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Jones, Peluce collaborate on poetry exhibition

Nick Burt

December 16, 2016


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Physics and engineering teacher Ken Jones and digital arts teacher Tony Peluce combined their artistic talents in a poetry performance Dec. 9 in downtown Ventura. The event, called “5 by 5 by 5,” features five local artists performing five art performances in five minutes. The performance involved...

Semesters balanced in winter schedule change

Sravya Gadepalli

December 16, 2016


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The OPUSD calendar committee pushed the start of winter break back one week this year. The break starts Dec. 23 and ends Jan. 9, unlike last year’s break, which began Dec. 18. The amount of time spent on break will not change; students will continue to be out of school for 11 weekdays. According...

Bond measure lights up new panels

Bond measure lights up new panels

Felipe Andrade

December 16, 2016


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Oak Park High School’s recently constructed solar panels are saving more than $26,000 per year in energy costs. Now, after the passage of the bond measure on the November ballot, the school district plans to implement these solar panels at every school in the district. “The big news is that, ...

Marijuana made mainstream

Camille Driggs and Yael Kaufman

December 16, 2016


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Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana across the state of California, passed Election Day, Nov. 8. The ballot measure passed by a 14-point margin, as 57 percent of the 14 million votes cast were in favor of the proposition. The proposition states that any person age 21...

Library battles vandalism

Library battles vandalism

Michelle Deyski

December 16, 2016


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The Oak Park Library bathrooms have been vandalized on a weekly basis since the beginning of September 2016. Due to the reoccurring vandalism in both its men’s and women’s bathrooms, the library is set to enforce stricter policies for restroom use. “Someone has been leaving feces on the cou...

District proposes Bond Measure S

District proposes Bond Measure S

Medha Vallurupalli and Gui Andrade

October 27, 2016


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Oak Park Unified School District’s governing board has placed a bond measure on the November ballot to upgrade and maintain Oak Park schools. The measure needs to be approved by 55 percent of Oak Park voters to take effect in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. “The Measure S campaign committee hire...

Oak Park nurtures political process, hosts Senate debate

Oak Park nurtures political process, hosts Senate debate

Maddy Quon

October 27, 2016


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The Community Foundation for Oak Park hosted a debate between Democrat Henry Stern and Republican Steve Fazio, both of whom are state Senate candidates in the Nov. 8 election, at Oak Park High School Thursday, Oct. 6. in G-9. The event started off with speeches from candidates for several local races....

Watershed-friendly garden to bloom on campus

Watershed-friendly garden to bloom on campus

Felipe Andrade

October 27, 2016


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Oak Park Unified School District entered an agreement with the County of Ventura Sept. 26, to construct a new watershed-friendly garden at Oak Park High School. The new garden, located between the R and E buildings, is being built over a tank that collects runoff water from rain and irrigation. The...

Math Articulation Team to unify instruction

Math Articulation Team to unify instruction

Camille Driggs

October 27, 2016


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Sixteen teachers.  Four administrators.  One team. This school year, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jay Greenlinger implemented a district-wide Math Articulation team comprising teachers and administrators from each school within the district. The team’s goal is to ensure a smooth transition...

Cluster quakes a reminder of earthquake safety

Michelle Deyski

October 27, 2016


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Drop, cover and hold on. After a month of earthquake scares and drills, Southern Californians said they are ready to do just that. Following nearly 200 earthquakes in the Salton Sea, the California Office of Emergency Services issued an advisory Monday, Sept. 26 — standard protocol. However,...

Clown sightings abound leading to Halloween

Sravya Gadepalli

October 27, 2016


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Clown sightings and attacks have spread across the nation over the last month, from South Carolina all the way to Ventura County. The hysteria started in South Carolina when people dressing in clown costumes were reportedly seen luring children into the woods using candy. The first clown sighting...