St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your Alameda news in brief. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

As a two-time performer at Carnegie Hall, former honors soloist for the Colorado and Stanford Suzuki Institute, and second-place winner of the 2014 American Protégé Competition for Piano and Strings, Alameda cellist Isabelle Brown-Lyden has the resume of a professional – and she’s just 12 years old. Brown-Lyden started playing when she was 4 and performing when she was 5.

Alameda’s Catholic school teachers are signing contracts containing controversial new language requiring their private behavior to model and promote Catholic teachings.

Oakland Diocese spokesman Mike Brown said that teachers at all of the diocese’s schools signed the new contract, except for three from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Teachers at all of the diocese’s schools, who sign a contract annually, received their 2014-15 contract in mid-April and were given until May 9 to sign.

“We hope that those who didn’t sign did so completely informed as to the Bishop’s meaning and intent,” Brown said.

The Alameda Point Collaborative still has spaces available in its Farm2Market community supported agriculture spring subscription program.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

“Are you trying to get registered to vote?” Ruth Dixon asks a student venturing shyly toward the League of Women Voters of Alameda’s table in the quad at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School at the end of a noisy lunchtime rush. When the 17-year-old student nods, Dixon whisks her into a chair and hands her a pen and a voter registration form.

Photos courtesy of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School.

When Simon Chiu became principal of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School six years ago, the school’s gymnasium was in the midst of a makeover. The gym, which visitors enter after passing a case full of basketball trophies and a display honoring St. Joe’s alum and professional basketballer Jason Kidd, boasts electronic pullout seating, ceiling baffling to blunt noise and a gleaming wood floor.

“Everything short of the concrete is brand new,” Chiu told a reporter during a late September tour. “Other schools can’t get over how bright it is in there.”