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Apple tree outside library fills up with messages eulogizing former English teacher Lauren LaMay

Apple tree outside library fills up with messages eulogizing former English teacher Lauren LaMay

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

A paper apple tree outside of the Matthews Library with space to write on both the fruit and leaves and a hole for secret messages is filling up with memories.  The tree, representing the one used by Scout and Jem in “To Kill a Mockingbird” to send notes to Boo Radley, is for students and faculty to send messages to English teacher Lauren LaMay...

Q&A: New English teacher replacing Lauren LaMay trades Arizonan, Moroccan deserts for SCDS

Q&A: New English teacher replacing Lauren LaMay trades Arizonan, Moroccan deserts for SCDS

Keshav Anand, Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

After teaching at Green Fields School (Tucson, Arizona), Desert Marigold Charter School (Tucson), Mason Preparatory School (Charleston, South Carolina) and the American School of Tangier (Morocco) for the past eight years, Anthony Hagmann has replaced eighth- grade English teacher Lauren LaMay, who died unexpectedly in July. &n...

Black Team crushes Red Team at annual Ancil Hoffman picnic (slideshow included)

Black Team crushes Red Team at annual Ancil Hoffman picnic (slideshow included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Slideshows

On Sept. 15 the green fields of Ancil Hoffman Park transformed into a battleground: the Black Team (freshmen and seniors) and Red Team (sophomores and juniors) were poised to battle it out at the annual SCDS Ancil Hoffman Capture-the-Flag game. Four quarters and one hour later, the Black Team was victo...

Q&A: Junior plays Miranda for second time in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Q&A: Junior plays Miranda for second time in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

David Situ, Assistant Media/Broadcast Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Junior Monique Lonergan has been performing for eight years and has appeared in productions such as “Anything Goes,” “The Fantasticks” and “The Donner Party.” She will be reprising the role of Miranda in the Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento’s  production of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. The play opened on Sept. 8, and Lonergan will be app...

Q&A: Freshman plays drums in Girls Rock camp merging music and feminism (video included)

Q&A: Freshman plays drums in Girls Rock camp merging music and feminism (video included)

Sarina Rye, Reporter

September 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

Freshman Allie Bogetich plays drums in concert band and jazz band. Over the summer she participated in Girls Rock Sacramento, a five-day camp for teen girls held at the Met Sacramento High School with a showcase at the end.   Q: What is Girls Rock Sacramento? A: It’s a feminist movemen...

NKOTB: Freshman experiences Lincoln-Douglas debates at Stanford camp

NKOTB: Freshman experiences Lincoln-Douglas debates at Stanford camp

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

September 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

In the “New Kids on the Block” series, new students will be interviewed on their life outside of SCDS.  Over the summer  freshman Keshav Anand attended a National Forensic Institute debate camp at Stanford University in Palo Alto.   Q: What did you learn at the camp? A: I learned (about) Linc...

Q&A: Former science teacher trades middle schoolers, part-time job for assisting at Sac State

Q&A: Former science teacher trades middle schoolers, part-time job for assisting at Sac State

Spencer Scott, Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Former sixth-grade science teacher Doug Whited has a new job assisting professors at Sacramento State University in the Department of Biological Sciences. Whited, who is the husband of high-school biology teach Kellie Whited, worked part time at Country Day for three years. Q: What will you be ...

Q&A: Junior travels to Oregon to view total solar eclipse

Q&A: Junior travels to Oregon to view total solar eclipse

Mohini Rye, Design Chief

August 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

The first total solar eclipse in the United States to stretch from coast to coast in nearly a century occurred on Aug. 21. Junior Gabi Alvarado and her family (including her mother, Spanish teacher Patricia Portillo) traveled to Oregon, the first of 14 states the eclipse passed over, to see and photograph this rare phenom...

Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang, Design Chief

August 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’ve found my better half. Well, I didn’t really find her. It’s more like the University of Pennsylvania found her for me. And she’s not really my “better half,” as she’s not my spouse. She’s just me, but better. Get it? Okay, here’s a little bit of background: On May 15, I got...

Alumna loves Tanzanian experience: analyzing health policy, going on safaris and teaching Uno

Alumna loves Tanzanian experience: analyzing health policy, going on safaris and teaching Uno

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

August 11, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Emma Williams, ’15, attends Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Williams participated in a two-month program, from the end of May to the end of July, in Tanzania as part of her global health minor. She traveled with 14 other Cornell students, as well as a few teaching assistants and profes...