Notes from the April 17 presentation on What Parents Should Know about the Local Control Accountability Plan

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Notes from the March 12 Executive Director’s Meeting

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Learning Lab (MS)

Who: Ms. Cat Austin (Middle School Theatre Teacher, After School Program Coordinator
When: Mondays 12:55-4:30; Tuesdays-Fridays 3:15-5:00
Where: Room 245 Cost: $100 for October; $100 for November; $75 for December; Return the Information Card along with payment on Monday 10/9/17. Payable to Oakland School for the Arts
What: Learning Lab is designed to provide a place for students to do homework, get assistance on assignments, work in study groups, work on projects with classmates, use Chromebooks for writing assignments, do research. Math Tutoring with Ms. Karla Hannah (CC2 and CC3 and Math Success Instructor) on Tuesdays–Fridays 3:30–4:30. Multiple Subject Tutoring with Ali Broche-Weisberg on Mondays and Wednesdays Parent volunteers are needed to help with supervision during teacher meeting times.

Science Club (MS)

Who: MS and HS Science Teachers
When: Wednesdays 3:15–4:00; drop-in
Where: Room 222
What: Hands on Science experiments


Computer Science Club (MS)

Who: Ms Humphrey
When: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays; 3:15-4:30
Where: Room 222
What: Come once a week or twice a week and learn how to use the computer to create, code and tell stories. Come by or contact for more information (or click on the logo!).


Technovation Challenge (MS and HS)

Hey girls! Love technology? Want to make a difference? Join the Technovation Challenge! Learn the skills necessary to become a tech entrepreneur and leader! Join a team to create, build, and sell an app that addresses a problem in your community! The program lasts 12 weeks and requires a commitment of about four hours a week. Registration starts October 18th. To register your team, visit Mrs. Yan in room 248 during lunch.

Here’s how it works:

  •     Assemble and register your team (2-5 girls)
  •     Identify a problem in your community
  •     Meet weekly with your team (around 4 hours a week) to go through the Technovation curriculum
  •     Create and code an app to solve that problem with the support of a mentor

Math Olympiad (MS)

Who: Will Osser, Parent Volunteer When: Mondays 12:55-1:50; 10/9/17 through 3/19/18
Where: Room 269a What:  Announcing the Math Olympiads at OSA. Do you:

  • Love math?
  • Want to sharpen your math skills and use them in new ways?
  • Just wish there was more math in your week?

Then the Math Olympiad wants you.  Open to all Middle School students at OSA. Space is limited to the first 25 students who apply.  Contact for more information.


Audio Production and Design After Hours (MS & HS, all emphases) 

Who: Mr. McGovern
When: Tuesdays-Fridays, 4:30-6 during regularly scheduled school days

  • Session 2: February 5th – March 2nd (Except Presidents Day February 19th)
  • Session 3: March: 5th – 29th

Where: In the Recording Studio (room 305)
Cost: $500 per student per session
What:  “Audio Production After Hours” is an opportunity for students outside of the AP&E emphasis to get an introduction to the music production process, and the tools used in creating original projects. Course Topics: Digital Audio Workstations, Software Instruments, Recording Engineering, Microphones, Synthesis, MIDI 8 seats available per session If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at


Traditional Chinese Music Lessons (MS and HS, all emphases)

Who: Mr. Kanozik
When: Mondays, 1:30-3:30 (when school is in session), starting Oct. 30
Where: Newberry, room 402 Cost: FREE to ALL OSA students, regardless of emphasis
What: Oakland School for the Arts is excited to announce its second year collaborating with the Purple Silk Foundation and the Great Wall Chinese Orchestra. These lessons include instruction on an instrument of your choice (some options below) and inclusion in the Great Wall Chinese Orchestra concert at the end of the year. As an additional bonus, this opportunity will grant a college elective credit to any UC school! Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to further develop the cultural richness of this area.  

INSTRUMENTS: [Plucking instruments] Xiao Ruan, Zhong Ruan, Moon guitar (Yue Quin), pipa, Liu Quin [Bowing Instruments] Erhu, Zhong Hu, Cello [Wind] – Di Zi (transverse flute) [Percussion] Yang Quin, Hammered Dulcimer, Drums, Gongs, Cymbals [Vocals] Singing in Mandarin. See for a list and demo of the instruments. If interested, email Sign up now to guarantee a spot!!


Spanish Classes (MS)

Who: Viva el Espanol!
When:  Starting Monday, 10/16/17 through 5/31/18 Beginning classes Mondays 1:30–2:20 and Thursdays 3:30–4:20 Prior Experience classes Mondays 2:30–3:20 and Thursdays 3:30–4:20
Where: TBD
What: Spanish language classes taught by native speakers from the Bay Area award-winning language school Viva el Espanol. Fee payable directly to that organization. Click Here for Flyer (PDF) YOU MUST REGISTER for the school year at by October 12.

Future on campus activities:


TechTrek Science Camp for Girls Apply in January/February 2018

Middle School Robotics Club

A proposal is in the works.


Off-Campus Activities Near OSA

NEW! The Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program (January 9th – March 15th 2018) for girls and gender expansive youth ages eight through eighteen.

We strive to keep our programs accessible! We provide all instruments, financial aid is readily available and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We also offer student pick-up from some schools and transportation stipends to eligible families.

Over the course of ten weeks students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops and at the end of it all perform with their band at a live showcase.

Our program exists to provide a space for young people marginalized through misogyny to feel empowered, learn more about themselves, learn how to communicate across differences and learn how to use music for self-expression and community building.

At GRASP we’re cultivating a new generation of skilled and confident young artists, and encouraging them to express themselves, challenge gender stereotypes, and follow their dreams.

For more information, please visit our website: GRASP

Guardian Martial Arts Gym  Youth (students 18 and under) are free. Donations are appreciated.

Oakland Ice Center

Possible OSA student discounts for public skating sessions after school 12:45-2:45 and 3:00 – 5:00.  Stay tuned for details.

Great Western Power Company

Oakland YMCA


Nearby Student Focused Organizations
Girls Inc.

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