Oakland Tech Senior Newsletter

Class of 2020

Monday, October 14: No School (in lieu of Lincoln’s Birthday)

Oakland Tech Graduation: Wednesday, May 27th 6:00pm at the Paramount Theater

FAFSA® Announcements

The new 2020–21 FAFSA form is here! Some states and schools have limited funds, so don’t delay! To begin your application, select the START HERE” button on the FAFSA homepage or download the myStudentAid app for iOS and Android.

College Essay Mentors Available Tuesday Afternoons and Fridays during lunch

The OT College Essay Mentors are here to help!

WHEN & WHERE: Mentors will be available in the College and Career Center on Tuesday afternoons during 6th period and after school, from 2:40 p.m. – 4:15 AND Fridays during lunch. Can’t make one of those times? Please see Ms. Hunter in the CCC. No student who needs help will go without.

College Application Crunch Week Oct. 21-25

Location: Oakland Tech Library

College advisors will be available all day to help with applications.

Alt. Edu. Orientation Reminders for October

This is just a friendly reminder about upcoming orientations this month:

Dewey Academy: October 30th at 1:30 pm

Rudsdale High School: October 30th at 1:30 pm

Rudsdale Newcomer Program: October 30th at 1:00 pm

Ralph J. Bunche Academy: October 25th and 29th at 2:00 pm

Students must be in attendance with their parents or guardian at orientation. Please do not send students and families to the site on the day of orientation to enroll. They must be on the orientation list prior to orientation or they will be turned away.

Work Base Learning Opportunities

Two Important Links: Get Connected Calendar & Weekly Clubs, Programs & Opportunities at Tech !!!


Oakland Tech is using a free text messaging service called Remind to help keep community members informed about important school news and updates. There are new sign-up codes this year, so if you previously joined using @othstpu, you will need to re-join based on the new class codes.

To start receiving messages from Principal Morrison and Tech Parent University (TPU), text the sign-up code for your student’s class to the phone number 81010. There is also a separate code for staff and community members who are not associated with a particular class year.

  • Class of 2020 (Seniors) – text @ek7f3e to 81010
  • Class of 2021 (Juniors) – text @4b87eb to 81010
  • Class of 2022 (Sophomores) – text @dfa8g79 to 81010
  • Class of 2023 (Freshman) – text @e8769b6 to 81010
  • Staff and Community Members – text @ae23bb7 to 81010

Please note:

  • Personal contact information (like cell phone numbers) will not be visible on Remind.
  • If you have any questions, you may contact TPU Parent Liaison Debra Carter-Kelly, debra.carter-kelly@ousd.org.

Tutors in the area, a list compiled by a Tech parent

In need of a tutor for your student? A helpful Tech parent has created a Google doc with tutor name, contact info, subject matter, mostly pulled off the Tech Yahoo group over the past couple of years.

Math Mentors: Tutoring

Mondays, 3:45 - 5 pm @ Room 205 (Ji)

Thursdays, 3:45 - 5 pm @ Room 201 (Cox)

Fridays, 7:35 - 8:50 am @ Room S3 (Li)

Teacher Tutoring Hours 2019-20.

Dear Parents/Guardian and Students,

Attached is a copy of the Teacher Tutoring Hours 2019-20 Handbook. Your child has the opportunity to receive tutoring and help from teachers in many subject areas. We hope that your child will be able to take advantage of these tutoring opportunities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's counselor.

Senior To Do List

  • Complete FAFSA ( Oct. 1st-March 2nd)
  • Go on college visits
  • Finalize college list
  • Attend College Nights/ Fairs etc.
  • Register for SAT/ACT
  • Complete college applications prior to deadline
  • Work on PIQ's, Personal Statements and EOP questions
  • Ask for letters or recommendations early
  • Be a leader on campus in clubs, sports and service projects
  • Keep track of deadlines
  • Complete a transcript evaluation with school counselor
  • Have a professional email
  • Hunt for scholarships
  • Make your final decision
  • Verify financial aid
  • Prepare for AP Exams
  • Successfully complete senior year with a "C" or better
  • Participate in Senior activities
  • Send official transcripts
  • Apply for student housing
  • Attend Orientation

College And Career Center

Oakland Tech’s College & Career Center (CCC) provides guidance, support and inspiration to Tech students as they explore college and career journeys after high school. Located in the newly refurbished Room 16 on Tech’s lower level, the CCC is open five days a week to students on a drop-in basis or by appointment. All Bulldogs are encouraged take advantage of this terrific resource.

College Visits: October

Location College and Career Center

University of Puget Sound

Tuesday, October 15⋅9:00 – 9:55am

Linfield College

Thursday, October 17⋅11:00 – 11:55am

Cogwell College

Tuesday, October 22⋅10:00 – 10:55am

Pomona College

Wednesday, October 23⋅9:00 – 9:45am

Notre Dame De Namur University

Wednesday, October 23⋅9:50 – 10:35am

Swarthmore College

Wednesday, October 23⋅12:50 – 1:35pm

Colby College

Thursday, October 24⋅10:00 – 10:55a

Lewis and Clark College

Monday, October 28⋅9:00 – 9:55am

Willamette University

Monday, October 28⋅9:00 – 9:30am

UC Santa Barbara

Thursday, October 31⋅12:40 – 1:35pm

AP Exam Schedule

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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

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.

Senior Counselors

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Before School: Drop-In Appointments

1st - 3rd Periods​ - By Appointments ONLY

Lunch​ - Drop-In Appointments

4th Period​ - Counselor Lunch Break

5th - 6th Periods​ - By Appointments ONLY

After school: Drop-In appointments


Susheela Moonsamy 10-12

Counseling: Last name A-E

Room 110

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 110

Work Email:susheela.moonsamy@ousd.org

Amy Martinez 10-12

Counseling, Last Name: F - Liang

Room 112

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 112

Work Email:amy.martinez@ousd.org

Emily Schoenhofer 10-12

Counseling: Last Name: Liao - Q

Room: 108

Work Email: emily.schoenhofer@ousd.org

Jacqueline Johnson 10-12

Counseling: Last Name: R-Z

Room 114

Work Phone:450-5400 Ext 114

Work Email:jacqueline.johnson@ousd.org

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

Russell Campisi Assistant Principal

12th Grade and Senior Activities