O'Hara Park School
1100 O'Hara Avenue
Oakley, CA 94561

TTY 925-625-6580


May 29
8th Grade Dance

June 2
8th Grade Trip

June 3
Day on the Green

June 5
Last Day of School
Minimum Day
Dismissal at 12:35pm
8th Grade Celebration at 1:15pm

June 10
Report Cards Mailed Home


We are most happy to welcome all our students and their families to OHara Park Middle School. Our goal is to create a school community of students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators who coexist in an environment of mutual trust. The staff at OHara Park Middle School understands the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social needs of the students and is committed to creating experiences and opportunities which will enable all students to academic success and personal growth.

School Photo
Mrs. Colleen Creswell
Principal's Message

Greetings, and welcome to O’Hara Park Middle School, Home of the Bulldogs!! We strive to inspire students to become innovative thinkers while challenging them to achieve individual excellence. We are all committed to providing a rigorous curriculum, differentiated instruction, and integrated technology within a collaborative and supportive learning environment. At the same time we foster students’ intellectual, emotional, and social growth by promoting mutual respect, high expectations, and personal integrity as we prepare our students for an every-changing global society.

O’Hara Park is proud of our continual goal of providing an excellent education for our students. We have a dynamic, hardworking faculty who are involved in education to benefit your child. Our Professional Learning Community promotes excellence and believes that respect and positive intention are the basis for a collaborative culture and a successful learning environment. We are made up of 890 students, 45 teachers, 30 support staff and an administrative team of one principal, one assistant principal, and one counselor.

The educational process is a dynamic one. Excellence within the educational system can best be achieved through a shared partnership between school and community. Students need to be continually challenged and nurtured. Students of today are going to be expected to succeed as globally minded learners, inquirers, and communicators. Flexibility, versatility and an abundance of energy are going to be required by everyone involved. We are working hard as a community to meet these challenges.

Students meet with an Advisory teacher four days a week for character education lessons and extra academic support. O’Hara Park Middle School provides our students with numerous opportunities to practice life skills like perseverance, resourcefulness, responsibility, and empathy - qualities that matter wherever their personal journeys take them so they can make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Our curriculum and programs are designed with the idea of reaching every student. We celebrate our successes by handing out PAWS to students who are demonstrating good life skills. A weekly drawing recognizes these responsible behaviors.

We continue to assess our progress and critically evaluate the ways in which we might improve our teaching and learning. We encourage and support student achievement as we strive for excellence. We seek to do this in a safe environment by developing positive relationships within the school, family, and community.

Parental involvement and communication is highly encouraged. One of the most efficient ways for a parent to stay up to date with their child’s daily progress is through the Parent Portal. You can get information to join Parent Portal in our school office. Once registered, you will be able to login and view student progress reports, homework assignments, and email teachers directly from the web site. We welcome the participation of parents through our PTSA and ELAC organizations. Parents are welcome to drop by the school office at any time. Second Cup of Coffee meetings are scheduled throughout the year. Parents are invited to meet with the administration and teachers to learn more about a specific program their child is participating in. On many occasions the students participate in these meetings and get to join their parents in an academic activity. Furthermore, we encourage parent participation in classroom and school activities. We have many forms of communication available to our parents including the school website, parent portal, handbook, email, regular use of the student agenda by teachers and students, and news flash. Staying in touch with our families through continuous correspondence is part of our formula for success!

Our administrative team consist of myself, Colleen Creswell, principal, Stephanie Petersen, assistant principal and in charge of our intervention and incentive programs, and Rick Melgoza, counselor and in charge of our counseling groups. Ms. Sanchez is our office manager and she can help you with most anything. Our dedicated and collegial staff and a rigorous standards-based academic program will provide your child the continued educational experience necessary for their transition through adolescence.

If you have a disability and need this publication in an alternate format, please contact Heather Partida, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at 925-625-5050.

Si usted tiene una inhabilidad y necesita esta publicación en un formato alterno, por favor entre en contacto con Heather Partida, Ayudante Administrativo al Superintendente en 925-625-5050.

8th Grade Activities
Click on this link for information about all the events that are planned for our 8th grade students

The Road to O'Hara Park
To the parents of incoming 6th grade students - click this link for information about important dates for the 2015-2016 school year.

Lunch and Learn
All children ages 2 to 18 are welcome. Free lunch, activities, crafts, games, and special guests. June 10 - July 16. Click this link for locations and more information.

SchoolPool Free Bus Passes
SchoolPool is a program that encourages students to try using public transportation to get to school. This enables parents to reduce the number of trips they make driving students to school and back. The Central/East Contra Costa County SchoolPool program offers free introductory County Connection or Tri Delta Transit bus passes for up to two students per household. Each eligible student will receive either two (2) County Connection 12-ride passes or one (1) Tri Delta Transit 20-ride pass.

California Thursdays
The Oakley Union Elementary School District Nutrition Services Department is proud to be part of the California Thursdays Network. California Thursdays is a collaboration of school districts to serve healthy School Meals featuring California-grown foods. The California Thursdays Network includes 43 school districts serving 190 million meals a year! OUESD Nutrition Services launched California Thursdays on April 23, 2015.

Student Safety
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration. Our school is expanding the safety program to include the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is based on these four actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be called on the PA. Please take a moment to review these actions. Students and staff will be trained and the school will drill these actions over the course of the school year.

Parent Portal
Parents can now access their students' academic and attendance records through our Parent Portal. You must have the personal access code that was provided by the school to set up your account.

Online Textbooks
Click the link above for instructions on accessing the online Science and Language Arts textbooks. We are working on providing access to all our textbooks on the Internet. Instructions and links for the other textbooks will be available soon.

School Counseling Services
Mr. Melgoza helps parents, teachers and administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students.

Ask your teacher for a user name and password.

School Library

City of Oakley After School Program
The City of Oakley After School Program is a recreation enrichment program for children currently enrolled at O'Hara Park School. Children participate in recreational activities such as arts & crafts, sports and games, cooking, and various other activities. The After School Program is on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Oakley Recreation Buildings located at 1250 O’Hara Avenue (right next door).

Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures
Parents picking up or dropping off their children by car need to pick them up by the gym in the Cypress parking lot. They can drive through, or park and walk to meet their children. The front of the school drop-off and pick-up is reserved for our students with special needs and buses. The front of the school on O’Hara is a bike lane. The curb is not red, but this is a designated No Parking or Loading Zone. Signs are posted for your convenience and the Oakley PD does enforce this.

Please know that the safety of our students is our number one concern. Our policies and procedures are developed for the most efficient exit routes for 840 students. Your patience is appreciated.

Stranger Danger Awareness
Telling our kids not to talk to strangers in not enough anymore, and it’s not realistic. Children have a difficult time understanding the concept of “stranger.” If they’ve seen someone at their school or in their neighborhood they may not think of them as a stranger because they’ve seen them before. In addition, if the person doesn’t look mean or scary they don’t seem like a stranger. However, abductions do not necessarily happen by strangers.
We need to teach our children the basic rules of safety when they are out in the world without us.

School Safety
Helping your child during a crisis or tragedy, either within your own family or on a national scale, is a significant parental challenge. Shortly after the tragic events on the east coast, the Superintendent placed on the District’s website links to various resources that might be of assistance to you now and in the future. The link above will take you the Parent Information page on the Distict website, where you will find these links. In addition, please be assured that each school in the District has had well established, well-practiced and effective classroom security procedures in place. Notwithstanding this, we are all reevaluating our systems. Furthermore, the District has contracted with a school security expert and will be working with our Facilities Director to evaluate our facilities and make recommendations.

Cómo ayudar a su hijo durante una crisis o una tragedia, ya sea dentro de su propia familia o en una escala nacional, es un reto importante parental. Poco después de los trágicos acontecimientos en la costa este, el Superintendente puesto en enlaces de sitios web del distrito a los diversos recursos que pueden ser de ayuda para usted ahora y en el futuro. El enlace de arriba le llevará a la página de información para padres en el sitio web Distict, donde se encuentra estos enlaces. Además, puede estar seguro de que cada escuela en el Distrito había establecido bien, bien practicado y eficaces los procedimientos de seguridad de la clase en su lugar. A pesar de ello, todos estamos reevaluando nuestros sistemas. Además, el Distrito ha contratado a un experto en seguridad de la escuela y va a trabajar con nuestro director de instalaciones para evaluar nuestras instalaciones y hacer recomendaciones.


Protect Yourself Against the Flu
As you may have read in the news, flu season started early in many parts of the country and some states are seeing a lot of flu illness. Flu disease levels in California continue to increase. As long as flu disease is around, it is not too late to get vaccinated. Flu vaccine is safe and can help keep you, your loved ones, and our community healthy. Doctors recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. It is especially important for children to get vaccinated as they are more likely to have severe illness. Children who get the flu can also spread the flu to their family members, classmates, and friends.

Every Day Counts
Why it is important not to pull your child out of class. Make every day count - keep your child learning in school.

School Accountability Report Card
Statistical information and data.

School Quality Snapshot
The School Quality Snapshot (SQS) report from the CDE graphically displays comparative school, local educational agency (LEA), and state data for various accountability, demographics, and school climate indicators. The SQS is designed for parent, district and school leadership, and community members to easily view multiple years of school data in a format that is easy to understand.

California Department of Education (CDE) Home Page
Provides links to Academic Performance Index (API), Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), content standards, and other state resources.

Taking Center Stage -- Act II
Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California's Middle Grades Students

Great Schools
The Parents' Guide to K-12 Success

Cyber Safety
Many middle school students are adept at finding information online ... but they still need adult guidance to help them understand which sources are trustworthy. Even the most tech-savvy kids need to understand that not everything they see on the Internet is true, that people on the Internet may not be who they appear to be, and that information or images they share can be seen far and wide. Click on the "Cyber Safety" link above for resources.


The Oakley Union Elementary School District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Individuals who require special accommodation (American Sign Language interpreter, reader, assistive listening devise, note taker, taped text, Braille or large print materials, accessible seating, etc.) should contact the Superintendent’s office. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Heather Partida at 925-625-5050 in advance of your participation or visit.

El Distrito de la Escuela Primaria de la Union de Oakley anima a las personas con discapacidades de participar en sus programas y actividades. Los individuales que requieren acomodaciones especiales (interprete de Lenguaje de Signos Estadounidenses, leyedor, aparato asistido para oír, tomador de notas, texto grabado, el Braille o materias de imprenta grande, asientos accesibles, etc.) deben ponerse en contacto con la oficina del Superintendente. Si usted anticipa que va necesitar cualquier tipo de acomodación o tiene preguntas sobre el acceso físico proveído, favor de ponerse en contacto con Heather Partida al 925-625-5050 con anticipo de su participación o su visita.

Disclaimer: We have made reasonable attempts to ensure our web site is educationally sound and does not have links to any questionable material. The Oakley Union Elementary School District is not responsible for the content of external web sites. Links from this site should not be construed as an endorsement, explicit or implied, of the organization, facility or information contained within those web sites.


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