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Activist groups advocate stricter gun control at protest, vigil

Activist groups advocate stricter gun control at protest, vigil

Kimia Mohebi and Harper Wayne

October 13, 2017


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A protest and candlelight vigil were held in solidarity for the victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre Oct. 2 on Westlake and Thousand Oaks Blvd. Approximately 50 people attended the vigil, which was held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Three main groups advocated stricter gun control laws: the SWAN org...

Students instigate dress code protest

Students instigate dress code protest

Michelle Deyski and Wayne Xiao

September 29, 2017


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Students organized a protest to challenge dress code regulations at Oak Park High School Friday, Sept. 8. The planned demonstration called for students to wear tube tops — which are banned per the school’s dress code — to class. According to sophomore Lauren Battin, one of the protest’s orga...

Council approves Luc Bodden day

Council approves Luc Bodden day

Yael Kaufman

September 29, 2017


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The Municipal Advisory Council unanimously voted to dedicate Sept. 14 to Luc Bodden, a Red Oak student and unofficial and beloved member of the Oak Park High School football and basketball teams. Bodden died Sept. 14, 2016. at the age of 10, from a post-operative infection after fighting sickle cell ane...

School offers electric vehicle incentives

School offers electric vehicle incentives

Olivia Buccieri

September 29, 2017


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More students are considering driving electric vehicles on the Oak Park High School campus after administration incentivized EV ownership through the enforcement of free parking. As of the 2016-17 school year, Oak Park High School offers free parking passes to any student with an electric vehicle who w...

Representatives attend Stanford Challenge Success session

Anish Natarajan

September 29, 2017


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A team of representatives from Oak Park High School was sent to Stanford University to discuss results from the Challenge Success Survey for the second time since 2013 on Sept. 15, 2017. The team, comprising various members of the faculty, deliberated on issues such as student stress and course work...

Senior creates design to celebrate ethnic diversity

Senior creates design to celebrate ethnic diversity

Katya Kiseleva

September 29, 2017


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Senior Ellie Reisman is at the intersection of two seemingly separate domains: art and politics. Inspired by recent political events, particularly the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Reisman created a design portraying ethnic diversity in the United States. The original design was created abo...

Administration restricts lunch drop-off

Brianna Szabo

September 29, 2017


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hParents and outside vendors are no longer able to drop lunches during the lunch period, effective starting the 2017-18 school year. The new policy, according to the faculty, was created for the safety of the students. “We want kids, once they are at school, to be safe at school and we don’t want kid...

Heat wave prompts controversy, discussion

Heat wave prompts controversy, discussion

Ellie Hand and Lauren Nicholson

September 29, 2017


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A heat wave hit Oak Park during the first week September, with temperatures as high as 105 degrees, affecting athletes, coaches, students and staff throughout the high school.  While some coaches shortened practices and modified them for the heat, many students were still required to participate in m...

Security cameras added

Jacob Wagman

September 29, 2017


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New security cameras were installed over the summer at Oak Park High School to offer a more expansive view of campus activity. The recent installment of nearly 20 cameras allows the school campus to be monitored from all angles that were previously unattainable. According to Principal Kevin Buchan...

School implements new office sign-in system

School implements new office sign-in system

Mia Melideo

September 29, 2017


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The office has implemented a new sign-in format for the 2017-18 school year. The new format utilizes an iPad system to track student sign-ins. The counselors and administrators will be able to see a list of students waiting to see them when students submit their names on the iPad. The counselors can t...

District hires supervisors of attendance

District hires supervisors of attendance

Olivia Buccieri

September 29, 2017


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Two supervisors of attendance have been added to Oak Park High School’s faculty to reinforce attendance policies and manage student absences. To generate consistent revenue from state funding, California high schools have to retain a certain number of students per school day. These student attend...

Seniors paint Serrania Elementary School mural

Seniors paint Serrania Elementary School mural

Vinay Pillai

September 28, 2017


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Seniors Shaya Barzilai and Sasha Rybkina finished painting a mural at Serrania Elementary School in June 2017, inaugurating what they dubbed “The Mural Movement.” According to Rybkina, the work the seniors completed reflected their shared desire to give back to the community through art. “Me an...