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Sustainability program expands its message through new project

Sustainability program expands its message through new project

Shoshana Medved, PR Manager

January 24, 2020

Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.  These four words are flourished on banners around Oak Park High School, accompanied by hashtags like #OPSustains and #NoWasteWeds. An array of old Talon newspapers act as the backdrops for these phrases.  These posters serve to promote an upcoming school event ...

Class of 2020 soon to leave the nest

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Emily Francis, Mina Jung, Rebecca Oddes, Aidan Scott, and Juliette Setudeh-Nejad

January 24, 2020

As the second semester of the school year takes shape and the notorious symptoms of senioritis begin to plague the class of 2020, this Lions’ Den is ready to make their mark on the world outside of the bubble.  The college experience is sometimes an instigator for leaving their mark.  While many stu...

Wishtree knocked down

Wishtree knocked down

Alex Goldbeck and Preston Green

January 16, 2020

Oak Park Unified School District’s Wishtree was blown over during a storm over winter break. The tree sat at the corner of Calle Rio Vista and Oak Hills Drive next to the high school varsity softball field and was part of a mini-park created in 2018 with park benches. “It was blown over by strong...

Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs

Emily Francis, News Editor

December 15, 2019

In order to help students relieve some stress, the International Thespian Society brought therapy dogs to school on Nov. 15. Junior and social chair and philanthropy chair of ITS Eddie Park helped organize the event. He believed bringing the dogs would be a perfect relaxing event. “We decided to...

Oak Park has first 24-hour play production

Oak Park has first 24-hour play production

Kellen Beckett and Preston Green

December 15, 2019

Oak Park was faced with utter “Anne Arky” when Oak Park High School International Thespian Society Troupe 6074 put on the first 24-hour play at OPHS. The play is a backstage comedy about a high school drama club preparing for their opening night of “Anne of Green Gables.” The idea of a 24-hour...

Surprise, surprise, it actually rained

Surprise, surprise, it actually rained

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2019

On Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, weather forecasts showed rain moving in with a high of 50 degrees and about two inches of rain. Many people, like normal when rain is forecasted in Southern California, did not believe that rain would actually be hitting the ground. Much to their surprise, the storm came...

Advanced Peer Counseling brings harmony to OPHS

Rachel Driggs and Rebecca Zait

December 11, 2019

The 2019 Awareness Week hosted by Advanced Peer Counseling featured presentations given by guest speakers including Gracie Fisher, therapist Evan Simmons, the identity coexistence student panel and the Anti Defamation League's No Place for Hate presentation, lead by Brianna Moffitt. Awareness week,...

Oak Park CAASPP scores higher than surrounding schools

Oak Park CAASPP scores higher than surrounding schools

Sawyer Nicoll and Aidan Scott

December 10, 2019

After half a year, it was announced that Oak Park High School placed within the top 1% of California schools on the standardized California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress testing, more commonly known as the CAASPP test. 91% of Oak Park students met the English standard and 74% met...

Sustainable education curriculum developed for second semester

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2019

Math teacher Robin Midiri contacted the teachers, administration members, and district employees of Oak Park High School and Oak Park Unified School District over summer in an effort to promote a cross-curricular program concerning sustainability. Since the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, many...

First combined adult and teen CERT drill

First combined adult and teen CERT drill

Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

Cal Fire deemed Santa Ana winds, single-digit air moisture and dry brush as conditions that make for perfect fire weather. Fire season is here, and the Community Emergency Response Team is preparing.  At Oak Park High School, students are able to take a semester-long Teen CERT course. It ends with a ...

ADL presents “Hate & Harmony”

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2019

The Anti-Defamation League will come to Oak Park High School to present a program called “Hate & Harmony.” The program, requested by school administration, comes from the ADL’s A World of Difference Institute. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will participate in these presentations in their...

OPUSD plants roots for remembrance

OPUSD plants roots for remembrance

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2019

“Tree of Thanksgiving  Planted on the One Year Anniversary  of the Woolsey Fire in Oak Park  November 2019” That is what the band around six sycamore trees freshly planted on each school campus within the Oak Park Unified School District says. Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight visited...