Goodbye Seniors! Hello Summer!

jdutton2.jpgI’m glad I finally found the time to blog because it is likely that this will be my last entry this year, though perhaps I will have time for one more. This time I am going to write a goodbye note, but I would still love comments, questions, etc.

The seniors of Skyline High School will be graduating this Friday at the Paramount Theatre.  My sister is among them, as are most of my dearest friends. Obviously I’m ridiculously sad and also incredibly proud!

To all of you graduates at Skyline (and everywhere else): Good luck! I’m proud of you! I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps! I hope that everyone has an excellent summer and congratulations to all you students, teachers, parents, and administrators who made it through this challenging school year! There were some wonderful experiences, and there were a lot of difficulties, but all in all I learned a lot and had a great year. I hope everyone else feels the same. 

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Summer – Take Classes or Relax?

Bryant Phan, a new student blogger, is finishing his ninth-grade year at MetWest High School. – Katy

eoak0515blogger01.jpgSchool is coming to an end next week for a lot of us. This leads to my problem – Should I take the time off to relax or take summer classes to get extra credit?

Take Classes
I am an overachiever, or at least I claim to be. I usually never do anything over the summer and I think summer classes/college courses will definitely keep me from being bored. Taking college courses will prepare me for the upcoming year and I will be ahead of a lot of people when I go to college. A lot of High Schools also give a year of credit for a semester of college courses and if I take the right classes, there is a possibility of skipping a grade. Continue Reading


End of the year frustration

irodriguez2.jpgAfter visiting my counselor today to change my class choices for next year I was reminded of the incompetency of the OUSD. Don’t get me wrong, OUSD has its positive qualities, but these are found in the classrooms, away from the administration. When it comes to bureaucracy, things can get very frustrating.

My counselor informed me that they were not making any class changes until they finished the “master schedule” which will likely not be done until after the end of this school year. This means I will have to go change my classes in the beginning of next year, amid all the confusion of the beginning of the year, and not to mention all those other students like myself who were unable to change their classes.

From the looks of this, it seems as if there may be a repeat of the scheduling crisis we experienced earlier this year. Continue Reading


Loans for two-year colleges harder to come by

The New York Times reported today that some of the country’s largest banks, including Citibank and JPMorgan Chase, are extending fewer loans to students at two-year colleges and for-profit institutions (though not at top universities):

The practice suggests that if the credit crisis and the ensuing turmoil in the student loan business persist, some of the nation’s neediest students will be hurt the most. The difficulty borrowing may deter them from attending school or prompt them to take a semester off. When they get student loans, they will wind up with less attractive terms and may run a greater risk of default if they have to switch lenders in the middle of their college years. Continue Reading


Election Day’s almost here: Who’s your choice?

Depending on where you live, you can legally vote in only one Oakland school board race tomorrow, if that. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion of who should come out on top.

In District 1 (North Oakland), you have Jody London, Brian Rogers and Tennessee Reed (left to right) vying for an open seat. Read the Trib’s coverage of the race here.


In District 3 (West Oakland), Jumoke Hinton Hodge hopes to succeed her husband, Greg Hodge, on the board; Olugbemiga Oluwole Sr. has his eye on the seat as well. Tribune Continue Reading


Does OUSD prepare kids for life after high school?

The event flyer for a Wednesday evening discussion on the subject poses a different question, one that sounds sort of odd considering the school district’s notorious drop-out rate:

“Are Oakland students 100% Graduated, 100% Prepared?”


I’m not sure I could name one school district which could answer that question affirmatively. But district staff will also ask more nuanced questions Wednesday night, such as what the audience thinks about Continue Reading