About the Parent Support Organization (PSO)

The PSO supports OCSA in a myriad of ways, including organizing teachers/staff appreciation events, coordinating new student/parent welcome receptions, scheduling parent education presentations, coordinating volunteer opportunities, and fulfilling any needs OCSA asks of us!

One of our most important tasks is managing the PSO Make It So! Grant Program Since its creation in 2010, PSO has given back over $110,000 in grant funds that support our teachers and students.  Your $20 tax-deductible donation goes directly to the PSO Make It So! Grant Program which provides academic teachers and conservatories with "wish list" items that are outside their budgets.

PSO events provide parents with opportunities to interact with both fellow parents and OCSA staff. You will find that staying connected to the OCSA community promotes collaboration between your family and the school in meeting the needs of all our students.

PSO Membership

Your $20 tax-deductible donation will help OCSA's faculty and staff make school a greater place to learn, and will help make OCSA an even greater place for students to discover themselves. Over the past several years our support has grown, with over $120,000 going back to our school. Here's a small sampling of what our organization has been able to provide: 

  • A $5,000 grant to OCSA's science department for smartboards and software
  • A set of graphing calculators for the math department
  • Documents cameras for the math and lit & comp departments
  • DVD libraries for the Social Studies and the Literature & Composition classes
  • Sound systems for the Webb and Symphony Hall Theatres

2017-2018 Board and Committee Members

Executive Board

  • Faye Chen
    President
  • Koren Takata
    Vice President
  • Shelly Wilcox
    Secretary
  • Christa Sheehan
    Assistant Secretary
  • Patrick Yrarrázaval-Correa
    Treasurer
  • David Ahern
    Assistant Treasurer
  • Steven Dong
    Assistant Treasurer

Chairpersons and Committee Leaders

  • Malena Gibson
    Membership Co-Chair
  • Shana Martin
    Membership Co-Chair
  • Beth Kaura
    Membership Co-Chair
  • Yolanda Agredano
    Membership Co-Chair
  • Kim Napoleone
    Communications & Publicity Chair
  • Lisa Matthews
    Ways & Means Co-Chair
  • Teresa Bettenhauser
    Ways & Means Co-Chair
  • Frances Gorospe
    Ways & Means Co-Chair
  • Candace Carteen
    Ways & Means Co-Chair
  • Kelly Townsend
    Parent Education Co-Chair
  • Todd Davis
    Parent Education Co-Chair
  • Liana Padilla
    Hospitality & Staff Appreciation Co-Chair
  • Angela Grier
    Hospitality & Staff Appreciation Co-Chair
  • Mendi Bolognese
    Hospitality & Staff Appreciation Co-Chair
  • Nada Bagdadi
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Edith Levin
    Policy Advisor
  • Shannon Cutler
    Member at Large
  • John Straw
    Member at Large
  • Mitzi Minerman
    Member at Large

OCSA FAMILIES

The PSO Volunteer Program provides you with volunteer opportunities in a wide variety of areas at OCSA. Volunteer procedures can be found here, and please come back to this space often, or visit our Facebook page, for Sign Up Genius relating to current volunteer opportunities.

OCSA STAFF

The new PSO Volunteer Program, Little Goes a Long Way, assists the school's staff in achieving their daily challenging academics and professional goals by organizing and provided volunteers as needed. If any staff, academic or conservatory, is in need of volunteers, simply fill out and submit our Teacher Volunteer Request Form.

OCSA STUDENTS
The PSO would like to encourage all our students to sign up for any volunteer opportunity available, and those hours can be applied to your community service requirements. Students can submit an application by going to Student Volunteer Application, and you will receive emails from the PSO regarding volunteer opportunities that are available at OCSA.

VOLUNTEERING PROCEEDURES
We are always working along with the school's administration office on reviewing OCSA Volunteering Procedures. Our intentions are to ensure the safety and the security of our students and staff which requires certain procedures that the volunteers must do before volunteering.

Supervised Volunteers
Volunteers who are under the direct supervision of OCSA staff at all times while students are present are considered "Supervised Volunteers." Fingerprinting is not required for "Supervised Volunteers."

Unsupervised Volunteers 
Volunteers who ARE NOT under the direct supervision of OCSA staff at all times while students are present are considered "Unsupervised Volunteers." Fingerprinting is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT. If you have already done your live fingerprint screening for any other school before attending OCSA, you DON'T have to get it done again. Although, you have to provide a copy of ...... ( More info coming soon regarding providing copies to school ).