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Two boys in blue shirts smiling for a photo at a basketball game, capturing their joyful moment.

There is so much Black History to celebrate here in Oakland. Of course, we can always point to the Black Panthers and all they did for our society, or to Ida Louise Jackson who was Oakland’s first Black teacher and the first Black woman to teach high school in California, or to Vice President Kamala Harris who was born at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. But this Black History Month, I want to celebrate people who are here in our district right now or products of OUSD. Let’s start with our amazing staff.

A boy and girl happily building with colorful Legos, showcasing their creativity and teamwork.

We hope that the new year is off to a great start for you and your family and we look forward to another year of enriching academic programs, exciting community partnerships, and above all, putting students at the center of everything we do.

Two young men focused on electronics, working diligently at a table.

In a fusion of technology, education, and community collaboration, Oakland Unified School District recently partnered with automaker Tesla for a special event to start the new robotics competition season. The December 21st event brought together 70 students from seven OUSD schools to tour the Tesla factory, participate in the season’s first robotics scrimmage, and experience hands-on engineering demonstrations.