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O’Dowd Takes Part in Sustainable Food Movement

Early this spring, Students for Sustainability (S4S) and the Living Lab Club celebrated O’Dowd’s involvement in the sustainable food “Farm to Fork” movement. Key elements of O’Dowd’s sustainable food efforts are the Epicurean cafeteria food program, and the ongoing Living Lab Thursdays program, which features fresh produce from the living lab in the form of soup and salad. The Living Lab Thursday food program is also part of a larger sustainable food movement happening in California, referred to as “California Thursdays.”

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Students served as greeters at the Cathedral’s Annual Chrism Mass March 26

Every year as Catholics approach Holy Week the Bishop celebrates the Chrism Mass where he blesses the holy oils, also called chrism, which will be used sacramentally at every parish in the diocese over the next year. Representatives from every parish attend this special liturgy and O’Dowd students were invited to serve as Greeters and Ushers.

Kevin Cushing’s Letter to the Community

March 26, 2015

Dear Bishop O’Dowd Community,

I am writing to inform you that I have decided to accept the position of Principal at Carondelet High School. My twenty-seven years at Bishop O’Dowd, as a teacher, coach, and administrator, have been a gift. In being part of an environment where students experience success on so many levels, academically, athletically, and in their myriad activities, I have seen how transformative a Catholic education, one that focuses on the education of the whole person, can be. All those thousands of young people over all those years have been my inspiration, have filled me with hope, and have made me a better human being.

Over the years I have also seen some of the struggles that young women face in the world today, academically, socially, and athletically, along with the amazing strides that have been made in those areas. Read more…

Alison Bailey Streich ’87 Hits High Note as OUSD Teacher of the Year

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who loves her job as much as Alison Bailey Streich ’87.

A music teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, Bailey radiates with pride when talking about the accomplishments of her elementary, middle and high school students. “My students play joyously,” she said.

Recently Streich was recently recognized for her ability to provide students a transformational music experience when she was named a 2014-15 Oakland Unified School District Teacher of the Year.
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Eskrima – Filipino Martial Art Demo

Action starts about 2:10.

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Is an embryo a person? – Great Lecture

What makes a person a person?

Dr. Peter Hess recently spoke in Lina Schoendorf’s “Atheism and Faith” Class. Dr. Hess has a BA from Cal, MA from Oxford, and PhD from G.T.U.

This is a classic example of the use of the Socratic Method to teach by asking a series of fascinating questions that lead a student to a deeper understanding of “What is a person?” Guaranteed to challenge your understanding.

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Earthworm Observation in Mr. Brammer’s Class

Students were instructed to observe and record what they saw as live earthworms crawled around on trays with towelettes. Several kids felt very grossed out by the worms, but then Mr. Brammer showed showed me 4 foot long earthworms he had come across in Ecuador. Click for pics…

Nicholas Adgar ’15 and Samuel Wu ’15 Earn Eagle Scout Award

Nick and Sam earned the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, from Troop 89 in Alameda. They completed their Eagle Board of Review in October and December respectively and celebrated their Eagle Court of Honor on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. Read more…

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TED Talks


Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

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