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Things are moving along with the NEW Old Mission Peninsula School (OMPS), which will open for the first time as a charter school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.

Transfer of the property and OMPS building will take place on July 1, 5:30 p.m., at the school, followed by a community picnic at Bowers Harbor Park (they are looking to borrow a few large grills – email [email protected] if you have one).

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The leadership team for the new OMPS is currently busy interviewing teachers for Kindergarten through sixth grade. Using an innovative recorded and live video interview platform, the new public school has been able to meet and review quality candidates from all around the country.

“We are thrilled that so many teachers are choosing to apply at OMPS,” says Dena Schweitzer, Director of Academics. “The talent of the applicants is impressive, and we’re excited to build our crew.”

She adds that one question they always ask candidates is why they’re interested in working at OMPS. “Applicants are excited about our founding story, the small class sizes, the award-winning EL Curriculum, genuine community engagement, and Grand Valley State University’s stamp of approval as the school’s authorizer.”

Jeremy Stringer, Director of Operations, notes, “Just like me, teachers want to be part of something great, to make a difference. Being part of a foundational team for a new school isn’t something you find every day. It’s something, if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity, you go after, embrace fully, and make it into the dream job you’ve envisioned throughout your career in education.”

For more information about the new OMPS and to enroll, visit their website, and Facebook page. Check out the video, and below that, read more school news.


The new OMPS is partnering with Angel Care to offer care for preschoolers, infants and toddlers. In fact, they’re currently seeking an energetic, positive, qualified Pre-K teacher, infant and toddler teacher and teacher assistants who are eager to be a part of a motivated team of educators at the new school.

If interested, submit your resume to [email protected], and learn more at the Angel Care website.


The Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (the nonprofit organization supporting the new OMPS) has met with Bay Area Transit Authority (BATA), and they are evaluating a new route servicing locations on Old Mission Peninsula, including to and from OMPS. One-way rides will be $1.50 each way or as low as $3 per week unlimited with an annual pass.

The foundation is asking everyone on the OMP to fill out this survey to assess specific transportation needs. “We are hoping for an entire community response for these routes to service all community members,” says Allison O’Keefe, President of the OMPEF, adding that the initiative will help establish consistent routes on Old Mission Peninsula to help commuters, businesses, library patrons, and the students at OMPS, including migrant students.

The survey will be open until Friday, June 15, 2018.


How about a summer camp on the OMP? Yes, it’s happening. Camp Island View will run for seven weeks beginning July 9 through August 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday.

The camp’s mission is to partner with the community to create a positive camp experience blending “good old-fashioned camp fun” with new discoveries where campers make lasting memories and friends.

For more information, check out their website or email camp director Betsy Rudolph, [email protected].

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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