August 15, 2014

New Faculty and Staff for 2014-15

Bishop O’Dowd High School welcomed several new faculty and staff members in August, each of them bringing special talents and skills to share with our students. The increased number of new employees is due to several reasons – faculty and staff members retiring, moving out of state, going back to school, and becoming a stay at home mom.

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Zoey Adam ’09 joins the Science Department. Zoey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Occidental College and is currently pursuing a teaching credential. She has served as a substitute teacher, tutor, water polo and lacrosse coach at O’Dowd during the past year. Zoey’s dad, Kip Adam, works in O’Dowd’s building operations department.

 

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Edmund Ankamah joins the Math Department. A native of Ghana, Edmund earned a bachelor’s degree in math, with a minor in economics, from U.C. Davis and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Columbia University. Most recently Edmund worked as a student teacher in New York and as an SAT math and algebra teacher at Fremont’s Elite Educational Institute. He previously worked as a math teacher at Envision School of Art and Technology in Oakland and at Making Waves Education Program in Richmond. In his free time Edmund enjoys playing and watching soccer.

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Juliet Arechiga ’93 joins the Counseling Department as a learning differences specialist. She was a triple major in Spanish language, history and comparative area studies at Duke University, and earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She completed additional coursework in special education at The American University and Johns Hopkins University. Most recently Juliet served as a counselor/learning disabilities coordinator at Holy Names High School. Her responsibilities included providing comprehensive personal, academic and college counseling services, creating individualized educational care plans for students with learning disabilities and developing and implementing study skills-intensive academic support programs. Prior to Holy Names, Juliet exclusively worked at specialized schools serving high school students with learning differences. Juliet was previously dean of students at Bayhill High School in Oakland, an assistant director/lead teacher at Raskob Day School in Oakland, and a high school teacher and college counselor at The Lab School of Washington, in Washington, D.C. Juliet’s mom, Ginny Arechiga, is the library assistant.

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Moire Bruin assumes the Admissions Associate position. Moire earned a bachelor’s degree in communication theory, and completed graduate coursework in human resources and organizational development, at the University of San Francisco. She also holds a certificate in parent educator training from the Center for Human Development. Most recently, Moire served as a staff assistant in O’Dowd’s Advancement Department. Previously, she held several roles at Mills College, including judicial coordinator, associate dean of students, and director of residential and commuting life, and served as a residence director at San Francisco State University and Northern Arizona University. She also worked as a co-instructor for a counseling and student development course at NAU.

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Molleen Dupree-Dominguez joins the Religion Department as an online course teacher. Molleen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with minors in economics and political science, from University of Missouri. She holds a master of divinity from Berkeley’s Jesuit School of Theology. Most recently Molleen served as a campus minister and religious studies department chairperson at Holy Names High School. She previously served as an assistant director for residential service learning at St. Mary’s College of California, and as a youth minister and pastoral associate for St. Mary-St. Francis deSales Church in Oakland. Married to counselor Marc Dominguez, Molleen is also the web administrator for Holy Spirit Parish-Newman Hall in Berkeley.

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Sarah Durantini joins the Academic Support Department. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in special education and rehabilitation, from the University of Arizona. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University’s Bay Area Teaching Training Institute. Most recently Sarah served as a 6th grade math and science teacher and middle school advisor at Redwood Day School. She previously worked as an associate kindergarten teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.

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Tere Gallarreta joins the Campus Ministry and Religion Departments as a retreat coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida International University, and a master’s in theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST). She also holds a certificate in youth ministry studies. Teresa has more than 10 years of experience in ministry, including teaching high school students, planning and coordinating retreats, liturgies and service projects. Most recently Tere served as a senior administrative assistant for student life at the JST, and as a website administrator for Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley. She previously worked as a director of youth and family ministry at a Catholic church in Florida and as a Hispanic outreach specialist for a Florida diocese.

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Leah Guillory joins the English Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of Houston, and has more than 10 years of experience teaching various levels of English, as well as speech and debate, at the high school level. She’s halfway through a master’s degree in Literature, having completed 18 hours of graduate work from University of Houston as well. Leah holds a Pre-AP certification from Rice University, and is eager to pursue a doctoral degree in Rhetoric/Humanities with capstones in women’s studies in 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under her direction, a number of students have won many University Interscholastic League and Private Schools Interscholastic Association (Texas academic competition organizations) academic writing and speaking events.

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John Kohler joins the World Language Department as a Spanish teacher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in Latin American studies, at Lewis & Clark College, and holds a master’s degree in teaching from University of San Francisco. He also has a single subject clear credential in social studies and Spanish. Most recently John was a class dean and head of the foreign language department (middle school) and K-8 service learning director at Redwood Day School. He previously served as a district education manager for Sylvan Learning Centers and was the founder and director of a student summer abroad culture and language immersion program in Barcelona, Spain. He also worked as a Spanish teacher at The Menlo School in Atherton and The Athenian School in Danville.

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Kris Koller joins the Religion Department. Kris earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy at Boston College, and holds a master’s in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. Most recently Kris was the director of programs, services and volunteers at Trinity Church of Asbury Park in New Jersey. He has also worked as a high school English and religion teacher at Catholic high schools in New York, and completed an AmeriCorps Urban Teaching Fellowship at a charter public high school in Boston.

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Tom Kosic joins the Science Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from U.C. San Diego and holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has a single subject (chemistry and physics) teaching credential. Tom has more than 25 years experience in the aerospace and semiconductor industries, including working at Hughes Aircraft Co., and recently taught chemistry and chemistry fundamentals at James Logan High School.

Robin Lau is the new International Program Coordinator. Robin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Most recently, Robin was a lead consultant at ThinkTank Learning in San Francisco, where she also served as a senior academic counselor and admissions consultant and a teacher. Robin also served as an undergraduate admissions alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania. Robin is fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish.

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Beth Mueller joins the Religion Department and will assist with the service learning program. Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in peace and justice studies from Marquette University, and holds a master’s of divinity from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology (JST). Most recently, Beth served as a graduate assistant for the office of enrollment management and marketing at JST. She also worked as a graduate assistant for campus ministry and religious studies at Holy Names High School and assisted with retreats at Berkeley’s Newman Center. She also worked as a chaplaincy intern at Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute and a youth support specialist at a Catholic youth center in Washington.

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Jessica Poole joins the Science Department. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at St. Mary’s College of California. Following St. Mary’s, Jessica completed more than two years of graduate work at Duke University, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, before discovering that her passion was in working with/empowering our youth. Jessica first explored teaching through coaching soccer, serving as a head coach for the East Bay United Bay Oaks Soccer Club, in addition to coaching for Stanford University Women’s Soccer Youth Summer Camps. Most recently, Jessica served as a substitute teacher at O’Dowd and is the assistant coach of our varsity women’s soccer team

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William Van Doren joins the Math Department. William earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Oberlin College and holds a master of divinity from Harvard University. Most recently William served as youth minister at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Mill Valley, and as a geometry, algebra II, precalculus, calculus and statistics tutor.

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Patrice Wakeley ’01 joins the Academic Support Department. Patrice earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Miami, and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Most recently Patrice served as the Pathway to College and Career Coordinator for the East Oakland Youth Development Center. She’s worked for a variety of youth programs in California and Florida, providing program management and counseling.

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Meghan Bailey Wallingford ’89
joins the Counseling Department coordinating the Career Partnerships Program. Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology for the University of Oregon and has completed additional coursework in mediation and interpersonal communication. She has enjoyed a career in outside sales for companies including Lenox China, Waterford Crystal and KitchenAid. During the 2013-2014 academic year Meghan worked with the Advancement Department serving as Interim Director of Special Events. In addition to the Career Partnerships Program, Meghan will work with the Advancement department focusing on parent volunteer involvement.

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Demond Walker assumes the role of Associate Director of Admissions. Demond earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University. Most recently he served as the Director of Community Education at University High school in San Francisco, working in the areas of diversity and inclusion, admissions, student support and student leadership. He also served as a classroom teacher and a coach. Previously Demond served as an education coordinator for a scholarship fund in Chicago, and worked as a math specialist for the Chicago Public Schools.

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Ming-Ching Wong joins the Science Department. Ming-Ching earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology, with a minor in anthropology, from McGill University, and holds a doctoral degree in developmental biology from the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Cornell University. As a graduate student, Ming-Ching conducted research at the Sloan-Kettering Institute. Ming-Ching served as a postdoctoral fellow in Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology from 2009-2014. In this position, Ming-Ching mentored graduate and undergraduate students conducting independent laboratory projects, served as an instructor for a molecular biology course and a lecturer for a human genetics, reproduction and public policy course, and conducted research.


August 13, 2014

2014 BOD Fall Play Announced

The BOD Drama Department has announced the 2014 Fall play; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, based on the acclaimed novel by Ken Kesey. Performance dates are scheduled for November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 PM, November 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM.

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, the play is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment’s urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including a cowed mama’s boy Billy and silent Native American Chief Bromden, presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched. She and McMurphy recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases.

Auditions for the play will be held August 25 at 2-5, August 26 and 27 at 3:30-6:30 with callbacks scheduled for Friday, August 29 at 3:30. All auditions will take place in the theater. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kohles.


August 12, 2014

Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Take action and be a part of the solution!
 
Your back-to-school purchases make a huge difference. Just look at facts about paper and pencils; according to the Green School Initiative, 14 billion new pencils (made with wood from ancient forests) are produced every year, and the average American student consumes about 660 pounds of paper each year (requiring millions of trees, and gallons of water and oil).
 

Start the year off on a “green” foot with environmentally friendly school supplies. Either reuse old supplies, or shop for eco-friendly and recycled supplies. Get started here:

 

Another way to be eco-friendly this year is to pack a waste-free lunch. Or even better, take advantage of Epicurean’s fresh, local, seasonal, and often organic food selection served daily at the O’Dowd cafeteria. Click here for more information.

Have a great start to the school year!


Click here to learn about O’Dowd’s Sustainability Initiatives


July 22, 2014

O’Dowd Delivers Mission Drive Funds to Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Campus Chaplain Fr. Gerald Pedrera hand-delivered a check for more than $9,000 to Fr. Francisco and Ms. Maricel in the Philippines recently. These funds were raised during the 2014 Mission Drive for Typhoon Haiyan victims, and will allow for the purchase of fishing boats and nets. Fr. Gerald also brought them a T-shirt that the Filipino Club sold to raise funds during the Mission Drive.


July 21, 2014

New Parent and Student Website Orientation


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By Donovan Rittenbach
O’Dowd Web Master and Videographer

“Don’t make me think”
- Steve Krug, Usability Expert

The following is an overview of key landmarks in the O’Dowd website. Hopefully this map will make your website experience more enjoyable whether you are a parent or student.

People who don’t read the manual miss out on important tidbits they’d never figure out on their own. This orientation definitely has some nuggets, including at least one gem that will change how you use EVERY website. It will cut the search time in many cases from minutes to seconds and mostly eliminate the need for reading to search. We will also tell you how to download most photos you find on the website.

The O’Dowd website is pretty large, but most people visit for the following purposes:

  • 1) Dragon Den – clothing and other apparel
  • 2) Administrative forms or documents
  • 3) School calendar and important event info
  • 4) Game schedules and locations
  • 5) School news
  • 6) Staff directory

The Most Important Content Locations

90% of your daily needs will be in one of the following locations:

1) Home page - A visual overview of events at school will be shown in the slideshow, which is updated often. Click the pictures to get stories or more photos. Many parents find this is a quick way to keep up with what’s going on at school.

The Home Page also has the Dragon Den, daily school calendar and basic news updates. Important school events throughout the year, like Fund a Dream, will be featured here. Videos of major event highlights are posted on YouTube, if you want to see skit, talent show or other performance highlights.

2) Student portal - Important links to Dragonmail, Powerschool, Naviance, and Schoology are located here. Smart students will create bookmarks in their bookmark bar for easy reference. Then they won’t have to keep coming back to the portal to access these commonly used links. A weekly TED video is also featured to provide insight from the best and brightest. All performance videos and event photos will be found here.

3) Parent portal - The Parent portal has news and important forms. It contains directions on getting to school. It also contains links to Powerschool and Naviance, where you can follow student progress. This is where you find bookstore information, and any other reference information relevant to the all parents. In a moment I will share a tip for finding content on this page without reading.

4) Athletic page - Game times and schedules are on every athletics page. Coach contact info is on the page in the upper right hand corner. Weight room and weight training videos are an important part of this section.

General call for photography – We constantly need photography to update these sections. Parents are our primary source of this information since we can’t get to all games. We greatly appreciate parents who submit photos and I will make it a point to post them as quickly as possible and give credit. Photos should be clearly focused, well composed and have good lighting. We have a number of ways to get photos from you including email, Drop Box and more.

5) Staff Directory
This consistently ranks in the top ten site destinations. It contains all teacher contact info, as well as some personal insight into your child’s teachers.

You can organize the view by clicking one of the view options at the top of the page. The compact list is text only. The other items have pictures associated with them.

http://www.bishopodowd.org/directory/index.php?sortby=lname

Academics
Course descriptions and bookstore info can be found on the Academics sidebar.

You Tube Channel
If there is a major event at school, it will usually be posted on the portal page. A selection of highlights is found by clicking on the YouTube button on the home page.

https://www.youtube.com/user/BODHS1/videos?flow=grid&view=0

If you want to share a performance but can’t find it, try clicking on “View YouTube Channel”, to view all videos that have ever been posted.

Search Strategies

The two easiest ways to find what you are looking for (besides calling the front office) are:

1) Built In Google Site Search Engine- We use Google for our site search engine, and the results are as good as they come.

2) Don’t read pages to search – Use the Find command - If there is one thing you should remember from this tutorial, it’s this.

This trick will revolutionize how you use web pages. It is the fastest way to find any text item on a page, and will all but eliminate the need to read a page to find what you are looking for. It works on every browser on every platform and will cut your search time from minutes to seconds.

  • 1) Locate “Find” under the File menu. You can also press the keyboard shortcut CTRL+F(PC) or CMD+F(Mac).
  • 2) Type the word, or part of the word, you are looking for into the field that pops up. It’s better to start with a partial word rather than a full word to keep your options open.
  • 3) Press return. You can press return again and again to find the next time your word appears on page.

If you are searching for page text that is not hidden in a tab or contained in an image, the browser will highlight the word on the page.

You can also press CTRL-F/CMD-F again to move to the next instance of the search item, and thereby move rapidly through a page.

Here is an example. If you were looking for the word “Dragon” on the parent portal, you could search any part of the word including ‘drag’, ‘ragon’, or ‘agon’. ‘Drag’ would find dragging, but it would also find Dragon. ‘agon’ would find flagon and dragon.

It is better to search for a small string rather than a large one in some cases.

Can it search tabs? - Content is by default hidden in tabs. You can only search a tab using CTRL-F or CMD-F after the tab has been clicked and its content made visible.

Can it search dropdown menus? - Yes you can use the find command in a rollover menu that is visible.

More Tips

Home Page Shortcut - The O’Dowd logo, located at the top of every page, is a shortcut to the home page. This is a relatively common website standard but if you didn’t know about it, now you do.

How to Download Large Image Size
Most pictures on the website can be downloaded by right clicking on the thumbnail image, then selecting “Save Image As…”.

This works on Firefox, Chrome and Safari for certain.

Other Sources of School Information

Our iPhone/Android App
O’Dowd has an iPhone/Android based phone app that contains a lot of popular content including calendar information, all in one location. It is easily download from iTunes or Google’s app store.

Facebook and Twitter
We actively use social media. If you want the latest news about O’Dowd, these are good places to start.

You Tube Channel
If there is a major event at school, it will usually be posted on the portal page. A selection of highlights is found by clicking on the YouTube button on the home page.

https://www.youtube.com/user/BODHS1/videos?flow=grid&view=0

If you want to share a performance but can’t find it, try clicking on “View YouTube Channel”, to view all videos that have ever been posted.

eNews
This weekly email contains much of what is on the website. It’s a nice way to scan school.

Web Site Contact
Donovan Rittenbach
drittenbach@bishopodowd.org


July 17, 2014

“Speak Up!” Summer Debate Program Wraps Up with Awards Ceremony

Caitlin Walsh ’14, Sean Walsh ’16, and Nathan Woods ’15 hosted “Speak Up!”, a free summer debate program for middle school students in Oakland Diocese schools including St. Liz, St. Jarlath and St. Anthony. At the end of the camp, students received an encouraging critique and awards for their work.


Photo by Lisa Coffey-Mahoney


Photo by Lisa Coffey-Mahoney


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


Photo by Donovan Rittenbach


July 8, 2014

Western Catholic Education Association Official Letter

Dear Parents, 

We have good news!  After our 18-month accreditation process, we have received our full six-year term of accreditation from the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).   A six-year term is granted when a school earns high marks in the areas for academic excellence, Catholic identity, co-curricular programs, student support, and effective strategic planning and fund raising.

The attached letter, which is also posted on our website, affirms the professionalism, care, and commitment to moral and spiritual education of our faculty, staff and school leaders. This six-year term is further supported by outstanding student achievement and the support of our parents. 

Thank you!

Pam and Steve

Download the WCEA Accreditation Letter »


June 30, 2014

AP Psych Students at Major Conference

by Sarah Bremer

A group of AP Psychology students recently attended the American Psychological Science Convention in San Francisco.  There, they listened to lectures on cutting-edge research and engaged in conversation with graduate students presenting their work at poster sessions.   Several students also had the opportunity to participate in round-table discussions with world-renowned psychologists.  Lisette Manriquez, a graduating senior planning to study psychology at UC Merced, talked to Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her experiences with high school teachers with various types of mindsets.  Meanwhile, junior Latrel Powell joined graduate students in a discussion with UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele and junior Natalie Stroud learned about emotion expert Paul Ekman’s recent research on compassion.  

Visit APS convention website »


June 29, 2014

All Updates Regarding Diocesan Teacher Contracts

SF Gate – Oakland bishop puts morality clause thoughts in writing

Read the SF Gate’s assessment of the contract situation »

June 30, 2014

Dear Community members,
 
After Bishop Barber met with representatives of our faculty, administration and students at the end of May, we committed to send you the Bishop’s promised letter clarifying the intent of new language in the Diocese of Oakland employee contract.  The letter below is the result of a three-week collaborative and pastoral process in which the Bishop sought feedback and advice from people in our community and elsewhere in the Diocese. There is also a letter from our school leadership that provides context and additional information about the contract, our support for it, and the need to devote our full attention to the education of our students.
 
We sincerely hope that these letters reassure you that the O’Dowd you know and love will continue to serve the educational, personal and spiritual needs of our students.  Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions.
 
Steve Phelps and Pam Shay

Statement from the Bishop June 27, 2014

Download the Bishop’s Letter to the community »

Statement from O’Dowd Administration June 30, 2014

Dear Parents,

As promised last month, we are providing clarification, sent to us today by Bishop Barber S.J., of the intent of the new language in the Diocese of Oakland employee contract. When he met with representative groups of O’Dowd faculty and staff and students on May 27, the Bishop promised to issue the attached letter to relieve any anxiety caused by the revised contract language and to reaffirm his commitment to a conversation that could refine the language for the 2015-16 contract.

Bishop Barber was quite clear in his discussion with us that his intent is not to scrutinize the private lives of Catholic school employees nor is he asking Catholic school administrators to do so.Instead, he is introducing language that asks employees who share in the teaching ministry of the Church to reflect on how they can best be role models to students, and how their respect for and alignment with Catholic teachings can be a credible witness to our mission.

He is concerned that no one in service to Catholic education compromises the right of the Church to proclaim its teachings to our students and families by publicly promoting views or taking actions inconsistent with those teachings. As senior leaders of Bishop O’Dowd High School, we understand and support Bishop Barber’s desire for our instruction to reflect our Catholic identity and uphold the teachings of the Church in matters of faith and morals.

The Bishop understands that individuals may have differing views about the language used in the contract. He simply wants those who are in the employ of the Church to showrespect for the

Church’s traditions and be prudent in the conduct of their lives so that they not bring discredit to our school community or the Diocese of Oakland.

For many years, we have included language in our employee handbook that is very specific in this regard. Our faculty and staff havelong understood that their private lives should not intrude in the classroom and that their behavior outside the classroom should not reflect poorly on Bishop O’Dowd HighSchool. For this reason, we can assure you that our school community will not fundamentally change because of the new contract language.

We appreciate and support Bishop Barber’s attached letter and welcome his commitment to take this ongoing conversation into account in refining the contract language for the 2015-16 contract.

We are proud that O’Dowd is a dynamic and exciting Catholic college preparatory community of faith. We have a new strategic plan to implement and nearly 1,200 wonderful students and their families to serve. We are focused on fulfilling our mission of providing an excellent Catholic education, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Bishop in the spirit of Christ, which is the spirit

of love for each student and all in our community.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide additional clarification for you on this matter.

May you find God and joy in all that you do this summer!

Steve Phelps Pam Shay Glen Hentges Kim Walsh
President Principal Board Chair Board Vice Chair

June 16, 2014

One Book, One Community – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water.

In 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family’s farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the $80-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.

His neighbors called him misala-crazy-but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, some scrap metal, tractor parts, bicycle halves, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

Watch his popular TED Talks

2007 TED Talk by William Kamkwamba: How I Built a Windmill

2009 TED Talk by William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind

Info for Students – Student Reading Assignment

One Book, One Community Project
Bishop O’Dowd High School

What’s the assignment?

All students are expected to have read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind before arriving on campus for the fall 2014 semester. There is no written assignment during the summer, although you may want to research the author to provoke your thinking about the book.

How will I use this book?

You will be involved in classroom discussions about the book in your classes as well as have the opportunity to attend theme-related events on campus. You will be tested in your Religion class on the first day of school to make sure that you read the book. The test will consist of straightforward objective questions on significant events from the book.

How do I obtain a copy of the book?

The book will be available through www.bishopodowd.bkstr.com. You are welcome to purchase the book through a bookstore of your choice.
A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair will provide a 20% discount for the Bishop O’Dowd High School community.

6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA. 94611
510-339-8210
books@ggpbooks.com

What are the product details?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
ISBN: 978-0-06-173032-0
Subtitle: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
Author: William Kamkwamba
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 266


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