I'm a junior at the Delta Program this year (I came in 7th grade, so this will be my 5th year here!) and I'm doing a project documenting Delta's history.
I was really struck by how little current students and even teachers know about the school itself, and resolved to track down as much information as I could and make a documentary. Well, it's a massive project, so it won't be done for a while, but I was wondering if any alumni out there would be interested in helping out. I'm interviewing as many people as possible, to get as clear a picture as I can of how the school has changed over time. I'm also planning to invite a group of alumi to tour the school this year and talk to new students about how things have changed.
Please message me if you're at all interested- either in participating or just finding out more. Hopefully when it's done there will be a screening at the school, and I hope everyone will come and see it!
In addition to that, I'd like to pose some questions:
If there were one person you really wanted to see interviewed in this documentary, who would it be?
What was your favorite thing about the school?
What anecdote was your favorite Delta-related incident? What incident do you remember that you think best encapsulates the "Delta spirit" (e.g, the school's attitude and approach to school)?
And after that, I feel compelled to mention some bad stuff that's been happening at the school. Well, stuff I think is bad anyway.
As of this year, Alumni may not visit the school without "sponsorship" from a teacher, which has to be given a day in advance at least. I understand the reasoning behind this (safety) but think it's 1) pointless and 2) discourages alumni from visiting, which is really sad.
Also, a rule was recently rushed through ASM (in a way that I felt subverted the process, taking power away from the student body, skewing the vote, and disallowing further discussion) forbidding anyone from "hanging out" (not well defined) in the kitchen during lunch and allowing no more than four people to hang out in the kitchen at any other time. This was done to reduce the noise level in the office area, which I agree is an important issue, but no other possible solutions were discussed and, as I said before, the rule was not passed in a fair manner. This really makes me angry, especially since it was done as part of the new students' introduction to what an ASM is. Now as a consequence, I feel (and have observational evidence baking me up) that the new students have an impression that the teachers have more power in the system and that students must obey. I remember the alcove protest when it was closed a few years ago. It may have been kind of stupid, but it was a great example of the students reclaiming some of the power they used to have at the school. I don't think we could get that to happen anymore. And that's really sad.
..... On a brighter note, after covering seven murals, Advisory Council voted not to cover any more, basically ever again, unless major concerns were raised about a specific mural. So the censorship is over at least for now.
Some of you may know that the school was given $10,000 to make a "Green Space" outside the building. Last year the swingsets were removed, a patio was put in, and some planting was done. This year there will be more planting, and Gary says we may be able to turn the roof into a real, functioning Green Roof. There is talk of replacing the windows with stained glass, growing vines up the building's walls, growing flowers over a latice-work awning, and putting an arch over the path. Unfortunately, food plants were ruled out due to "health concerns", so we will not be harvesting food, but it'll still be pretty.
The space is at least partly intended as a good alumni hang-out, so if any of youse guys have suggestions about it, I an relay them to the committee.
And thus ends the mega-Delta-update! Sorry it's so long. And since this community appears to have no tags, I'm making up my own.