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Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

November 4, 2017


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When a terrorist drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan and killed eight people on Tuesday, Oct. 31, three alumni weren't far away.  Austin Talamantes, ’17, and Ryan Ho, ’15, attend New York University. Victoria Loustalot, '03, is a writer living in New York City. According to Ho, the distance fr...

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

November 3, 2017


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Frightened Frishman sees flames from house On Monday, Oct. 9, drama teacher Brian Frishman was woken by a call from the county sheriff at 1:18 a.m. A raging fire was only a mile and a half from his home in Grass Valley; he had to evacuate immediately. Frishman and his wife woke up his friend from Thailand and his son...

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Katia Dahmani, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2017


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Aside from the 58 people killed by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 546 were injured. One of them was Philip Aurich, the boyfriend of Alyson Opper, ’07. Along with about 10 friends, Opper and Aurich attended the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on Oct. 1 and were caught in what...

SCDS community members struggle with Hurricane Harvey; former headmaster’s uncle works with Cajun Navy

SCDS community members struggle with Hurricane Harvey; former headmaster’s uncle works with Cajun Navy

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

September 4, 2017


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There were over one million evacuations, 19 trillion gallons of rain and 42,399 people in shelters as of Sept. 1, according to ABC News and the Washington Post. These are the results of Hurricane Harvey, the storm that grew into a Category 4 hurricane as it hit Texas on Aug. 25. Over 185,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed by Harvey as of Sept. 1, according to the Tex...

Community has mixed reactions to school’s painting over 21-year-old mural

Community has mixed reactions to school’s painting over 21-year-old mural

Jack Christian, News Editor

August 28, 2017


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Students arrived back to school on Aug. 28 for orientation to find the colorful mural on the gym wall gone. The mural, filled with vividly painted green vines and facial features such as a gray pair of eyes and a bright cherry-colored mouth, stretched from the gym’s main entrance to the doors to the weight room. It also in...

Community mourns death of middle-school English teacher Lauren LaMay (video included)

Community mourns death of middle-school English teacher Lauren LaMay (video included)

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

July 21, 2017


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Middle-school English teacher Lauren LaMay died on the night of July 19 after collapsing in her kitchen. After CPR was performed on her, LaMay was pronounced dead at the hospital. LaMay, who was in her early 60s, had just returned last week from a tour of Central Europe with her friend Geoff Wong. She had been a part of the SCDS f...

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor

July 2, 2017


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"Going to the desert after this.” This six-word autobiography may have been written for a fictional character, but English teacher Ron Bell seems to be living up to what he wrote five years ago. After teaching at Country Day for 18 years, Bell has decided to retire to explore different places, write poetry and continue past writing projects, the main one be...

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

June 21, 2017


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After 13 years of expanding Country Day’s visual art programs with her new, colorful ideas, Patricia Kelly is retiring. Kelly taught middle- and high-school studio art, middle-school ceramics and AP Studio Art. She was also the planner of the seventh-grade Renaissance Faire and of a cerami...

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter

June 17, 2017


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After 44 years teaching history, 31 years teaching AP European History, 24 years as dean of students, a year teaching abroad in England and one  year as the AP coordinator, Daniel Neukom will retire this year. Neukom said he has been planning his retirement for a few years. “Too many peop...

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor

June 5, 2017


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After 15 years of humorous anecdotes, memorable graduation skits and the unusual holiday “Bairdmas,” teacher Bruce Baird is retiring. Baird taught sophomore world cultures, junior U.S. history and senior World War II history. Senior Christian Van Vleck, who took Baird’s world cultures class and is currently taking his World War I...