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Custodial supervisor implements new cleaning system

Custodial supervisor implements new cleaning system

Nicole Schwartz

March 8, 2016


Filed under News, Student Life

Custodial supervisor Richard Ortega implemented a new cleaning system to ensure that classrooms are cleaned daily, beginning Feb. 18. "My goal is to match the output of the rest of the staff, the teachers, the administration, the office," Ortega said. Prior to this system, trash was emptied out...

Slam Poetry Night features artwork, performances by students

Slam Poetry Night features artwork, performances by students

Bareerah Zafar

January 29, 2016


Filed under Student Life

Students — some solo, some in pairs or groups — recited original slam poetry about everything from body image to battling homophobia. “The event was an overwhelming success,” English teacher Roland Herberg wrote in an email. “I am always amazed by the quality of other students’ poetry...

Givers and Takers performs on Great Lawn

Givers and Takers performs on Great Lawn

Grace Ye

January 29, 2016


Filed under Student Life

Besides the oxygen, nitrogen, freedom and other elements that normally comprise the lunchtime atmosphere, there was something else mixed into the air: music. As a part of Awareness Week, organized by Advanced Peer Counseling, the band Givers and Takers performed on the Great Lawn Jan. 12. Two of its...

Students, teachers react to new schedule

Benjamin Porat

January 29, 2016


Filed under Student Life

For the first time, students returned to school Jan. 5 to begin a new semester. This change, a part of the shifted school year, enabled the school to hold finals before winter break — consequently reducing stress among students. “I thought it was very helpful since we didn’t have to spend...

Senior Spotlight: Carlo Cruz-Albrecht

Senior Spotlight: Carlo Cruz-Albrecht

Varsha Sarveshwar

January 29, 2016


Filed under Student Life

If you were to find senior Carlo Cruz-Albrecht somewhere in Oak Park, he’s probably on his bike. “Biking is useful,” Cruz-Albrecht said. “It’s my form of transportation, but I also like that I can bike because I don’t have a car. I don’t have a license … But it gives me a sense of...

Club Spotlight: Speech and Debate Club

Club Spotlight: Speech and Debate Club

Stephen Burt

January 29, 2016


Filed under Club Spotlight, Student Life

The Speech and Debate Team participated in California Lutheran University’s annual Debate Tournament Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. At the tournament, nine freshmen debated against other teams from both private and public schools. “I love being a part of high school debate because it is the greatest equalizer;...

Adaptive athlete Corey Reed discusses personal struggles

Adaptive athlete Corey Reed discusses personal struggles

Michelle Chen

January 29, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Guest speaker and professional adaptive athlete Corey Reed delivered a presentation at a school-wide assembly Jan. 12. The presentation tied in with Awareness Week’s theme: resilience. At the assembly, Reed, 31, described the circumstances that surrounded his life-changing accident, a car crash. “I...

Cook teaches full schedule

Cook teaches full schedule

Ashwarya Srinivas

January 29, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Economics teacher D.J. Cook will teach CP and AP Economics full time for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year, in place of economics teacher Kevin Smith, who is on medical leave. From 2007 to 2011, Cook taught numerous courses at Oak Park High School, including AP U.S. History, AP Psychology...

“Newbies” take stage

“Newbies” take stage

Jake Davis and Max Davis

January 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Student Life

The ComedySportz team held its annual Newbie Game Friday, Jan. 22. Students who would like to join the ComedySportz team audition annually; this year, the team selected 10 new members. These “newbies” trained throughout the year and watched current members perform at previous games. On Jan. 22,...

2 choir members selected for Southern California Honor Choir

2 choir members selected for Southern California Honor Choir

Jake Davis, Max Davis, and Lauren Perlmutter

December 14, 2015


Filed under Arts, Student Life

Choir students and seniors Kayla Gorenstein and Megan Shoaf were nominated to represent the Oak Park choir program in the annual Southern California Vocal Association’s High School Honor Choir Concert Nov. 27. Gorenstein and Shoaf were among 270 choir members selected from approximately 650 applicants...

Bring your own device

Bring your own device

Gui Andrade

December 14, 2015


Filed under Student Life

"Bring Your Own Device" The school district is currently considering testing a “Bring Your Own Device” program next semester, which would allow students to bring their own laptops or tablets to school — and connect to school Wi-Fi — for educational purposes. “Students would be able log...

Club organizes fundraising walk

Nicole Schwartz

December 14, 2015


Filed under Student Life

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Club — which strives to inform others about the seriousness of mental illness and and help those who suffer from these illnesses — held a 5-kilometer walk in Oak Canyon Park to raise money Saturday, Dec. 5. "I thought we actually had a pretty good turnout....