7th Grade

We, the 7th grade teaching team, are eager to work with you during this important school year. Our goal for this year is to not only guide students as they achieve mastery of the 7th grade California Common Core Curriculum, but to also prepare students for the demands and rigor of high school and college. In order to do this, we have set high expectations and challenging academic requirements to guide students as they become interdisciplinary critical thinkers, and thoughtful readers.

An education is more than just what happens in the classroom.  It is also about the coordinated support between the parents/guardians and teacher. As teachers, it is our goal to be available and to work with students and parents/guardians as a team for the success of all. You’ll hear from us throughout the school year; expect positive shout outs and important updates regarding grades.

We’re excited and privileged to be your child’s teachers, and are looking forward to meeting you!






  • Homework: Monday-Thursday
  • Ms. Lehman
  • Room 26
  • malia.lehman@ousd.org
  • 510-332-9472  (call/text before 5pm)



  • Homework: incomplete classwork to be completed at home
  • Ms. Carriere
  • Room 20
  • rushelle.carriere@ousd.org
  • 510-817-2227 (call before 5pm)





The Claremont P.E. team would also like to welcome students.  Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy and fun environment for students to develop lifelong fitness and wellness habits.  In order to be successful, learners will have to be dressed and participate daily.  We will share more information around expectations in our syllabus and at Back to School Night.

My name is Ari Brown and I am thrilled to be entering my 3rd  year as music teacher at Claremont. This year I will be teaching band to every 6th grader, band to 7/8th graders, and a before school jazz band open to all grades.  All of my classes are performance based learning environments in which students get hands on experience preparing and performing challenging music literature. I place high value on student creativity and challenge musicians to express themselves from even the beginning stages of musicianship.  Students will find success by entering each day with an open mind, a respect for the feelings of peers when they take risks, and a willingness to try new things. While some families provide their students with instruments and the related supplies, no child who wishes to make music will be turned away.   Please feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance via email at ariel.brown1@ousd.org      

Extra HELP for ALL 7th graders is available

7th grade students can get help, do HW, check grades for any of their classes most afternoon except Wednesday.  Students who are in Bay Area Community Resources After School Program will need to first check in before attending teacher’s office hours.

  • Monday –  Brother Kimo room  41A (3:15-4:15 P.M)
  • Tuesday: Mr. Naughton room 15 (3:15- 4:15 PM) and Ms. Carriere (3:15- 4:15 and by appointment)
  • Wednesday: CMS Staff Meetings – NO OFFICE HOURS
  • Thursday – Mr. Kaferle room #16A (3:15-4:15 and by appointment)
  • Friday – Ms. Lehman’s room #26 (3:15 – 4:15 P.M)


  1. Follow instructions the first time
  2. Arrive on time & prepared with supplies
  3. Keep your hands, feet & objects to yourself
  4. Use positive & constructive language
  5. Food, gum, headgear & electronics should be put away at all times


  1. Warning or reminder
  2. Student-teacher conversation
  3. Contact home (call or email)
  4. Referral & Office

**Teachers have the options to skip any steps**


  • All students are to be in their assigned seats when the bell rings
  • If a student is tardy between 2nd and 7th period students will attend Work Time Reimbursement (WTR) on Friday after school with the 7th Grade Dean, Mr. Abullarade and Vice Principal, Mr. Watson.  


(no need to buy/bring)

  • HW Planner (please look here for homework assignment/due dates)
  • Yellow HW 2-pocket folder (please look here for announcements, homework handouts)
  • Composition Books
  • Dry erase markers
  • Markers

SCHOOL SUPPLIES students will need to buy/bring:

  • 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 fine)
  • Color pencils (set of 10-12 colors)
  • 2-3 glue sticks
  • Lined binder paper (wide or college okay)
  • 1  three-ring binder (1”-3” inch is okay)
  • An Independent Reading Book (for English)
  • Sketch Pad (at least 100 pages)

Tech Exchange provides low cost, sometimes free, computers to Alameda county students. This organization also partners with Charter to offer very low cost internet. If you do not have a computer at home, please find a time to see/email Mr. Leal for details or visit https://www.techexchange.org. Additionally, if you know other families in Oakland who might benefit from Tech Exchange, please pass on the website and Mr. Leal contact information.Family Technology Options

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