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Feature: The Arts

Feature: The Arts

Shirin Dravid and Juliette Gabai

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Recent years have shown an increase in student enrollment for the Art I/II Drawing and Painting classes, but according to Oak Park High School art teachers, this 2017-18 school year in particular, has brought in a wider range of artistic talent. “The greatest improvement that would have to be the quality...

District to address racist student behavior

District to address racist student behavior

Atmika Iyer

November 30, 2017


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The sheriff was called to investigate a hate crime involving a middle school student, who yelled, “Jews, get off” on the Kanan Shuttle at the stop near Oak Hills Elementary School in early October. According to Medea Creek Middle School Principal Brad Benioff, this wasn’t the only discriminat...

Students fight net neutrality proposal

Medha Vallurupalli

November 30, 2017


Filed under News

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission released the final draft of their proposal to cut the number of net neutrality protections. The agency will vote on this plan Thursday, Dec. 14. In response to the proposal, several Oak Park students, teachers and community members have taken to contacti...

CVUSD approves controversial policy

CVUSD approves controversial policy

Kimia Mohebi

November 30, 2017


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A Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education meeting was held Tuesday, Nov. 14 to vote on a proposition regarding the restriction of mature content taught in high school classes. The new policy requires all teachers to notify parents when certain texts assigned to the class contain adult...

District-managed care programs pending review

Anish Natarajan

November 30, 2017


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Oak Park Unified School District is looking to implement before and after school care programs for the 2018-19 school year. These programs may be offered to students at Medea Creek Middle School, Brookside Elementary School, Red Oak Elementary School and Oak Hills Elementary School. Nine individuals mad...

District rejects claim for damages

Preksha Rao

November 30, 2017


Filed under News

A man ran his car into a barricade sign on the Oak Park High School campus April 27, 2017, and is now seeking reparation from the district. At the Oct. 17 Board of Education meeting, the district, under the advice of their attorneys, chose to deny the claims and refuse payment for the damaged vehicl...

Academic competition teams restricted

Bailey Andera

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Advisors of academic competition teams received a notice from the Ventura County Office of Education Oct. 16 that each of their teams could be limited to sending only one group of students to competitions instead of the usual two. Teams such as Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad and Robotics co...

Varsity football player turned combat medic

Varsity football player turned combat medic

William Osborne

November 30, 2017


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Senior and varsity football player Rocky Caruso has joined the U.S. Army on active duty as a combat medic. According to Caruso, he chose to join the Army to avoid a desk job and further traditional schooling. “Oak Park kind of burned me out on going to normal school,” Caruso said. Caruso says he specifical...

Ross, Svoboda awarded ‘Educators of the Year’

Ross, Svoboda awarded ‘Educators of the Year’

Sam Barney-Gibbs

November 30, 2017


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Counselors Janet Svoboda and Julie Ross recently received awards for ‘educators of the year’ from the Anti-Defamation League, and organization devoted to the cause of ‘no hate.’ The two counselors are associated with this organization through the Advanced Peer Counseling program at Oak Park H...

Rallies: past and present

Maddy Quon

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Friday, Dec. 1 marks the second rally of the 2017-18 school year. Rallies, at Oak Park High School, have had their share of changes over time — some viewed as positive, some as negative. Cheer and dance teams have regularly performed at rallies, but the school did not have any musical performances until 2...

Junior codes at Pixar Animation Studios

Junior codes at Pixar Animation Studios

Mia Melideo and Kirthan Reddy

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Junior Sabrina Stone is one of 20 girls who participated in Pixar Animation Studios’ Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program during the summer of 2017. “A couple of years ago, I found a blog post featuring the organization Girls Who Code at Pixar Animation Studios,” Sabrina wrote to the Talon...

Hazelwood to take over life skills retreat

Jay Dugar

November 30, 2017


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Since it began in 2001, the retreat has been led by Life Skills teacher Jeff Appell. However, after 50 retreats, math teacher Brianne Hazlewood is preparing to eventually lead the retreats. “Ms. Hazlewood is being trained to eventually direct the life skills retreats in the future,” Appell wrot...