International students return home

Isabella Alves and Payton Sitarz

May 10, 2020

Foreign exchange students who attended the last semester at Oak Park High School had to return to their home countries early due to the danger posed by COVID-19. According to junior and foreign exchange student from Spain Judith Auba Salaet, going home was very sudden and she had one day to pack after...

California beaches and parks to close

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Manager

May 8, 2020

On Sunday, March 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all California state parks closed to vehicle access because of continued violations of social-distancing rules put into action to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, several beaches in Orange County have been reopened after local protests. There are now a...

Teachers familiarize themselves with technology for remote learning

The diagram outlines the positions and responsibilities of the OPUSD technological hierarchy.

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Not every teacher is comfortable with technology or feels the need to use it as a tool in their brick and mortar classroom. However, recent technologies have been of vast help in the last few decades, especially in the education field, but during this quick transition to distance learning, teachers ...

Save the Bees Club prepares for a new addition on campus

 Members of the Save the Bees Club plant drought-resistant plants in early March to continue the club's project.

Hana Chizzo, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

The Save the Bees Club recently worked to prepare a space outside of the G building for the addition of Oak Park High School’s first bee home, in an effort to save local bees. Located outside of English teachers Caitlin Fowler and Kathleen Leggett’s classrooms, the new home, different from a beehive,...

Local family raises money for struggling families

Daisy Calderon and Dani Becerra

May 7, 2020

What started as a small gesture to help families struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic quickly became a large fundraiser, reaching communities as far as New Jersey and the Bay area. Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a non-profit organization, recently shifted their focus of mentoring at-risk youth to providing ass...

Spirits soaring high at home

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

May 7, 2020

As beaches, schools and dine-in restaurants closed statewide, other things began to open in the homes of Oak Park High School band members: their instrument cases. About a week before spring break, band director Zachary Borquez had the idea of coordinating a virtual performance of the school’s alma...

P.E. Curriculum undergoes several changes

Oliver Carter and Tunga Jois

May 7, 2020

The ultimate aim of PE is “to ensure an inclusive program that fosters a life-long commitment to physical fitness, a love of the outdoors and encourages healthy, active lifestyles that include activities, such as walking, hiking, biking, etc.,” according to Oak Park Unified School District’s Moral...

El Taco Chico opens during the COVID-19 pandemic

El Taco Chico's tacos available to pick-up in Oak Park.

Leonie Humig, Senior Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Tacos Dorados, Huarache Tamales Grandma Style and Churros — courtesy of El Taco Chico. On April 22, El Taco Chico opened at the former location of Baba’s Cafe on Lindero Canyon road — an opening that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a horrible situation right now we’re...

College Board hosts free AP review lessons

Matthew Sun, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

In order to prepare for the upcoming online AP exam, students can review with the College Board’s free, ongoing lessons on Youtube. According to the College Board’s released daily schedule, the live classes for 32 AP subjects take place between 6:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Pacific Time and are split into 45-minut...

Oprah Winfrey will be commencement speaker for Class of 2020

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Talk show host and billionaire philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has signed on to be the featured commencement speaker in a virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020, hosted by Facebook and Instagram. The May 15 event will be live-streamed on Facebook, and will feature appearances by Lil Nas X, Simon...

Schools to potentially remain closed until 2021

Aidan Meek, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

As stay at home orders continue into May, California school districts must begin to consider and prepare for the upcoming school year.  Ventura County school districts, including Oak Park Unified School District, are trying to figure out what remote learning could look like should school start in...

Local Trader Joe’s employee tests positive for COVID-19

Local Agoura Hills Trader Joes forced to close down due to employee contracting coronavirus.

Shoshana Medved, PR Manager

May 7, 2020

An employee at the Agoura Hills Trader Joe’s tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the store to briefly shut down on Saturday, May 2. The employee was working in the store earlier that day. On Sunday, the location reopened. “As a grocery or food retail worker, potential sources of exposures include close contact for prolonged periods of time with a customer w...

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