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|Wednesday, September 9th, 2009|
Returning to the Scene of the Crime (Reposted from my LJ)
The two classes in high school that affected me the most were humanities and cartooning (Yes, we had a comics class elective). Adina, Suzanne, Jeff and Daniel taught me how to read critically, construct essays, defend my thesis and to find my voice through writing. Lin and David gave me absolutely invaluable guidance in how to translate my scripts into thumbnails, layout a comics page, keep it visually balanced, keep the POV interesting, let the drawings speak for themselves and to find my voice through comicking.
Quite honestly, I use the lessons I learned from those two classes daily.
Next month, I'm heading up to Seattle to be a guest speaker in Adina's senior class because she's including I Like Girls
in her curriculum.
In preparation for my trip I contacted Lin for the first time since graduation, hoping that maybe I could sneak into his cartooning class during my visit. Not only did he remember me but he wants to arrange for me to speak to his class too!
These teachers had such a powerful influence shaping me as an artist and a person. Now, almost ten years later, they're using my material in class and inviting me to speak to their students. Do they understand that they're
the ones who gave me these tools in the first place? How can you even begin to adequately express your gratitude to someone for that?
Right now I'm feeling so very out-of-body, humbled and excited.
Growing up is weird.
|Friday, March 28th, 2008|
Mark Sheppard passed away on Wednesday evening. For those of us who attended Northwest prior to 2003, we would know Mark, who taught Upper School theatre and musical theatre too. He continued to teach at Lakeside until this week. There's going to be a memorial on 4/13, a sunday, at Lakeside at 2pm, if anyone would like to attend. I'm struggling to describe how I feel about this, since I know that my life would have taken a very different direction without Mark's classes. I majored in drama in college, and although I do not work in the field, I still place immense value on the experiences I've had in theatre.
I'm certainly planning to attend the memorial. Hopefully, I'll see some of you there.
|Thursday, May 10th, 2007|
I wanted to send a message out to all of you to let
you know of some sad news. Paul Raymond passed away
this morning, after spending a week in the hospital
with congestive heart failure. As of yet, there is no
news regarding a memorial service.
Some of you may have received an email earlier today
from NWS Alumni Council about his upcoming June 10
retirement party. In the email, they asked former
students to submit a 1-minute video clip about Paul. I
read this email on my way to the bus, after teaching
two classes on political poetry. I was thinking: "How
to sum up Paul's influence on my life in one minute?"
I didn't have to think long, as I recalled the
morning's lectures I gave on the importance of
political awareness and the many ways in which we can
express our involvement. Paul taught me that political
and social awareness belongs in the classroom, in our
lives, and in our hearts.
Paul was also a man of opinions, to say the least. I
remember a class on independent reading Paul gave
outside one rare, sunny day in front of the school. As
we sat in a circle, and just after Paul described the
Bukowski I was reading as "smut" (ya gotta love him),
Paul asserted that he was sure God agreed with his
opinions. Not a second passed before a pigeon dropped
a load on Paul's head. Who knows what God, or the
pigeon for that matter, was thinking. Paul, however,
thought it was hysterical and took it as a sign that
God did, indeed, agree with him. Paul had the courage
Just a moment ago, when I received the phone call
about Paul, it seemed unreal, the way death does when
it touches you. I cherished the few moments I had as I
walked to my bus this morning, when I had a moment to
think about how an amazing man affected my life.
Whatever your opinion of Paul Raymond, I'm sure you
have one. He was not a man whose life went unnoticed.
And nor will his death.
, Class of '92
|Wednesday, January 24th, 2007|
|Monday, April 17th, 2006|
There's not going to be any more spiral staircase!
They're going to start taking it out over spring break (this week)... Offices will go in there, but the south stairs will go all the way to the commons, apparently. Not going to be the same.
|Sunday, November 6th, 2005|
|Tuesday, October 4th, 2005|
This is Jessie Mollick, Class of `06. Just saying hi... This is a cool community. ;)
|Wednesday, May 18th, 2005|
I have never updated in here, EVER!
just wanted to say what is up to the Northwest School
-monica class of 2004
|Monday, December 13th, 2004|
hey - this is virginia from the class of '04, and i just would like someone to tell me...
what is up at the northwest school?
|Tuesday, September 7th, 2004|
avacado and santos
I am here at Bard and trying to set up some kind of El Salvador trip this march for the delgation surrounding the 25th anniversary of Oscar Romero's death.
i am very bad at all this contact stuff.
what i'm wondering is - who is interested in going? anyone at NWS, anyone at new colleges who is willing to try and find other people to come along? anyone at all?
i'm contacting share and the Human Rights Project here. but i am quite overwhelmed. let me know what you think/if you are interested/if you want to work on this together.
i know last year Paul said he was never coming back, but i also know he wanted to set something up for the future- possibly involvign this years seniors and last years together.
|Saturday, June 19th, 2004|
This is Sam Stabler, and I'm planning on writing a zine about college during the summer as a way to combat my boredum. So I was looking for people who would respond to a survey (like writing long answers) and would be willing for me to use a picture of them and what they wrote in my zine. I'm looking for some contributors, so if you would like to be involved, please e-mail me. My e-mail is email@example.com
-sam Current Mood: good
|Thursday, June 10th, 2004|
So today at community meeting Ellen called for a moment of silence for Ronald Regan. I don't know whether it was good or bad, it just seemed really out of character for our school. Any Comments?
|Tuesday, May 18th, 2004|
Hey I'm Elana F., a junior, just joining this supercool community
|Thursday, May 6th, 2004|
Here's Everett Rummage: 11th grader. I'd just like to welcome myself to this great community.
|Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004|
Hi everyone! It's the lit mag guy again.
I graduated in 03 and went to Wesleyan in Connecticut...now I am back home and am returning in the fall. In my brief period there I managed to be in the department theatre production...though I auditioned for a non-singing part, I was put in the opera chorus. It was a convoluted theatre/music/dance co-production that went over four hours, had a horrible director, was ridiculed in the campus paper, and had such low cast morale that one of the principals was getting drunk out of a nalgene bottle on stage during the last performance.
And that's sort of Wesleyan in a nutshell.
And here I am. (missing NWS)
How is everyone?
|Monday, March 1st, 2004|
I now finally have a web presence of some sort!
How's life back at the 'ol school? Things are going well for me at Pomona College, but I've also had quite a bit of work recently.
Nick is completely right about NWS preparing you well for college, particularly in anything that the Humanities program encompasses, and in Chemistry. I also encourage any current NWS students who are thinking about Pomona or any of the other Claremont Colleges to send me an email with any questions that you may have…
BTW, I will also be back up in Seattle for spring break between March 13 and March 20, so there is a good chance I wlll drop in one day that week.
I was hoping to write a longer post, but I have a physics test tomorrow and should wrap things up so I am well-rested.
Have a good week.
|Tuesday, February 10th, 2004|
miranda king just called to tell me this, and i feel really lame posting this on livejournal, but i didn't know what else to do. i thought this was the best way of reaching you all.
this was published in the Seattle Times on Sunday:
"Andrew B. CHAPIN Age 21, of Seattle, died Tuesday February 3, 2004. Beloved son of Stewart and Patricia Chapin, and brother of Peter Chapin, all of Seattle. Andy attended the St. Thomas, Lakeside and Northwest schools. A Service will be held Wednesday, February 11th, at 5 p.m. at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Bellevue."
i'm sending my good thoughts, i hope you can all do the same.
|Monday, February 2nd, 2004|
Whoa this is crazy. I had no idea Northwest had a community.
This is Becca Pope. I am a sophomore.
And I joined, so yeah. I probably don't know most of the people in here, but whatever. It's all good.
|Sunday, January 25th, 2004|
The Return Of Movie Night
Movie Night finally came back after a 2 year absince this week, and it was really rad. Around 170 kids ended up comeing and good fun was had by all.