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List of 10 news stories.

  • Congratulations, Class of 2018!

    Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
    Hats off to the 122 graduates of the class of 2018 who were honored during the 54th Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 1 in the Amphitheater. Collectively, they received more than 610 college acceptances and will embark to nearly 70 different colleges and universities, including two internationally. This year marks the 51st lifer class, and we are proud to have 21 lifers from the class of 2018. Our lifers have called LJCDS home for 13 or more years.
     
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  • Leading Our World with Dignity

    Head of School Gary Krahn, Ph.D.
    Graduation provides an occasion to celebrate students reaching another milestone in their journey. The journey has many goals and objectives, but ultimately, the students’ course is to develop their own identity.
     
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  • Poetry Contest Winners

    Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
    Congratulations to first place winner Max Benning ’18 and honorable mention Caleb Petry ’19 in the Amy Marie Watkins Poetry Contest announced at Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 30 in the Amphitheater.
     
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  • Educator of the Year

    Adrienne Sigeti, communications assistant
    Congratulations to Upper School History teacher Jonathan Shulman who was recently named the 2018 Educator of the Year by the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. Mr. Shulman was recognized for his compassion and dedication to his students and his leadership roles with the Torrey Mock Trial team and the director of La Jolla Country Day School’s Center for Excellence in Citizenship.
     
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  • Op-Ed Featured in Teen Vogue

    Adrienne Sigeti, communications assistant
    Upper School History teacher Dan Norland recently published an op-ed piece about the U.S. Government’s treatment of prisoners in Guantánomo Bay. Mr. Norland’s essay, which is featured on Teen Vogue’s website, explains why it is so important that young people in the United States understand the significance of our military presence in Guantánomo Bay. Below is an excerpt of the piece.

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  • Max Benning ’18 Wins Writing Award

    Adrienne Sigeti, communications assistant
    Congratulations to Max Benning ’18 who recently won a runner-up prize for his entry in the  News-Decoder Reporting and Writing Contest. Max submitted an excerpt from his MIT Inspire research competition paper titled “A Hot Topic: Examining the Incendiary Language of Media Coverage of California Wildfires” to News-Decoder, a nonprofit news service and global forum for millennials to learn about international affairs and engage in a borderless conversation.

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  • Athletic Awards Spring 2018

    Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
    Middle and Upper School student-athletes were recognized for their hard work this season on Friday, May 18 during the athletic awards ceremony. Coaches from tennis, lacrosse, baseball, track & field, golf, swim team, softball, volleyball, surf team and basketball programs spoke about their seasons and award-winning athletes.

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  • Professional Growth Opportunities: A Year in Review

    Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
    Middle Schoolers dropping tennis balls off the balcony is not a part of physical education, but rather they are calculating math problems, the vertical motion model to be exact. After attending the youcubed conference at Stanford University last year, the Middle School math department was so inspired that they immediately made shifts to the math curriculum when they returned to school. Then in the 2017–2018 academic year, they implemented a full course change.
     
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  • Design for Accessibility

    Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
    Congratulations to Sydney Strawn ’20 and Leah Weiser ’20 who earned an honorable mention in the 2018 National High School Design Competition. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the competition in collaboration with Target in 2016. This year, hundreds of students across the country were challenged to identify and provide a solution to a problem that makes daily life less accessible for people with disabilities.

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  • The Lighting of a Fire

    Rachel Clouser, M.Ed., dean of academics and student life
    As we begin our course selection process in the Upper School this spring, we often remind our students of the importance of pursuing subjects that they find interesting and resist selecting courses simply because they think a certain class may “look good” on a transcript for college. There is the ever-present temptation for our students to focus on the immediate future, and it is our hope as a school that we can help guide them away from the fears of college admissions and toward developing a genuine passion for learning.
     
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