OUSD Essay Contest for All K-12 Students on Anti-Asian Racism
In response to continuing violence against our Asian communities, OUSD is launching this Student Essay Contest across all OUSD schools to empower our Oakland students to speak out against hatred, share their stories, and hone their writing skills.
INSTRUCTIONS: -Respond to the questions below and submit your essay in the body of an email, no more than 850 words, to email@example.com in the Office of Equity by Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. -Include 1) Full Name, 2) Mailing Address, 3) Grade & School, and 4) Phone Number. -All OUSD students are eligible to participate! -Winners will be announced at the OUSD Asian Pacific American & Arab Heritage Month Celebration on Friday, May 14th 4:30-6pm
MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY PROMPTS: -How have you been impacted personally or emotionally by recent incidents of violence against Asian Americans in the past year? If your family has been affected or relates, please share your experiences. -How can allies and bystanders help when someone is being discriminated against or attacked because of their race in these kinds of incidents? Please share your thoughts on why this solidarity is important. ... See MoreSee Less
As our schools begin the process of reopening and we emerge from the isolation of sheltering in place, we know that all of us have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Read today's message from our Director of Behavioral Health about support available for our students. www.parentsquare.com/feeds/6997360
In short, to access support, please reach out to your teacher, principal, or other trusted school staff member with a request for assistance. A confidential referral will be created to connect your student and/or family to our student services. These may include mental health, medical, dental, food, shelter, counseling, and academic assistance. ... See MoreSee Less
OUSD high school students are organizing a 3-part virtual workshop series for Black + Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern students on March 24, 25 & 26 from 3-4:30 pm to build solidarity, learn history, and share stories. All Black and A/PI/MENA identified youth are welcome to participate. Learn more and register at the link in our bio. ... See MoreSee Less
Get Some New Gear & Help Raise Funds for GSA! 🏳️🌈
Get a sticker, sweatshirt, tee, tote, water bottle and more! EBMS GSA (Genders & Sexualities Alliance) is selling EBMS swag featuring LGBTQ+ flags to raise funds for the student organization. Link to rainbow flag design: www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/72214276
Links to additional flag designs available in the most recent Brewer Blast or on Schoology. ... See MoreSee Less
📚 It’s not too late for students to join Brewer Book Clubs! 📚 A big panther will read the book out loud and then you’ll chat. Meetings are twice a week over Zoom. Pick up a free book at the supply distribution days this week and next week. If you show up every week to the club you’ll get a $30 gift card. Go to the post on Schoology to sign up. ... See MoreSee Less
Do know why we are named Edna Brewer? Our school was built in 1913 and originally named McChesney Elementary, and then McChesney Junior High (after Oakland High’s first principal, Joseph B. McChesney). In 1985, Edna Brewer, the school’s beloved principal of 14 years, retired. She passed away 2 years later. In 1989, the school was renamed in her honor. She was described as spirited, positive and upbeat, but also strong-willed. Apparently it was not uncommon to see her battle the central administration on behalf of her school and her kids. Brewer is only the second school in Oakland to be renamed in honor of a woman!
Thanks to Linda Fong and the Oakland History Facebook page for this photo. ... See MoreSee Less
A big panther welcome to all the incoming sixth graders and other new families joining us at Edna Brewer Middle School for the 2021/22 school year! Be sure to sign up for the Brewer Blast weekly e-newsletter at the link below to keep up to date on school and community announcements. We’re happy you are here!
Are you a pro (or even amateur!) web administrator with a few hours each month to use your skills for good? The Brewer PTSA is looking for a volunteer to serve as the Brewer Webmaster. It is a great opportunity to help out the Brewer community from home by doing light updates to the website, providing recommendations for site improvements, and helping with troubleshooting as needed. Interested or just have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... See MoreSee Less