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List of 10 news stories.

  • Spanish Intensive Honors Students Bring Hernán Cortés to Trial

    World Language Teacher Eva Power
    Spanish intensive honors students transformed their classroom into an international court of law. At this improvised “Superior Court of Country Day,” Hernán Cortés was brought to trial for crimes against humanity. Both lawyers and witnesses presented compelling arguments on both sides.

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  • Spring 2017 Athletic Awards

    Communications
    Congratulations to Middle and Upper School student-athletes who were recognized for the spring athletic season on Friday, May 12. See below for a list of all the players that received awards.

    Click here for a list of the 2016–2017 Upper School three-and four-sport athletes.


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  • Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity

    Head of Upper School Greg Martin
    Because I am a Shakespearean, people regularly ask me which of Shakespeare's plays is my favorite. This is always a tough question to answer because there are, of course, so many greats. Usually, I reply that I love Measure for Measure on an intellectual level because of its thorough exploration of the relationship between mercy and justice. As a teacher, Othello is an almost perfect play in a classical sense, lining up with Aristotelian observations on tragedy. The play, however, that evokes the greatest emotional response from me is As You Like It.

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  • Third Graders Meet Their Pen Pals

    Communications
    Last week, third graders were excited to be treated to a pizza lunch and visit the Upper School, an area that usually brings a bit of mystery and awe. The highlight of this event, though, was finally meeting their pen pals, LJCDS senior Peer Leaders.

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  • Making the World a Better Place Through Design Thinking

    Communications
    On Tuesday, May 16,  the Mobile Countertop group, consisting of students Spencer Alligood ’18, AJ Dhus ’17, and Skylar Kelley-Duval ’19, presented their invention of a lapboard for cooking for people in wheelchairs to help improve safety and independence for those who are unable to utilize their kitchens fully. They are one of nine groups in the Design Thinking to Open Entrepreneurship class who participated in a yearlong project in partnership with Ottobock, a company whose mission is to restore and improve independence for people with mobility challenges.

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  • Witnesses of the Unseen

    Communications
    As a history teacher, Dan Norland spends much of his time focused on the past. But as one of the editors of the new book Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in GuantanamoNorland is looking to the future, hopeful that the journey of two unjustly imprisoned men can provide inspiration and lifelong lessons for his students and others.

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  • UCSD Virtual Reality Club Partnership

    Communications
    In the last year, the neuroscience and AP World History classes partnered with the Virtual Reality (VR) Club at the University of California, San Diego, proving VR is not just for gaming. The partnership provided opportunities for two students, Eric Cohen ’17 and Nikko Sambold ’18, to join the student organization at UC San Diego and partake in a special project, coding a program in cooperation with the San Diego Museum of Air and Space. Eric and Nikko are now helping to create a game within a virtual museum complete with life-sized replicas of planes that are controlled to maneuver in desired locations.

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  • Senior Earns 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar

    Communications
    Congratulations to Posy Stoller ’17 who was named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar—one of the nation's highest honors bestowed upon high school students. Posy is one of 161 American high school seniors who received this prestigious award for her outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to LJCDS and the greater community.
     
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  • Ken Lew ’20 Wins at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Science Fair

    Communications
    Congratulations to Ken Lew ’20 for winning first place in the Senior Division Engineering Fuel and Transport Category and the U.S. Navy Science and Technology award at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Science Fair. Over 1,200 Grades 7–12 students in San Diego or Imperial County entered a project for screening and a possible invitation to the fair. 

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  • Upper School Excellence in the Arts Awards

    Communications
    On Friday, April 21, students were recognized for both visual and performing arts accomplishments during an awards ceremony at assembly. Parents, faculty, staff and fellow students were there to applaud their great accomplishments and contributions to the arts at LJCDS. Director of Visual and Performing Arts Barbara Weinstein concluded the event by congratulating the students before introducing the honors orchestra who performed “Feed the Birds,” written by the Sherman Brothers and featured in the 1964 motion picture, Mary Poppins.


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