Wednesday, November 25, 2020

On This Thanksgiving Eve In The United States....


On this Thanksgiving Eve here in the United States, we hereby present this courtesy the team at The Atlantic as we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving here in the United States:

9 Poems for a Tough Winter

(Matt Black/Magnum)


I do not wish to be blithe, / I wish to recoil and writhe. / I will revel in cosmic woe, / And I want my woe to show. This one will straighten you out. The great Ogden Nash, 1902–71, was a fiercely innovative poet who consecrated his art to the entertainment of the masses—and carried on being fiercely innovative. No one was wittier, no one was more verbally adroit, yet he had no meanness or spikiness; he was adored by that shy beast, the general reader. “So Penseroso” is a loving, piercing send-up of a certain strain of indulgent melancholia—to which we’re all prone right now, let’s face it. You will feel both accurately diagnosed and much, much better.

— James Parker, staff writer


I’ve always loved the rhythm of Nikki Giovanni’s poetry, how she seems to punctuate her flow with whispered asides. Throughout “My House,” she wonders aloud whether it might be a silly poem but keeps going anyway. That gentle musing mirrors her conclusion about the titular house and the warmth of the domestic sphere: Flawed or inconsequential though it may seem to others, this space is all Nikki’s—and being invited into it is no small thing.

— Hannah Giorgis, staff writer covering culture


One of my forever favorites is Karl Shapiro’s “California Winter,” a marvelous ode to the land of the oldest living things, / trees that were young when Pharoahs ruled the world, / trees whose new leaves are only just unfurled. I like best to read it through the eyes of Joan Didion, who writes about California like no one else, and who mentions Shapiro’s poem in The White Album. She rightly points out that its last stanza possesses the rare and quiet power of a prayer.

— Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor


When I was a kid, my mom taught me Mandarin by having me recite classical poetry. I understood little and memorized a lot, and two decades on, I find I remember most of what I learned. But I now revisit these verses with an added layer of nostalgia: The lonely sail, a faraway shadow, against an endless blue / I only see the Yangtze flowing into the horizon, goes one. The permutations of translation are infinite, frustrating, time-consuming (this one is mine; I’m no scholar and no poet). This pandemic winter, go memorize some stuff as an exercise. Translate, if you can, for fun, and for no one but yourself.

— Shan Wang, senior editor


Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” is my ultimate comfort poem; I go back to it again and again when I’m feeling despondent or defeated. You could argue this isn’t the right moment for the first line—You do not have to be good. (You do have to be good! Cancel Thanksgiving!) But the poem doesn’t feel indulgent to me as much as it feels merciful: Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on. It reminds me that this long pandemic winter will be only a blip in the vast span of the Earth’s history.

— Faith Hill, assistant editor who helps select our Atlantic weekly poem


In a social and political moment in which more people are discussing what role, if any, prisons and police should have in our society, I find that art can help us move our thinking away from what we believe is possible, and toward what we believe we deserve. Kyle Carrero Lopez’s poem “After Abolition” helps me dream of what it might mean to build the sort of country in which the instruments of our carceral state are pushed toward obsolescence. I will be rereading it for years to come.

— Clint Smith, staff writer and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent


I raise the blinds. I lower the blinds. I raise. I lower. My son and I rise; my son and I set. I run school, I work, I single parent. I think of my single mother’s thankless hours; I call: What did I know, what did I know / of love’s austere and lonely offices? As days shorten, how do we keep going? Hayden’s poem of winter mornings seems bleak, yet his last line answers: love.

Jennifer Adams, associate director of production


You might know Smith from her poem “Good Bones,” which went viral in 2016 and gets shared on social media whenever the world’s feeling particularly grim. My favorite of hers is “First Fall,” in which a mother shows her newborn the changing leaves. The first time you see / something die, you won’t know it might / come back, she says. As this hard winter sets in, the poem reminds me that I’m old enough to know leaves grow back. But I’m most comforted by the fierce hope of the narrator, speaking to the baby on her chest: I’m desperate for you / to love the world because I brought you here.

— Isabel Fattal, assistant editor


When happiness feels out of reach, I turn to this Ross Gay poem. I love how the title boldly sweeps away feelings of heaviness before moving into a tender meditation on life’s delights. I want to look at the world as Gay does: appreciating the two million naturally occurring sweet things instead of just pondering the skeleton in the mirror. Sometimes, making that choice seems impossible, but Gay reminds me that there is a time for everything—including joy.

— Morgan Ome, assistant editor

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

While "Out & About"

 Please Enjoy The Following:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On the Discourse in the #Elections2020

 As America awaits, our team has been assessing coverage and we released a snapshot of live coverage in our Perspectives Channel.     President Trump made two premature statements claiming he has won--as we await the results in Pennsylvania.

We hereby present a snapshot of the discourse over the past 36 hours:

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special #Election2020 Edition): An Update For our Community


We postponed our plans to be "dark" due to the on-going developments throughout our World as we released updates on all our properties over the ensuing days.

We wanted to make sure that we noted that we look forward to being back online after the US Election--our Daily Paper produced for us by the team @Paper_Li will be available on our Twitter Corner @DailyOutsider throughout the election cycle. Please #staysafe #wearamask and Don't Forget to #vote

We leave all with the following with a window to the future: 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): Going Dark

 As we went to press, it is exactly two weeks until the US Presidential Election.   Our team will be dark until after the US Elections throughout our Properties as we leave all with the following as we remain hopeful:

We Look forward to the privilege to serve next month.   We urge all to vote.  


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): FarAvaz Feat. Justina, perform "Fatva" their hit single for Farhang Foun...

For this special weekly edition of Notations, we present a performance courtesy the team at the Farhang Foundation as we implore all to #WearAMaskSaveALife.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Mid-Week Edition): On Teaching Online


EdNext Podcast: Teaching in the Online Classroom

Posted by Education Next on 7 October, 2020

Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West is joined by the author of “Teaching in the Online Classroom,” Doug Lemov, and by educators Hilary Lewis and Hannah Solomon, to discuss how teachers and students can best adapt to an online learning environment.

Read more →

Monday, October 5, 2020

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow with Yuval Noah Harari

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): ON #COVID19 Effects

 As we noted in our Perspectives Platform earlier today, the President of the United States, the First Lady and a number of leading Republicans and key staffers for the President were afflicted with COVID-19.    The President made a surprise appearance Sunday to greet supporters.

We hereby present the following on the emotional effects of this dreaded disease: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Notations On Our World (Special Quarter-End Edition): A Virtual Celebration

It is the end of the Quarter here at the Daily Outsider. We hereby present the Atlantic Festival Ideafest as a Virtual Celebration as we look forward to the continued privilege to serve:

Monday, September 28, 2020

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On California's Response to #COVID-19 (A Sampling)

 We present a snapshot of what California is doing to deal with #COVID-19:

Chancellor Gary S. May at his desk

Checking in with Chancellor May:

We Can Do This!

Dear UC Davis Parents:

This letter goes to all Aggies, but I’d like to start this week with a word to our students who are living on the Davis campus or close by this quarter. We’ve been busy all summer preparing for you, establishing protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And now we are counting on your cooperation and assistance to help protect your health and your community’s health.

The same goes for me and other administrators, faculty and staff who are working on campus. As I’ve said many times, we are all in this, together. Let’s get through this quarter without the setbacks that other universities have experienced. With our late September start, we have been able to observe what worked and what did not work elsewhere. This has allowed us to adjust our plans accordingly, to strengthen them. In fact, all the people who worked so hard getting the Davis campus prepared for fall, well, they’re still at it — always looking for ways to improve. I am thankful for their efforts.

We’ve taken our planning beyond the campus boundaries, into our university town, with an initiative we call Healthy Davis Together. Mayor Gloria Partida and I discussed our collaboration in a published commentary last weekend.

And now comes fall quarter, our opportunity to show how Aggie Pride can meet this challenge and overcome it, not just here in Davis, but wherever our students and faculty and staff happen to be. All of you have made big adjustments, too, learning and teaching and working remotely, while facing other pandemic-related challenges at home. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we carry on our 112-year-old mission.

Out and about

Even though almost all classes are being taught remotely this quarter, we expect to see an increase in the number of people on the Davis campus, not in gatherings (because they are not allowed), but out and about, going to the Campus Store, Shields Library (which reopened yesterday), the Memorial Union (which reopens Monday) and other places.

Keep in mind, wherever you go, you will encounter restrictions. Shields Library is open to students, faculty and staff only, with reduced seating capacity to allow for physical distancing, and a cap on total occupancy. The Memorial Union also has cut its seating capacity — and those seats are for students only, by way of a same-day reservation system at the Information Desk. Also, no food or drink in the library or the MU (water in closed containers is OK).

Face coverings: We require everyone to wear one at all times inside (the only exceptions are when you are eating or drinking or in private spaces such as dorm rooms, single-occupancy offices, showers and the like) and outside when it’s not feasible to keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people. See our face coverings policy.

Next week we will see the beginning phase of our Aggie Public Health Ambassador program on the Davis campus. We are training students for this job, and they will be stationed initially at teaching tents, Shields Library and the Memorial Union. Ambassadors will educate people about campus protocols and encourage people to make healthy choices that reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We are grateful to the students who have taken on this role.

Soon we will invite students to pick up free welcome kits that include UC Davis-branded face masks. We’ll have 10,000 kits to give out, available at the Campus Store. We have branded face masks for Davis campus faculty and staff, too. Repro Graphics is partnering with colleges and schools and other departments to distribute the face coverings in bulk, and individual units will then distribute them to employees.

Another important protocol: the Daily Symptom Survey. Take it before you leave home, and if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Students should contact Student Health and Counseling Services; employees should contact their primary health care providers.

Orientation experience

This morning, our newest Aggies began the third and final component of the UC Davis Orientation Experience. The program began in late spring with Aggie 101 — a new online platform that introduced students to campus resources and various communities and helped them prepare for the start of the academic year. Next came remote Aggie Advising, which included individual meetings with academic advisors and access to resources for schedule planning, registration and continued advising support.

The final segment, also remote, is a multiday experience to help all first-year and transfer students find connections, build networks and have a celebratory start to their UC Davis journeys. Students, divided into small groups with orientation leaders, are undergoing an action-packed program during which they will interact with their colleges and majors, experience firsthand what a UC Davis course with world-renowned faculty will be like, learn about employment opportunities and how to get involved in campus life, and socialize with peers.

Students: You’ll be hearing from me and other campus leaders over the next few days! We are excited to welcome you to the UC Davis community.

Instructional flexibilities

The Academic Senate issued its fall quarter COVID-19 policies over the summer, and I noted them in my Aug. 21 letter. The Academic Senate has also posted the information here. The policies cover final exams (the requirement for such exams is waived in undergraduate courses; each instructor will decide if they will give a final), Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) grading for undergraduates and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for graduate students.

This week the Academic Senate sent guidance to deans, department chairs and faculty regarding remote and virtual instruction for winter quarter. We expect to provide more information in the coming weeks.

Anti-racism tool

Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, besides dealing with the pandemic, has also been focused on an anti-racism strategy, in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and others.

Earlier this week the office released the first of three important tools: “Being an Ally Requires Being an Anti-Racist: 11 Suggested Actions Toward Anti-Racism in the Office and on Your Own,” described as a practical guide to actions that units and individuals can take toward building a more inclusive community, workplace and classroom environment.

I encourage all to use this tool, to take action. As Vice Chancellor Renetta Garrison Tull says, this is how we will take ownership of developing and sustaining a strong, inclusive climate.

WarnMe test Oct. 1

We are switching to a new vendor for our WarnMe system, so it’s important that we test the system when we make the switchover next week. Make a note: The Davis campus test is scheduled for noon Thursday, Oct. 1. UC Davis Health will issue a concurrent test for its faculty, staff and students.

For newcomers unfamiliar with the system, it sends WarnMe emergency messages and Aggie Alerts by email, text and social media. The system already has your UC Davis email address, and you are encouraged to add your cell number for text messages. Click here to update or review your WarnMe information.

The new vendor, Everbridge, also pushes alerts via a mobile app that you can download for free. Read more in this Dateline article.

Parents, vendors and others without a email account can subscribe to receive WarnMe and Aggie Alert text messages from the Davis campus and some other UC Davis locations. Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

Checking in elsewhere:

Virtual Innovation Spectacular — It starts at 4 p.m. on 10.10.20 (Saturday, Oct. 10). All are invited to see “what happens when pure imagination meets the brilliance of UC Davis.” RSVPs are being taken now at (or call 530-754-2661). Look for more information in Tuesday’s Dateline.
Staff Emergency Fund — As announced earlier this week, this new fund is a way to support our staff colleagues in times of personal financial hardship, not just as a result of COVID-19, but due to wildfires or anything else that may be going on in their lives. We want to be able to help. The fund is open for contributions — I’ve already committed to donating, as has everyone on the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. Grants of up to $1,000 will be available, but not until the fund reaches $30,000. I encourage you to donate if you can.


Trying times

The pandemic, wildfires, continuing racial injustice (such as this week, when a grand jury in Kentucky decided not to charge police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor) ... any of these issues, individually, can be derailing, and the combination, for many, is paralyzing. We share with you our continued commitment to affirm you and uphold our values as stated in our Principles of Community.

For support during this difficult time, we encourage faculty and staff to get in touch with the Academic and Staff Assistance Program on either the Davis or Sacramento campus. Students: We have counselors who are ready to visit with you remotely. Make an appointment here.

And, students, please know that we are looking out for you, too. This morning, Student Health and Counseling Services presented a webinar for faculty and staff, addressing signs of distress in students and how to respond, and how to make referrals. So many faculty and staff members have reached out to ask how they can help. For those who missed today’s webinar, we recorded it and will make it available soon.

And, finally, a message for everyone: Please take care of yourselves even as you look out for one another. We are here for you.

Thursday Thoughts Video



Gary S. May


Campus Ready, It takes all of us.

September 25, 2020
Capistrano Unified School District:
An Unwavering Commitment to
Student Success 
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
Celebrating the First Day of School in a New Way
Welcome to the first CUSD newsletter of the 2020-2021 school year — a school year unlike any other in history! 

On August 18, our District embarked on a new adventure as we reopened schools online.

Our families shared their favorite first day moments on social media using the hashtag #CUSDBacktoSchool.
Reopening for In-Person Instruction
On September 28th we will begin welcoming our families who have elected in-person learning back onto our school campuses.

Please know that we are here for you – and we look forward to welcoming you back to in-person learning!

School Opening & Safety Plan
We invite you to visit our reopening schools website to review our 2020-2021 School Year Opening and Safety Plan.

This detailed plan will answer many of your questions regarding health and safety protocols, Social Distancing, COVID-19 Testing & Reporting, Facility Cleaning & Sanitation Protocols, Instructional Programs, Special Education, Mental Health, Extracurricular Activities and Athletics, and much more. 
Upcoming Parent/Guardian Webinars
Strategies for School Anxiety & Refusal

Wednesday, September 30th
5-6 PM
As some students prepare to return back to school for on-campus learning this year, we want our parents/guardians to have the tools and strategies to help support their children with this transition.

Join CUSD School Counselors on Wednesday, September 30th from 5-6 PM for an informative webinar to learn more!

OCDE Presents: Youth Suicide Awareness Webinar

Wednesday, September 30th
2-3 PM

This presentation will provide parents and caregivers with facts, warning signs, and risk factors about youth suicide.

Parents and caregivers will learn ways to protect, help, and talk to their children about suicide and mental health.
CUSD & Hoag Present: Ways to Support Your Children's Emotional & Mental Health Through COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28th
6-8 PM
As students and families settle into a new school year, COVID-19 continues to impact and change our world in many ways. In particular, our youth have encountered a difficult time related to managing the stress associated with the current times.

In this webinar, parents will hear from the mental health experts at Hoag on how to provide support, encouragement and help navigate today’s new reality for their children during this transition.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month!
CUSD's Bullying Information Guide is Online Now!

National Bullying Prevention Month focuses on kindness, inclusion and acceptance to help prevent bullying.

Read more about CUSD’s bullying definitions, interventions and resources for families on our new webpage. 

Celebrate Unity Day

October 21, 2020
Mark your calendar!
October 21st is Unity Day!

Wear orange to show your support for bullying prevention in our communities.

Tag us on social media in your posts with #CUSDUnityDay

Virtual College Fair
Annual CUSD College Fair Goes Virtual
This year CUSD in partnership with Futureology and CUCPTSA, will host the first ever Virtual College Fair the week of October 12-15!
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