Friday, February 22, 2013

What is F-5?


F-5: A fighter plane,,
An incredible tornado classification,

F-5 Festival: A new festival exploring the intersection of art, design and entertainment. Organized by passionate people who truly understand the value of community and creativity, F5 Festival seeks to be a meeting place for the brightest minds in the world.  Founded on the belief that true insight and lasting inspiration come from unexpected places. F5 fosters creative collisions,: those moments of lasting insight and inspiration that occur when we discover something unexpected. The two-day festival gathers creative directors, motion designers, filmmakers, digital artists, photographers, producers, interactive designers, graphic artists, agency executives, visual effects experts, musicians and industry visionaries—to name only a few. F5 is more than just the pulse of creativity; it is its heart.


What is F-5 Fest at Casady School
It is at developing stage, but Mrs. Clay, Casady's Director of Service-Learning stated, "Looking for ideas to celebrate  National Volunteer Week in April, sophomore YAC chair, Jessica G. brought the idea of creating F-5 Fest.  F-5 Fest will be a school wide set of direct, relationship building fundraising activities benefiting a local charity chosen by the YAC board.  In 2013, proceeds will go to a designated non-profit chosen by the family of a Casady baby battling Pearson(‘s) SyndromeThe exciting thing about this idea is that as important as fundraising, we will grow positive relationships and enhance the culture of kindness across the lake .  In the process of activities, we will make memorable memories we will relate to the next generations as we talk about our Casady experience focusing on the needs of others."

Casady F-5 Fest Background

First F-5 Fest Week Meeting:  Jessica G., YAC sophomore chair ,presented her idea at the February YAC meeting.  She wanted to promote service in the culture of our school and more intentional service collaborations across the lake with a project similar to BALTO or SWINE week.  During those weeks, at public schools, students have a series of fundraising activities for a chosen cause.

Jessica showed the BALTO Week video and opened the floor for ideas. Connections to STUCO, Gales, Art Club (t-shirt) contest were brought up.  What about if every club embraced a day?  Jessica stated that this year, we might not have a full week, but whatever we do, should be done WELL to insure sustainability of the events in the culture of the school.  Mrs. Clay stated to be watchful with the quality of the events,  being discouraging of anything that will waste food for entertainment. We have 700,000 Oklahomans under the poverty level, many experiencing hunger.  She also stated concern with using people for a quick laugh to earn dollars.  She hopes the organizers will make sure to focus on respecting human dignity and the fact that there are so many younger students looking at UD students as their role models.

It was very exciting to hear the enthusiasm for the idea.  The Crossroads Hospice guests attending the meeting stated, "The kids made us realized how little we did while we were in high school...  They made us wish we could go back and take  advantage of what was being offered, be more involved."

----------------------------------------- SWINE AND BALTO WEEKS --------------------------------------------

Jessica gave credit of the creative F-5 name to Jessika R.  Mrs. Clay stated that her first reaction to  F-5  was negative because of its connection to destruction, but after the above quick internet research, she sees it as a massive inter-divisional positive effort to help a cause and develop relationships and leadership in kindness.  It is short, sweet, to the point and with many creative possibilities.   
As Jessica started her research for an organization to receive the funding from events with emphasis on relationship building; she first considered OATH,  After Mrs. Clay shared the below e-mail from Mrs. Carol Williams, Primary Division teacher, and remembering Bennett's mom moving chapel speech during STUCO's blood drive, Jessica decided to propose embracing helping Bennett H. and his family with F-5 Fest 2013 fundraising. 
Written Dec 28, 2012 10:07am: Carmen.  Below is some information about Bennett.  I hope this is what you need. Bennett H. is 11 months old.  He is the son of Aimee and Ben H.  Mrs. H. is the reading / learning specialist in the lower division here at Casady.   Adeline, Bennett's sister, is a pre-kindergarten student at Casady.  I have copied some information I received from Aimee after they received a diagnosis on Bennett.

Our hearts are breaking after learning the diagnosis for Bennett last week so this post has been most difficult to compose. The news is not good as the test results from Baylor indicate he is fighting an EXTREMELY RARE disease called Pearson(‘s) Syndrome. There appear to be less than 100 diagnosed cases worldwide! We are trying to wrap our minds around it and it’s extremely overwhelming. 
This is OUR explanation compiling some of the information his team of doctors provided for us. Pearson Syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder caused by mitochondrial deletions/mutations in cells throughout the body. (Mitochondria are small units responsible for energy production in the cells.) Mitochondrial disease causes cells to not be able to carry out their function and result in various symptoms. At present, for Bennett, it has been bone marrow failure and pancreatic malfunction. 
Most cases of Pearson Syndrome appear to be random occurrences instead of an inherited condition and Bennett’s is just that. Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for Pearson Syndrome other than to support the symptoms, which is what we have been doing and will continue to do. He will be dependent on red blood transfusions (which have been about every two weeks) to treat his anemia, We continue his daily dose of neupogen to stimulate white cell production. He’ll probably need more platelets at some point. He’ll continue taking his vitamins (A,D, E and K liquid). We’ve added enzymes to his daily routine in hopes that it will help him absorb more nutrients when he eats. 
 In Pearson Syndrome, disease problems tend to show up first in blood and the pancreas (like it has for Bennett), but the bad cells can already be in other organs and tissues in the body waiting for other difficulties to occur. His test results indicate only 20% of the cells in his body are normal leaving 80% that are compromised. So, it’s a “wait and see” situation to know what might happen next. 
As you might imagine there are and will continue to be enormous expenses involved in Bennett's ongoing care.  

The H's are a wonderful family that will truly be grateful for your help and support.  Let me know if I can be of further assistance.  Carol Williams

For details and to share ideas about  Casady F-5 Fest 2013, contact F-5 Fest Chair @   UPDATE ON F-5 FEST 2013:  During lunch, Jessica talked to Mrs. Seitter who said the Art Club would love to help. Jessica also talked to Sidney G. Sidney said she would love to draw something kinda like an emblem. Jessica will  give her the color scheme and other emblems from other schools. 
Jessica reported that the first possible event could be: babysitting fundraising on campus during the March 1, CPO Auction.   Jessica worked hard during the snow day making permissions, flyers and registration forms, to be ready should the go ahead be granted.  The event was approved with reservations and by the time of the meeting, Jessica still needed to have disclaimers on registration form approved by Mr. Sheldon and division directors.  Mrs. Clay was awaiting response from LD and PD teachers to help.  The activity was approved with a minimum of 3 adults and a recommendation of having a nurse on site if possible. 
The F-5 Fest received approval to fundraise with restrictions given by our business manager -still pending approval of Registration Disclaimers and needed LD and PD faculty helpers-, "We run into a roadblock in making a fundraiser directly for the Hs--essentially, regardless of the tragic circumstances, if we're giving the money to a private individual, we're running a business and compensating somebody, and that has a number of implications regarding taxes, school policy, etc. " 
Bennett's family is going to designate the organization for F-5 Fest proceeds, but Mrs. France, MD Director told Mrs. Clay on 2/22/2013 that the Bob Stoops Champions Foundation

 will be matching what F-5 Fest events collect.  Mrs. France e-mailed
"A benefit account to help defray Bennett's medical/care costs has been established at BancFirst locations.  Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at any branch.  The account is listed under his name...Bennett H. Benefit Account."  UPDATE:  Mrs. France sent the following additional e-mail, "Donations can be made to the Bob Stoops Champions Foundation in honor of Bennett H. if they wish.  Checks would be written directly to the Foundation with a note in the memo.  The Champions Foundation will match the donations to a charity of their choosing.Donations can be mailed to: Bob Stoops Champions Foundation, Barry Switzer Center, 180 W. Brooks, Norman, OK  73069."


UPDATE: The babysitting event cannot take place on campus due to concerns with safety of children, teens, liability issues and no available faculty to support the effort because they were attending the auction.   Mrs. France recommended teen volunteers to consider babysitting at auction attendees residences and contributing proceeds to F-5 Fest.  A F-5 Fest update is the first item of the YAC March meeting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

President's Volunteer Service Award

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.

Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

Served  and certified hours in a personal calendar year

50+ hours, age 14 or under
100+ hours age 15 or older
YOU qualify for the President's Volunteer Service Award. 

See Mrs. Clay this week to create a file at the awards website. 
Awards are ordered in the month of March and deliver during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” Saint Basil (329-379); bishop of Cesarea
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Casady sophomore, Caitlin Costello is Miss Teen Oklahoma United States!  Caitlin invited her friends to volunteer at the Food Bank Saturday, February 9, 2013.  Caitlin and teens from McGuiness High School and Edmond North kindly provided ideas to motivate people to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK WEEK). One of the ideas was to volunteer at the Food Bank more than once.

Caitlin will travel to Washington D.C. this summer to compete for the Miss Teen United States title. The areas of competition include interview with 5 judges, platform, evening gown and fitness. The dates of competition are July 2nd thru July 7th, and she will be marching in the 4th of July parade on Capitol Hill.

Caitlin has been doing volunteer work with various charities and has chosen the Infant Crisis Services Center as her platform. She hopes to raise awareness regarding hunger in our state as well as our country and the world. The United States Pageant System's national platform is Relay for Life.

Caitlin has never competed in a pageant before, but her sister who is 10 years older has competed for 7 years, so Caitlin has seen the process. Her sister Anna Marie has competed in many systems and won or placed on the state and national level. Anna Marie also applied for the Miss title and won.  Anna Marie and Caitlin will be making appearances and going to Washington D.C. together. Congratulations and best wishes to Caitlin and Anna Marie! 


At the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, we believe people should practice kindness every day, but during RAK Week, we hope you will go above and beyond to make others feel special. If you're going out to eat, pay for someone else's meal or give the server a big tip! If you are light on money, think about volunteering your time at a local charity (and during RAK Week, make a commitment to volunteer more than once). If you don't live near family or close friends, make an extra effort to reach out to them with a phone call or hand-written letter instead of a text or email. If you live near an animal shelter you can donate food, blankets, towels or old (clean) t-shirts. Whatever you do this week, let us know about it! When we share, it inspires others to go out and act! Send us a message at, tweet your story at #rakweek or post on our Facebook wall.
Monday, Feb 11—Smile at 10 strangers.
Tuesday, Feb 12—Buy something for the person in the line behind you.
Wednesday, Feb 13—Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while.
Thursday, Feb 14—Bring a treat to a neighbor or your co-workers.
Friday, Feb 15—Donate your time or money to a local charity.
Saturday, Feb 16—Cook a healthy meal.
Sunday, Feb 17—Let someone go in front of you in line.

Senior-K Literary Exchange Project

Each trimester Casady seniors take a new English course.

Mrs. Finley offers Multiple Genre Creative Writing during the winter trimester, and students conclude a unit of study focused on children’s literature.

After spending a few days reading and critiquing children’s literature, seniors begin the process of crafting their own stories. They work diligently being conscientious about their content, structure, characterization, use of rhetorical devices, and illustration. The project culminates with an opportunity for seniors to share their stories with kindergarten children. One of the students remarked, “The pressure is on when you know that at the end of your work you are going to be critiqued by real 6-year-olds!”

The project started in 2010-2011. It was such a great success that some of the kindergarten teachers used the experience as a launching pad for their students to write stories too. In the year 2011-2012, the Casady kindergartners crafted their own unique stories and reciprocate at sharing story time with seniors in the spring.

The 2012-2013 project expanded, Dr. Hubble's classes joined the literary exchange.  Seniors shared stories with Kindergarten students the second week in February.

 The kindergarten students will share their stories with seniors in the month of April.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Bill Gates Letter

I am writing to share my fifth annual letter about the work our foundation and its partners are doing.

From time to time we should step back and celebrate the way that the right goals and smart innovation have done so much to improve the lives of people.

In previous annual letters, I’ve focused on the power of innovation to reduce hunger, poverty, and disease. But any innovation—whether it’s a new vaccine or an improved seed—can’t have an impact unless it reaches the people who will benefit from it.

That’s why in this year’s letter I discuss how innovations in measurement are critical to finding new, effective ways to deliver these tools and services to the people who need them most.

You can read my letter at

Together, we can create a world in which all people have the chance to lead a healthy and productive life. Thank you for taking the time to learn more.