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Learning in nature

Navya Batra and Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

“Learning In Nature (At Home)” is a Google Classroom available for anyone in the OPUSD family, run and administered by OPUSD elementary schools’ Garden Teacher Debra Leith and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jay Greenlinger. “The idea of the classroom is to encourage students to go...

Family-owned 805 Goats protects the community from wildfires

Fire season in 2020 is a concern as the spring rain nurtures vegetation that will dry with the summer heat. Local brush clearing service, 805 Goats, is visiting Westlake to clean up the hillsides before fire season.

Olivia Horstman, Guest Writer

May 7, 2020

Until Scott Morris attended Toastmasters, an international public speaking and education club, he never considered starting his own goat-grazing service. Morris met Ventura County Fire captain, Vaughn Miller, in his chapter six years ago and was surprised to hear that the county had a short supply of...

Former President Obama and other prominent figures to address Class of 2020

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

Senior Lincoln Debenham of Los Angeles’s Eagle Rock High School tweeted former President Barack Obama requesting him to deliver a speech to the class of 2020 who has lost their senior activities and traditional graduation due to the pandemic. "Like most high school/college seniors, I'm saddened by the loss...

Letters to senior self sent out by teachers

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

Many students throughout their years at Oak Park Unified School District have written letters that are meant to be mailed to them when they graduate high school or after they graduate high school. This project has been happening for a while in the district and teachers have found different ways to se...

Distance learning implemented in OPUSD schools

Kellen Beckett, News Editor

May 6, 2020

In response to the physical shut-down of California schools, Oak Park Unified School District’s Distance Learning began on Monday, March 23, with teachers reaching out to students with Google Classroom codes. Distance learning will extend through the end of the 2019-20 school year, as Gov. Gavin News...

Protests against stay-at-home restrictions rise across the nation

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Signs demanding businesses to reopen filled the street. Some ignored the precautionary measure of social distancing, others still kept their distances as they pushed for change. As temperatures rise and the economy declines, citizens across the nation are participating in protests against stay-at-hom...

OPHS to conduct commencement drive-thru

Emily Francis, News Editor

May 6, 2020

In addition to a virtual graduation ceremony, Oak Park High School will also conduct an in-person drive-thru celebration. The drive-thru will take place during the day on June 4, and the virtual commencement ceremony will take place that evening.  On Saturday, April 18, the Ventura County Health Officer issued ...

PFA puts together a virtual staff appreciation week

Staff appreciation signs made by MCMS PFA Hospitality Committee Co-Chair Krista Laughton placed at Oak Park High School

Rebecca Oddes, Senior Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

The staff at Oak Park Unified School District have had to work harder during remote learning in order to effectively deliver curriculum through online platforms. With the pandemic changing school life for virtually everyone, teachers have had to adapt to these changes and find new and innovative ways...

Costco adds new safety measures

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

As people seek to curb their number of outings, many have turned to Costco for shopping in bulk during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In order to slow the spread of the virus, the multinational corporation has added rules for their shoppers during this time: shoppers are to wear masks which cover the n...

The zoom where it happened

Daniella Becerra and Daisy Calderon

May 6, 2020

During these uncertain times, prominent social figures with large social platforms are reaching out to the world with varying forms of support. Some are donating money to different programs, others voicing their encouragement on social media. But for Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, his method ...

California headed to stage two in reopening

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

Starting Friday, May 8, California will begin reopening some stores. With these new guidelines, bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting good retailers and others will be able to reopen with a curbside pick-up process. The businesses that are allowed to reopen are said to be at lower ...

New symptoms officially reported

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

May 5, 2020

The public has been exposed to anxiety-causing information and working with care and caution; this is no different for those at the Centers for Disease Control, otherwise known as the CDC, except they are working directly with COVID-19.  As masses of citizens around the world continue to become infect...

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