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Jessica Wall joins OPHS faculty

Jay Dugar, Managing Editor

September 21, 2019

A former student-teacher, Oak Park High School alumna and aspiring novelist, Jessica Wall started at OPHS this year, teaching English II CP, English IV Honors and Madness and Identity. Wall was a student-teacher at OPHS with English teacher Caitlin Fowler for the 2017-18 school year, teaching English...

New science teacher arrives at Oak Park High School

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

Allison Kerr is a new teacher at Oak Park High School, teaching FOS Earth and Physics and Anatomy and Physiology.  Kerr taught at Westlake High School for three years before coming to OPHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Lutheran University and received a master's degree in education f...

1-to-1 Chromebook program implemented at OPUSD

1-to-1 Chromebook program implemented at OPUSD

Mina Jung and Preston Green

September 19, 2019

The new 1-to-1 Chromebook program is now implemented at Oak Park Unified School District.  The program requires each student from grades 5-12 to buy, lease or borrow an OPUSD approved Chromebook. These Chromebooks are district managed. According to the district website this means the district can...

New to the College and Career Center, Paula Friedman

New to the College and Career Center, Paula Friedman

Atmika Iyer, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2019

Paula Friedman has been hired as the new College and Career Counselor as of the 2019-20 school year, replacing the recently retired Jean Hawkins. “She had all the qualities that we were looking for in terms of experience, knowledge and demeanor — those type things,” Buchanan said. Friedman’s...

AP Computer Science changes curriculum

AP Computer Science changes curriculum

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

September 19, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year has been the first at Oak Park High School to see the introduction of the new AP Computer Science class — AP Computer Science Principles. Previously, the class’s curriculum was that of AP Computer Science A, a course that is designed to teach a basic understanding of cod...

OPHS Teachers implement National Read Aloud Program

OPHS Teachers implement National Read Aloud Program

Tunga Jois and Jeremy Kim

September 19, 2019

Teachers throughout the Oak Park Unified School District are participating in the National Read Aloud Program. The National Read Aloud Program is a program in which teachers from across the nation read to students of all ages in order to implement a sense of community and increase a love of reading....

Youngest in the nation to receive Oracle certification

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Manager

September 19, 2019

With technology advancing faster than ever, the coders responsible are young and ready to take charge. Freshman Abhiram Agina ran Coding Club and coordinated Video Game Design competitions at Medea Creek Middle School for the past two years. After thoroughly learning the coding languages Java and...

Drama to perform 2 musicals this year

Sawyer Nicoll and Aidan Scott

September 19, 2019

“Mamma Mia,” here we go again. Oak Park High School is set to put on two musicals this year instead of the typical one musical and one straight play. This fall, the production is “Mamma Mia” and in the spring drama will be performing “Chicago.” “Mamma Mia” opens October 24 and will...

Student Square set in place for the new school year

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad, Online Editor in Chief

September 19, 2019

Student Square, a new platform for communication with students, is being put into effect at Oak Park High School as a way to contact students directly. OPHS started using Parent Square last spring but added Student Square this fall. Before Student Square, the only way the school could contact students...

New changes, resources implemented for AP students

Emily Francis, News Editor

September 19, 2019

Starting this year, students will purchase their May AP Exams in the fall instead of in the spring. The College Board has seen positive results where it has piloted this change, and are implementing it nationwide. In addition, the cancellation and late fee will increase to $40 and the College Board ha...

Tristine Wenker moves back to MCMS

Tristine Wenker moves back to MCMS

Loren Yona, Digital Features Editor

September 19, 2019

After teaching at Oak Park High School for the past two years, English teacher Tristine Wenker has returned to Medea Creek Middle School to teach eighth-grade humanities, film and drama. Wenker came to OPHS after the retirement of English teacher Don Enoch and took over Honors English IV, Madness...

Vandalism in the women’s restroom

Vandalism in the women’s restroom

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

Vandalism has been a problem at Oak Park High School since the end of the 2018-19 school year. The defacing was especially noticeable during the 2019 summer school session. This has lead to new bathroom pass policies for the 2019-20 school year. Randy McLelland, a counselor at Oak Park High School...