Opt-in COVID-19 baseline testing implemented

Minnoli Nori, News Editor September 17, 2021

Opt-in COVID-19 baseline testing was implemented at OPUSD starting from Sept. 8.  In the Sept. 3 StudentSquare post, Superintendent Jeff Davis explained that because of a state grant program, OPUSD will...

Honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11

Honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

Students, faculty, staff and board members all gathered on the Great Lawn Friday, Sept. 10 to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance, led by Oak Park High...

OPUSD organizes retirement reception to honor the 13 district retirees

Minnoli Nori, News Editor September 17, 2021

The Oak Park Unified School District’s Board of Education held an invite-only reception on Tuesday, May 11 to honor 13 educators leaving the district: Patti Holland, Sheri Merfeld, Nina Johnson, Linda...

Paper on paper: Flyer in Ms. McCranies classroom advertises Paper.co and its services.

Paper Education Company provides tutoring for all OPUSD students

Mina Jung, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

Paper Education Company is providing free, online tutoring services 24/7 to Oak Park Unified School District students from June 1, 2021 to Aug. 1, 2022. The online platform allows students from Kindergarten...

Senior Benecia Jude sits in a chair as she receives her vaccine. (Photo courtesy of Benecia Jude)

COVID vaccine eligibility increases

Daisy Calderon, Graduated Photo Editor May 24, 2021

Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 15. This was announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a briefing in late March. “Californians 50 and older will be eligible to be...

Paula Friedman holding the University of Texas at Austin college banner, the university is located in the city of her new home.

Paula Friedman to leave Oak Park High School June 2021

Allie Wang, Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2021

After almost two years at OPHS, College & Career Center Advisor Paula Friedman will be moving to Austin, Texas. “I am retiring from OPHS and moving to Austin because my husband Howard and I want...

Sharon Stutz poses with her horse Theo.

Biology teacher Sharon Stutz to retire

Akhila Johny, Graduated Senior Staff Artist May 24, 2021

After 26 years of teaching biology at Oak Park High School, Sharon Stutz is retiring to spend more time with the people she loves. “I’ll visit my daughter when I can, and I have really good girlfriends...

Counselors Julie Ross and Janet Svoboda go on the computer outside the administration building.

Counselor Julie Ross to leave OPHS

Oliver Carter and Shoshana Medved May 24, 2021

When Julie Ross first worked at Oak Park High School in 1995, there were about 750 students and just one other counselor besides her. She left the following year after the birth of her first child, but...

The person behind the principal

The person behind the principal

Jay Dugar and Benti Kaur May 24, 2021

After 11 years at Oak Park High School, Principal Kevin Buchanan will be moving to Los Gatos High School in the Bay Area.  Buchanan will be missed by teachers, administrators and students alike. And,...

Image of the i-Buildings last school year.

OPUSD plans for full school reopening in the fall

Emily Francis, Graduated Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2021

Following the continued low numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in Ventura County and California and guidance from the California Department of Public Health, Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight announced that...

Senior Dani Heidman from H2Hoes takes out Annalise Sean from Tongue-Tide on the way to school.


Oliver Carter, Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2021

It had been two years since a full run through of this game had seen the light of day and the rain of Super Soakers, but Water Assassins finally made its reappearance in 2021, channeling a flood of students...

Anonymous vaccine card on top of a pile of acceptance letters from colleges that will require the COVID-19 vaccine for the fall of 2021

Colleges take a shot at mandating vaccine

Chase Willet, Graduated Senior Staff Writer May 24, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to rise, colleges and universities are taking steps to ensure safety on campuses for the 2021-2022 school year. Many schools inside and outside of California...

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