August 24, 2016

Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

Important Notice – AC Transit and Silver Days

We regret to inform you that we just received word that AC Transit cannot fulfill our June request for bus scheduling on our silver days – the 1:15 p.m. dismissal days.
Our library will be open for quiet study and our academic support center will be available from 1:15 – 3 p.m. Students can work with tutors or individually if they prefer.
AC Transit will pick up at the regular time (3:10) on silver days. The morning pick up is not affected and will remain the same.

Senior A’s Game Permission Slip and Payment

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August 23, 2016

O’Dowd Certified as a Bay Area Green Business

green-biz-logo_small After a lengthy and rigorous application process that included verification inspections to confirm the school operates in an environmentally sound manner, Bishop O’Dowd High School was certified as a Bay Area Green Business on June 27, 2016.

The certification not only confirms that O’Dowd has made outstanding efforts to comply with environmental requirements, but has also achieved excellence in reducing hazardous and solid waste generation, conserving resources and preventing pollution.

Director of Sustainability Andra Yeghoian has been leading the Bay Area Green Business certification effort since she was hired three years ago.

“The certification process acted as a roadmap for us in determining priorities and areas of focus. It helped us establish our ‘green baseline’ for our larger goals such as carbon neutrality, zero waste, and overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The certification process also engaged stakeholders from across the campus, as it touched every aspect of our facilities and operations,” Yeghoian said.

O’Dowd is the first and only Catholic school in Alameda County certified as a Bay Area Green Business, and Yeghoian hopes to lead the effort to help other schools become certified. “Most of the changes required will result in cost savings, not cost out the door,” she said.

Yeghoian points out that return on investment for energy projects is a short period that results in reduction in overall energy bills. “Additionally, reduction in water use results in costs savings during the drought period when steep fines and higher rates were implemented,” she said.

“The certification process also engaged stakeholders from across the campus, as it touched every aspect of our facilities and operations”

The verification process took the form of audits, and a host of areas were systematically evaluated, such as waste, energy, water, pollution, and more.

A sampling of outcomes of the audit includes:

  • Comprehensive energy plan that should bring us to carbon neutrality
  • Several water leaks on campus were detected and corrected
  • Waste diverted from landfill to recycling and compost
  • Improved labeling of and disposal of hazardous waste from the chemistry lab
  • Introduction of non-toxic cleaning products by the school’s janitorial services provider, which are better for the environment and also resulted in improved health for custodians


“This process exemplifies our commitment to being green. We put a lot of time and energy into achieving this certification,” Yeghoian said.

O’Dowd is now listed in the Alameda County Green Business Directory. Check out the listing of Green Businesses…

August 17, 2016

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August 16, 2016

Clint Smith: The danger of silence

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

August 15, 2016

BART Shuttle Alert

BART shuttle service to and from the San Leandro BART station will begin on Friday, August 19th.

No BART shuttle service is available for 9th-12th orientation days this week.

August 12, 2016

James Child’s First Talk at O’Dowd

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August 10, 2016

School Opening News

Our back-to-school “summer mailing” was sent by email to parents and students on July 8th. The information for incoming freshmen, new transfer students and returning 10th, 11th and 12th graders is posted in the three PDFs on the right sidebar of this page. Click on the appropriate grade level for your student.

If you would like to order the pictures that will be taken on the grade-level orientation days, you can do so by clicking here. For all grades, click “Order Now” in the left column and enter BY016808Q0. If your student is a senior who has not taken/ordered pictures in Hayward, the center column has information for you. For questions regarding pictures, contact Ms. Saunders at

Schoology and PowerSchool logins and instructions will be sent by email at the beginning of next week.

Mark your calendars for Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 1!

August 9, 2016

Audition Announcement – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum



Monday August 22 @ 3:30 to 6:30 in the Theater.
Tuesday August 23 @ 2 pm to 5 pm in the Theater.
Wednesday August 24 @ 3:30 to 6:30 in The Theater.

Callbacks on Friday Aug. 26 @ 3:30 to 6:30. Note – Callbacks are when we ask you to come back for a final audition before we cast the show. You are not required to come to all the auditions but it may be helpful.

This is an actor’s show, filled with comic timing! There are 17 exciting and hilarious roles, so be prepared to sing, dance, and act. Most of the roles are character roles and don’t require great singing! Do NOT be afraid of the singing, we will teach you! Tell all you friends and classmates! We always love to see new faces so please encourage one and all!

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