Vol: 16 No: 21 February 22, 2018



OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces


Volunteer Job Descriptions

Please donate your time to support our students during this wonderful event! Sign Up to Volunteer Here

Chair Set Up:  9:00 – 10:30 am on 3/3
Meet in Student Center for debrief. Unload chairs from racks and set them up in venue. Rack pick up locations will be in the Student Center and Sweets Ballroom. Move chairs from Student Center to Dance studio and White Box (they only need 20).  

Venue Set Up and Décor:  9:00 – 10:30 am on 3/3
Help beautify each venue space.  Ensure that trash is picked up, items on shelves are straightened, surfaces look clean, and venue space is presentable and ready for the public. Each Dept. chair will have specifics guidelines for their particular venue needs.

Venue Clean Up:  After last performance on 3/3 and 3/4; 1 hour
Job Description on 3/3: Pick up trash in venue, straighten chairs, wipe down surfaces, make sure items on shelf are straightened, set up ticket taking chairs and tables for Sunday’s shows, place all trash bags directly outside of venue door. Note: chairs do not need to be put away as they will be used the following day for shows.
Job Description on 3/4: Fold chairs and return them to their racks in the Student Center. For classrooms that had chairs already in the venue, ensure that chairs are stacked and placed in an orderly fashion in the room.  Pick up trash, wipe down all surfaces, make sure items on shelves are straightened, and take down any signs on doors/windows. Place all trash bags directly outside of venue door.

Ushers:  Arrive 30 minutes before performance; 1.75 hours
Help audience to their seats. Help manage the traffic flow before and after the show.  Ensure that show starts and ends on time (all shows will run 45 minutes – 1 hour). Help clear venue after show.

Ticket Takers:  Arrive 45 minutes prior to each showtime; 1 hour
Set up ticket taking tables and chairs.  Use alphabetical will call list to check people in for each show.
Note: The majority of the sales for the festival will be online. For audience members that would like to purchase tickets on the day of the show, we will have three box offices (Sweets, Newberry, and 19th St. elevator area of the Black Box). Ticket takers in each venue will solely be checking people in at will-call. They will not be dealing with any cash or ticket purchasing.

Green Room Chaperone:  Arrive 30 minutes before performance; 1.75 hours
Keep students quiet and organized within the classroom throughout performance. Monitor hallways outside of classroom to make sure students aren’t wandering.  Monitor student bathroom visits.  Set up designated secure space in the room for students to put their personal belongings.  Set up food per department chair’s instructions. Pick up trash throughout the day, wipe down all surfaces, make sure items on shelves are not touched, make sure teachers desk is not touched.  Generally make sure that the room is kept quiet and orderly. Post ends 15 minutes after performance ends.

Spread the Word!

Tell your friends and family; email a link to OSA Arts Festival; invite friends to our FB event page at OSA Arts Festival FB Event Page; distribute post cards; ask your kids to help spread the word!


Since space is limited, we encourage you to purchase your tickets asap!  Purchase Tickets Here

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







OSA’s Black History Month
Community Celebration


The APT-POC, BSU and BSOC have joined to host a Community Celebration in honor of Black History Month.

February 23 from 6:30pm – 8pm at Sweet’s Ballroom. Tickets are $3, which includes a pasta dinner.

Special performances by OSA High School and Middle School Students, and YGB

All ages are welcome.



Every year, OSA 7th and 10th graders experience the impact of this day of social emotional learning.

Imagine a school where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Imagine enemies finding common ground and making peace; friends healing past hurts and making amends; people igniting their passion for service and leadership; adults and youth working together to create a school where everyone is included and thrives.

This is Challenge Day.

We need a total of 30 volunteers. OSA will be hosting Challenge Day on Wednesday, March 14th for 10th grade and Thursday, March 15th for 7th graders. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the OSA community, address bullying, build empathy and make positive change.

Volunteers are part of the entire day from 8:00 to 3:30. Information and links to videos about Challenge Day and testimonials can be found at http://www.challengeday.org/volunteer/

Email Wendy Snyder at wsnyder@oakarts.org if you would like to volunteer.




OSAEST Presents:

Executive Functioning Symposium: How can I help my ADD child get organized?

Please join the OSA Education Support Team for the next seminar in their Spring Series on March 8th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Student Center.

The discussion will look at the components and barriers to executive functioning in the following ways:

  • Understanding ADHD and Executive Functioning deficits
  • Organizational tools and tips
  • Best practices
  • Self-advocacy

Presented by The OSA Education Support Team (OSAEST). Facilitated by Christian Patz, Caroline Raffanti, and Amanda Simons.

At the end of the 45-minute interactive presentation, there will be time for questions and answers.  Given the nature of the topic, questions will be limited to general questions not about individual students.

Caroline Raffanti has been an Education Specialist for over five years and has worked with all grade levels at OSA. She has a background in coaching gymnastics, teaching, and Special Education. She is working towards her Master’s in Education.

Amanda Simons is an Education Specialist for the high school students at OSA. She is in the final semester of her Special Education Master’s program. Her thesis is investigating transition planning for students entering high school through the development of self-advocacy skills.

The OSA Education Support Team endeavors to build capacity in our students, their families, and the Oakland community. We strive to contribute insightful and recommendations that will improve, strengthen and expand support for students with diverse needs. We provide resources, referrals, information and networking. Our goal is to foster cohesive and collaborative working foundations between parents and the school, so that those invested in the education of their student is able to obtain the best possible support system for our students.




Audio Production and Design After Hours

MS & HS, All Emphases Welcome

1 Term Left:

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

“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




Important Dates

  • 2/23 – Black History Month Community Celebration, Sweets Ballroom, 6:30pm-8pm
  • 2/27 – OSA P.O.D.S. Meeting, 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • 3/2-3/3 – OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces
  • 3/8 OSAEST Presents: Executive Functioning Symposium; Student Center; 6pm
  • 3/13 APT General Meeting/Emphasis Meetings – Student Center, 6pm
  • 3/14 Director’s Coffee, 8:30am-9:30am
  • 3/14 Challenge Day – 10th Grade, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • 3/15 Challenge Day – 7th Grade, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • 3/29 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/30 Cesar Chavez Day – SCHOOL CLOSEDS



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The Parent Trap!

This is where you’ll find information about any and all fun events, activities and classes shared by parents for parents.

Feature Story on OSA Alumni Joseph Hansen’s Gap Year Abroad

With Global Citizen Year

Oakland School for the Arts Class of 2017 graduate Joseph Hansen is currently on a gap year in Ecuador with Global Citizen Year. Joseph lives in Pijal, Ecuador in the region of Octovalo and apprentices as an English teacher at a bilingual school in his town. Joseph says he decided to take a gap year because he “had an urge to see the world and learn through living.” He says:

“My gap year with Global Citizen Year has given me a much wider perspective on the different places and mindsets different cultures create. It has changed the way I think about positioning and the effect of someone’s past on their worldview. In the past, I viewed massive institutional issues as semi-unfixable and now I see that through small change we make great change. I feel  a greater responsibility to serve and help those in need all over the world. I have a more comprehensive understanding of effective international aid and I have gotten to see first-hand the terrible effects of poorly administered aid. I think the perspectives which have shifted most simply concern maturity and a greater understanding of plight. I will walk away from this with an experiential understanding of a small number of global issues and I will be well equipped to encounter and work to combat as many others as I see fit.”

Joseph says a gap year is for anyone who “has the drive to make change in the world” and who “wants to learn something through living it.” Joseph will be followed by current Oakland School for the Arts senior Ariella Brodie-Weisberg who will spend her Global Citizen Year in Brazil.

Ariella is taking a gap year because she believes “you don’t really get outside your own echo chamber when you travel as a tourist” and she chose Global Citizen Year for the length and depth of the immersion. She says she “wants to understand the minutia of what makes a place a place because it’s a much more beautiful way of learning about a culture.”

The Global Citizen Year staff are so excited to see what the rest of Joseph’s Global Citizen Year holds and what Ariella will experience and hope to have many more Oakland School for the Arts graduates join their family.

Seven talented OSA students are performing in YMTC’s upcoming production of Tony Award winning A Chorus Line.  Come see Walter Marion, Jack Melcher, Lucy Swinson, Caleb Meyers, Sophie Eckber, Asher Kashani and Sofia Valez in this musical theatre classic!

A bit about the musical:
Set on a bare stage during an audition for a Broadway show, the performers describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.  The production will feature a live 17-piece band playing the original arrangements written by Marvin Hamlisch, and the cast will perform the original Michael Bennett choreography for the opening and closing numbers as well as new dances by choreographer Janet Collard.

Director Jennifer Boesing notes that “A Chorus Line isn’t just a play about dance.  it is a play about people following their dreams, striving for something that feels big and important, and against all odds.”

A Chorus Line opens Saturday February 24, 2018 and runs through Sunday, March 4, 2018 as follows:
Saturday 2/24, 8:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday 2/25, 2:00 p.m.
Friday 3/2, 8:00 p.m.  (Pay What You Can Night)
Saturday, 3/3, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/3, 8:00 p.m. (Pre-Show Lobby Talk, 7pm)
Sunday, 3/4, 2:00 p.m.  (Pre-Show Lobby Talk, 1pm)

Where: El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito.

Ticket Prices: $15–28. Student, senior, teacher, military, and group discounts are available.
Purchase tickets at www.ymtcbayarea.org. Tickets also available at the door one hour prior to performance.
SINGLE TICKET SALES:  https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ymtc


Girls in Engineering 2018 Camp, Application due March 1

Girls in Engineering, a summer camp hosted at UC Berkeley, exposes girls in grades 5 – 7 to engineering. Applications are due on March 1. However, the number of applications is limited to 250, so apply now. The cost is free for families who demonstrate financial need. For more information, click here. http://girlsinengineering.berkeley.edu/

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All grade levels are invited to participate:
The F3 Awards are open for student entries in 4 different contests for awards of $250-$1,000.  The law firm of Fagen, Friedman, and Frost LLP (F3) is an advocate for excellent education and committed to celebrating success in public education.   F3 is offering a series of awards for students who attend California public schools in the following areas:

  1. Essay writing
  2. Photography
  3. Art
  4. Environmental Education

For details about the contests, refer to F3 site at: https://www.f3law.com/f3studentawards

Due Date: 2/28/18




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