Save the date! Join us for the 8th Annual Parent University on Saturday, November 6th
- Now COVID Testing Weekly
- Ocala STEAM Academy receives the Golden Bell Award from the CSBA for outstanding STEAM in the state!!
- November 2019: Future of Learning Summit, Arizona State Univ. Programming, Texas Instruments STEM Squad
- Big News and Celebrations! HP Hackathon Champions and MESA State Championships!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we continue the new school year, the District remains committed to providing a safe learning and work environment for all of our staff and students, and your cooperation and action is essential to helping us make that happen.
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the District is implementing a multi-layered approach to safety measures in our schools. For that reason, and to help maintain a safe learning environment for your child, we are asking that you give your consent to your child taking part in the District’s weekly testing in their class.
The District’s testing provider will be Concentric, which is authorized by the state to conduct the testing. The testing will take place once each week and the test will be self-administered by your child, if you choose to participate. All students who participate will be shown how to self-administer the test. The test that will be used is a non-invasive, short nasal swabs. Your child will give themselves the test in their classroom and then the test swab/sample will be collected by the test provider at that time and all swabs taken in the class (including the teacher’s) will be analyzed together. This is called “pool testing.” If any of the swabs or samples in the “pool” are positive, then all persons in the class will be notified immediately. In that case, that will allow you to have your child tested again to determine whether she/he is positive for Covid-19.
Please complete the attached electronic permission slip so that your child may begin weekly testing. Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need support in filling out the form.
Superintendent Dr. Hilaria Bauer, Principal Tracy Leathers, and teachers Dina Lopes and Maria-Elena Ruiz support OSA seventh grader Sabrina Dao at the Future of Learning Summit at San Jose State University. Sabrina Dao was the only K-12 speaker among a field of CEOs, university students, and researchers.
Ocala STEAM Academy staff engage in virtual reality professional learning from the Arizona State University tech team in partnership as a Verizon Innovative Learning School.
Ocala STEAM Academy 6th graders train in machine and robotics programming from the digital learning STEM Squad from Texas Instruments Dallas, TX, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).
Ocala STEAM Academy students participate in HPE Hackathon and win big! (2019)
HPE hosted a hackathon in collaboration with Curated Pathways to Innovation where teams of students were invited to design and build apps to address problems in their communities. The students spent several weeks working on their apps and presentations in the Curated Pathways platform and their community problems considered environmental wellness, social issues and safety concerns. This opportunity allowed students to build their technical skills as well as social as they coded, collaborated, and pitched their ideas in a professional setting.
Students spent the morning “hacking” and finalizing their apps and presentations, ate lunch and then presented to a panel of judges. While they weren’t presenting, they had the opportunity to explore the HPE office while participating in activities like VR adventures, engaging in their Innovation lab, playing games and more. Judges assessed 27 teams and chose 3 winning teams. First place won $500 and laptops, second place won $250 and third won $100.
All three winning teams were in 6th grade. Congratulations to all who participated!
8th Grade MESA Team Goes to State (March 2, 2019)
On March 2nd a group of 8th graders from Ocala STEAM Academy participated in the first round of the San Jose MESA Center competitions. As a team, students were asked to create a “human-centered” design which would solve a problem faced by a client of their choice. A major criteria of the competition is that teams must incorporate the use of an Arduino. The Ocala team aimed to solve the navigation issues a family member faced as a result of optic atrophy. Out of five teams, Ocala won first place and will be moved on to the regional competition in April.
In the regional competition, the team faced four other teams from MESA centers across Northern California. Their design is a discrete sensor- based navigational aid for the visually impaired. The state competition took place on May 4th at UCLA. At the State Championship they faced off against the top teams from the Northern and Southern California regions. The 1st place winner from this competition will move on to the National competition in Arizona.
At the state competition the team took first place in the poster, and 3rd place in the technical writing portion. The entire Ocala STEAM Academy community is proud of their efforts. They represented us well!
Ocala STEAM Academy wins county Hoffman award
Ocala STEAM Academy recently won the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Glen Hoffman award a 35-year tradition that celebrates school and school district programs that significantly impact student success in our region. The award was given based on the outstanding STEAM focused instructional program provided on campus. In order to receive the award the school was required to complete a competitive application and then participate in a school walkthrough and interview process. We are incredibly honored to receive this award and we are proud of the hard work from the entire school community that allowed this to happen.
ARUSD reports weekly the numbers of reported positive COVID-19 cases. Please see the linked document for details.
Enrollment is open for students!
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District offers a variety of programs and opportunities, and is accepting enrollment for the upcoming school year. Contact our Student Services department today!