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OUSD Thrives

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

I am OUSD!

Honoring the OUSD students and staff who represent our collective best, one inspiring story at a time.

Spotlight: Manzanita Community School 

Mr Wallace at Manzanita Community in front of wall map

Connecting Culture Through Local Customs

Room 8 at MCS looks like an ordinary elementary school classroom - filled with books, brightly-colored posters and groups of small tables and chairs - but it functions more like a mini United Nations. Read More

Two Manzanita Students

A Welcoming Home for Newcomers

Meet three young students from Mr. Wallace's most advanced class for newcomers. Read More

Spotlight: Ralph J. Bunche High School

Chef Isenberg of Bunche

Spicing-Up Student Learning

Joy and ambition are the secret ingredients to creating hands-on learning for students in the Culinary Studies program at Bunche. Read More

bunche students

Practicing the Art of Cooking 

As they prepared a three course lunch for visiting principals, two of Chef Isenberg’s students shared thoughts on their experience in the Culinary 2 class. Read More

Meet Our Interim Superintendent!

February 1 was day one for our Interim Superintendent Dr. Devin Dillon; click to watch this video to learn what the new role means to her! #iamOUSD

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Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search
Click the image to learn more!



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In This Issue:


    Every Student Thrives!


    OUSD’s African American Girls and Young Women Achievement (AAGYWA) gathered hundreds of community members together for the Feb.1 Community Forum on the Aspirations of Black Girls. Read More

    AA Girls and Young Women meeting
    Black history reading icon

    Read Deputy Chief of Equity Chris Chatmon's message on ways the OUSD curriculum goes beyond Black History Month to reflect contributions of People of Color from preschool through 12th grade in all core subjects.

    Don't miss his list of 10 extraordinary Black scholars who "lift up a narrative that recognizes the collective brilliance and beauty of Africans throughout the diaspora."

    This week was the 3rd annual African American Literature Read-In with volunteers reading historically relevant books to classrooms across Oakland. #ReadingIsPower

    AA Literature week
    MLK Finals
    Click the image to learn more or visit www.ousd.org/mlkoratorical

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    Gung Hay Fat Choy! 

    Happy New Year! from the students at United Nation Child Development Center. Gung Hay Fat Choy is how Cantonese speakers wish you a happy new year - literally, "Wishing you great happiness and prosperity." The two week celebration includes family, friends, parties and parades. At UN CDC, it included special new years songs, home made lanterns, traditional Chinese clothing and of course food! @ousdnews #JOY

    lunar new year song

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    Around the District


    OUSD is a Sanctuary District

    As a Sanctuary District, we do not ask for or require proof of legal immigration status upon enrollment, nor is any such information gathered by a school. Updated FAQs and resources are available in six languages at www.ousd.org/sanctuary

    Enroll OUSD

    The regular enrollment window for the 2017-18 school year has closed. Submit late applications A.S.A.P. for the best chance of getting your school of choice. Every day counts! www.ousd.org/enroll

    Enroll OUSD Graphic

    'Taste the Flavor' Tour

    OUSD Nutrition Services continues to set the standard for developing fresh new school recipes and holding student taste tests. 15 recipes have been tested so far with an 82% student approval rating! Look for Taste the Flavor at your school soon. Read more

    Taste Test bowls


    Black College Expo 

    Apply to colleges, get accepted on the spot, receive scholarships, internships and more.

    Feb. 18, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Laney College, 900 Fallon St.

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    Black College Expo Photo and Logo

    SAT Logo

    SAT Day for High School Juniors

    OUSD will administer the SAT to all 11th grade students on Wednesday, Mar. 1. This is a regular school day and the test is free of charge

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    East Bay College Fund 

    Seniors at public high schools in Oakland can apply for 2017 Oakland Promise and College Challenge scholarships. Awards range between $1,000-$16,000. Applications are due Mar. 14. 

    Read More

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    "Clean and Green" Oakland

    Oakland Public Works (OPW) would like to partner with community members, families and students to create cleaner and greener public spaces, and to provide learning and community service opportunities for young people.

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    Oakland Promise

    Boy holding K2C certificate

    Allendale, Franklin, Encompass, Esperanza, and Korematsu are the latest elementary schools to launch the Oakland Promise Kindergarten to College (K2C) program! K2C reinforces a college-going culture and provides an $100 early college scholarship for each kindergartener. 

    Watch the Video


    Oakland Promise Invitation

    Join us for the Oakland Promise Community Report: 

    Inspire, Inform and Engage

    Feb. 15, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    MLK, Jr. Elementary School, 960 10th St.

    Read More and RSVP

    Oakland Ed Fund

    Adult reading to children

    Volunteer in an Oakland School! 

    Want to give back but aren't sure where to start? Join us to learn more about volunteering in our public schools. 

    Feb. 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Oakland Public Education Fund 
    1000 Broadway, Suite 300

    Learn more about the program

    Oakland Kids running

    Sponsor a Student Runner!

    The Oakland Running Festival 5K and Half Marathon is coming up on Apr. 2 and we pride ourselves on covering runner fees for students who want to participate. $45 covers the entry fee for one 5K runner. Sponsor a young runner today!

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    Community Events

    Town Hall Meeting: Superintendent Search
    Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.
    McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street

    Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education Meeting
    Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m.
    Cole School, 1011 Union St.

    Local Control and Accountability Plan Advisory Committee (LCAP PSAC) Meeting
    Topic: Student Achievement, A Multi Year Comparison
    Feb. 15, 5:00 p.m.
    Tentative Location: Lincoln Elementary, 225 11th St.

    OUSD District Spelling Bee
    Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.
    Think College Now, 2825 International Blvd.

    President’s Day Holiday
    Feb. 20
    All OUSD offices and schools closed

    OUSD Board of Education Regular Meeting
    Feb. 22, 5:00 p.m.
    Oakland City Hall, City Council Chamber, Third Floor
    1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

    Superintendent’s Parent Forum
    Mar. 7, 9:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
    Tentative Location: Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero

    OUSD Board of Education Regular Meeting
    Mar. 8, 5:00 p.m.
    Oakland City Hall, City Council Chamber, Third Floor
    1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

    See more events on our District Calendar

    In the Headlines

    Tom Torlakson with OUSD Student

    Students Respond Enthusiastically to New Science Standards in ‘Early Adopter’ Program

    January 18, 2017

    Skyline Teacher and Colleagues

    Former Skyline High Teacher Recalled as Inspirational

    East Bay Times
    January 24, 2017


    Farm to School Programs: Oakland Unified School District Leads the Way

    January 19, 2017

    montera cheerleaders in action

    New Cheerleading Team Thrives at Montera

    East Bay Times
    January 31, 2017

    Community members at Superintendent Search Meeting

    Oaklanders Weigh in on Qualities Wanted in New OUSD Superintendent

    Oakland North
    January, 20 2017

    Students at construction site

     Oakland School’s Local Business Program Recognized as Best Practice to Stimulate Local Economy

    The Post News Group
    February 1, 2017

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