After School Programs This Fall at OSA
Tue, Oct 3 2:29pm
Oakland School for the Arts
Dear OSA Middle School Parents & Guardians,

I am writing this email to share my heart with you about what I have observed after school since the beginning of the school year.   There have been many students who have participated in the beginning of year after school time with me as the temporary supervisor.  During this time, I got a chance to see students working hard on assignments, getting math help from Ms. Hannah, enjoy snacks they have purchased from the Oakland Ice Center snack bar, Catered To You and "the corner store", hanging out with friends and sometimes playing video games on the Chromebooks after finishing homework.  I also got to see many students walking past the school and going over to the Oakland Ice Center, Uptown Park and places I could not see to hang out with friends.  I always wondered if family members were under the impression that students were on campus in a supervised space.

While, we have a neighborly relationship with the Oakland Ice Center so I want to pass on their guidelines for student behavior and use of their building after school so it can be a place where there is a level of supervision that students can be in.
- OSA students are welcome to purchase from the snack bar and enjoy them quietly in the sitting area and on the main floor, but NOT upstairs, in the elevators, or basement.
- Respect OIC rules and staff when being addressed by them including leaving the building if they are asked to.
- Respect OIC building by not writing on the tile or other areas of the building, having inappropriate relations inside the building

I know I do not know what family expectations for their students around campus after school so I want to be sure it is clearly stated what is available for students to do that is supervised.   Every family has different expectations and guidelines for where students can and cannot go in the time before they get picked up or leave campus to come home from school in unsupervised time and locations.  This becomes a greater thought on my mind as it will be dark much earlier in the fall that it was when school first started.

Below are some options that are available and want to add activities to with the help of OSA parents in conjunction with the APT:

I. Learning Lab in Room 245 with Ms. Cat Austin (Middle School Theatre Teacher and now After School Program Coordinator)
Mondays: 12:55 - 4:30pm (Parent volunteers are needed to help with supervision during teacher meeting times.)                                                             
Tuesdays - Fridays: 3:15 - 5:00pm

Learning Lab is designed to provide a place for students to do homework and have access to assistance on assignments and in study groups, work on projects with classmates, use Chromebooks for writing assignments and doing research and get Math Tutoring by Ms. Karla Hannah (CC2 and CC3 and Math Success Instructor) on Tuesdays - Fridays: 3:30  - 4:30.
We are creating partnerships with organizations to support academic success for middle and high school students such as:
Oakland510 for writing support
Achieve Learning for college entrance test prep
In order to offset the cost of providing this kind of environment that supports the academic success of students, there will be a $25 per week fee assessed.  Detailed information is coming soon from Ms Austin.

II.  Science Club - Wednesdays in room 222 - Hands on Science experiments taught by middle school and high school Science teachers on a free drop in basis from 3:15 - 4:00 pm.

III.  Computer Science Club - Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 Coding with Ms. Humphrey in OSA's STEAM Lab located in the Newberry building starting Tuesday 10/24/2017

IV.   Math Olympiad - Mondays in room 269a  with parent volunteer Will Osser
Announcing the Math Olympiads at OSA.  Do you:
  • Have a love for Mathematics?
  • Want to sharpen your math skills and use them in new ways?
  • Just wish there was more math in your week?
  • Then the Math Olympiad wants you.  Open to all students at Middle School students at OsA.  Space is limited to the first 25 students who apply.
  • Mondays after school, 55 minutes, starting at 12:55pm
  • Starting 10/9/17 through 3/19/18

V.  Viva El Espanol - Spanish language classes taught by native speakers.  Mondays and Thursdays Beginning (M - 1:30 - 2:20 pm; Th - 3:30 - 4:20 pm) & Prior Experience (M - 2:30 - 3:20 pm; Th - 3:30 - 4:20 pm) for a fee payable directly to that organization.  Starting Monday 10/16/17 through 5/31/18.  Flyer Attached

Future on campus activities:
TechNovation - Starts in November.  Last year, we had five teams of girls participate in Technovation, a competition that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. "Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business."

Last year, we had just one Android phone to use a tester. It would be AH-MAZING if we could get some more.  If you have an old Android phone and charger than you no longer need, please please please send it my way (Room 248).

Below is a trailer for Code Girl, a film that follows teams of girls as they participate in Technovation.

TechTrek Science Camp for Girls - Apply in January/February 2018

Middle School Robotics Club - Being proposed.

Off-Campus Sports Near OSA
Guardian Martial Arts Gym -  Discounts for OSA students.
Oakland Ice Center - Possible OSA student discounts for open skating sessions after school 12:45-2:45 and 3:00 - 5:00.  Stay tuned for details.

Great Western Power Company -  Rock Climbing Gym
Oakland YMCA - 

Nearby Student Focused Organizations
Girls Inc.

We are so excited to work your students.  Thank you for contributing to keeping your students safe and academically supported!

Staci A. Smith
Oakland School for the Arts
Middle School Principal  and Academic Counselor
Math Department Chair

Link to Middle School Blog and Ms. Smith's CCA Class Blog