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Custodians batten down the hatches to prevent norovirus outbreak

Custodians batten down the hatches to prevent norovirus outbreak

Jackson Margolis, Reporter
May 24, 2017 • 114 views
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After more than 2,800 reported cases of the norovirus in schools in Yolo County, the “cruise ship virus” has set sail for schools in Sacramento County. And though there have been no reported cases at Country Day  yet, the 200 reported cases at schools in Sacramento County makes Country Day vulnerable to the virus. The ...

Cum Laude Society inducts six new members at dinner with faculty at Piatti

Cum Laude Society inducts six new members at dinner with faculty at Piatti

Anna Frankel, Reporter
May 24, 2017 • 88 views
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Six members were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on May 15 at Piatti Italian Restaurant and Bar. The inductees were all girls: juniors Sahej Claire, Zihao Sui and Smita Sikaria, and seniors Sylvaine Bucher, Shriya Nadgauda and Avneet Bhullar. The Cum Laude Society is a scholastic achievement...

School receives official ‘seal of approval’ to teach through WASC accreditation

School receives official ‘seal of approval’ to teach through WASC accreditation

Emma Boersma, Reporter
May 23, 2017 • 60 views
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In late April, the school received a seven-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). This means that SCDS is officially considered a dependable school for students’ education. “It’s kind...

They’re here! Former assistant to head of high school delivers twins

They’re here! Former assistant to head of high school delivers twins

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 22, 2017 • 83 views
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Late on the night of May 19, Gabriella Foster, former assistant to the head of high school, delivered twin girls. Foster said she delivered her two healthy girls at 38 weeks and one day old. Kensley Ann was born at 11:54 p.m. and weighed 6 lb 11 oz, and Peyton Joy was born at 11:58 p.m. and we...

Veteran biology, English teachers to dramatically change 2017-18 schedules

Veteran biology, English teachers to dramatically change 2017-18 schedules

Jack Christian, Social Media Editor
May 18, 2017 • 195 views
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Not only is Country Day hiring three new faculty members next year, but two long-standing teachers - biology teacher Kellie Whited and English teacher Patricia Fels - are also changing their teaching duties. Whited will spend 20 percent of her time working in the lower school next year, while Fels will no long...

High-school choir places second, orchestra takes fourth at Anaheim Forum Festival

High-school choir places second, orchestra takes fourth at Anaheim Forum Festival

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter
May 15, 2017 • 126 views
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The orchestras and choir didn't only spend a weekend in the happiest place on earth, on their trip to Disneyland, they also performed in the Anaheim Forum Festival. The three groups have been consistently going to the Forum Festival every other year. This year, all three groups (middle- and high-school choir, high-sc...

Basketballs, jihad and grizzlies! History teacher makes YouTube channel to post his famous stories

Basketballs, jihad and grizzlies! History teacher makes YouTube channel to post his famous stories

Allison Zhang, Page Editor
May 14, 2017 • 172 views
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History teacher Bruce Baird’s classroom was filled with dozens of students, and one of his ceiling tiles was a bit crooked. That was on May 5, the first day he, juniors Nina Dym, Atsuo Chiu and Esme Bruce-Romo and senior Kevin Huang started filming for his new YouTube channel. Baird was telling a story about how he dunked basketballs when he was youn...

Roast or toast? Seniors specify information to be left out of graduation skits

Roast or toast? Seniors specify information to be left out of graduation skits

Sahej Claire, Online Copy Editor
May 14, 2017 • 147 views
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Though Country Day has many traditions, perhaps the most memorable are its high-school graduation skits. Performed each year at graduation by high-school faculty, the personalized skits either “roast” or “toast” each graduating senior, with faculty actors recalling their students’ memorable events and fun...

Senior lands lead role of Swanhilda, freshman plays peasant in upcoming Sac Ballet ‘Coppelia’

Senior lands lead role of Swanhilda, freshman plays peasant in upcoming Sac Ballet ‘Coppelia’

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
May 13, 2017 • 116 views
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Senior Camille Locke and freshman Jackson Margolis will perform a tale of, as Margolis said, “romance, humor and soul-sucking dolls” - “Coppelia” - on Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Hiram Johnson High School. Locke plays the lead female role, the “bratty, mischievous and self-centered” Swanhilda, and...

Blackbaud’s proposed online grading system divides community

Blackbaud’s proposed online grading system divides community

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter
May 12, 2017 • 131 views
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With the school’s addition of a uniform online database, Blackbaud, comes the opportunity for another somewhat controversial program: a fully online grade book. This grade book can be used by teachers, allowing them to give their students unrestricted access to their grades. While Blackbaud’s official website boasts its technology as beneficial, only some of ...

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