OPEF-guided enrichment courses begin

Bailey Andera, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2020

Elementary and middle school students, offered the opportunity to partake in Friday virtual enrichment classes through the Oak Park Education Foundation for ten weeks, began their classes district-wide on Sept. 18.  Currently, there are about 853 students enrolled; each student will take a weekly offer...

Diversity and Equity Task Force created by OPUSD

Students present Diversify Our Narrative presentation to the Oak Park board on Sept. 8.

Sophia Lippel and Allie Wang

September 25, 2020

The Diversity and Equity Task Force was formed by Oak Park Unified School District in January 2020, and is led by Holly Baxter, Counselor on Special Assignment, Safety and Equity. The task force includes district leadership, site and parent representatives, student representatives and school board members, with ...

Bomb threat sent to OPUSD elementary schools

An anonymous bomb threat was emailed to the principals of OPUSD schools on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 13, one of which being Brookside Elementary School.

Charlotte Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

September 24, 2020

An anonymous bomb threat was emailed to the principals of Oak Hills Elementary School and Brookside Elementary School on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 13. OHES Principal Erik Warren and BES Principal Erin Vranesh were emailed directly. The threat was sent to at least one other school outside of Oak P...

Ventura County records lower single-day increases in COVID-19 cases

Schools hurry to adapt to COVID-19 changes in Ventura County. The infographic above depicts the cautions and facts regarding COVID-19.

Ava Harris and Julianne Koch

September 24, 2020

The county average for COVID-19 cases has lowered significantly since August, bringing Ventura County closer to being removed from the state watchlist, according to public health officials.  Public Information Officer for the County of Ventura Ashley Bautista feels hopeful about coming off the s...

New requirement for students’ Google account profile picture implemented

Emily Francis, Editor-In-Chief

September 11, 2020

Although previously allowed to choose their Google profile picture, students will now be required to display a recent photograph of their face or just their initials. This policy will be applied district-wide. In discussions about school connectedness and culture, the administration felt that student...

Possible addition of new English classes

Amanda Dermott, Online Editor

September 11, 2020

With more headway toward equity and acceptance for all, Oak Park High School is considering adding two new English classes inspired by the ongoing social movements. English teacher Jennifer Hankins is in the midst of composing her proposal for “Voices for Change,” a class (whose name may be a...

Changes to the social science curriculum to be more inclusive

Sabrina Thi and Sophia Lippel

September 11, 2020

The Social Science department, which includes subjects such as world history, U.S. history and geopolitics, has been recently discussing ways to make their curriculum more inclusive in terms of diversity and representation of BIPOC, which means Black and/or indigenous people of color. Every student ...

Veritas publishes special edition during COVID-19

Navya Batra and Mina Jung

September 11, 2020

In the times of the COVID-19 outbreak, the literary magazine Veritas will focus on subjects relating to the pandemic in a special edition to help share students’ voices.  “We think it will yield lots of amazing writing because students are facing incredible adverse situations and circumstances th...

Back-to-School night takes a technological turn

Oak Park High School parent explores the Back-to-School Night website.

Daisy Calderon, Photo Editor

September 10, 2020

Unable to host Back-to-School Night on campus this year, faculty and staff members worked to create custom videos of their classes that introduced parents to the course and its expectations. These videos were linked to a master document and made accessible to parents and students. On August 27, Prin...

Extracurricular participants work toward goals via Google Meet, Zoom

Bailey Andera, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2020

As the new school year begins from the safety of students’ homes, the students heading up extracurricular activities have been working to keep on their feet and prepare for their respective moments in the spotlight.  The 2020 school year has opened not by way of classroom doors but the powering-...

Club week goes virtual

Mina Jung, Features Editor

September 10, 2020

Colorful poster boards, club members crowding the Pavilion and little treats to entice students during a typical club week were all replaced by a spreadsheet of pre-recorded videos in the world of COVID-19. Club week for 2020 was held online in accordance with distance learning protocols. Rather tha...

COVID-19 affects voting

The 2008 Democratic National Convention nominates and confirms former President Barack Obama and former vice president John McCain

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused changes on a national level interfering with the democratic process and raising many concerns. Perhaps the greatest concern is how COVID-19 will impact the 2020 November election.  President Donald Trump stated in a press conference on April 27 that he has no interest...

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