8th Grade

8th Grade End of Year Letter

Dear 8th Grade Families,
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during our time in Distance Learning. We have
had many families reach out with questions about what the end of the year will look like for our 8th
graders. I’m hoping that this update can answer those questions that you might have and help us end
the year strong.

Please read the attached for answers to the following:
• What will promotion look like?
• Where can I get my student’s promotion pictures?
• Is there an end of year celebration?
• What does middle school off-boarding look like?

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School Closure Distance Learning Plan

Claremont Distance Learning Plan Overview – Download Packet
8th Grade Distance Learning Plan Overview – Download Packet

2019-20 School Year Introduction

Dear 8th grade Families,

Welcome back to the 2019 – 2020 school year at Claremont Middle School! We are excited to introduce ourselves to you as an 8th grade team and look forward to building relationships with your students. You can meet us in person and learn more about the learning in each of our classrooms on August 29th at Back to School Night.



  • Eric Galvan
  • eric.galvan@ousd.org
  • Greetings! My name is Eric Galvan, and I will be the Dean of 8th grade. This is my first year at Claremont and 5th year as an Oakland Educator. I am excited to work with students, families, and teachers to ensure ALL students are successful this year! If you have any comments, thoughts or concerns, I will be your FIRST point of contact. Please feel free to send me an email of introduction!
  • “If you want to grow fast, grow alone. If you want to grow far, grow together.” Roots Proverb


  • Seth Maher
  • Room 18
  • seth.maher@ousd.org
  • Download Syllabus
  • This is my fourth year with CMS, and my 8th year as a professional educator. I am a part of the National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. I was the Science & Technology Coordinator at my last school in Alexandria, Virginia. I am excited to be a part of OUSD leading the way in California by following the Next Generation Science Standards. We will cover a variety of topics including physics, astronomy, biology while practicing the core skills of science, technology, engineering, and math. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
  • “Anything worth having is worth working for.”


  • Wendy Baty
  • Room 15
  • wendy.baty@ousd.org
  • Download Syllabus
  • This is my second year at CMS, and 15th year in education. After a brief stint as an administrator and instructional coach, I made the decision to go back to what I love most – teaching! I’m passionate about trying new things in the classroom and look forward to integrating technology into this year’s curriculum.
    Outside of school, I enjoy spending time exploring the Bay Area
    through the eyes of my 4 year old son. I live close to the school and look forward to seeing families around the neighborhood!
    Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions:
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”


  • Ariel Thomas
  • Room 19
  • ariel.thomas@ousd.org
  • Download Syllabus
  • This is my second year at Claremont and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your students! I am a Bay Area native and got both my BS in Political Science and Master’s Degrees from Santa Clara University. I am a member of the California Council for Social Studies and am excited to encourage critical thinking and connections to current events. I look forward to a great year!
  • “If you stop learning, you stop creating history and you become history.” – Vadim Kotelnikov


  • April Quinn
  • Room 14
  • april.quinn@ousd.org
  • Download Syllabus
  • This is my second year at CMS and 12th year teaching in Oakland. I received my BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and my Teaching Credential from Holy Names University. I look forward to exploring works of literature that are meaningful and relevant to our school community and culture. I look forward to an exciting year with students and families.
  • “Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being”


  • Candy Pareja
  • Room 24
  • candy.pareja@ousd.org
  • I am beyond excited to be the new counselor at Claremont Middle School this year! I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, then completed my Master of Science in Counseling. While my office is open to all Claremont students, I will be supporting the awesome 8th Grade Team and helping our 8th graders prepare for their transition to high school. Here’s to a wonderful school year! Go Knights!

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.
Sincerely, Claremont Physical Education Department
Download Syllabus


Supplies *

Please refer to the supplies that was handed out during registration.
* If obtaining these supplies is an issue, please let Mr. Galvan or one of the 8th grade teachers know.

Tech Exchange (TX) provides low cost, sometimes free, computers to Alameda county students. Tech Exchange also partners with charter to offer very low cost internet. If you do not have a computer at home, please find a time to visit https://www.techexchange.org/.

Behavior Expectations

As a school we have three expectations for all students in all parts of the building: to be Compassionate, Mindful, and Safe. Accordingly, the decisions and actions that our students make are expected to follow this philosophy.

  1. Follow Directions the First Time Given.
  2. Keep Hands, Feet, and Objects to Yourself.
  3. Listen Attentively to the Speaker.
  4. Use Positive and Constructive Language.
  5. Food, Gum, Headgear, and Electronics (such as cell phones, smart watches and headphones) Should be Put Away at All Times.

Ways to Support at Home:

  1. Ask your child what they learned in school that day and check their planners for homework and due dates.
  2. Regularly check Aeries (parent.ousd.org) to monitor your child’s grades.
  3. Encourage your child to read at least 30 minutes every evening.
  4. Use Khan Academy and Prodigy (prodigygame.com/play) at home with your child to help them practice mathematical concepts.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. We look forward to the 2019-2020 year with your student.

The 8th Grade Team