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Ventura County moves to state’s red tier

This diagram depicts the different country risk levels. Ventura Country lowered from

Emily Francis, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

Ventura County has now moved into California’s red tier after the average case rate dropped below seven cases per 100,000 people and the testing positivity rate went below 8%.  Ventura County met these markers for the past two weeks, allowing the county to move to the lower tier. As of Tuesday, Oc...

Club Oak Park has not reopened for 2020-21 school year

Jay Dugar, Managing Editor

October 9, 2020

Among the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon Oak Park Unified School District is the halting of childcare offered through the district. Club Oak Park is the OPUSD Extended Care Program, which has provided before and after-school childcare for more than 850 students per year between ...

Students revive leadership and advocacy organization

Top Row (from left to right): Grace Faussett, David Cho
Bottom Row: Eliana Morris

Julia Cristiano, Guest Writer

October 9, 2020

Students looking to grow as leaders and activists can now do so through the California Association of Student Councils. The organization strives to create the next generation of leaders by developing their leadership skills and providing them with a platform to pursue legislative change. The organiz...

OPUSD staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An Oak Park Unified School District staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in Oak Park since July 2020.

Minnoli Nori, Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

In a virtual board meeting live-streamed via YouTube on Sept. 15, Special Safety and Equity Counselor Holly Baxter announced that an Oak Park Unified School District staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in Oak Park since July 2020. Due to their confidentiality, the district i...

Therapist Sam Mavis speaks to OPHS on mental health

Local Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Sam Mavis featured this image at the Mental Health Presentation, depicting emotional guidance

Angie Bleau, Guest Writer

October 8, 2020

Mental health is the psychological well-being of a person. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and to acknowledge this, the counseling department at Oak Park High School chose to invite a therapist to speak.  “Sam Mavis is a local Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Ludington Ins...

Student ID photos take place on OPHS campus

Shoshana Medved, Ombudsman

October 8, 2020

Social distance and smile! Student identification pictures are being taken each Friday in October 2020 in the Oak Park High School Pavilion. Strict social distancing guidelines have been implemented to ensure the safety of the event, with masks required to enter. Yearbook adviser and English teacher Kathie ...

OPIS alumna Zendaya receives Emmy for best lead actress in a drama

Zendaya at OPHS 2015 Graduation, taken off of her public Instagram account.

Emily Francis and Jay Dugar

October 8, 2020

  With her win as best lead actress in a drama, actress and Oak Park Independent School alumna Zendaya Coleman is the youngest person ever to receive an Emmy in this category. Zendaya received this award for her role as Rue in the HBO show “Euphoria.” At 24 years old, Zendaya is already ...

Summer research project explores pandemic in a new light

Mohan depicted the synonymity of face masks worn to protect people COVID-19 and the face masks worn by doctors to protect themselves from the Black Plague, as well as other similarities of the extremities of both pandemics.

Shoshana Medved and Sabrina Thi

October 7, 2020

When COVID-19 disrupted junior Harshini Mohan’s summer plans, she didn’t surrender; instead, she formed a group of seven Oak Park High School students who challenged the virus back. The team examined the pandemic’s significance through an independent research project as part of the Pioneer Open Sum...

Bringing diversity and equity to the Ventura County community

Navya Batra, Digital Media Manager

October 7, 2020

The Diversity and Equity Consortion found its start when Holly Baxter, Oak Park Coordinator for Safety and Equity, reached out to nearby districts to discuss the summer Black Lives Matter protests. Prior to reaching out, Baxter and the rest of the Oak Park District administration created the ‘Diversity and Eq...

Performing arts update: the show must go online

ComedySportz practices on Zoom in preparation for their first virtual match of the season in November.

Chase Willet, Senior Staff Writer

October 7, 2020

The performing arts are a highly visual and collaborative medium, part of many classes and extracurriculars of Oak Park High School’s creative curriculum, including, but not limited to: choir, drama, band and ComedySportz. However, with distance learning protocols being implemented, the performing art...

President Trump and First Lady Melania confirm their positive tests for COVID-19

Minnoli Nori, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

At 9:45 p.m. PST, President Donald Trump tweeted out that he and the First Lady Melania Trump had both contracted COVID-19.  “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump wrote in the ...

ASB takes down announcements containing “model minority myth” video

EagleTV airs a video depicting the model minority myth, causing backlash. Administration responded.

Bailey Andera and Emily Francis

September 25, 2020

EagleTV featured a video created by Diversify Our Narrative on the model minority myth on Sept. 11. This video discussed the model minority myth which is the stereotype that Asian Americans have gained success in social and economic regions and that their success is concurrent with white standards of achi...

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