Evolution Follow us @ ocsaevolution We Change With You Issue 1 Santa Ana, California OCSA @ the beach Jack Murphy Co-Editor in Chief With mixed reactions, California School of the Arts (CSA), the new organization formed by OCSA leadership, will open its first arts charter school in Oceanside entitled California School of the Arts-San Diego County (CSASDC or CSArts-San Diego County), scheduled to open Aug. 2016. The OCSA-modeled school will be located at what is now Jefferson Middle School and house 7th-12th grade students in 11 arts conservatories. The campus will also house an arts elementary school controlled by the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). CSArts will start by enrolling grades 7th-10th for the 20162017 school year and then add grades 11th12th over the next two school years. Since OCSA has reached its capacity and the Santa Ana campus has “completed [its] footprint” according OCSA and CSA-SDC executive director Dr. Ralph Opacic, the board felt this was the right time to expand to other locations. Opacic sees the potential to serve 10,000 kids a year. Other possible CSArts locations include LA and The Valley. “The motivation for [multi-campus expansion] is to provide more students the OCSA experience. I hear from students all the time that the OCSA experience is transformational. It’s life-changing,” said Opacic. While the OCSA leadership has a positive attitude towards the new addition, some families from OUSD are worried about the fate of their students. During the September 22nd OUSD board meeting where the school’s charter was approved, students and parents held signs that read, “We demand high quality education for all Oceanside kids” and “Don’t shut down my school.” Because of the audition requirements, families fear that some students will be ignored and CSA-SDC will drive out other arts programs in the district according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Well nobody likes change,” said Opacic. “Change is hard for everybody and most of the people that spoke that night didn’t oppose the idea of an OCSA-like school coming to San Diego,” said Opacic. He explained that many parents and teachers are worried their kids will not get opportunities in the arts and are opposed to the closing of Jefferson Middle School. Much of this opposition was very similar to OCSA’s beginnings in 1987 at Los Alamitos High School, where a newspaper article was titled “OCSA Invasion,” in fears of OCSA driving out arts programs in the district. “A lot of it is just lack of information and the fear of change,” he added. Senior Madi Moet (MT) commutes from Temecula on a daily basis and is upset the school was not available when she was in 7th grade. However, she is happy an arts school is coming to the San Diego area: “It’s definitely needed down there because the arts districts are booming, but there’s no school for it,” she said. Moet has concerns the campus in Santa Ana still needs attention before expanding to another location. “This campus takes so much work already. I just think that there’s things here that could be fixed, rather than them opening up a brand new school. I think that the funding could be better used here, but I’m not opposed to the idea.” For those worried about the fate of OCSA because of its sister school, Opacic assured “There’s no risk to OCSA because it’s a stand alone entity. So whether it fails or succeeds, it’s not going to change anything that happens here on Main Street.” “We are all under the spell of a true visionary, who is Dr. Ralph Opacic,” said Musical Theatre Conservatory director Jeff Paul. Opacic has been noted to have ambitious goals as an educational leader. Paul added, “I’m the kind of person that when somebody says ‘This is gonna happen’ I always think ‘Well, show me and then we’ll see if it happens.’ But that’s not the way with Dr. Opacic, it is ‘This is gonna happen,’ we’re all like ‘How do we help?’” Starting in October, applications for CSASDC will be available, with auditions beginning in March 2016. In January and February, preview sessions hosted by Dr. Opacic will be available. For more information, visit csarts. net. October 13, 2015 Dance, Music, Science, Oh My! Mikayla Knight Co-Editor in Chief Spectators gathered in the summer heat to see the unveiling of the new Dance, Music, and Science Center (DMS) on Aug. 16. The Marybelle Musco Dance Center, The Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Music Center, and The Argyros Science Center has 47 rooms for instruction and rehearsal, as well as an outdoor quad. Dr. Opacic explained there were issues with forming the campus out of repurposed buildings because OCSA’s needs are so unique. It was important to Opacic to meet the needs of the students by designing specific spaces, such as larger dance and science classrooms as well as music rooms with better acoustics. “With these three buildings,” Opacic said, “we have solved all of our problems.” According to Leadership seniors Annelise Kamegawa (CW) and Tamar Rubin (ACT), the best part of the DMS is arguably the air conditioning. The DMS isn’t the only big new thing on campus. The population has also faced a significant growth; with approximately 600 new students this year, the OCSA campus is now home to over 2,200 students. “I definitely think there is going to be a problem of letting too many people in,” said Kamegawa. “I think with this new addition and having so many students OCSA might lose a sense of intimacy that is such a huge part of the campus.” The new bathrooms in the DMS have become a fan favorite. Dr. Wallace, Dean of Facilities and Supervision, has admitted to the beautiful bathrooms being one of his favorite parts of the new building. Senior and HGT bf