Vol: 17 No: 27 March 10, 2019

In this issue:

Parent Ed Café 3/12 @ 6pm: How to Speak to Your Teen
Volunteers Needed for Heart of Oakland
Help Us Fundraise With Good Eggs!
For Students: Are You Ready? College & Career Talk
AP Tests for Enrolled High School Students
Save the Date!
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Parent Ed Café 3/12 @ 6pm: How to Speak to Your Teen

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 6 PM for the Parent Education Café. This month’s topic is: HOW TO SPEAK TO YOUR TEEN.

This talk is meant to support parents and other caregivers raising teens of all ages. The talk starts with a short presentation, in which psycho-educational information is forming Maya’s perspective on the major challenges in adolescence and how they relate to communication. The second part and bigger component of the talk is dedicated to an open discussion – in Q&A format – in which parents are welcome to ask questions and share their own perspectives about the content offered in the presentation, or anything else that may have been evoked by it.

About the presenter:

Maya Deshe Drori is a well seasoned licensed marriage and family therapist (MA, CA MFT #86035), who was a special education teacher at the beginning of her career. She practices therapy in Albany, as well as with Waterside Workshops, a non-profit organization supporting disadvantaged youth and young adults in Berkeley.

Throughout the years, she has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families in various settings: schools, family care centers, community mental health clinics, and addiction and recovery centers, just to name a few.

Maya offers from her experience and unique perspectives both in talks for teens, parents and other adults, as well as on her blog, Musing Maya.

^ Back to top

Volunteers Needed for Heart of Oakland

Heart of Oakland

Volunteers are needed for Heart of Oakland, a spring benefit for OSA happening on Friday, April 26 at the Fox Theater!  We are looking for help on the day of the event as well as support leading up to the event. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up here!

^ Back to top

Help Us Fundraise With Good Eggs!

good eggs

Hey OSA Parents,

This March and April, the grocery delivery service Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the Alliance of Parents & Teachers (APT) every time you shop. Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting schools.goodeggs.com, enter the code OSA, and place an order. 5% will go back to our school’s parent organization.

Haven’t tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!


APT Board

^ Back to top

For Students: Are You Ready? College and Career Talk

Speakers Taison Kwamilele and Bradley W. Bateman

Tuesday, March 12th, 4:30-7
Sweet’s Ballroom
With food and student performances

Do you want to get excited about the future?
Do you want to learn about opportunities available to you at a four-year college, community college transfer program and hear from OSA alumnae about the paths they’ve taken?

Then this event is for you! Food and student performances will open up the program!

Join OSA Counseling, the College Support Club and Student Leadership for an event that is part college fair, part forum. Come take advantage of the opportunity to learn from OSA Alums Tasion Kwamilele and Messiah Foster talk to students about their experiences from OSA into the larger world.

Hear about the benefits of a liberal arts college from Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman.
(He will also be attending the College Support Club meeting in room 339 during lunch on Tuesday)

Talk to representatives from Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, Laney, and Berkeley City transfer and dual enrollment programs, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Pacific College of Art and Cogswell College.

^ Back to top

AP Tests for Enrolled High School Students

AP tests
Year-end exams for high school students enrolled in one of our six AP classes are approaching and will be administered from May 9 – May 17. This letter, below, was sent home with students last week:

Dear AP student,

Thank you for your academic commitment to this challenging course of instruction. AP tests are approaching and will be administered on campus from May 9 – May 17, 2019. The schedule of exams appears below.

As there is a fee associated with ordering tests, we will only be ordering the exact number of tests that we need. There will be no extra test packets available if you change your mind after the ordering period has passed. Please indicate that you would like a test ordered by returning the following page along with your initial deposit of $20 toward the total test fee of $94. We will be collecting the remaining $74 between now and the test date. You may also pay the full exam amount at this time.

Students currently on our records as qualifying for free/reduced lunch have a total fee of $53. Please submit a $20 deposit check, made out to OSA, by the deadline, and bring a check for $33 between now and the test date. You may also pay the full exam amount at this time.


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 allocated 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 me before March 15th.

No one will have to miss the test because of an inability to pay.

Also, those students who wish to request accommodations under the terms of their existing 504 or IEP plans must do so by the deadline of Friday, February 22nd. Any accommodation requests for this national exam go through the College Board organization and are entirely separate from any accommodations you may already be receiving at school. Those with 504 plans should contact Ms. Snyder at extension 8804 or in room 335. Those with IEPs should contact Ms. Simons at extension 8257 or in room 257. All accommodation requests must be filed by February 22.

AP Test Schedule 2019


Thursday, May 9 @ 12:00 pm: Psychology
Friday, May 10 @ 8:00 am: US History
Friday, May 10 @ 5:00 pm: Studio Art deadline to submit online portfolio
Tuesday, May 14 @ 8:00 am: Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 15 @ 8:00 am: English Language & Composition
Friday, May 17 @ 8:00 am: Music Theory

Be aware that we do NOT offer late AP exams and there is no ‘make up’ option. If you miss the scheduled AP exam, you will forfeit your deposit and be unable to take the test. Also, if you are arriving past the scheduled start time on exam day, you may not be admitted to the testing room and will forfeit your deposit.

Thank you! Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to make a payment toward the testing fee.

Romy Douglass
Director of Data & Special Projects

^ Back to top

Save the Date!

APT General Meeting – Parent Ed Cafe
When: Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

Heart of Oakland Spring Benefit & Student Showcase
When: Friday, April 26, 2019

2010-20 Academic Year Start Date
When: Monday, August 19, 2019

^ Back to top

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 12
Event: APT General Meeting
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Friday, March 22
Event: Quarter 3 Ends

Monday, March 25 – Friday, March 29
Event: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 1
Event: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

Friday, April 26
Event: Heart of Oakland
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Fox Theater

^ Back to top

Weekly Announcements

OSA Welcome to March! We are only a few weeks away from the end of Quarter 3 and Spring Break! Students are asked to please check with all teachers to make sure that they end off the quarter strong to be eligible for all this upcoming quarter. Also, this is Womxn’s History Month! Please stay tuned for all the upcoming projects celebrating the history of Womxn!

YMTC: Youth Musical Theatre Company is ecstatic to announce that their next show, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, opens this Saturday, March 9, at the El Cerrito Performing Arts Center! Featuring OSA students Walter Marion and Grace Connallon, you can buy your tickets at ymtcbayarea.org to see them in a show that simply cannot be missed!

Are You Ready?: Are You Ready is a college event for juniors and seniors taking place on Tues, March 12, at 4:30 pm in Sweet’s Ballroom. Students are invited to learn from OSA alums and college reps from SF State, Cal State East Bay, Laney, Berkeley City College, Mills, University of the Pacific, Pacific College of Art, Randolph and Cogswell College. The first fifty students to register will enter for a prize. Must be present to win! Students can look for registration details on the OSA College & Counseling 11th & 12th Grade Google Classroom.

2019 Prom: This year’s prom theme is A Night Under the Stars. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 11! $85 (Single), $160 (Couple/Duet). Students can bring cash or check (made out to OSA) to Ms.Zaugg’s office or buy online – online tickets are coming soon. Students needing financial aid or support can see Ms. Zaugg with any questions. Also, there are two important prom meetings coming up the next two Wednesdays, March the 13 and 18. The room is TBA interested students should save those two dates! Finally, students should be on the lookout this Monday in Google Classroom for ways to submit music preferences for prom!

^ Back to top

Parent to Parent


Events, activities, and classes shared by parents for parents.

OSA Theatre Faculty and Students Collaborate with Professionals in Upcoming Ragged Wing Ensemble Production “Time Sensitive”

April 6-May 4 2019time-sensitive-poster

OSA Chair of Production Design Jean-Francois Revon has designed and built an environmental set, with OSA student assistants in Scenic: Rocky Romero, Sara Wizig, Angelina (Nina) Ramirez. Sound Assistance from Atlix Martinez, Lighting Assistance from OSA Students Adaleyd Deleon, Emily Leonard and Auzar (Zita) Saffarian, and Assistant Stage Management Fellow OSA student Kipland Fletcher. All OSA student assistant fellows are mentored by professional Ragged Wing Ensemble designers and technicians/crew.

Time Sensitive is an original play by Artistic Director Amy Sass that combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue and melting ice into a fantastical tale that urgently asks: How do we hold a moment if we constantly crave the next big thing?

The City swallowed the world. It ate the day and the night, the tides and the seasons. A woman speeds up her pregnancy to meet a deadline, The One At The Top finally comes down, and an old man invents a Clockwork Kid that can change everything.

Originally created in workshop with Ragged Wing Ensemble 5 years ago, our 2019 production will feature an updated script as well as a deep collaboration with Climate Artist Carter Brooks and his ice-art as well as an environmental scenic design by OSA Chair of Production Jean-Francois Revon and OSA student assistant fellows.

Jean-Francois Revon’s fantastic environmental design rendered below.


DATES: Apr 6 – May 4, 2019
-Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
-*Sat matinees 2 pm: April 27, May 4
-Preview: April 6
QUESTIONS: Call Box Office at (510)320-3370 or email boxoffice@raggedwing.org

Calling all Middle Schoolers, want to join our new OSA ultimate team?

The new middle school Ultimate Frisbee team is back for Spring.  No tryouts; all genders and experience level are welcome. Once-weekly practice begins very soon, the day is yet to be finalized based on availability of players; likely Tuesday or Thursday at Oakland Technical High School from 5:30 – 7 pm.   Players from other middle schools are also welcome to join. Ultimate frisbee is a fun, fast-paced, low-cost, team sport. The team will participate in tournaments and spring middle school league hosted by the Bay Area Disc Association, (carmengetit@gmail.com, join the google group at claremont-osa/join.


Let’s Talk About Sex is a FREE evening of fun designed to facilitate better understanding about sexual health and wellness between women & girls (age 14+) with different life experiences and backgrounds.

Featuring mini-workshops, games, and raffles, LTAS will also include a poster contest, a talent showcase, and the opportunity for students to win a scholarship by designing a logo for WORLD’s Sisters United Now program.

Food will be provided, and again, the event is TOTALLY FREE! Save your place by registering today, and reach out to Molly at mroberts@womenhiv.org or 510-986-0340 with any questions.

Register here.

OSA Students in Upcoming YMTC Production

A Man of No Importance

OSA Students Grace Connallon and Walter Marion will appear in YMTC’s upcoming production of A Man of No Importance. 1960’s Dublin is the setting for this musical about an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver, who directs shows at a local church and confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.”  March 9-17 at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater.  Tickets and information: www.ymtcbayarea.org.

^ Back to top

Useful Links

^ Back to top

News item submissions (deadline-end of school-day Wednesday) osanews@aptosa.org
Submission Guidelines

To View In Your Browser, Click Here: OSA News!


Pin It on Pinterest