S: Mr. Dow's MHS Experience
BC: You have not heard the end of us yet...
FC: Mr. Dow's MHS Experience A collection of memories from room B210
1: Mr. Dow, Your students and close friends of Marblehead High School would like to present you with this scrapbook. You will find faces of those who you have inspired, and who hopefully have inspired you. We didn't want you to be alone exploring new chapters in your life without us, so we put this together to remind you that we are always with you in spirit. You have had a great impact on every single one of us, there are no words to describe how much you mean to every one of us as a teacher and friend. Some of your close personal friends who have been with you for all your years at Marblehead High School have written some letters to you in hopes to express how much you inspired us. You have created legacies such as Art Club and Atomic Slam Krew. Your achievements are flowing through the veins of our school in your student's art work, and you should be proud that you have played such a big part in our lives. Don't think of this scrapbook as a "goodbye" gift, but more as a... YOU ARE FOREVER STUCK WITH US AND WE SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN... ... type of present. Just a little something to substitute seeing us in person. And to also make sure we are not replaced by haunting every corner of your brain with all the chaos we caused in your classroom. You have become a part of our big family, therefore it is expected of you to carry this book around with you everywhere! We will miss you at our school Mr. Dow, but we will never forget the memories in B210. Sincerely, Your Marblehead High School Students
2: Rebecca Purchase Class of 2012 | Hey Mr. Dow, I can't begin to put my feelings into words, so I'll just be simple... Being in your classroom, in studio with you, and in your life has been the greatest experience of all my high school career. You will forever be more than just a teacher to me, you are a friend and someone I can look up to as a role model. We have a lot of memories together which I will never forget. I can honestly say I will miss walking into your classroom every morning and seeing you working on a steampunk clock, listening to Jordan complain about politics and Mary rant on about Doctor Who. School will never be the same without you, but at least I have not lost you as a friend. I am truly grateful that I can consider myself a part of your life. This is not the end Mr. Dow, but a whole new beginning. And I'm with you every step of the way. Thanks for inspiring me!
3: John "Jack" Dowds Class of 2010 | Brian, It has been a fast, but memorable past few years in which I have had the pleasure and honor of getting to know you. I have seen a good many teachers throughout high school and the years before and I can say candidly and honestly, that very few have had as much of an impact on me as you have, and that I know you have changed students lives over the past few years. I can see this in the students that come out of your classes and those that stick around for hours on end outside of school working with you and thoroughly take pride and pleasure in the works that you procure as a whole. The school will truly never be the same but I know for a fact that we are better from having had the chance and privilege to work with you and with what you have brought to the school. I know that you will continue on to greatness in all the ventures you take up and I can't wait to see what comes out next. The past years have been a pleasure, and I look forward to many more in the future! I will be in contact as often as I can and will keep you updated from Chicago and beyond! Good ventures, and live long and prosper friend. John
4: Mary Kauffman Class of 2012 | Mr. Dow, You are one of the coolest teachers I’ve ever had. What other teacher will hang out and talk about Doctor Who, or understand the reference when I quote Firefly? And of course also on occasion discuss the philosophy of what learning actually is? Even though I’ve only had one half-year class with you, I feel I’ve learned a lot hanging out in your room. Thank so much for letting us use it as a base of operations. We’ve always said that we “live in the art wing” because all our plans have gravitated around you and your room, and I’m honestly not sure what we’re going to do next year without that. I’m certain we’ll keep in touch, and I’ll see you around, but it certainly won’t be the same as saying hello every morning, lunch, and most afternoons. We’ll miss you so much. - Mary
5: Jordan Fowler | Mr. Dow – I can’t even begin to describe what a huge influence you have been for me for the past couple of years. They say high school is where you build the foundation of who you will be when you grow up and enter the real world, and I can honestly say that I am happy with who I am. Not just because I’m content with my life and my choices, but because I’m proud of the people who helped me become myself. And I’m pleased to know that I can look back on my life in 20 or 30 years and be able to say without a doubt that you were one of the biggest influences. You were an excellent teacher both of the arts and of life lessons. You helped me look at things differently and think things through in different perspectives. You made me question things I thought I had figured out and you helped me overcome my inability to finish the things that I start. Your classroom was the one place I knew I could go if I had nowhere else to be, or if I just needed a place to go and think and be amongst friends. We had some really excellent and unforgettable times. Speaking of friends, you were and always will be one of the greatest friends I have ever had. Your classroom always had a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and the group of kids that was always in there become more like a close-knit family than just a group of students. I always knew that I could talk to you about the pressing matters of life – college, my future, and the occasional discussion of time machines and politics. I have never had a teacher I could consider a friend before, and I believe that everyone needs at least one in their life before they graduate. You’re like my own real life Bill from The Perks of Being a Wallflower; the English teacher that Charlie confided in and had real discussions with. And I’m happy that you got to be in my life, even if it was for a couple of years.. And even though you’re leaving MHS and you’re off to bigger and better things, know that none of us will ever forget you. You’re too important. This isn’t goodbye. It’s more like “I’ll see you later.” Thanks for everything, Jordan. | Class of 2012
6: Jackson Gibney Class of 2013 | Dearest Mr. Dow, This year has been wonderful, it's one I'm not yet going to forget. Not for a long time. I wasn't even in any of your classes, yet you let me in your room constantly. I loved the daily talks about thought and philosophy, they really helped me get thinking even more than I already was. And then you showed me Jonathon! It made me more than think at that point, at least, more than what I'd ever done. It was like a giant puzzle in my mind, and you helped me find the way out. I'm still searching for the exit to this puzzle, the one we all want, and I know I've got a long way to go before I find it. But had you not been there with me, I'd probably still be back even before the two men who had totally different views even though they had the exact same upbringing. This has been a great journey with you, and I know we'll see each other again, and contemplate the seemingly randomness inside my head and whatever it may mean. Until then, I'll be waiting with patient expectation to see where all of my thoughts lead me, just as you have. May your mind be a roller coaster larger than any before! Supta collopta! Jackson Hunter Gibney
7: Sydney Lesburt Class of 2012 | Dear Mr. Dow, I can't express how much you have guided me through my high school experience so far. Since I walked into Art Studio 1 freshman year, I knew that room would be my second home. During every study I would look forward to out conversations about Star Wars and Anime. Your attitude towards us was never harsh or angry, only helpful and concerned. I will never forget how much you not only changed my view on my art but also how I viewed life. You taught me to see that everything was a work of art. That every thing I drew or wrote down was just as it should be. Because of your teaching, I never say I hate my art anymore. You have guided me more than you could ever know and I am very sad that you will not be there for my senior year but I know that I will always remember you. I hope you always remember me. You have sincerely changed my life, thank you so much. -Sydney Lesburt
8: Brian Chow Class of 2012 | Dear Mr. Dow, WAZZUP GANGSTAH!?! =D Mista Dow, I write this letter to thank you for all you have done for me. You gave me great advice on how to improve my art pieces and you helped me bring my art to the next level. I have become a better artist than before I ever met you and because of your teachings I was able to earn a silver medal in nationals for the scholastic writing and art awards for my painting. It meant a lot to my family and I, and I have you to thank you for it since it was during your class that I did it. You’ve been quite inspiring and influential to me and I have great admiration for you art. It influences me to do the best that I can on my own art. The school definitely made the BIGGEST mistake in its history because it’s going to be hard to find another artist like you. Dude, I wish you luck, although you definitely won’t need it, on your journey, your quest, your adventure in getting the job you deserve! So farewell broh and keep moving towards the future! Your student, Brian Chow
9: Mackenzie Condon Class of 2012 | Mr. Dow, I can not even put into words how much I loved your art class sophomore year. It changed my outlook on what art was to me and what sort of mediums I was a fan of. Although I struggled through quite a few things having your support always there meant a lot to me. I can not thank you enough, Mackenzie
10: Just a few of the others who's lives you have influenced .... | Hannah Bingham Class of 2012 | Selma Rakovic Class of 2012 | Kara Kokinos Class off 2012 | Laura Schmitt Class of 2012 | PJ Manning Class of 2011 | Rebecca Ness Class of 2011
11: Mallory McMahon Class of 2010 | Deirdre Massaro Class of 2012 | Ally Healy Class of 2012 | Jon Ives Class of 2012 | Rachel Larson Class of 2014 | Paul Guerrero Class of 2011
12: Hillary Guerrero Class of 2011 | Matt Barrett Class of 2012 | Patrick Phelan Class of 2012 | Hannah Landergan Class of 2013 | Melanie Hatutale Class of 2011 | Kaela Lesburt Class of 2011
13: Brian Hough Class of 2013 | Maria Terentiva Class of 2011 | Louie Abramson Class of 2013 | Matt Felsenthal Class of 2014 | Josh Bowden Class of 2012 | Dan Campoblanco Class of 2011 | And there are many, many more...
14: Remember all those countless hours we spent in your classroom, from six in the morning to nine at night, trying to manipulate that god-forsaken foam core into all sorts of shapes and designs? And splatter painting those t-shirts was no easy task either! (Not to mention we ended up splatter-painting the floor as well.) Overall, we did a fantastic job and the Atomic Slam was a success! Thanks for the help and the yummy breakfast cake in the morning. | What is this? This thing? What is this saying, that “No one notices the pink elephant in the room.” This saying is a lie I tell you. It is fake, a false, an untruth. For everyone notices the pink elephant in the room, But the truth is that no one takes the time to admire the pink elephant. For they are scared. THEY ARE SCARED OF THE GIANT PINK ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM! | What is this? This thing? What is this saying, that “No one notices the pink elephant in the room.” This saying is a lie I tell you. It is
15: This was the student's last day at MHS for the 2011 summer. Don't we all look so sad to be leaving school? (At least you should notice how clean the room is) | If it were not for you, Mr. Dow, and persuing your interest in the Steampunk world, this photograph would of never been taken. (You know that just as well as we do) This moment will live on in our hearts forever.
16: Bruce Rosenbaum Steampunk House Art Club - June26, 2011
17: Good Times in B210 | probably the cleanest B210 has ever been