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The anatomy of high school dances

The anatomy of high school dances

Maddy Quon

April 10, 2018


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The homecoming voyage to outer space and Vice time-portal back to the 1970s have contributed to the recent success at Oak Park High School dances this year. The surge in attendance has, according to dance organizers, aided in creating a night that’s enjoyable for students and helpful toward funding...

Local Schools Report Gun Violence Threats

Local Schools Report Gun Violence Threats

Jay Dugar

April 10, 2018


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In response to the Parkland tragedy, there have been reports of threats at several local schools including Buena High School, Fremont Academy, Harvard Westlake High School, Westlake High School and Oak Park High School. According to Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District Dave Creswell, se...

Thomas Fire spurs change in procedure

Anish Natarajan

April 10, 2018


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In light of the gamut of natural disasters that have rocked the Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas, new safety procedures are planned to be implemented. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, since 1932, California has had 20 major wildfires, all burning more th...

Environmental Protection at OPHS

Environmental Protection at OPHS

Lauren Nicholson and Ellie Hand

March 29, 2018


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From solar panels, recycled materials, clubs, and events like Super Saturday, Tony Knight, Oak Park Unified School District’s superintendent works to promote environmental sustainability and energy efficient alternatives. There are numerous efforts being taken by the Oak Park community and distric...

“Run, Hide, Fight” video shown to students

Jay Dugar

March 29, 2018


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A video regarding what to do in the event of an active shooter entering campus was played during fourth period Thursday, March 1. The Oak Park High School administration decided to review standard gun violence response tactics with students, partly in response to the Parkland shooting. “One ...

OPIS and Oak View: a look into Oak Park’s independent schools. CAa c

OPIS and Oak View: a look into Oak Park’s independent schools.    CAa c

Bailey Andera and Rebecca Oddes

March 29, 2018


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Aside from the scratch of a pencil on paper and quiet voices, Room 3 of Oak Park Independent School is silent. Students arrive in their cars, ready to start a lab. They take their seats in the five available classrooms. The teacher clears his throat to get the class to quiet down, then class begins. ...

Riley DeVareness Wins Second Place in Architecture Competition

Emily Francis and Preksha Rao

March 29, 2018


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Sophomore Riley DeVareness placed second in the local NEF Design Drafting Competition as part of the National Association for Women in Construction. Architecture II teacher Allan Prescott approached DeVareness about joining the competition. “At first I was a little hesitant to join because I ...

Minimum day added to calendar for Hindu holiday

Bailey Andera

March 29, 2018


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A minimum day was added to future school calendars during Diwali after three freshmen wrote to superintendent Tony Knight about the lack of free time given for the Hindu holiday. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated each year between October and November. This year, it will fall Wednes...

Jew Crew club petitions for moment of silence

Jonathan Carmeli and Ethan Land

March 29, 2018


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Oak Park’s Jew Crew club created a petition March 13 to have a moment of silence in classrooms everyday for students who want to reflect. The petition asks to have a moment of silence during the first class of the day, modeled after Agoura High School’s Rabbi Lubavitcher Rebbe’s petition –...

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Emily Francis

March 29, 2018


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“Beauty and the Beast” production put on by the students of the Oak Park Drama Club had four sold out showings over the weekend of March 10. This play takes the audience through a tale as old as time, as they watch Belle’s journey from her simple town to her new home at the Beast’s castle. ...

Honors II English summer reading shortened

Maddy Quon

March 29, 2018


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The English II Honors and AP English III summer reading assignments have been shortened for the purpose of reducing student stress. The English II Honors program has shortened the number of stories assigned in the Bible and Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology,” while the AP English III program has cut...

ComedySportz Raises Money For ALS Golden West Chapter Association

ComedySportz Raises Money For ALS Golden West Chapter Association

Sean MacKinnon and Ryan Solot

March 29, 2018


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Oak Park’s ComedySportz team raised over $2,000 in the ALS charity game Friday, Mar. 23. The team donated 100 percent of the game’s proceeds to the ALS Golden West Chapter Non-Profit to support team member, senior Amanda Kristensen. “My dad had been diagnosed with ALS in September of 2016 which is a degenerative ...