March 19 Update From Principal Ross-Morrison

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Bulldog Families,

I hope you are well.  This is a very different and challenging time for all of us.  I hope you are holding up and enjoying your families. As much as I needed a break, I was not looking for a break full of unknowns.   As the weeks continue, I will be in touch with updates as I learn them. Our OUSD Communications department will also provide us with pertinent information.   Please use our Oakland Tech website and the district website as a resource. The district website has a FAQ section where students can submit questions and answers will be provided.  There are many moving parts we are managing and I would like to thank you for your patience as we work through the many challenges.  

Mr. Fairly has sent out a robocall for all families asking that each family update their contact information to ensure you stay informed.  Please complete this ask today. If you did not receive an inquiry, please email Mr. Fairly directly at richard.fairly@ousd.org.  

Teachers have provided lessons and enrichment material through their google classrooms and direct communication to students via Remind and email.  We have a link on the Oakland Tech Web site to take families to these materials. This information will be updated in the upcoming days.   Please check often to make sure you are well informed. Feel free to reach out to your teachers via email. ALL students should be working to complete incomplete assignments that were assigned prior to March 10, 2020.  If the student needs technology, please email me directly and we will try to assist and inform teachers.  

As of today, we have been informed that OUSD will be closed through Spring Break.  Last night, we all learned from Governor Gavin Newsome that the school closure may last through the school year.  This news is very concerning and we are working directly with the state to get more information and get our questions answered.  We share your concerns and are working to address them and provide the most information possible.  

If school will not be in session April 7th, we will cancel the Junior Ball and the Senior Prom.   If they are canceled, students will receive a refund. We will provide more information in the near future.

There are many questions about AP tests, SAT and ACT testing.  Please use the College Board website for the most updated information.  There should be an announcement about AP testing this Friday. Stay tuned.

We are building an understanding around Peralta courses.  They operate under a different education code than comprehensive high schools, so I would recommend that students enrolled in Dual enrollment classes continue to do the coursework and to reach out to their professors for direction.  Many are using the Canvas platform to provide online instruction. Students should continue to do the Dual enrollment coursework unless the class has been canceled.   

We are working to minimize the impact that this school closure has on students.  Some seniors are in precarious positions and need access to instruction to ensure they graduate this Spring.  We will be in contact as we find solutions to providing instruction.   

I hope you all stay well and I will be in touch.  Please update your family’s contact information and take care of those around you.

PLEASE complete the CHKS survey so that we can continue to meet the needs of our community.

CHKS Student Survey

Parent CHKS link

Staci Ross-Morrison


RESOURCES TO SHARPEN SKILLS AND EASE BOREDOM

Reading, History, Science, Research:

https://www.readworks.org (The nonprofit ReadWorks provides K-12 teachers with what to teach and how to teach it—online, for free, to be shared broadly.)

https://newsela.com (Offering free access to Newsela’s entire product suite for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year.)

https://www.commonlit.org  (CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12.)

https://www.readingvine.com (Free grade leveled reading passages for use in the classroom or at home. Filter by genre, grade, topic, skill, and more.)

https://learnzillion.com/resources/73944-close-reading-library (browse 5-day close reading modules, as well as text-based reading and writing skill videos, for free!)

https://www.tweentribune.com  (A free teacher tool from Smithsonian Teacher, offering daily AP news articles, Lexile® leveled for K-12, self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level, critical thinking questions, student commenting, Espanol AP articles, weekly lesson plans, weekly video, and weekend “Monday Morning Ready” newsletter as prep for the week ahead.)

Math Games:

These are just for fun and pretty easy.  Maybe a fun way for scholars to practice some of the basic skills:

https://www.hoodamath.com/games/highschool.html

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