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Student opens fire at Saugus High School

Atmika Iyer, Co editor-in-chief

November 15, 2019

A student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita opened fire at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. Two students were killed and three were injured, according to the Associated Press. The gunman shot himself and was hospitalized as well.  The 16-year-old gunman came to school with a .45 caliber semi-automatic...

Oak Park mother accused of felony offences

Oak Park mother accused of felony offences

Emily Francis and Lucy Heine-Van Fossen

November 3, 2019

An Oak Park mother has been accused of committing lewd acts upon a minor, oral copulation of a person under 16, furnishing marijuana to minors over 14, and maintaining a place for selling or using controlled substances. On here arraignment on Oct. 25, she pleaded not guilty on all accusations.  Superi...

Pilot killed after small plane crashes near Camarillo Airport

Pilot killed after small plane crashes near Camarillo Airport

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Pilot John Lewis, age 82, died after a small plane crashed near Camarillo Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 8 around 12:30 p.m. According to James Baroni of Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, Lewis died from a combination of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. The crash resulted in a fire which was extinguished by 12:55 p.m. The one-seat, single-engine plane struggled to gain altitude and crashe...

Litten wins teacher leadership award

Litten wins teacher leadership award

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Editor

November 1, 2019

Due to her dedication to implementing Next Generation Science Standards and focusing on a sustainability-driven education, Science Department Chair Winnie Litten received a leadership award presented by the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit on Oct. 17.  According to the Green...

OP alumnus aims for 2020 Olympics

OP alumnus aims for 2020 Olympics

Kellen Beckett, News Editor

October 31, 2019

“Oak Park holds a very special place in my heart.” Kareem Maddox graduated from Oak Park High School in 2007 and went on to attend Princeton University as a player on their Division I basketball team. Maddox remembers his time at OPHS fondly. He also favorably remembers his coaches and teachers. “I...

Oak Park schools close due to wildfire risks

Oak Park schools close due to wildfire risks

Shoshana Medved, PR manager

October 31, 2019

Classes were canceled Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31 for all Oak Park schools and for many in the surrounding area, prompted by the threat of wildfires and possible power outages.  On Oct. 29 Superintendent Tony Knight and Director of Student Support and School Safety Stew McGugan sent ou...

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

OPUSD holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons

Havi Rubenfeld, Emily Francis, and Kellen Beckett

September 23, 2019

An RSVP only parent meeting, regarding the new gender diversity grade school lessons, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Oak Park High School Pavillion. Oak Park Unified School District’s #OakParkConnects ‘Gender Diversity Resources for Elementary Parents’ describes gender diversity as “an umbre...

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Construction begins for healing garden in Thousand Oaks

Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Conejo Park and Planning District describes the healing garden, or memorial for those who lost their lives at the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting, as a “place to pause, reflect and heal.” On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people were killed by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd at the Borderline Bar...

EYE 2 EYE : Should College Athletes Be Allowed To Pick Up Endorsements

EYE 2 EYE : Should College Athletes Be Allowed To Pick Up Endorsements

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen and Oliver Carter

September 23, 2019

Not a viable option By : Oliver Carter, Senior Staff Writer Written along the proud sidewalk of any given college, cement will bear bold stars, a callused handprint and helmet engraved with a name. That is, when college athletes become entertainers. On “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,...

A shaky wake-up call

A shaky wake-up call

Alex Goldbeck and Blake Hanlon

September 19, 2019

The pool sloshed back and forth with waves bigger than a cannonball creates. For many Southern Califorinians, this was the only sign that an earthquake was taking place. “I saw the pool which looks cool whenever earthquakes happen and I knew an earthquake was happening,” senior Nathan Kriger said. On...

Cap decorating sparks conversation

Cap decorating sparks conversation

Sarah Levy

May 13, 2019

The graduating class of 2019 will begin a new Oak Park tradition: all students will dress in black robes and will be permitted to decorate their graduation caps. The district decided upon this change in attire in an attempt to be sensitive and accepting of all gender issues and not identify students’...

Debbie Sands to retire this year

Debbie Sands to retire this year

Jacob Wagman and Angus Hsieh

May 13, 2019

After 17 years as an instructional assistant at Oak Park High School, Debby Sands will be retiring in 2019, at the end of this school year. Sands helps students with various learning disabilities by working closely with them, reviewing the material covered in their classes, and providing further explanations...