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Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

1. Your name:
My name is Michèle Stone

2. What is your role at Crocker?
I am an academic tutor. After I retired from full time teaching, I was asked by the PTA to work part time with primary grade children who needed a little extra help in achieving confidence in their language arts skills.

3. How many hours do you work at Crocker and how do you spend that time?
Currently, I work six and one half hours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and some additional hours for testing. I work with three teachers each morning, sometimes continuing with the same students and sometimes working on a special project.

4. What is your background in this role (education/experience/number of years)
After graduating from University of California at Berkeley, and earning my teaching credential there, I taught in Oakland Public Schools for 43 years (mostly grades one and two). The last 33 of those years were at Crocker (1975 to 2008), during which time I earned a Masters in Educational Leadership at Cal State, Hayward. I was also a Crocker parent for nine of those years, as I live in the neighborhood.

5. Please give an overview of what you do in your role for and how it differs by grade. What are you covering now or plan to cover by end of year?
I work with individual children or small groups, as directed by the classroom teacher, to help them differentiate instruction and improve phonemic awareness, alphabetic, writing, and/or comprehension skills. I also assist K, 1, and 2 teachers with required testing.

6. What do you like about what you do?
Working with the children is what I love, watching them as they gain confidence and learn new skills. It makes me feel very special to have children asking if they can work with me. I enjoy seeing their progress from the beginning of the year to the end. They keep me excited about coming to Crocker. I enjoy the commitment and involvement of the staff and the excellent educational environment. It is a pleasure to share insights into children’s learning with my colleagues.

7. Can you give me an example of how what you do has made an impact on a kid or kids at Crocker?
Sometimes children I have worked with will stop me in the hallway and tell me about a new skill they have mastered and thank me for helping them. It is very rewarding to know I have helped to make a positive difference in their learning.


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Supporting All Students

Dear Crocker Families,

I am writing to echo the message communicated in today’s email from OUSD regarding Oakland’s status as both a sanctuary city and school district. Like all schools in OUSD, we do not request or maintain any information about students’ immigration status.
Our top priority is to support all students of every birthplace, ethnicity, race, language, religion, and family structure.  Two key ways we communicate our support for all kids and their families is by reinforcing our words of the month (respect, cooperation, acceptance, compassion, responsibility, perseverance and friendship) and through our Caring Schools Community work in classrooms.
Here is a link to the district’s website, where you can find the FAQs that were also in our school bulletin for several weeks, along with the text of the OUSD School Board’s Resolution.  You’ll notice that the FAQ’s and Resolution are in several languages, so please do share this information with friends or family in the city who might not know about it.
All my best,
Joci Kelleher

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Kindness March January 2017

Kindness March January 2017

Our whole school came together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to show how much compassion means to us.  Check out our video at


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The 2017 Crocker Auction Needs Your Donations

The 2017 Crocker Auction Needs Your Donations

The 2017 Crocker Auction Needs Your Donations

We need items, goods, and services for our online and live auctions. To donate, please visit If you’d like donation ideas, the auction team has put together a bunch of them at

Questions? Contact Please submit your donation by Feb. 8. The online auction will be Feb. 19 to March 5, and the live auction event on April 22. Many thanks in advance for your donation!


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Crocker Parent Workshop – Positive Peer Interaction 1/30/17

Crocker Parent Workshop – Positive Peer Interaction 1/30/17

Social Emotional Development: POSITIVE PEER INTERACTION

We’ve arranged for Kidpower® to come and teach shared vocabulary & social safety skills. Prepare your kids to make safe choices at school and out in the world.
Learn steps you can take to build social fluency and confidence. Tips on how to practice these skills with your family as you would with a new instrument or sport.
• Deal with peer pressure, teasing, exclusion, aggressive play
• Deescalate and resolve conflicts
• Be safe with your own words
• Set & respect boundaries


Date: Monday 1/30/17 Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm Location: MPR


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Oratorical Fest and Spelling Bee Resources

The MLK Oratorical Festival is open to all students, and the Crocker Spelling Bee is for 4th and 5th graders only. Here are several resources that can help your kids to prepare for these events.

Past OUSD Oratorical Festival video:

To see how children will be scored at the Oratorical Festival MLK ORATORICAL SCORE SHEET 2017 – OUSD

Scripps National Spelling Bee Word Lists

How to Study for a Spelling Bee

Study-Guide-2015-16-National Spelling-Bee

Junior High Spelling Word List 2016-17



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