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Profile: New student services and ASB bookkeeper, Loretta Brown

Profile: New student services and ASB bookkeeper, Loretta Brown

Hayden Brown, Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Not every new staff member is a new face. Loretta Brown worked as the Registrar and Student Services Assistant at Medea Creek Middle School for the last 10 years and is familiar to a lot of students in Oak Park Unified School District.  “I worked in the main office and did enrollments, atte...

Profile: New counselor and 504 coordinator, Javier Licea

Profile: New counselor and 504 coordinator, Javier Licea

Charlotte Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Javier Licea started this year as a counselor at Oak Park High School. Besides being responsible for a portion of the student body based on last name (St-Z), he is also the 504 coordinator, meaning he is the counselor for all students with a registered 504 plan – plans developed to assist and accommodate s...

Profile: New behavioral instructional aide, Jacqueline Dahl

Profile: New behavioral instructional aide, Jacqueline Dahl

Charlotte Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Jaqueline Dahl is starting a position as a Behavioral Instructional Aide this year at Oak Park High School. Prior to coming to OPHS, she was a substitute aide at Los Angeles Unified School District. “My career as a substitute aide was jumping from school to school and not knowing what I was gett...

Profile: New physics and engineering teacher, Austin Lippincott

Profile: New physics and engineering teacher, Austin Lippincott

Charlotte Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Austin Lippincott began teaching physics and engineering at Oak Park High School during the 2020-21 school year, after earning a physics degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a teaching credential through Western Governors University. “I chose to come to Oa...

English curriculum highlights authors of color

BIPOC authors of three new books being introduced into the English curriculum

Charlotte Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

A national push for increased inclusion of figures of color in public school curriculum has become local. The campus may be quiet, but that doesn’t mean the student body isn’t bustling with activity.  In the wake of nationwide protests, many students and faculty have become involved, or intensifi...

How to do work in a busy household

How to do work in a busy household

Sabrina Thi, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

How to use your TI-84 Plus

How to use your TI-84 Plus

Shoshana Medved, Ombudsman

September 10, 2020

In COVID times, there's only one thing I'm certain of: I will never truly understand my TI-84*. Sure, Generation Z may be gurus at technology, but when it comes to calculators, there's a lot of things that still need explaining. While I don't know every trick in the book, below we will learn some import...

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...

How to stay fit in quarantine

Aidan Scott and Brianna Szabo

May 6, 2020

Now that gyms across the country are closing due to COVID-19 pandemic, access to workout machines and weights has been lost by many. But fear not! Keeping active and in shape is possible in the comfort of your own home.  Calisthenic exercises are ones that utilize body weight and usually don't requi...

Grieving the loss of normalcy

Daniella Becerra and Daisy Calderon

May 6, 2020

The introduction to such uncertain times induces many different emotions for different people. With its grasp on our nation, COVID-19 has diminished a number of aspects of daily life. Oftentimes, the pit-feeling emotion of loss is followed by the feeling of grief. Grief is the emotion attached to the ...

Evaluating the environment of a 21st-century pandemic

Los Angeles skyline clearer than it has been in years due to decreased air pollution.

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Bailey Andera

May 6, 2020

“Playing with fire” seems to be an uncomfortable phrase to many, especially to those who were forced into panic as the Woolsey and Camp Fires laid ash and smoke seemingly everywhere. It may hit too close to home. However, according to The Guardian, leading scientists suggest we continue “playing wit...

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