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Recent uptick in outdoor activities

Blake Hanlon and Alex Goldbeck

April 29, 2020

“43% of Americans ages 13+ said they’d be doing more outside actives due to COVID-19 ‘social distancing’ rules,” writer for the Civic Science Noah Brode said. On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order: ‘Safer at Home,’ for “all individuals living in the state of Cali...

Attendance-taking changes for online classes

Brooke Yungfleisch, Senior Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

An article from the L.A. Times explained that about 15,000 students from the Los Angeles School District have been absent from their classes, and are failing to do school work all together. Teachers want students to check in daily, but more than 40,000 are not doing so. Teachers had to change their ways...

Lunchtime is back

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2020

In between periods during a regular school day, there is a 45-minute lunch break where students get to hang out with friends, other students and sometimes teachers. However, when Oak Park High School transferred to distance learning due to COVID-19, lunchtime became a period of time alone between Google...

Outdoor public spaces re-open across Ventura County

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

April 29, 2020

As of April 23, Ventura County officials have chosen to open up some areas of public recreation that were initially closed as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Among these were parks, beaches and golf courses.  As the heat has begun to ramp up — hitting highs of 95 degrees in areas such as Thousand Oaks — many have...

OPHS counselor Randy McLelland to retire

 After dedicating over 20 years to Oak Park Unified School District counselor Randy McLelland is retiring and plans to possibly travel as well as take care of his mother.

Emily Francis, News Editor

April 29, 2020

After working as a counselor in the Oak Park Unified School District for 24 years, Randy McLelland will be retiring at the end of the year. McLelland is the counselor for students with last names To through Z, 504 students and international students. McLelland spent his first eight years as a counselor...

Iwanoff dedicates over 2 decades to OPHS

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2020

Through five principals, seven assistant principals and four Associated Student Body advisers, Student Services Bookkeeper Sandy Iwanoff has spent 23 and ½ years at Oak Park High School. Right out of college, Iwanoff took a job as an accountant and had two “wonderful boys.”At OPHS, Iwanoff’s job entail...

Oak Park community paints rocks along the trail posts

Community members place painted rocks along the trail posts of Medea Creek.

Shoshana Medved, Public Relations Manager

April 27, 2020

Dozens of painted stones now sit on the Medea Creek trail posts, featuring everything from inspirational quotes to Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson.  This trend, known as the #kindnessrocks movement, has skyrocketed as social distancing has become the norm. Founder Megan Murphy believes that the movement h...

Plans created for virtual graduation for OPHS seniors

Emily Francis and Jay Dugar

April 27, 2020

Following the stay-at-home order and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that schools would remain closed for the rest of the year, the OPHS administration and Associated Student Body began to make plans for a virtual graduation ceremony.  On June 4, there will be two Commencement events: a drive-thru d...

Burgess creates map for seniors to share and receive goodies

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

Brainstorming ideas with her parents at the dinner table, Oak Park High School senior Solei Burgess wanted to find a way to unite the seniors who were unable to experience their final semester of high school. “When I first found out that the school year was over, I was heartbroken,” Burgess wrote...

Oak Park Chinese Community provides free masks to locals

The Oak Park Chinese Community distributes masks at the Oak Park Library.

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The Oak Park Chinese Community, an unofficial community group in Oak Park of Chinese families working together through social media, passed out personal protection equipment to residents of the community at the Oak Park Library on April 17. They have also been delivering masks to seniors who request...

President Trump makes guidelines for reopening

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County extended their stay at home order to May 15 with the possibility of going past that date on April 11. However, on April 16, President Donald Trump and his administration released a suggested plan for governors to begin reopening their states and economy. “We’re...

New CP environmental science class added to course catalog

Preston Green, Senior Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

As part of Oak Park High School’s push for cross curricular programs concerning sustainability, science teacher Anastasia Kokiousis has created a CP environmental class for students. Previously the options for senior year science were CP physics, AP physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and AP environmental...

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