Vol: 16 No: 15 January 12, 2018





We are currently at 81% of the $500,000 Annual Fund Goal with 52% schoolwide participation. Five of the emphases have already surpassed last year’s participation number. One of the most important statistics we provide to potential outside donors is the percentage of parent participation in the Annual Fund. We know we can get to 100% participation!  We are asking families to consider a gift of $2,125 per student, but every gift counts, no matter the amount.

Ways to Give:

  • Recurring Gift: Please consider a monthly gift to support your student’s 60+ hours per month of arts programming and our stellar faculty.
  • One Time Gift (Checks preferred, or online).
  • Matching  Click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.

Email Diana Schneider, Annual Fund Manager at dschneider@oakarts.org or call 1-510-873-8807 with any questions!



Finals Week is Monday, 1/22 – Thursday, 1/25

8:10am – 12:50 pm every day

No School On Friday, 1/26.


Middle School Finals Schedule

Monday, January 22nd:
1st period: Study
Periods 2&3: Period 1 Final
Periods 4&5: Arts
Periods 7&8: Period 2 Final

Tuesday, January 23rd:
1st period: Study
Periods 2&3: Period 3 Final
Periods 4&5: Arts
Early Release 12:50

Wednesday, January 24th:
1st period: Study
Periods 2&3: Period 7 Final
Periods 4&5: Arts
Early Release 12:50

Thursday, January 25th:
1st period: Study
Periods 2&3: Period 8 Final
Periods 4&5: Arts
Early Release 12:50

Friday, January 26th:
*No School for Students


High School Finals Schedule

Monday, January 22nd:
Regular Monday Schedule (Periods 1-9)

Tuesday, January 23rd:
8:15-9:00 Review for 1st period exam
9:00-10:40 1st period exam
10:40-10:50 Break
10:50-11:10 Review for 2nd period exam
11:10-12:50 2nd period exam
Early Release 12:50

Wednesday, January 24th:
8:15-9:00 Review for 3rd period exam
9:00-10:40 3rd period exam
10:40-10:50 Break
10:50-11:10 Review for 4th period exam
11:10-12:50 4th period exam
Early Release 12:50

Thursday, January 25th:
8:15-9:00 Review for 5th period exam
9:00-10:40 5th period exam
10:40-10:50 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Student Club Assembly
Early Release 12:50

Friday, January 26th:
*No School for Students

The purpose of the Student Club Assembly is to demonstrate what clubs are meeting on campus and how students can get involved.  Any student that associates with one of our student clubs and would like to present at the assembly should get in touch with Ms. Plette’s Student Leadership Class.



SAT Prep Course at OSA

Achieve Learning is offering an SAT Prep Course at OSA beginning at the end of January. Please email Wendy Snyder, the College Counselor, to save your spot. wsnyder@oakarts.org

Mondays 1:00-5:00
1/29 – Diagnostic Test
2/5 – Day 1 Instruction
2/12 – Day 2 Instruction
2/19 – NO CLASS
2/26 – Day 3 Instruction
3/5 – Day 4 Instruction

Tuition is currently estimated at $150 per student, if 20 students participate.

This amount is subject to change in the event that fewer than 20 students participate.

In total, the course is 16 hours of instruction and 4 hours of testing. A diagnostic test is provided, as well as in-class testing for comparison.

Each day is dedicated to one of the four primary subjects of the SAT, while one day, usually the second, will include a lesson on the Essay, which we recommend all students take (it is optional on the official exam).


Senior Portraits!

The deadline to order prints from the 11/14 sitting date is Monday, 1/15! See the Shooting Stars website for more info and proofs. Please contact them directly with any additional questions and concerns. Photos taken on the 12/22 date are also available online. 

The photo company website will allow you to order. You can view the photo and place an order they will ship directly to you. You will need her access code, but they will give you that as well.

Shooting Stars Productions


800-311-7784 (toll-free)
415-695-1010 (local)
415-695-1019 (facsimile)





High School Winter Ball

OSA is opening up 2018 with a HS Winter Ball. We present to you a Wildfire Benefit Gala. A Californian fire relief dance that is raising money for families affected by all the recent fires in California.

It’s a semi-formal event on Thursday, January 25th at Sweet’s Ballroom from 7 to 9:30 PM. Their will be concessions and music played by our DJ, Myles Bersh, including performances by bands MZSwitchedUp and Deva Rani & Friends. Topping of with a Lip Sync performance by the School of Theatre’s Drag Class.

Tickets are available for purchase next week on 19th ST entrance. V.I.P Tickets are $10, General Admissions for $6 and it will be $7 at the door.

Last but not least outside of school guest our allowed to attend. You must grab a form from Ms.Zaugg and must have your guest attach a copy of their student I.D., a signature from your guest and your parent/guardian and it must be turned back to Ms.Zaugg as the final step.

Any questions can be sent to High School Student Council! Can’t wait to see you all there!

– High School Student Council



Be sure and tune into to OSA’s own internet radio station www.kosaradio.org. This Monday January 15th, as KOSA will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday with special features:

  • A Letter From Birmingham Prision
  • I have A Dream Speech
  • Dr. King famous quotes

Audio reenactments performed by Principals, Faculty, Staff and Students. Plus enjoy KOSA’s daily features

  • Celebrating You
  • In The Key Of Life with Shawn Keys
  • Our Psych with Erik Lafferty
  • Health is Beautiful with Hermeros
  • Wave Forms with Gabriel Mesa

Listen to our exciting Talk Shows:
Make That Change – Ben Rotenberg, Dani Rose Apodaca, Shawn Keys and Erik Lafferety
Teen Talk – Max Culbeaux, AnnaSara Metwall, A’nya Johnson, Destiny Perkins, Ricky Watters, Dakota Dry


Lunchtime Workshop

Come to an Embroidery Workshop with Gender Equity Club on Tuesday, January 30 at lunch in Room 323!  Learn to embroider, make some pals, and listen to some bops!



OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces


Press Release:
The youth of Oakland and the Bay Area envision the future through art!  Join us on Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th for Oakland School for the Arts’ first Arts Festival, where you can enter an array of future spaces.  Students from grades 6 to 12 and from all 11 of our arts emphases showcase work in 10 venues in the heart of downtown Oakland, work inspired by the concept of Future Spaces.

Imagine a spoken word poem about what follows gentrification, a dance exploring the widening distance in a relationship, a song from a colony on Mars, a painting of Oakland after its adapted to rising sea levels.  Show times range from 12 PM to 9 PM with 3 shows per day in each venue.  Ticket prices are all general admission  – $15 per show; get them now as capacity is limited.  For more information about this immersive artistic experience, go to OSA Arts Festival

Purchase Tickets Here

This is a large scale event that will require an army of faculty, staff and parent volunteers. Please donate your time to support our students during this wonderful event! Sign Up to Volunteer Here

If you are experiencing problems accessing Konstella, please contact Meg McAdam.




Student Discount Program Changes

Effective January 31, 2018 OSA will discontinue selling student BART tickets.  We are ending sales due to the following changes BART has made to their Student Discount program as of January 1, 2018:
  • all trips taken using a paper ticket are subject to an additional charge of $.50 each way – The additional $1 per day offsets the benefit of a discount card
  • all customers ages 5 through 18 will be recognized as youth and able to access the 50% discount on BART using a Youth Clipper card
  • the discount with the Youth Clipper card is good seven days per week (the paper ticket is only good weekdays)
  • BART will stop selling the paper tickets as of 6/30/18
For your convenience the attachment contains:
  • Information on the Youth Clipper card
  • Clipper Youth Application
  • Locations to apply for the card
Additional information on the Clipper Youth card can be found at www.clippercard.com.
Paper copies of the application are also available from the front desk.

Students can continue to purchase the student BART card through January 31st or until supply ends, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions on the change please contact Ms. Jones ljones@oakarts.org.




Learning Center

Volunteer Opportunities


Our after school Learning Center is in need of some enthusiastic adult volunteers who enjoy working with energetic Middle School Aged kids!  Ms. Smith and the Learning Center Team are actively seeking volunteers from the OSA community to come and share their talents with our students.

Are you an avid reader, a history buff or a science expert eager to share your knowledge with kids?  Do you have a desire to discuss some interesting Young Adult novels or investigate interesting scientific questions in a lively group format once or twice a week with our students?  If you answered YES to these questions, the Learning Center is the place for you!

We are looking for interactive and engaged volunteers to commit to one or two (or three!) days a week.  The Center is open Mondays from 12:50-4:15 and Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:10 – 5:00. Currently the Center is run by OSA staff members and provides math assistance Tuesday through Friday from 3:30-4:30, but more help and parent expertise is greatly needed!

Please email Ms. Smith with any ideas: ssmith@oakarts.org. We look forward to hearing from you very soon.  Thank you for everything you do for OSA!




Audio Production and Design After Hours

MS & HS, All Emphases Welcome

2 Terms Left:

February 5th – March 2nd (Except Presidents Day, February 19th)
March: 5th – 29th

In the Recording Studio (room 305)
4:30 – 6, Tuesday – Friday
during regularly scheduled school days

$500 per student per session; 8 seats available
Not open to current AP&E students

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: Software Instruments, Microphones, Signal Flow, DAWS, MIDI

If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.org





Running January 30 through March 25*, SJDC’s Winter Intensive 2018 offers 2 Dance Training tracks:

-Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training: 4:45-6:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

-Intermediate/Advanced: 4:45-6:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

and 11am-1:15pm on Saturdays and Sundays

*No classes: 2/10, 3/3-4

Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios
530 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Download your registration form here: http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration–winter_2018.pdf

Or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley.

(Registration materials required for all students)

Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.



Important Dates

  • 1/15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 1/16 – APT – POC meeting; Student Center, 6:30pm
  • 1/24 – Director’s Coffee; 8:30am
  • 1/25 – End of Semester 1
  • 1/25 – OSAEST Presents: My Student Is Struggling, What can I do?; Student Center, 6 pm
  • 1/26 – SCHOOL CLOSED, Teacher Work Day


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