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Seniors’ solos shine in consecutive spring concerts (video included)

Seniors’ solos shine in consecutive spring concerts (video included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase, Video

According to band director Bob Ratcliff, the groups who hit the stage on Thursday, April 19, for the annual spring band concert showcased their musicianship and emotional components to music, something which he said has not been done in years. “Art is all about expression,” Ratcliff said. “This year I...

Early morning fire alarm startles students

Early morning fire alarm startles students

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase

At approximately 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, orchestra teacher Felecia Keys was helping her chamber group (sophomores Emma Boersma and Shimin Zhang and freshman Elise Sommerhaug) prepare for their concert that evening, when suddenly a loud beeping noise began. The chamber group, along with all ...

Octagon brings home 19 awards from San Francisco journalism convention (slideshow included)

Octagon brings home 19 awards from San Francisco journalism convention (slideshow included)

Sahej Claire, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase, Slideshows

The Octagon staff traveled to San Francisco, April 12-14, for the annual spring National High School Journalism Convention. The event was sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. Octagon staffers participated in 18 write-off competitions, earn...

A tale of three sex ed teachers; school profits from qualified instructors, but methods, ideologies differ

A tale of three sex ed teachers; school profits from qualified instructors, but methods, ideologies differ

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

April 13, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Before any discussions or lectures, Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator (ICEE) Sue Simonson - who teaches sex education and puberty classes for fifth, sixth and eighth graders at SCDS - occasionally has her students yell out the names of genital organs in order to both break the ice and...

Director Friedman calls acting ‘really good’ in high school play

Director Friedman calls acting ‘really good’ in high school play

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

April 12, 2018


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After losing their last mile relay race, four high school runners (junior Josh Friedman and freshmen Bryan Chow, Carter Joost and Avi Krishnan), sit on a bare stage, wearing their USA running suits and trying to accept that they ruined their only shot at winning (by dropping a baton) through telling jokes and holdi...

Parkland shooting raises safety concerns; students say SCDS needs hiding space, fencing, bulletproof glass

Parkland shooting raises safety concerns; students say SCDS needs hiding space, fencing, bulletproof glass

Katia Dahmani , Print Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Since 2013 there have been over 300 school shootings, averaging one per week, according to Everytown Research. (A school shooting is defined by Everytown Research as any time a firearm is discharged on or onto a school ground or campus or inside a school or its buildings.) These shootings resulted in 59 deaths and 114 in...

POI: Auction at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel adds after-party

POI: Auction at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel adds after-party

Mohini Rye, Feature Editor

April 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Since “Celebrate the Best!” is this year’s auction theme, attendees better bring their A-game. The 41st annual auction will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 6-10 p.m. at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel (500 J St.). Auction co-chair Amie Stevenson said that the theme was a collaborative decision made by the auction committee. “Our theme is kind of ‘Best of’ -...

Mural portrays women of color, changing times

Mural portrays women of color, changing times

Jack Christian , News Editor

April 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

It’s 8 p.m. on March 28. Most Country Day students are either touring colleges back east or visiting Aunt Sarah in Hawaii. But one remains at school. Behind the physical education office stands senior Lea Gorny, tirelessly tracing her new 20-foot mural under the stars. On March 21 the Board of ...

Current, former Country Day ballers to play in annual Optimist Basketball All Star Games

Current, former Country Day ballers to play in annual Optimist Basketball All Star Games

Jake Longoria, Media/Broadcast Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase, Sports

On Saturday, April 7, Sacramento’s top seniors will compete in the 41st Annual Optimist High School Basketball All Star Games. According to the Optimist Game website, these games "provide the top senior athletes of Sacramento and Greater Sacramento the venue to showcase their skills and prowess." Th...

Senior to participate in all-star basketball game with nation’s top high school players

Senior to participate in all-star basketball game with nation’s top high school players

Bryce Longoria, Assistant Media/Broadcast Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Although basketball season is over, senior Yasmin Gupta still has one last high school game. Gupta will be playing in the All Norcal Girls Sacramento vs. Bay Area contest, for team Sacramento on Sunday, April 1, at Las Positas College in Livermore. The game will start at 2:45 p.m. Although Gupta led the Co...