Dragon Parents Kick-off Party Draws a Crowd
More than 100 parents turned out for the annual Dragon Parents Kick-off Party on the CES patio on the evening of September 13. A show of hands proved all classes were well represented and everyone was treated to pizza, refreshments, and some informative presentations.
The newly formed Jazz Band played a few numbers and the new Dragon Parents Board was casually introduced to parents. Several Dragon Parents programs were discussed, including new grade-level communications and the Amazon Associates fundraising campaign.
Special thanks to coach Jamal Cooks, Fine & Performing Arts teacher Fred Randolph and Catherine Harris and Malik McCord from O’Dowd’s Academic Support department for their participation.
Campus Art Evokes Conversation and Contemplation
Looking for a way “to wake our campus up a bit,” as Associate Principal Jase Turner puts it, the school partnered with Dragon Parents Arts Chair Andrew Danish to bring two engaging sculptures to the patio areas of the CES building.
Created by San Francisco artist Mark Baugh-Sasaki, the steel-and-wood fabrications explore the interaction between natural and human-made environments. While attending art school in Pittsburgh, Baugh-Sasaki became engrossed with the post-industrial aspects of the surrounding geography — a theme which informs his installations.
“Hopefully these works start a dialogue which challenges our students intellectually,” Danish says. “We wanted to present these installations as approachable and in alignment with the school’s sustainability initiatives” he explains.
Danish and Turner also championed the whimsical (and functional!) chairs which graced the quad last year. Those were by local artist Karen Cusolito.
Watch for more exciting artwork on campus in the near future.
Introducing Our Grade-Level Reps
The Dragon Parents have recruited four wonderful volunteers to help us build a sense of community and spirit at each grade level. They will plan social events for parents and provide ongoing communications specific to each class. They are Peggy Desler (Freshman), Abby Franklin (Sophomores), Tere Hanson (Juniors), and Lisa Thompson (Seniors).
Below are the class letters for October. If you ever have questions or suggestions about these communications, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org