The Octagon

Jacqueline Chao
While her fellow juniors are doing life-changing things for college, Jacqueline is still appreciating the art of daydreaming, FaceTiming people she shouldn’t, staring at herself with Snapchat filters on and listening to music her friends don’t approve of. Yet somehow she still gets most of her work done. Other than procrastinating, Jacqueline enjoys running, playing tennis, photography and anything STEM-related. She is looking forward to her second year on the Octagon as a photographer. Contact at

Jacqueline Chao, Photo Editor

Jun 26, 2018
EDITORIAL: Hey, admin, let’s get going on these proposals! (Media)
Jun 20, 2018
Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change (Media)
Jun 13, 2018
‘Hermit’ leaves shell to be StuCo adviser (Media)
Jun 16, 2018
Rushing to complete P.E. requirement, unathletic senior evolves into fitness freak (Media)
Jun 15, 2018
Athletically competitive class hangs up their jerseys (Media)
Jun 08, 2018
Pre-K teachers will take time to recoup from energetic classroom (Media)
Jun 07, 2018
Student Council gets two vice presidents; Octagon loses print, online division (Media)
May 29, 2018
High schoolers recognized at awards assembly for academic, artistic, athletic achievements (Media)
May 20, 2018
Out with vans, in with Suburbans; school vehicles get luxury upgrade (Media)
May 16, 2018
Saved by the cell: School hosts first blood drive in 10 years (Media)
May 10, 2018
Rat problem still plagues campus (Media)
May 12, 2018
Two AP classes not offered next year; Garage Band elective added (Media)
May 10, 2018
Free, easy-to-learn Fortnite lets players build walls, bases and fortifications to help them stay alive (Media)
Apr 30, 2018
Lifelong athletes try their hand at recruitment but they do so under scrutiny of NCAA officials (Media)
Apr 23, 2018
Highest attendance yet at tennis match (Media)
Apr 18, 2018
Early morning fire alarm startles students (Media)
Apr 15, 2018
A violinist and a cellist walk into a bar . . . (Media)
Apr 14, 2018
POLITICAL ANIMALS: Why high schoolers didn’t walk out on March 14 (Media)
Apr 12, 2018
Parkland shooting raises safety concerns; students say SCDS needs hiding space, fencing, bulletproof glass (Media)
Apr 11, 2018
POI: Auction at Kimpton Sawyer Hotel adds after-party (Media)
Apr 11, 2018
Mural portrays women of color, changing times (Media)
Apr 10, 2018
Loehmann’s Plaza vs. The UV – Two popular shopping centers go head to head (Media)
Mar 21, 2018
Illness, injuries spark talk of school nurse (Media)
Mar 05, 2018
Not guilty: Mock Trial team casts doubt on ‘aggressive’ Rio witnesses through effective objections (Media)
Feb 28, 2018
They did it! Mock Trial goes to state for first time in school history. (Media)
Feb 22, 2018
Senior’s shoulder dislocations, failed forced shots spell doom for boys’ basketball team in first playoff game (Media)
Feb 12, 2018
Numerous fouls lead to Cavs’ defeat on senior night (Media)
Feb 16, 2018
Girls overwhelm Faith Christian at homecoming (Media)
Feb 05, 2018
WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: I have a confession to make (Media)
Feb 01, 2018
Injured, sick players leave Cavs unable to triumph over Lions in second matchup (Media)
Jan 27, 2018
High-pressure game ends in 3-point loss for boys (Media)
Jan 24, 2018
Cavs triumph despite Lions’ unique strategy (Media)
Jan 26, 2018
Wacky weather, tough defense prove difficult in match-up with John Adams Academy (Media)
Jan 25, 2018
Girls mauled by Lions in difficult game (Media)
Dec 14, 2017
Girls’ and boys’ soccer teams unify after decades apart (Media)
Dec 08, 2017
UPDATE ON UC EDUCATIONS: Despite welcome changes, international students say program still needs tweaking (Media)
Jan 04, 2018
Girls face close loss in lowest-scoring game of the season (Media)
Jan 04, 2018
Strong defense allows boys to continue winning streak (Media)
Nov 29, 2017
Cavs swoop down on Falcons, win first game of season (Media)
Nov 26, 2017
MY ANGLE: A near-death experience is just one of the reasons I hate downtown (Media)
Nov 12, 2017
Some students say high school dress code sexist, biased, figure-shaming (Media)
Nov 08, 2017
Drop in enrollment delays budget release, frustrating elective teachers (Media)
Nov 05, 2017
Battle royale: Cavaliers fall to Knights in narrow playoff game, ending postseason (Media)
Oct 31, 2017
Fake ID’s purchase what only age can buy (Media)
Oct 26, 2017
Q&A: Unconventional case-study method incites historical thinking (additional online material) (Media)
Oct 25, 2017
Focus on poke: OK or No-Ke? Order the fish bowls once for Instagram; then head to Chipotle (Media)
Oct 23, 2017
Cavs conquer Faith Christian despite small crowd (Media)
Oct 23, 2017
Conference period extends day; 32 percent of high school students say they’ve used the extra 15 minutes to get help from teachers (Media)
Oct 16, 2017
Varsity girls vanquish the Knights in homecoming game (Media)
Oct 17, 2017
Freshman takes first in Octagon’s Class Trip Photo Contest (Story)
Oct 08, 2017
Q & A: Bill Stainbrook’s replacement lives and breathes athletics (Media)
Oct 07, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Frosh will search for truth in English teacher Jason Hinojosa’s class (Media)
Sep 21, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Parent Liz Leavy also becomes AP Art History teacher a few weeks before school starts (Media)
Sep 23, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Andy Cunningham to get crafty in new AP Studio Art position (Media)
Sep 21, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: History teacher Damany Fisher trades tricky multiple-choice questions for more holistic assessments (Media)
Sep 19, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: New sophomore English teacher Kathryn LaComb wants students to step outside comfort zones (Media)
Sep 19, 2017
Varsity girls have ‘outstanding’ game despite losing to tough opponent (Media)
Sep 19, 2017
Expectations meet reality as JV volleyball loses to Woodland Christian (Media)
Sep 13, 2017
Varsity team reaches new heights against formidable Foresthill girls (Media)
Sep 12, 2017
Varsity girls triumph over Cristo Rey Saints (Media)
Sep 08, 2017
After winning first set, JV volleyball falls to Mira Loma (Media)
Sep 05, 2017
JV volleyball falls to Forest Lake Christian after strong first set (Media)
Sep 02, 2017
Varsity volleyball vanquishes Forest Lake in five sets (Media)
Aug 25, 2017
Héloïse Schep (Media)
Jun 21, 2017
Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration (Media)
Jun 12, 2017
Multifaceted athletic seniors look to compete in intramural, recreational sports in college, but will be missed by teams (Media)
Jun 14, 2017
By consolidating two databases, elective classes change to semesters (Media)
Jun 08, 2017
School scores seven-year WASC accreditation, recommendations for change (Media)
May 24, 2017
Custodians batten down the hatches to prevent norovirus outbreak (Media)
May 03, 2017
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… the middle-school dress code? (Media)
May 03, 2017
Check out the rundown on season results of spring sports (Media)
Apr 21, 2017
Boys’ tennis team fares better than girls’ in match against Bradshaw Christian (Media)
Apr 12, 2017
Painter’s friends fake his death in high-school drama written by Mark Twain (slideshow included) (Story)
Apr 07, 2017
Educate. Inspire. Take Action. (Story/Media)
Apr 03, 2017
Q&A: Dr. Bell has shoes by the dozen, favors Skechers, cowboy boots, wingtips (Media)
Apr 02, 2017
Shoe Culture at SCDS: You may not think Country Day has it, but think again (Media)
Mar 25, 2017
Attracted by small classes, close community, two-time novelist, global traveler settles in Sacramento to join faculty (Media)
Mar 15, 2017
Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included) (Story)
Mar 01, 2017
Political panelists reconvene on POTUS’s policies, cabinet picks, climate change, Women’s Marches (Media)
Feb 24, 2017
Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included) (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Six teachers’ plans for retirement range from researching Native Americans to volunteering at the MIND Institute (Media)
Feb 08, 2017
Dwarfs, goblins, adventure await in resurrected Dungeons & Dragons club (Media)
Feb 02, 2017
No luck on senior night for girls’ soccer in match against Western Sierra (Media)
Jan 19, 2017
Slow Tuesday lunch line frustrates older students; pre-packaged food might fix problem (Media)
Jan 14, 2017
Students, faculty get wacky, weird for winter Homecoming spirit week (slideshow included) (Story)
Jan 06, 2017
Absent coach doesn’t prevent boys’ basketball from slamming El Dorado Adventist (Media)
Jan 06, 2017
Girls’ varsity basketball wins conquers El Dorado Adventist, but hopes to have fewer fouls, more rebounds in the future (Media)
Dec 31, 2016
SHOP TILL YOU DROP: Oto’s sells bentos, fish, desserts, Daiso goods (Media)
Dec 21, 2016
Revamp of Ambassador program includes short pitches, school-specific shadow days (Media)
Dec 17, 2016
Girls’ varsity basketball ‘gave all they have’ to win in grueling match against Encina (Media)
Dec 14, 2016
Band, orchestra, choir’s holiday songs sure to put attendees in a festive mood at winter concert (Media)
Dec 14, 2016
Defensive intensity secures win for boys’ basketball against Leroy Greene once again (Media)
Dec 08, 2016
After learning much from their previous game, girls’ varsity basketball defeats Delta (Media)
Dec 08, 2016
Community mourns loss of ‘bubbly,’ ‘caring,’ ‘joyful’ pre-K teaching assistant (Media)
Dec 06, 2016
Girls’ soccer takes first win against Cornerstone using strong defense (Media)
Dec 06, 2016
School adds full week at Thanksgiving, ski week in February, single week in spring in 2017-18 calendar (Media)
Dec 04, 2016
Boys’ soccer scores an astounding 10 goals against Victory Christian in first win (Media)
Nov 29, 2016
Fewer boys’ soccer players lead to loss against Waterford Wildcats in first game (Media)
Nov 23, 2016
Makerspace gives student artists, designers, engineers materials, location for crafting (Media)
Nov 20, 2016
Q&A: Meet new library assistant Melissa Carpenter: catalog researcher by day, juggler by night (video included) (Media)
Nov 08, 2016
Varsity volleyball ends season with 11-1 record, ties for first in league (Media)
Nov 07, 2016
Inattentive drivers give busy intersection history of accidents; students suggest adding stoplight (Media)
Nov 06, 2016
Students perform magic, sing, dance, participate in ‘Couples Game’ during Rockvemberfest variety show (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Second graders decorate paper skulls in lower-school music room to celebrate Day of the Dead (Media)
Nov 02, 2016
Creative students don Halloween costumes to win candy from Student Council (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
ROUNDTABLE: Politically involved students debate presidential candidates, propositions (includes results of mock election) (Media)
Oct 17, 2016
Winning advisories of Spirit Week movie-themed costume contest announced at Homecoming pep rally (Media)
Oct 16, 2016
JV volleyball fails to conquer Valley Christian at Homecoming match (Media)
Oct 12, 2016
Octagon announces winners of class-trip photography contest (Media)
Oct 11, 2016
Rain may cancel NAHS Chalk Mural, but Spirit Week, Homecoming pep rally, volleyball games will prevail (Media)
Oct 10, 2016
For the second time this season, taking down Cristo Rey is a breeze for varsity volleyball (Media)
Oct 05, 2016
In Poetry Out Loud elective students read, interpret poetry to prepare for national competition (Media)
Sep 18, 2016
At the Sports Boosters’ Chilli Cookoff, JV girls suffer defeat to Valley Christian scoring only five points in their first set (Media)
Sep 18, 2016
Enthusiastic crowd cheers on girls to victory over Valley Christian at the Sports Boosters’ Chili Cookoff (Media)