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Friday, May 26, 2017


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Textbook Buyback

Final Exam Schedule
Students have all been apprised of the final exam schedule; here it is for your information. All classes who are giving final exams will provide review and study guides for students. 
Monday, June 5
A period classes 9-11 a.m
D period classes NOON - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6
B period classes 9-11 a.m.
E period classes NOON - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7
C period classes 9-11 a.m.
F period classes NOON - 2 p.m.
Students do NOT need to be at school if they do not have an exam.
ALL social science classes will meet for the final exam period on Thursday, June 8, 9-11 a.m. This means that even if your social science class normally meets in an A-F period slot, the final will still be on Thursday.
Also, G period classes will administer final exams the week before the official finals week. Teachers will inform students about these finals during class.

8th Grade Graduation and All-School Awards Ceremony: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
On Thursday, June 8 at 11:30, we will hold our 8th grade graduation and all-school awards ceremony in the Masonic Hall, 9 Altarinda Rd., just down the street from us. Students will walk to the ceremony after final exams in the morning and return to school after the ceremony for a yearbook signing party and lunch. The day will end around 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to this event. Please join us for this rewarding end to a successful and enriching school year! Please click here to sign up for a volunteer spot.

End-of-Year Conferences
End-of-the-year conferences for parents and students will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, and from 9 a.m. to NOON on Wednesday, June 14. Please call the office or email Barbara ( to schedule a convenient time with your student's advisor. We will discuss progress and achievement for this year, placement for next year, college preparation, goals, and answer any questions you may have. We don't schedule conferences for seniors unless you specifically request one. Just ask!

Textbook Buyback Opportunity
If you would like to sell your student's used textbooks, visit TECHcampus between June 5 to July 5. 

College Essay Workshop Opportunity
Melissa Masland and Christy Higgins will be offering a three-hour essay workshop this summer at Orinda Academy. The workshop will cover the Common App essay, what colleges are looking for in an essay, common pitfalls, and how to find your voice.
Dates: June 11 from 11 - 2 p.m.
June 13 from 11 - 2 p.m.
June 15 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $75 for Orinda Academy students, $150 general public.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Student of the Week: Jin He
Senior Jin earned the honor this week for his academic excellence and effort despite the national epidemic of senioritis that afflicts 12th graders this time of year. He is also acknowledged for his breakdancing skills which were revealed last weekend at prom, and which he demonstrated for the student body this week!

Happening at OA
Last Friday evening we hosted a gathering at Amphora Nueva in Lafayette to thank our Orinda Academy Fund leadership level donors. The event included the opportunity to learn about and taste custom blends of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 


A group of parents, students, and teachers took advantage of the student preview day at the Maker Faire last Friday and spent the afternoon exploring and networking. Dean of Academics Roger Wise attended and reports, "The most amazing thing was the intense feeling of innovation and creativity that the exhibitors and attendees exuded - essentially a 'we can make anything' mentality. I really enjoyed seeing the various school's exhibiting in the education pavilion - an excellent opportunity to see what other young people are doing as a part of their school's maker movement."
Here's a link to a Google photo album from the event.

PROM 2017
Student Council co-sponsor Mollie reports that the Arabian Nights prom of 2017 was a great success!
Here's some photo evidence:

Soapmakers: continued
Annu, Matt, and Steven are super happy about their final soap products from chemistry class!

Support OA with Amazon Smile
Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit Orinda Academy? Use this link to sign in and choose North Bay Secondary School (OA's legal name) as your charity, and OA gets 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases. Last holiday season we doubled our usual Amazon donation...sign in and help us triple it this year!

OA Contact Information
Ron Graydon: Head of School; ext. 1002
Lisa Graydon: tuition payment, book ordering, office needs; ext. 1001
Barbara Owens: attendance, office; ext.1000
Janet Harrison: Admissions Director; ext. 1005
Norm Coleman: college counseling; ext. 1003
Mollie Mowat: learning support, discipline; ext. 1007
Laura Turnbull: development/fundraising, Orinda Academy Fund; ext. 1008
Roger Wise: scheduling, transcripts, academic and tech needs; ext. 1004
Chloe Jhangiani: Coyote Coast counselor; ext. 1011


5/29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day holiday

6/5-8 - Finals Week
6/8 - All social science department finals 9-11 a.m., 8th grade graduation, awards ceremony 11:30 a.m.; day ends at 1 p.m.
6/9 - Senior Graduation 3-5 p.m.
6/11, 13, 15 - College essay workshops
6/13 - Family conferences 1-7 p.m.
6/14 - Family conferences 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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