Dear OSA Family,
I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and spending time safely relaxing with friends and family. Our world, as we know it, has changed and it is important that we are finding best ways to connect to one another during this challenging time.
We are greatly looking forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming our many new families in August. We certainly wish we were in a position to see everyone in person. Please note, that as we are given direction from the state that it’s safe to return to the school site, we will convene as a community to share a detailed plan.
Mr. Oz and Ms. Zaugg worked closely with 29 faculty members over three weeks during the summer to design a remote learning schedule that takes into consideration the health and wellness of our students. Through a detailed analysis of student, family, and teacher surveys and intentional representation of all facets of the OSA community, the team was successful in creating a remote learning plan for the fall semester that carefully considers the needs of all of our students. The weekly schedule provides intensive academic and artistic instruction while building in time for advisory, grade level meetings, and assemblies. Our student support structures are robust and we are committed to ensuring all students have access to appropriate technology to be successful in remote learning. Our school day has been re-structured to utilize best practices for remote teaching and learning.
Mike Oz, OSA’s Principal, shared the following:
It is the OSA way to make the best out of our circumstances and we are committed to doing exactly that. In the decade and a half that I have been at OSA, I have worked with our team through many challenges and we have always come out stronger on the other end. With an intentional focus on building a strong school community we are confident that we are well positioned to see our students thrive both artistically and academically despite the current challenges we face. The world needs the arts now more than ever, and I feel so fortunate to be part of this community that revolves around creative expression.
We are pleased to share with you some important information below regarding:
- Answers to Common Questions
- Student Support
- Remote Learning Schedules for the fall
- Meet and Greet meeting dates for families and art departments
- Additional upcoming meeting dates for orientations and the start of school.
I look forward to meeting everyone in the coming weeks.
Lisa Sherman-Colt Mike Oz
Lisa Sherman-Colt Mike Oz
Executive Director Principal
Oakland School for the Arts Oakland School for the Arts