Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation with your families. Our Thankful Turkey was put up by a group of friendly seniors. I was able to include a few more service pictures below...our group at the Lemur Center and shots of our students helping Early School children with art projects.

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Upper School Meeting Hall

A presentation and sharing by our very own Dave Worden along with Carole and Ivy Blackmore

From the Ground Up:

The Development of a Weaving Cooperative in Nicaragua

Sponsored by the CFS P.A.C.E. Grant Program

El Ocotal is a small rural village near Matagalpa, Nicaragua. While stationed there from 2007 to 2010, Ivy Blackmore helped 17 village women start a small cottage business of weaving small rag rugs and placemats. As the project developed, Carol Blackmore procured several looms and traveled to El Ocotal to train the women. What was then needed was a building to house the looms and the business. Thanks to a CFS sponsored P.A.C.E. Grant, Dave Worden was able to spend six weeks in the village in the summer of 2011 to design, supervise and help construct a much needed facility. We hope you will come to hear about Dave's amazing summer experience!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter Service Days 2011

According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

Monday and Tuesday of this week, our US students are all involved in service. The pictures in today's blog highlight some of the students who are working on campus. Students always look forward to our service days, yet we often have to remind them that service isn't always is often mundane while at the same time important and necessary. Here you can see Bob with a group of hard working guys who are mulching the bank that runs the length of both soccer fields. I included a group of shots to give you an idea of the scope of their job.

Below, you can also see some of our techies taking lights down in preparation for the dance concert...and a full year of using the lights in the center. One of the dance groups is working on some lifts in their dance. A group is cleaning and drying out all of the yoga mats while another group is rebuilding the deck to the Music Hut.

Hopefully, I will get some pictures from the off-campus groups so I can share them with you. We have groups at the Food Bank, the Lemur Center, NC Land Trustees, Tiger Rescue Center, the NC Museum of Life and Science, and Caring House.

As you know, we will have a noon dismissal on Wednesday. Our plans for the morning include students attending their 7th period class from 8:30-9:45. Following a short break, we will all view the documentary Freedom Riders: Could You Get on the Bus? According to the DVD cover, "Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists." We are watching this video in preparation for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in January. Joan Mulholland (one of the Freedom Riders) will be with US students before the celebration and then speaking at the celebration. Joan's visit offers an amazing opportunity for our students. I want them to be well prepared and knowledgeable about this important time in our history.

More to come about service...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Symposium 2011

We had a great day! So much talent! Here are some of the highlights. In the picture above, you can see Diali Cissokho & Kairaba, the triangle's hottest new African dance band. (Please notice our own Jonathan Henderson playing bass on the left.) This band is great! They will be playing at Talulla's on Franklin St on Friday at 10pm. Kairaba played as a part of our lunchtime entertainment. Please also notice a picture of the most amazing potluck lunch ever! (Thanks to all the families who contributed. We do have some containers left. You can help us remind students to take them home.)

Other highlights of the day (photos below) include Kai teaching a workshop on World Music, CFS alum Will Gordon singing a Lithuanian song, our own Kyle tapping with Ironing Board Sam, Jim Henderson playing his double saxes, Brian OliverSmith singing 2 arias, Jason Thomas playing 2 numbers on his cello, Deja Blue (a cappella group from Duke), and 50 of our students learning Hip Hop from Ronnie West. What an amazing day! The workshops were wonderful and included everything from Music & Technology to Creative Song-writing.

Here's one for you, Dad. xoxo

Thanks to all who contributed to this very memorable symposium day. And now we settle in to the winter term.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Week of November 14, 2011

Last week was the final week of the fall term, which meant that we had many wonderful projects completed and presented. It also means that we are 1/3 of the way through the school year (Yikes!) and our Fall MUSIC Symposium will be held on Monday. (Here is your POTLUCK reminder! If you are sending food in for the potluck lunch, please be sure to label your plates, bowls, pans, and utensils, so we can return them to you. Thank you!)

Our Director of Cultural Mindfulness, Philip Gary and some of his senior students led a great discussion on Inclusivity at the PSA meeting last Wednesday. We had a wonderful turn-out that included staff members from all units, board members, parents, students, and alums. Some questions raised by Philip: How do we get to be more inclusive? What is it we don't see? What are our blind spots? Are we teaching inclusively? Many folks who attended this meeting have expressed the hope that this meeting be the first of many more honest and open community discussions. Thank you, Philip!

I had the pleasure of being a part of a panel to see and hear about Amelia's Design students' final socially responsible projects. Here, you can see Aaron's design for a Beatles album cover, Xela's video game concepts, and Josh's Olympic mascots. Fascinating!

Our all-school meeting for worship was held this past week. We celebrated 10 years of our Afghan sister school project. The school in Topchi will have its first graduation ceremony this month--12 boys and 4 girls!!

I visited Jamie's Poverty class to observe group presentations of their final projects. Allegra, Frances, Michelle, Jennifer, and Elisabeth talked about HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. Other groups covered Water Scarcity in Yemen and Healthcare in South Africa. I was impressed with the depth of understanding that was demonstrated by each of these sophomore groups.

My last photo shows Zoe signing her letter of intent for Winthrop University where she will play Division 1 basketball. Folks talked about Zoe's amazing work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes in order to improve her game. Her father David was offering free Winthrop t-shirts to anyone who goes to the UNC-Winthrop game to cheer Zoe on! ;) Congratulations, Zoe!


Guillermo presented a talk at a conference this past weekend at Duke where he shared his translations of the Venezuelan poet José Antonio Ramos Sucre (1890-1930). The title of the conference was "One Makes Many: A Conference on Poetic Interactions."Guillermo's talk was called "Under the Enamel Sky: On Translating José Antonio Ramos Sucre," and is part of the "Latin America (in Translation)" panel: .

Meanwhile, Jon was in Washington, DC presenting at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society . He was invited to participate on a panel session entitled "Teaching Neuroethics." The other participants included a philosopher from Oxford, a theologian who teaches at Georgetown, and a neuroscientist who teaches at McGill. The conference was timed to precede the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in DC--the primary academic neuroscience conference--so that more neuroscientists would be able to participate, along with the philosophers, legal scholars, and teachers. Jon will begin teaching his second Neuroethics class in the Upper School on Tuesday.

Needless to say, we are very proud of Guillermo, Jon...and all our wonderful staff members!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Waiting for Lefty TONIGHT!!

Above, you can see our mighty theatre director, Kiernan McGowan, welcoming last night's audience. Thanks to Brian Whittier once again for these beautiful photos, which were taken at the open dress rehearsal of Waiting for Lefty. The show starts at 8pm tonight (Thursday) and Saturday. I can guarantee that it's a great show! I hope you can make it.