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Founders Day Celebrated at O’Dowd

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Cor Unum in Christo was Bishop James T. O’Dowd’s Motto

Bishop O’Dowd High School’s founder, the late Bishop James T. O’Dowd, had a vision that Catholic schools would be places where students and teachers would come together with one heart to learn serve and grow.

The O’Dowd community acknowledged and honored the legacy of the nationally revered educator during a Founders Day Celebration, held on Feb. 4 in the large gymnasium, praying for one heart where each person is welcomed with all the gifts and uniqueness they bring to the community. The event was held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week.

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Celebrating Black History Month

When: Saturday February 27
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Where: Bishop O’Dowd Large Gym
Price: $5 Cash or Check at the Door

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James Veitch: This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

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A Chorus Line is Cast

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A Chorus Line Has Been Cast

Bishop O’Dowd High School’s spring production is A Chorus Line, a classic Broadway musical about dancers putting their life on the line for a job. The first day of the spring semester was the first day of auditions. Four days, and 12 hours later, the highly anticipated show was cast. Close to 50 talented students attended the challenging auditions vying for 19 speaking roles and multiple ensemble opportunities.

A Chorus Line opens April 29 and will play three weekends, with two Sunday matinee performances. Click to purchase tickets »

Bishop O’Dowd Social Justice Teach-In

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On Saturday January 30th, O’Dowd students attended our first ever Bay Area Social Justice Teach-In, hosted by the social justice club Solidarity not Solitary. For five hours, including a lunch break, students learned about injustices from their peers, teachers, and experienced adults and were inspired to take action on local issues.
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Oscar Schwartz: Can a computer write poetry?

If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.

Donate to the Bishop O’Dowd Book Drive in the First Week of February!

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Jonquil Rumberger, Class of 2017
President of Dumbledore’s Army

Two clubs at Bishop O’Dowd, The Dumbledore’s Army Harry Potter Club and the Author’s Club, are teaming up with the East Bay Children’s Book Project to run a book drive at Bishop O’Dowd High School. The books will be helping local children to obtain books if they usually have little or no access to them.

Each year, the O’Dowd community fills the physical needs of children through our food and toy drive. Now, let us unlock their potential to create something magical.

The book drive is looking to acquire books for children in preschool through high school.

Donate to the Book Drive in the first week of February, from the first through the fifth. The donation bin is located in the Student Activities Center.

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Can a computer write poetry?

If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.

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