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List of 10 news stories.

  • Join Us at Blue Bash!

    Communications
    Tracy Brymer P’18 and Belinda Donner P’19 and ’22, volunteer co-chairs of this year’s Blue Bash, sat down with Jennifer Fogarty, assistant director of marketing and communications, to share with us what to look forward to on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Belly Up. Blue Bash is LJCDS’ annual fundraiser that supports financial assistance, professional development, Parents Association activities and upcoming school projects.

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  • Leading and Modeling with Dignity

    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Outreach Inez Odom
    As I sit down to write, I have just come from embracing a colleague who was visibly shaken after an interaction with an upset parent. Several of us paused during the busy work day to debrief on what had just occurred and to process this event with our colleague who felt he/she had a very positive rapport with this parent. We reflected on the fact that Donna Hicks, Ph.D., the author of Dignity, is writing her next book and is including La Jolla Country Day School in it. How do we encourage all members of our community—faculty, administrators and parents—to model dignity for our students? It starts with treating one another with kindness and concern. 
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  • The Verbs in the Arts

    Director of Visual and Performing Arts Barbara Weinstein
    Thanks to a friend and colleague, I was pointed to a brilliant article about the importance of the arts in education with a focus I never considered as key until now. What is it that we do in the arts profession that empowers students outside of the classroom? The article from actor, author and teacher Eric Booth was an edited version of his presentation from the Educational Theatre Conference in 2007. Essentially, he focused on how we are comfortable using nouns to describe the arts, but it’s the verbs that gets lost in translation.
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  • Upper School Winter Athletics Awards

    Athletics
    Upper School student-athletes were recognized for the winter athletic season on Friday, March 10, during assembly in the amphitheater. See below for a list of all the players that received awards.

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  • Alet Taylor ’88 in Freaky Friday

    Communications
    Alumna Alet Taylor ’88, an actress and writer living in New York and Los Angeles, returns to La Jolla to play the role of Torrey and understudy Katherine in Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse. Based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures, the story is about a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours.

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  • How to Walk on Water: A Day with Student Council President Remy Reya

    Dean of Academics and Student Life Todd Ballaban
    A cursory glance at literature on character education will illuminate growing research that cites empathy as a vital trait in building leaders of the future. A Google search instantly reveals hundreds of empathy coaches working with top companies to build morale in the workplace. Despite these trends, a strange adversarial relationship still exists between students and administrators. Students often view administrators as “sheriffs” plotting devious ways to fill the student experience with endless hurdles and red tape. Throughout my tenure at the school, I have worked to defy such misconceptions. How can an administrator expect to mentor and guide students without, as Atticus Finch opines, “walking around in their skin”? To prove my point and to grow as an administrator, I spent a day shadowing my advisee and Student Council President Remy Reya ’17.    

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  • Congratulations, Cum Laude Society Inductees!

    Communications
    Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on February 24. We’d also like to extend congratulations to our two new faculty Cum Laude Society members: Upper School world language teacher Eva Power, B.S. and Upper School English teacher Ary Tohidi, B.A.

    Click here to read about the selection process.

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  • In-Depth Learning with a New Schedule

    Upper School Dean of Faculty Julie Strong, Ph.D.
    I live by my calendar. Maybe you do too. It’s one of the first things I check in the morning and the last thing I review before bed. My calendar influences my mood and the types of interactions I will have: Do I have time to have an impromptu chat with a colleague or commend a student? Can I dive into a big project or is my day divided into tiny pieces? The way my time unfolds governs my energy at night. Too many fragmented days take their toll on my effectiveness. A school’s class schedule is no different; it influences productivity, stress levels and satisfaction. There is one key distinction, though: students have little, if any, control over how their time is divided in school. Therefore it falls on the educators to ensure we are using the schedule to not only foster productivity and a sense of fulfillment but also to favor teaching methods that prepare students for the changing work world. With these goals in mind, the Middle and Upper Schools undertook a review and revision of the daily schedule rotation, and we are excited to embark on a new schedule in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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  • Science, Technology and Spain

    Spanish teacher Jaquelin Dutson
    Spanish IV students recently connected via Skype with Juan Pablo Esquivel, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona, located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Bellaterra, Spain. He spoke with students about the role of science and innovation, his experience as an international researcher and his current role at the National Microelectronics Center in Catalonia, Spain.

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  • Go Torrey Mock Trial! (Part 2: Menlo and Behold)

    Upper School History and Social Science Teacher Dan Norland
    Devoted readers with photographic memories will recall that Part 1 of this series, “Beach Ballers,” closed with a quote from Skyler Kelley-Duval ’19, a tenth grader by day and ace attorney by night: “I truly feel like a part of this team and I can’t wait until the Menlo tournament!” In January, Skyler’s wait came to an end, as the Torrey Mock Trial team journeyed north to compete as one of 16 teams in what the tournament organizers described as “the strongest mock trial field ever assembled in California.”

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