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Chancellor Velez's Welcome Message (2022-23)

OPA Champions and Families, 

My name is Kerry Velez and I am the Chancellor of Oxford Preparatory Academy- South Orange County. It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2022-2023 school year. I look forward to meeting you and continuing the tradition of excellence that OPA-SOC is known for. 
 
At Oxford Preparatory Academy, we are committed to working collaboratively to develop life-long learners in a safe and caring educational environment where students are challenged, scholarship is expected, and differences are valued. At OPA we cultivate learners who are effective collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers with strong character who will make a positive impact in our school and community. 

I am so proud to work with such an incredibly talented staff who challenge students to higher levels of thinking and learning. We truly believe that all students are unique and gifted individuals.  Our goal is to prepare your child to be able to compete in a competitive world academically and social-emotionally. At OPA, we pride ourselves in educating the whole child and preparing our students to leave our school ready to handle all academic rigors in their education. 

On a personal note, the 2022-2023 school year will mark my eleventh year with Oxford Preparatory Academy. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies along with my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Long Beach. I also have my Masters of Arts in Educational Administration along with my Administrative Services Credential. I started my career as an elementary teacher and then moved into administration where I was Dean at OPA-SOC for the past four years. I am now humbled and honored to be your Chancellor.

Thank you for entrusting OPA-SOC with your children everyday. It is an honor and responsibility we do not take lightly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office and we will be happy to assist you. I look forward to an exciting and memorable school year! 

Kerry Velez 
Chancellor 
[email protected] 
949-305-6111 
 

News & Announcements

September 26, 2022 Featured Photo

September 26, 2022

Dear OPA Families, On Friday, SOC’s Honour Society hosted our first Fall Festival- OPA Space Night on campus since the pandemic started and WOW did we have a HUGE turnout! Over 300 people were in attendance to play games, socialize and
just enjoy being back on campus. I want to send a huge thank you to Honour Society and specifically Betsy Freiler for organizing this event. I would also like to thank our amazing volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help run the different booths and set up. Additionally, I would like to thank the Masoomi Sharif family, for their DELICIOUS Italian Food Truck.
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OCDE Recommends Unconditional Approval of OPA-Middle School Charter Petition

The Orange County Department of Education is recommending that the Orange County Board of Education unconditionally approve the OPA-Middle School charter petition for a term of five years. The official vote on the charter petition will be held on October 5, 2022, at the Orange County Department of Education. I encourage all OPA families to come out to support the approval!! The meeting starts at 5:00 PM.
September 18, 2022 Featured Photo

September 18, 2022

Champion Families, We had another wonderful and exciting week at SOC. Every week Mrs. Merlette and I make a point to visit all classrooms on campus. We want our Champions to know we are invested in their education and it is so exciting for them to show off what they have been learning in class. This week we saw 6th graders designing and creating their own civilizations, 4th graders engaging in different MI activities to work collaboratively to review math concepts, and our PAL students teamed up to offer Cross-age Tutoring.
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September 11, 2022

Champion Families, It seems that September is flying by! I hope your Champion(s) are enjoying school as much as our staff has. By now, we have all settled into a routine and a lot of learning is taking place. I have been blown away by the learning opportunities our Champions have been engaged in throughout the past week. From building catapults to study kinetic energy to art projects in the STEAM lab and learning about rhythm and sounds with Mr. T, it has been an exciting week! Parent/Professor conferences are right around the corner. Professors will be sending out a Calendly link on Friday for parents to sign up.
September 5, 2022 Featured Photo

September 5, 2022

Champion Families, Thank you to everyone who joined us at University Orientation. It was a wonderful event and I know professors were thrilled to be able to host it in person. If you did miss the event, your child’s professor will share their presentation with you so you have all the information. In addition, for those of you who were unable to attend the Administration Sessions, I have linked the presentation HERE. On Friday, we kicked off our CHAMP “Five For Friday” raffle. Students were able to redeem their scholarships online to be entered into this week’s raffle. Congrats to all our winners!
August 29, 2022 Featured Photo

August 29, 2022

Dear OPA Families, What an amazing week! We kicked off our second week of school with our WOW (Week of Welcome) events. The focus of WOW was to help our Champions make connections, learn more about OPA SOC, and get excited about upcoming clubs that will be available on campus. On Monday, our ASB students had their first assembly of the school year. They did a wonderful job highlighting our songs of the month, character trait, and GATE icon. Champions who exhibited exceptional behavior on campus were selected to compete in a game that earned the winning class 10 extra minutes of recess.
August 21, 2022 Featured Photo

August 21, 2022

OPA Champion Families, It’s hard to believe that the first week of school is officially behind us. I am so humbled by the amount of support and encouragement our staff have heard as we officially kicked off the 2022-2023 school year! We are so excited for our first official WOW (Week of Welcome) to take place during this second week of school. Our staff, Honour Society, ASB, and PAL students have been busy planning a variety of activities for our Champions to engage in throughout the week. We will be introducing different OPA traditions while building a sense of belonging for all students on campus.
August 15, 2022 Featured Photo

August 15, 2022

Dear Champion Families, The first week of school is officially here. On behalf of our entire OPA Staff we could not be more excited to welcome our Champions back to school on Wednesday, August 17th. I know the first day can be filled with mixed emotions for many parents, but one thing I can assure you is that your child is in great hands. You will soon learn that OPA will become their home away from home. It’s where they are supported, cared for, and safe.
August 7, 2022 Featured Photo

August 7, 2022

Hello Champion Families, It is hard to believe that the first day of school is only 10 days away! Our professors and staff will have a busy week as they report back to campus to participate in different professional development opportunities and get their classrooms ready for the 17th. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Meet Your Professor and on Saturday for our first Campus Beautification event. Even if you can only come for an hour, it is a great way to get to know other families and staff.