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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...

Homecoming fireworks replaced with new pyrotechnics

Homecoming fireworks replaced with new pyrotechnics

Olivia Buccieri

September 18, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Birds falling from the sky, houses burning down and dogs having panic attacks. These are some of the possible phenomena observed when fireworks go off, particularly around New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Superintendent Tony Knight worked alongside Principal Kevin Buchanan and the Associated...

Oak Park alumni: Troy Gentile

Oak Park alumni: Troy Gentile

Hunter Keaster

September 18, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Online Features

From a young age Troy Gentile had an interest in acting, and today he stars on the award-winning TV show “The Goldbergs.” Troy Gentile graduated from Oak Park High School in 2012 and currently resides in Southern California. Gentile plays the middle child, Barry Goldberg, on the TV show “The ...

Oak Park alumni: Alisha Valavanis

Oak Park alumni: Alisha Valavanis

Navya Batra

September 18, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Online Features

After a 3-0 lead, the Seattle Storm WNBA team won the League Championship for 2018. The first person to be interviewed after the win was the President and General Manager of the team as well as Oak Park Alumni: Alisha Valavanis. Starting from the very beginning, Valavanis said, “I grew up in Indiana then ...

Dress code update

Dress code update

Matteo Shahar and Atmika Iyer

August 29, 2018


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A new student dress code has been put in place in order to address student protests and to introduce gender neutral language. The revised dress code took effect at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. This new dress code places special emphasis on proper enforcement regardless of gender, taking in...

How to build a club

How to build a club

Aashika Srinivas and Jacob Wagman

August 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

At this school, almost anybody can find their space. 76 clubs existed on the Oak Park High School campus in the 2017-18 school year. Every year a few more are added to the list: Creative Writing Club to K-Pop Club to Speech and Debate to Jew Crew. But how does one create that space and make commit...

OPUSD abides by heat policy

Matteo Shahar

August 29, 2018


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Energy Upgrade California reported that the future brings more frequent and longer heat waves, and drier summers for the greater Los Angeles area. Due to the recent inconsistencies in Californian climate change, Oak Park High School’s heat policy plays a more pivotal role in ensuring the safety of ...

Ants invade Oak Park High School

Anusha Rao and Nirvani Pathak

August 29, 2018


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“They’re on the walls, on my desk, everywhere!” said math teacher Jacquelyn Lac, referring to the infestation of ants in Oak Park schools across the district. According to Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight, ants prefer to forage during summer as their bodies can’t handle the winter temperatures. “When...

Best of Green Schools-School System 2018

Navya Batra

August 29, 2018


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Each year, one school district in the U.S. is recognized for being the most environmentally friendly by The Center for Green Schools at the United States Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, through the Best of Green Schools - School System award. This year, the award for being the greenest ...

New marquees

New marquees

Olivia Turner and Sravya Gadepalli

August 29, 2018


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If students want to get a message out to the student body, they now have two, colorful options. The high school administration and Associated Student Body have recently updated the campus marquees — one in the student quad and another facing Kanan Road. The marquee located in the student quad...

New interim assistant principal temporarily replaces Martin

New interim assistant principal temporarily replaces Martin

Angus Hsieh

August 29, 2018


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Since former Assistant Principal Bryan Martin announced his departure to further advance his career, the school has been searching for a new assistant principal to continue his role. For the past 32 years, Jean Gordon has worked at the Conejo Valley Unified District as a teacher, dean, assistant pr...

Shake Shack to open in Westlake Promenade

Felipe Andrade

August 29, 2018


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Shake Shack, a popular burger stand, is coming to the Westlake Promenade. Construction has already begun and Shake Shack plans to open as soon as possible. Currently, the nearest Shake Shack is located in the city of Beverly Hills, approximately 31 miles from Oak Park High School. This new addition co...