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Important Info from OUSD

Joint communication about 2017-18 bargaining process between the school district and the Oakland Education Association from October 2017: 2017-18 Joint OEA OUSD Community Letter

News from November 6th Budget and Finance Committee meeting: 17-2099 Presentation – Budget and Finance Committee – Revised Budget – 2017-2018

For updated information (as of late October) about why OUSD is facing budget cuts for 2017-18, please read this document: District Finances Late Oct. 2017


To learn about the Blueprint for Quality Schools, check out Crocker Blueprint Presentation.pptx

For a video of our superintendent talking about the state of the budget on October 10,  click here:


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Tonight’s PTA Meeting will be Live Streamed on Facebook!

For tonight’s PTA meeting, we will be streaming it live via Facebook Live Streaming. To view it, simply go to the Crocker Highlands Facebook page at and you should be able to join the video. We’ll go on the air at 6:30pm tonight!


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Spotlight: Jennifer Nickel – Reading Specialist

Spotlight: Jennifer Nickel – Reading Specialist

Spotlight:  Jennifer Nickel – Reading Specialist

Jennifer Nickel (Ms Nickel) is the Reading Specialist at Crocker.  Reading Specialist support through Ms Nickel, as well as many other programs, only exist at Crocker because of your PTA donations.  Please support Annual Giving to keep these programs running.

Q:  How many hours do you work at Crocker and how do you spend that time?  

Ms Nickel: 20-25 hours a week

Q:  What is your background in this role (education/experience/number of years):  

Ms Nickel:  I am trained as an Educational Therapist, and in Orton-Gillingham based reading interventions, including the Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs.  In addition to my work at Crocker I have worked as a Learning Specialist at a local independent school. I also have a private Educational Therapy practice.  

Q:  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?  

Ms Nickel:  I provide reading support and intervention for students in grades K-5.  I push into Kindergarten classes to provide differentiated literacy instruction in the context of centers, as well as providing opportunities for students to build foundational skills such as phonological awareness, small motor control, and visual memory. I also work with first and second graders in small groups, using multi-sensory instruction such as the Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars curriculum to build phonics and fluency skills.  I provide individualized, one-on-one support to third through fifth graders who are working towards grade level decoding and/or reading comprehension.  In addition, I consult with parents on ways to support their students at home.  

Q:  What do you like about what you do?  

Ms Nickel:  Everyday is different! There is so much room for creativity and improvisation in my role.  A big part of my job is figuring out how best to engage my students to effect meaningful change, and I find that process so interesting and rewarding.  I’m grateful for the incredible support I receive from the Crocker teachers, staff, and families.  

Q: Can you give an example of how what you do has made an impact on a kid or kids at Crocker?  

Ms Nickel:  I have seen such wonderful growth not only in students’ reading abilities, but in their confidence and willingness to take risks in an academic setting.  I also work hard to help students and their families understand and accept their unique ways of learning.   

The Reading Specialist program is one of the many programs paid for by the Crocker PTA.  Please donate to Annual Giving to continue to keep this and our other programs running!


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PTA Meeting October 10 at 6:30 PM

On behalf of PTA Co-Presidents Erika Vexler & Monica Kaldani-Nasif, we want to invite you to join us on October 10th at 6:30pm for our next PTA meeting in the MPR.  Childcare will be provided in the Library.  Many parents/guardians have shared their input on the After-School Enrichment program, and we have program updates that will be shared at our next meeting.  We also have Liz Sullivan, Director of Community Engagement, who will join us for a live discussion about about what’s being addressed through the Blueprint for Quality Schools initiative, how it will impact Oakland schools and residents, and much more.  Do not miss!

Dinner and childcare will be provided, please use this link to RSVP:

Here is our agenda: PTA Agenda – 10-10-17


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Next Crocker Swag Pickup – October 21st

Next Crocker Swag Pickup – October 21st

Nice to see so many people out at the Spaghetti feed this year! Thanks for supporting our community through your purchases of Crocker Swag. As always, you can check out what we have at the Crocker online store.

For all online orders, we will not be shipping, rather they will be available for pick-up on a specific date at school. Any orders made until October 20th will be available for pick up at the school Walkathon on SaturdayOCTOBER 21ST. Or just come visit us at the swag table during the Walkathon, where we will have our entire stock available.

If you aren’t able to come in person to pick up an order, please send a friend to pick up for you. Otherwise, email to make alternative arrangements.


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Individual Photo Days October 23rd and 24th

Here is the schedule for our individual photo days.

Individual Photos Most Up To Date 2017

Want to learn about the photographers?  Visit their website at


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