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.
“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
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.
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.
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.
The Ocean Exploration Trust’s Honors Research Program (HRP) has just wrapped up for the season, and as the eight students make their way back to their homes around the country we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the work the students have done this year so far.
Each year the HRP brings a small group of honors-level high school juniors to the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) for three weeks during the summer, then on board E/V Nautilus for a week during a science cruise. On shore HRP students work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography, marine geology, marine biology, acoustics, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process. After completing a research project based on Nautilus-collected data, HRP students participate in a sea-going expedition, standing watch as Data Loggers right alongside scientists and engineers.
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.
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"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.