Oakland Tech Senior Newsletter
Class of 2019
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are able to assist between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
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
DO NOT LOSE Your FORM. ANOTHER FORM WILL NOT BE PRINTED FOR YOU UNTIL Friday, May 24th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attach your YELLOW Senior Project certificate to your withdrawal form. DO NOT lose YOUR CERTIFICATE.
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.
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.
Please bring photo ID to pick up cap, gown and graduation ticket.
Correct Name On Your Diploma Due May 24th
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 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.
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.
AP Testing; Week 1: May 6-10; Week 2: May 13-17
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL.
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.
THE HIGH SUPPORT, HIGH EXPECTATION MODEL.
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.
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12th Grade Counselors
Counseling: Last name A-G
Room 110Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 110
Counseling, Last Name: H-N
Jacqueline JohnsonCounseling: Last Name: O-Z
Room 114Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 114