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COVID-19 affects voting

The 2008 Democratic National Convention nominates and confirms former President Barack Obama and former vice president John McCain

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused changes on a national level interfering with the democratic process and raising many concerns. Perhaps the greatest concern is how COVID-19 will impact the 2020 November election.  President Donald Trump stated in a press conference on April 27 that he has no interest...

International students return home

Isabella Alves and Payton Sitarz

May 10, 2020

Foreign exchange students who attended the last semester at Oak Park High School had to return to their home countries early due to the danger posed by COVID-19. According to junior and foreign exchange student from Spain Judith Auba Salaet, going home was very sudden and she had one day to pack after...

California beaches and parks to close

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Manager

May 8, 2020

On Sunday, March 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all California state parks closed to vehicle access because of continued violations of social-distancing rules put into action to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, several beaches in Orange County have been reopened after local protests. There are now a...

Teachers familiarize themselves with technology for remote learning

The diagram outlines the positions and responsibilities of the OPUSD technological hierarchy.

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Not every teacher is comfortable with technology or feels the need to use it as a tool in their brick and mortar classroom. However, recent technologies have been of vast help in the last few decades, especially in the education field, but during this quick transition to distance learning, teachers ...

ESPN to broadcast Korean baseball league games

Adam Helfstein, Alex Gaspar, and Eric Yeung

May 7, 2020

With the cancellation of the MLB and all other major American sports, ESPN is beginning to go abroad for its content. Starting May 5th, they will officially be televising South Korea’s Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) games throughout the 2020 season.  ESPN will directly broadcast 6 regular-seaso...

OPHS sports eligibility rules to change

Alex Goldbeck and Atmika Iyer

May 7, 2020

For the 2020-21 school year, Athletic Director Tim Chevalier has proposed a change in the academic requirements for Quarter 1 and Quarter 3 10-week grading period. According to the proposal, any student with an “F” at the 10-week grade checks, which would be at the end of Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, wo...

Adjusted Summer Conditioning for OPHS Athletics

Adam Helfstein, Alex Gaspar, and Eric Yeung

May 7, 2020

Significant changes are being made to OPHS athletics summer conditioning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We would have started this Monday [April 27] with three weeks of spring ball. Then, we would take a week off for finals. Finally, we would have done five weeks of summer conditioning,”...

Save the Bees Club prepares for a new addition on campus

 Members of the Save the Bees Club plant drought-resistant plants in early March to continue the club's project.

Hana Chizzo, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

The Save the Bees Club recently worked to prepare a space outside of the G building for the addition of Oak Park High School’s first bee home, in an effort to save local bees. Located outside of English teachers Caitlin Fowler and Kathleen Leggett’s classrooms, the new home, different from a beehive,...

Local family raises money for struggling families

Daisy Calderon and Dani Becerra

May 7, 2020

What started as a small gesture to help families struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic quickly became a large fundraiser, reaching communities as far as New Jersey and the Bay area. Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a non-profit organization, recently shifted their focus of mentoring at-risk youth to providing ass...

Spirits soaring high at home

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

May 7, 2020

As beaches, schools and dine-in restaurants closed statewide, other things began to open in the homes of Oak Park High School band members: their instrument cases. About a week before spring break, band director Zachary Borquez had the idea of coordinating a virtual performance of the school’s alma...

P.E. Curriculum undergoes several changes

Oliver Carter and Tunga Jois

May 7, 2020

The ultimate aim of PE is “to ensure an inclusive program that fosters a life-long commitment to physical fitness, a love of the outdoors and encourages healthy, active lifestyles that include activities, such as walking, hiking, biking, etc.,” according to Oak Park Unified School District’s Moral...

Allie Wang – Mini Documentary

Allie Wang, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

I am a classically trained pianist, and I study at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Downtown LA. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the school to temporarily switch to online learning. I want to showcase my piano experiences in the time of this crisis. The piece that I playing throughout the mini-doc...