Oakland Tech Senior Newsletter

Class of 2019

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Yearbooks will arrive May 31st. You may pick up your yearbook at the Treasures office from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Seniors may also pick up their yearbook when they pick up their diplomas. There is only a limited amount of yearbooks available for purchase. You may purchase a yearbook on a first come first serve basis.

The Annual Scholarship Banquet

The annual Scholarship Banquet (previously known as the Scholarship Ceremony) will take place on Tuesday, May 14. Lunch and cake will be provided to our honorees, scholarship donors, and participating staff. Each student who received a scholarship will be recognized and presented with an honor cord to wear over their gown at graduation (attendance at the Scholarship Banquet is required to receive an honor cord).

The PTSA College Mentoring Committee who is sponsoring the event has two requests for parents:

1-To be invited, students need to self-report the scholarship(s) they received. Please encourage your senior to go to this google form that Ms. Hunter, Oakland Tech’s College Readiness Specialist, created for the students to complete:
http://tinyurl.com/otsc2019 which must be completed by May 3.

2-While the ceremony is for students to attend, we could use a handful of parent volunteers to help with set-up, food service, and clean-up. Please contact Elizabeth Falkner, falknerkenny@mac.com, if you are able to assist between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Graduation Timeline

Graduation Auditions for student Speakers and Performances: April 8th and 9th

AP Testing: Week 1 May 6-10 AND Week 2 May 13-17

Grad Trip Celebration: May 16-18

Last Day for APEX : May 17

Senior Finals: May 21st-May 23rd

Finals Make-up May 23rd

Senior Check out: May 24th

Teachers submit Senior grades: Friday, May 24th.

Senior Survey Due May 28th

Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 (No Rehearsal)

Graduation Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 28

BSU Graduation: Tuesday, May 28

Caps, Gowns, and Graduation tickets Distribution: Tuesday, May 28th

Graduation Ceremony: Wednesday, May 29th at the Paramount Theater, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Senior Check Out Instructions

All seniors must go through the withdrawal process, even if you are not graduating. If you are graduating, CONGRATULATIONS! The purpose of this memo to inform you of the withdrawal process. Please take care of your business by Thursday, May 24th so that you will be able to attend the graduation rehearsal on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

WITHDRAWAL Packet: Please pick up your form in the counseling office


  2. Get a signature from each of your teachers as well as signatures of an Administrator, the Textbook Clerk, PE Locker Room Attendant, Librarian, and the Treasurer. You do not need to get signatures in order, however, the Treasurer will be the last to sign.

  3. Do not try to get signatures during class time (not even with a pass). It is OK, to get your teacher’s signature during your class period.

  4. Return your textbooks. If you need to pay a debt, do so at 8:00-8:25 AM, 12:40-1:20 PM, or 3:30 -4:00 PM. All debts need to be paid to the Treasurer, Ms. Rosemary Whisenton. NO ONE WILL SIGN OFF FOR A LOST BOOK. Cash and money orders only. No personal checks will be accepted.

  5. Return PE locks to a PE teacher. You can pay the PE teacher for any lost locks. Be sure to get a receipt. Cash and money orders only. No personal checks will be accepted.

  6. Attach your YELLOW Senior Project certificate to your withdrawal form. DO NOT lose YOUR CERTIFICATE.

  7. Some withdrawal forms will require your counselor’s signature. If a counselor’s signature is required, the signature must be obtained before your final stop at the Treasurer’s office.

  8. Do NOT go to the Attendance Office. Your last signature should be the Recorder’s, which will be handled by Ms. Fauntleroy. Ms. Fauntleroy, the Registrar will give you a Graduation Practice Clearance Ticket, which is needed to enter graduation practice. DO NOT LOSE IT.

  9. Please bring photo ID to pick up cap, gown and graduation ticket.

Correct Name On Your Diploma Due May 24th

Please submit the name that appears on your birth certificate or your official school record. You can fill out the form below and bring it to the counselors' office. Please complete the form as soon as possible.

All Independent Study, APEX, College Credits, or Outside grades must be completed and submitted to your counselor by Friday, May 17th.

Graduation Guest Tickets

  • Graduation Guest tickets will be distributed on May 28th at the end of graduation rehearsal.
  • Each senior will receive 4 tickets. Students may get an additional ticket depending on the number of graduating seniors.
  • Students are not allowed to sell their tickets. Students caught selling their tickets will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  • Students not planning to attend the graduation ceremony must email Ms. Sudduth. This is so tickets can be distributed to other students who need them.
  • Extra tickets will be raffled at the end of graduation rehearsal.

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduation Rehearsal is May 28th from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM in the auditorium. Seniors, we need you to be on time and follow all instructions. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water and snacks. The sooner we start the sooner you can be dismissed.

Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony will take place at Oakland's Paramount Theater at 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM. Graduates need to arrive at 5:00 PM. Be on time. Graduation will begin promptly at its scheduled time. Graduates will receive 4 tickets each on May 28th . Extra tickets will be raffled at the end of graduation rehearsal. EVERY GUEST that occupies a seat MUST have a ticket to attend the graduation. Tickets are required for anyone 2yrs and over. Lost tickets will NOT be replaced.

Black Student Union Graduation

When: Tuesday, May 28

Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Where: Oakland Tech Auditorium

Everyone is welcomed. Please see Ms. Hunter in the College and Career Center if you would like to support with donations or volunteer or need more information.

AP Testing; Week 1: May 6-10; Week 2: May 13-17

Students with disabilities must submit requests for testing accommodations by February 22, 2019.

Please go to https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/ap-calendar for more information.

Final Transcripts Available Beginning June 17th 12:00 PM-3:00 PM in the counselors’ office

Ms. Ethel Fauntleroy will be available to disperse transcripts through the month of July. Students will only be given 1 transcript to one college. If you are unable to pick up your transcript, you can make arrangements for a designated adult to pick-up the transcript. Please make sure the adult has a valid photo ID.

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California Conservation Corp

The California Conservation Corps needs your help in ensuring young adults (18-25-year-olds) in the Oakland area are aware of the tremendous benefits of becoming a Corps member in this State of California program.

High school seniors looking to jumpstart their career are a perfect fit for the CCC:

  • Live on-site or commute
  • Room and 3 meals/day available
  • Earn $1900+ to start
  • Qualify for up to $8K in scholarships
  • Get paid while you train

On Thursday, April 25, the CCC will hold the first of a series of information sessions in Oakland where potential Corps members, their families, and the community can learn about the CCC, the enrollment process, and the day to day life at a CCC. Additionally, you can learn more about the CCC by visiting our website and viewing our YouTube channel.

Again, thank you and don’t hesitate to call or email me directly with even the least question.



Communications and Recruitment

1719 24th Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

P: (916) 341-3144

C: (916) 591-4659



“I Can Afford College”

The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. The campaign got its start back in 2004, shortly after the California community colleges increased their enrollment fees. The governor and the state legislature wanted to make sure Californians knew how to make college affordable, so they set aside money to create an awareness campaign about financial aid.

The “I Can Afford College” campaign is funded by the State of California, through Proposition 98. This website is one of the main elements of the campaign. Since the site was launched, it has received more than 2.5 million visits. Additionally, the number of community college students who receive some type of financial aid has gone up by nearly 70 percent since 2004.

Our goal at “I Can Afford College” is simple. We want to let students and parents know that:

  • California community colleges are affordable.
  • Financial aid is available year-round to help pay for enrollment fees and college costs like books, supplies, and even rent in some cases.
  • All 115 California community colleges have financial aid experts who can give you free one-on-one help.

Click on the California College Promise Grant button to apply.

California College Promise Grant

Formerly known a the Board of governers Fee Waiver

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Earn your GED with Oakland Adult and Career Education You can Create the Future you Want!

  • GED is considered equivalent to a high school diploma and is recognized by all States and internationally.
  • Students may begin at a Community College with a GED.
  • Students can apply for financial aid with a GED.
  • 97% of companies accept the GED for employment.
  • Students earn the GED by passing 4 tests: (Math, Reading Language Arts, Science and Social Studies).
  • Students can take the test in English or Spanish
  • The military accepts the GED. The student also has 15 college credits.
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Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides talented and motivated, yet under-served young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.


Our program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for the quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.


Our approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.

For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. Students then apply those skills during the second six months on an internship at one of Year Up’s corporate partners. Students take coursework eligible for college credit, earn an educational stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partner

Math Mentors Tutoring

Open to all students at all Math levels, Math Mentors is hosted by math teachers, community volunteers and paid Tech student tutors. There’s no need to sign up — just drop in! Snacks are available.

  • Monday, 3:45 – 5 PM, Room 205 (Mr. Ji)
  • Wednesday, 7:35 – 8:50 AM, Room S-3/Engineering (Mr. Li)
  • Thursday, 3:45 – 5 PM, Room 236 (Ms. Mann)

Exercise Your Right: 16 & 17 Year Olds Can Now Pre-Register Online to Vote

In California, eligible 16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register online to vote and then automatically become active voters once they turn 18 — strengthening our democracy by helping to choose the people who will lead us and by voicing their opinions on issues that affect the future of our communities, state and union. We strongly encourage our eligible Bulldog students and families to register now and to exercise their right to be heard.

Staci Ross-Morrison



Room: Main Office

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 128

Work Email:staci.ross-morrison@ousd.org

Main Campus

4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 450-5400
(510) 450-5428 FAX

Upper Campus (UC) — Fashion, Art & Design

5263 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-7116
(510) 654-7157 FAX

Dana Sudduth Assistant Principal (Upper Campus)

Assistant Principal over Senior Activities

12th Grade Counselors

If you have any questions or concerns about class schedules, scholarships, transcripts etc, please make an appointment to see your counselor.

Susheela Moonsamy
Counseling: Last name A-G

Room 110

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 110

Work Email:susheela.moonsamy@ousd.org

Amy Martinez

Counseling, Last Name: H-N

Room 112

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 112

Work Email:amy.martinez@ousd.org

Jacqueline Johnson

Counseling: Last Name: O-Z

Room 114

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 114

Work Email:jacqueline.johnson@ousd.org

Cap and Gowns, Rings, etc

Click here to purchase caps, gown and other graduation accessories