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Parents receive notification of serious incident involving an Oak Park resident

Emily Francis and Lucy Heine-Van Fossen

October 15, 2019

An Oak Park mother has been accused of “providing drugs and alcohol to minor boys in her Oak Park apartment and engaging in sexual activity with them.”  Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight and Director of Student Support and School Safety Stew McGugan alerted parents through ParentSquare on Thursday, ...

Surveys for the Future

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-In-Chief

October 10, 2019

Students and faculty of Oak Park High School took a survey during third period on Oct. 8. The survey was released by SSA, Safe School Ambassadors. It is a group of students from all grade levels as well as counselors, teachers, the school psychologist and a technology district representative working...

Natalie Smith joins staff as Assistant Principal

Natalie Smith joins staff as Assistant Principal

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

September 28, 2019

Natalie Smith started as the new Assistant Principal of Curriculum this past mid-July. Only moments before interviewing, she stepped from her office, a smile spreading across her face as she extended her arm for a handshake. Stepping inside her office, one would see walls adorned with inspirational...

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

Havi Rubenfeld, Emily Francis, and Kellen Beckett

September 23, 2019

An RSVP only parent meeting, regarding the new gender diversity grade school lessons, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Oak Park High School Pavillion. Oak Park Unified School District’s #OakParkConnects ‘Gender Diversity Resources for Elementary Parents’ describes gender diversity as “an umbre...

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Conejo Park and Planning District describes the healing garden, or memorial for those who lost their lives at the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting, as a “place to pause, reflect and heal.” On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people were killed by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd at the Borderline Bar...

Jessica Wall joins OPHS faculty

Jay Dugar, Managing Editor

September 21, 2019

A former student-teacher, Oak Park High School alumna and aspiring novelist, Jessica Wall started at OPHS this year, teaching English II CP, English IV Honors and Madness and Identity. Wall was a student-teacher at OPHS with English teacher Caitlin Fowler for the 2017-18 school year, teaching English...

New science teacher arrives at Oak Park High School

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

Allison Kerr is a new teacher at Oak Park High School, teaching FOS Earth and Physics and Anatomy and Physiology.  Kerr taught at Westlake High School for three years before coming to OPHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Lutheran University and received a master's degree in education f...

1-to-1 Chromebook program implemented at OPUSD

1-to-1 Chromebook program implemented at OPUSD

Mina Jung and Preston Green

September 19, 2019

The new 1-to-1 Chromebook program is now implemented at Oak Park Unified School District.  The program requires each student from grades 5-12 to buy, lease or borrow an OPUSD approved Chromebook. These Chromebooks are district managed. According to the district website this means the district can...

New to the College and Career Center, Paula Friedman

New to the College and Career Center, Paula Friedman

Atmika Iyer, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2019

Paula Friedman has been hired as the new College and Career Counselor as of the 2019-20 school year, replacing the recently retired Jean Hawkins. “She had all the qualities that we were looking for in terms of experience, knowledge and demeanor — those type things,” Buchanan said. Friedman’s...

AP Computer Science changes curriculum

AP Computer Science changes curriculum

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

September 19, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year has been the first at Oak Park High School to see the introduction of the new AP Computer Science class — AP Computer Science Principles. Previously, the class’s curriculum was that of AP Computer Science A, a course that is designed to teach a basic understanding of cod...

OPHS Teachers implement National Read Aloud Program

OPHS Teachers implement National Read Aloud Program

Tunga Jois and Jeremy Kim

September 19, 2019

Teachers throughout the Oak Park Unified School District are participating in the National Read Aloud Program. The National Read Aloud Program is a program in which teachers from across the nation read to students of all ages in order to implement a sense of community and increase a love of reading....

Youngest in the nation to receive Oracle certification

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Manager

September 19, 2019

With technology advancing faster than ever, the coders responsible are young and ready to take charge. Freshman Abhiram Agina ran Coding Club and coordinated Video Game Design competitions at Medea Creek Middle School for the past two years. After thoroughly learning the coding languages Java and...