January 21, 2015

Daniele Quercia: Happy maps

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Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.

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January 20, 2015

Hairspray Has Been Cast!!

After countless hours of singing, dancing and acting over four days, The BOD Drama Department is proud to announce the cast for this spring’s highly anticipated musical comedy, Hairspray.

Nora Hurley is cast in the leading role of Tracey Turnblad. Henry Loran will play Edna Turnblad, Drew Downs will play teenage heartthrob Link Larkin, and Shavonne Rogers will perform the role of Motormouth Maybelle.

Taking place in 1962 Baltimore, Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. The musical’s original Broadway production opened on August 15, 2002 and won eight Tony Awards. In 2007, a film version of the musical was released starring John Travolta.

Hairspray opens Friday, April 24 and will perform three weekends, concluding Sunday, May 10. For a ticket order form, please go to the drama page on the school website.

Complete Cast List

Maddy Allison, Jourdan Amen, Maddalena Baldo, Alice Beittel, Gaia Bostick, Rod Brown, Deirdre Carson, Morgan Cluff, Josie Boyd Conn, Christine Curulla, Taylor Daniel, Kalimah Davis, Corinne Deturk, Drew Downs, Sasha Durst, Meilani Edwards, Sean Ekstrand, Nathan Engel-Holmes, Banna Esaias, Tristan Ferioli, Zoe Foster, Cece Garofoli, George Goodhead, Isabel Hallock, Anya Hardiman,Elena Hausser, Juliana He, Nora Hurley, Fanya Imholz, Hunter Johnson, Christian Jorgensen, Cassidy Kepp, Henry Loran, Amasha Lyons-Clark, Mia Lyon, Cameron McLaurin, Maile Morrish, Maria Morrish, Seth Moure, Charley Nordin, Julian Nesbitt, Marcos Orozco, Cameron Park, Maddie Parsnick, Maya Payne-Schomaker, Ruby Perez, Arianna Pride, Sophia Rodriguez, Nathalie Rivera, Shavonne Rogers, Emma Shilliday, Shawn Schulz, Aliyah Turner, Beatrice Velline, Jasmine White, and Hannah White.


Pics of Closeup in Washington

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January 15, 2015

Working on Roller Coasters in Engineering/Physics

Engineering Physics is a course where projects are used to understand the principles of engineering, design, and physics. For unit on roller coasters, students build scale models to learn about gravity, potential energy, and circular motion, including the inertia of wheels, rolling friction, and centripetal force. The track is made from hot water pipe insulation and marbles are used as the “cars.” The students use their models to calculate the g-force in a full scale roller coaster, the effect of ride height on speed, and the energy efficiency of the ride. Computer simulations are used to for comparison, in order to estimate frictional losses. As part of the sustainability effort at the school, recycled materials are used in the construction.


Winter Concert 2014

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January 14, 2015

Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more … tourism?


January 13, 2015

Take the Crab Feed Challenge

Can you score 100% on the 2015 Crab Feed pop quiz?        


1. What is the Crab and Pasta Feed?

a. The Crab and Pasta Feed is the largest fundraising social event of the school year!
b. The Crab and Pasta Feed benefits student athletics.
c. The Crab and Pasta Feed benefits student clubs and programs.
d. The Crab and Pasta Feed is a parents only evening of food, fundraising, socializing and dancing.
e. ALL OF THE ABOVE!  


2. When and where is the Crab Feed?

a. The Crab Feed is January 31, 2015.
b. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a Silent Auction Cocktail Hour in the Small Gym.
c. All you can eat Crab and Pasta Dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Large Gym.
d. Evening concludes with dancing to live music from 9:30-11 p.m. courtesy of local band RUST.
e. ALL OF THE ABOVE!  


3. I would like to support the event, how can I contribute?

a. Consider making a donation to our auction.
b. Volunteer your time before, during or after the event.
c. Make a donation to the Instant Wine Cellar. For more information contact Tere Hanson.   
d. ALL OF THE ABOVE!

4. True or False: I can still sign up to attend.
True! There is still some space available for this year’s Crab and Pasta Feed!

You can register online and also pre-purchase wine by the bottle (waiting for you at your table when you sit down for dinner), drink tickets and cards for the Instant Wine Cellar 52 card draw.

Please note: all guests at this event MUST be 21 or older. 

If you answered “All of the Above” to questions 1-3 and “true” to question 4, you are ready to get cracking! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact event chair
Laury Mainini.  

See you on January 31!


Dwight Taylor Sr. ’00, a.k.a. Transparent, is an International Christian rapper, motivational speaker, and mentor

This 2010 Stellar Award Nominee, for Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year, won the “Best of the Blessed” Artist of the Year award at the 2009 Christian Music Awards (CMA). Transparent was also nominated for 6 categories at the 2009 Rejoice Gospel Music Awards, where he was blessed to take home the “Best Male Gospel Hip Hop Artist (unsigned)” and “Gospel’s Rising Star” award. He has shared the stage with such artist as CeCe Winans, News Boys, Brian Littrell of the Backstreet boys, Canton Jones, Lecrae, Tonex, The Katinas, Tremaine Hawkins, Everyday Process, Leeland, R-Swift, Dj Morph, Frontlynaz, Mark J, and many more.

Originally from Richmond, California, Transparent is currently residing in Fairfield, California. He is a Bishop O’Dowd High School and Fresno State University Alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. In November 2005, Transparent began to follow two callings that God had placed on his life. The first, ministering the gospel through music, and the second, starting his own non-profit Christian organization called “On Purpose Inc.,” designed to cater to the youth of both Contra Costa and Solano County. While living in Richmond, he was actively involved in volunteer work at the Coronado YMCA and in 2006 he was honored with the “Volunteer of the Year” award from The West Contra Costa YMCA. From 2006-2008, Transparent held positions with Alternative Family Services as a case manager/Independent Living Skills Specialist for foster care and adoption children. His dual passions for children and spreading the Word of God are what fuel’s his determination to live his life in an upright and “Transparent” way.

In 2007 Transparent began taking over the gospel music scene by storm. In March, he won the American Christian Talent Search and in June he participated in the CMA. Nearly two years later on January 27th, 2009, Transparent released his eagerly awaited debut album “L.I.F.E.”(Living In Favor Everyday), which has been globally recognized. In September 2009, “L.I.F.E” was released in Australia followed by a two-week promotional tour (his third tour in Australia). While touring he was privileged to minister in Melbourne and Brisbane Australia. On November 21st, 2009, Transparent performed live in front of 11,000 spectators, plus the millions who viewed this on the SHOWTIME network. On this special night, Transparent brought to the ring the Super Middleweight Boxing Champion Andre “SOG” Ward, with his worship/rap anthem “The GREATEST”. On May 30th, 2011, Transparent released his nationally acclaimed street album titled D.O.P.E.(Dominating On Purpose Everyday)

Today, Transparent has ministered at approximately 500 different venues across the world (Churches, Cruises, High Schools, Colleges, Talent shows, and Award shows). He currently holds empowerment sessions every Tuesday for the youth at the Solano County Juvenile Hall and inspires them through his music. Along with his dedication to empowering youth, Transparent also uses the mediums of fashion and radio to present the gospel. C28′s NOTW clothing is the official sponsor for Transparent. He is also the co-host of House of Slap Radio.

Wherever you find Transparent, be it ministering through music, sharing his life on “Transparent T.V.” or just speaking into the lives of the youth he encounters, it is relevant that throughout these great accomplishments, his focus remains the same, which is to “Advance the Kingdom one second at a time.”


January 12, 2015

Oakland Zoo Conservation Series


January 5, 2015

What is E-Waste?

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