Teachers and students at Sacramento Country Day School will read “The Cat in the Hat” in over 20 languages on Tuesday, February 16, at noon, in the Matthews Library. The polyglot is an annual event and includes students and teachers from 5th grade through high school, reading in either their native or their learned language. Languages represented include Dutch, French, Sanskrit, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, Swahili, Modern Greek, Rwandan, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Ancient Greek, Cantonese, Gujarati, Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi, and Estonian.
It was 1964 when Sacramento Country Day opened its doors with just 12 students in a rented trailer. A year later, the school moved to its present location on Latham Drive, leased some portable buildings, and enrollment began to increase. Finances were still shaky a few years later when the O’Neil family moved to Sacramento and enrolled three children in the school. Short-term loans were due, there were bills to pay, taxes looming, and a school to run.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Sacramento Country Day School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a birthday party, complete with 500 cupcakes presented on an eight-foot-tall, multi-level display. The event, taking place at Country Day’s Edwards Plaza located at 2636 Latham Drive, will begin at 1:00 PM with a celebratory program and will continue with a family festival. School families, alumni, and employees are invited for the afternoon festivities and Congresswoman Doris Matsui will welcome guests.
Come hither to the Sacramento Country Day School campus on Friday and experience a day in the life of a Renaissance community, from the opening procession and maypole dance to the noon-time feast and tournament of games. From 10:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., seventh-grade students and faculty take over the Middle School Plaza for their annual Renaissance Faire, the culmination of their cross-curriculum study of the Renaissance period in their English, history, science, art, and music classes.
The Octagon was chosen as a Pacemaker at the national high-school journalism convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 15-18. The Pacemaker, known as the Pulitzer Prize of high-school journalism, is awarded by the National Scholastic Press Association. Editors-in-chief of the 2011-12 Octagon, which won the award, are Mollie Berg, Ian Cardle, and Christina Petlowany, all class of 12. Nineteen staff members, including Petlowany and former staffer Margaret Whitney, were in San Antonio to pick up the award.
Replicating stained glass windows using chalk on concrete is the goal of Country Day high School students on Friday. Celebrating the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, students will replicate ten different windows, each on a 6 x 8 concrete rectangle. Students will spend five hours on their hands and knees creating a work of art of 60 feet of concrete. The long sidewalk becomes, for one day only, a chalk mural commemorating the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
On Thanksgiving morning, Sacramento Country Day School will participate in the annual Run to Feed the Hungry as the number one fundraising team for the past six years. When Country Day, with a team roster of around 50, first joined the effort in 2006, the school was surprised when they led the field in team fundraising with contributions of just over $5,000. It then became a challenge to maintain the momentum, and the next year the team led again with close to $10,000 in contributions.
Campbell’s soup cans, icon images, dollar symbols well-known work by pop artist Andy Warhol will be replicated on concrete by the student artists of Sacramento Country Day High School. Students will spend five hours on Friday on their hands and knees creating a work of art out of 40 feet of concrete. The long sidewalk, normally an unpretentious path to the college counseling office, becomes, for one day only, a chalk mural commemorating the paintings of Andy Warhol.
Sacramento Country Day School celebrated world cultures with a parade, songs in Spanish and French, food from different countries, and a performance from alumnus Gustavo Galindo singing songs from his upcoming album Entre la Ciudad y el Mar. Pre-kindergartners in their Pitchy Patchy vests danced their way through campus to the gym, followed by the rest of the SCDS community, drummers, and giant puppets. Many students dressed in costumes from different countries.
High School students and teachers at Sacramento Country Day School are paying tribute to the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 3 with a multi-language reading of The Cat in the Hat. Stanzas will be read in Vietnamese, Tamil, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Ukrainian, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Flemish, and Indonesian as well as French, Spanish, German, Italian, and English. Language students are working on their translations now, while some students will read in their native language. Faculty will also play a part, reading segments in ancient Greek, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen, Fighting Fatigue in College, Smart Snack Choices in the Dorm. These are just a few of the topics in Sacramento Country Day School’s College Health and Nutrition class, taught by High School science teacher Kellie Whited. The class focuses on non-academic pressures students may face in college, for example, cooking and shopping for themselves, staying fit, dealing with roommates, budgeting, sex, drugs, and stress, says Dr. Whited. Whited is the Middle and High School Science Department chair at Country Day and teaches biology in the High School.