February 14, 2017


Tonight's APT Meeting

The General APT Meeting, originally scheduled for tonight (February 14)  has been cancelled.  Due to the disruptions to our building caused by last week's flooding, not to mention the stress that this has put on our facilities and security personnel, we felt it best to cancel.  See you next month!

Block of Telegraph Ave to Close 
Feb 18-27

We have been notified that due to  construction at the Uptown Station,
 Telegraph Avenue will be closed  between 19 th and 20 th Streets,  starting Saturday, February 18 th   through Monday, February 27 th .  
Closure will be around the clock.

Production Design Students 
Go to the Dogs!

Silent auction, structural design, and dogs! The Barkitechture show at Oakland School for the Arts has it all. High school students have designed and built unusual doghouses using a wide variety of materials. The Oakland East Bay SPCA is co-sponsoring the event and filling the artistic doghouses with adorable adoptable dogs!
Friday February 17 6:00-8:00 pm 
Doghouse silent auction opens with a special visit from Instragram celebrity Daily Dougie!
Saturday February 18 2:00-6:00 
Silent auction continues along with an adoption event by Oakland East Bay SPCA. Come fall in love with your new best friend, pet all the dogs, and support a great school while you're at it!
Sunday February 19 2:00-6:00 
Blessing of the Animals today! Bring your leashed canine companion for a non-denominational blessing, and place your last bids on the silent auction doghouses today!
Admission is FREE!

OSA to Perform at Mercury Soul

Instrumental music students will be performing at this year's Mercury Soul event at the DNA lounge - the event will also feature OSA Visual Artists and screenings by Digital Media. Come on by to support the kids!
The New OSA Fencing Club
The High School is starting a fencing club and we need your help. The students have been fundraising through out the year, but need even more money. You can help raise the $800 needed for swords, mask and jackets by donating to our   GoFundMe webpage. Anything would help, and we are very thankful for your generosity. We are looking forward to having this equipment soon and starting this new sport at OSA that would last for years to come. Thank you!

Instrumental Music's 1st Concerto Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of Instrumental Music's first Concerto Competition. The winners will perform alongside the OSA Chamber Orchestra on April 21st at the Asian Cultural Center at 6:30pm. This concert will also feature student compositions performed by a group of professional musicians, The Left Coast Ensemble. Funding for this amazing event is provided in full by a grant from Oakland Arts for Kids.
High School and Middle School Winners:
Morgan Chan (Saint Seans' Piano Concerto in G minor)
Kayla Phan (Mozart's Violin Concerto in D K218)
Taylor Moses (Martin's Flute Concerto)
Sylvia Ettinger (Kenna's Nigh Soliloquy for Flute and Orchestra)
Honorable Mentions:
Jason Larios (Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1)
Ella Duchesneau (Grieg's Piano Concerto No 1)
Benjamin Kim (Vivaldi's Concerto in g minor)
Tuki Bashore-Walker (Bach's Concerto in C Minor)  

OSA Student Interns for the 
Oakland Symphony

Congratulations to 
Taijee Shavers, a Sophomore in Instrumental Music (French Horn & Saxophone), for his new internship with the Oakland Symphony!! In this capacity Taijee will assist with their music library, special events, and in general get a first hand glimpse of a professional music environment. Great work Taijee!

OSA Students in YMTC's Production of "Spring Awakening"
The Bay Area's Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC) production of "Spring Awakening" includes four OSA students:

Tatianna Cordoba (Vocal Music) plays the lead as Wendla, Asher Witkin (Vocal Music) is Ernst, Ella Zalon (Literary Arts) plays Ilse and Bell Coles (Literary Arts) is Thea.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.

For a link to YMTC and ticket information for "Spring Awakening", see the advertisement below in this newsletter.

Advanced Placement Tests for 
HS Juniors and Seniors
AP tests for high school juniors and seniors are approaching, and will be administered from May 1 - May 10, 2017. The schedule appears below. All AP students must submit a form and deposit of $20 toward the testing fee by Friday February 10th. Details and deposit forms will be distributed in AP class during the week of January 23rd. Additional forms may be obtained from your AP class teacher. 

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 by February 10th.
Tests will be given at school; rooms will be announced closer to the test dates.

Monday, May 1          12:00 noon     Psychology
Thursday, May 4         8:00 AM         US Government & Politics
Friday, May 5             8:00 AM         US History
                                 8:00 PM         Studio Art deadline to submit online portfolio
Monday, May 8           8:00 AM         Music Theory
Tuesday, May 9          8:00 AM         Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 10    8:00 AM         English Language & Composition
Thank you! Please contact Romy Douglass with any questions: rdouglass@oakarts.org or 873-8800 extension 8444
College Tests
There are a few tests your student will want to take for college applications. Due to space constraints, they are not offered at our school. Students must sign up directly with the testing organization and may take the test at a variety of locations to best meet their needs.
Students wishing to take the SAT must sign up independently with the College Board. There are multiple testing locations in Oakland and San Francisco.  SAT test dates are March 11, May 6, and June 3, 2017. The deadline to apply for the March test is February 10th.
For all SAT information , please visit the College Board website.
The SAT Subject Tests, formerly known as the SAT II, are offered on May 6 and June 3rd. They require additional registration.
Students wishing to take the ACT must sign up independently. This test is offered at various locations in Oakland and San Francisco.The test is offered April 8 (with a registration deadline of March 3) and June 10 (deadline to register is May 5th).

Photo Make-Up Day
Due to lighting and exposure issues many students and families requested a photo retake day. We have been able to schedule one additional day for photo retakes, missing ID cards or Seniors still hoping to have a portrait taken. Shooting Stars Productions will be returning to OSA on  Monday, February 27th.
Please sign up if you are interested by emailing kzaugg@oakarts.orgPlease put photo retake in the subject line and include your student's name.

OSA's Own Internet Radio Station

KOSA Radio Presents: 
Black History Maker Vignettes

These tributes will feature African American's who have made great contributions: General Collin Powell, President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Three Time Olympic Medalist Wilma Rudolph,Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali, and more. The Vignettes will air at the top of every hour and run through Black History Month.  

For more information or to have your music played on KOSA radio please contact Delores Thompson, Program/Music Director, at   dthompson@oakarts.org  or call 510.873.8800. 

KOSA 98.9
Where Words, Minds, Music 
and Rhymes Meet.

Congratulations Dance Students - Summer Intensives

OSA's School of Dance would like to congratulate the following students on their acceptances into the following Summer Dance Intensives:
  • Junior Grace Krizay has been accepted to Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program (SF), The Ailey School Professional Division Summer Intensive (NYC), University of North Carolina School of the Arts Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive, and the Advanced Level of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Summer Intensive.
  • 8th Grader Angela Watson has been offered 50% Merit Scholarship for Extraordinary Talent to Bolshoi PREP Summer Intensive in NYC and has been offered 25% scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (BBA) Summer Intensive in CT. 
  • 7th Grader Quinn Bates has been offered a full tuition scholarship to American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive (NYC).
  • 7th Grader Angelina Williams has been offered 25% scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School (SFBS) Summer Program
  • 7th Grader Kyla Johnson has been accepted to the SFBS Summer Program.
  • 7th Graders Kyla Marcus and Stella Pezold have both been accepted to The Bolshoi PREP Summer Intensive in NYC and to BBA Summer Intensive in CT.

Congratulations to our School of Dance students for working to raise the "barre" and push to set new standards for themselves.

Health Alert:

Parents and Guardians, there are lots of cold and flu symptoms going around. We have also received reports of strep throat.  Please remember that there is a 3 day dormancy period prior to the initial onset of the virus so please pay close attention to mention of sore throats and seek medical care early.

Thank you so much!

Come to a Special APT Meeting 
& Help Empower Our Kids!

Please plan on attending a special APT meeting on  Monday, March 6, from 6-8pm, when  KidPower  will present to our parent community.   KidPower  is an organization dedicated to building children's self-esteem, and works with parents and guardians to help create safe environments, free from bullying and intimidation.  Topics covered include racial/ethnic prejudice, gender bias, and cyberbullying.  
Mark your calendars!  

Want to Get More Involved in Your Student's School?

We're offering a golden opportunity for you to connect with your child's education. Become a part of our team and help parents, teachers and students keep OSA a healthy and safe place to learn, create and share.

As an APT Board member, you'll get the inside scoop on academic and art programs. What better way to show your child that school is important because mom or dad is a Board member? Join the APT and help OSA continue to foster an exceptional learning experience! It's a win win for parents, teachers and students!
At the moment we are especially in need of a Fundraiser chair, and a communications director.

Call Nicolette Sommer at 510-847-1659 or Summer Giron as soon as you can!

Challenge Day Volunteers Needed

Adult Volunteers are needed for Challenge Day at OSA. Our 7th and 10th grade students will participate in Challenge Day on March 15th and 16th. It is all day session and can not happen without adult volunteers! If you have a 7th or 10th grade student, we recommend you volunteer for the session that is not their grade level. See the flyer below for more information and visit the Challenge Day  website.

Questions or to sign up please contact  kzaugg@oakarts.org

OSA News Now Accepting 

Ad space on the OSA NEWSLETTER is now available for your business or organization: 

$200 = 4 consecutive weeks of ad, with 1 free (total 5 weeks)
$375 = 8 consecutive weeks of ad, with 2 free (total 10 weeks)

We also offer free classified ads for OSA-related items.

We encourage all our readers to scroll to the bottom of the OSA News every week to support the businesses that support our OSA Community.

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For more information or to place an ad, email OSANews@aptosa.org

The Hidden Genius Summer Intensive

The application to The Hidden Genius Project's 5th Intensive Immersion Program is now open!

The Hidden Genius Project invites young people identifying as black male who are...
  • entering 9th-through-11th grade in fall 2017
  • excited at the prospect of building technology, building their own business venture, and/or being part of a dynamic cohort of young black men
  • willing to commit to full participation in 15 months and 800 hours of intensive programming 
  • ...to apply to participate in our next Intensive Immersion Program cohort in Oakland, running from June 2017 through August 2018.
We encourage students to complete their own applications by February 18, 2017.

For those students eligible to continue in the process, interviews will occur in early March, and we will select a cohort shortly thereafter.


The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities.  

The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment.

The Immersion Program is a free 15-month intensive enrichment program that mentors and trains black male, high school students. Participating youth receive 800+ hours of training in computer science, software development, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Questions? Email contact@hiddengeniusproject.org

(Click the ad to link to ticket information)

**Spring Awakening contains strong language and intense content 
and is not appropriate for younger children**
Ticket Pricing:
  Adult: $ 28
  Youth (Under 21): $15
  Senior (65 and over), Military and Teacher: $23
  Group Discount: 15% off of ticket purchases of 10 or more seats 
                           for a single performance.

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Production Design
"Hot Couture"
Feb 15
Production Design
Mini Architecture Show
Feb 17-19
Instrumental Music
Collaboration with
  Mercury Soul
Feb 24

Literary Arts
Spring Reading
March 10
Instrumental Music
Piano Duo Recital
March 18
Instrumental Music
Classical Chamber Concerts
March 24-25
Production Design &
April 20-30
Instrumental Music
Orchestra Concert
April 21

Visual Arts
Middle School Exhibition
April 21-22
Visual Arts
High School Exhibition
April 28-29
New Works Show
May 3-7
Vocal Music
Spring Show
May 4
Instrumental Music
May 5
Instrumental Music
Jazz Ensembles
May 6

Instrumental Music
Guitar Night
May 11
Instrumental Music
Piano Recital
May 12-13
Visual Arts
Senior Exhibition
May 12-13
Middle School Showcase
May 15-16, 18
Fashion Design
Fashion Show
May 17-20

Senior Showcase
May 19

Literary Arts
Senior Book Launch
May 19

Spring Dance Show
May 25-28
Digital Media
Film Screening
June 3
All School
Arts Showcase
June 8

Please note that some dates may change and not all upcoming shows are listed. 
OSA News  will be bringing you updated information and more details as we get closer to performance dates. Information on all upcoming performances 
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APT Google Group

Are you on the schoolwide APT Google Group? Membership grants access to certain private documents and keeps you up-to-date with issues and group discussions. If you'd like to be added, please email
David Guerra 


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Over 625 families are on the APT-OSA Family Roster, please click here. Please note: You must be a member of the APT-OSA Google Group to view.  This document will not be shared with individuals, so please don't ask... just join the group!


To add your name to the APT-OSA Family Roster, please first join the APT Google Group, then  click here.   


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