Vol: 16 No: 32 May 18, 2018



Great news! The OSA 2017-18 Yearbook is live and available to purchase now. Visit www.oakarts.org and click the link on the front page. OSA Yearbooks are printed and sold through Lulu.com. You can choose a regular or hard cover version, and choose your shipping speed. Order soon to get your yearbook by finals time!




High School:

  • Course selection for next year’s high school students will begin on Monday.  All students should have received detailed information in academic classes and through an email that was sent to all families last week.  If you have any questions please check in with your counselor or Mr. Oz before the end of this week. Some classes are limited in space and are offered on a first come, first served basis so it is important that all students are clear on this process prior to the designated registration day.
  • Help strengthen student voice on campus by getting involved with student government.  With the exception of 9th grade representative, the elections for next year’s student government will be held on June 6th following the June 5th assembly/award ceremony in which the candidates will be making their speeches to the student body.  If you are interested in running for president, grade level representative, secretary, or treasurer you must sign up to declare your candidacy by May 25th and send a youtube link for your speech to Ms. Plette, Ms. Zaugg, and Mr. Oz by June 1st. The sign-up sheet will be outside Mr. Oz’s office beginning today.  All members of student government must be in the 3rd period leadership class next school year. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Oz.
  • Seniors:
    If you are interested in participating in the Senior Salute please sign up on Google Classroom by this Friday, May 25th. Any questions see August Stevens or email through her school email.
  • Seniors:All seniors attending the senior trip must attend a mandatory meeting today at lunch (room will be announced at the start of 5th period). Have your $20 deposits ready. If you need financial assistance please reach out to August Stevens.
  • Hello OSA Students of Color!
    The Board of Students of Color is a new phase and are looking for people to fill the following roles: Asian Decent Representative, Latino Descent Representative, American Indian/Alaskan Native Representative, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Representative or Mixed Race Representative. If interested in any of the four roles, please email the new Chair, Leon Jones Jr. at leon.jones@students.oakarts.org with your name, grade, role you are applying for and any possible questions!
    Hope you all apply!
    Board of Students of Color

Middle School:

  • Learning Lab:
    Parent volunteers needed to relieve Ms. Smith supervising 3:15pm ­-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • CAASPP Testing:
    Grades 6-8: 5/21-5/25
  • Final Exams:
    6th & 7th Grade: 6/4-6/8, Early Release
    8th Grade: 5/31-6/7
  • The 8th Grade Dinner Dance: Thursday, June 7th; 6pm-9pm; Sweets Ballroom;$25.00. That money will cover the cost for the deejay, food, photo booth, and decorations. Students may bring one outside guest, upon approval by our principal, Ms. Smith. All outside guests must submit a guest slip, which is available for download at the top of Mrs. Yan’s blog (teachers.oakarts.org/~cyan), and in Mrs. Yan’s room (248). Guests may not be older than 15 years old, unless they are OSA students. All guest slips are due by 5/31, and all tickets must be purchased by that same date. Students can use cash or checks to purchase tickets from Mrs. Yan. Checks should be made out to “Oakland School for the Arts”, with “Dinner Dance” in the memo section.
    If you are unable to afford admission for your student, please email Mrs. Yan (cyan@oakarts.org). We would like every eighth grader who wants to attend to attend this special event. If you would like to sponsor a student who is unable to afford the admission price, we will gladly accept donations.
  • Eighth grade promotion: Friday; June 8th; 10:30 am. Please have your student report to the Fox Theater by 9 am for a final rehearsal.  Each graduating student will receive seven guest tickets. Children over two-years-old require their own ticket. Please email the names of your guests (and the name of your graduate) to Mrs. Yan at cyan@oakarts.org by June 4th. Some families may not need seven tickets, so if you need more, ask around! Most students dress up, though it is not required. Students will not be wearing caps and gowns.
    There will be a rehearsal from 12:30-1:30 on June 6th in the Student Center. Please make sure your student is present.
  • OSA is also offering to help students get a group rate on admission to Great America on June 11th. If 15 students or more show interest, students can access the group rate and purchase a Great America ticket for $33.50. All tickets must be purchased by Friday, June 1st. Students can use cash or checks to purchase tickets from Mrs. Yan or Ms. Smith. Checks should be made out to “Oakland School for the Arts.”  Please print your student’s name and “Great America” in the memo section.
    *Please note, this is not a school-sponsored trip. Families will need to arrange transportation and proper supervision for their students on the day of the trip.




OSA Spring Performances and Exhibitions


2018 Visual Art Senior Exhibition

Friday, May 18 4pm-8pm; Saturday May 19 1pm-4pm

White Box Studio, 1726 San Pablo Ave, Oakland



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 at www.oakarts.tix.com; $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!






Three sessions of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Bay Area Shakespeare Camps (for ages 7-18) are scheduled at Oakland School of the Arts this summer:

  • July 9-20for ages 7-13
  • July 9-20for ages 12-18
  • July 23-Aug 3for ages 7-13

These 2-week sessions meet weekdays, from 9am-3pm, with optional aftercare available until 5:30pm.

Campers are taught by trained theatre practitioners who lead interactive classes in Shakespeare’s language, clowning traditions, voice and movement techniques, stage combat and set and costume design. The camp culminates in a performance of an abridged Shakespeare play staged for an audience of family and friends. Experience is welcome but not a requirement to get into the act at Shakespeare Camp! The teaching artists will build on the capabilities of those with prior experience. Those who are new to theater will develop their abilities in a fun and supportive environment and experience the thrill of their first performance on the final day.

This summerShakespeare Players (the 7-13 age group)  will be performing in productions ofPyramus and Thisbe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors.

Upstart Crows (the 12-18 age group) will stage their own version ofLove’s Labour’s Lost.

Scripts, materials, and supplies for the performance are all included for only $635 for BOTH weeks!

Optional aftercare until 5:30 pm is available for $140 for both weeks. Call or send email (sfshakes@sfshakes.org)  for information about need-based scholarship assistance.

Enroll online:  Shakespeare Players    Upstart Crows

Enroll by phone: 415-558-0888






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


  • 5/28 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



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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!
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