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Goodbye

Goodbye

Alex Goldbeck and Atmika Iyer

May 6, 2020

When we signed on to be the 2019-20 editors-in-chief last year, we did not know about the year we were going to have, and we would not want to trade the experience for anything else. Let’s start at the beginning of the year. We got a text about two weeks before school started that our adviser, Mrs....

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...

Evaluating the environment of a 21st-century pandemic

Los Angeles skyline clearer than it has been in years due to decreased air pollution.

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Bailey Andera

May 6, 2020

“Playing with fire” seems to be an uncomfortable phrase to many, especially to those who were forced into panic as the Woolsey and Camp Fires laid ash and smoke seemingly everywhere. It may hit too close to home. However, according to The Guardian, leading scientists suggest we continue “playing wit...

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...

Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld, puzzle pieces together

Senior co captains Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld warm up together in preparation for upcoming softball games.

Isabella Alves and Payton Sitarz

April 29, 2020

Aubrey Billig and Havi Rubenfeld have been a part of the Oak Park softball program for all four years, ending their last season being the only seniors left in the program. After being team captains for two years, their goal is to leave the program better and with a stronger foundation than they had when...

Kelly Dobson Swings Far and Flies High

Senior Kelly Dobson swings to hit a golf ball at the Calabasas Country Club.

Hannah Malik and Aidan Meek

April 29, 2020

With a swift stroke, the one wood smacks the dimpled ball, driving his ball through the air. It soars across the golf course like the planes he flies through the sky, as his finger trails its path through the clouds. Senior boys’ varsity golf player Kelly Dobson knows a thing or two not only about...

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...

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...

Maintaining community in a time of social distancing

Maintaining community in a time of social distancing

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Manager

April 23, 2020

A mask landed in my garden the same day I found out about COVID-19. Like a light switch, our reality was flipped, the world has drastically changed in the last few months as we’ve known it. We can never prepare for something to spread so quickly, so violently and so discreetly. The theme of our...

Charrett works with OPHS staff to spread positivity

Faculty of Oak Park High School put together a video to address the students.

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Collaborating with teachers and other OPHS staff, counselor Jenny Charrett released “In This Together,” a video project, via Parent Square and Student Square on April 8. The purpose of the video is to reach out to students and spread positivity during these difficult times. Charrett also stated the video is a “speci...

Students Wear suits to APUSH

Dr. Victor Anderson holds a session on google meet with students

Daisy Calderon and Daniella Becerra

April 21, 2020

Amidst the closure of school for the rest of the scholastic year, Dr. Victor Anderson and the rest of his unsuspecting fourth-period class entered an AP US History Google Meet to see various boys from the class wearing suits. A group of boys, all with the desire to bring a laugh and a smile, had coordinated...