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Fullmer coordinates art court installation through Measure S

Bailey Andera and Hana Chizzo

May 5, 2020

As the 2020-21 school year approaches, so does the availability of new equipment and new learning opportunities for ceramics students at OPHS with the addition of an art court, an outdoor space dedicated to students working in art programs. Six years ago, ceramics teacher Ian Fullmer presented the idea o...

Holocaust survivor Edith Frankie cancels speaking engagement due to COVID-19

After Holocaust survivor Edith Frankie discusses the idea of hate, Leslie Miller's preceding English II students consume bagels, potato chips and Edith Frankie's stories.

Hannah Malik and Matthew Sun

May 5, 2020

Holocaust survivor Edith Frankie was to bring her experience and stories to the Oak Park High School campus. And while the opportunity to hear Frankie is gone for the 2019-20 school year due to her assisted living facility’s request to cancel all speaking engagements, and the shelter-in-place order,...

College Board makes all AP test open note

Emily Francis, News Editor

May 5, 2020

Following the Stay at Home restrictions and closure of schools, the College Board decided to survey students to see if they still wished to take the AP exams. After surveying 18,000 AP students they received mainly ‘yes’ and created online AP tests. The test will be 45 minutes and will include either one or two free-response questions. Students may t...

Physics and engineering teacher Ken Jones to retire

 Dr. Ken Jones instructs his students in his final days at Oak Park High.

Navya Batra, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Upon entering room F-8, one can see a group of boys playing cards in the back right corner and a few single kids dispersed throughout the room, studying. Physics and engineering teacher Ken Jones sits on a single loveseat talking to a student in a casual and joking manner with his feet propped up on...

OPUSD Assistant Superintendent Heilbron retires

Dr. Leslie Heilbron  has decided to retire after 16 years of serving as an administrator at OPUSD.

Shoshana Medved, PR Manager

May 5, 2020

After sixteen years as an administrator in the Oak Park Unified School District, Dr. Leslie Heilbron is retiring at the end of June this year. Heilbron spent six years as the principal of Oak Hills Elementary School, where she governed a world of handball courts and happy-faced suns. The following de...

College Board makes all AP test open note

Emily Francis, News Editor

April 30, 2020

Following the Stay at Home restrictions and closure of schools, the College Board decided to survey students to see if they still wished to take the AP exams. After surveying 18,000 AP students they received mainly ‘yes’ and created online AP tests. The test will be 45 minutes and will include either one or two free-response questions. Students may t...

Exer Urgent Care makes antibody testing more widely available

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 testing throughout the U.S. was behind in comparison to the rest of the world as only and according to many health experts, the United States only has enough tests for 2% of each state’s population as of April 27. However, as testing expands, Exer Urgent has opened 16 locations in Southern California for residents to take the antibody test. The test will determine if your body h...

Welcome to the Streaming War

Hayden Brown and Chase Willet

April 30, 2020

In times of social distancing, the movie industry has fallen back onto releasing films on streaming services as the alternative. However, this decision could have devastating effects on the movie theater experience forever. Since the Safe at Home order has been put in place, the number of students w...

OPUSD donates PPE to medical workers

Alex Goldbeck and Atmika Iyer

April 30, 2020

As essential workers continue to brave the outside world and their places of work, many of them have been unable to access masks and other personal protection equipment — especially those in the medical field. According to ParentSquare, the Oak Park Unified School District responded to the Health Care Foundation ...

State testing canceled due to school closure

Aidan Meek, Guest Writer

April 30, 2020

A number of student activities and requirements have been canceled due to the restrictions and limitations of remote learning and the “Safer at Home Order.”  On March 17,  Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to waive statewide testing requirements for the 2019–20 academic years. T...

Evaluating the local economy of a pandemic

Employees sport homemade masks as they continue to work through the economy of a pandemic.

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

April 29, 2020

The economy often aligns with the condition of the stock market, according to Investopedia, affecting businesses from Wall Street to a local bakery. The stock market has proven incredibly volatile recently, with multiple circuit breaker triggers in the past month.  Federal, state and county econ...

OPUSD supports remote learning for special education students

Daniella Becerra and Daisy Calderon

April 29, 2020

With a short window to make preparations for distance learning, the transition to remote education has created some anxiety and uncertainty, especially for the parents of students with disabilities and learning disadvantages, according to student counselor Randy McLelland. One issue that had to be...

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