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

TTY 925-625-6580


April 21
No School

April 22-25
Spirit Week
Tuesday-Green Day
Wed-Black/White Day
Thursday-Rainbow Day
Friday-Purple Day

April 25
Progress Reports Go Home with Students

April 29
2015 Washington DC Trip Informational Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 12 at Delta Vista School

May 1
Incoming 6th Grade Orientation

May 3
Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 6-9
Minimum Days
Dismissal at 12:35

May 14
PTSA Meeting at 7pm
in the Library

May 15
End of Year Dance

May 21
6th Grade Greek Day

May 23
Day on the Green
Concert in the Park

May 26
No School
Memorial Day Holiday

June 3
8th Grade Trip

June 6
Last Day of School
Minimum Day
Dismissal at 12:35pm
8th Grade Celebration

June 11
Report Cards Mailed Home

Summer Break
June 9 - July 25


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. We take great pride in offering a challenging and diverse curriculum to all of our students. 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 840 students, 40 teachers, 30 support staff and an administrative team of one principal, one assistant principal, and one counselor.

While we are proud of the performance (801 AYP) of our students in both our standardized testing programs and the curriculum offered in every classroom, we continue to assess our progress and critically evaluate the ways in which we might improve the 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.

O’Hara Park Middle School provides our students with numerous opportunities to practice life skills. Our curriculum and programs are designed with the idea of reaching every student. We celebrate our success by handing out PAWS to students who are demonstrating good life skills. A weekly drawing recognizes these responsible behaviors.

We welcome the participation of parents through our PTSA and ELAC organizations. Parents are welcome to drop by the school office at any time. Furthermore, we encourage parent participation in classroom and school activities. We have many forms of communication available to our parents including the school website, 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, Harvey Yurkovich, assistant principal and in charge of our intervention and incentive programs, and Rick Melgoza, counselor and in charge of our athletic programs. Ms. Sanchez is our office manager and she can help you with most anything.

The Sky is truly the limit at O’Hara Park Middle School!

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 Parents: Order your Celebration Lei!
Kahuna Flowers and O’Hara Park Leadership/ASB invite you to be a part of the time honored tradition of giving your student a lei at this year’s Celebration. Place your order now for traditional single or double leis, or try our NEW school-colored ALUMNI LEIS! Leis will be delivered directly to students the day of the Celebration. Deadline to order is June 1.

8th Grade Information
Calendar of Events for 8th Grade Students

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.

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.

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.

California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
This site was designed to help parents understand the STAR Program to better familiarize their children with testing.

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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