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Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change

Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


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For over 10 years juniors in English teacher Patricia Fels’s AP Language and Composition class have written lengthy, researched essays in which they suggest a change in their community, using argumentative rhetoric and purposeful examples to support their claims. But this year three juniors have take...

Sophomore’s dance team earns ‘high gold,’ places first at national competition

Sophomore’s dance team earns ‘high gold,’ places first at national competition

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Page Editor

June 18, 2018


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In her first competition, sophomore Kaelan Swinmurn hit a bull’s-eye when her dance team placed first of over 500 teams at the Starbound National Talent Competition with a jazz performance of “The Little Things” by Big Gigantic. This was Starbound’s regional competition - which doesn’t...

‘Hermit’ leaves shell to be StuCo adviser

‘Hermit’ leaves shell to be StuCo adviser

Ming Zhu, Reporter

June 13, 2018


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Valerie Velo, assistant to the head of high school, will become Student Council adviser next year, replacing dean of student life Patricia Jacobsen, who has held the job for 10 years. Velo said she is both very nervous and excited to become the new adviser. “(Jacobsen) has left a great i...

Communications director, school parent, grandparent says farewell after two decades

Communications director, school parent, grandparent says farewell after two decades

Anna Frankel, Page Editor

June 11, 2018


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“Whether it was a school day or vacation break, Julie gave voice to all aspects of school life,” former director of development Wendy Ross said about communications director Julie Nelson. Now, after 22 years at Country Day, Nelson is retiring. “I started as a parent in 1986 when my h...

Middle school head reflects on 18 years of laughter, trips

Middle school head reflects on 18 years of laughter, trips

Sahej Claire, Online Editor-in-Chief

June 11, 2018


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Head of middle school Sandy Lyon is retiring after 18 years at Country Day, 11 as head of middle school and roughly 14 as a seventh grade history teacher. Two of her children graduated from the school: Kelsey, ’04, and Grant, ’02.   Q: What are you going to miss? A: I think y...

Students try out food-delivery policy

Students try out food-delivery policy

Allison Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2018


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Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Eat24. This collection of gastronomic terms represents a small portion of a quickly growing industry: food delivery. It’s simple. Mark your order from countless restaurants through their apps, and after an address and delivery time are entered, the food will arrive, deliver...

Elissa Thomas says ‘Goodbye, Sacramento,’ ‘Hola, South America’

Elissa Thomas says ‘Goodbye, Sacramento,’ ‘Hola, South America’

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

June 8, 2018


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Next year, math and computer science teacher Elissa Thomas will trade Sacramento for tropical South America.  Thomas has taught AP Computer Science A and geometry for the past two years, and the brand new AP Computer Science Principles for one. Before coming to Country Day, she taught computer science at a K-12 school in Barranquilla, Colombia...

Pre-K teachers will take time to recoup from energetic classroom

Pre-K teachers will take time to recoup from energetic classroom

Jack Christian, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018


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After a combined 59 years at Country Day, pre-K teachers Barbara Fackenthall and Donna Manning will say goodbye to their very last class on June 5. Fackenthall started at the school in 1979, although she did not begin as a teacher. “I came as the all-school receptionist,” Fackenthall said. “I had been teaching ...

Student Council gets two vice presidents; Octagon loses print, online division

Student Council gets two vice presidents; Octagon loses print, online division

Keshav Anand, Reporter

June 7, 2018


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Student Council, the Octagon and Medallion have chosen their new leaders for 2018-19. The Glass Knife literary magazine positions will be announced in the fall.    Student Council  Junior Monique Lonergan will be taking office next year as student-body president. Her vice presidents will be juniors Blake Lincoln and Luca Procida. Advi...

High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

Mehdi Lacombe, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2018


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After a long year of work, high school students got some time to celebrate their efforts on June 6. On this minimum day, classes were held for only 20 minutes each - just enough for teachers to give students their final grades, and, in some classes, their final goodbyes. In between classes, students cou...