The Octagon

Country Day Stereotypes: SCDS works to combat views of school as ‘white,’ ‘exclusive,’ ‘rich’

Country Day Stereotypes: SCDS works to combat views of school as ‘white,’ ‘exclusive,’ ‘rich’

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

June 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Twice in the past two months I stood outside the Save Mart in Loehmann’s Plaza for an hour in the late morning polling 40 pedestrians each time. The first time, April 22, I asked people whether they had heard of Country Day, and if so, what was the first stereotype that came to their mind about...

Athletically competitive class hangs up their jerseys

Athletically competitive class hangs up their jerseys

Jackson Margolis , Page Editor

June 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

It was spring 2015, and then-freshman Amalie Fackenthal had just won Country Day’s second-ever individual section championship in the 50-meter freestyle. But her mind wasn’t on the victory.  She had injured her hand hitting the pool wall during the race and was only moments away from swimming the ...

Alumna’s unique career path takes unexpected turns in animal industry

Alumna’s unique career path takes unexpected turns in animal industry

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

June 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Like many millennials, Christina Stainbrook, ’06, is still searching for a career. And her path hasn’t been easy.  Initially, she wanted to work in livestock, like cattle ranching. But after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Stainbr...

Farewell, Fels: longtime Octagon adviser is ‘out of here’

Farewell, Fels: longtime Octagon adviser is ‘out of here’

Mohini Rye, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

After 41 years of teaching at SCDS, English teacher Patricia Fels is retiring. This means an end to what many students may be familiar with - such as her infamous class tangents, endless allusions to Adam and Eve and plethora of black-cat knickknacks scattered throughout the room. It’s also the end of a...

Oh, the places you’ll go! Seniors reveal their college choices while faculty members dole out advice for the next four years.

Oh, the places you’ll go! Seniors reveal their college choices while faculty members dole out advice for the next four years.

Sahej Claire and Bryce Longoria

June 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

  We asked teachers and staff what advice they would give to graduating seniors about their next four years in college.   Latin teacher Jane Batarseh College is, in many ways, so unlike high school that you have a chance to start again with things that you find best about yours...

Second grade teacher retires to use linguistic background to help granddaughter in Montana

Second grade teacher retires to use linguistic background to help granddaughter in Montana

Chardonnay Needler, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Second grade teacher Jane Gillette has been at Country Day since 2002. She is retiring this year to care for her granddaughter in Montana. Gillette is the mother of Elise DeCarli, ’13.   Q: Congratulations on retiring! How do you feel about this being your last year? A: I’m ready. I’m ready for a switch.   Q: Why do you say that? A...

Second grade assistant leaves Country Day after 80th birthday

Second grade assistant leaves Country Day after 80th birthday

David Situ, Media/Broadcasting Assistant

June 6, 2018


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Aggie Geminder, who has taught at Country Day since 1998, is retiring. She has been the second grade assistant every year except for one, when she assisted kindergarten.   Q: Why did you become a teacher? A: I grew up in (Warren), a small town in Minnesota. The choices for a woman growing up ...

Aidan Cunningham, ’17, stays active by biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee at University of Denver

Aidan Cunningham, ’17, stays active by biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee at University of Denver

David Situ, Media/Broadcasting Assistant

June 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Aidan Cunningham, ‘17, attends the University of Denver, in Colorado, where he is majoring in physics.   Q: What classes are you taking? A: I've been taking Spanish all year, and I took art, physics and math classes during the first half of the year. This quarter and the last, I still ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jesus Galindo, ’17, tries hand at go-carts, wrestling at Ibero-American University in Mexico City

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jesus Galindo, ’17, tries hand at go-carts, wrestling at Ibero-American University in Mexico City

Bryce Longoria , Online Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


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Jesus Galindo, ’17, attends Ibero-American University in Mexico City, where he is majoring in communications.   Q: What classes did you take? A: Theory of Communication I; Introduction to Literature; History of the Media I; History of Mexico; Narration Workshop; and Entertainment, Society, and Communication....

East Asian students share stories of 100-day celebrations, explain birthday-like tradition

East Asian students share stories of 100-day celebrations, explain birthday-like tradition

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Besides Indian culture, East Asian cultures host similarly extravagant celebrations for a child’s first year of life. Ming Zhu Oct. 14 “(On) my 100th day of life, my mom took me to this photo shop. It was the oldest one in Beijing - almost 100 years old - and we took a professional pic...