January 28, 2022
Please be aware that OCSA has 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.
As a reminder, the OCSA Board of Trustees has approved an Event Patron and Performer Safety Policy that applies to all OCSA event/performance patrons and student performers, effective immediately. This policy was put in place in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and as a part of our continued commitment to provide the safest possible environment for all members of our OCSA community. Please click here to view the original communication.

Students will continue to receive updates from their conservatory directors regarding COVID-19 testing information specific to their performances and programs.
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!
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 next Friday, February 4 to provide your feedback. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
High school students: We are looking forward to seeing you at Winter Formal on the new date of Saturday, February 26 from 7-11 p.m.! Ticket sales are currently closed as the details of the new venue are being finalized, but you will be able to purchase tickets starting Friday, February 4 if you haven’t already. Guest passes will also be available on that date 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. Please email ocsa.leadership@ocsarts.net if you have any questions.

Please note: OCSA will continue to monitor the situation 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.
Calling all students in grades 9-11: Are you interested in applying for the 2022-2023 Leadership class? Attend one of next week’s mandatory interest meetings to learn more! These meetings will be held during lunch in Symphony Hall on Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3. If you miss these meetings due to illness, you must email Leadership Advisors Whitney Coates and Chris Dion at ocsa.leadership@ocsarts.net.

For any questions about the Leadership class, please contact ocsa.leadership@ocsarts.net.
Last semester we asked the OCSA community to join us in honoring our 35th season of dreams-in-the-making by sharing their OCSA memories on our commemorative Kudoboard. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their legacies during this unique moment in our school’s history!

We will be celebrating these wonderful highlights throughout the semester, beginning with Joey Pulone’s (IM, ‘22) video - “Getting into OCSA.” Click here or on the image below to experience the moment that Joey found out he would be joining the OCSA family!
Midyear transcripts and reports are currently being sent through Naviance to Common Application colleges where seniors have applied. As a reminder, midyear transcripts and final transcripts are both included in the initial transcript order.

CSF Life Membership
Seniors must apply for the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) for the spring 2022 semester in order to receive the CSF Life Membership seal on their diploma and a gold cord to wear for graduation. One of the qualifications for seniors to achieve Life Membership is that they must qualify for the second semester of senior year, since one semester must be based on grades earned in their senior year. Applications for CSF are due today, Friday, January 28 by 11:59 p.m. Join the CSF Google Classroom with the code 4smvltw to apply. If you have any questions, email CSF Advisor Deidre Spicer at deidre.spicer@ocsarts.net.

Senior Panoramic Picture
Due to the current status of COVID-19, the senior panoramic picture, which had been previously scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 30 at 10:45 a.m. on the Symphony Hall lawn. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Seal of Biliteracy
Applications are now open for seniors for the California State Seal of Biliteracy. Seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages (in addition to English) have the opportunity to have the Seal of Biliteracy affixed to their diploma. To see the requirements, please click here and be sure to complete the application by Friday, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered for this recognition. No late applications will be accepted. Please direct any questions to student.services@ocsarts.net.
All donations to OCSA are tax deductible per IRS 501(c)(3) status regulations. All donors will receive receipts via email for donations made in 2021 no later than Monday, January 31. If you have any questions, please contact Family Liaison Becky Parsons at becky.parsons@ocsarts.net or 714.560.0900 ext. 5535. Thank you for supporting OCSA!
Did you know that you can read the latest from OCSA on the Blog & News page on our website? The OCSA Blog & News 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 the most recent posts!
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!
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
For more information, please visit www.ocsarts.net/BoxOffice.