After the full lockdown, everyone has been eager for things to get back to normal. Most impatient of all would be the craftspeople whose livelihoods depend on public gatherings, like farmer's markets. -Ayo Thomas, 11th Grade
"Mosswood Park is home to many basketball legends, but along with them there are many that never made it off the streets. " -- Rafi ponet, 6th grade
"After the reduced number of cases in California, many schools have decided to end both outdoor and indoor mask mandates, causing many rising anxieties for teachers, students, and parents."
"Last August, a teen driver who, after a heated argument about driving too fast in the Oakland hills, repeatedly used his vehicle to try and run over three people involved in the exchange, has now taken a plea deal and a attempted murder charge has been dropped." -- Levi Reddy, 7th grade
'there's more wildlife than the eye can see over Merritt’s water, and there's more than birds below its surface'--ynez foxe-robertson, 7th grade
Andre San-Chez and Moses Omolade, a teacher and administrator at Westlake Middle School went on a hunger strike on Feb 1st to protest OUSD school closures. They protested for eighteen days and ate nothing but water, vitamins, and electrolytes.
“After everyone avoided responsibility it isn’t solely about safety anymore, it's about financial security. With no one willing to pay for the blame, the Millenium Tower is at a sinking standoff.” -- Bella Schainker, 8th grade
“After a year and a half of lockdown, Oakland dance students are excited, and nervous, to finally be able to perform the yearly tradition of the Nutcracker again.” -- Holly Young, 8th Grade
"OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) is closing down classrooms and moving students into alternative spaces with differing teachers. How is this affecting the teachers and students involved?"--Mila Boyden,6th grade
"GEntrification is hard topic to talk about, especially because of how differently it affects different people in their communities. To completely understand gentrification and everything that comes with it, we have to look at how everyone is affected." -- Maya Mastropasqua, 7th grade