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MARCH 2017

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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: Urban Promise Academy

UPA student

Leading Experiments in Science and Personalized Learning 

Seventh grade teacher Nora Hurab is a pioneer in teaching methods as part of a multi-grade experiment in personalized learning at Urban Promise Academy where students like Iyyah Mustapha are excelling. 

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Spotlight: OUSD Police Services

Chief Godown

Safety & Learning Go Hand in Hand

Under the leadership of Chief of Police Jeff Godown, a 36-year police veteran, the unit consists of 20 sworn personnel and 120 School Site Officers (SSOs) who have one crystal clear priority: the safety of OUSD students. 

Ride along with Officer Lam and meet Skyline High School SSOs! 

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Now Available

Calendar Graphic - First Day Aug 21

The Board of Education approved the calendar on March 8.

Download your copy at: www.ousd.org/districtcalendars

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In This Issue:


    Every Student Thrives!

    Spelling Bee Winners

    The top spellers from 4th - 8th grade gathered at Think College Now (K-5) on Feb. 16 to compete in the Oakland Unified School District Spelling Bee

    We celebrate the excellence of all participants and those who were crowned victorious! Watch the video to see who will represent OUSD at the Alameda County Spelling Bee on March 18!

    spelling bee youtube

    Nadia Brook MLK 2017

    Results In for the MLK Oratorical 

    The 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival on Sunday, February 26 was an awesome display of student talent and passion. 

    Congratulations to all performers including Skyline Junior Nadia Brooks, one of the first place winners for her original poetry piece Ode to Black Women. Stay tuned for a video recap!

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    OUSD Welcomes You

    Our Sanctuary District Task Force is made up of educators and administrators dedicated to supporting our families and students with the best resources available. 

    For more information, follow @OUSDunited and visit www.ousd.org/sanctuarydistrict.  

    OUSD Sanctuary District Logo

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    Around the District


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    It's Time to Confirm!

    Our successful enrollment season continues! You should receive your school assignment letters this week and need to confirm by March 30. If you haven't submitted your application yet, do so ASAP. Every day counts! www.ousd.org/enroll

    Access Study

    Current OUSD Families – we need your help! OUSD is conducting a survey to learn more about your experiences applying for and attending our schools. The goal of this work is to design and locate programs in our schools that reflect the needs of the many different families in our city. Please share your thoughts and take the survey by March 30.



    2017 Oakland Youth Careers Expo

    Students: Over 80 exhibitors will be at our Expo on April 13, 2017 to answer your questions about careers in every major sector including healthcare, business, technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, clean energy, government and the creative industries. Join us!

    Students visiting booth at Career Expo


    Achieving Equity with SAT Day

    Since 2011, OUSD has increased the number of SAT test takers by 93%. On March 1, our 11th graders took the test free of charge again, fueled for success with SAT prep courses and breakfast at school.

    OUSD is one of 12 school districts in the state that removes one of the barriers to college admission by providing the SAT during the school day at every high school and continuation school.

    SAT day 2017


    Your Measure N Dollars Are Hard at Work

    Thanks to Oakland voters, Measure N passed in 2014 providing funding for our high school students to gain real world work experience, job training, mentoring and more.

    Student costume design

    Oakland Tech’s Fashion Art and Design Academy students recently upped their costume design game after a trip to see The Lion King. Read More

    Work based learning in hospitality and culinary arts abound at Ralph J. Bunche High School. Read More

    Two smiling hospitality students

    Superintendent Search

    Superintendent Search

    Thank you Oakland community for sharing you thoughts at town hall meetings and through our online survey to inform the OUSD Superintendent position description. The application period is open through March 15. Interested parties are encouraged to apply! Read More

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    Prop 39 

    In 2003, California Proposition 39 established that charter school students that live in Oakland are entitled to space for their charter schools at OUSD district-run schools. 

    Get the facts and read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn how Prop 39 may affect our schools.


    City of Oakland

    Volunteer for Earth Day on Apr. 22

    Oakland’s largest cleaning and greening event is back! Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to volunteer for projects at 100 creek, park, and neighborhood sites throughout Oakland. 


    Earth Day Flyer

    Oakland Public Education Fund

    Sponsor a Student Runner

    The Oakland Running Festival 5K and Half Marathon is coming up on April 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!

    Oakland Kids running

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    Community Events

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

    Superintendent Parent Forum
    Topic: Sanctuary District and School Safety
    Mar. 21, 9:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
    Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave.

    Board of Education Regular Meeting
    Mar. 22, 5:00 p.m.
    Oakland City Hall, City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

    Board of Education Community Engagement Meeting
    Topic: How Can We Make OUSD More Unified and Equitable?
    Mar. 27, 5:30 p.m.
    Location to be determined

    Cesar Chavez Day
    Mar. 31
    All OUSD offices and schools closed

    Spring Recess
    Apr. 3 - Apr. 7
    All OUSD schools closed

    Board of Education Regular Meeting
    Apr. 12, 5:00 p.m.
    Oakland City Hall, City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

    See more events on our District Calendar

    In the Headlines

    Photo of hand

    Commentary: Ethnic Studies Provide Vital Context for School Students

    East Bay Times
    Feb. 15, 2017

    Child in front of slide with adult

    ‘Oakland Promise’ Scholarship and Tuition Saving Program Off To A Good Start

    CBS SF Bay Area
    Feb. 15, 2017


    Students sitting on blacktop

    Oakland: Madison Park Academy Secures Accreditation After Controversy

    East Bay Times
    Feb. 16, 2017

    Principal getting head shaved for read a thon

    Oakland School’s Annual Read-A-Thon in Full Swing

    East Bay Times
    Feb. 19, 2017

    New gender neutral bathroom signs being installed on campus

    Oakland School District Affirms Longtime Support of Transgender Students

    The Mercury News
    Mar. 3, 2017

    Student holding lunch tray

    Less Meat, Better Food, Happier Kids: Oakland Unified Reinvents its School Lunch

    Civil Eats
    Mar. 9, 2017

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