22
JAN
2016

Expressive Tool Drawings

Art I students studied the work of American Pop Artist Jim Dine, who is widely regarded as a master of the “expressive mark.” Using drawing paper and graphite pencil, students created their own expressive tool drawings by combining the shading, detailing and precision tech
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03
DEC
2015

Oakland Realism

Art III students embarked a modern art investigation to realistically depict the iconic architecture of their city. The resulting artworks capture the truth and accuracy of the city of Oakland through vibrant watercolor and ink paintings.
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13
OCT
2015

The Value of Teamwork

When we think of teamwork, the first thing that comes to mind is athletic participation. Teamwork is obviously essential in athletics. Our dynamic athletic director, Catherine Priestley, and our dedicated coaches focus on team building from the very first practice through our various
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28
SEP
2015

Finding Your Voice

In Debbie DeCoudreaux’s classroom, students figuratively and literally discover their own voices. Ms. DeCoudreaux teaches Choir and Vocal Ensemble and has done so at HNHS for nine years. When I climb the stairs towards her third floor classroom, it is hard to not be captivated by the
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24
SEP
2015

Casting Fire: Communion Reflection

Haggai 1:1-8, Luke 9:7-9 The verses today reveal to us an interlude where the prophet Haggai tells his people to rebuild the Temple and Herod wants to see this Jesus who has become a celebrity. Yet we don’t hear about the Temple actually being built nor do we even see Jesus in t
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15
SEP
2015

Our Calling

When I first came to HNHS, I was blessed with a wonderful mentor who was the chair of the English Department.  Dana Barnett, a teacher at HNHS for 26 years, gave me such wonderful advice and insight into teaching. She was esteemed by students and faculty alike for her immense knowledg
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10
SEP
2015

Casting Fire: Communion Service Reflection

Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. -Lk 6:27 The gospel today is perhaps one of the most challenging verses in the New Testament. The concept of loving those
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03
SEP
2015

Casting Fire: Communion Service Reflection

Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men. -Lk 5:10 Last semester, I helped to coach our students through the swim season. We had several girls with limited swim experience. Initially, they clung to the wall and swam with trepidation. We started them in the shal
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03
SEP
2015

Sumi Ink Still Lifes

Art II students explored the minimalist technique Sumi ink. Using various ink washes, brushwork and a bamboo stylus they created value studies of the plants in our art studio. Rich with tone and texture, these plant-life paintings are a success!  
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01
SEP
2015

Sparks of Thought

These last two weeks, my role in supervising our academic program allows me the fortunate opportunity to be a silent observer in our classrooms. As a former classroom teacher in our school community, I value the academic excellence that our teachers and students strive for daily. I wi
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