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  • Montclarion Article: Oakland Unified: Cuts won't be at school sites

    Posted by VP Communications at 2/26/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Source: The Montclarion, February 24, 2017

    Substantial budget cuts needed to right the financial ship of the Oakland Unified School District will not be made at the district’s school sites, administrators assured parents at a Feb. 15 meeting.

    But the public had plenty of questions for interim Superintendent Devin Dillon, Vernon Hal, the district’s senior business officer, and Nina Senn, who represents District 4 on the school board. The meeting was held at Montera Middle School, where Senn is a parent. Hal began by defining the projected deficit and how it came about.

    “I’m always asked ‘How did we get here?’ ” he said. “And I always ask the question, ‘What do you think ‘here’ is?’ ”

    The total amount needed to be cut from next year’s district budget is around $8 million rather than the $30 million many parents had heard about, he said. The deficit was caused by a variety of factors, including changes in state funding and unexpected declining enrollment that cuts the amount of state money the district gets based on student attendance. Enrollment is expected to drop next year as well, Hal said.

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  • Montclarion Article: New Cheer Team Thrives

    Posted by VP Communications at 2/3/2017

    Source: The Montclarion, February 3, 2017

    Oakland Unified School District got its first official middle school cheerleading team this year started by a parent at Montera Middle School.

    The team currently is made up of 28 sixth- to eighth-grade girls. And it’s not just athletics — but academics — that form the center of the team. Since its start in September, the team has raised their collective GPA from a 2.2 to a 3.1.

    “I honestly thought it was going to be six cute little girls in uniforms and whatever, but we had 60 girls show up to tryouts,” coach Dunia Wilder said.

    Wilder has a daughter in sixth grade at Montera. She was motivated to begin a cheerleading team when she saw that her daughter, who she described as “super girly,” wanted an athletic outlet but didn’t want to participate in teams the school already had.

    After an enthusiastic turnout for tryouts, Wilder and her assistant coaches Kia Conrad and Claudia Gutierrez whittled the team down to its current size, and divided the team into two groups.

    Wilder noted that many of the girls who have joined the team are girls who were otherwise feeling unengaged in school, but said the team has given them a community to rally around.

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  • Camp gives Middle School Girls Hands-on Experience in Engineering

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 8/9/2015


    Some of our Montera girls participated in the UC Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering 2015 summer camps, part of a pilot program run by the College of Engineering as part of an effort to narrow the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Each summer there are two free one-week sessions with 30 participants for each week. Instructors are professors, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students, covering topics ranging from nanotechnology to data science. By design, nearly all instructors are women. Read the UC Berkeley News article HERE.
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  • Oakland: After school club that gives urban boys tools for success expanding

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 1/1/2015
    The Ever Forward Club is a mentoring program for at risk urban youth now in it's 10th year. The program gears boys and girls for college and careers by focusing on academics, family, community and personal development. Read the recent article in Inside Bay Area News to learn more about the Ever Forward Club at Montera.
    Ever Forward Club  
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  • Montera Teacher and Students Featured in Oakland Local Article

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 12/17/2014
    Montera teacher Kevin Jennings and several current and former Montera students were featured in a December 17, 2014 Oakland Local article about OUSD's African American Male Achievement initiative.  Mr. Kevin teaches our Manhood Development Program class here at Montera which is having a positive impact on the lives of our young men. Read the complete article HERE.
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  • Oakland Classroom Takes a Stand for Preventing Sedentary Students

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 12/11/2014
    Read how one of our very own Montera classrooms is taking a stand in preventing sedentary students!
    Zeal in Math Class  
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  • Montera Assistant Principal Ashanti Branch on PBS NewsHour May 7, 2014

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 5/10/2014
    Increasingly, boys appear to be falling behind girls academically. Test statistics, grades and college degrees are part of the story, but experts are also concerned about the messages young men get about masculinity. Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Thompson, author of "Raising Cain," Ever Forward Club founder Ashanti Branch and Christina Hoff Sommers, author of "The War Against Boys."
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  • 35th Annual OUSD Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical 6th-8th Grade Finals

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 5/8/2014
    Montera 8th grader Justin Ross performed "Excerpt from Obama's Inauguration" (see at 03:19).  Former Montera student Derionna Hodges performed "I am a Black Woman" (see at 44.32).
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  • Mentoring Program Featured in Oakland Local

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 12/3/2013

    Our new Concerned Black Men CARES Mentoring Program at Montera was featured in a recent Oakland Local article.  Participating students are paired with mentors and also meet weekly for lunchtime workshops providing academic enrichment, career exploration and teaching life skills.  Click here to see the full article.

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  • Montera-Style Kindness: Letter by Letter

    Posted by Anita Tenley at 12/2/2013

    Montera Kindness Letters

    Everyone likes to feel special, so the students in Montera Middle School’s Leadership classes decided to celebrate “Kindness Week” by making the entire school feel good! The students wrote every single student, teacher and administrator a letter – close to 1,000 in all!!!  Click here to see the ONEWS video about the Leadership classes project.

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