New High School Preview Night includes club tables, mini classes

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Sacramento Country Day School will hold a High School Preview Night.

The event has evolved drastically from past years. Originally, eighth-grade parents and students gathered at a Country Day parent’s house and discussed what high-school life at SCDS was all about.

When the high-school quad was revamped, the event was moved onto campus.

This year, the event resembles Back-to-School night.

After registering, families will walk around looking at club tables to get an idea of high-school extracurriculars. Then parents and students will go to a series of five 10-minute class demonstrations.

“What we excel in is having these classroom environments,” Brooke Wells, head of high school, said. “The idea is to give (new parents and students) a snippet of that.”

The demonstrations include science with biology teacher Kellie Whited and physics teacher Glenn Mangold; history with teacher Sue Nellis; college counseling with college counselors Chris Kuipers and Jane Bauman; technology and innovation with Tom Wroten, director of technology, and Tucker Foehl, assistant head of school for strategic programs; and a student-life demonstration with Patricia Jacobsen, dean of student life, and Student Council members.

“(The preview) provides a more realistic sense of what is going on in the classroom,” Wells said.

Another change is that students and parents are no longer separated. In the past, prospective students talked to current students while parents attended a presentation.

The introduction to high school will continue on Thursday, Nov. 13, with High School Athletics Night.

Then coaches, alumni and current athletes will talk about why Country Day is good for athletes.

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