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January 2012

The Principal’s Message Last month’s Principal’s message focused on teen depression, risk factors, and signs. I also outlined some of the interventions and programs at OPHS to address and combat this very real and important issue. In this message, I would like to discuss how high school athletics and sports programs as well as extra and co-curricular activities have shown significant research-based results that directly address these risks and foster resilience among teenagers. High school sports and athletics are critical components of a high quality comprehensive school program and not only enhance and improve academic achievement, but contribute to the overall physical and psychological well-being of adolescents. A growing body of research is confirming the benefits of student engagement in extra and co-curricular activities in combatting depression and fostering resilience and confidence in high school students. Particularly encouraging are the advantages in terms of improving girls’ appreciation of the strengths and capacities of their bodies, enhancing perceptions of athletic performance, and fostering confidence in sports efforts. Moreover, by educating youth about the psychological benefits associated with team sports involvement, we can increase awareness of adolescent depression and help support youth in developing effective strategies for maintaining mental health throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Another study cites that students who are more involved in team sports have better family relationships, are less depressed, use drugs less, and have better grades than students with lower levels of exercise and sports involvement. Increased sports participation can protect against depression and suicidal ideation by increasing endorphin levels, boosting self-esteem, improving body image, and increasing social support thereby impacting substance abuse. For both high school girls and boys, sports team participation is associated with a higher GPA. Also, students on sport

S C H O O L teams feel greater school ties; therefore, they demonstrate a stronger work ethic and less absenteeism. At Oak Park High we are striving to expand opportunities for student involvement in athletic participation with the addition of levels in certain sports. We are adding a freshman baseball team this spring as well as JV Girls tennis. We have already added Boys and Girls lacrosse at Varsity and JV levels and next year plan to add freshman Boys and Girls soccer teams. This approach not only presents opportunities for more students to play who might not have made the team at the JV and varsity level, but has the long range effect of providing a longitudinal approach to team program development by fostering and training athletes earlier, thereby hopefully strengthening the competitiveness of the overall league participation. Continued support of extra curricular programs such as drama, mock trial, academic decathlon, robotics, solar, and rocket clubs, despite shrinking resources, are evidence of our belief in the benefits of a holistic approach to the development of not only the academic, but the social and emotional well being of students. However, there are still challenges to providing the adult support and training needed to ensure that our programs are structured and supported and have adult leadership that will produce civic responsibility, leadership, and confidence in students. The majority of our coaches are parents and community members who devote their time and talents to the students. We must continue to train, support, and monitor coaches to provide experiences that serve the mission and goals of our school and our students. All of our coaches are background checked, CPR certified, and have as a minimum taken and received the California Interscholastic Federation’s “Fundamentals of Coaching “ course certification which emphasizes student-centered curriculum on essential coaching techniques and methods for interscholastic coaches. continued on page 3

Campus Calendar, News & Notes Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan.

3 OPPAA Meeting, 7 pm, B-2 6 PFC General Meeting, 10 am, Lib. CR 10 Site Council Meeting, 3:30 pm, Lib. CR 11 Financial Aid Workshop, 6:30 pm, G-9 12 Talent Show, 7 pm, Pav. 13 Comedy Sportz, 7:30 pm, Pav. 14-15 VCOE Network Maintenance 14 ACT, 8 am, off site 16 No school, MLK Day 17 School Board Meeting, 6 pm 24-26 Preliminary Clearance for Baseball, Softball and Volleyball, 2:30 pm, Front Office 24-26 Final Exams, Dismissal at 12:10 pm 27 Staff Development Day - No School and Volleyball, 2:30 pm, Front Office 28 SAT, 8 am, off site 30 Periods 1-6 Day

New Year’s Lunch Party! Friday, January 13, 2012 The In-N-Out Truck will be on campus, but you have to buy your tickets in ADVANCE!!! $4 buys you a hamburger/cheeseburger, potato chips and soft drink Tickets will be sold at the Student Store during nutrition, lunch or after school, but only until, Tuesday, January 10th Don’t Delay - BUY TODAY!!!

Nutr. = Nutrition, Pav. = Pavilion Lib. CR = Library Conference Room

Help us reach our goal of 500 tickets so that 25% of the proceeds will go to local child abuse centers.

See complete listings for athletic events and more on the OPHS Master Calendar! It’s easy as 1-2-3! 1. Click here or go to… 2. Hover your mouse on “Calendars” in the yellow menu bar and select Master Calendar from the drop down menu or select the athletic team schedule you wish to view.

Oak Park High School PFC Newsletter published monthly September - June by the OPHS Parent Faculty Club (PFC) for families of Oak Park High School students.

3. If you selected Master Calendar, click on any event listed for more information!

Oak Park High School • Oak Park Unified School District

Happy 2012!

Principal: Kevin Buchanan 899 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park, CA 91377 OPHS Main Line: 735-3300 Attendance/Temp. Off Campus Pass Line: 735-3311 (please call before 9 a.m.) PFC President: Gillian Miller Newsletter Editor: Suzie Bock 818-970-5251 eNews Editor: Uma Narayanan 818-707-3124 •


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Furthermore, our facilities are heavily used and require extensive upkeep and maintenance to ensure student safety and quality experiences. OPUSD Director of Business Operations, Julie Suarez and her District maintenance crew are diligent in their efforts to respond and repair any problems as soon as possible, and ensure a safe and healthy environment for students and staff while focusing on using sustainable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly products. Our OPHS Athletic Booster Club is an invaluable resource and much of what is accomplished could not be managed without your continued support and commitment to Eagle Athletics. Our athletic administration team of Stewart McGugan, Ann Petit, Dick Billingsley and Geri Sterling provide the day-today oversight and management of all the logistical elements that go into running a program of 33 teams in 18 sports. Please visit our athletic website at for an overview of the program. Our student clubs are primarily facilitated and advised by faculty who give of their time and energies to create opportunities for students to organize around similar desires and interests to perform activities and complete community service projects. Recent projects included the Wolverton Charity drive organized by the military club to send supplies to servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan.

As we start the New Year it is with renewed commitment and energy to set higher goals and expectations for the opportunities OPHS provides students in athletics and extra-curricular programs. I truly appreciate the support and commitment from our coaches, staff, families, and active community members and wish you a positive, rewarding, and happy New Year — Sincerely, Kevin Buchanan, Principal Babiss, Lindsay A. MS; Gangwisch, James E. PhD. Sports Participation as a Protective Factor Against Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents as Mediated by Self-Esteem and Social Support. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: Volume 30 - Issue, 5 Oct 2009. Boone, Erin M.; Leadbeater, Bonnie J. Game On: Diminishing Risks for Depressive Symptoms in Early Adolescence through Positive Involvement in Team Sports. Journal of Research on Adolescence, v16 n1 Mar 2006. Broh, B.A. Linking extracurricular programming to academic achievement: Who benefits and why? Sociology of Education, 75(1), 69-95. 2002.

Thank You to Our No Frills Families… Aggarwal Ahdoot S. Anderson V. Anderson Anderson Annino Appelrouth Arsht Asher Axelrode Bagamian Balen Bartolomea Bear

Carrillo Catone Chandramohan Chasin Cheney Chrysiliou Chiu Clark Cleary Jeff Cohen Jordan Cohen Leslie Cohen Linda Cohen Cook

Belanger Belichesky Benson Berman Berner Bitton Boganim Briton-Jones L. Brown R. Brown Buckley Buss Byrne L. Camhi 3

Corbitt Coufal Covert Darling Delgado Dinino Doheney Dolabson Duerfeldt Eichstadt Feemster Fields Fisher continued on Fong page 4

Oak Park Robotics Wins Los Angeles VEX Competition! ur own Oak Park High School Robotics Team anchored by Josh Gutterman, Kyle Gronich, Nicholas Bagamian, Nimi Kalmanovich, and Russell Tagawa took first place in the December 10th VEX Alliance Competition along with two teams from Viewpoint Upper School. The 2011 competition held at California State University Northridge included 73 teams from around Southern California, and as far away as Great Britain.

With the win, the team has now qualified for the VEX World Championship in Anaheim. They will compete this April along with 319 teams from twenty countries. The competition will also feature another 180 middle school and college teams competing separately. Team members will be keeping busy over the next few months refining their robot and practicing for the championship. They have also been busy seeking donations and sponsors to help with the costs of attending the championship, as well for the club itself. Those interested in helping can contact Steven Gutterman at 818-632-0518 or Eagle s


In 2012, I Resolve to . . . Prepare for the unexpected: “Wind related power outages persist in LA”

No Frills (con’t) Ford Frey Galaif Garb Gebhard Gee Geldin Gerber Ghaffari Goldstein Gordon Gorelik Green Gronich Gunn Haines Harris Hassanieh Hedlund M. Helford Helford Hile

Earthquake: All normal services overwhelmed: “Tanker explosion could bring days of freeway traffic gridlock” Earthquake: Trapped on a freeway, unable to get home: What’s your plan? 1. Family Disaster Response Plan (on your own for 1 to 2 weeks) 2. Emergency water/food/1st aid supplies/sanitation & shelter supplies: Caches at home, office, car, sitters, and grandma’s house… 3. Emergency battery powered radio/emergency contacts 4. Train: CERT Disaster Skills, CPR, First Aid Certification The New Year is a powerful motivator. Submitted by: Di Starzak Oak Park Community Emergency Response Team 4

continued from page 3 Hirsch Holmes Horwitz Hotchkiss Jamison Jasso Jha Johnson Kalmanovich Katz Khaw Kiernan Kopecky Kristensen Kubik Laifman Lam Lamb Levin Levine Lezak continued on Lindenau page 5

No Frills (con’t) Litvak Liu Louie Lu Mamroth Mandell Maholchic Marshall McCleery Mertzel Meyer Miller Mogavero Moghimi Moshkovich Moriarty Mouzaya Myers T. Myers Myerson Nathanson Neiman

continued from page 4 Niemerow Nigam Nguyen Ojalvo Orens Ornstein Paule Phillips Phillips Piurkowsky Powers Reda Resnick Rifkin Rinkov Rosen Sadwick Salinger Santa Cruz Santiago Saravis Sanders

Schafer J. Schapiro Schlatter Schroeder Scheiman M. Schwartz K. Sears Seegan Shaevitz Shorts Simons Simmons Sklar L. Smith Smith Steinhardt Stutz Snyder T. Snyder Stark Stevens Swedelson

Taylor Thedinga Tobias Too Torigian Treitman Ucker Verma Wagoner Waldman Walsh Wang Wayne Welin Wheatley Whiteley Wiederspahn Woo Wu Wulf Yeoman Yip

G e t Yo u r Ti c k e t s f o r

Th e O d d C o u p l e An Alan Hunt Production

There will be a male cast and female cast. Be sure to see both performances and have your own battle of the sexes debate!

Performances: Thursday, February 2nd, 7 pm (male version) Friday, February 3rd, 7 pm (female version) Saturday, February 4th, 2 pm (female version) Saturday, February 4th, 7 pm (male version)

Click Here for a listing of Ticket Sale Dates 5

Yearbook News & Notes OPHS Yearbook includes a special section called Senior Personals. In this section, you have a chance to send a congratulatory note or greeting to your son or daughter.

Senior Personals: YOUR FINAL CHANCE!!!!! No Senior Personals received after Monday, January 9, 2010 will be accepted. If you are new to Senior Personals, or need an idea of sizes, please click on the Yearbook link below. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Rohlfs at (818) 735-3300 x344 or if you have any questions.

Due Monday, January 11th For Pricing: CLICK HERE For Personal Ad Sample: CLICK HERE For Personal Ad Form: CLICK HERE THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE A SENIOR PERSONAL! There are two ways to submit Senior Personals: 1. Staff Layout. Print your text message on the downloadable form. The staff will create a layout for text and photos. We prefer you type/print clearly the message so that it is easy for us to read. • Submit photo(s) in an envelope with student’s name on the envelope. • Indicate on the attached form whether the photo(s) needs to be reduced or enlarged to fit the allotted space. Photos can be enlarged or reduced without harm to the original photo. • Photos will be returned June 16 when students pick up their diplomas after graduation. 2. Camera Ready. You create your own layout. • Type your ad exactly as you want it to appear on the page. Please proofread your message carefully as camera-ready submissions are published exactly as we receive them. • Submit the photo (if you have one) attached to the message. The text and picture will be sent to print in the exact condition as received. • Do not write on the back of the photo as writing bleeds through to the front when published. Only use a small amount tape on the back of photo to affix photo to text if the submission is camera ready. • For camera ready submissions, photo cannot be reduced or enlarged. • You also have the option to submit the work on CD. We are using Adobe In Design CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3. If submitting as a pdf file, have work at 300 dpi, otherwise your submission will come out fuzzy. • Photos/CD will be returned June 16 when students pick up their diplomas after graduation.

STARTING JANUARY 1ST, ALL YEARBOOKS ARE NOW $100 they can still be purchased at the Student Store


PFC Update President’s Letter Dear parents and friends of OPHS, Happy 2012. Welcome back to school. I hope that you all had a restful holiday. I would like to thank Leslie Meyer and her committee who put on a wonderful Holiday Luncheon on behalf of PFC for the OPHS staff just before break! The food was delicious, the decorations amazing and the holiday spirit was plentiful. PFC is gearing up for Mock SAT, Mock ACT, and a SAT boot camp in the Spring. We have changed companies that will be proctoring these test. PFC is a parent volunteer organization. We have several people whose children will graduate in 2012.

With this in mind we will be looking to fill 2 positions on the PFC Board for 2012/2013 - PFC VP Treasurer and PFC Fundraiser. We will have other committee positions available, I will hopefully have a list ready by February. If you are interested in any of the above Board positions, please contact me right away. Our first PFC General meeting for 2012 is Friday, January 6th at 10 a.m. in the Library Conference Room. We will have a very informative session given to us by the OPHS counselors. We look forward to seeing you there. — Gillian Miller PFC President

Adult Enrichment Classes Begin Januar y 30th! Make sure you do NOT miss out! Choose from a wide variety of classes: c Painting c Self Defense c Microsoft Office c Start a Web Business c Photoshop c Conversational Spanish or French for Travelers c Beginning Jazz c College Admissions 101 c Active Parenting for Teens c the Cooking Club c No Fear Acting

Recycling Drive Coming to Oak Park Out with the old and in with the new, but save the old stuff! OPUSD’s 2nd annual Recycling Drive will occur on Saturday, February 4th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Oak Park High School Parking Lot. Acceptable goods include electronic waste, used clothing, and paper that will be shredded onsite. For details go to

6 week sessions! Conveniently located at Oak Park High School! Register NOW!! Check it out at Registration Deadline: Jan. 26, 2012 7



JoAnn Tattersall, Kelly McGugan & The Tattersall Team of Active Real Estate

JoAnn Tattersall & Kelly McGugan sponsor Oak Park High School’s “All Call,” our computerized phone system A vital link to our OPHS families!

JoAnn Tattersall

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Broker/Owner, GRI, SFR Cell: 818.370.7688

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Happy New Year OPHS!!! Make Every Day in 2012 Count!! 9

Advanced Peer Counseling News Welcome back to school—and to a brand new year! We hope that you and your families had a safe and enjoyable Winter vacation and are excited for all that awaits in 2012. But first, let’s review a highlight of 2011. Prompted by the recent teen tragedies in our community, we presented students with two short films on alcohol abuse and depression before we left for break and then discussed ways we can prevent such crises from occurring in the future. We are happy to say that this presentation was a great success; students, teachers, and administrators alike responded positively, taking our message of “I’ve got your back” to heart. Following the presentation, each student received a gold wristband as a symbol of camaraderie, as well as a Teen Assist card with hotlines for crisis support, a Peer Counseling contact card with our personal phone numbers and email addresses, and information on depression, anxiety relief, and a free support group for teens.

Looking forward to the coming months, we plan to hold a similar forum on teenage depression for parents in the community (with the date yet to be determined). In mid-to-late February, hypnotherapist Bruce Wilkoff will return for our annual HypnoGig fundraiser—a night of laughter and entertainment that you surely will not want to miss! Monday, March 5 will kick-off Acceptance Week 2012, five days’ worth of activities designed to welcome diversity, raise awareness, and promote tolerance across our campus. Additionally, we will be placing in the front Counseling Office a Peer Counseling request box through which students will be able to request to speak with a Peer Counselor in person. Together with our new contact cards, we hope that this request box will make us Peer Counselors even more accessible to our classmates. As always, thank you for your continued interest in our program. We cannot wait to welcome you back from Spring break! — Sincerely, Moe Scott, Vivian Rotenstein, and the Advanced Peer Counselors

Athletic Update Winter seasons are well underway and our teams are preparing for league competition, which will begin in January after our break. The current records of our teams are shown as follows:

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Boys Soccer Girls Soccer

Varsity 4-2 6-4 5-1-1 3-4-2

JV 4-2 4-2 5-3 4-1-4

Spring Sports Important Dates: Preliminary Clearance: Jan. 24 BB/SB/VB Jan. 25 TR/GOLF/TEN Jan. 26 TR/LAC

FS 3-3

Final Clearance: Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 23

Please come out and support all our teams as they compete for Tri-Valley league championships and the right to go on to the CIF play-offs. Schedules and directions to all our games can be found on the OPHS website under Athletics.

Parent Meeting:


at 7:00 pm

Information regarding clearance will be on the OPHS website in early January. If you have any questions, please contact us at 735-3303 or


College News January 1st: Federal Financial Aid applications (FAFSA’s) may only be submitted after this date. Paper forms are available in the Counseling Office now. However, the preferred method for submission is via internet through their website at: January 11th: Financial Aid Workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. in G-9 March 2nd: Deadline to submit GPA verification form to apply for a Cal Grant Mid-March: is when most UC and CSU schools begin notifying applicants of acceptance or denial. Berkeley and UCLA are the last to send notices (surprise, surprise)! Spring Break: Spring Break is the time to make final visits to schools that have made offers of acceptance. This is also the month students will notify most schools of their decisions. Information about scheduling trips to UC & CSU campuses can be found at the OPHS Counseling "UC & CSU Admissions" web page. May 1st: Commitment Deadline! Students must formally confirm acceptance or declination of an offer of admission by this date. May & June: are critical months for seniors because last semester grades do count! Spring semester classes (that were listed on the student’s admission application) that are dropped or not passed with at least a "C" may result in a college rescinding its offer. Most competitive universities expect seniors to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the senior year.

Wait Lists, Deferrals & Appeals What can students do? Many students frequently find themselves in the unhappy position of having been deferred or wait-listed at their first choice school. The following information should be helpful both in terms of what to do, as well as what the chances are of still being admitted in these situations.

DEFERRALS: From College

Accept, reject, and waitlist are scenarios that run through the minds of college applicants until spring, when colleges send out their decision letters. Yet, this time of year, some early admission applicants are getting familiar with another application outcome: deferral. The jury will be out for these applicants, rolled over to the general applicant pool, until the Regular Decision general admissions cycle has run its course. Deferrals are the purgatory of Early Decision and Early Action (ED/EA) college admissions. You're not in, but you're not out. You're just hanging there, waiting for the April Regular Decision-shoe to fall. It's exquisite anguish. Many applicants would much rather be rejected outright so that they can just get on with things, without the unfinished business of "admit" or "deny" hanging over them. Most likely, if you've been deferred your credentials are in the ballpark for getting accepted. If they weren't, you'd be rejected. However, your application wasn't so far above average that the college wanted to give up a spot in the entering class until they could compare you to the full applicant pool. The percentages vary from college to college, but many students do get accepted after being deferred. Deferral can signal hope, or be like a mirage in the desert, something that was never there in the first place. The circumstances surrounding the deferral are what really count here. Why do schools issue deferrals? Continued on next page 11

Continued from previous page "Sometimes, schools want to see a high school senior's first quarter or semester grades before they make a decision" on early admissions applicants, says Senior Consultant, Nadine C. Warner. Warner, a former assistant director of admissions at the University of Chicago, adds, "Other times they want to see if other students from the school are going to apply during the Regular Decision admissions cycle so they can compare this student with the other students." The point is that schools want to see how an early decision applicant looks in comparison to the big picture, the general applicant pool. Admissions officers are eager to fill up first-year classes with top applicants and in the process bolster their school's prestige by attracting the most accomplished students. And, to muddy the waters even more, an ever-expanding roster of colleges now offer a second round of Early Decision--usually with a January 1 deadline. So sometimes "strategizing" includes moving on to an ED II option after being denied--or even deferred--in December by the ED I choice. (Confusing, isn't it?)

What should you do if you end up deferred? You must undertake a carefully deployed program of self-marketing to further enhance your "almost good enough" application. After all, if the colleges deferring you weren't interested in you, they would have rejected you, right? Let's take a look at what you can do to improve your chances of getting in: Your job is twofold: • First, you need to establish a distinguishable presence with the admissions office without becoming a pest. • Second, you need to reveal more of yourself and your sincere passion to attend your target college. How do you do this? • First, you need to communicate your continued interest with the admission office. This should be done by letter (and e-mail is fine, too.) In most cases, the best person to contact is the regional rep for your area of the country. Your job is to find out who this person is. Call admissions and ask for that person's name and e-mail address. The purpose of your letter will be to: • Emphasize your ongoing interest in this college. (If you will definitely enroll if admitted, be sure to say so clearly.) • Explain why this college is a great match for you. Your reasons should be as specific as possible ("I have done research on the role of women in Mesopotamia and am eager to work with Professor Snurdley whose writing in this area is renowned") and not generic ("It is an excellent school, and I fell in love with the beautiful campus"). • Provide updates on what you have done since you sent your application. Ideally, this list would include significant achievements ("I won a national physics contest") but, more commonly, you've been too busy with academics and applications to say much more than, "I pulled up my Calculus grade from a B- to a B+"). Once you've communicated this list to your admission rep, you can follow up with additional updates when you have more news to report. Meanwhile, think about how you can generate such news. Apply for an internship, enter a contest, and get a part-time job. • Finally, you can always consider going for broke with a "gimmick." For instance, if your application touts your talents as a budding poet, perhaps it's time to write your "Homily to Haverford “or your "Ode to Occidental." Granted, gimmicks don't often work, and there's usually a huge element of luck involved if you try them because an effort that might delight one admission official could potentially irk another. But, especially when it comes to candidates at the hyper-selective schools, where your chances aren't too hot to begin with, a carefully conceived outside-the-box approach might just be your very best shot. Continued on next page 12

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When you end up on a wait list, you’re in the twilight zone. Essentially, you’re on-call. Wait lists are a kind of hedge against the unpredictability of accepted students enrolling at a college. From many years of experience, colleges know rather precisely what percentage of the total number of students offered admission will enroll. That percentage is called yield. For example, if a college is looking to admit a freshman class of 1,000 students, they may offer 2,000 students admission. That’s because they know their yield is almost always around 50 percent. If their yield were historically 25percent, they would offer 4,000 students admission, and so forth. Sometimes, however, the yield flies in the face of history. When more than the expected number of students enroll (exceeding historical yield), temporary housing has to be acquired and there is a strain on college resources. When fewer than expected students enroll, colleges go to their wait lists and offer admission to those who are “in waiting.” This way, the college makes certain that the incoming freshman class is the right size. The wait list can serve other purposes. At super-selective schools, where there are many more qualified applicants than can be accommodated, applicants are wait listed as a consolation. Instead of being turned down for admission, they are put on the wait list, the implication being, “We wish we could have admitted you, but there wasn’t room.” Diplomacy lives. The likelihood of being admitted from the wait list is small. Some schools wait list 500-600 applicants. Your only chance is to undertake a heavy-duty marketing effort with the admissions office. Even then, your chances are small.

UC to Wait-List Some Freshman Applicants The following is a press release that explains how the UC system plans to utilize wait-lists: "The University currently enrolls more than 15,000 students for whom it receives no state funding. New enrollment must be carefully managed to enable campuses to reach their enrollment targets with greater precision while still offering a space to as many deserving students as possible." Most campuses will participate, although UCLA has determined that the use of a waiting list, as an enrollment management tool, is not necessary at this time. Berkeley is still evaluating its position on waiting lists. Merced will continue to offer admission to all of its UC-eligible applicants and therefore will not participate in the wait-list process. Each campus will manage its own waiting list, but certain principles will guide the process at all: • At the same time campuses send admission and deny letters, participating campuses will invite a subset of their denied freshman applicants — those who came closest to being admitted in the campus's comprehensive review process but didn't quite make it — to indicate their interest in being on a waiting list. Applicants may receive wait-list offers from multiple campuses and can accept as many as they wish. • After processing Statements of Intent to Register (SIR) in early May, campuses will analyze likely enrollment and accept students off their waiting lists if they anticipate not reaching their targets. Acceptance offers will be sent by June 1 so that students and families can plan appropriately. • Students who are offered admission off the waiting list will receive a preliminary financial aid award letter shortly after if they filed a FAFSA by the March 2 deadline. Additionally, they will be eligible for housing and sports at orientation, just like students admitted earlier. • "Because it is impossible to know how many applicants ultimately will be admitted off the waitlist, students should submit by the stated deadlines an SIR and the requisite deposit to an institution to which they have been admitted," Wilbur said. • Eligible applicants who don't receive an admission offer from any campus to which they applied will be offered admission at a campus that has room, even if they are on the waiting list at another campus. CSU impacted campuses Continued on next page 13

Continued from previous page The list below is for CSU campuses that are impacted for Freshman Admission in 2012-13. They may also use Wait-lists as an enrollment management tool. Visit the individual CSU campus or campuses of your choice for more up-to-date information on campus and program impaction, including admission supplemental criteria: CSU Campus First-Time Freshmen Upper-Division Transfers Bakersfield............................................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted Channel Islands....................................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted Chico....................................................Freshman......................................Transfer Dominguez Hills..................................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted East Bay ...............................................Not Campus Impacted.................Transfer Fresno...................................................Freshman......................................Transfer Fullerton...............................................Freshman......................................Transfer Humboldt.............................................Freshman......................................Not Campus Impacted Long Beach..........................................Freshman......................................Transfer Los Angeles..........................................Freshman......................................Transfer Maritime Academy ..............................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted Monterey Bay.......................................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted Northridge ...........................................Freshman......................................Not Campus Impacted Pomona ................................................Freshman......................................Transfer Sacramento...........................................Freshman......................................Transfer San Bernardino ....................................Freshman......................................Transfer San Diego ............................................Freshman......................................Transfer San Francisco .......................................Freshman......................................Transfer San JosĂŠ ................................................Freshman......................................Transfer San Luis Obispo ..................................Freshman......................................Transfer San Marcos ..........................................Freshman......................................Transfer Sonoma ................................................Freshman......................................Transfer Stanislaus..............................................Not Campus Impacted.................Not Campus Impacted Note: Non-impacted campuses may have impacted programs

APPEALS: The following information comes from UCLA &, and is fairly representative of the appeal process at most universities: UCLA does not set aside space in our class for students who appeal admission decisions. Every denied application has gone through extensive reviews. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit it must bring to light new academic and personal information as well as information pertaining to extenuating circumstances that was not present in the application—information that clearly shows the student to be stronger than had been earlier evidenced. High grades received in the senior year are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.

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Submitting an Appeal 1. Send us a letter requesting that we reconsider your application. The letter must come from you (the applicant), and be postmarked no later than mid-April. 2. Your letter must clearly outline your reasons for appealing the initial decision. The information you present should be new and compelling. Your letter should not simply repeat information that had already been presented in your application. 3. Submit your high school transcript from the most recent term; please note the transcript must have course information and grades from the fall semester of your senior year and any additional semesters available at the time of appeal; an official transcript in the school's sealed envelope is preferred 4. If the basis for your appeal involves specifics such as a changed grade or an incorrectly reported test score, you should provide documentation (e.g., transcript or a revised score report) in the same envelope as your letter of appeal. 5. Letters of recommendation are not required. However, if you wish to include such letters with your appeal, the limit is two (2). It is also recommended that these be submitted in the same envelope as your letter of appeal. It is UCLA's usual practice to respond to appeals within three (3) weeks of the date we receive them. However, we cannot guarantee a response by May 1, the date by which many institutions require their applicants to make a commitment. We encourage applicants to consider all of their educational options. While all appeals are reviewed on case-by-case basis, the rate of a decision being reversed based upon an appeal has historically been very low.

How to Appeal an Admissions Decision Copyright© 2009 by Collegewise™ All rights reserved. Copyright ©2009 What is an appeal? An appeal is a student’s formal request, in writing, that a college reconsider an application for admission. The appeal letter should be about one page and should explain your position why you believe you should be reconsidered for admission. Some colleges also invite you to include extra material that wasn’t in your original application, such as another teacher recommendation or report card from the first semester of the senior year. While most appeals are not successful, students who can present compelling new information sometimes benefit from the formal request to be reconsidered. Who should appeal? As unfair as the admissions process may seem at times, most colleges are very thorough in their evaluation of candidates. That’s why the few appeals that are successful usually bring to light new information that was not available to the college when they were reviewing your application. For example, if your 7th semester grades were a dramatic improvement over your previous grades, or your club that you started raised a large amount of money for a charity event you planned, or the new internship you just secured happens to be in the field you plan on majoring in, these are things that can be taken into account when reconsidering your application. Students who do not have new information to share have a very difficult time presenting a compelling case for an appeal to be accepted. Some students want to appeal a decision because they simply believe they are stronger applicants than other students from their school who were admitted. Unfortunately, while the fact that these students were admitted and you were denied may frustrate you, the colleges will not consider this a valid reason to overturn their original decision. It’s important not to criticize the decisions that were made in favor of other applications. Keep your tone positive and focus on what you have accomplished since you applied. Do not compare yourself to other applicants who were admitted. Continued on next page 15

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How to appeal 1. Carefully read the decision letter the college sent you, and research the admissions section of the college’s website to see if any information about appealing decisions is provided. Some colleges will come right out and tell you that they do not accept appeal requests. Other colleges will not only tell you that they accept appeals, but will also tell you exactly what to do in order to appeal the decision. Follow all instructions the college provides. And if any of their instructions seem to contradict what you read in this guideline, do whatever the college tells you to do. 2. Write a letter as soon as possible explaining why you want the admissions committee to reconsider your application for admission. Be polite and respectful, and make sure to present new information; don’t just rehash what was in your application. Time is of the essence when it comes to appealing, so don’t wait to do this. 3. If the college indicates that extra letters of recommendation will be accepted in appeals cases, consider asking a teacher to write a letter of recommendation (a different teacher than you used before). However, you should only do this if you feel this teacher will be able to present new and compelling information. For example, if you recently rose your grade dramatically, excelled in a class project, or received an academic award for your work in a particular teacher’s class; it might be worth asking that teacher to write a letter for you. 4. If invited to do so by the college, consider submitting a recent paper or project you have completed in your senior year. If you will be submitting a paper or project, make sure you reference it in your letter, and make sure to explain. 5. Send all of these materials in one envelope to the admissions office.

Final appeal thoughts We know it’s disappointing not to be accepted to a school you really wanted to attend, and we understand why you might decide to try an appeal. But we want you to be excited about whatever college you ultimately attend, so we feel compelled to say that the very best thing you could do while you’re waiting for your appeal decision is to start falling in love with one of your other colleges that said, “Yes.” Visit those schools again. Buy a sweatshirt. Start imagining yourself there. You’ll feel much more positive and encouraged by focusing on the great school that admitted you, rather than lamenting the decision of one who said, “No.” And remember that the vast majority of college freshmen report that they are happy with their college experience, even those students who were not admitted to schools that were their first choice at the time. Whether or not your appeal is granted, you’re going to go to college with a bunch of 18-22 year-olds and all you have to do is learn and have fun for four years. It might not feel like it now, but you’re going to be OK.

Advice From Your OPHS Counselors: Letters of recommendation supporting an appeal or deferral should not be reprints or copies of previously written letters. They should be written to the admission committee at the specific school with new information included! Because of the low rate of successful appeals students should make plans to commit to their second choice school by May 1st to ensure that they have a college to attend. If a student's appeal is successful and they ultimately decide to rescind their commitment, they should be prepared to forfeit the deposit that most colleges require at commitment time.


News from OPUSD Board President Dear Parents and Community Members, I’d like to introduce myself. I am Jan Iceland, a long time school board member and this year’s president of the board. I will try to carry on the tradition which Barbara Laifman began of writing you a short synopsis of each month’s board meeting and other items of interest. I welcome any questions and comments which you might have. You can contact me at I hope that all of you had good holidays and are beginning the new year healthy and happy. I’m sure everyone is aware of The Friends of Oak Park Schools, our wonderful education foundation. At our December Board of Education meeting the Friends Board came armed with a huge mock-up of a check which they were presenting to the school district. It was for $100,000.00. We are so grateful to the Friends. This gift will continue to support our science specialist and help with our music programs. We also made a special presentation to technology teacher Erik Amerikana in honor of his National Board Certification. This is a very great honor as only 34 teachers in California have this designation in career and technical education. December was also our annual reorganization meeting where new officers are elected and we all pick

the committees we want to serve on. In Oak Park there is a committee for everything. Some are mandated by the state but many are unique to Oak Park. This year’s officers of the Board of Trustees are: President Jan Iceland Vice president Allen Rosen Clerk Mary Pallant Other business items included approving the First Interim Financial Report for the fiscal year and approving the number of District of Choice students to be accepted for next school year, an annual requirement. Unfortunately for the first time in the history of Oak Park Unified School District due to the uncertainty of the state’s finances we had to approve a “qualified” report. This means that we are not certifying that we are positive that we can meet all of our expenses for the next three years which means that without making cuts this year we may be facing some as yet undetermined cuts in the coming years. Fortunately we have many District of Choice students who bring with them not only the dollars to seat them in classes but also enough extra to help keep many of our programs going. Until next month, my wish for all of you is for a healthy, happy and wonderful year. – Jan Iceland OPUSD Board President

Congratulations to Computer Technology Teacher

Erik Amerikaner who has been awarded certification from the

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PFC Newletter January 2012  

PFC Newletter January 2012

PFC Newletter January 2012  

PFC Newletter January 2012