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By consolidating two databases, elective classes change to semesters

By consolidating two databases, elective classes change to semesters

Briana Davies, Reporter
June 14, 2017 • 151 views
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During the 2017-18 school year, high-school students will have to brush up on adding fractions with different denominators. Currently, students choose three electives each year that run on a trimester schedule, while the core academic classes run on a semester schedule. After much faculty deliberation, the decision was made to switch the electives to a semest...

School adds new humanities, law electives

School adds new humanities, law electives

David Situ, Reporter
June 10, 2017 • 185 views
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Are you interested in the environment, science, civil rights, acting or poetry? If so, there might be a new elective for you. The high school will add five new electives in the 2017-18 school year: Constitutional Law; Environmental Science; The Long Civil Rights Movement; Performance: Advanced Acting and Competitive Poetry; and Playwriting for Performance. Performa...

School scores seven-year WASC accreditation, recommendations for change

School scores seven-year WASC accreditation, recommendations for change

Sahej Claire, Online Copy Editor
June 8, 2017 • 150 views
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Having earned a seven-year accreditation, the school is working on the six major recommendations of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). After a team from WASC and CAIS visited March 13-15, the school received the accredit...

Bands earn silver in Music Forum Festival after playing two contrasting pieces

Bands earn silver in Music Forum Festival after playing two contrasting pieces

Spencer Scott, Reporter
June 7, 2017 • 176 views
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On May 20, the high-school concert band, middle-school concert band and middle-school jazz band traveled to Ohlone College in Fremont for the Music Forum Festival and brought back the silver. “They did a good job,” band teacher Bob Ratcliff said. “I can usually tell ahead of time where they are going to score; they were in the mid-80s.” The high-school...

Pre-K to receive mud kitchen in honor of former teaching assistant Ariyana Jones

Pre-K to receive mud kitchen in honor of former teaching assistant Ariyana Jones

Allison Zhang, Page Editor
June 6, 2017 • 188 views
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Following pre-K teaching assistant Ariyana Jones’s death in December 2016, parents Jamie Iseman, Libby Sanchez and Angela Mirra wanted a permanent way to remember Jones. And they finally have it. “We landed on a lovely project, which we believe is the perfect way to honor a woman who was defined by her joyful and loving dedication to the children...

Octagon, Student Council, Medallion introduce new positions for 2017-18 school year

Octagon, Student Council, Medallion introduce new positions for 2017-18 school year

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
June 6, 2017 • 144 views
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The Octagon A triumvirate has returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2013-14, with next year’s print editors-in-chief being juniors Annya and Katia Dahmani and Sonja Hansen. And next year there will be two online editors-in-chief - junior Sahej Claire and sophomore Chardonnay Needler. According to adviser ...

High-school faculty gives out awards at annual ceremony

High-school faculty gives out awards at annual ceremony

Annya Dahmani, Feature Editor
June 3, 2017 • 208 views
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High schoolers were honored for their achievements at the high-school awards ceremony held in the gym, May 30.   The seniors received the following honors. SCDS AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE Art: Kaeleigh Valverde and Emory Shi Communications: Nicole Wolkov and Marigot Fackenthal Computer S...

After 25 years and 2,000 students, retiring director of admissions to be replaced by Hadley Keefe

After 25 years and 2,000 students, retiring director of admissions to be replaced by Hadley Keefe

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
June 3, 2017 • 135 views
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New director of admissions Hadley Keefe is looking forward to her position at Country Day, although she'll miss brushing up on her "rusty French." Keefe, who is replacing Lonna Bloedau, is currently the associate director of admission at Lycée Français de San Francisco. Bloedau has been at C...

Custodians batten down the hatches to prevent norovirus outbreak

Custodians batten down the hatches to prevent norovirus outbreak

Jackson Margolis, Reporter
May 24, 2017 • 261 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 • 281 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...