Exciting and Busy Times at the High School

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of the Downtown CampusHSBakeSale

Third quarter Projects are underway in fine fashion!  New offerings include Turkish Tea House, American Sign Language, Watercolor, and Breadmaking, while Y-Club, Yearbook, Jazz, Science Olympiad and others continue on from last semester.  

Other things going on at the High School:  The bowling season is in its final weeks, with City and Regional tournaments on the horizon.  The basketball teams are in the thick of their season, with over a month still to go.  Avenue Q is in rehearsals most days after school and puppets are under construction.  The Y-Club is working on preparing for the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) conference in March, focusing on representations of Sudan and the Maldives.  The Science Olympiad team is busily researching and constructing.  The Yearbook staff is working to meet deadlines so that this year’s edition can be delivered in May instead of the following August.  The 10th and 11th graders are planning overnight class retreats; as well, the annual Women’s Retreat is in the works for March.  The Diversity Committee has scheduled a Diversity Week in early February, with plans at the moment including celebrations of food/customs of the countries outside the U.S. from which we have students and/or parents; a tango lesson; the annual Diversity Potluck Lunch; and recognition of African-American History Month.  

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose holiday we celebrate on Monday, I share the following quote from an opinion piece on education he published in the Morehouse College newspaper in 1947 while a student there.  Nearly 70 years later, still excellent and relevant points:  “To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult.  We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices and propaganda.  At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose.  A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically or scientifically.  … Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”