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Vape Sensors update

Jay Dugar

May 8, 2018


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The initial wave of vape sensors for Oak Park High School arrived in the first week of April and are to be installed by the next school year. The sensors will be installed in bathrooms and locker rooms throughout campus in an effort to eliminate student vaping. “[We only have] the first four to ar...

Blood Drive Brief

Ellie Hand

May 8, 2018


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Students donated blood in the pavilion April 26 for the tria nnual blood drive. Oak Park High School has participated in hosting blood drives since the 2007-08 school year. Over the course of ten years, OPHS has donated 176.875 gallons of blood, which has saved 4,245 patients’ lives. The eve...

Decreasing College Rates

Maddy Quon

May 8, 2018


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In case the college application process wasn’t stressful enough, colleges are becoming more competitive and are cutting down on acceptances. According to the New York Times, an audit released March 2016 confirmed that the University of California system is giving favorable admissions treatment to out-o...

Seniors compete in annual Quidditch tournament

Seniors compete in annual Quidditch tournament

Amanda Lurey

May 8, 2018


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Raise your brooms, seniors. The Children’s Literature class competed in a tournament of muggle Quidditch at the close of their “Harry Potter” unit for the fourth consecutive year. “We have the regulated equipment for the sport,” English teacher Tris Wenker said. “They wear different color...

Yellow is the New Black

Yellow is the New Black

Olivia Buccieri

May 4, 2018


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Formal robes for graduation at Oak Park High School used to be unified in the same black color. In the late ‘90s, however, administrators split the tradition by gender, giving girls the goldenrod colored robes and leaving boys with the customary black robes. The fact that the previous all-black robes w...

Academia Teams Succeed

Academia Teams Succeed

Sean MacKinnon

May 2, 2018


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The Odyssey of the Mind, Rocketry and Robotics teams have encountered recent successes in competitions. Odyssey of the Mind, in its second year, is an international program that encourages critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students were assigned five problems in September, and chose...

Spotlight Profiles

Bailey Andera and Rebecca Oddes

May 2, 2018


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Brady Reiter Profile Senior Brady Reiter has been acting since the age of four, taking on roles such as Mindy Minus in the Nickelodeon show “100 Things to Do Before High School” and Nyx in the movie “Tooth Fairy 2.” Reiter has been attending Oak Park Independent School since her freshman. “I’ve ...

Owl boxes installed around district

Olivia Buccieri

May 1, 2018


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Sophomore Liam Buchanan teamed up with Oak Park High School woodshop students and the district’s Integrated Management Program to install 12 owl boxes across district grounds for his Eagle Scout Project in an effort to address the area’s growing rodent infestation. First created in 1995 by Steve Simmons, a Me...

Earthquake Brief

Mia Melideo

April 30, 2018


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An earthquake hit the Channel Islands region Thursday, April 5. The earthquake measured a 5.3 on the Richter scale –– the strongest Southern California quake in several years –– and was felt throughout most of the region. The earthquake’s epicenter was at a depth of about eleven miles unde...

Families receive call regarding probable low attendance April. 20

Emily Francis

April 30, 2018


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Principal Kevin Buchanan called Oak Park High School students and families April 19 at 7:55 p.m. regarding the following day’s prospective low attendance due to senior ditch day and the national school walkout. This phone call informed parents that if students left their classes at 10 a.m. for th...

Students attend, speak at town hall for gun violence

Kellen Beckett

April 30, 2018


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A crowd of students and parents gathered at the Ventura County Office of Education April 21 to hear Congresswoman Julia Brownley and a panel of nine students discuss gun violence. Brownley began the town hall by addressing students present and the effort they have put into enacting reform. “Parkl...