolers can choose courses in photography, digital design, vocal and instrumental music, audio technology, two- and three-dimensional studio art (drawing, painting, ceramics), acting and stagecraft. With the goal of helping students develop their inner artist while teaching the fundamentals of art technique, teachers create projects that challenge and prepare students for college-level fine arts courses. Annual community art exhibitions, such as the Santa Monica Pier Event, allow students to showcase their work. MHS graduates have attended highly-selective conservatories, colleges and universities, including the Berklee School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, California College of Arts and Crafts, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and the acting conservatories at Yale University, New York University and Emerson College. THEATRE ARTS Students in the Theatre Arts Programs produce a play and musical each year, providing hands-on experience for the practical, theoretical and technical aspects of acting, set design, lighting and sound design and costume design. Training in acting includes in-depth character work in scene study, script writing and analysis, cold reading techniques, monologues and improvisation. SERVICE LEARNING With the aim of integrating a sense of civic responsibility in students, MHS’s Service Learning Program introduces students to meaningful and engaging civic and social activities outside of student life. Service-learning projects are built into the middle and high school curriculum, and high school students must contribute 80 hours of service learning to graduate.

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MUSIC Malibu High School’s student musicians participate in award-winning bands, orchestras and choral ensembles, which offer opportunities to perform throughout the state, including the highly anticipated Disneyland trip. ATHLETICS A strong sports program includes teams in cross country, water polo, swimming, football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, Lacrosse, track and field, cheerleading, equestrian and surfing. STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Journalism students produce a leading high school paper, The Current, and creative writing students write and edit MHS’s literary and arts magazine, The Inkblot. Yearbook classes provide the opportunity to learn about design, layout, photography and color graphics. CLUBS & MORE Some 30 different clubs and a variety of activities, such as Associated Student Body (Student Council), Mock Trial and Coffee House, offer students the opportunity to get involved to accomplish goals, develop leadership skills and build lasting friendships.

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Some 3,000 students attend Palisades Charter High School, one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s first high schools to achieve independent charter school status in 2003. The diverse student body represents 110+ zip codes, and the school has earned honors as a California Gold Ribbon School and a California Distinguished High School. With the mission to “empower our diverse student population to make positive contributions to the global community by dedicating our resources to ensure educational excellence, civic responsibility, and personal growth,” PCHS offers an innovative college-preparatory curriculum with over 40 AP and Honors courses in art, computer science, English, foreign language, math, science and social science, as well as specialized programs and activities to enhance student growth and learning. PCHS’s dedicated staff and award-winning faculty strive to “create a cohesive and constructive community” by cultivating an “uplifting environment where students are inspired and empowered to pursue their personal aspirations.” In its aim to ensure all students feel safe, valued and respected, PCHS leadership promotes campus unification, encouraging members to connect and participate in building a community that intentionally moves forward, so each student graduates feeling supported, empowered, valued and prepared for the next stage in life. SMALL LEARNING COMMUNITIES Incoming freshman receive personalized, interdisciplinary education via learning “Pods,” tailored to help students transition into high school and foster relationships. Each Pod comprises a team of teachers, a resource specialist, a literacy instructor and a counselor.  Students can choose from 20

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eight pods: STEAM, Art, Music, Digital  Media, Social Justice, Entrepreneurship, Drama and Urban Ecology. CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION With the vision to “engage every student in high-quality, rigorous and relevant educational pathways and programs developed in partnership with business and industry promoting creativity, innovation, leadership, and lifelong learning and allowing students to turn their passion into their dream careers,” Career Technical Education provides students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global marketplace. CTE classes include Clothing and Textiles, Computer Programming, Data Processing, Foods and Nutrition, Graphic Arts,

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Parenting & Child Development, Internet Publishing and more. STEAM SHOP INNOVATION LAB   Students engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects through computer science, engineering and robotics. A blend of traditional shop tools and digital technologies promote differentiated learning, and concepts like wearable tech and 3D printing provide opportunities for entrepreneurship. VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS Students develop skills to create and appreciate visual and performing art through courses in drawing, painting, ceramics, dance and drama. Theater Improv students study improvisation and acting, history, stage terminology and criticism. In Theater Production, students design and produce stage productions, including the Fall Play and Spring Musical. Covering the artistic, technical, managerial and financial elements of a dramatic production, the course prepares students for professional theatre involvement. PRODUCTIONS & PUBLICATIONS Film and video production courses teach students advanced skills, including script construction, production organization, camera operation, sound recording, film lighting and editing. Students post their videos on the Pali Production website, and the online literary magazine, Writer’s Salon, allows for creative expression. MUSIC & SPORTS From AP Music Theory to Jazz Band, Drum Line, Marching

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THE FREE ARTISTS CREATIVE EQUESTRIANS (F.A.C.E.) equestrian vaulting club is an extraordinary place. Founded in 2000 by two-time world champion equestrian vaulter, Devon Maitozo, F.A.C.E. teaches the innovative sport of equestrian vaulting to participants of all ages. Described as a combination of gymnastics and dance performed on a moving horse set to music, EV attracts participants who are drawn to the sport for recreation and competition. Located at El Campeon Ranch, an Olympic equestrian facility in Thousand Oaks, F.A.C.E. is a well-established equestrian vaulting club, earning worldwide recognition as the first and only United States equestrian vaulting team to win a gold medal in the world championships. Equestrian vaulting dates back more than 2,000 years, while modern vaulting was developed after World War II in Germany to introduce equestrian sports to children. Popular across Europe, EV surfaced in the U.S. during the late 1960s, with the first competition in the country taking place in 1969. Currently, 141+ vaulting clubs and affiliates exist in the U.S., per the American Vaulting Association. Vaulters compete individually, in pairs (pas de deux) and on teams.

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ARTICLE SHARON LEVINSOHN


At F.A.C.E., beginners start on stationary vaulting barrels before moving on to actual horses. Vaulting routines are performed on the back of a cantering horse, which travels in a circle while attached to a trainer via a lunge line. Surprisingly, no previous gymnastics or riding experience is required for those interested in trying equestrian vaulting. Naturally, vaulting horses must be calm, sure-footed, strong and fit, with a steady gait. Vaulting horses are specially trained to be part of a team, and vaulters and horses must work in perfect harmony to succeed. “I am passionate about this unique sport and I want equestrian vaulting to be accessible to the community,” says Maitozo. “I also want F.A.C.E. to be a place where children and adults at all levels can experience vaulting while learning to build confidence by working with horses." Maitozo started vaulting as a child and has been involved in the sport for the past 36 years. He earned an individual world championship gold medal in 1998 as well as a gold medal as a coach and teammate in 2010. A trainer, choreographer, performer and competitor with F.A.C.E., Maitozo has coached numerous competitors to success at all levels. He is truly dedicated to teaching, as well as coaching and fielding teams to represent the United States internationally. Members of F.A.C.E. will compete this year at the World Equestrian Games, held in Tryon, North Carolina, in September. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, F.A.C.E. welcomes tax-deductible donations to pay for team members to compete nationally and internationally and for people to take lessons to learn about the sport. Classes are offered throughout the year at F.A.C.E. Maitozo and his experienced team of skilled and friendly instructors welcome all levels to take an introductory lesson for a low fee. Visitors are also welcomed to visit their facilities and watch the vaulters practice and perform.

F.A.C.E. equestrian vaulting club is located at El Campeon Ranch, 1201 West Potrero Road, in Thousand Oaks. Call 818.429.2115 or visit FaceVaulting.com for more information.

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE | PHOTOGRAPHY ROBIN CHESLER

MALIBU PTAS SUPPORT & ENHANCE EDUCATION THE MALIBU PTAS ARE A STRONG AND TIGHT-KNIT GROUP

OF

PARENT

VOLUNTEERS

FOCUSED

Activities offered during the festival included rock climb-

ON

ing, a homemade cake walk, archery, obstacle course,

ENHANCING STUDENTS’ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDU-

cookie decorating and a treasure hunt. The event also fea-

CATION AND EXPERIENCES.

tured live student-centric local bands, fresh food from area

“We raise monies needed to promote the support and growth of our respective schools and children,” explains Gabi Frank, PTA President at Point Dume Marine Science School. “Our fundraising provides extra programs, books and supplies,

restaurants and independent caterers, as well as a game truck, golf simulator and Hot Wheels track. Putting on the festival “was a huge undertaking, to put it mildly,” Frank emphasizes.

to name just a few things we are unable to get from the district.”

“It could not have been accomplished without the brunt

The funds raised by the organizations are vital to promoting

strength of a group of tenacious women...then we had chairs

students’ educational journey in the public school system.

from each of the three schools,” she says. “Although we

“Collectively, we are a strong and powerful advocacy group

were all in charge of some department, we would never shy

fueled by the shared desire and common goals of providing

away from helping out where we could. It was a momentous

support for our Malibu public schools as a whole,” Frank says.

effort and very stressful, but also garnered untold rewards for our community.”

CELEBRATING UNITY

To that end, the 2nd Annual Malibu Festival hosted by

Malibu’s three public elementary schools united the commu-

The Malibu Festival is just one way the Malibu PTAs help

nity with an all-ages festival-style fundraiser benefitting all of

support the schools. Additional avenues include the Malibu

Malibu’s public elementary schools. The festival took place on

Schools Leadership Council, led by Stacy Rouse.

May 6, and 100% of the proceeds benefitted Juan Cabrillo,

“This is a very important committee which I am a part of,

Point Dume Marine Science and Webster elementary schools.

as are the other PTA Presidents, and leaders of our school

“The festival was conceived of to bring further unity and

community and Malibu community,” Frank says.

solidarity amongst our three elementary schools: Juan

“This committee is vitally important and a means for all of

Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science Elementary

us to stay abreast of current topics happening in our schools,

and Webster Elementary,” Frank explains.

district and community at large,” she notes. “It is here we also

“The message of our unity runs deep and spreads beyond the

find out about each other’s upcoming fundraising events so

27 miles of Malibu,” she notes. “We have growing participation

we can dispense the information via schoolwide letters, social

from parents and the whole of the Malibu community, including

media and other ways to support raising money.”

much needed financial support from Malibu businesses. Our gratitude for the swell of support from local businesses is unending.”

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VITAL SUPPORT

The goal of every PTA is to support the educational and social journey of our children, Frank adds.

Some of the many sponsors of the Malibu Festival included

“It is to impart to our parent body the importance of parent

Scott Gillian Unvarnished, which donated a large sum of

engagement and responsibility to all the children, not just our

money; as well as David Charvet of Jones Group, Toy Crazy,

own,” she says. “To remind parents, students and teachers

Shade Sunscreen, Boys and Girls Club, AMPS, KBU Radio,

that we are a community, and that together we are stronger

Duke’s restaurant, Sunlife and Organic Curry.

and can achieve the best for our kids.”

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

LIFELONG STUDENTS “BACK-TO-SCHOOL” IS AN EXCITING TIME OF YEAR WHEN CHILDREN PREPARE FOR THE PRODUCTIVE AND GROWTH-ORIENTED PERIOD AHEAD. The goal of growth in intellect and experience are the ideals of parents for their child, all to increase the likelihood of success in their future. And, while we prep the kids with these refreshed, start the school year right attitudes, along with dressing them in new school clothes and backpacks, we should also remember that as adults, we would do well to seek the same—an invigorated attitude for growth and education securing an even more successful future. Readers of this article already know a lot of life’s most productive lessons don’t occur in the classroom but are discovered in real-world experience. Unfortunately for some students, recent experience may have unintentionally taught that stock, bond and real estate asset values only rise. And, although the last nine years have been an “investor’s delight,” this could result in a distorted lesson for younger savers when reflected against a longer historical backdrop. For example, in June the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates. In fact, that makes seven consistent interest rate hikes of a quarter of a point since late 2016. Please remember that interest rates are essentially the price of money. So, if the price of money rises, this will affect how people and businesses spend and consume. When you borrow money, you pay interest on the funds borrowed. As the price of the money goes up, it means a household or business can afford to borrow less, which means they invest or purchase less. When people and businesses spend less, businesses earn a smaller profit. When they earn less in profit or have none at all, they have to reduce their workforce. A reduction in workforce is a euphemism for layoffs, and a laid-off person may not have sufficient income, further perpetuating the cycle.  So, we can say interest rates are still historically “low,” but the lesson here is to recognize that they have climbed in a meaningful way. In the past when the Fed raised rates “too much,” it’s been a consequential negative for asset prices. U.S. interest rates averaged 5.7% from 1971 until 2018. It’s worth remembering that extremes like when rates reached 20% in March of 1980 and the record low of 0.25% in December of 2008 are exceptions to the norm, not the norm itself.

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to designing investment portfolios that adhere to

is a tough one. Maybe now is the time to prepare an invigorated plan to make sure

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