Anna Mendez approaches her limited setup in a unique fashion, using a box to hold up her computer, as well as coffee mug, a cup, and an art notebook to make the best of the space she has outside.
Updates on the visual arts program: a picture is worth a thousand pixels
Leila Kohn, Senior Staff Writer • October 23, 2020

Creativity is still alive at Oak Park High School, although the classes may look different. Distance...

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Graphic created by Oak Park Unified School District, as they prepare to return to school.
OPUSD board approves plan to return to on-campus instruction in a hybrid model
Emily Francis, Editor-in-Chief • October 23, 2020

A blueprint for the return to on-campus learning with a hybrid model was approved by the Oak Park Unified...

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The football field is the site of many athletic practices and one of the few places students assemble on campus
OPHS athlete tests positive for COVID-19
Charlotte Nicks, Staff Writer • October 23, 2020

A positive COVID-19 test for an Oak Park High School athlete has been confirmed. The last day the student...

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Oak Park families gather in front of the Luc Bodden Tree located at the entrance of Red Oak Elementary School on Luc Bodden Day.
LucStrong spirit perseveres despite cancellation of video and seminars
Bailey Andera, Editor-in-Chief • October 23, 2020

Instead of the usual Luc Bodden Day, the week of Sept. 14 through Sept. 18 was deemed Luc Bodden Week,...

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New Dual Enrollment courses introduced
Amanda Dermott, Online Editor • October 23, 2020

Sign ups for the Dual Enrollment program through Moorpark College (beginning in the Spring of 2021) begin...

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ASB uses digital ballots for homecoming voting this year
Hayden Brown, Social Media Manager • October 23, 2020

With the current shift to online learning, the Oak Park High School Associated Student Body has had to...

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Color Guard and band performing at an OPHS student rally.
Distance learning takes a toll on ASB fundraising
Daisy Calderon and Mina Jung October 23, 2020

Under normal circumstances, the Associated Student Body would hold various fundraisers that would help...

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2018 Chumash Tomol Crossing, from Oxnard to Santa Cruz Island; Salazar is the first in the tomol.
Indigineous Peoples’ Day: The revision of cultural celebration
Sabrina Thi, Staff Writer • October 23, 2020

It took centuries for the Indigenous peoples across all of North America to be finally recognized and...

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Photo of Dr. Terry walker, an educational support service group consultant for Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo (AALRR).
New consultant hired to assist the Diversity and Equity Task Force
Daisy Calderon, Photo Editor • October 23, 2020

Though the Diversity and Equity Task Force formed in January of this year, a turning point, for the country...

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The 2020 Homecoming King and Queen Chase Willet and Lilly Fuller dress up for the event.
The results are in: Homecoming Court announced
Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, News Editor • October 23, 2020

The results for the 2020 Oak Park High School Homecoming Court have been announced. Although COVID-19...

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Augmented from one day to the entire month of September during the pandemic, Coastal Cleanup Month extends to all of Oak Park, including its duck pond.
Coastal Cleanup Month recognized this September
Hayden Brown, Senior Staff Writer • October 19, 2020

“I firmly believe we owe it to our wild neighbors to take care of the land and the water since we entered...

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Reminiscing about last year’s Halloween was usually a leisure pastime, yet it may be the leading manner of celebration this October as COVID-19 has deprived us of trick-or-treating.
Costumes and candies vs. COVID-19
Veda Bollapalli, Guest Writer • October 23, 2020

It’s that time of year again. The moon rises in painful deliberation, barely hiding behind that shadowed...

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In terms of maintaining student mental health while online, OPHS counselors are continuing to make themselves available to students who need them.
The effects of distance learning on mental health
Jay Dugar, Managing Editor • October 23, 2020

Between a lack of social and physical connection and all the additional stressors caused by the pandemic,...

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GoGaurdian application used to monitor student screens from the perspective of a teacher.
Academic honesty: Transmitting trust through a screen
Olivia Dods and Amanda Dermott October 23, 2020

In response to distance learning, teachers have tweaked and refined their assignments and tests to minimize...

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In California, the state legislature can create a law that requires all citizens who live in the state to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 
Could a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?
J. R. Servais, Guest Writer • October 21, 2020

As researchers come closer to finding the vaccine for COVID-19, there are questions of whether we will...

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Proper ergonomics for distance learning
Proper ergonomics for distance learning
Simran Nadig, Staff Writer • October 9, 2020

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Dodgers win the 2020 World Series
Dodgers win the 2020 World Series
Eric Yeung and Alex Gaspar October 28, 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers have broken their World Series drought of 32 years, winning their fourth game with a score of 3-1 in Game 6 of the first...

During pre-pandemic times, the LucStrong foundation — a nonprofit organization devoted to combatting sickle cell disease — held an annual kickball tournament to raise funds for the organization.
LucStrong Kickit Challenge 
Alex Gaspar, Adam Helfstein, and Eric Yeung October 22, 2020

The annual LucStrong Kickball fundraiser will look a little different during the age of COVID-19. During pre-pandemic times, the LucStrong...

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Column: Sports Prediction Central, Edition 3
Alex Gaspar, Adam Helfstein, and Eric Yeung October 22, 2020

Welcome to the third edition of Sports Predictions Central, a column for predictions of the best games on the sports slate this week.  In this...

Letter from the locker room
Alexandra Fine, Guest Writer • October 22, 2020

Dear Birdcage, My name is Alexandra Fine, and I am a senior on the OPHS girls’ varsity lacrosse team. This is my fourth year playing on the...

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