February 4, 2022
COURSE SELECTION
Course selection presentations for the 2022-2023 school year begin next week! Students will select courses in Aeries during the presentations; however, hard copies of the forms must also be turned in with a parent signature to the Student Services Office in Room 101 of the Humanities Tower by the grade-specific deadline listed below. Forms received after the deadline will be dated and receive lower priority for classes, especially electives. Parents of high school students are invited and encouraged to attend Course Selection Parent Meetings via Zoom. Please see the following schedule for more information. 
 
Rising Seniors
Presentation: Monday, February 7 - Friday, February 11 
Parent Meeting: Friday, February 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
Form Deadline: Friday, February 25

Rising Juniors
Presentation: Tuesday, February 22 - Tuesday, March 1
Parent Meeting: Friday, March 4 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
Form Deadline: Friday, March 4

Rising Sophomores
Presentation: Monday, March 7 - Monday, March 14 
Parent Meeting: Friday, March 18 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
Form Deadline: Friday, March 25

Rising Freshmen
Presentation: Monday, March 21 - Thursday, March 24
Parent Meeting: Friday, March 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Zoom link)
Form Deadline: Thursday, March 31

Rising 8th Grade Students
Presentation: Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 
Form Deadline: Friday, April 29
ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING
OCSA has recently changed to a new COVID-19 testing company to help accommodate the larger volume of testing that is occurring on campus. Therefore, students, staff, and OCSA community members who had previously registered with Global Pass will need to re-register with OmniPathology. Good news! Once you are registered, that is all that needs to be done. Individual appointments are NOT NEEDED to be tested on campus – you can simply show up during one of our testing windows. Please visit the COVID-19 Dashboard for directions on how to register and to access the testing schedules.
CSARTS ACADEMY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Calling all young artists! Registration is now open for the CSArts Academy Spring 2022 session. This spring, CSArts Academy is presenting extracurricular classes each Saturday designed for students ages 8-15 of various skill levels, in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Click here to browse all of the courses offered both virtually and in person on the OCSA campus, and register now! Be sure to spread the word to family and friends who may be interested in this unique and educational arts experience.
STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST FOR APPAREL
Attention students in all conservatories and grade levels: Are you interested in having your design skills showcased on a limited-edition OCSA apparel item? We are currently accepting student design submissions to be featured on the front of a t-shirt or sweatshirt in our next schoolwide online apparel sale. Don’t miss your chance to create a new spirit look that all your peers can be proud of, including our newest group of OCSA students being admitted this spring!
 
To be considered, please submit your design through this form by Monday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. Be sure to include your full name, conservatory, and graduating year along with your submission. Please see additional design guidelines below. 
 
Designs must:
  • Only use ONE color (all black or all white preferred) so the artwork can be placed on top of a variety of colored apparel
  • Incorporate the full school name (Orange County School of the Arts) OR the school acronym (OCSA) as a text element within your design
  • Incorporate the approved OCSA star/box logo somewhere in your design 
  • Click here to download
  • Be applicable to the whole school (please do not feature the name of any one conservatory)
  • Be school appropriate
  • No violent or inappropriate imagery or text
  • Be submitted as one of the following file types, with all fonts and strokes outlined:
  • Adobe Illustrator (.Ai)
  • Vector (.EPS)
  • High-res Photoshop (.PSD) at 300DPI

Once all submissions have been received, a panel of administrators and staff will be reviewing the designs to select a small group of finalists. Then these final designs will be shared on the @WeAreOCSA Instagram account so our OCSA community can vote and determine the winning design for inclusion in our next sale! Stay tuned for a future newsletter notifying the OCSA community of how and when to vote.

If you have any questions about this student design contest, please email communications@ocsarts.net. Good luck and happy designing!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVEY
Calling all middle school students! As promised, the Leadership class would like your input on your upcoming spring event, which will be held after school on Friday, April 29. Please fill out this survey by the end of the day today, Friday, February 4, to provide your feedback. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
WINTER FORMAL TICKET SALES
High school students: Winter Formal tickets are once again available for purchase on MySchoolBucks! Winter Formal will be held on Saturday, February 26 from 7-11 p.m. at the new outdoor venue, SteelCraft. The deadline to purchase is Monday, February 21. Guest passes are also available and must be submitted by Wednesday, February 16 to Leadership Advisor Whitney Coates in T110. If you picked up a guest pass already, passes with the old venue information will still be accepted. 

Click here to see more information regarding this event. If you have any questions, please email ocsa.leadership@ocsarts.net.

Please note: OCSA will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 as the event approaches to ensure that students are able to gather safely and we are abiding by the most updated CDC guidelines. If it is not possible for the event to be held safely, tickets will be refunded.
NEW OCSA BLOG POST
Don’t forget that you can always read the latest from OCSA on the Blog & News page of our website! This page is updated monthly with exciting posts that highlight upcoming special events, insights into students’ lives, exclusive interviews with faculty and alumni, and special behind-the-scenes moments. Click here to check out this month’s blog post to learn more about Dean of Student Services Rebecca Freeland and her journey at OCSA!
HELP KEEP OCSA HEALTHY & SAFE
The following are a few reminders to keep our school community safe and informed:

  • Do not come to school if you are sick or experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have received a positive COVID-19 test, have a possible exposure to COVID-19, or experience COVID-19 symptoms, please report it to the school through the COVID-19 Reporting Form as soon as you can.
  • Continue to wear masks at school while indoors, as well as outdoors whenever physical distancing is not feasible. With the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant, the CDC is recommending that everyone wear surgical-grade (3-ply) masks of non-woven material that are well-fitted to the face.
  • Please remember that free weekly COVID-19 testing is offered every Monday in the Symphony Hall lobby from 12-4:30 p.m. to all students, families, faculty, and staff as an extra health and safety resource. Visit our COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

All of OCSA’s most recent COVID-19 information, including policies, procedures, and important health and safety resources, can be found on our COVID-19 Dashboard. Thank you for helping to keep our school environment safe for all students and staff!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Presidents Day (School Closed): Friday, February 18 - Monday, February 21

Winter Formal, Grades 9-12: Saturday, February 26

Recovered Instructional Day: Monday, March 21

Recovered Instructional Day: Friday, April 1

Spring Break (School Closed): Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
For more information, please visit www.ocsarts.net/BoxOffice.