Oakland – About 30 OUSD seniors finally got what they wanted about six weeks after their initial intention. They received this symbol of graduation, the Diploma Booklet, which they each received in a brief ceremony at Castlemont High School after completing five weeks of credit recovery summer school. , to fulfill the conditions for obtaining the diploma. It was not a complete start with a crowd of students and many speeches, but one by one they met their director of the summer school, and after receiving their diploma book they were able to take photos with their manager and their families and friends. who joined them.
The graduates were all students who missed a few credits to graduate with their classes at the formal end of the 2020-21 school year. Of course, over a year of distance learning was far from ideal for everyone, and these students said that’s what left them catching up this summer. “Just taking English lessons online, on a computer, was a bit difficult,” said Jazzis Riley, a recent graduate of Castlemont High. “I missed those junior year English credits and had to catch up this summer.” Now that she has graduated, Jazzis says she will be going to college in the fall.
“I am really proud of her because she did what she had to do,” said Deborah Raybon, tutor of Jazzis, who recognized the challenges of distance education. “I think she really needed to be in school, to go every day… Now that she’s going to college, she really needs to be.”
These students spent five weeks completing what is called credit recovery, in order to obtain the necessary credits to graduate. The program was delivered via distance learning to over 300 grade 11 and 12 students from Castlemont High School, Fremont High School, McClymonds High School, Oakland High School, Skyline High School, and Oakland Technical High Schools.
Oakland High School new graduate Ulises Rodriguez said he needs to stay focused to complete summer school. “Work hard, overcome any situation you come across in school, do my best. I am the first in my family to graduate, so I have more pressure to do whatever I can.
“Basically he was doing six hours of school, trying to catch up until he was done, and he said, ‘Mom, I’m done. And then the next thing you know, he’s gonna graduate. I’m super proud, ”said Ulises mother Angelica Rodriguez. Ulises says he too is going to college in the fall.
“He feels good. I feel good that I was able to accomplish this during a pandemic,” said new Castlemont graduate Davohn Hackett. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been through a lot in my life. “I almost lost him to a stroke, but I’m glad I was able to finish high school. Davohn says he plans to go to work to save enough money to pay for his studies.”
Michelle Espino was the summer school principal at Castlemont High School, and she is proud of all the students who have dedicated themselves to completing their education, especially given the challenges of distance learning. “When I came back and looked at the transcripts a lot of these kids were A and B students and you can see their grades going down just in this one year of the pandemic. We’re talking about students who were really on track to graduate, and then the pandemic intercepted that. So I think it shows their level of determination.
As Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said last week: “We all at OUSD extend our sincere congratulations to these outstanding students for graduating from Castlemont, Fremont, McClymonds, Skyline, Oakland High and Oakland Tech. We expect great things from them as they advance in their education and careers.
Graduates will visit their respective schools in the coming weeks to receive their diplomas, to complete their diploma notebooks.
Publication based on OUSD press release to Zennie62Media, Inc.
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