“Screenagers,” the award-winning documentary, showing at Claremont

Are your kids addicted to their devices? So are mine! But we’re not going to just give up and let our kids scroll through life, with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. The award-winning documentary “Screenagers” addresses the biggest parenting issue of our time head on — how teens struggle with social media, video… Read more »

Slate of Candidates for the 2019-2020 Claremont PTA Board

The PTA Nominating Committee proposes the following people for the 2019-2020 Claremont PTA Board. The full PTA will vote on the slate at the April 4th general PTA meeting. Still needed – Vice President of Events. Please let the nominating committee know if you are interested. A candidate for this role will be approved in… Read more »

Claremont Take a Bow: A 2019 California Distinguished School

Claremont is one of 162 schools – and the only one in Oakland – named as a California Distinguished School in 2019 by the state Department of Education. It is the first time Claremont has received the honor, which is for “outstanding education programs and practices,” according to the state Department of Education. “Schools are awarded for… Read more »

Latin American Heritage Night

Claremont Families and Staff are cordially invited to celebrate the Latin American heritage of our students with a potluck and awards presentation. This event will take place Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the gym, representing our Latino communities such as Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru, and more. This… Read more »

Taste of Temescal – Get Your Tickets, Sponsor a Teacher!

Taste of Temescal is back! The tastiest fundraiser for local public schools is coming again on Tuesday, March 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Buy a $40 ticket for each member of your family here (or contact Shona) and set them loose to roam Temescal eating gourmet goodies from restaurants including: Asmara, Burma Superstar, Dona Tomas, Hawking Bird, Hawk and Pony, Prima Materia, The Well and more! Proceeds benefit Claremont Middle School, Oakland Tech,… Read more »

District Oratorical Winners!

Manyiah Sutton and Olivia Pernice competed in the district finals for the Oratorical this past weekend and won first place!! Their category was published poetry chorals with The Negro Mother by Langston Hughes. Brava to you both! Read more »


Register for R4R 2019 today!  Registration and fundraising for our 11th annual event is going strong. So far, we have over 190 riders registered and more than $40,000 raised to support our 10 participating schools! Register here. Volunteer Sign-Ups.  R4R could not happen without an amazing support crew.  If a bike ride to Sacramento is not in the cards… Read more »

Information about the Oakland Teachers’ Strike from Claremont PTA President

From Shona Armstrong, Claremont PTA president. Dear Claremont Parents, The Oakland Education Association (OEA), the teachers’ union, will strike beginning this Thursday, Feb. 21. I know this will be disruptive for many families, teachers and staff. The PTA wants to help. Ana Sofia Tudose has kindly volunteered to act as a liaison between teachers and… Read more »

Claremont Girls Soccer Ties 2-2

It was a tough and wet game last Saturday with the Claremont Girls Soccer team tying 2-2 against Ascend. Marley Sonke scored one goal and we think a second (it was hard to see what was going on with the rain and the wind). Natalia Levy was in goal. More than 20 girls got some… Read more »

Claremont girls soccer wins!

Claremont girls were victorious Saturday 1/19 against Life Academy, winning 3-0. Ruby Burg-Naughton, Naia Quigley and Marley Sanke each scored a goal, with Natalia Levy as Claremont’s goalie in both halves. Way to go Knights! Read more »

Girls Soccer Wins Against Ascend 7-1

Claremont Girls won against Ascend 7-1 last Saturday with two goals by Sophia Klein, two goals by Naia Quigley, two goals by Frances Faurot and one goal from Olivia Pernice. Natalia Levy and Lilliana Harrison played in goal. With the Knights doing so well, the coach was able to perform her own feat – 22… Read more »

We Are The Champions, My Friends

Wow! Girls Volleyball takes Oakland Unified School District Middle School Volleyball Championship, enjoying an UNDEFEATED SEASON. They never lost a game within any match this entire season. The team was led by a talented group of 8th grade players. On Thursday, December 13, we had our own individual awards gathering. The following students were awarded… Read more »

Girls Soccer Tryouts

Stephanie Barnes and her daughter, Makayla, a Knight alum and now a sophomore at Holy Names, will be back coaching the girls. They will hold tryouts on Thursday Dec. 20 with Friday Dec. 21 at Bushrod Park from 4-5:30. Read more »

Boys Soccer Tryouts

Boys Soccer Tryouts Monday Dec. 17 and Tuesday Dec. 18. Interested students should listen to announcements for place and time. Read more »

Holiday Gift Fund For Our Amazing CMS Teachers & Staff!

Now is the time to contribute to our 2018 Claremont Middle School Holiday Gift Fund! All contributions – big or small – are welcome. We will use the gift fund contributions to purchase Trader Joe’s gift cards for all the amazing people who work at Claremont: teachers, custodians, administrative staff and all the others who… Read more »

Girls Volleyball Update

Our CMS volleyball team won their playoff game last weekend 25-5, 25-19. So clear off your Saturday morning schedules (December 8th), and head over to CCPA to watch Claremont take on Montera at 11:30am. Amazing job, team… we’ll all be rooting for you! Read more »

Claremont Adopt-a-Family Drive

As we approach the holiday season, we are seeking gift items to make the holidays a little bit brighter for several of our students and their families. Please also consider donating the following items: Gift Cards (Target, Walmart, etc) Bike Helmets Bike Locks Barbie Dolls Sports equipment: basketballs, footballs, soccer balls Card & board games… Read more »

Girls Volleyball Update

Our girls volleyball team made it to the playoffs and will play this weekend (Saturday, December 1) at McClymonds High School. They will play their first game at 11:30. Read more »

Thank You Claremont Community – Auction Success!

Thanks to Claremont’s community for a great auction and fundraiser. There are a few parties run by parents with slots open. Check it out here and sign up to have fun, make new friends and support Claremont!The Claremont PTA is a 501(3)(c) organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Thank you… Read more »

Claremont’s Auction

Don’t miss it –Our auction weekend has arrived. It’s this Saturday (Nov. 3) from 6 p.m. to 10 p .m. at the Piedmont Veteran’s Hall. Proceeds provide critical support for programs including our library, student field trips, teaching assistants in classrooms, math & science night, and many other school activities. BUY TICKETS HERE   Read more »

Got A Party Idea for the Auction? Sign Up Here!

Consider hosting a party for the auction! We have ready made parties that just need a host, we have people that want to co-host, and we have lots of party ideas. We just need you! Please contact laurajburnett@yahoo.com, or amgolden@yahoo.com, or mickilmika@gmail.com as soon as possible. Deadline for party submission is next Wednesday, 10/17th. It’s a fun way to… Read more »

Tell the Staff What You Thought of Back to School Night

One of our goals this year is to create a culture of improvement here at Claremont. We are seeking to cultivate a growth mindset for students, faculty, and administration. To that end, we invite you to provide feedback on your Back to School Night experience. Your feedback will help us to improve future events of… Read more »

Back to School Night – This Thursday at 5:30

Please join Claremont this Thursday, Sept. 13, for Back to School Night. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the gym. Parents will follow their student’s schedule and visit classes. Parents should pick up schedules on the blacktop by the gym. This is a great opportunity to get to know your student’s teachers and get a… Read more »

Thank You Ride for a Reason – $19,200!

Josh Polston, Claremont parent and Ride for a Reason organizer, delivered a giant check for $19,200 at the PTA meeting on Thursday night. In April, more than 250 people pedaled to Sacramento as part of Ride for a Reason and raised money that is then divided equally among eight Oakland public schools, including Claremont. Ride for… Read more »

NEW: Prospective Families – Tours Announced

Claremont Open House: Families interested in attending Claremont in the 2019-20 school year are invited to attend the Prospective Family Open House at Claremont on Saturday Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4:30. Tours of Claremont for 5th Graders and their Parents / Guardians Fifth graders and their parents/guardians are invited to tour Claremont on… Read more »

Welcome from Principal Mayer

Hello Claremont Families!   We are very excited for the 2018-19 School year. Once again, it is an honor to have the opportunity to be the instructional leader of such a great school and community.  I never take this opportunity for granted and I really appreciate everyone’s continued support! This is going to be a fantastic… Read more »

School Supply List for 2018-19

Please see below to find the school supply list for each grade. 6th Grade School Supply List 6th Grade Students will need 7 pencils (mechanical or wood are okay) 2-3 pens of different colors (such as black, blue, red &/or green for class notes) 1 handheld  pencil sharpener (that holds shavings) 2-3 highlighters (any color is… Read more »

Welcome letter from Shona Armstrong, PTA President

              Shona Armstrong Claremont PTA President shona_armstrong@hotmail.com Aug. 1, 2018 Dear Claremont Middle School Family, Welcome to Claremont Middle School!  We are so glad to have you join our community.  I wanted to share a few important dates and invite you to be an active member of the Claremont… Read more »

Registration Dates: August 6 and August 7

Please plan on registering your student the week before school starts. Registration Days: Incoming 6th graders register on Monday August 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Incoming 7th and 8th graders register on Tuesday August 7 from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Check back here for forms as they become available. Note: If you are… Read more »

Mr. Lesser Says Goodbye to Students, Parents and Staff

Dear Claremont Students, past Students and Parents, It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that the 2017 – 2018 school year will be my last as a teacher at Claremont. After eight wonderful years here, I will be moving South to obtain the professional degree of Doctor of Physical… Read more »