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Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Lindsey Di Conti

November 1, 2019

Design. Build. Launch.  The Oak Park High School Rocketry and Aviation Club competed in The American Rocketry Challenge of 2019, the world’s largest rocket contest, placing 21st out of 900 teams. The top 25 teams qualify to compete in the NASA Student Launch initiative where their high-power rockets will be launc...

The ADL comes to Oak Park

Atmika Iyer, Editor-In-Chief

November 1, 2019

After multiple events involving ignorance and intolerance regarding the concept of inclusivity, the Oak Park High School administration is examining the possibility of bringing the Anti-Defamation League on campus to conduct anti-bias training with students that will, according to Principal Kevin Buchanan,...

Dual enrollment program comes to OPHS second semester

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Moorpark College classes will be available at Oak Park High School as a result of a policy called “dual enrollment,” starting second semester. According to Principal Kevin Buchanan, dual enrollment is “an agreement between a California community college and a school district that permits students...

Oak Park schools close due to wildfire risks

Oak Park schools close due to wildfire risks

Shoshana Medved, PR manager

October 31, 2019

Classes were canceled Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31 for all Oak Park schools and for many in the surrounding area, prompted by the threat of wildfires and possible power outages.  On Oct. 29 Superintendent Tony Knight and Director of Student Support and School Safety Stew McGugan sent ou...

Different class levels combined into one period

Different class levels combined into one period

Minnoli Nori and Lauren Finkel

October 30, 2019

Due to low numbers of students in some language AP and Honors classes, Oak Park High School has implemented combo classes as a solution. These combo classes exist to satisfy the required amount of students in a class by combining CP, Honors, or AP classes in the same period. While combination classes...

Science department embeds sustainability concepts into class lessons

Science department embeds sustainability concepts into class lessons

Daisy Calderon, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Teachers across campus have begun to implement lessons and videos on sustainability into their class lectures as a result of changes from prior objectives and the creation of new sustainability goals. Over the course of several years, the district has taken several measures to implement sustainability...

Suicide hotline number added to back of student ID cards

Loren Yona, Digital Features Editor

October 18, 2019

In a new legislative measure, as of July 2019, all public and private California schools are required to have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line on the back of student ID cards from grades 7-12. This new requirement was passed into California law through Senate Bill 972...

Parents receive notification of serious incident involving an Oak Park resident

Emily Francis and Lucy Heine-Van Fossen

October 15, 2019

An Oak Park mother has been accused of “providing drugs and alcohol to minor boys in her Oak Park apartment and engaging in sexual activity with them.”  Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight and Director of Student Support and School Safety Stew McGugan alerted parents through ParentSquare on Thursday, ...

Surveys for the Future

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-In-Chief

October 10, 2019

Students and faculty of Oak Park High School took a survey during third period on Oct. 8. The survey was released by SSA, Safe School Ambassadors. It is a group of students from all grade levels as well as counselors, teachers, the school psychologist and a technology district representative working...

Natalie Smith joins staff as Assistant Principal

Natalie Smith joins staff as Assistant Principal

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

September 28, 2019

Natalie Smith started as the new Assistant Principal of Curriculum this past mid-July. Only moments before interviewing, she stepped from her office, a smile spreading across her face as she extended her arm for a handshake. Stepping inside her office, one would see walls adorned with inspirational...

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

Havi Rubenfeld, Emily Francis, and Kellen Beckett

September 23, 2019

An RSVP only parent meeting, regarding the new gender diversity grade school lessons, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Oak Park High School Pavillion. Oak Park Unified School District’s #OakParkConnects ‘Gender Diversity Resources for Elementary Parents’ describes gender diversity as “an umbre...

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Conejo Park and Planning District describes the healing garden, or memorial for those who lost their lives at the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting, as a “place to pause, reflect and heal.” On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people were killed by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd at the Borderline Bar...