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A Message from the Division Head

by Asha Appel

Need to Know for Friday, May 7

The month of May is AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM), which since 1949, has focused on raising awareness, reducing stigma and providing resources around mental health. Here are some resources you can explore to further your own education about each of these:

NEXT WEEK IN THE UPPER SCHOOL: Monday, May 10—A Day; Tuesday, May 11—C Day; Wednesday, May 12—Mt Hood Climb Service Day (remote); Thursday, May 13—D Day; Friday, May 14—A Day

STUDENT ELECTIONS: This week, students in grade 9-11 voted for next year's Student Body President; there were 9 candidates running! Next week, grade level elections begin with speeches and candidate statements. 

SPORTS: The spring sports season officially wraps up for most teams next week, though there's a bit of overlap between the end spring sports (golf, lacrosse, tennis, and track & field) and basketball. All teams had great playing seasons and the captains displayed particularly strong leadership in the face of challenges. Click here to see John Holloran photos from the girls lacrosse game against Cleveland. We're looking forward to hosting the Tennis District Match at SPARC on May 17, 18, and 19. 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES: Ask your child to explore the Student Hub's listing of exciting summer programs in all disciplines like Justice and Equity and Changemakers in Action

FAKE AND FATAL: Click here to watch a powerful story from a Beaverton family about the loss of their teenage son. The goal is to build awareness about the dangers of substance use that will help families educate their children to make safe choices. 

TEENS AND ANXIETY: This NY Times article is a must read—Teens Are Struggling, and It's Not Just The Lockdown

Jelly Rec: Book Recommendations from US Librarian Erika Jelinek

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

From the uniquely twisted mind of Japanese author Yoko Ogawa, Revenge is a series of interconnected short stories that are deliciously rotten at their core. Ogawa writes with spare yet evocative prose, and has an almost uncanny ability to find the sinister in the everyday. The stories can be read in any order, but I found them to have a perfectly eerie flow when read from beginning to end. 

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