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CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Andy Cunningham to get crafty in new AP Studio Art position

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Andy Cunningham to get crafty in new AP Studio Art position

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2017


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Images of distorted, gargantuan hands are scattered across Andy Cunningham’s wall.  No, Cunningham is not a doctor inspecting a severe case of elephantiasis. He’s the replacement teacher for Studio Art I, II and III and AP Studio Art, and those misshapen appendages are the results of a recent Art Studio assignment.  Students were asked to draw their ow...

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Chris Kuipers swaps Renaissance crown for AP European History

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Chris Kuipers swaps Renaissance crown for AP European History

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2017


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Though king Chris Kuipers of the seventh-grade Renaissance Faire has officially retired his crown, the former royal will stick around campus teaching AP European History and eighth-grade history, with William Crabb taking his place as seventh-grade history teacher. Kuipers last taught AP European History eight years...

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: English teacher Jane Bauman plans on threading nonfiction with literature, exploring narrator’s role with juniors

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: English teacher Jane Bauman plans on threading nonfiction with literature, exploring narrator’s role with juniors

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2017


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English teacher Jane Bauman has taught junior English six times, sometimes sharing the grade level with former English teacher Ron Bell. This will be Bauman’s first year back with the juniors since 2013-14. Bauman said that she will continue to follow junior AP English teacher Patricia Fels’s model of combining literature with nonfiction rea...

PICASSO PAINTED OVER: School paints over three longtime student-created murals before year begins

PICASSO PAINTED OVER: School paints over three longtime student-created murals before year begins

Jack Christian, News Editor

September 21, 2017


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Lines of blue Scotch tape that read “ART?” and “MURAL?” were pasted on the blank, beige gym walls on Sept. 6. It was a message - a message from the AP Studio Art class to the school that new murals should replace those that had been painted over. “It was a peaceful protest to get people to think about a new mural,” AP art student Michaela ...

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: History teacher Damany Fisher trades tricky multiple-choice questions for more holistic assessments

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: History teacher Damany Fisher trades tricky multiple-choice questions for more holistic assessments

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2017


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The famous multiple-choice questions former history teacher Bruce Baird was known for - and that would throw students into a sort of manic state - are gone.  “I don’t see the value in multiple-choice exams,” new history teacher Damany Fisher said. “I don’t think they encourage historical thinking, and that’s my goal. I want my kids to be thinking...

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Parent Liz Leavy also becomes AP Art History teacher a few weeks before school starts

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Parent Liz Leavy also becomes AP Art History teacher a few weeks before school starts

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2017


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Liz Leavy is a familiar face on campus. She is the mother of freshman Nate and Isabelle, ‘17, a long-time parent volunteer for school events, like the textbook sale, and a substitute teacher since 2015. Now Leavy will take on a new, completely different role: AP Art History teacher. “I’m always (at s...

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: New sophomore English teacher Kathryn LaComb wants students to step outside comfort zones

CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: New sophomore English teacher Kathryn LaComb wants students to step outside comfort zones

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2017


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In 2017-18, seven teachers have made changes in their classes. This first installment covers sophomore English teacher Kathryn LaComb (mother of Quin, '17, and junior Abby), who shares her approach to encouraging students to step outside their comfort zones. “There’s no classroom management with...

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


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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...

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...