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Plastic straw ban pending in California legislation

Plastic straw ban pending in California legislation

Hunter Keaster

September 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Plastic straws have been made only available upon request at full-service restaurants in California. Bill AB-1884 was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. State laws are not the only things that have been changing, new policies are being considered in local companies...

New anti-vaping equipment installed

Jay Dugar

September 25, 2018


Filed under News

Anti-vaping sensors were installed Sept. 8 in student restrooms to discourage students from vaping. According to Principal Kevin Buchanan, four sensors were installed in the restrooms, each costing approximately $1,000. Buchanan said the vape sensors will have two functions: to prevent bullying and ...

California lawmakers authorize later school start times

California lawmakers authorize later school start times

Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

September 25, 2018


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“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” said math teacher Jared Weintraub, quoting Benjamin Franklin in response to lawmakers efforts to push back school start times. California state legislature passed Senate Bill 328 on Aug. 31 requiring schools to start no earlier tha...

Wellness policy updated

Alex Goldbeck and Ellie Hand

September 25, 2018


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The Wellness Policy, which was created and is regularly updated by the Oak Park Board of Education, is now being enforced more strictly on Oak Park campuses. This has affected the fundraising efforts of several classes and clubs. “Collectively in the past all of [the Associated Student Body] has so...

Seven seniors score big

Seven seniors score big

Katya Kiseleva

September 24, 2018


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And then there were seven. Seniors Joyce Forster, Sravya Gadepalli, Grace Ma, Vinay Pillai, Jonathan Vu, Andrew Wells and Wayne Xiao have been named semifinalists in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program. Nearly 4.3 million students took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in Nov...

College Board recycles SAT

Sarah Levy and Aashika Srinivas

September 23, 2018


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The Aug. 25 SAT was reused after being previously administered internationally in Oct. 2017. After taking the test, many students logged onto Twitter and Reddit, two websites where students routinely post SAT, ACT and AP exam questions after taking the exams. Students were surprised to see that answers...

Hiring Process behind a new assistant principal

Kyle Jesson

September 23, 2018


Filed under News

Bryan Martin has left the position of Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in pursuit of a new job as principal at Rancho Campaña High School. Due to Martin’s departure, the position of Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction is currently being filled. Leslie Heilbron, the...

Two weeks added to summer calendar

Oliver Carter and Nicola Ely

September 22, 2018


Filed under News

Four years ago, the Oak Park Unified School District pushed back the beginning and end of the school year. This was a decision made by the Board of Education, staff and parents of students attending Oak Park schools. The Board also decided to schedule first semester finals prior to winter break, exempting...

Making gourmet cafeteria food, student connections

Making gourmet cafeteria food, student connections

Alex Goldbeck

September 20, 2018


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“We typically serve approximately 60-70 students at nutrition and 160-170 students at lunch just in the cafeteria alone,” Director of Student Nutrition Carole Ly said. Students’ meals can either be made the night before or made fresh every day from the school community. The cafeteria food is...

JD Slajchert continues Luc Bodden’s legacy

JD Slajchert continues Luc Bodden’s legacy

Sarah Levy and Mia Melideo

September 18, 2018


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Oak Park High School alumnus JD Slajchert visited the high school on official Luc Bodden Day to announce his debut novel “Moonflower,” inspired by Bodden and Slajchert’s friendship. Luc Bodden was born with sickle-cell anemia. He received a bone marrow transplant at the age of 7 in hopes of...

Club Oak Park replaces AM/PM program

Bailey Andera

September 18, 2018


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Club Oak Park, a self-described “extended care program” focused on enriching students from the three elementary schools and Medea Creek Middle School, has opened for the 2018-19 school year. According to the Club Oak Park website, the features of the before-and-after school program include both...

New shelves built in band shed

New shelves built in band shed

Daniel Conway

September 18, 2018


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Too much stuff and not enough space? Over the past five years that Zachary Borquez has been in charge of the Oak Park Instrumental Music Department, he has brought in many new additions. These additions include new instruments, music lockers, storage bins and equipment for all the different groups th...