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Freshman first to get runner-up title; eighth grader second to move on to nationals in National History Day

Freshman first to get runner-up title; eighth grader second to move on to nationals in National History Day

Elise Sommerhaug, Reporter

May 22, 2018


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Thirteen SCDS students attended the National History Day state competition at William Jessup University on May 5. Of the 13, one (freshman Keshav Anand) placed third in the senior division and one eighth grader, Keerti Ravula, qualified for nationals. Ravula will be attending the nationals competition, June 10-14 in W...

Out with vans, in with Suburbans; school vehicles get luxury upgrade

Out with vans, in with Suburbans; school vehicles get luxury upgrade

Ming Zhu, Reporter

May 20, 2018


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Two Suburbans have replaced two passenger vans in the school's fleet of four vehicles, used to transport students to games and other events. According to director of the physical plant Jay Holman, the passenger vans that were replaced were the 2007 and 2011 Ford E350’s. Although the vans transported more people, they lacked space for ca...

Octagon stories on memes, college, ballerinas, ‘helicopter parents’ receive national journalistic acclamation

Octagon stories on memes, college, ballerinas, ‘helicopter parents’ receive national journalistic acclamation

Spencer Scott, Reporter

May 17, 2018


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Four Octagon staffers won Gold Circle awards on April 11. The awards are granted by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), an international student press association affiliated with Columbia University in New York City that hosts conferences, writes textbooks, offers critiques and judges...

Saved by the cell: School hosts first blood drive in 10 years

Saved by the cell: School hosts first blood drive in 10 years

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

May 16, 2018


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Because medicine is in his blood, junior Leo Eisner, co-president of the Pre-Med Club, has organized Country Day’s first blood drive in 10 years. The blood drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross on Friday, May 18, in the gym. Participants must be older than 17, except for 16-year-olds with signed pa...

Food delivery services banned for middle schoolers due to safety concerns

Food delivery services banned for middle schoolers due to safety concerns

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

May 15, 2018


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The middle school administration has banned the use of food delivery services such as Postmates, Doordash and Uber Eats, due to safety concerns. “It’s a matter of safety; it's not anything against the apps,” head of middle school, Sandy Lyon said. “How do we know (the drivers) are safe peo...

Two AP classes not offered next year; Garage Band elective added

Two AP classes not offered next year; Garage Band elective added

Mehdi Lacombe, Page Editor

May 12, 2018


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Due to Country Day’s small size, some AP classes can’t be offered every year. Both AP Latin and AP Music Theory will be joining those classes in 2018-19. Latin teacher Jane Batarseh said AP Latin will not be offered because her four students in Latin IV are either graduating or prioritizing other AP classes.  “...

English department undergoes big faculty shake-up

English department undergoes big faculty shake-up

Mehdi Lacombe, Page Editor

May 11, 2018


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The high school English department is undergoing some major changes next year due to the loss of teachers in both the middle and high school. With English teacher Patricia Fels retiring after 41 years of teaching at Country Day, teacher Jane Bauman will teach both regular English 11 and AP Englis...

Rat problem still plagues campus

Rat problem still plagues campus

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

May 10, 2018


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In mid-August, dean of student life Patricia Jacobsen was planning to clean out the closet she uses for Student Council’s materials, as she does every year. But when she opened the door, located in the senior quad, she was unpleasantly surprised. Rats had broken into the closet, and all of the ...

School policies surprise ‘absent-minded’ seniors

School policies surprise ‘absent-minded’ seniors

Mohini Rye , Design Chief

May 9, 2018


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Senior Yasmin Gupta is not allowed to miss another AP Literature and Composition class for the rest of the year. If she does, English teacher Jason Hinojosa said he will automatically count any work done in a class she misses as late - even if she completes it when she’s back the next day. Gupta, who has 117 class-period absences f...

High school chamber group wows judges, has perfect performance at state competition (video of prize-winning performance included)

High school chamber group wows judges, has perfect performance at state competition (video of prize-winning performance included)

Ming Zhu, Reporter

May 7, 2018


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After advancing in the annual Golden Empire Music Festival county competition on March 3, the piano trio chamber group competed in the state competition held at Sacramento State University on May 4. The group was awarded a command performance,  the highest award. Groups from the school have ear...