Vol. 42 No 4 Skyline High School PTSA April -May 2005
UPCOMING EVENTS FROM OUR PRINCIPAL AMY HANSEN
It is hard to believe that we are approaching the last 12 weeks of this
1 Fri. Spring Musical, Runaways, 7:30
year. We are gearing up for yet another round of STAR testing
pm, Farnsworth Theatre
2 Sat. Spring Musical, Runaways, scheduled for the end of April. This is a very high stakes test for both
OUSD Band Festival, 7:30 pm the school as well as for students. The "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB)
Farnsworth Theatre legislation requires that we make substantial growth in math and
6 Wed. ELAC Meeting, 6-8 pm, English performances with all of our students. This legislation
1470 Fruitvale Ave
7 Th. OUSD Orchestra Festival, 7:30 pm
combined with the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has
Farnsworth Theatre focused all schools on academic improvement. This, of course, is
11 Mon. Beginning of Spring Break what we all want. But the push for students to perform well on both the
18 Mon. School Resumes STAR and the CAHSEE is having an impact on our comprehensive
19 Tue. Early Release Day
educational program. Students who are performing below and far
PTSA MEETING 7:30 PM, Library
20 Wed. Early Release Day below basic will likely see their school programs directed towards
21 Th. School Site Council Meeting 7pm greater time in math and English to the detriment of electives. Please
22 Fri. Oakland Public Schools Vibrant advise your children that they need to do their very best during
Arts Awards Ceremony these examinations to avoid having to give up electives for the
23 Sat. Junior Prom
25 Mon. STAR Testing
sake of remediation in math and/or English.
26 Tue. STAR Testing We continue to celebrate the success of our students. We have two
27 Wed. STAR Testing National Merit finalists this year, Matt Cohen-Price and Kelly Cheng.
28 Th. STAR Testing
29 Fri. STAR Testing
Three of our football players have received scholarships to play at
30 Sat. Earth Day Volunteer Project, 9-5, Division I schools. And the acceptances to the University of California
and California State Universities are being received daily. We have a
2 Mon. STAR Testing very large graduating class and I look forward to a wonderful
AP Testing Begins graduation ceremony, currently being planned by our seniors, on June
4 Wed. ELAC Meeting, 6-8 pm, 17th.
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5 Th. LaRaza Unida/Cinco de Mayo Finally, it is with tremendous sadness that I report the loss of one of
CPAAs Meeting, 7 PM Library our School Security Officers. Officer Mike Pitts died suddenly on
6 Fri. End of 5th Marking Period March 3. He had been a member of the Skyline Community for the
7 Sat. SAT last 24 years. His caring and affection for our students will be sorely
12 Th. SSC 7 pm
13 Fri. REPORT CARDS
14 Sat. Senior Ball
17 Tu. Early Release Day NOTICE OF CHANGE
PTSA MEETING 7:30 PM, Library Due to testing SHORT DAYS are
18 Wed. Early Release Day
Dance/JazzII Concert, 7:30 pm, TUESDAY, APRIL 19 and WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
Farnsworth Theatre NOT THE 26TH OR 27TH.
19 Th. Dance/JazzII Concert, 7:30 pm,
20 Fr. Dance/JazzII Concert, 7:30 pm,
21 Sat. Dance/JazzII Concert, 7:30 pm, YEARBOOK STILL AVAILABLE NANCY STEWART, ADVISER
25 Wed. Vocal Music Concert,7:30 pm,
Farnsworth Theatre The price of the full-color 2005 Olympian yearbook is $70 as of the
26 Th. Vocal Music Concert,7:30 pm, beginning of second semester. Books may be purchased Fridays at
27 Fr. In Lieu of Admissions Day lunch in room 11C or from students in the class.
30 Mon. Memorial Day Why do they cost so much? The cost of printing, shipping and taxes
NO SCHOOL has gone up to $42,000 for 600 books. That's a set cost of $70 per
JUNE book. How can we sell them for less at the beginning of the year? We
4 Sat. SAT raise funds by selling advertising, but still barely break even every
17 Fri. Graduation
20-22 FINALS year.
22 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL If you are interested in supporting the yearbook through an
advertisement ($300 for a full page, $150 for a half page, etc.) please
contact us at email@example.com.
April-May 2005 SKYLINER Page 2
EARTH DAY PROJECT WORK TO RULE AT SKYLINE
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 9-5 The OEA members at Skyline are participating in a "work to rule"
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS mode to bring attention to the fact that they are working without a
contract and there is no hopeful end in sight. On March 15, 300 OUSD
The First Annual Skyline High teachers received a lay-off letter including several from Skyline.
School Earth-Day Volunteer
The superintendent is proposing eliminating counseling services, adult
Project will take place on April 30
education, prep periods for elementary teachers, music and art
and is seeking volunteers. The event
teachers and he expects our members to absorb more health care
is sponsored by parents, students
and staff and expects to attract over
100 helpers to beautify the high This statement was sent home with students to take to their parents on
school campus. The Volunteer Tuesday, March 15. It is important for our community to do everything
Project will take place from 9am until we can to resolve this crisis through dialogue and more a much more
5pm. Music and free food will be serious bargaining atmosphere.
provided. Why are Skyline’s OEA members working to rule?
Due to severe cutbacks in staff, Dear Skyline Community,
Skyline campus has gone from 11 Skyline’s OEA members are now “working to rule.” This means our
groundskeepers on site 10 years members will choose to work only as prescribed by our contract with
ago, to one individual this year - an OUSD. Many of us spend many hours, outside the contractual day,
impossible assignment with a sponsoring club activities, tutoring, creating curriculum and grading
campus of 45 acres. The campus homework because we value our students and want them to thrive in
has been neglected and is in need of our community.
attention. A recent PTSA
Beautification Committee Survey At this time, Dr. Randolph Ward has consistently refused to honor the
identified numerous projects for the bargaining process. We feel we must work to rule to make a
Earth Day event, including trimming statement to Dr. Ward that we are not going to accept any more “take
of dense shrubbery to eliminate backs.” Dr. Ward’s bargaining team expects us to compromise our
safety concerns, planting throughout health care benefits. We already absorbed a 4% cut in pay just two
the campus, pulling weeds and years ago and haven’t had an increase in pay for three years. And
spreading bark in planter areas, these are just two of many critical issues; the District is also cutting
repairing vandalism, power washing counselors from middle and high schools, eliminating staffed prep
and removal of debris. periods for elementary teachers and eliminating the adult education
program. It is time for action to resist these public education assaults.
"Skyline is a beautiful campus and Please support us by contacting the following school and state
we want to keep it that way," officials:
Rebecca Chan said. "To do that, we
have to get students involved in Dr. Randolph Ward (State Administrator of OUSD)
maintaining it,” added Mindy He, PHONE: 879 8200 EMAIL: Randolph.firstname.lastname@example.org
both members of the Leadership Jack O’Connell (Superintendent of Public Education, CA)
Class which is co-sponsoring the PHONE: 916 319 0800 EMAIL: email@example.com
event. Other sponsors include the Senator Don Perata
PTSA and the Hillcrest Estates PHONE: 286 1333 EMAIL: Senator.Perata@sen.ca.gov
Assemblymember Wilma Chan
To sign-up for volunteering, please PHONE: 286 1670 EMAIL:assemblymember.Chan@assembly.ca.gov
contact: Deborah Wolfe at
Michael Sugarman at 430-1836 or
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The Skyliner is made possible through the generosity of: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Von
IT’S STILL IMPORTANT Querner and the team at East Bay Blueprint & Supply Company
TO JOIN THE PTSA 1745 14th Avenue, Oakland, CA 510-261-2990
They print the Skyliner at no cost to the PTSA. The PTSA would like to express our thanks
and encourage all Skyline families to use East Bay Blueprint and Supply Co.
530-6915 for their printing needs
April-May 2005 SKYLINER Page 3
CONCERNED PARENTS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS WANDRA BOYD
PTSA ROSTER 2004-2005 We would like to again welcome our new members who attended our
President George Higgins
parent meeting on March 3, 2005. Our meeting was highlighted by the
presentation of Skyline Counselor, Mr. Raheem Mohammed. The
VP/Community Affairs Ed Robinson information provided concerning course planning and selection was
invaluable. Mr. Mohammed has an even more eagerly anticipated
VP/Fundraising Ana Burgos seminar planned for our next meeting of May 5, 2005. He will train
parents on the technique of reading and critically evaluating your
VP/Membership Jeanette Robinson student's transcript. Understanding the transcript is key, when
Mrs.email@example.com 530-6915 determining if your student is on track for graduation and post-
VP/Volunteers Alan Price secondary education opportunities. To take full advantage of the
Acp20@sbcglobal.net 339-7440 training, be sure to email or call me so that I can contact Mr.
Treasurer Bob Saltz Mohammed, or contact Mr. Mohammed directly. He will then bring a
firstname.lastname@example.org 339-7150 copy of your student's transcript to the meeting so that you will have it
Recording Secretary Molly Bantilian available for the training.
email@example.com 530-3945 As we approach Spring Break, it is time to start planning your student's
Corresponding Secty. Barbara Kass academic program for next year. We strongly encourage our parents
Bk2975@hotmail.com 530-2975 to enroll their students in Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (H)
Parliamentarian Cynthia Blumgart courses. The advanced courses enhance your student's preparation
firstname.lastname@example.org 339-2240 for career and college. To enroll in one of these classes, a "B"
Auditor David Kahn average in the desired field of study is required. Your student does not
email@example.com 482-5776 have to be recommended by a teacher or counselor to take the
Skyliner Editor Michele LeProhn courses. We advise interested parents and students to contact their
firstname.lastname@example.org 482-9629 counselors as soon as possible to sign up for the classes. There is
Performing Arts Co-Chair Kathy Kahn
reportedly a plan to start a new AP Social Studies course for 10th
email@example.com 482-5776 Graders this coming fall. Ninth Grade parents and students should
check with their counselor regarding this new course as soon as
Performing Arts Co-Chair David Kahn
firstname.lastname@example.org 482-5776 possible. We will be updating you with more information regarding this
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new course as it becomes available. On another note, the GATE
committee officially met for the first time this year on 3/10/05. If you
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are interested in GATE for your student and would like to attend the
Registration Lesley Clark GATE meetings, contact the GATE coordinator, Mr. Carl Keys, at the
email@example.com 531-0114 school.
College Night Co-Chair Robin Violet Our meetings this year have covered a wide range of issues including
academic improvement, parent participation, school governance,
College Night Co-Chair Greg Johnson course selection and the Tardy Policy. If you have suggestions for
additional areas of discussion at our CPAAS meetings, please let us
SUBSCRIBE TO There will not be a CPAAS meeting in April because of the Spring
Break. Our next meeting is, therefore, scheduled for May 5, 2005. As
OR always, announcements and meeting schedules are available at our
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April-May 2005 SKYLINER Page 4
PERFORMING ARTS UPDATE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES MR. DAVID TURNER
KATHY KAHN The underlined scholarships are available at the scholarship meetings
The third annual OUSD Jazz or you can request them in person from Mr. Turner either before
Festival in February was incredible school, during lunch or after school.
– 200 student jazz musicians from 8 There will be many scholarships listed, without underlines that are
schools, lots of great music and available on the internet only. If you don’t have access at home you
learning and experiences and fun. If can access the web in the Skyline and public libraries. Scholarships
you missed it, I’m so sorry –but don’t that are available to Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen will be listed
miss it next year! We have two in the daily bulletins.
more district-wide secondary music 1. GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
festivals coming up, and hope many SCHOLARSHIPS: Available to seniors with a 2.75 GPA who plan on
of you can make it. entering a food service program in the Fall of 2005.
Oakland Schools Band Festival DEADLINE: March 31, 2005
with guest conductor Tim Smith of
Cal State East Bay, Tuesday, 4/5, 2. SOAR SCHOLARSHIPS
7:30 pm Farnsworth Theater at Many Soar scholarships are available to our seniors.
Skyline EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 31, 2005
FIRST ANNUAL OUSD Strings 3. OAKLAND ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE AGENTS
Festival on Thursday, 7:30 April 7, SCHOLARSHIPS ($5,000): Available to seniors.
Skyline. Details available from DEADLINE: March 31, 2005
email@example.com. 4. DELTA SIGMA THETA SCHOLARSHIP II: Available to African-
May 18-21 - Spring Dance Festival DEADLINE: March 31,2005
-- Four evenings, two concerts. All
performances at 7:30. 5. ANITA BASKERVILLE HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Scholarships available to African-American senior females with at least
May 25-26 – Vocal Music Concert a 3.00 GPA.
7:30 DEADLINE: April 1, 2005
June 2 - Spring Concerto Concert 6. WOMEN FOR POSITIVE COMMUNICATION: Available to
7:30 minority senior males or females who need financial assistance to
These events are unforgettable attend college.
because of the obvious inspiration DEADLINE: April 1, 2005
the kids take away from it. 7. CABRILLO CLUB OF ALAMEDA: Available to Portuguese seniors
And, congratulations to the Skyline with at least a 3.50 GPA.
Jazz Band on their recent successful DEADLINE: April 1, 2005
jazz and barbecue fundraiser at 8. $16,000 IN CALIFORNIA ALARM ASSOCIATION
Redwood Heights. Special thanks SCHOLARSHIPS: Available to the sons and daughters of law
to Everett & Jones at 2676 enforcement or fire service personnel.
Fruitvale for their sponsorship, to DEADLINE: April 8, 2005
Mr. Allen and the Jazz Band parents 9. ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SCHOLARSHIPS:
who worked so hard to make this Willie Mae Allen and Addie Mae Whitaker Scholarship:
happen, and to the attendees of the Requirements: Be an African-American male or female with at least a
sold-out event for their support. 2.50 GPA, plan to attend a 4 year college and plan to become an
If you wish to receive period news educator.
about Skyline performing arts, send Elsie Carrington Rumford Scholarship Available to African-
your email address to American females with a 2.50 GPA; plan to attend either a 2 yr. or 4 yr.
firstname.lastname@example.org. College and have financial need.
Ruth Love Scholarship. Available to African-American
males/females with at least a 2.50 GPA and plans to attend either a 4
yr or 2 yr. College
Ida Louise Jackson Scholarship. Available to African-American
females with a 3.00 GPA and plans to attend either U.C. Berkeley or
an historically black college
April-May 2005 SKYLINER Page 5
AT A GLANCE: Olga Jane Lewis Scholarship. Available to African-American
Scholarship Deadlines females with a 3.50 GPA, planning to attend a 4 year college.
Complete listings - pages 4-5 DEADLINE: April 9, 2005
March 10. OAKLAND CHAPTER FOR ALLENSWORTH STATE HISTORIC
31 Th. Golden Gate Restaurant PARK SCHOLARSHIPS. Available to African-American seniors with a
Soar Scholarship GPA between 2.00 and 2.99.
Oakland Association of Insurance
Agents Scholarship DEADLINE : April 9, 2005
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship 11. HUMANITARIAN MERIT-BASED AWARDS. These Oil Trust
April Awards are available to juniors and seniors with at least a 2.00.
Anita Baskervill Harris Scholarship
Women for Positive Communication
DEADLINE: April 10, 2005
8 Fr. CA Alarm Association Scholarship 12. HACEMOS (Hispanic Association of Communications
9 Sat. Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships Employees of SBC) This scholarship is available to Hispanic seniors.
Oakland Chapter for Allensworth
State Historic Park Scholarship
DEADLINE: April 15, 2005
10 Sun. Humanitarian Merit-based Award 13. CLAUDE CLARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Available to
15 Fri. HACEMOS Scholarship African-American seniors with at least a 2.50 GPA.
Claude Clark Memorial
DEADLINE: April 15, 2005
16 Sat. Wa Sung Service Club 14. WA SUNG SERVICE CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS. Available to
Scholarship Asian seniors
22 Fri. Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship
Iota Delta Zeta Sorority Scholarship
DEADLINE: April 16, 2005
29 Fri. SAT registration deadline 15. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
Oakland-Alameda Co. Coliseum THE ARTS: These generous scholarships are granted to members of
30 Sat. Vietnamese Physicans Scholarship
the Class of 2005 who audition an outstanding acting, dance or vocal
achievement. No GPA requirement. A chance to win scholarship
May money based on your particular talent.
1 Sun. Lapan Memorial Sunshine
DEADLINE: April 22, 2005
Guy and Louise Condrott 16. IOTA DELTA ZETA CHAPTER OF THE ZETA PHI BETA
Scholarship SORORITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Available to seniors.
7 Sat. SAT
DEADLINE: April 22, 2005
4 Sat. SAT 17. OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIPS. These outstanding $8,000 scholarships are
SENIORS PLEASE REMEMBER THESE available to seniors who meet the following criteria:
IMPORTANT NOTES: ROBERT T. NAHAS. Must be a senior who has competed for at least
Soon you will be receiving two years in a competitive sports program. 3.00 GPA required
acceptance letters and award GEORGE P. SCOTLAN. Must be a senior with a 3.00 who has a
notifications, please bring those to record of community service and involvement.
Mr. Turner so he can make copies DEADLINE: April 29, 2005
and return them to you. 18. VIETNAMESE PHYSICIANS ASSOCIATION OF NO.
During the week of April 11 – 15 CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIPS: Available to Vietnamese seniors
(Spring break), you can visit colleges who are college-bound and who have financial need.
you’ve been accepted to and then it DEADLINE: April 30, 2005
will be easier to decide which one to 19. LAPAN MEMORIAL SUNSHINE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS.
attend. Those seniors who will be These generous scholarships are available to seniors who meet the
attending community colleges following criteria: A. Be financially needy; B. At least a 2.80 GPA in
should go to your chosen community high school; C. Submit an original essay on: “How we can stop drug
college and begin your registration abuse.”
for September, 2005. By doing that DEADLINE: May 1, 2005
you will be assured that you get all
20. GUY AND LOUISE CONDROTT SCHOLARSHIPS. Available to
the classes you want in the Fall.
seniors who have taken at least 3 graphics classes.
Ask Mr. Turner for a list of
DEADLINE: May 1, 2005
community colleges in Northern