The Octagon

Jack Christian
Senior Jack Christian has been at SCDS for 14 years. His favorite pastime - other than drinking coffee with Dr. Whited - is playing with his 1-year-old sister, Paige. Jack plans to work in pediatrics in the future, as he loves working with kids. In addition to being editor-in-chief of the paper, Jack is captain of the Mock Trial team and plays soccer and baseball. Contact at


Jack Christian, Editor-in-Chief/News & Sports Editor

Sep 08, 2018
Lady Lions’ roar is not enough to stop JV volleyball in second win of season (Story)
Sep 05, 2018
JV volleyball takes down Wolves in first win of season (Story)
Aug 22, 2018
Varsity volleyball team breaks through the Waves in first home game of season (Media)
Aug 19, 2018
THE SUMMER SCOOP: Junior learns about different cultures, responsibilities of teaching as literature teacher at Breakthrough (Story)
Jun 09, 2018
Students try out food-delivery policy ()
Jun 08, 2018
Pre-K teachers will take time to recoup from energetic classroom (Story)
Jun 12, 2018
Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells (Media)
May 09, 2018
School policies surprise ‘absent-minded’ seniors ()
May 10, 2018
Rat problem still plagues campus ()
May 02, 2018
Cavs show improvement despite loss (Media)
Apr 11, 2018
Mural portrays women of color, changing times ()
Apr 06, 2018
College counselor opts out of seeing Reed College’s nuclear reactor to shadow Western Civ class (Story)
Apr 02, 2018
College counselor explores five Pacific Northwest schools in interactive tour (Story)
Mar 23, 2018
Boys go into extra innings against Leroy Greene in tight, exciting game (Media)
Mar 07, 2018
AP Studio teacher brings in professional artist to scout potential mural locations ()
Jan 22, 2018
Latin students travel with the wealthy Corneliuses from southern Italy to Rome (Story)
Dec 29, 2017
Travel to seven continents in 10 minutes at Winter Wonderland: Rides aside, theme park boasts colorful versions of famed locations, attempts ‘international’ foods (Story/Media)
Nov 08, 2017
Octagon receives ‘royal’ nomination by Columbia Scholastic Press Association (Story)
Oct 14, 2017
NKOTB: New junior from Houston interns at veterinary clinics, hospitals (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
PICASSO PAINTED OVER: School paints over three longtime student-created murals before year begins (Story)
Aug 28, 2017
Community has mixed reactions to school’s painting over 21-year-old mural (Story)
May 27, 2017
Teams honor their players with speeches, awards at spring sports barbecue (Media)
May 18, 2017
Veteran biology, English teachers to dramatically change 2017-18 schedules (Story)
May 11, 2017
So long to printed rosters, mailed report cards! Blackbaud to merge learning management, student information, admissions process (Story)
May 10, 2017
National History Day’s state competition wraps up five high-school projects, but allows eighth grader chance at national level (Story)
Apr 07, 2017
Educate. Inspire. Take Action. (Story)
Mar 25, 2017
Attracted by small classes, close community, two-time novelist, global traveler settles in Sacramento to join faculty (Story)
Mar 05, 2017
Websites, essays, performances earn high-school Champions chance at National History Day state competition (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
YOGURT AFFAIRS: On a quest to discover the best, freshman reviews local froyo shops (Media)
Jan 19, 2017
Slow Tuesday lunch line frustrates older students; pre-packaged food might fix problem (Story)
Dec 27, 2016
On Friday nights, sophomores kick it back to an old trend at Midtown Stomp in West Sacramento (Story)
Dec 24, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Family members dress as Santa; only children receive gifts for Vietnam’s ‘nonel’ (Story)
Dec 23, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: French holiday dinners comprised of foie gras followed by chocolate logs (Story)
Dec 20, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Mischievous Sinterklaas travels from Spain to the Netherlands on Dec. 5 (Story)
Dec 18, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Originating in medieval times, Boxing Day gives English the chance to exchange presents even after Christmas (Story)
Dec 16, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Chinese malls offer seasonal sales even though few celebrate the holiday (Story)
Dec 16, 2016
Boys’ basketball falls to tall Mira Loma players in last game before winter break (Story)
Dec 14, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Rwandan celebration features morning mass, huge dinners, dance parties (Story)
Dec 14, 2016
Boys’ basketball vanquished by Golden Sierra due to Cavs’ lack of defense (Story)
Dec 14, 2016
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Emma Belliveau strives to stay in UConn’s honors program, came prepared for winter weather with warm coats (Story)
Dec 06, 2016
School adds full week at Thanksgiving, ski week in February, single week in spring in 2017-18 calendar (Media)
Nov 10, 2016
Teachers, staff share memories in presidential history from JFK to George W. Bush (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Student Council announces winners of Rockvemberfest variety show (video included) (Story)
Oct 26, 2016
Latin students win coupons for 52 free milkshakes and $100 gift cards at Smashburger grand opening (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Octagon announces winners of class-trip photography contest (Story)
Oct 11, 2016
BACK IN MY DAY: Teachers remember how they spent their summers (Story)
Oct 06, 2016
The long, unhappy tail of the Lewis family and their runaway calico cat Noe (Story)
Oct 04, 2016
SENIORS ON THE GO: Senior intrigued by Ibero University’s communications programs, high-quality film equipment, sports facilities (Story)
Sep 05, 2016
Q&A: Senior’s sculpture places second in Cal State Fair 3D Art competition (Story)
Aug 25, 2016
Student Council to hold Olympics featuring balloon tosses, extreme dodgeball on orientation day (Story)
Jul 13, 2016
Students take part in Pokémon Go craze, teaming up to ‘catch them all’ (Media)
Jul 02, 2016
Q&A: Headmaster celebrates last day of work before retirement; faculty visit to say good-bye (slideshow included) (Story)
Jun 04, 2016
POINT OF INTEREST: Student groups choose new leaders, plan to win awards (Story)
May 25, 2016
Orchestra wins gold rating at Forum Music Festival; judges praise cellos, soloists (Story)
May 12, 2016
Soccer girls battle heat, more injuries to advance to semifinals for first time in over a decade (Story)
May 07, 2016
​SEASON UPDATE: Despite multiple victories and hopeful outlook, girls fall to Cristo Rey, 0-2 (Story)
May 04, 2016
Cavs sitting in second place following win against Cristo Rey (Story)
May 03, 2016
Sophomore Project less restrictive; paper no longer requirement (Story)
May 03, 2016
Western Sierra a no-show for girls’ soccer game (Story)
Apr 28, 2016
Soccer girls tie Western Sierra, move into three-way tie for first place (Story)
Apr 27, 2016
More injuries and a loss for the soccer girls against Buckingham (Story)
Apr 20, 2016
Riddled with in-game injuries, soccer girls end up tied with Western Sierra Collegiate (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Three goals from Kaufman in second half propel Cavs to comeback victory (Story)
Apr 13, 2016
Girls shake off Spring-Break rust, two yellow cards in victory over Cristo Rey (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
POINT OF INTEREST: Sadie Hawkins dance introduced due to popular demand (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Soccer girls score 7 goals in first half, cruise to victory over Leroy Greene (Story)
Mar 11, 2016
Girls’ soccer game against Waldorf cancelled (Story)
Mar 10, 2016
STATES DAY 3: Sole SCDS snowboarder races in Mount Shasta giant slalom (Story)
Mar 09, 2016
STATES DAY 2: Ski season comes to an end with final giant slalom (Story)
Mar 08, 2016
STATES DAY 1: Five skiers race in slalom at Mount Shasta following 18 inches of snow (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
Skiers rejoice as El Niño brings snowy weather; frosh add stellar performances, helpful parents to previously tiny team (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
Despite good pitching, baseball team loses to Delta in season opener (Media)
Mar 02, 2016
Freshmen combine for three goals, but first scrimmage ends in tie with Delta (Story)
Feb 29, 2016
Finishing first in league, victorious men’s ski team heads to states after Boreal slalom (full recap) (Story)
Feb 26, 2016
POINT OF INTEREST: Men’s ski team makes history by placing 1st in division (Story)
Feb 19, 2016
Twenty-seven inches of snow later, Cavs’ final race at Boreal canceled (Story)
Feb 15, 2016
Cavs only 3 points out of first after successful Boreal slalom (Story)
Feb 05, 2016
Skiers Procida, Fineberg place 1st, 4th; freshman skier disqualified after crash (Story)
Jan 30, 2016
Ski and snowboard slalom cancelled after winter storm warning (Story)
Jan 22, 2016
Weather warning doesn’t keep skiers from placing high on slalom leaderboard (Story)
Jan 13, 2016
POINT OF INTEREST: Guide to Friday, Jan. 15, Homecoming festivities (Story)
Jan 11, 2016
Three skiers place in top 5 in Northstar slalom; snowboarder Galati finishes seventh (Story)
Jan 09, 2016
Kreps: Good for Cavs to ‘get their feet wet’ in first giant slalom race (Story)
Jan 06, 2016
Sophomore Steven Wang scores 21, as JV boys wallop Forest Lake, 71-50 (Story)
Jan 05, 2016
JV boys blow first-quarter lead, but earn narrow win over Sac Adventist (Story)
Dec 15, 2015
Dec. 16 middle- and high-school band concert to feature French jazz, bebop, unusual time signatures (Media)
Dec 13, 2015
MY ANGLE: Why freshman Jack Christian thinks high-school trips are way too short (Story)
Dec 09, 2015
Dec. 10 fundraiser in honor of Connor Burns to be held at recording studio (Story)
Dec 05, 2015
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Surrounded by musical, creative people, Maxwell Shukuya says UC Santa Cruz feels small (Story)
Nov 24, 2015
AP Computer Science provides flexibility, but picky code checking system poses problems (Media)
Nov 20, 2015
POINT OF INTEREST: Fifth turkey drive shatters record with 354 birds (Story/Media)
Nov 13, 2015
MEET LEE THOMSEN: Famous for his hashtag video, newly selected headmaster loves acting, music, Baltimore Orioles (Story)
Nov 12, 2015
Guide to high-school clubs, new and old (Story)
Nov 03, 2015
Bolman sustains hand injury, cat claw in his leg after breaking up fight between his pets (Story)
Oct 21, 2015
POINT OF INTEREST: Guide to Homecoming festivities, Oct. 23-24 (Story)
Sep 21, 2015
GET READY FOR SEASON 31: Castaways fight for their lives in wet, humid Cambodia on ‘Survivor’ (Story)
Sep 15, 2015
New environmental club distributes 66 recycling bins throughout school (Story)