Vol: 16 No: 30 May 4, 2018



Final APT General Meeting

of 2017-2018


To all OSA parents and guardians,

Please come join us for our final APT General Meeting of the school year, taking place this coming Tuesday, May 8 at 6 PM in the Student Center.

The topic will be OSA Vision and Culture: Present and Future, and will include a panel of admin, teachers, students and parents discussing their take on the culture of OSA and their personal vision for the years ahead.

The APT has invited incoming OSA families as well, to give them the opportunity to experience the school as well as those who contribute to its success.  It also gives continuing families a chance to meet and partner with incoming families, in an effort to ease their transition to OSA.

We hope to see many of you there.

All the best,
APT Board





Hello OSA!

We are thrilled by the recent response to the Annual Fund and had to share the news! 

School wide participation in the Annual Fund has jumped to 64% and we are so close to meeting our $500,000 goal! Production Design just hit 100% participation and several other Emphases are close!

If you have already given to the Annual Fund, please accept our tremendous thanks! Your support has made such a difference.

We have about 300 households left to give – if everyone made a gift of $50 we would meet our goal!! 

But, smaller gifts matter too! Even a $5 or $10 dollar gift that increases our donor numbers will help open doors to outside funds.

Every gift of any amount makes a difference!

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




Strategic Plan Overview

by Brian Köhn


Come give input to OSA’s Strategic Plan!  OSA wants to get your input on the future priorities for OSA in the areas of academics, community, arts and sustainability.  This is your chance to brainstorm and provide creative input into how OSA moves forward with becoming an even better place to go to school.

May 7, 6pm-7:30pm, Student Center


LCAP Update


Thank you so much to the parents who called or emailed after my presentation at the last APT meeting. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts about our Local Control Accountability Plan, and enjoy hearing your opinions on our school wide goals for next year. If you missed the April meeting, I will be at the May 8th APT meeting to share the updates, and to listen to your input.
Our current LCAP is on the home page of our website, if you’re joining the conversation mid-way and want to catch up, and my presentation from last month, click HERE.

As an OSA parent, as well as employee, I welcome the opportunity for us to work together for the continued growth and education of all our children.

With OSA spirit,
Romy Douglass
Testing Coordinator




New After School Classes


Students are welcome to join Ms. Humphrey on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for two new Google First CS classes.

Choose between an Animation class or an Art class. Classes will run from 3:20-4:30. Students will meet in Room 222 and walk to the Newberry Building together.






AP Course Exams approaching for High School!


AP exams for high school students currently enrolled in AP classes are approaching, and will be administered from~May 7 – May 16, 2018. The schedule and room assignments appear below.

PLEASE NOTE that there is a REQUIRED Pre-Admin session scheduled forMonday April 30th from 1:00 – 2:00 in the Black Box. All students taking an AP Exam MUST attend this registration event.  If there is an unavoidable conflict, please contact Romy Douglass to reschedule prior to your exam date.

All remaining exam fees are due by Monday April 30th and may be turned in at the Pre-Admin session. Students who paid the $20 deposit for an exam owe a remainder of $74 per exam. Checks should be written out to OSA, with your student’s name in the memo line.

If anyone is able to sponsor a student who may face economic hardship in paying for this test, please simply write your check for any additional amount as you are able. Any excess amount will be donated to the Student Leadership Fund, and is not tax-deductible. Additionally, those for whom the fee is an obstacle to taking the AP test(s) should please contact Romy Douglass.

AP Test Schedule:

Monday May 7, 12:00, Psychology in Room 315 (Mr. Taylor’s room)
Tuesday, May 9, 8:00 AM, Spanish Language & Culture (Black Box)
Friday, May 118:00 AM, US History (Black Box)
Friday, May 11, 5:00 PM, Studio Art deadline to submit online portfolio
Monday, May 14, 8:00 AM, Music Theory (Newberry: Room 410 and STEAM lab)
Tuesday, May 15, 8:00 AM, Calculus AB (Black Box)
Wednesday, May 16, 8:00 AM, English Language & Composition (Period One students report to Student Center, Period Two students report to Sweets – both exams begin at 8:00 AM)

Thank you! To contact Romy Douglass with any questions, visit Room 227a, email~rdouglass@oakarts.org~or call 873-8815.




Preventing Eating Disorders in Teenagers:

A Non-Diet Approach to Food


May 9th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Student Center (18th Street Entrance)

Please join Oakland School for the Arts Education Support Team and Signe Darpinian for an educational training on Preventing Eating Disorders in Teenagers: A Non-Diet Approach to Food. Our presenter, Signe Darpinian, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She has a forthcoming book No Weigh!!! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom, Summer 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, in London.

For more information, click Here.




Middle School:

  • Learning Lab:
    Parent volunteers needed to relieve Ms. Smith supervising 3:15pm ­-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • CAASPP Testing:
    6th Grade: English & Math 5/21-5/25
    7th Grade: English 5/21­-5/25; Math 5/25­-6/1
    8th Grade: Math 5/14­-5/18; English 5/21­-5/25
  • Final Exams:
    6th & 7th Grade: 6/4-6/8, Early Release
    8th Grade: 5/31-6/7
  • 8th Grade Great America Trip: ­
    6/11 Turn in $33.50 for Great America tickets by 5/21 to get group rate
  • 8th Grade Dinner/Dance:
    Date Change: 6/7 at Sweets Ballroom, Parent Chaperones needed and possibly food donations
  • 8th Grade Promotion:
    6/8, 10:30am at the Fox Theater, Provide names for guest list by provided deadline

High School:

  • Are you a junior who has questions about the college application process? Or, are you a senior who would like to share their experience?
    The Academic Support Club presents: “Junior/Senior Q&A” on Wednesday, May 9th during lunch in Ms. Schleimer’s room. Come on through!
  • All seniors interested in performing or participating in the Annual Senior Salute must sign up by May 11th on the senior classroom or sign up sheets posted in the hallways. Any questions or concerns, contact August Stevens through her school email: august.stevens@students.oakarts.org
  • SENIOR BOOK LAUNCH! Friday May 11 at 7 PM at Chapter 510 (2301 Telegraph, near school). Each Lit Arts student writes and publishes a book in their senior year.  Bring cash to buy their freshly printed works of literary magic! Free Admission and Refreshments.







Graduation will be held on Friday, June 8 at the Fox Theater.
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place at 10:30 am
High School Graduation Ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm




  • 7th Grader Alexandra Gersh was offered full tuition scholarship to The Ailey School’s Junior Division Summer Intensive

  • 7th Grader Paris Jackson Jr. was offered full scholarship to SFBS Summer Session

  • 7th Grader Aidan Johnson was offered full scholarship to ABT Summer Intensive and SFBS Summer Session, and full tuition scholarship to The Ailey School’s Junior Division Summer Intensive, and was accepted to the School of American Ballet


OSA Spring Performances and Exhibitions



Tickets are now available for the Oakland School for the Arts School of Vocal Music Spring Show “We Are The Body” at the Fox Theatre on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 pm!

“In this time of social and political unrest, we are all searching for a way to be heard. Our students see the world around them, they want their hearts to be understood, their voices to be heard and they want to find a way to take action for the changes they long for.  As young artists they are exploring their world through song.  We Are the Body examines the idea of the individual and the collective, and the many roles that each member plays.” 

__Marie Plette, Chair of the School of Vocal Music
Get your tickets while they last, and please share this information widely! 





2018 Visual Art 12″ x 12″ Blue Student Show and Fundraiser
6 to 9 p.m.Saturday, May 5
Norton Factory Studios
(one block from the Fruitvale BART with plenty of parking at Norton)
All are welcome to this FREE annual family-friendly event sponsored by the OSA Visual Art parents!
Over 100 blue-themed 12′ x 12″ original paintings by our talented OSA Visual Art students for sale.
This event features a Taco Truck, Beer and Margaritas, Raffle Items, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, Music and OSA Merchandise for sale.

“String Mandrill” by Elena Griedel


It’s time for the Monkey Project Auction!

If you’ve been to Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe at 1805 Telegraph Ave, you’ve likely noticed a collection of 12 stunning monkey portraits. These are part of an annual event called “The Monkey Project”, a fundraiser for the School of Visual Art at Oakland School for the Arts in conjunction with Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café.

Every year since 2010, Visual Art students have taken part in this contest by creating monkey portraits. Twelve of the portraits are selected to hang in the restaurant for a year before being auctioned off.

The current batch of monkeys have been on display since 2016 and represent the end of an era. Sadly, the Monkey Project is coming to a close. This is the last chance to bid on a piece of Rudy’s and OSA history.

The bidding starts today and the auction closes at 9 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018. To view the catalog and find out how to bid on your favorite monkey, please visit:  osavisualartstore.squarespace.com

For more information, contact osava.info@gmail.com.




OSA Spring Dance Concert 2018



Come see Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance in their one and only Dance Concert of the year!

See what the Middle and High School dance students have been working hard toward all year!  

Featuring choreography from OSA School of Dance’s Senior Class of 2018 and Department Chair Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage!

4 Shows Only!

Thursday, May 24 @ 7pm**OPENING NIGHT SPECIAL:


Friday, May 25 @ 7pm
Saturday, May 26 @ 7pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 3pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to show your support for all the hard work and discipline these young people have put into themselves and their art!  

Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors (with valid ID)*

*Friday & Saturday Only: Groups of 6 or more get 10% off! Enter discount code “Group” at checkout.

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, latecomers tickets are subject to being released**

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts, as parking in the area can be very challenging.

*Online ticket sales end 12pm on the day of the show for all 7pm shows and 12pm on Saturday for Sunday’s 3pm show.

Tickets will be available for sale at the Box Office starting 1 hour before show time.

Thank you for your support!






June 18-29 and July 9-27, Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm: Beginner/Intermediate; 1:30-5pm: Intermediate/Advanced at Oakland School for the Arts 3rd Floor Dance Studios

Savage Jazz Dance Company’s Summer Intensive is a 5 week training program for students 10 and up, headed by SJDC Artistic Director and Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance Department Chair, Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage.

With classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Body Conditioning, Repertory, and more, the program emphasizes a passionate and committed approach to training, and students will be expected to embrace this approach as they are challenged to hone their technique, improve their strength, and increase their flexibility and stamina.

An outstanding training ground for contemporary dancers, students of SJDC, Mr. Savage, and OSA have gone on and been accepted to University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, London Contemporary Dance School, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Pre-Professional Division School, San Francisco Ballet School, Juilliard Summer Intensive, Hubbard Street II, Ailey II, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Oakland Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, Mark Morris’ Hard Nut, Disney’s The Lion King, and more.

Anyone serious about their dance training will benefit from this program.

Those intending to pursue or currently in training to become professional dancers, particularly those interested in performing with Savage Jazz Dance Company, will have a chance to experience how the company trains and to learn SJDC repertory.  

Those wanting to attend OSA’s School of Dance will get to experience and gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to train as a young dance student at OSA.

Get $100 off the price of tuition when you register by May 14!
Download your registration form here: http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration_form_summer_2018.pdf
Questions? Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com

Get your training on!





Important Dates


  • 5/5 OSA Day at the Ball Park – APT Fundraiser
  • 5/5 Prom
  • DATE CHANGE: 5/7 Strategic Plan Overview with Brian Köhn; Student Center; 6pm-7:30pm
  • 5/8 APT and Emphasis Meetings
  • 5/9 Director’s Coffee; 8:30am-9:30qm
  • 5/9 Promoting Positive Body Image in Teenagers, Student Center, 6pm
  • 5/15 APT-POC meeting; Student Center; 6pm
  • 5/28 Memorial Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • DATE CHANGE: 6/7 8th Grade Dinner Dance, Sweets Ballroom, 6pm
  • 6/8 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30 am; Senior Graduation, 2 pm, Fox Theater



Important Links



The Parent Trap!

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


FREE TheaterDance Master Class and Audition Opportunity!

With dozens of OSA students from various departments and many more from other local schools, I am often asked how to “get in”. We would like to invite you – our beloved OSA community – to participate in a free master class in TheaterDance with the opportunity to audition for a dance-based show during next school year!
TheaterDance is the study of 100 years of American TheaterDance, from the 1920’s to the present day. This includes jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, period dance, world dance, the styles of master choreographers, and lots of exciting Broadway repertory. We have 5 levels of school-year classes where you can enjoy dancing just for the fun of it, take classes to up your game in musical theater, or be very serious and gain solid training in this exhilarating and challenging art form. Our goal is to empower Bay Area Youth through Dance.
audition / master classSaturday May 12 or May 19, 6:30-8pm
show: “The Great Comet: A TheaterDance” – A musical theater DANCE show incorporating multiple dance styles from jazz to blues to rock to lyrical to contemporary, making it an extraordinary multi-level training opportunity.
rehearsals: Sundays 1-5pm from 9/16-2/10 plus performances
eligibility: middle and high school (inquiries for elementary school students welcome)
acceptance: based on merit and spirit. No audition preparation needed.
how to register: email Lee@TBOS.dance with your preferred date (5/12 or 5/19) to reserve an audition slot and receive more details.
Whether auditioning for the show, or just interested in trying out a TheaterDance class, please join us for this special opportunity!
CPR Certified; Current certification as Lifeguard by a recognized source of training.
Job Type: Part-time (Can do swim lessons on the side) ; Free use of club facilities.
Salary: $15.00 /hour
Contact: Kevin Dillon, highlandscc@aol.com; (510) 849-0743

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