News from OUSD Board Member Rosie Torres
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Parents Are So Important

Get involved in your school today! 

Over the past few months as I've visited schools, spoke with teachers, parents and students, I heard about many great achievements that so many have accomplished in our Oakland schools. Many of you told me about the dedication of a teacher, the perseverance of a student and the commitment of supportive parents. As a parent with a daughter in Oakland schools, these stories resonated with me so deeply. We've made so much progress within our school district but there's still much work to be done. 

As a parent, I wanted to share with you a helpful resource, OUSD's 2013-2014 Parent Guide. It's available in several languages and gives a great overview about the programs, issues, goals and policies of the district. Download it and print it out today. 

The next few months will be key for our students and I want to make sure that everyone is prepared to bring their voice to the table. Every newsletter that I send out I'm going to include 3 things that you can do to get involved in your schools. For this issue, they are:

  1. Join the Parent-Teacher Association at your school. If one doesn't exist, talk to the principal about starting one today! 
  2. Learn about some of the key things affecting our district, such as the Common Core curriculum, and Local Control Funding Formula. When you have the right information you can help us make the right decisions. 
  3. Attend OUSD Board meetings, let your voice be heard. I need you, the experts at our schools, to let me know what is happening everyday. 
Together, I know that we can make sure every school and every student receives the education that they deserve. If you have suggestions about topics to include in this newsletter, or have a question for me, email me

Helpful Links
OUSD Events Calendar                                                       ONews- OUSD Student News       
Online Application for Free/Reduced Meals                    Schools Directory        
College and Career Readiness                                        2013-2014 OUSD School Calendar (PDF)
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Make Every School Better
Over the last few weeks, acting superintendent Gary Yee, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, parents, students, teachers and administrators all came out to pledge to make all our our schools better through programs like Linked Learning. For many of Oakland’s low-income, students of color and English learners, Linked Learning academies expose them, often for the first time, to careers and pathways that they have never seen before and that will lead them to pursue college with renewed clarity and purpose. 

Click here for more information. 
Teach Tomorrow in Oakland
I am committed to making sure that we have a diverse, well trained and dedicated teaching and administrative staff at OUSD that is reflective of our student population. Teach Tomorrow in Oakland works to educate, train and support Oakland teachers who reflect our community. If you know someone who is committed to Oakland and wants to teach our students. 

Click here for information about their next recruitment date. 

Superintendent Search

OUSD is currently performing a superintendent search and recently selected a search firm. One of the most important jobs that I have is to be a voice in picking the person who will lead OUSD, our superintendent. Soon, we will be preparing a community survey and forums to hear from as many of you as possible. What characteristics, experience and vision do we want in our new superintendent. Get involved, be heard and help us hire the right person for the job!

Click here to see OUSD's overview of the search. 

Save the Date!
Celebrate Rosie's Birthday on December 5th with a LIVE performance from a special guest!
Location and details coming soon! 
Copyright © 2013 Rosie Torres for Oakland School Board, District 5, All rights reserved.

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