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Traditional Friday morning meetings come to an end, giving students more social time (slideshow included)

Traditional Friday morning meetings come to an end, giving students more social time (slideshow included)

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
April 21, 2017 • 287 views
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For those who grumble about high-school morning meetings a new school policy just made Friday mornings a whole lot better! Instead of attending the usual morning meetings, students can now relax, eat a snack and talk to friends during their 20-minute break on Fridays, beginning on April 14.   ...

Painter’s friends fake his death in high-school drama written by Mark Twain (slideshow included)

Painter’s friends fake his death in high-school drama written by Mark Twain (slideshow included)

Jackson Margolis and Jacqueline Chao
April 12, 2017 • 264 views
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In past SCDS productions senior Daniel Hernried has played both a young, egotistical, charismatic Spanish painter and an over-sensitive, intelligent artist. This year, Hernried is walking on familiar ground as he will be Jean-François Millet, an impoverished but gifted French artist. Millet, as wel...

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Adam Dean, Jack Christian, and Jacqueline Chao
April 7, 2017 • 409 views
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On April 7, three Octagon staffers competed in the Online News Package contest at the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington. Their assignment was to create a multimedia news package about the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Three years ago, former social studies ...

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Benett Sackheim
March 20, 2017 • 347 views
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On March 14, Student Council organized a bake-off. About 15 pies were entered, but only three impressed the judges enough to earn the first, second and third prizes. Sophomore Tori Van Vleck's coconut cream pie won first place, juniors Nina Dym and Pria Nijhar's pecan pie with cinnamon roll crust earned...

Sophomore chemistry students tag along on fourth graders’ trip to Sutter’s Fort (slideshow included)

Sophomore chemistry students tag along on fourth graders’ trip to Sutter’s Fort (slideshow included)

David Situ, Reporter
March 9, 2017 • 344 views
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This year’s fourth-grade trip to Sutter’s Fort can’t be called a class trip anymore; they weren’t the only grade there. From March 1-2, the fourth-grade class took their annual trip to Sutter’s Fort. This year, as part of an experiment due to the lack of fourth-grade parents because of the class’s small s...

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 25, 2017 • 281 views
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Students and faculty got a taste of dozens of cultures, Feb. 23-24, during the high-school Passport Lunch and a performance from the Fenix Drum and Dance Company on the following day. On Feb. 23 high-school advisories and language departments held the annual Passport Lunch to fundraise for Breakthrough...

Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included)

Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Jacqueline Chao
February 24, 2017 • 341 views
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When librarian Joanne Melinson first started the "The Cat in the Hat" Polyglot, the children's book was read in only French, Spanish and Latin. Approximately 15 years later, Latin teacher Jane Batarseh and Melinson have opened the event to all languages, amassing 26 on Feb. 22. Students and faculty...

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, clubs arrange festivities, fundraisers (slideshow included)

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, clubs arrange festivities, fundraisers (slideshow included)

Héloïse Schep and Benett Sackheim
February 17, 2017 • 431 views
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Love was in the air at Country Day this week - along with valentines, raffle tickets and the sweet smell of baked goods. The LGBT club, the Glass Knife, the Harry Potter club and Student Council organized events to spread the love and celebrate Valentine’s Day. The LGBT club sold handmade Valentine’s Da...

See Sacramento’s Women’s March through the eyes of student, faculty attendees (slideshow included)

See Sacramento’s Women’s March through the eyes of student, faculty attendees (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Allison Zhang
January 22, 2017 • 573 views
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On Jan. 21, the day after president Donald Trump was inaugurated, an estimated 20,000 people marched to the California State Capitol as a part of a Women's March. Some of the topics of discussion in the Marches included women’s reproductive rights, equality among the sexes and opposition to Trump's...

Students, faculty get wacky, weird for winter Homecoming spirit week (slideshow included)

Students, faculty get wacky, weird for winter Homecoming spirit week (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen, Jacqueline Chao, and Benett Sackheim
January 14, 2017 • 668 views
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To build up anticipation for the winter Homecoming basketball games on Jan. 13, the spirit committee encouraged high-school students to dress up for spirit week. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Jersey Day, Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday, Thursday was Throwback Thursday (when students wore outfits...