Sunday, February 23, 2014

February service memories

Former OKC Thunder player Desmond Mason recently stopped by Casady to speak in chapel on the importance of giving back to the community. Mason’s talk was a part of “I Heart Casady” Week, a special time designated to thank all of Casady’s donors for their loyal contributions to the school.

Mason, who is also an artist, uses his art work for philanthropic endeavors around the world and encouraged Casady students to use their gifts and talents to make a positive difference wherever they can.
"I think all of you will turn out to be phenomenal people," Mason said. "But, who will go above and beyond? That is a conscious decision that must be made: to impact the community you live in, and the whole world." 
Students had an opportunity to ask Mason questions regarding his philanthropic endeavors, basketball career and art work

Ask Catherine C'14. about this advocacy project


Cyclones Heading to NYLC Conference

Preparing to Showcase Peace Week 2013 and 2014


Freeze Frame Peace

Environmental Club Recycles


Youth LEAD OKC Plans March Meeting


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Thank-A-Thon - Friday




 Casady Service-Learning Program/Casady YAC/Youth LEADOKC, Presentation at UCO Multicultural Institute

Peace Stone Soup- Visual Arts, Drama &  Poetry”

When?: March 1, 8:45 AM- 10:00 AM

Where?: Nigh University Center, in room 301. 

Respect Diversity: Joan Korenblit
Casady Service-Learning: Carmen Clay, Tim Crofton
Casady YAC: Miranda T.
Youth Lead OKC: Sirenee K.  

What? How? Why?:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Annual Guild of St. George Fat Tuesday Food Drive and Pancake Breakfast

Bring Donations!
Tuesday Feb. 25th  –Thursday Feb. 27th
Collection Box: At Student Center @ Wing
UD to bring: Toiletries
Guild of St. George
“Slaying the Dragon of Poverty”

Mark Your Calendars
Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast!
Tuesday March 4th 7am-8am Calvert Hall
About the Guild of Saint George

"In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me."
The Guild of St. George tries to meet the critical needs of those who live at the edge of poverty in our community. This Episcopal outreach is a joint project of Episcopal churches in the metropolitan area. The Guild provides food, help with utility bills, bus tokens, and deposits for public housing and assists with medical prescriptions, Oklahoma identification cards and birth certificates. Since 1983 the Guild has served over 100,000 people.  The doors open at 9:00 a.m. but many times the day's financial allocation is completely gone within an hour and a half.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and RAK Week from the UD

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YAC Cares Packages for Positive Tomorrows

YAC Placemats for Children Hospital
We dropped the placemats off today at about 4:30!
We hope they will work and that the children enjoy them.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

YAC Chairs deliver care packages to YWCA

Jessica G., Taylor B. and Aubrey H. delivered 50 YAC Care packages, 7 bags of clothing and 6 boxes of toiletries  to YWCA on 2/11/2014. Great job lady Cyclones!

Cyclones MLK Day @ the Food Bank featured in Hunger 101

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 10-16: BE a RAKtivist, TAKE THE RAK CHALLENGE

"If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?" Nonpareil
(Velvet vs. Sandpaper Words)
 "A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward" William John Bennett
A friend is a stranger you have yet to meet" Walt Disney
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write 5 things for which you are grateful.
Reflect on something positive you’ve done.
Silence any negative internal chatter about yourself in your head.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
"A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world" Mohammed
"Families are like fudge…mostly sweet with a few nuts." Author Unknown

FROM: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation:; Random-Intentional Acts of Kindness  & Secret Agents of Compassion


Come join the Muslim Voices book club!
Are you curious about Muslim culture?
Are you a Muslim teen who would like to read books featuring Muslim characters?
Broaden your world view.
Appreciate a new perspective.
Be part of the conversation!

All meetings will take place at
The Village Library
10307 N. Pennsylvania
at 12:30 pm

March 29th Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
April 12th Book to be determined
May 3rd How Does It Feel to be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoumi
May 10th Persepolis (graphic novel) by Marjane Satrapi

Ages 13-18 are welcome.
Free books and lunch provided to teens participating in the book club!
BRING A FRIEND! Limited to 25 participants

To register for the program and receive your free book, visit the circulation desk at The Village Library, or see Mr. Crofton or Ms. Clay to register if you are a student at Casady School.  Sign-up at

This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Casady School Service-Learning Program, and the Metropolitan Library System.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February is

Names from top left to right:

Arthur A. Schomburg
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman
Benjamin O Davis
George Washington Carver
Michelle Obama
Barack Obama
Sojourner Truth
Thurgood Marshall
Daniel Hale Williams
Mary McLeod Bethune

John Mercer Langston
Phillis Wheatley

Matthew Henson
Martin Luther King Jr.
Jean Babtiste
W.E.B Du Bois
Benjammin Banneker

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson's death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.
(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to African American History Month.

Want to learn more? Visit:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Casady's Science Olympiad Invitational, Now and Then Project, and World Hijab Day

With only four weeks left to go before the big state tournament, Science Olympiad teams from across Oklahoma gathered at Casady School Saturday for the last preliminary competition.

Mrs. Semet, MD Science teacher stated, "I am so proud of our students and how well they performed on Saturday.  I am also proud to be a part of a school that pulled together to make this important event happen, not just for our students, but also for all those who came to be a part of the Science Olympiad Invitational.  It was a great day spent "Exploring the World of Science."


The invitational, hosted by Casady’s Middle Division, allowed the teams to assess their strengths and challenge areas before entering next month’s state competition, which determines the one team that will represent Oklahoma in the national tournament.

The nine high school and 17 middle school teams came from Norman, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Putnam City, Tishomingo and several other cities. Events included subject matter ranging from forensics to entomology to simple machines to anatomy and more.

This is Casady’s third year to participate in Science Olympiad, but its first to have a high school team. Casady has won the state competition for the past two years.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but the kids who participate really love it,” said Mrs. Shannon Semet, Casady sixth grade science teacher and Science Olympiad advisor. “They give up a lot of personal time to be a part of this. Whether they place or not, this is a powerful experience for them, and they learn so much throughout the process.”

Science Olympiad State Director Bob Melton, who oversees the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for Putnam City, said students involved in this program love to explore and foster their natural curiosity for various aspects of life.

“A lot of the philosophy of Science Olympiad comes from the idea of cooperative learning…and there is a lot of motivation and incentive worked into the program,” Mr. Melton said. “But, I think that everybody realizes that the important part is the student learning.”


This year’s state tournament will be hosted Saturday, March 1, at the University of Central Oklahoma. The winning team will represent Oklahoma in Orlando, Fla., at the national competition. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the national organization.

The Science Olympiad is "one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,200 teams in 50 states," according to the organization's website.


Project Now and Then meets on Saturday Afternoon

Discovering what Prohibition, Valentine's Day and Shirley Temple had in common?

World Hijab Day:  Casady Cyclone, Master of Ceremonies

World Hijab Day 2014 at the Northwest Metropolitan Library was a huge success! There were amazing speeches made by all the speakers. Everyone who didn't make it this year, should definitely try to make it next year. Khadija H.