Oakland Tech Senior Newsletter

Class of 2019

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Oakland Tech's Graduation: Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:00 PM

I am happy to announce that Oakland Tech's Graduation Ceremony will be on May 29th at the Paramount Theater. Students will receive at least 4 tickets per student depending on the number of graduating seniors. More info to come.

Graduation Timeline

Grad Trip Celebration: May 16-18

Senior Finals: May 21st-May 23rd

Finals Make-up May 24th

Senior Check out: May 24th

Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 (No Rehearsal)

Graduation Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 28

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

Senior Survey Due May 28th

Teachers submit Senior grades: Friday, May 24th.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be taken by Prestige via Lifetouch.

Seniors who were unable to take their pictures will automatically be rescheduled for the November session. Or you can contact Misty in the Lifetouch office: 510-372-1549 to make a new appointment.

Second round: 11/26-11/29: 4PM-8PM in the Teacher’s Cafeteria.

Third round: January 15, 2019

There is a $10.00 fee to take your photo even if you choose not to purchase your pictures. Lifetouch has waved the $50.00 deposit.

Please click on the file below to see your appointment time and your access code.

Grad Night Celebration

  • Grad Night will be May 16-18.
  • Deposit is due online ASAP
  • Register online: https://usastudenttravel.com/
  • Total cost is $689.00
  • We are going to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, and 6 Flags.
  • Please Contact Elizabeth Hunter in the College and Career Center for more information

The Oakland Tech High School 2018-2019 YEARBOOK

BUY NOW!! Purchase your Bulldogs yearbook while quantities last!!


Before 12/31/18: $65

After 12/31/18: $75

Make Payments Online @ https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob with Yearbook ID Code 12547619

Deadline: March 25, 2019

The District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA) is accepting applications.

DAJA is a six month learning and working experience for juniors and seniors ages 16 and up.


Throughout the spring semester, students meet twice monthly for interactive seminar and are asked at each seminar to contemplate how a problem might be solved or a law improved upon.


DAJA students are allowed to work in a professional setting. The work experience provides the students with the opportunity to understand how they can positively impact their communities.


When summer vacation begins, each student is placed in a paid internship.

How to apply?

Please see Ms. Johnson , in the counseling office, for an application or download at:



Friday, November 9th by 4:00pm.

Senior College Check List

Senior Bulldogs, be sure to review this month-by-month checklist to ensure you know in advance what’s happening and when.


College application essay help

Volunteer essay readers will be available to help seniors with their college application essays (UC, Common App, etc) on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 in the College and Career Center, starting Sept. 4. Help is also available by email, email collegementoring@oaklandtech.com for more information.

College Application Crunch

  • November 26, 27, 29, 30 in the library
  • The entire month of November - drop-ins in the CCC
  • Turkey Break College Crunch - 11/19 and 11/20 in the library.


  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens 10/1 – do not submit until someone checks it for errors.
  • FAFSA Crunch Drop In Hours in the Library: 12/3, 12/4, 12/6, 12/7
  • FAFSA/DREAM ACT Deadline is March 2nd


Date: December 4, 2018 - Oakland Tech Auditorium

This is both an informational meeting about the ins and outs of financial aid (including the FAFSA, the CSS Profile and scholarships) and an actual hands-on workshop to help families fill out and submit the FAFSA.

FAFSA: Federal Student Aid: Due March 2

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school.

California Dream Act: Due March 2

The information on this form will be used to determine eligibility in the Cal Grant program.

“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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Gateway 2 College

The Gateway to College program at Laney College is accepting applications for our Spring 2019 cohort! We have a limited number of spaces available, so please call today to get more information and RSVP for one of our upcoming information sessions (see dates below).

What is the Gateway to College Program?

Gateway to College is a scholarship program that provides academically and economically disenfranchised Alameda County residents between 16 and 20 years old with an opportunity to experience success in an academically rigorous, supportive, and safe environment as they pursue their high school diplomas and transition into the college environment. This dual credit program allows students to complete their high school diploma while taking college courses that will prepare them to earn an Associate’s degree, certificate and/or transfer to a four-year college or university.

Eligible applicants must be Alameda County residents between the ages of 16 and 20 years old who:

· Have left high school without a diploma

· Are off track or at risk of not graduating from high school

This is a scholarship program that offers free tuition, books, a Clipper card, tutoring, and personalized counseling.

Information Session Dates:

To learn more about our program, please ask students, their families, and supporters to RSVP by calling (510) 986-6941 to attend one of the following information sessions:

October 11th, 4p-5p

• October 18th, 4p-5p

• October 25th, 4p-5p

• November 8th, 4p-5p

• November 15th, 4p-5p

• December 6th, 4p-5p

*Potential students must attend an information session to begin the application process.* All information sessions will be held at Laney College—900 Fallon St. in Building A, Room A203.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit our website at www.laney.edu/wp/gateway or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GTCLaney. Be sure to check out our video at http://youtu.be/ORUP0df_W5g

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.

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